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Fires Still Raging in California The Carr Fire—the largest of the 17 currently ravaging Northern California, and the fourth most destructive in the state’s history—has claimed the lives of seven people and burned through 160,049 acres across Shasta and Trinity counties (at press time), as well as destroyed over 1,000 homes, 24 commercial buildings and 500 other structures, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE). Forty-three percent o
(TNS)—First-time homebuyers might well wonder: Where are all the starter houses? They’re right to ask, because starter homes are becoming increasingly scarce in many housing markets. Housing inventory is low and home prices are soaring. What’s a first-time buyer to do? Here are five tips for finding a starter home: Be realistic about today’s market. Sellers clearly have an advantage in the current market. Inventory is low, which keeps pushing home prices to record levels, acc
True or false: All real estate advice is good advice. (Hint: Well ... it depends.) Everyone has advice about the real estate market, but not all of that unsolicited information is true. So when it comes time to list your home, you’ll need to separate fact from fiction. Below we’ve identified the top five real estate myths — and debunked them so you can hop on the fast track to selling your property. Myth #1: I need to redo my kitchen and bathroom before selling Truth: While k
As a real estate broker that deals with investors and folks that just want to create a plan that will sustain them in retirement I get asked all kinds of things. As such, I thought that I would share this great article written by JD for your benefit. Shared from the Get Rich Slowly Blog I spend a lot of time talking with people who have retired early or are otherwise financially independent. From a purely anecdotal point of view, I’d say most of these folks are well-adjusted
Appreciation heated up on rentals this spring, with the May median monthly rent totaling $1,440, an increase of 2.1 percent year-over-year, according to the May Zillow® Real Estate Market Report. Last May, the increase in median rent was 0.7 percent. “Over the past two years, rent growth slowed across the country as new apartments hit the market and renters with the financial means to do so increasingly became homeowners,” says Aaron Terrazas, senior economist at Zillow. “The
First, let me point out that I am not a tax professional. I am a small business owner, a home owner and a managing broker with a top real estate firm. So, please review your specific situation with you tax professional to make sure you are on the right track. The McCleary Decision Something unique to Washington State was the recent decision by the Washington State Supreme Court that forces the hand of local legislators to comply with their mandate to ensure that all schools
The Conspiracy! As we celebrate this Christmas with friends and family feel free to surprise them with a bit of trivia. You know a secret code! A code that was hidden out in the open but buried in the words of a common Christmas song. Through the 16th to 18th centuries, Catholicism was outlawed in England. The vast majority of the general public were functionally illiterate and the church was entrenched in a battle against the so called “Enlightenment Period”. A time when E