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April 3, 2020

Housing Perspective COVID-19 Market Impact

A Statement from CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®

The Coronavirus outbreak has generated a significant amount of uncertainty in financial markets and for the global economy. The range of potential impacts varies wildly from forecaster to forecaster, but it has become clear that this is unlike anything the U.S. has ...

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March 20, 2020

Video Chat with Elizabeth Russo

Hi Everyone!

While my dad has just declared that Shelter in Place means VACATION at home with my mom! My mom's a bit of a hermit, so she really thinks this is how it should be all of the time. It's good all around in the Hanford household ...

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March 13, 2020

Coronavirus Real Estate Market Impacts

I thought you might be interested in how the Coronavirus might impact the California market.  Me being a Realtor, I'm a little worried.  Below is the statement from the California Association of Realtors.  Please reach out to me if you have any questions or would like ...

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March 6, 2020

The Fixer Upper Money Pit

These days I wonder, if you're not a contractor, how are you going to make money fixing up a home?  While the idea sounds awesome, a little hard work and a big payout, I just wonder if it might be a little unrealistic to think all fixers are ...

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Feb. 28, 2020

Closing Costs Cleared-up

Many wonder what the closing costs are for purchasing a home in Contra Costa County and Alameda County. 

This is a really good question, being that they can be up to 2-5% of your purchase price.  It's good to think about these things so you don't ...

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Feb. 14, 2020

Are You Saving Savvy?

How much are American's setting aside for retirement, emergencies and other financial goals - like homeownership?How much are American's setting aside for retirement, emergencies and other financial goals - like homeownership?

Bankrate.com and Financial Health Network said, more than 1 in 5 people in the United States are NOT saving ANY of their income.  And get this, 29% say they are financially "strong ...

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Feb. 7, 2020

Thinking about Downsizing?

Turns out, loads of us are looking to downsize.  Here are the common reasons Homes.com believes people are making the change:

  • 59% want to save money
  • 38% said their space was just too big
  • 36% said the large home was just too hard to clean and maintain
  • 23 ...
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Jan. 10, 2020

5 Electric Home Dangers

When someone finds that perfect home to purchase, they're most likely going to get a home inspection.  I've found the most common problem that comes up in the inspection is problems with the electric outlets. 

  1. The outlet isn't grounded.  Keep in mind, not all ...
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Jan. 3, 2020

Buyers - Try and Try Again

Are you one of our home buyers that haven't found anything to purchase yet?  You should know, you are not alone.  55% of our clients are in your same boat.  Is one of your top reasons for not purchasing yet, affordability, can't find the perfect ...

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Dec. 27, 2019

The Credit Score Conundrum

When shopping around for the best mortgage rates, you may wonder why you aren't quoted the rate you see advertised online or by banks?  Credit Scores can have a big impact on what you are quoted.  If you'd like to work on cleaning up your credit ...

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