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Tips to keep in mind when buying a home

Buying a home can be an exciting yet challenging time for people in California. Planning a move into one's dream home can be a major accomplishment in life, but a home purchase also comes with major stresses about securing financing, ensuring a proper inspection and concluding a fair deal. As people plan their goals for homebuying, keeping a few tips in mind can help real estate buyers to make a good choice when making an offer for a new home.

How to buy a house with poor credit

When a California resident wants to buy a house, a lender will run a credit check. If prospective buyers have a low credit score, it may hinder their ability to get a mortgage. However, those with poor credit may still have an opportunity to purchase a home. One option may be to enter into an owner finance arrangement.

L.A. mayor signs off on developer fee to fund affordable housing

Very high rents price many people out of homes in California cities. To raise money for the development of affordable housing, the Los Angeles City Council voted in favor of a fee ordinance that would collect fees from developers. Mayor Eric Garcetti's signature made the linkage fee official, and it is expected to cost developers within the city $93.7 million to $114.3 million annually, according to a report prepared by the Department of City Planning and Housing and Community Investment Department.

Sellers may face tougher conditions in 2018

Buyers in California may find that they can find better deals on homes in 2018. This is because rising prices and changes to tax laws may reduce the demand for properties on the open market. According to the chief economist of the National Association of Realtors, home sales are likely to remain flat or decline during 2018 in spite of the fact that there are likely to be an increase in jobs over that period.

How to sell a home during a divorce

Divorce and moving are two of the most stressful events a California resident may experience. Moving because of a divorce may be painful, but there are ways to get through it with a minimal amount of stress. For instance, it may be a good idea to designate one person to talk to the agent. This person will also relay information from the agent to the other spouse.

What to know about selling homes during the holidays

The holiday season may seem to be a less than ideal time to sell a home in California. However, for those who need or want to put their home on the market at the end of the year, there are ways to do so effectively. Ideally, a seller will minimize the lights and other decorations put on the home. Keeping decorations to a minimum provides a neutral look that may attract more interest.

Mistakes to avoid when selling a home

California residents and others who are looking to sell their homes may assume that the process will work itself out with no need to negotiate effectively. However, selling a home can be a complex process regardless of how nice a home is or how nice the neighborhood is. A big mistake that sellers make is to take an offer that is lower than market value.

Why renting is more popular these days

California residents and others are more likely to opt for renting a home as opposed to buying one or living in an apartment. The Great Recession was largely responsible for changing American attitudes regarding homeownership. Although the housing market has largely recovered, many people no longer assume that owning a home is something that they need to do. Stagnant wages are another reason why people are opting to rent a home instead of buying one.

What to consider when buying a home before marriage

California residents who are not married to their partners may have few legal protections when it comes to purchasing a home with them. Therefore, it may be a good idea to create a written agreement as it relates to what happens if an individual splits with a partner. If a split were to occur, a contract could determine who moves out or if the house is sold as a result.

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