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Mortgage Basics: Prequalified vs Preapproved
Posted on 12/15/2019
Mortgage Basics: Prequalified vs Preapproved
If you’re a first-time homebuyer, odds are you’ve thrown the words “prequalified” and “preapproved” interchangeably. However, when it comes to home loans, there are some very important differences between the two. For buyers hoping to purchase a home with a few missteps and misunderstandings as possible, it’s vital to understand the procedures involved in acquiring financing for a home....
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Is It Worth Your Time to Host an Open House?
Posted on 12/08/2019
Is It Worth Your Time to Host an Open House?
Let's face it – hosting an open house may seem like a major hassle. Cleaning a home and getting it ready for an open house could prove to be costly and time-consuming. Plus, despite your best efforts to prep for an open house, there are no guarantees that the event ultimately will help you sell your residence. Although hosting...
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Turning Vintage Tinware Into Unique Planters
Posted on 12/01/2019
Turning Vintage Tinware Into Unique Planters
Photo by Sabine van Erp via Pixabay There's a certain nostalgia associated with genuine vintage tins -- not the replicas you find at today's one-dollar stores. Genuine vintage tins had real purpose, usually multiple ones, in fact. They did double duty as tubs to wash both children and laundry. Or, sometimes, they held both lunch food and school...
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A Guide to Pressure Washing Your Home to Increase Curb Appeal
Posted on 11/24/2019
A Guide to Pressure Washing Your Home to Increase Curb Appeal
Pressure washing your home can be an excellent way to increase curb appeal on a budget. A good pressure washer can be used to clean vinyl siding, windows, driveways, decks and sidewalks. You can buy, rent, or hire a pressure washer. And, there are a number of different types of machines available. So, in this post, I’m going to...
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Video Tour  - 235 Malcolm Drive, Pasadena, CA 91105
Posted on 11/21/2019
Video Tour - 235 Malcolm Drive, Pasadena, CA 91105
This post war, split level Traditional is wonderfully sited in the San Rafael Hills. Corner lot location that offers tree top and mountain views. The first level, upon entering , you will be surprised by the marvelous living room with a high-beamed, vaulted ceiling, peg & groove hardwood floors, an oversized fireplace and 6 large picture windows providing views of the San Gabriel Mountains. Up a short flight of steps is a formal dining room with hardwood floors, wainscoting and picture window vistas of the back garden and patio. There are doors from most rooms to the exterior gardens and patios. The kitchen has great views of the mountains as...
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235 Malcolm Drive, Pasadena, CA 91105 is now new to the market!
Posted on 11/21/2019
235 Malcolm Drive, Pasadena, CA 91105 is now new to the market!
This post war, split level Traditional is wonderfully sited in the San Rafael Hills. Corner lot location that offers tree top and mountain views. The first level, upon entering , you will be surprised by the marvelous living room with a high-beamed, vaulted ceiling, peg & groove hardwood floors, an oversized fireplace and 6 large picture windows providing views of the San Gabriel Mountains. Up a short flight of steps is a formal dining room with hardwood floors, wainscoting and picture window vistas of the back garden and patio. There are doors from most rooms to the exterior gardens and patios. The kitchen has great views of the mountains as...
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Home Buying for Seniors – What to Expect
Posted on 11/17/2019
Home Buying for Seniors – What to Expect
Moving from one apartment to another is not an easy decision for the senior citizens. Apart from its area, there are other factors to consider. It is always difficult to move from a place you accustomed to, whether you are buying a home close to your family, or you are getting a new home to downsize, packing from...
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Should You Purchase a Smart Home Device?
Posted on 11/10/2019
Should You Purchase a Smart Home Device?
There is no shortage of smart home devices available to property owners nationwide. From light bulbs to thermostats, there are lots of devices that you can pick up to transform an ordinary residence into a smart house. Ultimately, there are plenty of reasons to invest in smart home devices. These reasons include: 1. Smart home devices offer unmatched convenience....
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Make a Down Payment Savings Plan To Buy Your First Home
Posted on 11/03/2019
Make a Down Payment Savings Plan To Buy Your First Home
You’ve been thinking it for a while: “I really should start putting some money aside for a down payment.” But, you just can’t seem to find any wiggle room in your budget. You’re not alone. Saving for a down payment isn’t easy. Especially if you’ve got rent, car payments, student loans, and are trying to put money aside for...
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Yes, You Can Buy a Home Without an Agent, But…
Posted on 10/27/2019
Yes, You Can Buy a Home Without an Agent, But…
You may be thinking to yourself that rather than hiring an agent, you could use that commission money for something else. In most cases, buyers' real estate agents will ask for five to eight percent of the property's purchase price, which is certainly not cheap. After all, can’t you just post your ideal house on a Facebook forum...
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How To Find A Good Repair Contractor
Posted on 10/20/2019
How To Find A Good Repair Contractor
When looking for a contractor online to work on a project for you, you might end up getting discouraged and afraid to hire one. There are too many stories about homeowners having terrible experiences of theft, delayed jobs, or poorly done work that required another repair. These experiences happen everywhere but it doesn’t make all contractors bad, there...
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Another Property Sold - 360 California Terrace, Pasadena, CA 91105
Posted on 10/19/2019
Another Property Sold - 360 California Terrace, Pasadena, CA 91105
International/Modern design by Pasadena architect John Pugsley in 1959 offers tremendous privacy while having walls of glass and open interior spaces. Located near the Lower Arroyo Seco on a much loved, tree-lined street is this walled 1-story contemporary. Built around a lovely courtyard, the play of light & greenery visually creates a place of peace and tranquility. Two wings of the house are connected by a galleria entry enhanced by an expanse of glass and vistas. In the public wing a spacious living room carries the theme of glass & vistas. A freestanding fireplace separates the living room from the dining room. The kitchen has floor to...
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