Get ready to pay more rent, even as home prices cool off

Get ready to pay more rent, even as home prices cool off

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The median monthly rent in February came in at $1,472, an increase of 2.4 percent compared with February 2018, according to Zillow. For the typical renter, this means about $400 more per year. Rents actually fell last fall for the first time in more than six years

Slash Your Utility Bill with a DIY Energy Audit

Slash Your Utility Bill with a DIY Energy Audit

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So you've swapped your incandescent lightbulbs for CFLs, turned down the thermostat, and only wash clothes on cold. Then why are your utility bills still so high? Air leaks are likely culprits, but so are "phantom" power suckers, such as flat-screen TVs, which draw...

What Credit Score Do You Need To Buy A House?

What Credit Score Do You Need To Buy A House?

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There are many misconceptions about the credit score needed to buy a house. Recently, it was reported that 24% of renters believe they need a 780-800 credit score to be considered for a mortgage. The reality is they are misinformed!

How to Repair a Rotted Windowsill

How to Repair a Rotted Windowsill

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Sticking out into the weather year after year, wood windowsills take quite a beating. They can last for decades if you just keep them clean and protect them with a coat of paint. But when water gets trapped in or against them, as happens with improperly flashed...

Who’s Your realtor?

Who’s Your realtor?

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A little humor. Short and to the point. Your realtor can make or break your experience with buying or selling a home. Who's your realtor?

Home Hacking: A How to Guide on Purchasing Your First Home

Home Hacking: A How to Guide on Purchasing Your First Home

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Join me for a fast paced, laser focused, web based instruction on hacking though all the superfluous information published about buying your first home. Some of the topics we will discuss are Financing, Neighborhoods, Schools, Down Payment Assistance, Grants, Private...

Home Buying Decisions

Home Buying Decisions

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When it comes to purchasing a home there are a lot of factors to take into consideration. Here are the top five factors home buyers in California say are the most important in their decision to purchase a home.