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Today's Feature Stories

Smart Homes: Backed-Up Your Fridge Lately?

Soon it will be hard to buy an appliance that doesn't incorporate smart technology, but integrating appliances and systems may remain a challenge for a while. PJ Wade explores what you need to know about smart home technology. FULL STORY ->

Prep Or Pay The Price: What You Do Before You Paint Matters More Than The Paint Itself

So you're sitting there on a Saturday morning, watching HGTV and drinking your coffee, when it hits. It's the urge to paint a room, and it's not going away. Next thing you know, you're dipping that brush right into the paint can and slopping that blue hue up on the wall. FULL STORY ->

Legal Marijuana: Where To Move, And Why

Because you need it for medical reasons. Because you want to become a grower or open a dispensary. Or because you're simply a fan of getting high. They're all reasons for moving to states where marijuana is now legal. But there are also a few you may not have thought about, like the fact that, "Legal marijuana is a boon to the economy," said Forbes. And that the economic benefit is largely being felt by homeowners. FULL STORY ->

Community Living Rules Enforcement

We live in a nice community, but every so often someone breaks one of our rules. Sometimes the infraction is minor -- such as washing their car on the public street. Other times, the violation is more serious, such as yelling, arguing and even threatening people. The violators may be unit owners or tenants. Can you outline in general terms what our Board of Directors can do to curtail these various infractions? FULL STORY ->

Where the Best Places to Raise a Family Meets the Best Real Estate Markets

WalletHub released two important lists this week, The Best and Worst Places to Raise a Family, and the Best Real Estate Markets, and if you're looking to move to a new city, you'll want to pay close attention. Unfortunately, the two lists don't have a city in common at the top. But where the two lists merge may lie the greatest options for relocating to a place that best meets the needs of your brood. FULL STORY ->

HOA Board And Manager Authority

To achieve effective communications between homeowners and their homeowner association, it is important to understand the authority that belongs to the property management company, the board members individually and the board as a whole. FULL STORY ->

Rental Scams Target Tenants, Landlords

Rental scams have been reported across North America for several years, but fraudsters continue to dupe both tenants and landlords. Here's how to protect yourself from such scams. FULL STORY ->

Get Your Fitness In At Home With These Calorie-Burning Cleaning Tasks

Does housework count as a workout? The answer: Yes! There's a reason they call it housework, said Fitness Magazine. You can burn serious calories during a marathon cleaning session. FULL STORY ->

5 Fall Home Maintenance Items To Check Off Now Before The Cold Kicks In

Summer is on its way out - even if it doesn't feel like it! - and fall is on the horizon. That means it's time to start thinking about how to get your home ready for winter. Summer hasn't quite wound down yet, but fall isn't as far away as it seems, said Forbes. Doing a round of simple fall maintenance chores now can save you time, money, and stress when the cold weather comes. FULL STORY ->

How to Keep Your Jewelry Safe While You Sell Your Home

It's an unfortunate fact that thieves often target homes on the real estate market. Sometimes these thieves are serial offenders, but they can also be prospective buyers or real estate agents gone rogue. FULL STORY ->



5 Reasons To Visit Magnolia That Aren't To Meet Chip And Joanna Gaines

If you're considering heading for Magnolia, you should know that's it's highly unlikely you'll run into Chip or Jojo. The couple rarely makes a public appearance here, but you'll definitely feel their flavor, design sense, and influence throughout. Here are five reasons to bear the crowd and make the trip to Waco for the full Gaines experience. FULL STORY ->

Five Tips For The Best Granite Countertops

The interior design industry has been trying for years to break homeowners' addiction to granite counters. They've introduced stainless, concrete, glass, quartz, wood, marble and other ideas to wean people away, but the alternative surfaces just don't have the luxury look that granite does. FULL STORY ->

There Are Tax Benefits With Home Ownership

Homeownership has always been the 'great American dream'. And Congress -- with one exception -- did not take it away when it passed the tax reform bill last December. To foster and encourage this dream, Congress has consistently enacted -- or preserved -- tax legislation which favors homeowners. Indeed, much has been written that our tax laws discriminate against renters, by giving unfair and unequal tax benefits to those who own homes. FULL STORY ->

Ask the HOA Expert: Qualifications To Run For The Board

We have an unmarried resident couple and only the woman is a legal owner. Does her partner qualify to run for the board or serve on a committee? And if they are legally married but he is not an owner, does that change things? FULL STORY ->

Home Buyer Assumptions Are Expensive

First-time buyers John and Lee learned about real estate from friends and online searches and concluded that location is less important than price. PJ Wade reveals how flawed assumptions like this can distract buyers from valuable opportunities. FULL STORY ->

Clever And Creative Ideas For Kids' Study Areas

The school year has started, and that probably means your kids are doing their homework: sprawled on the bed, on the couch in front of the TV, on the floor, or at the dining room table. It probably also means their stuff is everywhere and the distractions are making it hard from them to properly concentrate. You can address the mess, and give them a dedicated space to study, even if your place doesn't have a separate home office option. FULL STORY ->

How To Identify And Avoid Dangerous Hazards In Your Home

It's safe to say that none of us is purposely making our homes a hazard. And, no matter how hard we try, accidents still happen. But there is nothing more important than protecting ourselves, our families, and our investment. FULL STORY ->

How To Get Free Money Or Make Easy Money For Your Down Payment

Want to buy a house but short on cash to get the deal done? It's a common problem that is keeping countless potential buyers on the sidelines. 'Money issues often stand in the way of homeownership,' said Bankrate. A survey by rental service Apartment List found that 80 percent of millennial renters want to buy a home, but most say they can't afford to. FULL STORY ->

What Kinds Of Mortgages Are Available?

Once you have signed a contract for the purchase of your new home (or condominium or cooperative apartment), and assuming you do not have all of the cash in your bank account, you will need to obtain a mortgage loan. FULL STORY ->

Crunching The HOA Budget

Fall is the time when most homeowner associations count last year's costs and crunch next year's numbers hoping to squeeze blood out of the HOA's turnip. Often it's so dry, there isn't even any turnip juice left much less any O positive. But crunch you must. Here are some of the ways to make the cash flow more freely. FULL STORY ->



30 yr fixed: 4.55%
15 yr fixed: 4.04%
1 yr adj: 3.87%
(U.S. Averages
as of 07/02/2018)


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Realty Intelligence

2901 W Coast Hwy., Suite 350
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Phone: 949-632-6503
Fax: 949-347-2576
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