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Top Springtime Places to Take Your Kids in California

Yosemite National Park (209) 372-0200 Yosemite National Park has hundreds of miles of hiking trails that weave past waterfalls, wildlife, lakes, and rivers. Children will love exploring around the gargantuan sequoia trees and learning about nature. It’s a California icon that has inspired artists and outdoorsmen for centuries. Camp, swim, fish, hike, and take pictures. …

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Which is Best for Your Bottom Line: Downsizing or Refinancing?

The decision to downsize may come in a flash, or it may require lengthy consideration. Downsizing can and should be a fun, memorable time with your friends and family. Many homeowners near or in retirement find themselves owing little or nothing on their property, often making the home their largest investment. That home equity can …

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Maximizing Your Appraisal

If you want to refinance your home and still take advantage of currently low interest rates, you’ll they have to get through a home appraisal, before landing a new 30-year fixed-rate mortgage. What do you do when the appraisal came back less than what you’re expecting, and too low to support the new loan? Low …

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Odd Topic Museums in California

Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum 1660 Park Ave, San Jose, CA (408) 947 3635 This unusual museum highlights ancient Egypt and its mysterious legends. See real mummies on display, walk through halls that simulate the majestic pyramids, and take a stroll in the peaceful rose gardens. The Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum has the largest collection of Egyptian artifacts …

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Why Buying a Home is Better than Renting

Owning your own home has distinct advantages over renting, especially when it comes to building your net worth and providing a stable environment for your family. If you’re struggling with whether to buy versus rent, consider these 10 reasons to take the plunge into homeownership: 1. You can ramp up energy efficiency. Energy-efficient improvements—from adding …

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