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Top Five Best Places to Live in the Bay Area Top Five Best Places to Live in the Bay Area

By Mary Lamphere

A look at some of the best places in the Bay Area to live in including popular cities for families, technology, diversity and laid back living just outside the city.

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How How "Rent to Own" Works

By Thomas Mitchell

For some potential homebuyers, a rent to own arrangement is the ideal way of achieving the American Dream. Inside, we review the finer points of this form of homeownership

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How to Become a Real Estate Broker in California How to Become a Real Estate Broker in California

By Thomas Mitchell

As the housing market rebounds, becoming a broker in the Golden State will put you in the driver's seat of a lucrative and exciting career. Read this guide to learn the process you must undergo to become an independent broker in the state of California.

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Other Costs Associated with Your Mortgage Other Costs Associated with Your Mortgage

By Eleanor Boschert

Beyond the mortgage and interest, there are additional costs associated with your real estate purchase. Inside, we highlight some common expenses you can expect with your loan.

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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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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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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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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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