January 2018

Found 3 blog entries for January 2018.

Are You Ready to Budget for Closing Costs?There are many costs associated with purchasing a home. At least some costs such as the down payment goes toward the purchase price of a home but other costs do not help build equity but are a necessary part of the closing process. However, these additional expenses may easily exceed a prospective homeowner's initial budget without careful planning.

Understand more about closing costs and the events that can quickly cause costs to exceed the budget of a homeowner.

What Services Are Considered to be Closing Costs?

Closing costs can include a range of expenses and events that lead up to occupancy of a home. In general, these costs will be in addition to the cost of the home. This may be an issue for those homeowners who are making a small

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Can You Identify Foundation Problems? These Tips Will HelpFoundation problems can subtle and easy to overlook, or painfully obvious. Either way, recognizing the signs of a foundation issue is important if you're a homeowner. It's also important to know what to do if your home has foundation trouble, whether you live in Rancho Palos Verdes or elsewhere. These tips will help.

Signs of Foundation Trouble

Many people first realize they have a problem when they see cracks in their foundation. However, not all cracks are signs of foundation instability. Hairline cracks less than 1/4 of an inch can develop when the foundation settles and shrinks. This is natural and usually not a problem. Cracks to be concerned about include:

  • Horizontal cracks more than 1/4 of an inch wide.
  • Stair-stepping cracks
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Buying in a Seller's Market: How It's DoneWhen the number of buyers looking for new homes exceeds the number of homes for sale, this is known as a seller's market, and it can make buying a South Bay ocean view home tricky.

Work With an Agent

Hiring a real estate agent is essential in a seller's market because everything moves so quickly. It's difficult for home buyers who are unfamiliar with the market to work quickly enough on their own. An agent will be able to negotiate with sellers and provide necessary advice for how to make offers appealing to sellers, so all buyers should be working with one.

View Homes Quickly

In a seller's market, time is of the essence, so be sure to see as many homes as possible as quickly as possible. When homes sell as quickly as they do in a

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