Real Estate Tips

March 29, 2018

Buyer Real Estate Market Frustration and How to Get Your Offer Accepted! [VIDEO]

The plan WAS to discuss the new tax laws taking effect, but went off on a severe tangent. We vent some frustration at buyers having significant difficulty getting their offers accepted. However, we discuss several different ways to help ensure that you DO get your offer ACCEPTED.

Maureen Torretto, Loan ...

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Feb. 5, 2018

Whether You Rent or Buy, Either Way You're Paying a Mortgage!

There are some people who have not purchased homes because they are uncomfortable taking on the obligation of a mortgage. Everyone should realize, however, that unless you are living with your parents rent-free, you are paying a mortgage – either yours or your landlord’s.

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Jan. 24, 2018

Thinking about Solar Panels for your Home?

We live in sunny California, so why not?

Here's a great place to start!

(This link takes you to Google Project Sunroof)

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Jan. 23, 2018

Home Purchasing Power: The Trend is NOT your Friend!

Much has been said about the rising prices of real estate in the Bay Area. But this is only half of the story.

Here's the other half:Home Purchase Power - How Much House at $2,500 a month

This chart is quite a bit different from your typical 'interest rate' graph.

The key idea behind this chart, is to keep ...

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March 21, 2017

Should I Downsize Now? It is a Seller's Market!

A study by Edelman Berland reveals that 33% of homeowners who are contemplating selling their houses in the near future are planning to scale down. Let’s look at a few reasons why this might make sense for many homeowners, as the majority of the country is currently experiencing a seller’s ...

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March 9, 2017

Tax Time Coming Soon! How to Maximize your Tax Deductions

If you bought your first home in 2016, chances are you're in for a very new tax experience this year. That's because for many new homeowners, buying a house is the first time it makes sense to itemize taxes.

The good news is that itemizing your taxes is ...

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April 13, 2016

Rent? Buy? Either Way, You're Paying a Mortgage!

There are some renters that have not yet purchased a home because they are uncomfortable taking on the obligation of a mortgage. Everyone should realize that, unless you are living with your parents rent free, you are paying a mortgage - either your mortgage or your landlord’s. 

As The Joint ...

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April 4, 2016

Your Home Purchasing Power, Visualized

Now that the housing market has stabilized, more and more homeowners are considering moving up to the home they have always dreamed of. Prices are near those of a few years ago but interest rates have stayed near historic lows.

Sellers should realize that waiting to make the move when mortgage rates ...

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April 1, 2016

Take a stroll with us through downtown Livermore


Join us, as we take stroll down First Street in downtown Livermore. Michael Koenig and Maureen Torretto discuss a few reasons why they love Livermore so much.

Did you know the city of Livermore was incorporated 140 years ago on April 1st, 1876? Now you know.

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March 28, 2016

Buying a home? Beware of the latest scam!

Buying a home is exciting. You saved for the down payment, scheduled the move, and are dreaming of planting new roots. Closing is right around the corner… unless a scammer gets your settlement fees first.

The Federal Trade Commission and the National Association of Realtors® are warning home buyers about ...

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