California Real Estate

  • Arnold, California lies close to the Ebbetts Pass Corridor in the western slopes of the Sierras. Scenic Highway 4 leads travelers through a series of beautiful landscapes until they end up in this his….
  • California Home Inspections
    Buying a home is an exciting milestone for any family. It can also be an intimidating hassle for buyers who are not adequately prepared and do not have the right information. Buyers should never rush ….
  • Glendora Real Estate
    Glendora real estate is doing so well simply because Glendora is one of the most desirable places to live in the Los Angeles area. This quaint city is located at the base of the beautiful San Gabriel….
  • Hollywood Hills Real Estate
    Hollywood Hills real estate continues to command top dollar despite the fluctuations of the Los Angeles real estate market. Those in the know scoff at the very notion of fluttering price points, since….
  • LA Real Estate Center
    LA Real Estate Center HelpWhat if you want to buy your first house, or if you are already living in a house that you're thinking of selling, how do you begin? With all the excitement about mortgage ra….
  • Lake Front Real Estate
    Lake front real estate is a great investment for recreational real estate. There is nothing like the beauty of the reflection of the sunlight across the rippling blue water. It is a scene that draws y….
  • Los Angeles Real Estate
    It's been the dream city for generations of Americans, with its golden vistas and pristine, sandy beaches. Are you ready to make the move to the "City of the Angels?" There's a reason so many movies….
  • Orange County CA Real Estate
    When it comes to buying or selling a home, your real estate broker is your best asset. Furthermore, a savvy team of realtors is even better than an individual realtor. Much of the business of sellin….
  • Orange County New York Real Estate
    In recent years, the Orange County New York real estate market has been more than simply one of the most desirable in the country. It has also been one of the most difficult markets in which to gain ….
  • Orange County Real Estate
    Orange County real estate comprises some of the most beautiful places to live in the world. Anyone who has ever driven along the California coast or sunbathed on its gorgeous beaches can attest to th….

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How to Find Real Estate Values


  • Introduction
    • Determining what a house is worth is not a precise science. The ultimate determinant of value is what a willing buyer actually pays a willing selling, which is dependent on a number of factors—not all of which can be plugged easily into a formula.

  • Step 1: Hire a Real Estate Appraiser
    • The best way to determine what a home is worth is to hire an appraiser to independently evaluate the property. When you refinance, or apply for a mortgage, the bank will hire an appraiser to determine if the property is worth enough to adequately secure the loan. This may not be a true value, as the appraiser is just looking to determine if the value of the house satisfies the banks' requirements. The actual value may be higher.

  • Property Value Variables

There are a number of things that contribute to the value of a property.

These things include:

    1. Condition of the home
    2. Size of home
    3. Size of lot
    4. Age of the home
    5. Location of the home
    6. Value of recent home sales in the area similar to your home
    7. Number of comparable homes currently for sale in your area

  • Step 2: Talk to Real Estate Agents
    • If you're looking to value your own home, you should talk to local real estate agents, even if you're not looking to sell. Most real estate agents will prepare a market analysis of your home at no charge. An experienced agent will usually have a good sense of what your house is worth. Make sure to talk to several agents, however, as some may present an overly optimistic view of your home's value. By getting several points of view, you should be able to get a good understanding of what a property is worth.
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  • Step 3: Local Resources for Real Estate Values
    1. You can get information on local home values by checking the tax records at the local assessor's office. Assessed value may not equal market value, but you can compare assessed values for properties that have recently sold to get an idea of how closely they track the market.
    2. The local registry of deeds records sales prices of homes, but sometimes it can take several months to get the transaction posted.
    3. Local newspapers report asking prices, which are generally above a house's actual value.

  • Step 4: Online Tools to Find Real Estate Values
    • Online tools can give you some information, but as they don't reflect an actual understanding of the market, they can produce a value which is off from the actual value by a large margin.

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Big Boss Brewing Company

The Big Boss Brewery in Raleigh, North Carolina is a relatively new brewery, established in 2006 by Geoff Lamb, a graduate of UNC, and brewmaster Brad Wynn. They have five year-round brews that range from the dark brown ale Bad Penny (my first Big Boss beer and favorite) to the very light High Roller, an IPA. Hell's Belle is a spicy ale made from Belgian malts with the highest alcohol content of the year-rounds at 7%, Angry Angel is a German-style beer, and Blanco Diablo is a wit beer.

