Best Practices for Reading Appraisal Reports

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Ever read your home’s appraisal report? A riveting document it’s not — unless you know what you’re looking for. This report is not only the appraiser’s opinion of your home’s value, it includes all of the factors the appraiser used to come up with that number. Here’s how to read it. How to Skim Your Appraisal First things first — get your hands on a copy of the report. You may have to request one from the lender, who will

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Should You Renovate Before You Sell?

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Sellers looking for top dollar often consider home renovations to make it as appealing to buyers as possible. As we’ve previously discussed, we’re experiencing an extreme shortage of homes for sale right now, and we all know that low supply drives high demand. Buyers are competing for the limited homes on the market, and things are moving fast. So should you renovate before you sell? I’ll keep this one short. Reading the Room At this point, many buyers are willing

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Cleaning Your New Home: How to Get It Into Shape Without Wrecking Your Budget

Special thanks to Suzie Wilson at Happier Home for this week’s post. Cleaning your new home before you move in is a big job, but it’s an important one. Whether it’s newly built or previously owned, every house should be deep-cleaned to ensure that the air quality is in top shape before a family moves in. This is because dust, pollen, pet dander, and other debris can linger and become clogged in air ducts and filters, which can cause problems

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Decluttering? Don’t Donate These Items

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Somehow, it’s spring again and for many of us, it’s the time of year when we roll up our sleeves and do some serious decluttering. Whether you’re moving or not, there’s something satisfying about sorting all that stuff into “trash” and “donate” piles. But before you pat yourself on the back for all your self-less donations, read on. Your local secondhand store doesn’t actually want all of your cast-offs. If you’re decluttering, don’t donate these items. Mattresses and Box Springs

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What is Home Hardening? The New CA Disclosure Requirement AB 38

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Parts of California are particularly vulnerable to wildfire, and the devastating toll over the last few years has made that clear. The concept of home hardening — i.e. using resistant materials during construction or retrofits to make a home more resistant to fire — builds on the state’s stringent fire-resilient building codes for homes and structures built since 2008. If you’re living in or planning a move to a wildfire area, it’s something with which you’ll need to become very familiar.

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