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Posted on 09/26/2022
Comparing VA & Conventional Loans: What First-Time Homebuyers Should Know
You have many choices for financing your first home purchase. If you're a U.S. veteran, it might seem like an easy decision to opt for a VA loan over a conventional loan. However, understanding the major differences between the two options will help you get the best financing for your needs. Here are the basic things first-time homebuyers...
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Posted on 09/19/2022
Another Property Sold - 7651 Aspen Pl, Newark, CA 94560
Welcome to this very tastefully renovated family home with 4 bedrooms and 2 baths (2 bedrooms, 1 bath on lower level). This cozy 2 story beauty features laminate floors, new dual pane windows with a modern touch, recessed LED lighting, new interior paint, marble fireplace, new closet doors and updated hall bathroom with new light fixtures. The charming white kitchen has a welcoming feel with granite countertops, new upgraded appliances and customized cabinets to display your favorite dishware. The backyard features several mature fruit trees surrounding the back patio that's the perfect space to host BBQs and get togethers. Close proximity...
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Posted on 09/19/2022
3 Common reasons to refinance your mortgage
Homeowners refinance their mortgages for an assortment of reasons. Some reasons center around strictly wanting to pay off their homes faster and at better interest rates, while others may fall along practical life events or emergencies. If you find yourself asking, “should I refinance my mortgage,” try checking off a few boxes to help come to a decision....
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Posted on 09/12/2022
A First-Time Homebuyer's Guide to VA Loans
If you've served in the U.S. military, a VA loan might be an excellent way to finance your first home. If you're interested in using this benefit, it's important to know the steps involved. Here is a basic guide to buying your first home with a VA loan: Get Your Certificate of Eligibility A certificate of eligibility from...
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Posted on 09/05/2022
The best 90s home decor to add nostalgia to your space
The fashion world has seen a resurgence in trends from the 1990s, and interior designers have noticed the same with 90s home decor. While it might be easy to recall decorating trends from other decades, some aspects of the 90s can be more difficult to grasp. Luckily, this guide will help inspire you - either with design ideas...
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Posted on 08/29/2022
Errors to Avoid With Stick-Built Home Construction
Having a stick-built home constructed provides you with a whole new house to move into that has the features and design you want. While these homes offer several benefits over purchasing existing homes, it’s important to make sure the stick-built home construction process is done right. Otherwise, you could end with regrets about your new home in terms...
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Posted on 08/27/2022
33691 Bardolph Cir, Fremont, CA 94555 now has a new price of $2,388,800!
**No Open House 7/31** Welcome to this stunning home in the desirable Ardenwood neighborhood. This home has been meticulously maintained and features a spacious floor plan with plenty of natural light, kitchen with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, beautifully updated bathrooms, nice sized backyard with gorgeous landscaping to include many fruit trees and a green house in the side yard. Bonus feature is the attached ADU that has 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom and full kitchen. Prime location close to Ardenwood Elementary school, American High School, several parks including Coyote Regional Park, walking trails, grocery stores,...
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Posted on 08/22/2022
Home Inspection Contingency 101
In real estate, a contingency is any clause in the purchase offer that gives the buyer a way to back out if certain requirements aren’t met. There are many types of contingencies used in home sales all covering different circumstances to protect the buyer’s best interest. The most common type of contingency is a home inspection contingency, which...
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Posted on 08/15/2022
Advantages and Disadvantages of Buying a Forever Home
For many prospective homebuyers, the thought of waiting for a forever home instead of a starter home can be tempting. After all, there are plenty of advantages to patience and careful saving until you can afford or find the house that’s perfect for you and your future plans. However, there are downsides to consider. Here we’ll go over...
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Posted on 08/08/2022
Benefits & Disadvantages to Higher Down Payments Homebuyers Should Consider
Buying a home requires extensive financial planning. While the widely accepted standard for down payments has been 20% of the purchase price for decades, many are wondering if that’s still required. In reality, there are ways to qualify for a mortgage with less than 20% down payment—even some options without a down payment at all. However, there are...
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Posted on 08/06/2022
Another Property Sold - 635 Artistic Pl, Hayward, CA 94541
Bright, modern, spacious loft style condominium with comfortable living in the heart of Hayward. The high ceilings and open floor plan allow a lot of natural light! Home features new laminate flooring and interior paint throughout, new appliances, large master bedroom sliding door gives access to a private balcony for relaxation and fresh air. The dual pane windows offer energy efficiency. The ground level tandem 2-car garage has extra storage space and dumb waiter. Ideally and conveniently located to the historic B Street downtown, Century Movie Theaters, coffee shops and restaurants. Easy access to Bart, Highway 880/92/580 and San Mateo...
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Posted on 08/05/2022
33691 Bardolph Cir, Fremont, CA 94555 now has a new price of $2,488,800!
**No Open House 7/31** Welcome to this stunning home in the desirable Ardenwood neighborhood. This home has been meticulously maintained and features a spacious floor plan with plenty of natural light, kitchen with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, beautifully updated bathrooms, nice sized backyard with gorgeous landscaping to include many fruit trees and a green house in the side yard. Bonus feature is the attached ADU that has 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom and full kitchen. Prime location close to Ardenwood Elementary school, American High School, several parks including Coyote Regional Park, walking trails, grocery stores,...
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