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The Five Best Natural Hot Springs in Nevada

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There’s something special about stumbling across a natural hot spring way out in the middle of nowhere. And Nevada has a lot of space to get lost. The more I learn about my new state, the more excited I get, so let’s take a look at the five best natural hot springs in Nevada. Spencer Hot Springs With a view of the...

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Avoiding the Email Compromise Scam in Real Estate

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In 2014, FBI statistics relating to a sophisticated business email scam showed close to 1,200 people in the U.S. lost some $180 million — and their real estate agents were unknowingly involved. Fast forward to 2021, and this scam is still an issue. In fact, it’s increasing. Since the best defense is the right information, here’s how to avoid the email compromise...

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Eight Things Your Realtor Needs You to Understand about Selling Your Home

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One of the smartest things someone can do when they’re in need is consult an expert. We do it when our tooth hurts, or we have a legal issue, or we’ve slipped and hurt ourselves. Turning to someone who has years of training and experience with a track record of proven successes — particularly in an area that is outside our own...

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The 6 Most Expensive Homes Sold in the US in 2020

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We’re this close to wrapping up the wildest year in recent memory. And if there’s a better way to bid 2020 adios than with a look at the most expensive homes sold in the US over the last twelve months, you won’t find it on a real estate blog! #6: $70 million in Palm Beach, FL The “Winter White House” was designed...

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Median vs Average Sales Price: Why it Matters

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Last week, we shared data for San Francisco’s housing market during 2020 with a cautionary takeaway reminding readers that context is everything and some data points are better than others. Here’s the difference between median and average statistics and why you should ignore average sales prices.  Old Math Classes Revisited Think back to your college statistics class — average and median both...

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2020 in San Francisco’s Housing Market — What a Year!

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Nothing like a global pandemic to turn the world upside down. The real estate market in San Francisco was no exception. Interestingly, after the initial shutdown that destroyed the traditional “spring selling season,” we seem to have gone back to some semblance of a normal fall selling cycle, with November 2020 giving us the slowdown typical of...

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Snow Tires for Winter Driving in Lake Tahoe

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Driving the I-80 corridor or anywhere around Lake Tahoe in the winter months is no joke. Before heading out, get in the habit of checking chain controls in California and Nevada. Here’s a rundown on snow tires and chain requirements, plus my recommendation for the best places in San Francisco and Reno to get your tires ready for winter. Three Levels California...

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The Love Letter to the Home Seller — Effective, But Maybe Illegal?

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The love letter — that carefully-worded note sent to a home’s seller, meant to make a human connection and personalize what is otherwise truly a business transaction — has its place in the real estate industry. But in California, that place may no longer be legal. Here’s why. New Guidance from the California Association of Realtors In October of this year, the...

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California’s Prop 19 Means Property Tax Breaks for Older Homeowners

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Between the pandemic and the election, the news cycle has been pretty dominated. But if you missed the fact that California’s Proposition 19 was approved by the state’s voters, and you happen to be a homeowner aged 55 or over, you’re in for some welcome news. In a nutshell, California’s Prop 19 upgrades Prop 60 or 90, which were much more restrictive...

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The Role of the Referral Agent in Real Estate

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Connections can make all the different in real estate, whether you’re buying or selling. And a referral real estate agent is all about connections. Here’s what you should understand abut the role of the referral agent in real estate, why he or she is often the most connected person in the room, and how that benefits you. Call it a Win-Win-Win First...

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