What is a Short Sale?

Lots of people have questions about short sales.  What is it? How does it work? Is it good for me as a buyer?  Is it good for me as a seller?  None of the answers are easy, but let’s try to sort out some facts. What is a short sale? A short sale situation exists when a homeowner owes more on his property than it’s value.   For example, a homeowner purchased a home in 2005 for $350,000 and wants to sell it now.  If…

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Are Ants in Your Area?

Summer is coming to Tehachapi and so are the ants.  Everybody is familiar with the marching armies that seem to be everywhere.  There are lots of ways to battle ants. Sure, you can spray poisons to kill them, but those can be harmful to people, pets, and the environment.  How about some more eco-friendly ways to deal with them? Myles H. Ba der provides some natural solutions in his book 1001 All-Natural Secrets to Pest-Free Property. Did you know that Cream of Wheat is a…

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How Long Before You Can Buy After Foreclosure?

After foreclosure: How long until you can buy again? The short answer is: it depends.  If you are a Tehachapi or Kern County homeowner that is in foreclosure or has already lost their house, you may be able to purchase a home again is 2 to 7 years. Getting a mortgage to finance a home after foreclosure is possible for most homeowners. If you defaulted on your mortgage due to economic hardships, such as job loss, you may receive approval for another mortgage in as…

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New Year, New Batteries, New Water Filters

New year, new batteries, new water filters. There are lots of things you can do on New Year’s day.   Consider going for a nature walk, starting (or finishing) a project, park in front of the TV and watch football, etc.  I started a tradition a few years ago that I wanted to share with everyone else. Do things that are time sensitive. What kind of things?  How about changing water filters and batteries?  How many of these need to be changed depends on your circumstances. …

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