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The Bank of Mom and Dad.

Coming up with a down payment can be difficult for young home buyers and those with high student-loan debt. But many mortgage programs allow parents to help fund their children’s down payment. There are of course hoops to jump through to assure the lender that the down payment is not an undisclosed loan. The money […]

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Read the Fine Print and Win Money.

Do you read all of the contractual terms before you click “accept”? As a lawyer, I try to. You may want to start also, as a woman read the fine print on an travel insurance contract ended up winning $10,000. The insurance company Squaremouth said that many travelers buy travel insurance without actually reading the […]

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Where did Trusts Originate?

The modern Anglo-American trust is a unique legal device. In the U.S. we use trusts as methods to hold and convey property, often to heirs as an estate planning device. There are a couple of theories concerning the origin of the trust, with the latest being that the trust may actually be traceable to an […]

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Colorado Legalizes Rain Barrels.

Until recently it was believed to be illegal to connect a down spout to a rain barrel in most urban areas in Colorado. Rain barrels are a great way to collect our periodic rainfall for garden use – I have three with 40 gallons capacity each. The problem in Colorado was an interpretation of the […]

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My Scottsdale Ranch Listing.

This single story home (MLS #5848631) is located in the desirable, gated Scottsdale Ranch neighborhood of Suntree East. The entry is through an inviting courtyard with plenty of room for relaxing outdoors. A two-way, real wood burning fireplace divides the dining and living areas. The kitchen boasts a granite counter top and back splash, stainless […]

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Horrifying Home Stories for Halloween, #2.

An agent listed a home in Antioch, California. When she periodically visited it she started to have “experiences” in the home. On one occasion she was shoved by an invisible force. She was also told during a showing to get out by a disembodied voice. Despite all this someone ended up buying the home. Hopefully […]

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Horrifying Home Stories for Halloween, #1.

Inside a foreclosure in which the previous owner had passed away, an agent and her buyer felt a strong presence, as if someone was watching them. Seeing nothing, they continued on their tour. Halfway through the home all the exterior doors started to slightly open and close. The agent’s first thought was it was because […]

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IRS Announces Opportunity Zone Designations.

Want to pay less tax on your real estate investments? A new community redevelopment program for economically distressed communities called Qualified Opportunity Zones (QOZs) offers significant tax benefits. One of the incentives works like a 1031 exchange, allowing a taxpayer to defer tax on gain from the sale of appreciated property in a QOZ if […]

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International Napping.

If you shop for a home overseas, work habits in many countries may be different from what you are used to. For example, in Spain, the siesta is sacred. People work from early morning until 1:30 p.m., and then in the evening from 5 p.m. on. From 3 p.m. until 4:30 – 5 p.m. its […]

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Horrifying Home Stories for Halloween.

A real estate photographer was taking photos of an old home with the agent present. Afterwards he looked at one of the photos taken in a room with a mirror when the agent was standing behind him. But in the reflection from the mirror, instead of showing the agent, the picture had an old man […]

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More Horrifying Home Stories for Halloween.

An agent’s buyer had a sister-in-law that was a medium. After the buyer put a contract on a home, the sister-in-law went through the home during the inspection to make sure there were no malevolent spirits lingering. As she left, she said: “I got rid of two, but there is a spirit in the front […]

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Horrifying Home Stories for Halloween.

In an Oklahoma City neighborhood, an old two-story house was on the market. The floors weren’t level, the steps squeaked, and it felt like someone was watching anyone inside. But what really creeped out an agent previewing the home was when he noticed light coming from the basement – but the house had no electricity. […]

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Support Animal Charities Through SimplySOLD™.

Do you love animals? SimplySOLD™ does, and donates each time a qualifying transaction closes. The organizations we support include the Arizona Humane Society and the Hermitage Cat Shelter in Tucson. This year so far, we have made out checks for over $850 to various animal charities. If you love dogs and cats, buy or sell […]

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House Warming Customs.

In the U.S., its common for a buyer to receive a gift after they purchase a home. In Germany the tradition is to give a small cup of salt and a loaf of bread to someone who’s moved into a new home. These food staples symbolize lifelong prosperity.

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Lot Shortage Problems Persist.

Finding suitable lots remains a top concern among home builders. Lot shortages are the most problematic in what are considered “A” — or the most desirable — locations. 62% of builders reported that the overall supply of developed lots in their areas was low to very low, according to a survey conducted by the National […]

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