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Tips to quickly sell your Sacramento homeMany people put their homes on the market during the spring season. It's a good time because many folks are looking for a new home. Check out these tips to separate your home from the rest and help it sell quickly.

  • Make A Great First Impression - The most important thing is for your home to make a good first impression. A potential buyer doesn't want to drive up and find the front lawn unmowed and full of weeds, with unkept landscaping. Buyers don't want to see paint flaking off the front door, so make sure the first thing a prospective buyers sees with your home makes a good impression.
  • Declutter and Clean everything - This is very important. When someone walks into your home, they don't want to see your stuff lying around everywhere, so clear
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What are the top reasons owning a home makes financial sense?

  • Housing is one of the highest leveraged investments you can have.

  • You are paying your own mortgage or someone else’s.

  • Owning a home makes you save for your future.

  • Tax Benefits.

  • Owning is a hedge against inflation.

    Bottom Line:

    Buying a home makes sense financially and helps your build for your future.

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Fed's meeting notes are out today and GOOD NEWS nothing to worry about here. “Almost all” were in favor of raising the Fed funds rate in December with one or two policy makers not comfortable with the decision. Nothing new with the Dot plot which remained unchanged from the prior meeting. Overall the minutes had a dovish tone as a number of policy makers who had concerns about raising rates were quite vocal. Seems to me that the committee will be cautious and gradual when it comes to raising rates on a go forward basis.

10 year note still trading at 2.18%. Mortgage pricing better by 1/32nd post release. Stocks now off 325 points on the Dow. Worst start to the year for the stock market since 2008. 2016 maybe the year to equip your desk chair with a

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us-mortgage-rates-updateFreddie Mac has increased mortgage interest rates in the last few weeks to just over 4 percent (for a 30 year fixed). According to the Mortgage Bankers Association and the National Association of Realtors, this trend is likely to continue.

This leaves many homebuyers wondering whether or not it's a good time to buy a home. If you worry about rising interest rates, but still hoping to invest in a home, read on.

Current Rates are Still Historic Lows

Many prospective buyers are kicking themselves for not taking advantage of historic low interest rates. What they must realize however, is that they can still purchase a home at a lower interest rate than previous generations. If we look at historic mortgage rates by decade, we can clearly see that

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blogging-tips-for-real-estate-agents

Earlier this year, I shared with you my top 25 Social Media Tips for Real Estate Agents. I've since received several requests for blogging tips for realtors. Ask and you shall receive. So here are 21 blogging tips I've learned over the years.

Blog Content

1. Write original content that is interesting and unique. If people find your content interesting, they will link to it naturally. This increases traffic to your site, and improves your site rank with Google.

2. Write what you know! If you're a condo specialist, write about different buildings in your area. If you deal with vacation homes, write about fun things to do in the area for visitors. Share your real estate expertise! It will give you credibility, which can help you land new

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how-to-boost-natural-light-in-your-homeNatural light is a great way to add plenty of appeal to your home. It gives the impression of a brighter, cleaner home, and can save money on electricity throughout the year. With the right items, placement and windows throughout your home; you too can achieve that peaceful, welcoming look that's oh so desirable to potential homebueyrs.

Use Mirrors Throughout the Home

Using reflective surfaces throughout the home can really open up a space. It is also where the natural light will hit, bounce off the walls and throughout the room. If you want to make a space appear larger, try large mirrors. It's a very inexpensive way to boost natural light in your home

Think Light and Thin

Curtains are a pretty addition, and while they can keep out the cold,

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are-you-paying-too-much-in-property-taxesWhen tax time comes calling, and you see the tax bill but think you’re paying too high an amount in taxes then it might be time to take a closer look at what you are paying. Millions of Americans overpay their property taxes every year.  It is always ideal to take a re-examine at any bills or charges you get when receiving a bill for something.

Make sure you’re not paying more than you should when it comes to your property tax bill using these three tips.

Check Your Home Assessment For Errors

Check to make sure that the right amount of bedrooms, bathrooms and acreage for the home are indeed, what they should be. Even the smallest mistakes such as having a .30 acre home that is not a 3.0 acre home can come up. People are only human and these

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social-media-for-realtorsSocial media is a necessary tool for real estate agents in this modern age of technology. A good online presence can bring in all sorts of benefits, including new clients and networking opportunities. Are you making the most of your time online? Here are some tried and true tips that I use on a daily basis to grow my personal real estate business.

Facebook Tips for Realtors

1.  Seek out Facebook pages of industry leaders and “Like” and engage as your page.

2.  Always reply to comments and posts on your Facebook business page.

3.  Use Facebook insights to see what’s working not not working.

4.  Embed Facebook posts onto your website as testimonials. Further reading: 6 Ways to Embed Facebook on Your Website.

5.  Add tabs to your Facebook

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Looking to redecorate your home, but don't have the extra funds to spare towards your design budget? You're in luck! These 6 decor hacks are not only cost-effective, but easy to do as well. Best of all, most of these projects can be tackled in a single weekend. These cheap decor ideas are as creative as they come, some are even borderline genius!

Frame your Instagrams for instant art

Why pay for art, when you can create your own unique pieces for a fraction of the price? Don't have a color printer? Online printing services like Print Studio can print and deliver them for you for $12 for set of 24 images. Just purchase an inexpensive frame and voila, a stylish addition to your wall that can be changed depending on your mood.

Transform your

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Mortgages can make you feel like you're literally tied to your home. The stress, the payments, wouldn't it be nice if there was a way to pay off your mortgage faster? Looking to ease your mortgage worries? Here are five ways you can pay off your mortgage faster.

Opt for bi-weekly payments

Most mortgages payments are made monthly in one lump some. By opting for bi-weekly payments, you're breaking that lump some into two equal payments paid twice a month. It will save you money in interest and shorten the length of your mortgage than if you paid one monthly payment. For example if you have a 25-year mortgage for $300,000 at 3% fixed interest rate, switching from monthly to bi-monthly payments will save you  $16,058.57 in interest alone!

Round up

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