Moving During Holiday Season

Posted in November 18, 2014

Whether Thanksgiving weekend or the full week between Christmas and New Years, the holidays may be the best time, or indeed the only time, you can plan the move to your new house. Here are some tips to make the transition smoother. Plan ahead If you have young children, you’ll want to plan a time of […]

What to Know about Fall Leaves and Your Home

Posted in November 13, 2014

This time of year, leaves turn beautiful shades of red, vermillion, orange and yellow. We enjoy their beauty. We take photographs. We collect them. Our children play in them. For a homeowner, however, leaves pose the possibility of damage to their landscaping, their home and their relationships. Leaves and lawn-care If you’re new to homeownership, […]

Can I Sell My House with a Reverse Mortgage?

Posted in November 11, 2014

To help you through your retirement, you took out a reverse mortgage on your family home. Now, several years into your retirement, you son wants to buy his childhood home so you can move to a warmer climate. Can you sell your home? Reverse mortgage A so-called “reverse mortgage” is a home loan that offers […]

Elections Affect Homeowners

Posted in November 4, 2014

One of the very first discussions the Founding Fathers had was about how to balance the rights of all individuals with the rights of those who owned property. They knew that if only property owners could vote, the rights of individuals and minorities might be suppressed … but, if voting extended to non-property owners, the rights of […]

Battle over artificial turf heats up in HOAs

Posted in October 28, 2014

San Diego lawmaker to consider bill protecting HOA residents in 2015 SACRAMENTO — Artificial turf has gained grudging acceptance on front lawns from Sacramento to San Diego, driven by years of drought and residents’ shrinking patience for water-guzzling natural grass. But inside the world of California’s private homeowner associations, the battle over whether synthetic turf should […]

Can You Sell Your House with Unpermitted Changes?

Posted in October 22, 2014

Often, homeowners make changes and upgrades to their home without securing permit. In some cases, permits are not required, but in many cases they are. When you attempt to sell your home, investigations by the buyer’s real estate agent, inspector or legal representation may discover undocumented changes that could hinder the sale. The degree to […]

Fearing Buyer’s Remorse?

Posted in October 16, 2014

Buying a home is one of the biggest investments you’ll make, and many times new buyers worry that they’ll make a wrong decision and then be sorry when it is too late to change it. What if I paid too much for the house? What if the neighborhood isn’t what I thought it was? What […]