Peak season varies from year to year and market to market. Early spring and early fall are thought to be prime listing seasons. That's when homeowners prefer to spend their time preparing their homes for sale; when the kids are getting out of school (or just going back). Homes tend to look their best outside of the heat of summer or the cold of winter.
If you decide to sell during … [Read More...]
Our California Association of Realtors has been working with California Sen. Barbara Boxer to protect distressed homeowners from debt relief income tax associated with a short sale in California.
As part of this effort, Sen. Boxer requested the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to provide guidance on whether mortgage debt forgiveness in a lender-approved short sale would be taxable … [Read More...]
Here is a list of the top mistakes that buyers commonly make:
1. Not realizing that if you don't write a strong offer to purchase, the seller may reject or not respond to your offer.
2. Not realizing that if you don't write a strong offer to purchase, you may lose the property to another more highly motivated buyer.
3. Not realizing that, without a confidentiality agreement, a seller need … [Read More...]
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The Tri-Valley housing market has performed well this year with only 6 weeks of 2013 remaining. The October median sold price of single family detached homes in the Tri-Valley is up 16% over the same time last year (from $625,000 to $728,000) and up 28% over October 2011 (from $566,800 to $728,000).
Sales of existing single-family detached homes were down 2 percent when compared to the same … [Read More...]
You’ve probably heard it before. “The Winter season is slow.” Or, “No one is really buying or selling.” And even, “I’ll wait until the New Year, it’s a new start right?”
Wrong. The truth is, it’s better to be ahead than behind.
The winter months are the perfect opportunity to find the motivated buyers and get them to buy your home.
A little perspective may help in understanding why … [Read More...]
No home is perfect. Every home - including newly constructed ones - has issues. You should not expect sellers to disclose any information about the condition of the house you want to buy, or about any potential hazards to the property. Even if the seller provides you a recent home inspection report, it's best not to rely on it as the seller may have chosen an inspector who’s a friend or family … [Read More...]
The best time to make decisions regarding long-term care is well before it's needed. An unexpected illness or injury may force you or a loved one into making hasty decisions.
Long-term care is a set of services and supports for people who are unable to perform Activities of Daily Living (ADLs). ADLs are self-care activities, such as getting in and out of bed, walking, bathing, dressing, eating, … [Read More...]
You probably protect your car with oil changes and yearly maintenance check, right? Such a big investment needs proper TLC.
Just like your car, your home systems and appliances all need periodic maintenance checks to make sure they're operating safely and efficiently. A professional preventative maintenance program can help homeowners when it comes to the upkeep of their heating and cooling … [Read More...]