Category Archives: Buying Real Estate

Words of Advice: What others have to say about why they prefer buying a home rather than renting.

From a recent article in the New York Times, January 4, 2008. I live in coastal Southern California where prices have been insane for a long times (5 years). Only 15% of the folks who work here can afford to … Continue reading

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10 Creative Ways to Afford a Home

If your income and savings are making home buying a challenge, consider these creative options. Speaking from my own personal experience, the use of 4 of these techniques helped make possible home ownership for my husband and me. We purchased … Continue reading

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How to Pick the Wrong Lender

One day, you’re interested in getting a loan. Your plan is simple: Call a number of lenders and see who has the lowest rate. You call the first lender. She or he asks you when you plan on getting your … Continue reading

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How Accurate is a Zestimate?

A Wall Street Journal analysis of 1,000 recent home sales shows that Zillow’s “Zestimates” often are very good, frequently within a few percentage points of the actual price paid. But when Zillow is bad, it can be terrible — off … Continue reading

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Zillow: What’s the Big Idea?

You may have heard of Zillow.com or you may have even tried it yourself. Zillow has a web site that gives free estimates and offers various online tools for real-estate buyers and sellers. It makes money from online advertising, selling … Continue reading

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OPEN HOUSE – Sunday, 11/18, 1-4 pm

OPEN HOUSE -Sunday, 11/18, 1-4pm 2295 Bahia Dr., La Jolla, CA It’s no surprise that the “Robb Report” recently deemed La Jolla as the best place to live in the United States of America! If you or anyone you know … Continue reading

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Buying Where Students Live

Students and parents looking for student housing are considering buying rather than renting. Parents of students are investing in college and university housing to off-set a portion, if not all, of their child’s college tuition, with an eye toward renting … Continue reading

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How Does a Buyer Find the Right Agent?

Obviously, recommendations are an excellent method. Interviewing agents is another. Are they knowledgeable about the market? Are they experienced? Assertive enough to be a good negotiator? Astute agents will help buyers clarify their criteria, and give feedback on what is … Continue reading

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Is it a good idea to use more than one real estate agent to find a home?

Although it may seem that having several agents working for you increases your chances of finding the right property, it doesn’t. In fact, having more than one agent working for you usually works the opposite way. The reason is simple. … Continue reading

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1st Time Home Buyers

Buying your first home is a significant change in your life and one of the largest financial commitments you will make. It is always a good idea to remember why you decided to buy a house instead of renting. Remember, … Continue reading

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