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Updated: Monday, December 11, 2017

Purple Power: How To Use Pantones 2018 Color Of The Year
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

Seeing a whole lot of purple recently? Its not an homage to Prince. Its Pantones Color of the Year for 2018, and its about to be everywhere.Pantone, the worlds leading color authority, typically sets off trends with its annual color choice. So expect fashion and home deacute;cor to soon be wrapped in PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet, a color choice ...


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The Introverts Guide to Hosting Holiday Get-Togethers
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

So you somehow got roped into hosting a holiday get-together this year, which means dozens of family members will be descending upon your house, and... this is your basic nightmare. Introverts are so much better at going to other peoples houses for these types of things because you can arrive when you want, leave when you want, and play with the...


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Get The Look: Transitional-Style Kitchen
Written By: Yanic Simard, Houzz Contributor

Transitional >The Basics: Mixing Old and NewFundamentally, transitional >Often this means taking evocative traditional shapes and applying a contemporary finish to them. For example, take a look at this beautiful bridge faucet. Its a very traditional >Photo by Titus Built, LLC - More kitchen ideasEssential: Shaker CabinetsPerhaps the best exampl...


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What To Expect from Your Solar Energy This Winter
Written By: Cassandra Gatton

What happens when you >Preparing for WinterWinter is known for drastic changes in temperatures above and below freezing. It is important to inspect your panels and roof before winter weather arrives. Hiring a pro is the safest option when it comes to inspecting roof-mounted solar panels according to HomeAdvisor. Making sure your roof is in good ...


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Drones Make An Impression With A Birds Eye View Of The Neighborhood
Written By: Celeste O’Hara

Technology is changing the way real estate agents sell their listings; from putting the very first digital pin on a map to detail the exact location of a home, to offering video tours online, technology is continuously advancing and its important that real estate agents are keeping up with the times to bring the very best to their clients.Today,...


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Innovative Rent-To-Own Program Could Be The Answer To Your Down Payment Dilemma
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

Strapped for cash and desperate to buy a home? We hear ya. While todays homeownership rate is trending back up after reaching its lowest level since 1965 last year, there are still thousands upon thousands of people who would love to become homeowners but who are stymied by the lack of a down payment.Yes, loans you can get through the Federal Ho...


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Real Estate Disclosure Laws Vary From State To State
Written By: Benny L. Kass

Question: I believe my house is haunted. Periodically, a door will slam or windows will mysteriously open when no one else is home. I plan to sell; do I have to disclose? Mary.Answer: Dear Mary: For purposes of my response, I will accept your statement that your house is haunted. Frankly, I am a skeptic, and do not believe in such ghost stories....


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Picture Perfect HOA Reserves
Written By: Richard Thompson

A reserve study identifies a homeowner associations future repairs and replacements like a snapshot in time. Imagine that you could picture the buildings and grounds as they would be in five, ten, even thirty years. A reserve study acts just like that by estimating the useful life of the common elements and the cost to replace them in the future...


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Five No Regrets Real Estate Buying Strategies To Avoid Missing-Out
Written By: PJ Wade

In real estate, "the one that got away" stories get told and retold, usually with little satisfaction to the teller.The real estate you didnt buy, but still wish you had, can weigh heavily on your mind and may even top your "Big Regrets List."Every piece of real estate, vacant or otherwise, is unique. Once a property is sold, searching for its e...


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Ethics In The Real Estate Business
Written By: Bob Hunt

Its no secret that real estate salespeople do not, by and large, enjoy a very good reputation. Indeed, the true professionals in the business are discomforted by the fact that opinion polls regularly show that the public ranks real estate sales pretty low on the list of occupations whose practitioners are to be admired.More particularly there ar...


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CASA and St. Vincent de Paul Society Receive Generous Donations Through the Innovative Agent with Heart Program.
Written By: Realty Times

Erica Seigred of Surterre Properties in Newport Beach, CA has made a donation to the Court Appointed Special Advocates CASA on behalf of her clients, Andrew Garrison and Emily McEwan. Terri Repetto of Realty One Group in San Diego, CA has made a donation to the St. Vincent de Paul Society on behalf of her client, Rika.ldquo;Wersquo;d like to ext...


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Modern Exterior Decor To Update Your Holiday Home
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

Perhaps youve had the same holiday deacute;cor for decades and are ready to modernize your look. Maybe you just moved into a new home and decided this was a great time to start fresh. Either way, you probably want to make sure your new holiday deacute;cor reflects modern trends. Weve got ideas.White on whiteIt doesnt get any more elegant than wh...


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The Best Holiday Gifts For Those Hard-To-Buy-For Types
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

Gift-giving is fun, its satisfying, but its not always a breeze. Especially if you have a large list filled with people who are notoriously difficult, demanding, have expensive taste, or who just dont give much of an indication about what they might want, you may be searching for ideas for unique gifts. We have curated a list that can help with ...


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5 Easy Design Tips For A Zen Bedroom
Written By: Realty Times Staff

A good nightrsquo;s sleep is a much-coveted dream of many, and for good reason. Research from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute shows that sleep is vital for emotional well-being, decision-making, physical health and creativity. And yet 45 percent of Americans report that poor sleep negatively affects their life at least one day a wee...


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Slaying That Credit Score - New Tips For A New Year
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

Getting ready to buy a house or just thinking about it? Where to buy, what to buy, and how youll afford it are probably top of mind. But if youre not also concentrating on your credit score - and by concentrating on, we mean actively trying to raise your scores as much as possible - youre not looking at the whole homebuying picture.Not only can ...


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Find The Right Interior Doors For Your Home
Written By: Kerrie Kelly, ASID

Take a minute to count the number of doors in your house. Surprising, right? Consider then, the impact that a little attention to the doors can have on the overall >Lets take a look at the options:MaterialsPrices for interior doors vary depending on what theyre made of. There are pros and cons associated with the materials themselves that are wo...


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All Cash Offers May Be Questionable In Real Estate Transactions
Written By: Benny L. Kass

Question: I often see advertisements offering "all cash for your house or condo." Some of these ads offer to give monthly payments for equity. What type of guarantee is the seller offered so as to insure that he/she gets the full amount. Suppose the company goes bankrupt? How can these companies offer such benefits as "three times your equity"? ...


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Ask the HOA Expert: Governing Document Provisions
Written By: Richard Thompson

Question: Our governing documents have a provision that limits rental agreements to 12 months except for extenuating situations approved by the board. Since the HOA has not been turned over yet by the developer, is the developer the "board" and does this give him the power to change the rules for his own benefit? For example, the developer rente...


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Updated: Monday, December 11, 2017

Purple Power: How To Use Panto...
Seeing a whole lot of purple recently? Its not an homage to Prince. Its Pantones Color of th...

The Introverts Guide to Hostin...
So you somehow got roped into hosting a holiday get-together this year, which means dozens o...

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In last week's blog we looked at some statistical evidence suggesting that the winter...

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We're already seeing strong signs that the imminent winter selling season is showing...

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