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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Avoiding the Email Compromise Scam in Real Estate

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In 2014, FBI statistics relating to a sophisticated business email scam showed close to 1,200 people in the U.S. lost some $180 million — and their real estate agents were unknowingly involved. Fast forward to 2021, and this scam is still an issue. In fact, it’s increasing. Since the best defense is the right information, here’s how to avoid the email compromise scam in real estate. The Scam Here’s how it works. Scammers hack into a lender or title company’s

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Eight Things Your Realtor Needs You to Understand about Selling Your Home

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One of the smartest things someone can do when they’re in need is consult an expert. We do it when our tooth hurts, or we have a legal issue, or we’ve slipped and hurt ourselves. Turning to someone who has years of training and experience with a track record of proven successes — particularly in an area that is outside our own realm of expertise — is rarely a mistake. The same is true when it comes to selling a

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California’s Prop 19 Means Property Tax Breaks for Older Homeowners

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Between the pandemic and the election, the news cycle has been pretty dominated. But if you missed the fact that California’s Proposition 19 was approved by the state’s voters, and you happen to be a homeowner aged 55 or over, you’re in for some welcome news. In a nutshell, California’s Prop 19 upgrades Prop 60 or 90, which were much more restrictive, and means property tax breaks for older homeowners if you decide to move, which eliminates what is typically

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Nine Ways You Might be Delaying Your Closing

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If finding the right house was a challenge, get ready, because the actual closing tends to put people on pins and needles. There are so many moving parts to closing an escrow — the buyer, the seller, the lender, the escrow officer, and the title company all have to do their part. If one goes astray, it can jam up the works completely. It’s another reason to work with people who know what they’re doing. Here are nine ways you

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