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What homeowners should know about ADUs

<strong>What homeowners should know about ADUs</strong>
Courtesy of Joyce MillerJoyce Miller. ■ By Joyce Miller / Contributed State legislation that took effect January 1, 2017 gave California cities more flexibility and latitude for allowing homeowners to build Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs). Last year, the number of building permits for accessory-dwelling units jumped by 63 percent, according to Attom Data Solutions, an Irvine-based real estate data company. Overview An Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) is defined as a residential dwelling unit that provides complete independent living facilities for one or more persons, including sleeping, cooking, and sanitation. ADUs can be detached (a separate building in a backyard), attached to or part of the primary residence, or a garage conversion. (more…)
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How to employ staging to impress buyers

<strong>How to employ staging to impress buyers</strong>
Professionally designing your home entices prospects Metro ServiceThere are many ways to sell your home, but the most important is how well your home looks for open house. ■ Metro Service / Contributed Homeowners must consider a variety of factors when putting their homes on the market. One of the more important things to remember is the benefits of making a strong first impression on prospective buyers. That’s why many homeowners rely on staging when selling their homes. Staging requires more than just clearing out clutter or baking a batch of cookies to create a welcoming aroma. Staging helps potential buyers visualize the potential of a home and see themselves owning (more…)
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How to sell a home quickly ‘Part II’

<strong>How to sell a home quickly ‘Part II’</strong>
Courtesy of Joyce MillerJoyce Miller. ■ By Joyce Miller / Contributed Editor’s Note: This is the second in a two-part series on how to prepare your home for sale. See last week’s issue for Part 1. Step 7: Address natural hazards. Any natural hazards must be reported to the buyer in the form of a Natural Hazard Disclosure Statement (NHDS). This includes the presence of danger from earthquake faults/seismic hazards, special flood hazard areas designated by FEMA, a designated very high fire hazard severity zone, a designated wildland area that could contain substantial forest fire risks. You can order the necessary forms from the Internet. You or your Realtor can also (more…)
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Home improvement projects for your fall to-do list

<strong>Home improvement projects for your fall to-do list</strong>
Metro ServiceAutumn is a great time to inspect patios that might have endured some wear and tear during the heavy usage seasons of spring and summer. ■ Metro Service / Contributed Homeowners know that maintaining a home can be a year-round job. No home is immune to wear and tear, and homeowners who want to protect their real estate investments should try to stay two steps ahead to ensure their homes do not succumb to the elements or become outdated and unappealing to prospective buyers. Fall has become a season that’s synonymous with home improvement, but homeowners need not wait until the leaves begin changing colors to start planning their next (more…)
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How to sell a home quickly

<strong>How to sell a home quickly</strong>
Regardless of why, there are times when you need to quickly liquidate your investment in real property Courtesy of Joyce MillerJoyce Miller. ■ By Joyce Miller / Contributed We’ve all found ourselves looking at a situation where we had to sell an asset quickly. When it comes to a home, there are 12 basic steps that you can take to ensure that you find a buyer quickly. We’ll treat six of them in this article and refer to Part 2 of this piece next week to discuss the second group. A couple of scenarios come to mind. First, there is a parent or other family member that reaches the point where (more…)
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Owning a Home, the Easy Way Part II

<strong>Owning a Home, the Easy Way Part II</strong>
Realizing the American Dream Metro ServiceBuying a house is a big step, so you should consider the option that best suits your possibilities. ■ Anthony G. Moya / Contributed There are many aspects to consider when it comes to being prepared to undertake the financial responsibility of owning a home and, in particular, when buying a home for the first time. Therefore, this can act as a guide presenting what is most important when buying a home. Is it good credit, income, or job stability that is important? Well, they all are. Here are some specifics on what important items and their relationship to qualifying for a mortgage loan are. Debt-driven (more…)
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Owning a Home the Easy Way

<strong>Owning a Home the Easy Way</strong>
Realizing the American dream Metro ServiceHome ownership is a major goal that many Americans desire to acquire in their lifetime of achievements. ■ Anthony G Moya / Contributed Among the most desired things a person wants is to own a property they can call their very own. Home ownership is a major goal that many Americans desire to acquire in their lifetime of achievements. For the most part, we all grew up in a home or shelter without receiving any background as to how to best prepare for this major investment that is before us. Our focus in our educational system is to learn certain subjects to become a contributing member (more…)
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Which renovations are worth an investment?

<strong>Which renovations are worth an investment?</strong>
Metro ServiceDeciding on which renovations in your home are worth the investment requires a lot of research. ■ Metro Service The cost of remodeling a home is easier to stomach when homeowners can expect to recoup a sizable percentage of the costs from the renovation. While basing renovations on their potential impact on resale value may be risky, return on investment is something homeowners must consider when mulling renovation projects. Many homeowners wonder which renovations will resonate most strongly with potential buyers when a home is put up for sale. According to Remodeling magazine, homeowners are less likely to recoup their investment in a major kitchen or bathroom remodel than they (more…)
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How to employ staging to impress buyers

<strong>How to employ staging to impress buyers</strong>
Metro ServiceOne of the more important things to remember is the benefits of making a strong first impression on prospective buyers. That’s why many homeowners rely on staging when selling their homes. ■ Metro Service Homeowners must consider a variety of factors when putting their homes on the market. One of the more important things to remember is the benefits of making a strong first impression on prospective buyers. That’s why many homeowners rely on staging when selling their homes. Staging requires more than just clearing out clutter or baking a batch of cookies to create a welcoming aroma. Staging helps potential buyers visualize the potential of a home and see (more…)
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Proactive home improvement projects for your to-do list

<strong>Proactive home improvement projects for your to-do list</strong>
Metro ServiceInspecting patios that might endure some wear and tear during the heavy usage seasons of spring and summer can be very helpful to the average homeowner. ■ Metro Service Homeowners know that maintaining a home can be a year-round job. No home is immune to wear and tear, and homeowners who want to protect their real estate investments should try to stay two steps ahead to ensure their homes do not succumb to the elements or become outdated and unappealing to prospective buyers. Fall has become a season that’s synonymous with home improvement, but homeowners need not wait until the leaves begin changing colors to start planning their next projects. (more…)