John Torres' Blog

Posted on 06/20/2021
3 Ways Buyers Can Secure the Best Mortgage Terms
Image by StockSnap from Pixabay The perfect home is not the only thing you'll need to shop for when you want to become a homeowner. In order to get the best terms, the lowest monthly payment and a reasonable interest rate, start doing some homework now -- before you even attend your first open house. 1. Check Your...
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Posted on 06/13/2021
Pre-Approval: What it is & How to Achieve it
Photo by Clker-Free-Vector-Images via Pixabay A mortgage pre-approval can be a valuable tool for understanding how much you can afford to spend on purchasing a home. It can also make you seem much more attractive to sellers and help to identify any potential problems that may make it difficult to get a loan. In fact, many lenders claim...
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Posted on 06/06/2021
Safety First: How to Create and Maintain Deck Railing
Photo by kalcommodore via Pixabay Beautiful railings, including the railing that surrounds your deck, plays a major role in your home's curb appeal. Even when it's not visible from the street, a strong, sturdy deck and the railing that surrounds it can still raise your home's resale value. That's extra living space, after all. Even if it is...
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Posted on 05/30/2021
Real Estate and the Estate Tax
Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay If you anticipate that you will inherit an estate at some point or if you plan to leave your estate to an heir, it is important to plan for the potential tax implications of that transfer. The federal estate tax is one aspect to consider. Depending on the value of the estate,...
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Posted on 05/29/2021
Another Property Sold - 1601 El Arroyo Drive, Healdsburg, CA 95448
Desirable Poppy Hill location! This spacious 4 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath home features: hardwood floors, central air, a fireplace, an updated kitchen with an island and granite countertops, and a formal dining room. This home is situated on a large corner lot with a cul-de-sac. The backyard is perfect for outdoor entertaining with a covered deck, a flagstone patio, raised garden beds, several fruit trees, and a...
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Posted on 05/23/2021
5 Tips for a Seamless New Construction Home Buying Experience
Photo by Tima Miroshnichenko from Pexels When you're buying a new construction home, you might feel like there are too many choices and things to consider. But choosing a new construction company and watching them build your new home from the dirt up can be a very enjoyable experience. These five tips can help you get the most...
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Posted on 05/17/2021
1566 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg, CA 95448 now has a new price of $495,000!
Ready to build parcel with most of the City of Healdsburg building/development fees paid. Plan your new home on this level and usable 7,000+/-sq.ft. parcel. Fenced on 3 sides. Located behind an Electric Security Gate entrance off the main street. 3 custom homes already...
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Posted on 05/16/2021
How to Build a Backyard Fire Pit
Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay A fire pit adds a cozy and fun element to any backyard. Think of the roasting of marshmallows or just enjoying a toasty fire on a chilly fall night. Building a fire pit is a relatively straightforward DIY project. To get started, you’ll need the right materials, tools, location and confirmation you will...
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Posted on 05/09/2021
Keep Dry When Moving in the Rain
Image by Matheus Bertelli from Pexels Often, you cannot choose the timing of your move. If the rainy season happens to be in full swing, moisture could become an added challenge to your relocation strategy. Even a drizzle could cause damage to your property but you can avoid issues if you are prepared. Below are tips on how...
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Posted on 05/02/2021
Savory Zucchini Potato Soup
Photo by Louis Hansel @shotsoflouis on Unsplash Looking for a soup for all seasons? Let Zucchini Potato Soup fill the bill. It's low-fat and light yet filling. It's power-packed with nutritious goodness, and enhanced with the perfect blend of spices and herbs. This recipe serves a party of 6 or more. If you have a food processor or...
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Posted on 04/25/2021
Sustainable Construction: Green Features to Include in Your New Build
Photo by Maria Orlova from Pexels With a greater focus on energy efficiency in recent years, new construction has been using green features. These features are designed to reduce negative impacts on the environment and help homeowners reduce their energy usage. If you’re planning to have a green home built, the following are some of the more common...
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Posted on 04/18/2021
Finish the Look of Your Kitchen With a Backsplash
Photo by P_Kennedy123 via Pixabay The word is out! Tile is back, and we couldn't be happier. No other medium finishes the look of a kitchen like a tile backsplash. And regardless of your skill level, with a little patience, almost anyone can create a stunning tile backsplash. Here's how it's done! What you'll need Tile of choice...
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