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Posted on 04/02/2021
1731 Ellis Street, Concord, CA 94520 is now new to the market!
Welcome to 1731 Ellis Islandia Condominiums. This beautiful two bedroom, one bathroom top floor condo overlooks the central courtyard, containing the pool and a sitting deck. Home #53 comes with one car parking and additional storage. Islandia is a 2 level none elevator landscaped complex with an open walkway to each home. Ellis Lake and Ellis Lake Park are right across the street, and there are shopping and restaurants nearby. Concord Bart station, along with freeways, are close to Ellis Islandia Condominiums. You don't want to miss this during your...
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Posted on 03/28/2021
Home Maintenance: Pest Control
Image by dayamay from Pixabay Termites and other wood-destroying organisms can destroy a home in no time. Even if you have stucco on the outside, you have wood under the stucco. If a piece breaks off, termites and other bugs can get inside and destroy the walls. Wood is everywhere in our homes. Even block homes have wood...
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Posted on 03/21/2021
Easy Steps Credit Steps for Preapproval
Photo by Pixabay via Pexels Thinking of buying a home in the near future? You're going to need a preapproval. This tells real estate agents that you're serious about the home-buying process, and it alerts sellers that you're a solid, low-risk candidate. Preapprovals aren't always easy to score, however. And if you're someone who's had a few credit...
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Posted on 03/17/2021
Another Property Sold - 339 Diamond Street, San Francisco, CA 94114
Let all the facets of your life sparkle in this enchanting Edwardian home that opens to a.magical tiered yard with views and privacy in one of San Francisco's most desired neighborhoods! With a flexible floor-plan and a spacious eat-in kitchen that opens to the rear patio and tiered yard with 2 more levels with views, greenery and lemon trees. This home is laid out for your enjoyment with 2 bedrooms and 2 sitting rooms (or living room and formal dining room), a large eat in kitchen as well as a finished unwarranted room above the garage for a home office, gym or zoom room! Laundry is located in the large basement area with an...
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Posted on 03/17/2021
Another Property Sold - 10 Dearborn Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
Welcome to 10 Dearborn St. in Mission Dolores San Francisco! This charming 2 bedroom, 1 bath TIC is complete with wood floors, gas burning stovetop, in-unit washer and dryer, dishwasher, storage and 1 car parking. Walking distance to Valencia corridor and all that the Misson has to offer. Taking a break from working from home is easy to do when at Dolores Park, which is just a few minutes walk from 10 Dearborn. Easy to see by appointment only per COVID-19 State of CA guidelines. You don't want to miss this one during your...
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Posted on 03/14/2021
When Your Homeowner’s Insurance Has Holes
Image by Brasil Creativo from Shutterstock If this is your first time owning a home, your mind is likely consumed with plans to replace the carpet or upgrade the appliances. You want to get the best deals and save money where you can. One area not to skimp, though, is in your homeowner's insurance. The last thing you...
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Posted on 03/07/2021
Should You Join Your HOA?
Photo by RawPixel.com via Shutterstock When it comes to homeowner’s associations, you need to know what type yours is before you determine whether to “join” it. There are two types of associations, covenant-based and voluntary. When homeowners ask about requirements to join a homeowner’s association, they may believe it is optional, but if our association is covenant-based, you...
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Posted on 02/28/2021
What Is Step-Up Basis?
Image by Steve Buissinne from Pixabay Suppose you’ve inherited your parents’ longtime home. Suppose they paid $100,000 for it, and it’s now worth $300,000. Had they sold it while it was in their possession, they would have avoided paying capital gains tax due to the Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997. Now that it’s yours, has that tax avoidance...
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Posted on 02/21/2021
Are You Prepared to Address Home Selling Hurdles?
The home selling journey may be perilous, particularly for an individual who is unprepared for potential pitfalls. Fortunately, there are lots of things that you can do to quickly identify house selling hurdles and address such issues before they get out of hand. Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you detect and resolve a wide...
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Posted on 02/17/2021
Another Property Sold - 543 Seaver Drive, Mill Valley, CA 94941
Welcome to 543 Seaver Drive in Mill Valley. This beautiful top floor condo in an elevator building has high ceilings, a fireplace, in-unit washer & dryer, and partial views of some of the bay, San Francisco, and surrounding hills. The ensuite bedroom also comes with a desk that folds out from an enclosed area, and a nice long pillowed sitting space to lounge by the bedroom window and enjoy the view. Additional storage can be found throughout this home with a secure private closet down by the main entrance. Close to parks, trails, waterways, and all that Mill Valley has to offer. Just a short drive or ferry ride to downtown San...
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Posted on 02/14/2021
Which Home Improvements Add the Most Value to a Home
Photo by bidvine via Pixabay Some home projects and improvements can't wait - a leaking hot water heater or a water damaged floor need to be replaced right away. Other, planned renovations and upgrades are optional. Consider not only your current needs, but the potential impact of any large planned upgrade on your home's value before you proceed....
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Posted on 02/07/2021
How to Impress California Luxury Homebuyers
If you want to sell a luxury home in San Francisco, Malibu or any other California city or town, you'll want to do everything possible to ensure your residence impresses property buyers. That way, you'll be better equipped than ever before to reap the benefits of a quick, profitable Golden State luxury home selling experience. Now, let's take a...
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