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Casitas, Mother-In-Law Suites, and Second Units 101

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Homes with additional living spaces separate from the main house are growing in popularity. Not only are they great for those who want to live in one space and rent the other to help pay the mortgage, but they’re also ideal for multi-generational living. So what are the options if you’re a buyer or a homeowner who’d like to have a property with separate living spaces? There are several setups that are most common, and a recent legislative development that makes it easier if you’d like to add an additional “granny unit” or “mother-in-law suite.” Casita: The Little Bungalow House …

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Takeaways From A Multi-Million-Dollar Mansion

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The $250 million asking price of a mansion that hit the market in January caught the attention of many people. Touting details like a helipad, 21 bathrooms, 12 bedrooms, and a sizable car gallery, this grand estate fits the ideal of the Californian Hollywood lifestyle. But even in Bel Air, 38,000 square feet is big and the price tag is out of reach for most. By the property’s developer’s own consideration, there’s probably only 3,000 people worldwide that are even in the market for this kind of ultra mansion. The asking price of these kinds of properties can be kind of …

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Perfect House, Wrong Neighborhood?

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The time for your house hunt has come. You’ve decided on a city, have a short list of things you’d like to have in your future home, and a few requests in terms of neighborhoods to check out with your buyer’s agent. You sit down to look online at properties that are available. There it is: the house you’re looking for. It’s charming, old but well maintained. There’s a nice front yard, great patio space in the back, and it’s on a quiet street. The only problem is it’s not necessarily in the “best” neighborhood. You wouldn’t have even considered …

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It’s OK to Snoop When You’re House Hunting

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Ah, house hunting. It may technically be shopping, but it can feel more like breaking and entering. Even though you know the seller wants you there, does anyone really want you traipsing through their bedroom? Or looking through their closet? Or digging around in their basement? Awwwwkward.But here’s something that should feel weirder: buying a home without knowing absolutely everything you can about it. The only way to avoid the second awkwardness is to face the first head on. When you’re house hunting, don’t think of poking around in someone else’s home as nosiness. It’s a smart, must-do investigation. Here …

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Interior Design Trends On Their Way Out

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Every year, we see shift in decorating trends. While we find ourselves discussing these new interior design trends regularly, it’s easy to forget which old ones it’s time to retire. For homeowners, changing a room can be a substantial boon if they’re thinking of selling their home in the near future. The visual appeal of rooms can greatly boost buyers’ interest. Even small changes in fixtures and finishes may greatly change the home’s appeal. If you’re thinking of making changes this year, here’s what’s not recommended for 2017: All White and Grey Rooms While the idea of living in completely monochrome rooms makes for …

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Buying a Home in 2017? 10 Things to Do Now

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For many people, it feels like buying a home is a difficult task, something that will never happen. Yet with planning, research, budgeting and work, you can make buying a home a reality. There is no time like the present to start moving towards the goal of buying a home. Procrastination is the “would be” home buyers’ worst enemy and can become a major obstacle if you’re not careful. Timing is everything when you’re buying a home. There are deadlines and inspections that must be met and there is an expiration date for everything. If you are looking to buy a …

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Rancho Los Cerritos and Its New Cottage

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The end of 2016 saw a lot of beginnings and endings in Long Beach, with the prospect of a new development at Rancho Los Cerritos among them. Funded by a state matching grant, the historical rancho has submitted a proposal and been approved for an expansion of the property. The expansion will be in the form of a new 1930s style cottage to house some of their administrative needs and open more of the original building to display. While designs for the cottage have yet to be released and additional fundraising will be necessary to complete the project, the groundbreaking …

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Choosing a Move-In Ready Home or a Fixer-Upper

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Homebuyers often find themselves having to make the decision between buying a new or move-in ready house, or buying a home that may need some work. While new construction is a rarity in Long Beach or Lakewood, and move-in ready houses sell quickly and at a premium, learning to recognize what makes one or the other better for you can help make the buying process much smoother. Here’s some questions to ask yourself before and during house hunting: Do You Have Time to Commit To A Fixer-Upper? Above all things, time is a major necessity for any fixer-upper. While there …

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Condos Versus Houses

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Sometimes people begin the home buying process already knowing whether they’d like a condominium or a house, and other times, they’re unsure. While some people feel that houses are a better investment than condos, that isn’t always the case. And there are trade-offs, regardless of which type of home you choose. The key to knowing whether to buy a condo and house is simple: identify the features and benefits of each that you like, and determine which is a better fit. Space Condos Condos are similar in some ways to apartments. Usually built in a series of connected units, condos can …

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Getting Through a Home Inspection

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Whether you’re buying or selling a home, you’ll likely go through a home inspection. And for many, the idea of a home inspection can make their stomachs twist into knots. You don’t think anything is wrong with the house, but what if there is? The easiest way to relieve this stress is to understand what the home inspection is for, and how to prepare for it. Home Inspection Versus Appraisal A home inspection is sometimes confused with a home appraisal, but the overall purpose is different. The home inspector focuses on the structure of the home, its systems and components. This …