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The Pitfalls of Solar Panels

As a REALTOR®, I am often asked if people should install solar panels. There is no question that the addition of solar panels is on the rise. According to the Solar Energy Industries Association®, “In 2015, California installed 3,266 MW of solar electric capacity, ranking it first nationally.” And, “Over the next 5 years, California is expected to install…more than 2 times the amount of solar...

Dishonest Disclosures

A homeowner is expected to know things about their house that buyers wouldn’t ordinarily know. Like the time an investor bought a vacant house with the carpet missing in the upstairs closet. Why was it missing? It was not disclosed. After closing escrow, the neighbors came over and asked if he knew about the guy who hung himself in the upstairs closet. Sadly, the answer was a resounding...

It’s Elemental: New Homeowner’s Basic Maintenance Guide

Buying a home is an exciting experience. You save up your downpayment, wade through thousands of listings, find and hire a buyer's agent, search for the perfect home, make and offer, get accepted and take the plunge. Now, you've moved in, repainted walls, arranged furniture, hung window coverings and settled in for the fall season. Except, you've never checked a furnace filter, dealt with a leaky...

Buying an Orange County Home with Poor Credit

If you’re interested in buying a new home, one of the things you’ll need to do is pass a credit check.  This can be the scariest part for many people and buying a home with poor credit is not easy. Your credit score determines whether mortgage lenders will offer you a reasonable interest rate on your home and if your mortgage application will be approved at all.  Poor credit means that you’re a...

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