Homeowner Information

Three of the Smartest Ways To Secure a Home

Your home, and the belongings inside and outside, are your most costly investment.  There are many ways you can secure a home.  Most importantly, you want to do all that you can to protect your home and keep your family safe. Learning how to burglar-proof your home is something that you should not put off. There are many affordable home…

How To Bring Families Together In A Multigenerational Home

Family is everything.  We spend our entire lives being cared for and caring for our family.  Now more than ever, middle-aged Americans find themselves a part of what’s known as the “sandwich generation.”   As a result, a multigenerational home is necessary when faced with caring for children while simultaneously caring for aging parents.  Several factors may include health issues,…

How to Make the Best Use of Home Office and Learning Space

As a result of the pandemic, more people than ever are working remotely from home.  This has created a demand for the ideal work space design.  To add to the challenge, there is now a demand for homeschool learning space.  Big corporations are realizing the cost savings and acquiring the technology to allow employees to work remotely while supervising children…

How To Get Prepared To List Your Home

Are you thinking of putting your home up for sale?  Perhaps this is the first time you will list your home, or the first time in many years, and you aren’t sure what to expect.  This checklist will have you prepared to get your house ready to sell. 1.  Start preparing your home to sell by addressing your finances. Call…

Your Summer Landscape And How To Boost It

Summer is officially here! You may want to consider curb appeal and how your summer landscape can add value to your home. Landscaping and gardening is often a project that many people enjoy working on during this season. Your landscape is a large part of the first impression that homebuyers experience, so you’ll want your summer landscaping and gardens to…

Understanding Foreclosures

It is an unfortunate commentary, but when economic activity declines and housing activity decreases, more real property enters the foreclosure process. High interest rates and creative financing arrangements are also contributing factors. When prices are rapidly accelerating during a real estate “bonanza”, many people go to any lengths available to get into the market through investments in vacation homes, rental…

Common Ways of Holding Title

How Should I Take Ownership of the Property I am Buying? Real property can be incredibly valuable and the question of how parties can take ownership of their property is important. The form of ownership taken — the vesting of title — will determine who may sign various documents involving the property and future rights of the parties to the…

Mello-Roos

In purchasing your new home, your future monthly payments will be made up of principal, interest, real property taxes, and insurance. But what is the tax for the Community Facilities District, otherwise known as a Mello-Roos District? The Land Title Association (LTA) has answered some of the most commonly asked questions about the Mello-Roos Community Facilities Act. What is a…

Mechanic’s Liens

The Mechanics’ Lien law provides special protection to contractors, subcontractors, laborers and suppliers who furnish labor or materials to repair, remodel or build your home. If any of these people are not paid for the services or materials they have provided, your home may be subject to a mechanics’ lien and eventual sale in a legal proceeding to enforce the…

Condominium and PUD Ownership

Builders, in an effort to combat the dual problem of an increasing population and a declining availability of prime land, are increasingly turning to common interest developments (CIDs) as a means to maximize land use and offer homebuyers convenient, affordable housing. The two most common forms of common interest developments in many states are Condominiums and Planned Unit Developments, often…

5 Key Steps to File Your 2020 Tax Return

KISS* and Get a Refund To file your 2020 tax return, you can still file on Tax Day, April 15th, but it is best not to wait until the last minute if you can help it. Uncle Sam just began processing tax returns on January 27th. But, that’s no reason to stress. It comes and goes every year and wealways…