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The Real Estate Advisor: February 2020 | carlosfcamargo.net

The Real Estate Advisor: February 2020 | carlosfcamargo.net

+ The Difference Between Home Warranty & Home Insurance
+ Prep Your Pets for the Big Move
+ Take 5: How to Get Ready for Retirement
+ Down Payment Myths Debunked


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Posted on February 13, 2020 at 5:24 PM
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SMARTmoves Newsletter | FEBRUARY 2020 | VOLUME 4 | ISSUE 2

SMARTmoves Newsletter 

+ Your February Kitchen To-Do List

+ Homeowner Tip: Eliminate Soap Scum Naturally

+ Do You Know Where to Find Your Home’s Main Water Shut-off Valve?

+ Crispy Oven-Fried Dill Pickles – Perfect for Game Day!


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Posted on February 2, 2020 at 4:51 PM
Carlos Camargo | Posted in Real Estate Market Update |

H o u s i n g P e r s p e c t i v e | January 2020

Housing Market Outlook – Slight Improvement in 2020

Despite having a double-digit decline in the first half of the year, California home sales only dipped slightly in 2019 as low interest rates boosted the market in the last six months of the year. With the average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) dipping more than 100 basis points from the prior year for three consecutive months at the year-end, buyers became more motivated to get back in the market and lifted sales up.
December sales were up strong from 2018 with a jump of 7.4 percent, the largest increase since November 2016. For the year as a whole, there were 397,910 existing single-family homes sold in California in 2019, a drop of 1.2 percent from 402,640 units in 2018.
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Posted on January 30, 2020 at 5:30 PM
Carlos Camargo | Posted in Buying a House, Credit & Home Finance, N.A.R. - C.A.R. Update, Newsletter-CFC, Real Estate Market Update |

The Real Estate Advisor: January 2020

Did you know plants clean the air? Three good-sized plants will work wonders for an average living room.

Some projects get bigger bang for buck – Remodeling master bathrooms and kitchens may preoccupy home sellers, but they aren’t necessarily where owners can recoup most of their money. Sellers recover, on average, about 60% of their kitchen and bathroom renovation costs, according to the 2019 Remodeling Impact Report from the NAR and the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. “You’ll never get dollar for dollar out of the renovation,” Baisden says. For sellers on a tighter budget, Baisden advises starting with projects such as painting and flooring. Set a budget of about $2,000 for the painting and $4,000 for flooring. Another worthwhile project is decluttering. If painting the whole house isn’t an option, prioritize painting the front door where buyers walk in and parts of the house that are in high-traffic zones, including hallways, entryways and kitchens, he says. Don’t overlook outside work. Sellers can recover about three times the cost of $300 spent on a lawn and seeding service, says Lautz, who stresses the strong selling points of a well-maintained lawn. “It’s really curb appeal at the end of the day.”


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Posted on January 12, 2020 at 5:54 PM
Carlos Camargo | Posted in Home Care & Maintenance, Investment Property, N.A.R. - C.A.R. Update, Newsletter-CFC, Real Estate Market Update |

Monthly Real Estate Statistical Update (January 2020)

Residential construction strains to meet population growth

  • California #construction still insufficient;

  • First-time homebuyer population grows, #homeownership slows;

  • California’s population growing at a slowing pace

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Posted on January 8, 2020 at 8:13 PM
Carlos Camargo | Posted in N.A.R. - C.A.R. Update, Newsletter-CFC, Real Estate Market Update |

🏡Eye-catching ways to decorate with plants 🏡

#Houseplants are more popular than ever before—especially with #millennials, who are setting up their homes for the first time and discovering that nothing can add #energy, #style, and that essential “lived-in-ness” to their spaces better than a little bit of green. Whether it’s a statement-making fiddle-leaf fig or a tiny tabletop #succulent, a houseplant instantly elevates the look of your home. But where to begin?
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Posted on January 2, 2020 at 7:02 PM
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🔮SMARTmoves | JANUARY 2020 | VOLUME 4 | ISSUE 1

🔮SMARTmoves | JANUARY 2020 | VOLUME 4 | ISSUE 1

▪️January is National Radon Action Month
▪️Homeowner Tip: Cut Your Energy Costs Day is 1/10
▪️Appliance Maintenance Resolutions for 2020
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Posted on January 1, 2020 at 7:27 PM
Carlos Camargo | Posted in Home Care & Maintenance, N.A.R. - C.A.R. Update, Newsletter-CFC, Real Estate Market Update |

Guide to Buying a Home | Things to Consider – Winter 2020

4 Reasons to Buy a Home This Winter 

Here are four great reasons to consider buying a home now instead of waiting.

