New Home Purchase

Investing in a Home is an Investment in Your Future

Is buying a home a good investment? You’ve probably heard from the media, parents, older relatives, and, of course, real estate professionals that buying a home is a great investment that always helps to secure your future. You’re told buying a home is a good investment that will appreciate over time, and that it will …

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Advice for Single Homebuyers

Home-buying trends have changed over the last decade, and in today’s new market, more single homebuyers are entering the real estate market than ever before. And, single women have now outpaced single men as a percentage of homebuyers—a whopping 21 percent of all new home purchases are credited to single women. Single men and women …

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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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Insurance You Need as a Homebuyer

Reviewing the numerous types of insurance available during the home buying process can be overwhelming. You already have so much to do to close on your home—do you really have to jump through more hoops? Well, yes. No sensible car owner would drive without insurance, so it stands to reason that no new homeowner should …

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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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How Long Does it Take to Get a Mortgage in California?

Time spent on the loan process depends on a number of things. First, it depends on how long it takes you to find a property in California you want to call home. If you consider that search as part of the process, you should expect it to take months or possibly years. When it comes …

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Which Succulents Fit Your Personality?

As it’s getting cooler out, the idea of getting new plants to accent your new home can be an impractical one…but only if you’re thinking in terms of the outdoors only! Succulents are great, hassle-free indoor plants, and a quick way to add a bit of living art to any space…but let’s face it, unless …

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Common Mistakes Homebuyers Make

Purchasing a home in California is one of the most exciting and potentially stressful things you can do. The home buying process is also an emotional experience that is very personal to each buyer. When your emotions are involved in a purchase, however, you might end up skipping or overlooking certain details. Here are some suggestions …

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California Leads the Nation in Walkability and Urban Farming

There’s so much to love already about beautiful California; now we can add walkable and urban-farming-friendly cities to the list. If either or both of these are important to you, the Golden State is the place to be, according to two recent Redfin studies. Three California cities made Redfin’s list of most walkable, easily leading …

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