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Archive for: Real Estate & Renting

The Not-so-empty Nest: Why One in Three Adults Under 35 Live With Their Parents

There's a one in three chance that as you're reading this — whether by tablet, smartphone, or a sophisticated-looking Mac laptop — a big part of your life remains somewhat unsophisticated and, well, maybe even embarrassing. Pssst: Your mom just cal … [Read more...]

How to Make a Winning Real Estate Offer With a Few Easy Tricks

My offer to purchase a home in Poway, California recently beat out 19 other offers. Literally 19 strong offers! How did I do it? Representing myself and my husband as the buyer’s agent, I realized that on this particular property, the seller c … [Read more...]

Mortgage Pre-approval Checklist

This scenario happens to me approximately once per week: a potential buyer comes to me letting me know that they are looking for a 5- bedroom, 4-bath house with a large backyard, a pool, an open kitchen and a great school district. I say that I would … [Read more...]

Budgeting for Home Expenses: Expect the Unexpected

Americans are buying houses again. Home prices throughout the United States are expected to increase an average of 13 percent in 2013 and 2014, according to National Association of Realtors’ Chief Economist Lawrence Yun. If you’re about to pur … [Read more...]

When Buying, Look for Features That Add Value to Your Home

If you're buying a home, you want it to appreciate. Even if you realize your own house may not be a great investment, you still want it to hold it's value and — hopefully — to be able to sell it someday for more than you paid for it. But in real est … [Read more...]

Does Somebody Really Live There? Crazy and Amazing Houses in America

As I was driving from San Diego to Los Angeles a couple of weeks ago, I saw a massive house at the very top of a huge mountain. The house was overlooking the freeway and had no other houses nearby. I wondered who lives there and what it would be like … [Read more...]

Discount Real Estate Brokerages: Worthwhile or a Scam?

“Sell your home for only 1.5% commission!” read a billboard that caught my eye recently as I drove down the freeway. As a Real Estate Broker with a family to support, my first thought was that if I made that little on every transaction, I wouldn’t … [Read more...]

Why Owning a Home is a Bad Investment — But Often a Smart Decision

Experiential learning is always better than any lesson from a book. But when it comes to personal finance, too often the experience comes at the price of losing or spending way too much money. This past summer, my wife and I decided to finish our … [Read more...]

How To Get Approved For Your First Mortgage

As the U.S. economy continues to rebuild slowly from the recession 5 years ago, lots of people are looking to buy homes after years of renting or staying put in a pervious house. As a result, the real estate market is competitive in many parts of the … [Read more...]

How to Find a Short-Term Rental

As I’ve been getting further along in my college career, one word has changed in my mind from an exciting one to a scary one: internship. Sure, many internships are extremely competitive and offer low or no pay, but perhaps the hardest thing about int … [Read more...]