They also have several seasonal beers including Harvest Time and amazing pumpkin ale. The Big Operator, a dark black raspberry ale available during January and February, can only be tried in Big Boss' taproom and features a whopping 8% alcohol content. At 9% is the summer brew (available in May and June), Monkey Bizz-ness, which is aged for months! In July and August you can get your hands on Sacktown, an amber rye ale. D'Icer is a refreshing spring dunkelweizen, and Aces High is a unique winter coffee stout, made from fair-trade coffee.

The taproom above the brewery where you can get these delicious beers has the feel of an old tavern. The bar is small, but there is ample seating and several pool tables, ping-pong, and darts. Free tours take place in the brewery the second Saturday of every month at 2pm. It is a 30-minute tour and afterward you can sample three beers for $1 each! Private evening tours are also available.

Contact them by phone at (919) 834 0045 or drop by 1249-A Wicker Drive during the taproom's hours. Visit the Big Boss website for more information!…

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Fall City Homes For Sale

Fall City homes for sale are particularly appealing if you're looking for a small town in a spectacular Pacific Northwest setting. Just 25 miles east of Seattle and three miles up the road from the magnificent 268-foot drop of the Snoqualmie Falls, the town (population only 1,600) is well placed in the valley. Sitting on the junction of Routes 203 and 202, a short drive from Interstate 90, it's convenient to get to almost anywhere you'll want to go.

In easy reach of the entire stretch of the Puget Sound, the Pacific coast, and Mount Olympia and Mount Rainier National Parks, Fall City homes for sale are a really sound investment. You probably don't want, however, to rely on an online MLS listing to find a property. They're great to get your bearings in the market, but once you're searching in earnest, you need a bit more help than that.

The market for Fall City homes for sale isn't as merciless as it is in Honolulu, Boston, and San Francisco, of course. You'll have a decidedly easier time of it, though, if you've got a local Puget Sound realtor at your side. The Seattle area is still quite popular, after all. Between the rugged beauty of the Pacific Northwest, the many cultural and outdoor recreational opportunities, and the strong business climate, the region is a wonderful place to call home. As a place to raise a family, it's close to ideal.

Fall City Homes for Sale: Background Data

As of the last census, there were about 650 homes in Fall City, the vast majority of them built since 1950. You might expect to see anywhere from 50 to 100 or so properties on the market, at any given time. Federal numbers at the last census cited the median house value at $255,000. According to the National Association of Realtors, however, the range of actual prices begins at about $95,000 and goes as high as $10 million.…

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How to Hire a Real Estate Lawyer

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    • Real estate attorneys are experts in federal, state, and local laws pertaining to real property and related transactions. When refinancing or purchasing real property, the bank will always have an attorney representing their interests. There are circumstances, however, where it's important to have an attorney representing your interests as well.

  • Step 1: Do You Need a Real Estate Attorney?
    • There are a number of situations that might call for the help of a real estate lawyer. Each situation is slightly different, so you'll want to make sure the attorney you hire as relevant experience.
    1. If you have a property dispute with a neighbor, that you feel may affect the value of your property, or that it looks like you won't be able to resolve amicably, you'll want to consult with a real estate attorney.
    2. When buying or selling a house without a real estate agent, you will definitely want a real estate attorney to draw up or review the contracts you'll be entering into.
    3. If you are buying or selling with an agent, and the other party has an attorney, you definitely want your own lawyer.
    4. If you are buying or selling and the transaction is complicated, you want to hire an attorney.
    5. If you are buying or selling with agent, and the other party doesn't have a lawyer, and the contracts are standard, you may not need an attorney, but you can be assured that your interests are being protected if you do hire one.
    6. The bank will have an attorney involved in refinancing. Although the attorney represents the bank's interests, and not yours, there are generally not discretionary terms that you can dispute in the contracts, so you probably don't need your own attorney.

  • Step 2: Get Referrals for Real Estate Lawyers
    • Ask friends and family for names of real estate lawyers that they've had good experiences with. Your real estate agent should also be able to suggest some attorneys that they have worked with. The state bar association will have a list of licensed real e tate attorneys, and the American Bar Association has an online Lawyer Locater that you can use to find real estate attorneys in your state.
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  • Step 3: Interview a Few Real Estate Attorneys
    • After assembling your list of real estate lawyers, select a few to interview before determining which one to hire.
    1. Ask about their experience in the particular area you need assistance in.
    2. Although you may already have gotten a referral from a friend or family member, ask the lawyer for additional references.

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