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.
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.
If you’ve ever looked into getting a mortgage, you’re familiar with the term PMI. But how much do you know about it? Do you know what it stands for? What it is? How to avoid it? Let’s dig into PMI and how it impacts real estate transactions.
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?
In my conversations with Darren Wallace, my favorite Fiduciary, we covered a lot of topics. Two areas I wanted to make sure I discussed with him are what tips he has for people planning their trusts/estates, as well as what red flags he has for family members to keep an eye out for. Darren has some great suggestions and guidance.Read More
Good news this week that the loan limits for a conforming loan is increasing for 2019. It’s worth understanding what conforming loans are, what the changes are and how it may impact buyers in our real estate market.
A 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
Theoretically, 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
When 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