October 2018

Found 4 blog entries for October 2018.

Pool Maintenance: A Reality Not to IgnoreSome homeowners consider a backyard swimming pool a mixed blessing. A pool is typically an attractive focal point and a social gathering spot during the season. In some parts of the country, owners enjoy year-round use of a pool and adjacent patio. In addition to the pool, many homes have professional landscaping around the pool to enhance the functionality and beauty of the backyard.

However, every pool requires regular maintenance: In addition to thinking about the fun it will provide, also consider the time and expense to keep a pool in prime operating condition as well as assuring that it is always visually attractive and safe for use. Although they are not normally an overwhelming concern, a homeowner must also be aware of the need for

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What to Know About Installing a DeckInstalling a deck can be an exciting new project for any homeowner to take on. They picture summer evenings sipping beer or serving dinner to all their friends. But there are a few factors to keep in mind before measuring or hiring contractors. The rules of decks vary across the nation, depending on where a person lives, what materials they're using, and how the land slopes beneath their feet. Keep these tips in mind for better results.

Check for Permits First

Whether owners are subject to HOA rules or not, they still need to check with their local authorities to learn more about what they can and can't do. In some El Segundo neighborhoods, owners can install their decks without permits or governmental permission. In others, they may only be

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Housing Bubble Information for HomeownersA housing bubble can be a confusing situation for a person who does not understand the real estate market. Homeowners who know what a housing bubble is, how to identify a bubble when it happens and how to protect their assets can fare better during a bubble than homeowners who don't.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a financial advisor before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

What Is A Housing Bubble?

A housing bubble is a market condition that happens when housing prices increase such that a significant portion of the population can no longer afford to buy a home. Usually a bubble grows sharply, often in a time of a good economy when most people have more disposable income. A housing bubble often happens

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What You Need to Know About Property TaxesThe property taxes on a home are designed to help homeowners take part of their community. Property taxes are distributed to the schools and shared community spaces of an area so they can continue to thrive. However, property taxes are also an important part of a new Venice home buyer's budget—one they need to calculate long before they ever move their first box into a home. The exact amount a homeowner pays is based on the location and neighborhood a homeowner has chosen, but there are ways to plan ahead so there are no surprises.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a certified tax expert before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

State and Local Calculations

State and/or local officials determine how much the

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