Practical Advice For Homeowners


Lenders Getting Tough Lending on Condo Associations Without Proper “Reserves”

Condo owners usually pay a monthly homeowner’s association (HOA) or maintenance dues. These assessments cover building upkeep, utilities, hazards insurance and fees for a property manager, doorman or managing agent.  Most HOAs…

How to Address a Leaky Window After Escrow Closes

Got this question from a friend on East Coast this week. Q: We bought our house months ago – now one of the bedroom windows leaked in the past rain storm– seller…
why home buyers shouldn't waive property inspections

Get a Property Inspection Before You List

Many real estate agents and home sellers focus on staging, cleaning, and painting a property so it will ‘shine’ for potential buyers. They spend a good deal of time looking at comps…

How your neighbor can help you sell your home

Are you on good terms with your neighbors? If you aren’t, you might want to mend those fences before listing your home. A client of mine didn’t get along with his neighbor,…

How to increase the resale value of your home (hint: install solar panels)

If you add solar panels to your home, you’ll probably get that money back when you sell—and you may even make money on the deal. That’s the bottom line from a Lawrence…

Top 3 tips for buying a home in 2011

Will 2011 be a good year to buy a home? Yes—as long as current trends hold. The economic recovery is expected to continue, if slowly, which should make buyers more confident. Plus,…

Home Selling Tips: Creative Ways to Sell a House

What extra steps would you take to sell your home in this market? Display a bowl of oranges in the kitchen? Bury a statue of St. Joseph in the back yard? Serve…

Homebuying 101: What is a Home Warranty

For first-time homebuyers—or anyone else who doesn’t want to deal with maintenance issues—a home warranty might be worth considering. You know how Best Buy and other electronics retailers often ask if you…

CNN says California home prices rebounding- but is the worst part over?

“California housing prices on the rebound,” declared a CNNMoney.com headline last week. According to the article, California home prices have climbed for nine consecutive months, posting a 10.4 percent gain year-over-year in July.…

Can a home office help sell a house?

A few years ago, the well-organized, customized closet became a must-have item on practically every homebuyer’s checklist. Now you can add a custom-built home office to that list. A custom-built home office…