What SB9 Means for Homeowners and Homeowners-to-be

Written by: Laura Craven -- Image by: Alfred Twu In mid-September Governor Newsom signed into law California Senate Bills 9 and 10. SB10 concentrates more on the increase of housing in “High Quality Transit Corridor” areas allowing up to 10 units per parcel and will...

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How to Help Your Home’s Equity Grow Faster

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How New Housing Can Reduce Harm to the Environment

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How to Stay Cool in Your Backyard

During the summer, you want to be able to enjoy your backyard. It’s healthy to spend time outdoors and if you have the space to do it, you want to take advantage of it. However, it can get pretty hot and this may deter you. Fortunately, there are many ways you can...

How to Make Fire Damage Less Likely to Your Home

As a homeowner, the possibility of a home fire can be quite harrowing. All it takes is one fire to go out of control for you to lose your home and many of your belongings. Being fire safety conscious as you build or move into a home is important. Fix Electrical Issues...

How to Make Sure No Issues Show Up When Selling Your Home

Are you thinking of selling your home? Maybe you’re wanting to downsize, or are just ready to move to a different area to change things up. Before you put your home on the market, there are a few things that you need to consider to make sure that no issues come up....

How Building Equity in Your Home Can Pay Off Later in Life

Growing your home equity is one of the best investments that you can make that will benefit you greatly as time passes. There are many different ways for your home’s equity to increase, so make sure you find the right approach for your home. Here are a few ways to...

How to Be a More Frugal Homeowner

Making the investment into buying your own home is expensive but it can actually help you to save money if you become more frugal in the long run. One of the benefits of homeownership is that you get to make the choices surrounding your home and its maintenance and...

How to Avoid Getting Mold in Your Bathroom

Finding mold developing in your bathroom is one of the worst things you can encounter. But thankfully, there are a variety of strategies you can employ to avoid mold growing. Be aware of your particular bathroom’s setup to identify ways that you can prevent it in your...
What You Need for the Perfect Backyard Dinner Party

What You Need for the Perfect Backyard Dinner Party

After a long and drawn-out pandemic, folks are more than ready to plan and present a gorgeous dinner party for friends and family! How in depth and formal your event is to be depends upon your own taste and style, of course. There are a few things, regardless, which...

How to Get Your Backyard Ready for Summer

Once the weather gets warmer, you can begin to spend more time outside. Whether you’re hosting other people or simply spending time with family, it’s important to take some time to prepare your backyard. This will help you enjoy the space all summer long. Clean Up the...

Which Rooms Should Have the Biggest Budget in a Remodel?

There’s nothing more exciting than having the budget to remodel your home, but once you have it you have to figure out how you’ll spend it. Finding the best way to distribute your budget will help you to prioritize the things you need. You should also think about what...

Home Issues You Should Take Care of ASAP

Home Issues You Should Take Care of ASAP

No matter how long you have owned a home, it can always be difficult to figure out what problems require immediate action. However, learning to identify those issues can help you to keep your home safe and in good condition. Here are a few of the most important home...

Appliances in Your Home That Break Without Regular Maintenance

Appliances in Your Home That Break Without Regular Maintenance

Part of owning a home comes with the responsibility of performing regular maintenance. Home maintenance prolongs the life of your home and decreases major expenses later down the road. Appliances like washing machines, HVAC systems, and refrigerators need to be part...

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