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With interest rates still near historical lows, it may be tempting to refinance to a lower rate. Here are five questions you should ask yourself before you take out a new loan. FULL STORY ->

What is the most efficient way to count ballots at an Annual Meeting? Our group has a large membership and vote counting bogs down the meeting. FULL STORY ->

The amount of tax deductions available to homeowners who convey a conservation easement has just been questioned by a high Federal court. In a recent case, the First Circuit Court of Appeals sent a case back to the Tax Court to determine if a conservation easement in an historic district has any real value.(Kaufman v. IRS). FULL STORY ->

As the 'reverse migration' trend continues and the children of the baby-boom generation move from the suburbs to downtown, real estate investors are watching closely and getting in on the action. FULL STORY ->

Back in 2004, Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan famously dissed the fixed-rate mortgage, suggesting that many homeowners were overpaying for their homes and that lenders should offer more alternatives in financing. We all know what that led to -- the subprime and no-doc mortgage securities fiasco that caused the nation's economy to collapse into the most protracted recession in history. FULL STORY ->

Black Friday is on everyone's mind at this time of year. And this year, the fever is stronger than ever since Black Friday ads have leaked online even sooner and many of the big retailers are already offering tempting deals to get people shopping weeks before Thanksgiving. Early access to Black Friday ads means more time for researching and planning so you can get everything on your list and walk away a Black Friday winner. FULL STORY ->

Kim and Kanye are house shopping again. Well, actually, they're land shopping. The duo was spotted this week touring a 10+-acre lot in Bel Air. In the middle of renovations on the multi-million-dollar L.A. estate they have yet to move into. Out of space already, are we? Ahhhhh... the problems of the rich and infamous. FULL STORY ->

When something's in your pocket, it's in your possession - handy yet out of sight from others. And that's a good description of a pocket listing. Pocket listings are homes that are available for sale through a broker who has not yet listed the home in the local Multiple Listing Service (MLS.) They stay in the "pocket" of the broker who may share the news that the home is for sale with certain colleagues or select qualified buyers. FULL STORY ->

Congratulations, you've bought your home and it's move-in time. Wait a minute. Before you move-in, read on to get some practical and important tips. FULL STORY ->

Home ownership tax incentives can no longer be taken for granted. In May 2013, the House Ways and Means Committee heard testimonies from housing and policy experts who want to leave the mortgage interest rate deduction (MID), the real estate capital gains exemption and low income tax credit in place. FULL STORY ->

To many people, homeowner association budgets look like a mess of meaningless numbers. But, like it or not, the board is responsible for understanding what those numbers mean so it can properly guide the financial course of the HOA. Be there's hope! FULL STORY ->

All in all, your poor credit score can make you pay thousands of dollars additionally per year. This is the primary reason why it is critical to look at your credit report and repair your credit score. After all, it will not only lower your interest rate, but will also help you get loans. FULL STORY ->

If you can read this, thank a teacher. If it's in English, thank a veteran. That message from my all-time favorite bumper sticker is particularly apt this week. Monday is Veteran's Day. The day before, November 10, was the 238th birthday of the United States Marine Corps. Happy birthday, Marines. Thank you, veterans -- all of you. FULL STORY ->

Take charge by being thankful for what you have. This makes it easy to take a close look at what you think you still need to spend on. If you don't take an active role in how effectively your money is spent and on what, you're letting marketers decide what you buy and how much you pay for everything, including real estate. FULL STORY ->

Prices are rising and perhaps there are fewer homes for sale where you want to live. What can you do to put the odds in your favor? FULL STORY ->

It's their first time in the real estate market, yet they play a vital role in housing recovery. First-time buyers help keep real estate markets alive by purchasing homes from existing owners who then typically go on to buy other homes. FULL STORY ->

It's getting cold outside and there is nothing better than turning up the heat to make a toasty retreat. Have you prepared your furnace for Winter? Southern California Gas Co. offers us some handy help in keeping your appliances working well and safely. FULL STORY ->

Whether you're listing a home and looking for decor inspirations to stage the home in hopes of selling, or you're a proud new owner of a home eager to start decorating, Feng Shui might be an option worth exploring. FULL STORY ->

Winter is the time of year that a homeowner association board should be soliciting and reviewing proposals for fair weather renovation projects like painting, fencing, pool replastering, asphalt sealing and roofing. FULL STORY ->

Although the housing market has shown a healthy recovery over the past two years, unnecessarily restrictive mortgage lending standards are preventing some financially qualified buyers from reaching their dreams, especially singles and first-time buyers, according to an annual study just released. FULL STORY ->

