3 Reasons to See a Homeownership Adviser

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Buying a home can be confusing and emotional, especially for first-timers. It’s a huge expenditure – the largest many folks will make in their lifetime.

There’s a lot of information to review and plenty of documents to sign. And, at times, it’s can become hard to tell who’s working for whom.

It’s not surprising that Fannie Mae’s <a href="http://www.fanniemae.com/portal/about-us/m…

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Buying a home can be confusing and emotional, especially for first-timers. It’s a huge expenditure – the largest many folks will make in their lifetime.

There’s a lot of information to review and plenty of documents to sign. And, at times, it’s can become hard to tell who’s working for whom.

It’s not surprising that Fannie Mae’s <a href="http://www.fanniemae.com/portal/about-us/m…

Water Safety for Your Dog's Days of Summer

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With record high temperatures all over the country this summer, people are trying everything to keep cool.

Whether your water activities are focused on backyard pool barbecues, picnics on the beach, or time spent on a boat, chances are that the family dog will be included in many of these activities. Needless to say, it’s really important to keep your canine companion safe arou…

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With record high temperatures all over the country this summer, people are trying everything to keep cool.

Whether your water activities are focused on backyard pool barbecues, picnics on the beach, or time spent on a boat, chances are that the family dog will be included in many of these activities. Needless to say, it’s really important to keep your canine companion safe arou…

Best Subway Tile Looks for the Bathroom

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Subway tiles – the white 3-by-6-inch ceramic rectangles we’ve grown so fond of over the years – are now a staple in bathroom design.

Classic and simple, subway tile is an affordable choice that continues its legacy of making well-loved spaces easy to clean and even easier on the eyes.  (They may even help boost your home…

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Subway tiles – the white 3-by-6-inch ceramic rectangles we’ve grown so fond of over the years – are now a staple in bathroom design.

Classic and simple, subway tile is an affordable choice that continues its legacy of making well-loved spaces easy to clean and even easier on the eyes.  (They may even help boost your home…

House of the Week: Groucho Marx's Former Digs in Los Angeles

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“Go, and never darken my towels again.” If Groucho Marx ever actually delivered that line to a guest, it could easily have been in this Los Angeles home, where he lived in the 1940s. The 5-bedroom, 4-bath Cape Cod has been remodeled, but you can still picture him leaning on the fireplace mantle with a cigar in his mouth, speed-muttering a witty phrase.

The Marx brother famously never wanted to join any cl…

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“Go, and never darken my towels again.” If Groucho Marx ever actually delivered that line to a guest, it could easily have been in this Los Angeles home, where he lived in the 1940s. The 5-bedroom, 4-bath Cape Cod has been remodeled, but you can still picture him leaning on the fireplace mantle with a cigar in his mouth, speed-muttering a witty phrase.

The Marx brother famously never wanted to join any cl…

What Kind of Bugs Are in Your House?

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There are so many things to consider when searching for your dream home: location, size, school district, number of bedrooms – the list goes on.

One question you may forget to ask yourself is “What kind of bugs and pests will I have to deal with?”

Pests are everywhere, and having a few in your home is pretty much inevitable. But knowledge is power when it comes to critters, says Dr. Nancy Troyano, director of technical education and training at <a href="http://www.rentokil.com/"…

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There are so many things to consider when searching for your dream home: location, size, school district, number of bedrooms – the list goes on.

One question you may forget to ask yourself is “What kind of bugs and pests will I have to deal with?”

Pests are everywhere, and having a few in your home is pretty much inevitable. But knowledge is power when it comes to critters, says Dr. Nancy Troyano, director of technical education and training at <a href="http://www.rentokil.com/"…

Two Former Donald Trump Homes Hit the Market

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Here’s an interesting study in before and after — although technically, both these homes fall into the “after” side of Donald Trump’s chronology.

shutterstock_196597034The presidential hopeful spent his early childhood in this first home, located in the Jamaica Estates section of Queens in New Yo…

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Here’s an interesting study in before and after — although technically, both these homes fall into the “after” side of Donald Trump’s chronology.

shutterstock_196597034The presidential hopeful spent his early childhood in this first home, located in the Jamaica Estates section of Queens in New Yo…

Living Legacy: Preserving a 1730 Dutch Colonial Home

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When Sveta and Joe Doucet saw the Dutch colonial house in New York’s bucolic Hudson Valley, it was love at first sight. Built in 1730, the home hit all their criteria (number of rooms, distance from NYC) – and then some.

But it wasn’t until they started renovations that they truly realized what a gem they had stumbled on.

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When Sveta and Joe Doucet saw the Dutch colonial house in New York’s bucolic Hudson Valley, it was love at first sight. Built in 1730, the home hit all their criteria (number of rooms, distance from NYC) – and then some.

But it wasn’t until they started renovations that they truly realized what a gem they had stumbled on.

<img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-202988" src="http://cdn1.blog-media.zillo…

10 Tropical Homes to Cure Your Rio FOMO

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Millions of people all over the globe tune into the summer games to see world-class athletes compete for the gold, but only a lucky few get to see the action in person.

This year’s Rio de Janeiro location is giving us a major case of FOMO (that’s “fear of missing out”). If you’re also wishing you were in beautiful Brazil, let’s daydream together with these tropical homes.

St. Thomas, VI

<a href="http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1A-1-…

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Millions of people all over the globe tune into the summer games to see world-class athletes compete for the gold, but only a lucky few get to see the action in person.

This year’s Rio de Janeiro location is giving us a major case of FOMO (that’s “fear of missing out”). If you’re also wishing you were in beautiful Brazil, let’s daydream together with these tropical homes.

St. Thomas, VI

<a href="http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1A-1-…

Is It Too Late to Get In on the Summer 2016 Refi Boom?

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Good economic news isn’t always good for mortgage rates. A stark reminder of this came Friday, August 5 when new data showed that the U.S. economy added 255,000 non-farm jobs in July, blowing out consensus forecasts of just 180,000, and immediately sending rates higher.

Does this mean your 2016 refi window has closed? Let’s take a closer look.

Rate Markets 101

Before we examine where rate…

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Good economic news isn’t always good for mortgage rates. A stark reminder of this came Friday, August 5 when new data showed that the U.S. economy added 255,000 non-farm jobs in July, blowing out consensus forecasts of just 180,000, and immediately sending rates higher.

Does this mean your 2016 refi window has closed? Let’s take a closer look.

Rate Markets 101

Before we examine where rate…

Silicon Valley real estate shows who's winning in tech right now

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Despite a slowdown in tech startup funding and a hammering of public tech stocks earlier this year, Bay Area commercial real estate is as hot as ever….

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Despite a slowdown in tech startup funding and a hammering of public tech stocks earlier this year, Bay Area commercial real estate is as hot as ever….