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1031 BASICS

If you are thinking of selling an investment property and you’ve heard that you can delay paying income tax on the gains by buying another investment property, this article is for you. This is called a 1031 exchange. In years... Read More »

USE THE RIGHT TYPE OF AGENT

When you are experiencing an important medical situation, you will normally wind up with a specialist of some kind. The same goes for real estate.   A California real estate license allows us to transact business across a... Read More »

LOCAL AGENT?

Over the last few years, many of the Multiple Listing Services across California have started sharing data so agents can have access to areas far beyond where they live. I am NOT a big fan of this! When you are selecting an agent... Read More »

KEEP YOUR HOME SAFE

There have been many burglars willing to share how they target which home to break into. The #1 thing they usually look for is a dark house where it appears no one is home, but they know valuables are inside. There are simple... Read More »

APPRAISAL WOES

Over the last 30 days, I’ve had challenges on several transactions due to appraisals coming in low. I believe I’m being objective when I say they came in “low” because they were not in contract for tremendously higher... Read More »

MOVING OUT WARNINGS

Moving can be stressful. So many things to do, so many loose ends. The last week or two is the worst because the deadline of moving day is approaching. Here are some items that are easy to miss in the hustle and bustle but can... Read More »

TITLE CO. = NEUTRAL

From time to time, a real estate deal will fall apart. Sellers are usually pretty locked into selling as long as the buyer is performing. So most often it’s the buyer that can’t or won’t perform for some reason. In some... Read More »

RENTERS BEWARE

Here is the latest scam I have to warn you about – homes for rent at “too good to be true” prices. The most common location for these scams are on Craigslist, but they can happen anywhere.   Here is how it works. You... Read More »

REAL ESTATE CUSTOMS ARE LOCAL

There is an old saying that, “All real estate is local.” This usually means that prices can be rising in one state while falling in another. We even see variances within states in this regard. But today I want to discuss the... Read More »

SO, HOW IS THE MARKET?

INVENTORY (SUPPLY): The number of resale homes for sale in East County is really, really low. I haven’t seen it this low since 2012-2013. That’s when the “mortgage meltdown” was pretty much over and prices started climbing... Read More »

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