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

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 […]

Green Buying

Green Buying

Green for Buyers As a buyer interested in learning about a home’s green bona fides, there are several simple questions you can ask – and things you can look for inside and around the house – that will help you quickly determine how environmentally friendly it is… and how much effort it may require to […]

Comparing Properties

Comparing Properties

Now comes the tough part. You’ve looked at houses, liked some, dismissed others, then this one blossomed in front you. You loved it from the time you pulled up at the curb. You’ve walked through with a big smile on your face. OK, now step back just a bit. It’s not our job to unsell […]

Condo Vs. House

Condo Vs. House

Should I Buy a Condo or a Single Family Home? Looking for a place to call your own but without some of the traditional hassles of home ownership – like yard work? Then you may want to consider purchasing a condominium. Condos are popular for a number of reasons including size, location, shared amenities and […]

Finding a Property Online

Finding a Property Online

Tips For Finding a Property Online The Internet and real estate professionals are the top two resources most buyers turn to when searching for a property. Commercial Real Estate: Finding the perfect commercial property must start with finding the right commercial real estate professional. Information for commercial properties is limited online and there are several […]

Finding the Right Neighborhood

Finding the Right Neighborhood

Neighborhood Considerations When shopping for your new home, consider the location to be as important as the home you choose, from both a personal and financial perspective. Many buyers have become completely distraught because they thought they found the perfect home, only to find out the neighborhood wasn’t for them. Finding the right property, starts […]

Home Tour Checklist

Home Tour Checklist

Touring homes is exciting, exhausting and it can be confusing trying to remember which homes had which features. By the end of the day, you can’t remember if the house with the fabulous kitchen had three bedrooms or four, or any other pertinent details. That’s why you need a Home Tour Checklist. The list we’ve […]

Lifestyle Buying

Lifestyle Buying

Buying a Home that Fits your Lifestyle You’d think the easiest thing in the world would be deciding what house to buy. After all, who knows you better than you? You know exactly what you want, right? Well, sometimes. The truth is that most people only have an idea of what they want – the […]