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Posted on 07/25/2021
What You Need to Know About Slab Foundations
Image by Paul Brennan from Pixabay Slab foundations have plenty of benefits, but they also have several issues, many of which depend on the region you're building your home. Here are the important things to consider when it comes to deciding whether a slab foundation is right for you: The Cons of Concrete Slab Foundations Climate is extremely...
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Posted on 07/18/2021
Here's What Sellers Need to Know About Closing Costs
In a home purchase, both the buyer and seller need to pay closing costs. These costs are made up of several individual expenses from different sources and the list can look staggering at first glance. While the buyer typically has the longest list of fees to pay, sellers are still responsible for part of the bill. Here we’ll...
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Posted on 07/11/2021
5 Common Types of Eco-Friendly Homes
Image by Pexels from Pixabay Any home that is designed with sustainability in mind can be considered an eco home, but there are still certain architectural styles and models that have been trending within this sector of the real estate industry. These are five of the most common types of eco-friendly homes: Prefab Homes Commonly referred to as...
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Posted on 07/04/2021
Have Pets? Pet-Proof Your Home With These Floors
Image by Niek Verlaan from Pixabay From getting a bad case of the zoomies to being less than dainty with their water dish, pets definitely put flooring through its paces. Unfortunately, many flooring materials simply cannot meet the demands of pet-friendly households. You need a durable material known to withstand whatever your pets can throw at it like...
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Posted on 06/27/2021
Conditions, Covenants & Restrictions of Local HOA Can Limit Green Improvements
Photo by Maria Godfrida via Pixabay For a homeowner who wants to make green improvements and renovations to their personal property, the Conditions, Covenants & Restrictions, or CC&Rs, of the local homeowner association can pose problems that cost time, money and freedom of choice. This is especially true for homeowners who wish to make structural or aesthetic changes...
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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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