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Posted on 04/18/2021
Is Private Mortgage Insurance Required?
Image by StartupStockPhotos from Pixabay In general, if you have less than 20 percent of a down payment for the house you want, you will have to pay private mortgage insurance (PMI). This insurance is a cost to you to protect the lender if you default on the loan. In most cases, it’s better to save the 20...
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Posted on 04/13/2021
22 Bryn Mawr Drive, San Rafael, CA 94901 now has a new price of $1,450,000!
First time on the market in 37 years. This beautifully remodeled single-family home consisting of 2,714 sqft., includes an attached 1bd/1ba Apartment (ADU) with separate PG&E meter and furnace. The adorable ADA has its own entrance and spacious deck. The main home boasts 4 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms, is three blocks from quaint Downtown and across the street from the Marin Academy. Pristine oak hardwood floors. The stunning kitchen was remodeled two years ago and includes quartz countertops, pantry and stainless steel appliances. The antique Wolf gas oven (circa 1930's) was apparently once located at the Coloma Hotel. Step-down family...
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Posted on 04/11/2021
Home Maintenance: How to Care for Your HVAC Unit
Photo by Mitchell Luo on Unsplash When it comes to keeping a home cool in the summer months and keeping it warm during the winter, there's no more important unit than the HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) system. But like every major home system, HVAC units have a shelf life, and this is usually in the neighborhood...
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Posted on 04/09/2021
Another Property Sold - 1411 Mathias Place, Rohnert Park, CA 94928
You'll love this tastefully updated home with a warm comfy feel! Spacious and open living, family, and kitchen area. Stone fireplace with mantle in living room, tile paver floors throughout. Inviting and private backyard with an outbuilding suitable for home office or Zen room. Home has newer interior and exterior paint, newer siding, roof replaced in 2019, gutters in 2020, tastefully upgraded kitchen with subway tile back splash, central A/C conveniently located in a cul-de-sac. Don't miss this...
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Posted on 04/04/2021
Consider all The Factors When Deciding to Rent or Buy
Photo by Mohamed Hassan via Pixabay For years home ownership has been the American dream, but, according to the Pew Research Center, a higher percentage of us are renters than at any other time in the last 50 years. Is that a bad thing? Not necessarily. For many people renting may be the right choice. Every individual and...
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Posted on 04/02/2021
Another Property Sold - 68 Tahoe Circle, Novato, CA 94947
Move in ready, light and bright single level condo in desirable Gateway Common with beautiful grounds. Gorgeous Private end unit, with tandem 2 car parking right below, no neighbors above or below. Comes with beautiful laminated hardwood floors.Newer kitchen with beautiful counter top and cabinets open floor plan with newer paint. The main bedroom has a large walk in closet. A/C. In unit laundry area with washer and dryer. Community pool and spa. 3 extra, large storage spaces included. Low...
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Posted on 03/28/2021
California's Local Disclosure Options
Photo by Expect Best from Pexels Certain cities and counties in California require disclosures in addition to the state-required disclosures. The real estate disclosure forms provide space for disclosures that sellers might make on their own, such as whether an adjoining property has mineral rights, timber rights or other disclosures. And, some zoned areas require mandatory disclosures for...
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Posted on 03/21/2021
How to Make the Most of a Housing Shortage
Image by Sandro Porto from Pixabay On the basic level of supply and demand, a housing shortage leads to higher home prices. But let's look beyond the obvious at a few other considerations a homeowner might want to make in response to a housing shortage, as well as a few tips for the prospective homebuyer. More Housing, Same...
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Posted on 03/14/2021
6 Ways to Appeal to Millennial Buyers
Image by fancycrave1 from Pixabay Those men and women from the millennial generation are now the largest segment of first-time home buyers. A full 66 percent of people who are purchasing their first home fall into this age group. Not only that, but millennials also comprise more than one-third -- 34 percent -- of the overall home buying...
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Posted on 03/12/2021
Another Property Sold - 214 Prospect Drive, San Rafael, CA 94901
This sprawling home with attached ADU has been lovingly cared for by the same family for over 55 years! This generous 5BR/2BA home is nestled on the San Rafael hill is ideal for the growing or extended family. The main level boasts; family room w/refinished hardwood floors & fireplace, liv/din combo, view deck, kitchen w/eat-in area, 3BR/1BA & 1-car garage. Lower level offers 2BR/1BA + office, laundry/storage room & 2nd living w/fireplace. Some new updates include new exterior/interior paint, carpet in living room & light fixtures. The sweet 1BR/!BA attached guest unit w/separate entrance is perfect for extended family, au...
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Posted on 03/07/2021
Mortgage Options and Their Benefits
Image by mohamed Hassan from Pixabay Most homebuyers take out a mortgage when they purchase a house, and there are several different types of mortgages to choose from. Here are some of the more common mortgage options and the benefits of each one. Conventional 30-Year Fixed Mortgages Perhaps the standard starting point for a mortgage is the conventional...
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Posted on 02/28/2021
Do You Need to Develop a Relocation Budget?
A relocation budget is a must-have for those who recently bought or sold a house. If you have a relocation budget at your disposal, you should have no trouble getting ready for moving day. Ultimately, there are several factors that you need to consider to craft an effective relocation budget. These factors include: 1. Packing Supplies Moving boxes, packing...
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