Decluttering? Don’t Donate These Items


Somehow, it’s spring again and for many of us, it’s the time of year when we roll up our sleeves and do some serious decluttering. Whether you’re moving or not, there’s something satisfying about sorting all that stuff into “trash” and “donate” piles. But before you pat yourself on the back for all your self-less donations, read on. Your local secondhand store...

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Four (Surprising) Home Upgrades That Can Downgrade Its Market Value


There are lots of home improvements that add to your bottom line when it’s time to sell. But don’t make the mistake of assuming that every dollar you spend on upgrades and renovations means a higher price tag on your home. Here are four (surprising) home upgrades that can actually downgrade your home’s market value. That Chef Kitchen Say it ain’t so...

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What is Home Hardening? The New CA Disclosure Requirement AB 38


Parts of California are particularly vulnerable to wildfire, and the devastating toll over the last few years has made that clear. The concept of home hardening — i.e. using resistant materials during construction or retrofits to make a home more resistant to fire — builds on the state’s stringent fire-resilient building codes for homes and structures built since 2008. If you’re living in...

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Moving is Hard. Here’s How to Make it Easier.


Recently, I got an email for an epic moving checklist. There were 100 steps on this list, which is thorough, to be sure, but also daunting. Yes, there are many, many, many considerations when you’re moving, especially if you’re going to a new state, but is it truly a 100-step process? Maybe! In my experience, even those of us who think we...

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The Importance Of Curation in Real Estate (And Everything)


They call this the Age of Information. But living in it, day in and day out, means navigating a crush of news, media, opinions and content that seems to be coming at us from every angle. That’s true across the board, and it’s true within respective industries. In real estate, which touches everyone in one way or another, we’re seeing more reports...

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Everyone is Leaving San Francisco! Or Are They?


A Bloomberg article came out swinging this week with a doozy of a headline — “Housing Prices are Booming in U.S. Cities — Just Not San Francisco or New York.” We wrote something recently about one of the reasons for these booming prices. But is San Francisco really being left behind? Here’s the thing. San Francisco condos were ignored in the price...

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Why Real Estate Prices Everywhere Are Increasing


In 2017, I sat in on a discussion of housing trends. One of the key takeaways at the presentation was the fact that as a country, we’ve been under-building since the Great Recession. Now, it’s coming home to roost.  2017 Wisdom  I’m going to share regional and national trends directly from that discussion. Remember — this is information from 2017.  Regional Trends...

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