New Coronavirus Addendum Introduced in California

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Faced with unprecedented circumstances related to the coronavirus pandemic, the California Association of Realtors (CAR) released a new coronavirus addendum, addressing some of the situations and questions that buyers and sellers are facing in our state. The new form, which you can sell below, is not mandatory at this time for use in real estate transactions. It’s an optional form …

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A Message To Our Clients

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At The Shannon Jones Team, serving our clients and the community is our highest priority.  During this time of global and economic uncertainty and recent orders from the city and state, we want to share how we will be doing that. We are here for our clients: There are a lot of online and social groups offering services and help.  …

Real Estate FAQs with The Shannon Jones Team

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Introducing A New YouTube Series of Videos with Answers to Your Real Estate Questions Buying or selling a house or investment property can be stressful and people going through the process often find that they have questions. In order to help our clients prepare for and navigate the process more easily, The Shannon Jones Team has launched a series of …

Using Your Tax Refund As A Down Payment

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If you’re looking to buy a home in 2020, have you thought about putting your tax refund toward a down payment? Homeownership may be one step closer than you think if you spend your dollars wisely this year. Based on data released by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Americans can expect an estimated average refund of $2,962 when filing their taxes this year. The map below shows the …

Buy or Sell First?

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Should you Buy or Sell your Home First? Once you’ve decided you’re ready to move, it’s time to decide whether or not you are going to buy your new home or sell your old home first. It’s a tough decision so it’s important to weigh all the relating factors with a knowledgeable real estate agent prior to deciding. The key to …

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Buying a Home: Step 6 is What to Expect When in Escrow

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Opening escrow is the final stage of buying a home. Up to this point, you have gotten pre-approved for you loan, scoped out neighborhoods, created a wishlist, chosen your Realtor, compared different homes, and put in an offer.  The sellers either accepted your offer, or issued a counter offer, which you accepted. So at this stage, your offer has been …

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Steps of Buying a Home: Step 5 is Putting in a Winning Offer

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Putting in an offer on a house is one of the most important steps in the home buying process. At this stage, you should have been pre-approved for a loan, researched neighborhoods, created your wishlist, chosen your Realtor, and compared different houses on the market. You’ve found the perfect home and are ready to purchase. In order to beat out any …

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Buying a Home: Step 4 is to Compare Homes

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Starting to compare homes is Step 4 of the home buying process. By now, you should have gotten pre-approved for a loan, looked at neighborhoods, created your wishlist, and chosen your Realtor. You know what you are looking for and what you can afford, but with so many choices, how do you know which house is the right one? These …

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Buying a Home: Step 3 is Finding a Realtor and Having a Buyers’ Consultation

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Choosing a Realtor, and having a consultation with them is a crucial step in finding your future home. It is Step 3 of the home buying process, so by this point, you may have gotten pre-approved, scoped out potential neighborhoods, and created your wishlist. (If not, a good Realtor can help you with those steps.) Even if you have a good …

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Buying a Home: Step 2 is Neighborhoods and Wishlists

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So you’ve started your search for your new home, and you’ve gotten pre-approved for a loan. What now? Before diving straight into checking out every single home listed for sale in the city, take a step back and think about what you are really looking for. You need to decide what you want in your future home and create your …