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9 Ways to Bring Feng Shui Into Your Home

This ancient Chinese art of existing in peace with your surrounding environment is based on the notion that your home reflects your life. Everything that surrounds you holds an energy called “chi,” which can be used to bring tranquility, energy, luck, and even wealth into your home. And at the same time, Feng Shui can also help add a sense of style

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INFOGRAPHIC: Who Makes Up the Housing Market in California

The current California housing market can be described in so many di erent ways. Right now the state is experiencing an inventory crunch, and housing a ordability is a real problem. Housing action is starting to shift inland as supply in coastal areas remains tight. But what about the people who make up the California housing market? Let’s have a closer look at the individuals who are part of the buying and selling process in California real estate for 2016.

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INFOGRAPHIC: 10 Ways to Slash Your Utility Bill

It doesn’t take much to notice your bank account whittling away just to keep your home in operation. Your HVAC system can be a real money-sucker when it comes time to pay off your utility bills – but it doesn’t have to be. According to the US Department of Energy, you can slash as much as 43 percent off your monthly bill, while still living comfortably.

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INFOGRAPHIC: 10 Budget-Friendly Ways to Boost Your Home’s Curb Appeal

While the inside of your home may be getting a lot of attention, the exterior warrants the same. If you cringe every time you approach your front door, it’s time to make some changes. And if you’re planning on selling any time soon and want to attract as many buyers as possible, boosting your curb appeal is even more important.

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What Exactly Goes Into a Home Appraisal?

If you thought finding the perfect home was the hard part of the home buying process, what until you actually have to go from offer acceptance to closing. A bunch of steps need to be taken in proper succession order to take you through escrow, one of which is a home appraisal.

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4 Things You Need to Know About Condo Insurance

The differences between condo ownership as opposed to single detached home ownership are obvious. For one, there are HOA fees that condo owners need to pay that aren’t applicable to most single detached properties. Part-ownership of common elements is another unique feature of owning a condo unit.

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Should You Pay Your Mortgage Off or Keep Refinancing?

Taking out a mortgage typically means making regular payments until the loan is paid off. But while this may have been the traditional way of looking at mortgages, many homeowners these days are choosing to keep their mortgages by refinancing to take advantage of certain benefits, such as getting a lower interest rate, using the equity to invest, consolidating debt, or taking advantage of tax deductions.

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INFOGRAPHIC: How Did California’s 2015 Housing Market Stack Up Against 2014?

California’s housing market has been through an extended period of tight inventory, high prices, and mediocre housing affordability. But the numbers are teetering in our favor, no matter how gradual and slow the improvement. All in all, the overall housing market in California improved in 2015 from 2014 with sales increasing, affordability improving, and foreclosures on the decline.

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How Common Are All-Cash Sales in San Francisco?

All-cash sales have surged across the country, and Bay Area cities are realizing some of the biggest spikes.

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