So what fixtures stay with a house?

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In the real estate world, there are all sorts of stories out there about sellers taking various fixtures with them prior to closing that they should not have. Although fairly rare, items ranging from wall sconces to door knobs to even toilet seats have all been removed by a few sellers just prior to closing in some real estate transactions. …

Beachfront Malibu house selling for 40M!

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I like the beach, the ocean, sand between toes, the surf and the relaxed vibe most beaches offer. There is just something about soaking up the sun while on a beach or taking in ocean views with swells that roll in every few seconds. Whether I will ever live on a beach or not remains to be seen (highly doubtful), …

Who won and lost in real estate in 2021?

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There is no debating that the Covid-19 pandemic has had a major affect on the entire world, including the real estate market. There was so much uncertainty about what the virus and lockdowns, etc. would do to the housing market and many experts even predicted historic losses of value, increased foreclosures and an overall major drop in real estate values. …

Fierce competition in 2022 coming to the real estate market!

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No one has a crystal ball. If any of us did, we’d be watching our bank accounts grow daily and probably wouldn’t have to worry about what certain markets will or won’t do (stock, real estate, etc.) in the future. In my last blog, we took a look at whether the real estate market had reached its’ tipping point or …

Has the real estate market peaked?

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I get asked all the time if I think the real estate market has peaked or if prices will continue to rise going forward. One thing I have learned over the years is that no one has a crystal ball and trying to predict what the real estate market will do past 3 months is a very think line to …

Why Home Equity Lines of Credit are Hard to Come By!

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It wasn’t long ago when home owners could relatively easily tap into their home’s equity by securing a Home Equity Line of Credit (hereafter referred to a as a HELOC). HELOC’s were a pretty simple way to fund home remodel projects, pay for college, swimming pools, etc. without having to drain one’s personal savings in order to pay for such …

Top 10 Emerging Real Estate Markets in the U.S.

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If you are into real estate like I am, It is always fun to keep up with the emerging markets that are trending across the country. There are undoubtably some towns/cities that will surprise you on this list – maybe some places you have always wanted to visit yourself. Take a look at the list and see if you are …

Carpenter from Fixer Upper Lists home

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If you ever watched any of the “Fixer Upper” home remodeling shows that featured Chip and Joanna Gaines, you undoubtedly remember their go to carpenter, Clint Harp of Harp Design Company. Clint was the expert that hand crafted, designed and constructed many of Joanna’s special orders for many of her clients. From tables and chairs to mirrors, hutches and more, …

Yard projects that even kids can do!

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If you are anything like me, you may not ask your kids too often for help while you are outside working away. This is certainly a fault of mine and my wife reminds me that when I was a kid, I was expected to help my parents out with many outdoor projects and chores, including the yard. There are so …

Some great ideas to spice up your patio!

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Often times home owners don’t put much thought or effort into their patios. It’s understandable, to a degree, as many people look beyond the patio and go right to the backyard instead. Patios are becoming more and more of a popular place to spend time. With the Covid-19 pandemic that hit us all so hard and cooped a lot of …