Real Estate & Mortgage

If you want to buy a home but are still saddled with student loan debt, you are definitely in good company! Nationwide, current research indicates more than 44 million Americans are carrying student loan debt in amounts ranging from $37,000 to $40,000 or more. What does this mean for...

There’s an old adage which states that in real estate, the most important factors are location, location, and location. You’ve probably even heard it mentioned in movies and TV shows as the guiding principle for all real estate agents. Here’s the thing: While location certainly matters a lot if...

There is an art to counter-offers and real estate negotiations. It's where having a talented real estate agent really pays off since his or her communication skills can greatly influence a seller's decisions. The buyer can help, however. They can set themselves up for success...

When you have a friendly and responsible tenant, renting out a house or apartment can be a fantastic way to grow your net worth and provide you with some additional income each month. However, if you find yourself dealing with a difficult tenant who never...

With more and more travelers abandoning the cookie-cutter hotel room and searching for something more personal, an entirely new cottage industry has cropped up. What once seemed unthinkable - namely welcoming strangers into your home has now become mainstream, and many reluctant homeowners are earning...

Deciding if you can afford a home means more than working out how large a mortgage you can handle. There are plenty of other costs that go along with homeownership, and not all of them are obvious to first time buyers. But if you don't take...

For the majority of homeowners, there's a nearly inevitable event somewhere on the horizon: Eventually, you will probably sell your home. Across the country, thousands of homes are sold every day. It's simply the nature of the real estate business; properties are constantly being bought and...

Buying a home is often an emotional decision, with good reason. Unlike other purchases, buying a house entails living inside of it, which is about as intimate a purchase decision that you can make. And that can lead to buyers falling in love with a home....

January is often a time to hit the reset button, to start fresh. Sometimes, it's a new approach to an ongoing goal. And if buying a home has been an ongoing goal, the start of a new year can feel like a time of optimism. So...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJD0e1B7MU4 Most first-time homebuyers know that buying something that costs a substantial amount of money like a home is going to require a downpayment. However, it may come as a surprise just how much of a down payment you will need. Here is your comprehensive guide to...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORAQO-2aEbc There's something magical about house hunting. As a military spouse, I end up shopping for a new home every four years or so. That season of moving and home shopping is always chaotic and more than a little stressful. But it's also brimming with possibilities. With...

There are a myriad of factors to consider when buying a home, and one of the biggest dilemmas is choosing between new and old property. The cost of both properties can be significantly different, but each type of home has its pros and cons; the...

Buying your first home is an experience that can definitely send chills down your spine. These kind of chills often bring confusion and people end up making irrational decisions based on the new information they receive when house hunting. While this is important, there is...

We may not have four seasons in SoCal, but that doesn’t mean we can’t take full advantage of the fall vibe to engage prospective buyers. Everyone has Halloween, Thanksgiving, and family gatherings on their mind. Why not use that to make your house feel like it should be...

California is a place that is green with possibilities. With the newest legal move towards cannabis being available not only for medical use but for recreational use, the possibilities open up even more for a homeowner and would-be urban gardeners. When considering cannabis growth whether...

All around Southern California you will find touches of architecture and design that shift from varying styles and time periods. Some places, you will find more era-specific neighborhoods with vintage and historical style homes throughout Southern California. From California Craftsman to Victorians to Tudors, there...

Many people who are in the market for their first homes are parents, hoping to find a safe place for their children to learn and grow. Luckily, there are many wonderful places for families throughout Southern California - although they aren't generally the cheapest places...

I remember a number of years ago a dear old friend excitedly telling me that his home was being used by Steven Spielberg to shoot the film, Munich. I was living in my Ikea and Goodwill-laden first apartment, making my, what was it...

In the market for a new house? (Related: 6 Tips for First-Time Homebuyers) Maybe you want a movie theater in your home, or a room full of candy dispensers? We’ve gathered some great options for you to look at with these amenities and more…and they...

How strong is your credit? Cleaning up your credit is essential before you make any major financial moves. Having a bad score can hurt your chances of being able to open a credit card, apply for a loan, purchase a car, or rent an apartment. It...

While you're not required to insure your home by law like auto insurance, your mortgage lender more often than not will require you to secure homeowners insurance before they give you a loan. Homeowners insurance protects your home, its contents, and may also protect your...

Buying your first home can seem like a daunting process. From mortgage rates to taxes to closing costs, there's certainly a lot to consider. Because your new home will likely be the biggest investment of your life, it's crucial that you learn about the process...

It’s no secret that moving is a headache. You need to purchase packing supplies, change your address, clean your current home, and more, Luckily, technology can make the process less painful. Whether you’re choosing the best mover or expertly packing your belongings, there’s an app...

Every month you pay the rent, youʼre probably thinking, “I wish this money was going into my future.” For a lot of would-be first-time home buyers, itʼs the down payment which makes home ownership seem impossible. Climbing the “down payment mountain” isnʼt impossible. Like any...

Selling a home is a big process, and it can be a lengthy one as well. If you don’t have a good plan in place beforehand, it can also be a very stressful undertaking, especially if you are in charge of making sure the house...