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It’s a time we can count on each and every year - tax time! And, while it isn’t anyone's favorite topic, it can’t be avoided.  You may remember that earlier this year there were some changes made to homeownership tax laws. So, this year, many people...

The process of buying or selling a home can be an exhilarating time! For both buyers and sellers, the journey is full of various emotions and plenty of twists and turns. It’s no surprise given how many nuances, steps are involved, and people who play...

Changes to Federal Housing Administration (FHA) financing may mean that the doors are opening for more entry-level buyers. These new condominium rules could also mean an uptick in available homes to help meet buyer demand.  The Department of Housing and Urban Development has revised its condo...

Proposition 13 has been around since 1978, but voters have the chance to potentially change the California property tax initiative in 2020. Currently, Prop 13 treats all California property taxes in an identical manner, but opponents of the measure are calling for it to exclude...

While you don’t always have control over every aspect of your closing, there is some preparation that you can do ahead of time to ensure a smooth, stress-free experience when you sit down for the last time in escrow.  Here are a few hints that...

Understanding contingencies is important when you are considering making an offer on a property.   A contingency is a condition in the Purchase Agreement that allows the buyer(s) to remove themselves from the contract with their deposit refunded if certain conditions are not met after their...

Earnest money, also known as a good faith deposit, dates back to ancient times.  In the old days, it was known as the earnest penny and represented the payment binding a purchase, often times an animal or a piece of land.  It has since evolved...

Whether you are a first time homebuyer or in the process of selling your second home, the escrow process can come across as unfamiliar territory to both homebuyers and sellers. The knowledge and expertise that is required of an experienced escrow officer often takes years...