California Wildfire Insurance Consumer Alert


In light of the ongoing wildfires ravaging California, I’m sharing an alert regarding property insurance policies. From the Alert On August 19, Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara issued a mandatory one-year moratorium beginning July 16, 2021, which prevents insurance companies from non-renewing or cancelling residential property insurance policies within the specified areas. This is in response to the governor’s emergency declaration on July 16.  This action helps over 25,000 policyholders who have been affected by the devastating Lava Fire and the

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How to Avoid Tipping Your Hand During a Showing


It’s no secret that Wi-Fi enabled cameras and mics are inexpensive and easy to set up. And while the home security aspect is the big seller, home sellers regularly and consistently use them to be a “fly on the wall” while their property is being sold. Almost every listing agent has been in the position of fielding comments from sellers about what prospective home buyers have said during showings.  The Secret to a Successful Viewing The best approach is to

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An Introduction to Reno, Neighborhood by Neighborhood


About 22 miles from Lake Tahoe, along the Nevada-California border, is the city of Reno. It’s one of those hidden gems, with good schools, great restaurants, and easy access to plenty of outdoor pursuits. Those drawn to the area and making a decision about moving here are best served by learning about the various neighborhoods across the valley.  Reno, and its sister city, Sparks, can be divided into 11 neighborhood regions. While they don’t have formal boundaries, below is a

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Should I Sell or Should I Rent?


If you’re ready to move out of your home in the San Francisco Bay Area, or anywhere, you may be debating the most educated next step. Should you sell or, assuming you’re in a financial position to contemplate holding, should you rent? While an experienced real estate agent should have a big well of insight to tap, it can be helpful to understand four main elements of the sell-versus-buy consideration. Cash Flow Analysis & Tax Implications  First things first—you need

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