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The Millennial Home Buyer is Not Who You Think They Are

Millennials: Yes, they eat avocado toast; yes, they love their phones; and yes, they’re shopping for homes. Home buyers 37 years old and younger make up the largest portion of home buyers (36%) according to the National Association of Realtors. Millennials have experienced the 2008 housing crash and are overloaded with student debt, but they’re…

Ask the HOA Expert: Rules With Reason

Homeowner associations (HOAs) are the fastest growing form of home ownership in America. In metropolitan markets, they can account for over 2/3rds of all new home construction. As more buyers choose this form of housing, condos and planned communities are becoming a dominant force to be reckoned with. HOAs are quasi-governments that collect mandatory fees…

How to Keep Your Home Safe During an Open House

Open houses can increase the likelihood that your home will sell but it can also increase the potential of theft. “With so many people touring your open house…the most prominent open house security issue during a house showing is thefts and robbery,” said reolink. “KABC reported that more than $150,000 worth of watches, jewelry and…

Goal-Setting: When The Goal is Buying a Home

Saving for a down payment can seem like an overwhelming task if you’re on a tight budget. It’s just plain not easy to make a plan, stay on that plan no matter what, stay motivated even when your plan goes temporarily awry, and – finally – achieve your desired result. So how do you get…

Marketing the Ultimate Property: Your Message

Every real estate agent has the potential to own the ultimate property. It is a property whose condition varies, whose variables are many, whose value reflects an agent’s personal values. It is not a property on a map but a place in people’s hearts: a place that advances based on what an agent says and…

Upcycling: If It’s broken, It Can Be Fixed

Upcycling is a fun way to freshen up your space, create a conversation piece, exercise your creativity and help the environment at the same time. Just be careful that you don’t become a hoarder. You’ve seen the commercial ñ the forlorn lamp sits sadly by the curb in the rain. A man says, “Many of…

How to Buy the Right Ceiling Fan

Let’s put a fan in the living room. Sounds easy enough, right? Now all you have to do is figure out the size and the style and the color and the function and whether or not you need a downrod, and how long that should be. Phew. That’s A LOT. Having just been through this…

Condo Property Assessment

Question: I read your column faithfully and was hoping you could address a small issue/question I have. Recently, I received from my association a bill for property tax assessment challenges. It appears the association took it upon themselves to hire a property tax attorney, without notice to the homeowners (or at least, I never received…

Ask the HOA Expert: Board Meetings and Members

Question: We have one unit owner who is requesting copies of the most recent year’s financial records and meeting minutes. He seems to be irate because none of the board meetings were open to the members. We don’t feel that it is appropriate to give him copies of this information although he is welcome to…

Realtors Need to Establish Preferred Builder Networks

In the last five years, January 2013 to January 2019 many things changed, while what home shoppers want stayed about the same. Realtors still need a lot less competition and a lot more saleable inventory. According to two studies, one released by Builder Homesite Inc in January 2013 at the International Builders Show and the National…

Top Ten Things to Look For In A Realtor

To Connie De Groot, a rising-star of a Beverly Hills real estate agent in Coldwell Bankers No. 1 office worldwide, choosing a full-time real estate agent isn’t about anti-competitive behavior or shutting out part-time discounters. It’s about obtaining full-time service for the full-time job of selling or buying what’s likely the owner’s or buyer’s greatest…

10 Tips For a More Modern Living Room

1. Paint We say it so much because it’s true: nothing transforms a room easier, more completely, and more affordably than a fresh new paint color. In a small space, use an airy modern color like Revere Pewter from Benjamin Moore. See more hot paint colors here. 2. Swap out those accessories A simple update…