Closing 101: Ways to Hold Title

Ways to hold title

Your offer has just been accepted on that home you’ve been dreaming about – congratulations! ? You’re ready to wrap up escrow and move on in, right? Well hold on just a moment. Along with all of the other things to consider during the escrow process is to determine how you will hold title on your new property.

No idea what I’m talking about? Let’s dig in a bit on title – what it is, why it matters and what your options are.

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Hot Water Made Easy – Tankless Water Heaters

tankless water heater

For decades, we’ve all had giant tanks that have created and stored hot water for us. The bigger the better, so we never run out. Of course, bigger works to your disadvantage if that tank springs a leak and floods your house or basement. How can you avoid this and still get all the hot water you need when you need it? Why a tankless water heater, of course.

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Buyer’s Market – Are We There Yet?

Buyers Market

You’ll hear the Chicken Little’s talking about it – “The bottom’s falling out!”; “It’s 2008 all over again!”; “Here comes the bust!!”.  What are they talking about? The real estate market, of course. And like all things Chicken Little, there’s a lot of drama and hyperbole, but maybe a tiny grain of truth.  So, are we in a Buyer’s Market?

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Emergency Preparedness: Lessons Learned From an Evacuation

Emergency Preparedness TipsA couple of weeks ago, my sister had to evacuate her home. At 2 in the morning.  The Woolsey Fire had jumped the 101 right down the street from her family’s home, and it was time to get out. I’m happy to say that in the end, after 5 days of evacuation, they and their home were just fine. But there were a lot of emergency preparedness lessons learned during this time that are worthy of sharing.Read More

Get Your Drainage On – Here Comes The Rain Again!

peninsula drainage for foundation protectionTheoretically, we’re approaching the rainy season here in the Bay Area (which we’ll hopefully have plenty of this year!) But while it’s still sunny and dry, it’s a great time to think about the drainage around your home and how to keep your foundation, in particular, protected from water.

Three key areas that you should focus on at this time are your gutters, your downspouts and underground drainage systems (typically French Drains).Read More

Driver Safety – On The Road Again

driver safetyWhen my Dad was in rehab after open heart surgery, one of his biggest questions was “when can I drive again?”  It struck me that, with everything else he had going on, getting back behind the wheel was practically his top priority. Why? Because driving equals independence and freedom. Remember when you first got your license and you would go for long drives without much purpose, just to be out on the road? The possibilities were infinite!Read More