Updated: Wednesday, August 23, 2017

HOA Meeting Basics
Written By: Richard Thompson

HOA board meetings are designed to transact essential business. They should be carefully choreographed to that end rather than a rambling discussion. Members should be welcome and encouraged to attend and observe. To that end, provide a Member Forum at the beginning of the meeting for owner comments, questions and complaints Its the American way...


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No Pets Allowed: What About A Protective Dog?
Written By: Benny L. Kass

Your condominium rules prohibit pets of any kind except fish and birds. A unit owner asks the Board of Directors to allow her to keep a dog, because she needs the comfort the animal gives her. What should the Board do?First, the Board has to understand the difference between a "service" animal and a "comfort" or "emotional support" animal. I use...


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9 Marketing Mistakes Agents Dont Know They Make
Written By: Super User

Whether you run a large business or youre a one man show, its important to have a strong marketing strategy. Mistakes are inevitable, and part of the learning process, but theyre also preventable, so you dont have to go through the hassle of repairing damage you could have easily avoided in the first place. Here are the 9 most common marketing m...


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What Canadas Census Reveals About Housing Needs
Written By: Jim Adair

Canada had more one-person households in 2016 than at any time since Confederation in 1867.More than one in three young adults aged 20 to 34 are living with at least one parent, another all-time high.The fastest-growing type of household is composed of multigenerational families, with at least three generations of the same family.These are some ...


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California Bureau Of Real Estate Makes Disciplinary And Criminal Records Publicly Available
Written By: Bob Hunt

It may come as a surprise to some, but, as a matter of fact, one or more prior legal convictions may prevent a person from obtaining a California real estate license. There is emphasis on the may. It is within the discretion of the Bureau CalBRE. Rather than denial, the Bureau may issue a restricted license. This is what happened in the case of ...


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13 Magnificent Mansions To Buy With Your Lottery Millions
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

At press time, Saturdays Powerball jackpotnbsp;was sitting at 510 million - the eighth-largest in U.S. lottery history.nbsp;Choose the cash option as the sole winner and youd bank 324.2 million before taxes. If that kind of money has you daydreaming about buying a Jay-Z and Beyonce-like mansion, well, were right there with you. I mean, real esta...


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Is Brass Here To Stay... Again?
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

If youve been watching HGTV, flipping through interior design magazines, or touring model homes lately, youve probably seen one of todays hottest trends for home: brass. But is this interior design flashback just a blip or should you start ditching all that chrome, nickel, and stainless?Its true - what was once old is new again, and what started...


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How To Simplify Your Next Move
Written By: Realty Times Staff

When youre selling your home, getting your belongings organized can seem like a low priority. Youre dealing with finding the right real estate agent, the best time to list your home on the market, and maybe even house-hunting for a new place to live.All of that can keep you quite busy considering many of us have to do those things while we work ...


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New Advances In Technology Make Going Green A Breeze
Written By: Sarah Kellner

Did you know that an automatic dishwasher uses less hot water than doing dishes by hand, which equals an average of six gallons less per cycle, or more than 2,000 gallons per year? Considering that an individual American uses about 2,000 gallons of water per month, thats a pretty significant number.The idea of "going green" has come a long way i...


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How Do You Know If Your Moving To A Diverse Neighborhood
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

A family I know moved from California to Texas recently to take advantage of a new job opportunity. As they set out to buy a new home in their adopted North Texas city, the questions they had for their real estate agent were pretty typical:Where can we afford to buy what were looking for?Should we consider new or is it a better value to buy in a...


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Escaping Condo Jail
Written By: Benny L. Kass

Question: The president of our condominium association acts alone and has previous members of the board on the bank account of the Association. He has been on the board for over 3 years. He harassed all the secretaries and treasurers that had been elected by the unit owners.The President doesnt have meetings with the board or include them in any...


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4 Tips for Keeping Your Rental Property Secure
Written By: Realty Times Staff

Burglaries are a concern for all home owners, but for landlords, they are an even bigger risk. Households living in rental properties experience burglaries at a higher rate than other households, Department of Justice statistics show. Households living in rental properties are more likely to be burglarized both when no one is home and when the p...


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Savvy Buyers Search Out Visual Disasters
Written By: PJ Wade

Instead of shopping for your dream home, why not search out your dream discount?First-time buyers can be distracted by the superficial. They can be enticed to pay for dream-home fantasies or, alternatively, encouraged to walk away from a hidden gemmdash;a visual disaster.Buy a home which was cleverly staged and marketed to make buyers rush to pu...


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Seller Cancellation Must Be Done By The Book
Written By: Bob Hunt

Breaking up is hard to do. So is cancelling a California real estate purchase contract. Especially if you are the seller. That is why, a little over a year ago, the legal department of the California Association of Realtors CAR produced a memorandum titled, "How a Seller May Cancel a Purchase Agreement: Checklist and QA".The need for such an adv...


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Clever Ways To Create More Storage In Your Kitchen
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

Who doesnt need more storage in the kitchen? You may not have a massive space with dozens of cabinets and yards of countertops, but that doesnt mean you dont have the space you need to store all your stuff. Use a few of these clever tricks and you might be surprised how much extra room you can create.Dining table storageGetting creative with you...


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Introducing Your New Color Obsession
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

Is it gray? Blue? Green? Its all of them wrapped up in your new color obsession, and its going to have you running to Home Depot for a can or 10 in 3hellip;2hellip;1. Behrs first-ever Color of the Year, dubbed "In the Moment," isnt just a great option for refreshing your interior or exterior, its also an invitation to bring a little calm to your...


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What to Do With That Spare Wall In The Kitchen
Written By: Becky Harris, Houzz Contributor

Does your kitchen have a wall or a nook thats too far away from the action to be part of the work zones but could be perfect for something? The question always is what. These designers have made the most of that extra wall, outfitting it with all kinds of useful and well-organized elements. See if any of these ideas provide inspiration for your ...


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Three Percent Or 20 Percent - Which Is The Smarter Down Payment Strategy?
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

The minimum down payment on an FHA loan is 3.5 percent, which makes it a popular choice among those who dont have the funds for a large down payment and also those who dont meet the higher credit score requirements for other types of loans. And thats not even the lowest you can go. Loans like this one require only three percent down, and if your...


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