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Top Home Luxury Features

Top Home Features That Luxury Homebuyers Look For

Now that we are in the COVID-19 era where staying home for health and safety is the norm, the trend in home design calls for features that combine luxury and style with function and efficiency. Upscale home buyers are on the lookout for features that will enable them to conveniently work remotely, bring the family closer together, and stay comfortable throughout the day. With that in mind, take note of these high-end home features to consider when selling a luxury home: Sma...

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How to choose a home with good resale value

How to Choose a Home With Good Resale Value

When shopping for a potential future home, it is natural to prioritize features you are personally looking for in a home. However, you may also want to include the resale value in your home-buying checklist. Since buying a house is a significant financial investment, choosing one with good resale value guarantees that you will get substantial returns come resale time. Ensure that you purchase a home with good resale value by referring to the list below. Curb appeal Wh...

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Romantic Dinner Out in San Francisco

Yes, You Can Still Have a Romantic Dinner Out in San Francisco

Many high-end restaurants in San Francisco have been greatly affected by COVID-19. But romance doesn't die just because there’s a pandemic. Having a meal together is a great way to get to know someone, or to cement your existing bond. Here are some places where you can still share a special meal with your significant other. Pack a picnic Dine-in socially-distanced-style outdoors in a park, where you’ve got plenty of green space and you can stay well away from other ...

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Bay Area Train Public Transportation

Bay Area Transit Protocols in the Time of COVID-19

Life in the Bay Area has definitely been upended by the pandemic. Last August, demand for public transport plummeted by 80 percent since many people sheltered at home. Now that public transit has reopened, over two dozen transit agencies in nine counties have come up with the Riding Together plan, which aims to ensure riders’ safety. Read on to see how Bay Area transit protocols have changed under the pandemic. Safety first The state of California requires all riders t...

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It’s Time to Sell Your House

How to Know If It’s Time to Sell Your House

How do you know when it’s time to sell your house? This can be a fraught question for homeowners who have invested time and effort in their beloved homes. There’s no denying that selling a home is a highly charged emotional decision, but for many people, the time will come when it’s clear that they should sell their house. Read on to see what signs you should be looking out for. You’re financially ready Take a look at your latest mortgage statement and see what you...

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Working From Home Remotely

Remote Work is Changing What Today’s Homebuyers Want

These days, a significant number of people are working from home, and for some, the move away from the office will be permanent. This major change has led to a shift in buyers’ priorities. According to a recent Gallup poll, 35% of people who have worked remotely would prefer this arrangement, and another 30% want to work from home because they are concerned about COVID-19.  From the city to the suburbs In the past, people were willing to live in cramped, expensive apart...

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How Bay Area Restaurants Are Adapting to COVID-19

The Bay Area has always been known as a culinary hub, owing to its multicultural community. Any kind of dining spot imaginable can be discovered here, from New American cocktail bars to eclectic restaurants featuring the finest cuisine from various parts of the world. When COVID-19 forced a change in the way food spots operate, the Bay Area’s restaurant industry remained as creative and resilient as ever. From quaint cafes to h igh-end restaurants in San Francisco, all have ...

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Beaching in the Bay Area in the New Normal

Hark – the sparkling waters of the San Francisco Bay and the Pacific beckon, and many Bay Area residents are raring to catch up on some sun, sand, and surf after months of staying inside their homes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Visiting Bay Area beaches are among the fun things to do in San Francisco, especially at this time as the ocean’s regular production of negative ions — through the water’s exposure to sunlight and the constant movement of the tides — have an ...

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Choosing Between Selling or Renting out Your Home

Planned or otherwise, the time to move will come, and one of the most important decisions you would have to make would be to determine whether you want to sell or rent out your home. There is no clean-cut, universal advice as every homeowner’s situation is different. Making this decision requires taking the time to evaluate your circumstances, but the guide below can help you identify key points for consideration. Determining your home's value Knowing your home’s act...

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Mortgage Calculation

How Condo Mortgages Work

Condos are known to cost less than single-family homes, require little maintenance, and feature amenities like gyms and security. These are what make them particularly appealing to the younger market and ideal for first-time buyers. Buying a condo is considered a home purchase, so the same basic evaluation conducted when buying a single-family home will apply. The lender will take a look at an applicant’s credit reports, tax returns, debts, investments, and assets to dete...

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