Energy Upgrades Can Improve Property Value, But Are There Financing Pitfalls?

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There are loads of good reasons to make energy efficient improvements to your home but choose wisely to get the most bang for your buck.  Not only does it matter what you upgrade but even more important is how you pay for those improvements.  That tankless hot water heater could land you in financial hot water if you’re not careful! New windows, doors, roof, insulation, et cetera will all make your home more comfortable and potentially more attractive as well as increasing the value.  Few…

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5 Top Tips for Sellers to Choose the Best Purchase Offer

Your house is for sale and what you want more than anything is to get it sold quickly for top dollar.  If you made it appealing to buyers and priced it correctly to begin with you should receive offers pretty soon after it starts showing on the internet. Once you receive a purchase offer, you can accept it, reject it, or propose a change in terms and/or conditions by making a counter-offer.  Keep in mind that all terms and conditions are negotiable.  Keep your emotions…

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Should You Pay A Record Retention Fee When Buying or Selling a Home?

Most real estate agents work on a commission basis.  That means that whether you are buying a home or selling your house, the agent representing you is most often paid as a percentage of the purchase price. An excellent agent is worth every penny they get paid.  And sometimes, worth much more than the commission earned on a particular transaction.  For example, right now I’m involved in what should have been a simple, slam-dunk transaction that has dragged on for 10 weeks and involved much…

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What should Tehachapi homeowners avoid doing if you can’t afford to pay your mortgage?

Let’s talk about some do’s before we get the don’ts. So, what are some good things to do if you are a Tehachapi homeowner and can’t afford to pay your mortgage? Find out what your options are!  You didn’t set out to be in this situation and your lender will understand that.   Many times folks that are no longer able to pay their mortgage and owe more on their house than it’s worth think their only choice is to let it go to foreclosure.…

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