Home improvement loans

FHA and Fannie Mae offer loans for home energy improvements. The FHA’s PowerSaver program allows those homeowners who are eligible to borrow up to $25,000 for “green” improvements, while Fannie Mae has an add-on program to mortgages specifically for energy-improvement. You can read all about these two loans at the Los Angeles Times.

How public record errors hurt real estate sellers

Real estate buyers today often turn down a listing because they think it’s priced too high relative to the livable square feet it has to offer. In some neighborhoods, like planned unit developments, price per square foot might be a fairly reliable value indicator because there is little variability in the housing stock. It’s of …

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Central Library Prepares to Grow

According to the Corona del Mar Patch, the Newport Beach Central Library will be expanding another 17,000 square feet beginning in February.  The project should be completed by 2012, and involves the addition of a footbridge to the Civic Center Plaza, added room to the children’s area, adult reading area, another main entrance and stairway, …

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Best Payback on Remodel

Most homeowners who are considering selling consider making a few home improvements, with the hope that those upgrades will attract both buyers and a better payback.  But what home improvements (such as a kitchen remodel, new front door, or wood floors) offer the best payback on investment when you are trying to sell? It really …

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