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Updated: Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Condo Property Assessment
Written By: Benny L Kass

Question: I read your column faithfully and was hoping you could address a small issue/question I have. Recently, I received from my association a bill for property tax assessment challenges. It appears the association took it upon themselves to hire a property tax attorney, without notice to the homeowners or at least, I never received any noti...

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Ask the HOA Expert: Board Meetings and Members
Written By: Richard Thompson

Answer: To address the complaints of this member, the board president should discuss the concerns in person with him. If he refuses to discuss specifics and continues to deliver unreasonable demands, a written response should state that his demands are not reasonable and the board will not respond to unreasonable demands. If he doesnrsquo;t like...

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Realtors Need to Establish Preferred Builder Networks
Written By: David Fletcher, NHCB

The demand for new-construction homes should continue strengthening the next five years if the last five years are any indication.nbsp; Competition for saleable listings will remain extremely tight.nbsp;According to two studies, one >nbsp;What the above pie charts mean:Existing means of the market is going to purchase an existing home, not going...

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10 Tips For a More Modern Living Room
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

1. PaintWe say it so much because its true: nothing transforms a room easier, more completely, and more affordably than a fresh new paint color. In a small space, use an airy modern color like Revere Pewter from Benjamin Moore. See more hot paint colors here.2. Swap out those accessoriesA simple update of a few knickknacks around the room can br...

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Many Home Builders Make an Exception to the First-Time Registration Policy
Written By: David Fletcher, NHCB

Realtors lose thousands of dollars every day because they donrsquo;t know what to do or say when confronted with this policy.There is a common but little-known exception to this policy under one condition. Call first.A simple phone call to the builderrsquo;s sales office can result in thousands of dollars in your pocket.Case study:Prospect Watso...

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Support Animals for the Disabled - Dos and Donts for Landlords
Written By: Saul Klein

A Broad DefinitionIn order to qualify to have a support animal, the person requesting it must fit within the definition of "disabled." In California, the definition is quite broad. It includes physical or mental impairments or medical conditions which limit a major life activity or a record of disability or being regarded as being disabled. Alth...

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Top 8 Estate Planning Mistakes
Written By: Mark D. Klein, Esq.

Perhaps you have heard the expression: ldquo;If you fail to plan then you plan to fail.rdquo; This statement was never truer than for estate planning. By some accounts, 70 of adult Americans have no will or trust in place for their loved ones. Furthermore, others who initially did prepare an estate plan have failed to update it in light of chang...

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3 Signs Your Agent Deserves to be Trusted
Written By: PJ Wade

Natural fear in taking action or making a decision is meant to preserve our health, property, and way of life, but it can do the opposite. For some real estate buyers and sellers, any change or decision is seen as risk to be avoided. Even those less afraid of risk or more confident about decision making usually >Since it is the person delivering...

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You Can Keep Your KonMari Method: Why Tidying Up with Marie Kondo Is Not for Me
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

If you havenrsquo;t caught the show and you arenrsquo;t familiar with its namesake star or her famed KonMari Method, let me give you a quickie overview, courtesy of Netflix: ldquo;In a series of inspiring home makeovers, world-renowned tidying expert Marie Kondo helps clients clear out the cluttermdash;and choose joy.rdquo;Yes, ldquo;choose joy....

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3 Percent Down?
Written By: David Reed

Government-backed mortgage loans, VA, FHA and USDA, require little to no down payment. FHA loans ask for a down payment of at least 3.5 percent of the sales price while the other two donrsquo;t require any down payment whatsoever. But did you know there are conventional loans that also accept a down payment of just 3.0 percent? There are three s...

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What You Dont Know About Real Estate Could Cost You
Written By: PJ Wade

Itrsquo;s what you donrsquo;t know about real estate that could cost younbsp;when buying or selling.bull; First-time buyers usually havenrsquo;t seen enough houses or condominium units to fully understand where real estate value lies.They may not have been caretaker of a house and, therefore, donrsquo;t notice subtle signs of damage, sloppy cons...

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5 Reasons to Buy a Fixer-Upper Instead of a Perfect Place
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

.It costs lessldquo;Fixer-uppers list for an average of 8 below market value,rdquo; said LearnVest. If yoursquo;re on a budget or are being priced out in your market, this is a way to get a literal foot in the door. How much depends greatly on the location. ldquo;Fixer-uppers in Phoenix have the smallest cash discount, saving buyers just 1,000 o...

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Whats the Real Impact of the Government Shutdown on Real Estate?
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

ldquo;An NAR survey of 2,211 members found 75 percent had no impact to their contract signings or closings. However, 11 percent did report an impact on current clients and 11 percent on potential clients,rdquo; said the National Association of Realtors. Among those impacted by the shutdown, 17 percent had a closing delay because of a USDA loan.r...

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Housing Counsel Public Condo Law vs. Private Condo Law
Written By: Benny L Kass

Question: I am the President of a mid-size condominium in Washington.Our Bylaws specifically prohibit short-term rentals of any kind. The board ndash; and most of our members ndash; agree that cutting out short term rentals and subleases of less than a year helps cut down on the move in and out traffic that creates maintenance distress, having r...

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Clever Tips to Make Painting Your Home Easier
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

Wrap it upOne of the most painful tasks associated with the painting is having to clean up at the end of the day. If you hate cleaning your brushes, this tip is for you. The best way to preserve your brush if youre done for the day or the time being but not done with the job, is to wrap it in plastic wrap and throw it in the freezer overnight. B...

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Making Your Home More Energy-Efficient
Written By: Realty Times Staff

Replace or Weatherize All WindowsWindows are one of the biggest sources of heat gain and heat loss in a home. Both heat gain and heat loss rob you of comfort and keep your energy bills higher than they have to be, whether during the summer or winter months.Windows rank high on the list because of air leakage around the frame and the heat that tr...

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Why You Should Buy an Investment Property First and a Home Second
Written By: Daniela Andreevska

If yoursquo;ve come to a point in life where you have saved up enough cash to put down on a house, it is the smarter financial move to buy an investment property and not a home. You are better off investing your money in a rental property, which will make more money for you while continuing renting. In a few yearsrsquo; time, you will have enoug...

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Learn to Laugh at Yourself
Written By: David Fletcher, NHCB

Maybe you said something in a sales meeting that was misunderstood that got a big laugh. Maybe you dropped a dessert in your lap at the company party and everyone laughed while you sat mortified, or you forgot how to open an MLS-locked door, with just your prospects watching.How you respond when something happens to you can make or break the sal...

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