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7 Tips to Taking Better Photos For Your Listing

The first thing prospective buyers will see before they visit your home is its photos. Most buyers start off their house hunt by browsing online photos of listings. If yours are dark, blurry, or don’t capture your home in its best light, buyers will just move on to the next listing with images that are a lot more pleasing to the eye.

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Buyers: 6 Things to Know About the New "Know Before You Owe" Rule

If you’ve ever bought a home in the past, you’ve likely experienced some level of confusion over the cumbersome mortgage documents that came along with the transaction. Going through this paperwork can be like reading a foreign language. Many buyers have complained about confusing terminology, inconsistencies in information, and inadequate time to go through and understand the mortgage documents before signing on the dotted line.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Exterior Upgrades That Can Boost Your Property Value

Many sellers tend to focus on the interior of their homes to impress buyers, which is great. But while this is an excellent idea to help boost property value – and thereby help sell your home faster and for more money – it’s important not to gloss over the exterior.

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Tips to Keeping Your Home Safe While on Vacation

The whole idea of taking a vacation is to get away from the everyday stresses of life and change the scenery, if only for a temporary amount of time. The last thing you need is to worry about the security of your home while you’re gone.

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Why More Millennials Are Entering the Housing Market Today

With mounds of student debt and sky-high housing prices, millennials have certainly had the odds stacked against them when it comes to getting into the housing market. And after seeing their parents deal with the recession back in 2008 after which millions of Americans lost their homes, millennials have been nervous about becoming homeowners themselves.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Median Home Prices Throughout California Counties

Median home prices throughout the state of California vary greatly. While there are definitely pockets that are extremely pricey, there are also plenty of counties that offer affordable housing options.

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INFOGRAPHIC: C.A.R. Survey Reveals Investor Activity in California

INFOGRAPHIC: C.A.R. Survey Reveals Investor Activity in California. Reasons for investment property purchases include good location, rate of return, good price, future development potential, and size.

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INFOGRAPHIC: How Proximity to Specific Neighborhood Traits Impacts Property

It’s no secret that living close to certain neighborhood features can either boost or drag down the value of your home. After all, real estate is all about location. But you might be surprised at just how much certain traits affect property values, whether positively or negatively.

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Starbucks Boosts Neighborhood and Property Values

Certain neighborhood characteristics obviously have certain effects on property values, whether positive or negative. It’s a no-brainer that having loud railroad tracks in your backyard will drag your home’s value down, while nearby public transit will have the opposite effect.

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