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What is Mello-Roos in California?

What is Mello-Roos in California?

Mello-Roos Background: In 1978 Californians enacted Proposition 13, which limited the ability of local public agencies to increase property taxes based on a property’s assessed value. In 1982, the Mello-Roos Community Facilities Act of 1982 (Government Code §53311-53368.3) was created to provide an alternate method of financing needed improvements and services. The Mello Roos Community […]

What to Look for when Buying a Home

Quality of the neighborhood – The National Association of Realtor’s 2012 Profile of Buyers and Sellers revealed that neighborhoods are really important to buyers, but that neighborhood choice varies by household composition. Convenience to job – Commuting is a necessary evil, but homes that are close to work enhance work-life balance, a growing priority for […]

What is FHA?

I hear a lot about the Federal Housing Administration, and much of it is simply wrong. “The FHA is the next subprime.” Untrue. “The FHA caused the housing crisis.” Also untrue. There is a lot of misinformation making the rounds, which helps neither brokers nor buyers. Here’s the low-down on what brokers or buyers’ agents […]

What to Expect

What to Expect from Your Real Estate Agent What can you expect from your agent? Plenty! (Or at least you should.) Buying or selling a home is right at the top of the list of major and exciting life changes. From making initial buying or selling decisions to closing, you should definitely know how an […]

Listing Agents

Choosing an Agent to List (and Sell) Your Home If you’re interviewing a listing agent at your home, pay attention to how he or she reacts as you talk about your home. Choose someone you feel comfortable with. Someone who genuinely believes in your home as much (or more) than you do. Someone who sees […]

Interviewing Buyer’s Agents

Interviewing Buyer’s Agents

Questions to Ask when Interviewing Buyer’s Agents Working with a Sales Professional means more than having an expert on your side. Your Sales Professional is your partner and sounding board, protecting your interests, making the process as convenient as possible and leading the way to your eventual home purchase. As you think about what you […]

How Real Estate Agents Help Buyers

How Real Estate Agents Help Buyers

How The Local Realty Real Estate Agents Help Buyers When it comes to buying a home, tapping the expertise, focus and energy of a Sales Professional will make the process much easier. Your Professional Buyer Agent with The Local Realty can be a partner, your industry insider and your guide through the transaction. When you […]

Choosing the Right Real Estate Agent

Choosing the Right Real Estate Agent

Choosing the Right Real Estate Agent If you’re like most people, you already know a real estate agent – and maybe even a couple. After all, they’re an important part of the community and work as “connectors” across the community. You may have a friend or two that are real estate agents. Your parents or […]

Agent Qualifications

What Should I Look for in a Real Estate Agent? Buying or selling your home isn’t always easy, but it usually is rewarding. And to take the worry out of the experience, you can have a Sales Professional guide every step of the way. There are many things to look for in someone who will […]

Agent Commissions

How Is My Agent Paid? Real estate agents who serve buyers typically receive a commission from the sale of the home – which they share with the listing (or selling) agent. In some states, Sales Professionals may receive a pre-negotiated flat fee for services, irrespective of the sale price of the home. One of the […]