Home Ownership

Don’t Assume You Can’t Afford to Buy a Home in California

You too can buy a house, even in a relatively unpredictable market. Talking with first time homebuyers in California, they often say their reasons for why they haven’t chosen ownership over renting. Some common themes always emerge, which we discuss below. I don’t have a 20% down payment! Most people assume that you need 20% …

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Holiday Traditions in California

The holidays are a time to join family and honor history and heritage. In our state, we have a diverse range of cultures, and each of these groups celebrates individual holiday traditions that make California unique during the holidays. Tamales Many Texas holiday traditions can be traced back to Latin American and Spanish cultures. Tamales …

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Thanksgiving Traditions in California

When military governor General Bennett Riley proclaimed a day of Thanksgiving in November 1849 during the turmoil of the Gold Rush, California was not yet a state. In September 1863, President Abraham Lincoln decreed Thanksgiving as a national holiday. Before that declaration, the celebration was sporadically held, mainly in the New England states, as a …

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Home Payment Liability After Natural Disaster

At the beginning of September 2017, the Federal Emergency Management Agency had declared more than 46 official natural disaster areas. These disasters have lingering effects, but such declarable events include flooding, fire, tornadoes, hurricanes, monster winter storms, tornadoes, hailstorms, and other emergency situations. The question of whether you have to pay your mortgage even if …

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Is There a Best Time to Buy a House in California?

Early spring is traditionally the beginning of home shopping season in California. It’s often a period of optimism for would-be home buyers, since spring is when the highest number of homes for sale are newly listed. This is a great time for buyers most interested in finding the perfect home—but be aware that as a …

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Houseplants that can Improve Indoor Air Quality

NASA began studying houseplants in the late 1980s, as a means of providing purer and cleaner air for space stations. Many different houseplants, they learned, can help to purify the air. These plants filter out certain harmful compounds and make the air much healthier to breathe. They are easily obtained and can be added to …

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