California Real Estate

The Difference Between APR and Mortgage Interest Rate

Considering taking on a mortgage can be confusing and overwhelming. There’s an endless amount of information and advice and weeding through it can be a monumental task. When you get a mortgage, you are charged two different rates—the annual percentage rate and the interest rate. Understanding the difference between the two rates is important and …

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How Home Loans Work in California

If you’ve thought about buying a house in the Golden State, you’re not alone. It’s a great place to live! You might wonder how to get a mortgage in California, so we’ve put together a list of what you should know about California home loans. Conventional Mortgage This is the most commonly used type and …

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Summertime Fireplace Maintenance Tips

Summertime in California is a great time to do deep-down house and yard cleaning: gardening, cleaning windows, outdoor paint touch-ups, etc. This is the time of year to get your house, yard, and outbuildings checked out for any wintertime damage, have those things repaired, and get them looking their best. One item that you never …

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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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Downsizing for Empty Nesters and Retirees

It sounds so satisfying, in a way, the prospect of working your whole life and then retiring—it’s a goal most of us have, to reach for a reward for decades of toil. With no deadlines to meet, no schedules to keep, no one to answer to, retirement means time to travel, engage in hobbies there …

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How to Make Buying and Selling at the Same Time Work

Buying a home is a serious undertaking, and can be stressful at times. Between keeping paperwork organized, meeting deadlines, and research—and working to sell your home at the same time can turn into one big, overwhelming headache. Here are a few things to keep in mind when you’re buying and selling a home simultaneously. You …

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