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Housing Sacramento Magazine


Northern California's Real Estate resource



Housing Sacramento magazine’s features and interviews are designed to enhance your life with a focus on the home. All things real estate from do it your self projects to finding a new home.



 How to Choose a Real Estate Agent Listing

California real estate is incredibly complicated. The amount of disclosers is staggering. The areas to lose money are wide-ranging in the real estate transaction. It is exceedingly wise decision to hire a professional real estate agent. How to choose a real estate agent to represent you when you are selling your property is a critical decision.


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 Tips To Find Your Perfect Home

The road to buying your home is a tough one. The great thing is, once you have the cash readily available; it is all plain sailing from there. Once you have secured your finance, and mortgage, you are ready to start house hunting. Finding the perfect home can be a difficult journey. But, if you are smart and utilize these savvy tips, you will find the perfect home in no time at all.

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 6 Ways to Build a Fire Pit

A backyard fire pit is one of the most popular of all landscaping features.  Just imagine having a beautifully constructed ring of bricks or stones sitting in your yard just waiting to roar with flames. There are few greater joys than being able to sit around a warm fire with family and friends.  Whether it’s just to set the mood for a gathering or to cook up a tasty dinner, you can’t go wrong with a fire pit.


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 Residential Fire Sprinkler Systems

Did you know that fire sprinklers are now required to be installed in newly constructed homes in California? 

The article is designed to teach you about Residential Fire Sprinkler Systems.  There are many concerns and stigmas surrounding fire sprinklers. Issues like maintenance, systems leak and price. Another misconception about fire is that fire damage is less expensive than water damage. 


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Real Estate Investor Mistakes, Part two

Two very costly mistakes real estate investor should avoid.

Mistake #4: Not Understanding the Difference between Repairs and Improvements

Mistake # 5: Not Making the Most of Depreciation

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 Finding the Perfect Horse Property

Family and horses living in harmony in the perfect horse ranch
A guild to help find that perfect horse property for your family and horses

There are many things to consider when buying a property for you and your horses. The elements of a good horse property vary based on the goals of the property owner.

Horse ranches are as much about a life style as it is a place to live.

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Real Estate Investor Mistakes

There are many costly mistakes real estate investor should avoid. Here are just three.

Mistake #1: Not Understanding What Makes Real Estate Expenses Deductible 

Mistake #2: Buying a Rental for Tax Benefits without Considering Limitations

Mistake #3: Failing to Maximize Allowable Rental Losses

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Homeowners and Workers' Compensation

California Homeowners should be aware of the workers' compensation guidelines to avoid fines, penalties and legal entanglements.

Workers' compensation laws protect people who are injured on the job. It is designed to make sure that employees who are injured or disabled on the job are provided with fixed monetary awards, removing the need for litigation.

The California Labor Code essentially tells us that anyone working for a homeowner will be an employee unless you can prove otherwise.

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Holding Title in California Real Estate

In some states, an attorney is part of the real property buying and selling process.  It is required by law.  California is not one of those states.  That means people are often buying and selling houses without any legal guidance. 

Holding title in California real estate with more then one person has four main options:
Joint Tenancy, Tenancy in Common, Community Property, Community Property with Right of Survivorship. All have there important issues that can make them just right for the situation or just wrong. Find out more in this informative article.

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Homes Sanctuaries

"Every human being was created for a purpose and everyone has a unique gifts and calling to serve in the capacity of their innate strengths." says Sonia Hassey Certified Life Coach.

My intention every day, whether in my home, work, or organization is to be in harmony with others at every opportunity.  This is possible if you set your intentions every day and apply them.  Then it becomes a good habit.  This new way of thinking towards people has truly changed my life for the better. 

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Tips for Home Based Business Success

As most small business owners know, building strong relationships is vital to maintaining a loyal customer base. This is especially true for home-based business owners.

Home based businesses are competing with an online marketplace accessible via laptops, desktops, tablets and smart phones.  Mixing business with pleasure and inviting clients into our homes has never been more vital; it sets us apart from faceless companies and sterile storefronts.

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Mold Remediation: Swift Discovery Yields Savings

"The best way to get rid of mold is to find it, remove it, and clean it up," says Jack Corry.

Identify the mold problem. Then obtain a mold cleaning protocol. Connect with your environmental company to acquire a mold cleaning process. Selecting the right company to alleviate your mold problem is essential to saving money and eradicating the problem long-term.
The company should guarantee mold clearance.

Property owners should pay only for one clearance test. Once your mitigation company has completely alleviated existing mold, have an independent third party environmental testing company conduct mold clearance testing to ensure mold has been cleaned and the area is safe.

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Stigmatized Property

Properties that are stigmatized may be perceived to be unsellable or undesirable for other than physical or environmental reasons. A property may become stigmatized because of murder, suicide, molestations, satanic rituals, or a reputation of being haunted or a “unlucky” house.  

House blessing and other cures can help with a stigmatized property. Understand the legal and value problems of a stigmatized property.

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Making a House a Home

I love to feel at home in my house. When I was young my home always had this mysterious ability to make every place feel like home. A home creates a sense a belonging that can often be hard to find. The ambiance of a home is not like a model house.

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 Short Sale

A real estate short sale is an agreement between bank or mortgage lender to discount a loan balance due to an economic hardship on the part of the mortgagor.  In clear terms a short sale is a deal between a person with a real estate loan or mortgage to sell the house for less than the owed amount.

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Is mortgage refinance right for you?

It is a balancing act of numbers and benefits

Will refinancing the mortgage create enough payback to go through the process? Is there a way to evaluate the benefits of the mortgage refinance and the cost of doing it?

Steven Covey said, “Start with the end in mind.” In other words, why do you want to refinance your mortgage? I will give the 4 general reasons why to refinance a real estate loan, but I believe your situation is unique and should be discussed with a professional mortgage broker or banker.

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Why get Pre-qualified for real estate loan

Applying for a mortgage pre-qualification is the first step in getting a home loan. Basically, you just give us your name, phone number, and some basic information and we will give you a general idea of how much you can borrow.

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Mold is Nothing to Ignore

“Immediate action is essential to contain and remove mold to prevent property damage and possible tenant litigation” says Jack Corry a Mold Removal expert in Sacramento, California.

The Internet is a vast resource of information that feeds a myriad of myths on how to treat indoor mold. The danger of each myth is the ineffectiveness of mold removal and inadequate treatment leading to its reappearance and swift spread.

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