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Would-be sellers worried there’s nothing for them to buy

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5 ways to save thousands on your first home purchase

Are you in the process of buying your first home? This article outlines how you could save thousands of dollars during the home buying …

6 Affordable Renovations That Will Instantly Boost Your Home Value

Chances are your home is the most expensive thing you’ve ever bought. Yet if you’re like most of us, what you spent to acquire it is only the …

2017 Santa Clarita Real Estate Year in Review

2017 was mostly kind to Santa Clarita, for those who were in the market. Far fewer homes were on the market in 2017 than in any of the 3 years before …

Why You Should Replace Your Kitchen Cabinets with Drawers

The typical American kitchen (as of this writing) has a row of upper cabinets and another, deeper row of cabinets under the countertop. The lower …

50-acre business park to be developed at Needham Ranch

A new business park is slated for the development of a commercial business park at the site of Needham Ranch, sitting between Highway 14 and downtown …

Nearly One in Four Homes Sold for More Than Their Asking Price in 2017

The numbers reveal an increasingly competitive market.<p>If offering the asking price on a home last year wasn’t enough for you to secure the sale, …

Real Estate

Are Romantic Addresses a Better Investment?

Could love-themed addresses help you sell a listing faster? A study from Sharestates, a crowdfunding platform for real estate investors, examined …

What Are Restrictive Covenants? Read These Rules Before You Buy

If you're looking to buy a home in a community run by a homeowners association, or HOA, then you may have also heard that in order to join the club, …

Why You Shouldn't Make a Big Down Payment On Your First Home

For decades, it was one of the few hard-and-fast rules when purchasing a home: Put 20% down. A hefty down payment would help you build up equity …

Buyers Pay More for Homes with These 12 Features

Remodeling is a big investment—and whether you’re doing it for your own benefit or with an eye towards selling your house, it’s nice to know which …

Dining Rooms

How Much Is Your Home Really Worth on Airbnb?

Find out with this new calculator that factors in more than just the number of bedrooms you have.<p>Whether you're an Airbnb newcomer or have been renting for years, you might not know the true worth of your home.<p>Think about it from a traveler's perspective: What are you looking for in a vacation …

Homebuyer workshops are popping up around the US — here are 8 things you'd learn

Viewed from a wider lens, you have multiple steps — mortgage application and approval, making an offer, competing with other buyers, contract negotiation, the due diligence period and (hopefully) a successful closing — rolled into one larger process that leads to your home purchase.<p>For something …

5 Terrible Credit Score Myths

Your credit score can make a big difference in your financial life, and a poor score can cost you tens of thousands of dollars. Make sure you're not …

Personal Finance

Why You Might Not Want Your Spouse on Your Mortgage

Couples may be inclined to buy a new home together -- and, if necessary, apply for a home loan -- but new data suggest you ought to think twice before saying "I do" to joint mortgages. In fact, according to a note from the Federal Reserve, some borrowers could have saved a lot of money in interest …

Guild Mortgage launches nationwide 1% down mortgage program

<b>Guild Mortgage</b> announced a new, nationwide 1% down mortgage product to cater to the upcoming surge in Millennial homebuyers.<p>To make the down payment …

Real Estate

Ooh, I Like That. What's That Called?

For Renters, the Housing Crisis Never Ended

Harvard’s State of the Nation’s Housing report reveals exactly where, and why, the rent is too damn high.<p>Ten years out from the start of the Great Recession, the housing market in the U.S. has finally returned to normal. Home prices in 2016 eclipsed the pre-crisis highs from about a decade ago. The …

You're The Realtor

LA close to bringing back program to help first-time homebuyers

Low and middle-income earners would receive loans to cover a down payment<p>First-time homebuyers in Los Angeles, where prices are increasing rapidly, could soon get a bit of badly-needed assistance from the city.<p>The Los Angeles City Council approved a plan Wednesday to resurrect a loan program for …

10 questions you should always ask when buying a house

<b>Buying a home can be a daunting experience and knowing the right questions to ask can be confusing.</b><p>It's important that buyers can make an informed …

Building Societies

Neighborhood Spotlight: Woodland Hills is a power-shopper's mecca with outdoor delights

The development of the San Fernando Valley features more than its share of shady real estate speculators, above-the-law syndicates of the rich and powerful, and outright con men. But few of those rogues possessed the duplicity of the founder of the small hillside settlement that would eventually …

These 5 decor items instantly cheapen a property for sale

Few real estate agents (and house hunters) can argue the impact a well-styled home has on boosting a property's value.<p>While not every seller has the …

Home Decorating

Getting a mortgage approval could be easier than you think

So what does it take to get approved for a mortgage to buy a house this summer, whether you're a first-timer, planning to move up or downsize? Maybe not all that you think.<p>For most people, the key requirement is that you've got the right package — acceptable credit score, down payment, financial …

Millennials Are Buying Homes Because of Their Dogs - Not Their Children or Marriages

They want a better yard for their best friend<p>It’s no secret that millennials love dogs and now their four-legged friends are starting to influence …

Home Ownership

How Your Credit Score Is Determined

Don’t believe the myth of the single credit score. You actually have hundreds of scores! Don’t panic, though; when most people talk credit scores, …

Personal Finance

Before & After: A Kitchen Goes from Ugh to Unrecognizable

Andrea is a stylish fashion blogger who founded the blog Blonde Bedhead. And though her expertise is in personal style, it's clear she's also a …

Should You Own a Home in Retirement? Maybe Not

A growing number of seniors are opting to rent during retirement rather than own. Here are some good reasons to go this route.<p>There are lots of good …

An analysis of real estate prices found homes near a Trader Joe's are worth more — and value is rising fast

Yes, nearness to a Trader Joe's can actually increase your home's value to buyers, according to a new study.<p>Homeowners with property near a TJ's saw an average home price appreciation of 67% over the last five years, reports real estate research group ATTOM Data Solutions.<p>Those near a Whole Foods …

These Are the 7 Life Events That Call for a New Home Photos

There are events in our lives (e.g., the birth of a child) when we have to ask more from our homes. This can, on occasion, be solved with a short-term solution: a storage unit or a temporary wall. But the inevitable is, well, inevitable. You’ve outgrown your home. Here, we consulted with experts of …