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Trespassers May Be Easier to Forgive than to Forget

One right that every owner holds in real estate is the expectation of privacy. Just Try to Keep Them Out You can generally keep others from entering and using your property – but not always. In rural areas, trespass is usually someone either taking a shortcut over someone else or using another’s property for recreation,…

Planting Milkweed This Spring Could Help Save Monarch Butterflies

Record rains brought a deluge of painted lady butterflies to California last winter. That’s the good news. The bad news is that the uncharacteristically wet weather didn’t have the same impact on the state’s dwindling monarch population. According to the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, “California’s monarch butterfly numbers are at an all-time low, having…

Sellers: Adopting a “Buyer Frame of Mind”

When you list your property for sale, you may find the most difficult part of the listing process is shifting your thinking from “my home” to “the buyer’s new home.” Your real estate professional will help with this mental transition and ultimately you’ll benefit from embracing this shift. The sooner you let go of obsessing…

Why Are Rates Still So Low?

The Unemployment Rate is released on the first business Friday of each month. And that rate has been holding rather steady. Initial jobless claim data, those that are filing for unemployment compensation, is released each Thursday. The report released just this past Thursday showed that unemployment claims hit a 50-year low. These claims dropped by…

4 Reasons to Hire Professionals Movers for Your Next Move

Few things are more annoying and stressful than having to plan a move to a new home or apartment. Not only does it require endless planning, but it always takes longer than it needs to. By hiring professional movers, though, the moving process can be greatly improved. Whether you’re moving from a Loomis, California ranch…

Should You Wait to Renovate?

There are a lot of reasons to consider going through with getting a home renovation, but there are other reasons why you should wait before acting on those projects. Home renovations are expensive and time-consuming, so you should always be certain you want to follow through with them. In addition, you may discover that you’re…

What is a VA Guaranteed Loan?

Sounds like a pretty good deal, right? Getting a home loan that’s guaranteed? And a VA loan no less that doesn’t need a down payment? The term does sound attractive but it doesn’t mean exactly what is sounds like. For those that are VA loan eligible, it sounds as if the veteran is going to…

How to Upsize Your Home When Growing Your Home Business

There’s more to upsizing for a home-based business than square footage and storage space. The house you select must be a productive workspace for you and anyone else who’s involved in your business. That means looking inside – inside your home and inside yourself to determine how best to organize and utilize the available workspace.…

The 10 Most Affordable Beach Towns

Kids frolicking in the sand. Afternoons spent on the sailboat. Watching the sun set over the water. Ponying up a $50,000 monthly mortgage payment. Because you need that kind of cash to be able to afford a beach house, right? Maybe not. SmartAsset’s 2019 look at the most affordable beach towns in the country might…