Real estate buyers eat cost for wear-and-tear items

Q: We purchased a large home last year. The property overall was in good condition, with the home being only 10 years old. Now that winter is here, we are finding many areas of exterior paint flaking off; a large wood deck that was painted is now rotting and lifting; and numerous interior floor tiles …

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West Coast foreclosure sales are now at pre-robo-signing levels

“Foreclosure auction sales in states along the West Coast have bounced back to levels not seen since robo-signing moratoriums went into effect last fall, the California-based tracking firm ForeclosureRadar reported Tuesday. The company’s coverage area includes the states of Arizona, California, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington. ForeclosureRadar says it recorded “significant increases” in all five states …

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6 smart steps every new homeowner should take

What could be more exciting than taking the leap from renter to first-time homeowner? You can turn the key in a lock that no landlord has access to, read in a hammock in your own backyard and paint your dining room bright red. Some first-time homeowners get swept up in all the excitement and make …

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California Realtors Offer Mortgage Assistance for Unemployed

The CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) recently launched a new program that allows home sellers to purchase mortgage protection coverage and offer it as an additional incentive to home buyers who purchase their home. MAKING SENSE OF THE STORY The “Home Payment Protection Program” (HPPP) is available through California REALTORS® who offer it to sellers …

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