With interest rates still near historical lows, it may be tempting to refinance to a lower rate. Here are five questions you should ask yourself before you take out a new loan. FULL STORY ->

What is the most efficient way to count ballots at an Annual Meeting? Our group has a large membership and vote counting bogs down the meeting. FULL STORY ->

The amount of tax deductions available to homeowners who convey a conservation easement has just been questioned by a high Federal court. In a recent case, the First Circuit Court of Appeals sent a case back to the Tax Court to determine if a conservation easement in an historic district has any real value.(Kaufman v. IRS). FULL STORY ->

As the 'reverse migration' trend continues and the children of the baby-boom generation move from the suburbs to downtown, real estate investors are watching closely and getting in on the action. FULL STORY ->

Back in 2004, Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan famously dissed the fixed-rate mortgage, suggesting that many homeowners were overpaying for their homes and that lenders should offer more alternatives in financing. We all know what that led to -- the subprime and no-doc mortgage securities fiasco that caused the nation's economy to collapse into the most protracted recession in history. FULL STORY ->

Black Friday is on everyone's mind at this time of year. And this year, the fever is stronger than ever since Black Friday ads have leaked online even sooner and many of the big retailers are already offering tempting deals to get people shopping weeks before Thanksgiving. Early access to Black Friday ads means more time for researching and planning so you can get everything on your list and walk away a Black Friday winner. FULL STORY ->

Kim and Kanye are house shopping again. Well, actually, they're land shopping. The duo was spotted this week touring a 10+-acre lot in Bel Air. In the middle of renovations on the multi-million-dollar L.A. estate they have yet to move into. Out of space already, are we? Ahhhhh... the problems of the rich and infamous. FULL STORY ->

When something's in your pocket, it's in your possession - handy yet out of sight from others. And that's a good description of a pocket listing. Pocket listings are homes that are available for sale through a broker who has not yet listed the home in the local Multiple Listing Service (MLS.) They stay in the "pocket" of the broker who may share the news that the home is for sale with certain colleagues or select qualified buyers. FULL STORY ->

Congratulations, you've bought your home and it's move-in time. Wait a minute. Before you move-in, read on to get some practical and important tips. FULL STORY ->

Home ownership tax incentives can no longer be taken for granted. In May 2013, the House Ways and Means Committee heard testimonies from housing and policy experts who want to leave the mortgage interest rate deduction (MID), the real estate capital gains exemption and low income tax credit in place. FULL STORY ->

To many people, homeowner association budgets look like a mess of meaningless numbers. But, like it or not, the board is responsible for understanding what those numbers mean so it can properly guide the financial course of the HOA. Be there's hope! FULL STORY ->

All in all, your poor credit score can make you pay thousands of dollars additionally per year. This is the primary reason why it is critical to look at your credit report and repair your credit score. After all, it will not only lower your interest rate, but will also help you get loans. FULL STORY ->

If you can read this, thank a teacher. If it's in English, thank a veteran. That message from my all-time favorite bumper sticker is particularly apt this week. Monday is Veteran's Day. The day before, November 10, was the 238th birthday of the United States Marine Corps. Happy birthday, Marines. Thank you, veterans -- all of you. FULL STORY ->

Take charge by being thankful for what you have. This makes it easy to take a close look at what you think you still need to spend on. If you don't take an active role in how effectively your money is spent and on what, you're letting marketers decide what you buy and how much you pay for everything, including real estate. FULL STORY ->

Prices are rising and perhaps there are fewer homes for sale where you want to live. What can you do to put the odds in your favor? FULL STORY ->

It's their first time in the real estate market, yet they play a vital role in housing recovery. First-time buyers help keep real estate markets alive by purchasing homes from existing owners who then typically go on to buy other homes. FULL STORY ->

It's getting cold outside and there is nothing better than turning up the heat to make a toasty retreat. Have you prepared your furnace for Winter? Southern California Gas Co. offers us some handy help in keeping your appliances working well and safely. FULL STORY ->

Whether you're listing a home and looking for decor inspirations to stage the home in hopes of selling, or you're a proud new owner of a home eager to start decorating, Feng Shui might be an option worth exploring. FULL STORY ->

Winter is the time of year that a homeowner association board should be soliciting and reviewing proposals for fair weather renovation projects like painting, fencing, pool replastering, asphalt sealing and roofing. FULL STORY ->

Although the housing market has shown a healthy recovery over the past two years, unnecessarily restrictive mortgage lending standards are preventing some financially qualified buyers from reaching their dreams, especially singles and first-time buyers, according to an annual study just released. FULL STORY ->


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