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Is A 55+ Community Right For You?

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As the name implies, a 55+ community is built for adults who are at least 55 years old. These complexes are often called retirement communities because many of the residents no longer have full-time jobs. There’s a variety of price points for buying into these communities and they’re usually based on the amenities available to residents. Often, 55+ communities are designed …

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Using Prop 60 and 90 to Transfer Your Property Tax Base

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We get asked a lot about the ins and outs of Proposition 60 and Proposition 90, two California laws designed to help senior citizens downsize and retain lower property taxes. The laws allow homeowners who are at least 55 years old to transfer their trended base value to a new property as long as the transaction meets certain criteria. This may result in …

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Decluttering For Sale Success

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Decluttering is among the best things you can do to improve photos of your home and the buyer’s perception of the property. Besides keeping things clean, having less clutter has the benefit of influencing a buyer’s perception of how they themselves view the house. This is by allowing them full view of the space, and  allowing them to see an …

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How To Choose An Estate Sale Company

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We had recently discussed methods of choosing if a garage sale, an estate sale, or an auction would be the best method of downsizing for homeowners. In today’s article, we’re going to build on that and discuss estate sale companies in detail. Keep in mind that there will be some variation in practices from place to place, but that a …

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Downsizing With Garage, Estate, and Auction Sales

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Downsizing and selling our possessions is both a decision and an event for many of us at some point in life. Occasionally you find yourself left with a house full of items, either because you’re looking to move, to sell a house for a passed family member, or you simply have more things than you’d like to have. Donation doesn’t …

Baby Boomers Retirement Boom

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Baby Boomers Finding Freedom Through Retirement Within the next five years, Baby Boomers are projected to have the largest household growth of any other generation during that same time period, according to the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard. Let’s take a look at why… In a recent Merrill Lynch study, “Home in Retirement: More Freedom, New Choices” they surveyed nearly 6,000 adults …

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Is it Time to Downsize your Home?

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Thinking of moving from your current home into a smaller one? You may be wondering if now is the right time. Here are some points to consider. A recent study by Edelman Berland revealed that of homeowners who are contemplating selling their house in the near future 33% plan to scale down. Let’s look at a few reasons why that …