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Mortgage Products 101-California Mortgage Products 101-California

By Tabitha Naylor

Several mortgage programs have been streamlined or revamped recently. Inside, we provide a brief description of the various loan mortgage programs available for Bay Area homebuyers.

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Entryways That Sell Entryways That Sell

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Grab prospective homebuyers' attention by providing a fantastic entryway that lures the buyer to the front door and makes them want to enter the home. Use these tips to showcase your home's exterior.

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Mortgage History: Loans And Foreclosures Mortgage History: Loans And Foreclosures

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Did you know that it was insurance companies that dared to initiate the mortgage system that today helps many Americans buy their own home? Understand the history of mortgages and find out how to keep your home out of foreclosure.

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Common Mortgage Terms Explained Common Mortgage Terms Explained

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

When you take the leap and apply for a mortgage, you will come across many terms that are important to know and understand. We provide a primer on some of the terminology you can expect to see during the process.

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Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act and the Homebuyer Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act and the Homebuyer

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

The Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA), enacted in 1974, protects buyers and sellers of real estate in the U.S. from high mortgage settlement charges and condemns abusive practices. Learn about the changes in RESPA and how it affects you.

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Understand Rent-to-own Home Buying Understand Rent-to-own Home Buying

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

A rent-to-own home purchase option may be right for you. Understand how this type of home buying works and learn to avoid predatory practices for the unsuspecting home buyer.

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Water Heater Basics Water Heater Basics

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Next to heating or cooling, water heaters are the largest energy users in the home. Learn which of the two main types of water heaters -- storage and tankless -- are best for your home.

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The California Home Search The California Home Search

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Whether this is your first or fifth time buying a home, there are some important items to consider when moving within or from outside of California.

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History of the Home Inspection Industry History of the Home Inspection Industry

By Rick Daniel

The early 70′s saw the creation of a new industry within the real estate field as home buyers began hiring general building contractors to perform pre-purchase inspections on intended home purchases. As this burgeoning home inspection industry grew, it soon became apparent that the depth of knowledge necessary to adequately evaluate a home's systems and components was beyond the capacity of most general contractors.

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Taking Care of Your Lawn Taking Care of Your Lawn

Few things can create as strong of an impression as a well maintained lawn. As such, maintaining a well-groomed lawn is important to the exterior of the property. For many, it is even a source of pride. Nonetheless, taking care of a lawn can be a difficult thing to get started with.

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