Why Rates Remain Deliciously Low

March 5th, 2015

The Mortgage Bankers Association announced in late February that housing is poised for stronger growth in 2015. Yet mortgage interest rates remain low. Should you lock in a rate now or see what happens?

Five Ways To Lower Your Mortgage Payment

March 5th, 2015

There are two kinds of homebuyers: those for whom the sales price is the main consideration, and those who are mostly concerned with what it will cost them per month. If you’ve already bought a house, there isn’t anything you can do about the sales price. But there may be ways to lower what you shell out monthly.

A Clean Home Is a Happy Home: 5 Self-Cleaning Technologies For Busy Moms

March 5th, 2015

Maintaining a clean and orderly home can seem like an impossible endeavor. Crumbs litter kitchen floors. Baby food and crayons stain clothes. Sticky little hands smudge windows. If you’re a busy mom who feels like she can’t keep up with her household chores, get some extra help with the following automatic self-cleaning solutions.

Your Mortgage Was Denied, Now What Do You Do?

March 4th, 2015

It’s a terrible feeling to have a mortgage loan denied. Most people are going to feel frustrated, but there are things that you can do change your circumstances.

Have You Considered Leasing Your Home?

March 4th, 2015

Your housing market may be heating up, tempting you to sell your home. But you may not be quite ready to let it go, or, when you run the numbers, you may not be able to sell it for as much of a profit as you may want. Have you considered leasing your home instead?

Agents: Is Your Social Media Selling?

March 4th, 2015

Let’s face it; social media is a great place to be in 2015. Whether you’re a business owner or a real estate agent, social media has a place for you. But here’s the catch — social media is only effective if you’re doing it right, all the time. Here are the best social media sites that you can utilize when it comes to selling your listings:

New Homes Need Inspections Also

March 3rd, 2015

According to Frank Lesh, former president of the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI), even new homes have defects that only a professional can detect.

How To Create Outdoor Shade: A Round-up Of 22 Ideas

March 3rd, 2015

Every backyard space should have a plan for integrating a comfortable shaded area, for our pets, our children, certain plants, our company and for ourselves! Here are 22 ideas to create the perfect amount of shade needed in your backyard:

Ask the HOA Expert: Proxies Are Not Appropriate For Board Meetings

March 3rd, 2015

Our board dealt with a contentious issue recently. When it came time to vote, one of the directors pulled out a proxy from an absent director authorizing her to vote on his behalf. Is that proper?

Agents May Sue Other Agents Over Commission-Sharing Disputes

March 2nd, 2015

Last week a California appellate court weighed in on one of the significant issues regarding commission-sharing arrangements between agents. The decision (Sanowicz v. Bacal, Second Appellate District, Feb. 26, 2015) will affect both agents and brokers who find themselves involved with disputes about commission-sharing arrangements between agents.