  1. Prices Will Continue to Rise
  2. Mortgage Interest Rates Are Forecasted to Remain Low
  3. Either Way, You Are Paying a Mortgage
  4. Waiting May Increase Your Long-Term Costs

Buying a home sooner rather than later could lead to substantial savings. Let’s get together to determine if homeownership is the right choice for you and your family this winter.

Guide to Buying a Home | Things to Consider – Winter 2020 Edition

Posted on December 20, 2019 at 10:35 PM
Carlos Camargo | Posted in Buying a House, Credit & Home Finance, First-time Buyer, Glossary of Housing & RE Terms |

Essential Things to Consider While Buying Property Overseas

December 2019



Essential Things to Consider While Buying Property Overseas
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Have you ever caught yourself daydreaming of retirement in rural Italy or rehabbing a beachfront property in Costa Rica? Despite what you’ve seen on House Hunters International, purchasing real estate abroad is not always a simple feat. In addition to the normal real estate considerations like size, location, and price, you also must navigate a market and legal process that’s likely foreign to you. Nevertheless, you can ease the process by keeping a few tips in mind.

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Lean on local professionals
First, contact real estate brokers in the area. They can familiarize you with the market and help you find the best deal. Secondly, contact a local lawyer to help you deal with legal matters specific to the area you’re considering.

Consider your tax liability
Every country has its own tax laws. Some may require you to repay the inheritance tax, title transfer tax, land tax, or even the stamp duty at the time of purchase. You may also be liable to pay additional taxes in your home country. These potential costs need to be added to your budget, so you are financially prepared and don’t face any legal penalties.

Securing financing
Securing financing will likely be your biggest hurdle in purchasing real estate abroad. If you aren’t paying cash, securing a mortgage through a foreign bank can mean a potentially high interest rate. To get started, obtain an “Agreement in principle” before making any purchase, as it will safeguard you if you can’t secure a loan.

Bridge the language barrier
Language barriers can easily lead to miscommunication and delays in the home-buying process. Even worse, you could pay a higher price or lose a deal entirely. While it’s possible to overcome this issue by learning the relevant language, it’ll be far more effective to hire a broker or attorney fluent in both your native tongue and that of your new host country.

Troubleshooting Common Plumbing Issues
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Leaky FaucetPlumbing issues can be difficult, expensive, and time consuming. You may be able to fix some things on your own, but if not, being able to diagnose the problem will make it easier for you to hire a professional to get the job done. Here are a few common plumbing problems you may encounter and ways to overcome them.

Broken pipes
Nation-wide, many municipalities face aging infrastructure, including water pipes coming to the end of their useful lifespan. Of course, much of the pipe replacement is the city’s responsibility, but some of the financial burden will fall on local residents. If you’re experiencing any signs of a major leak, be it reduced water pressure, damp spots in your yard, or a sewer smell in the house, contact a plumber right away.

Leaking faucets
Leaking faucets can run up your water bill and cause damage if the pooling leaks in a place you can’t see. Even a slow drip can cost you 20 dollars a week. In most cases, a dripping faucet is caused by a faulty seal on the valve that holds back the pressure of your water supply. To fix this, turn off the water supply and then remove the faucet assembly. Usually, the problem is the seat washer. Take the old washer with you when you go to buy a replacement, as you’ll need one exactly the same size.

Slow drains
If only one drain has slowed, it’s likely to be a localized clog. In that case, your first step should be to inspect the drain and see if anything obvious is clogging it. If not, try using a plunger to clear it. You can use a toilet plunger or buy one specifically for sinks. If this doesn’t work, try putting a half cup of baking soda down the drain and chase it with a half cup of vinegar. Let that sit for a couple hours and then send down some boiling water. If you believe grease is the problem, use a half cup of salt and a half cup of baking soda and a pot of hot water. Let it sit overnight. If you experience constant drain problems, look into having the pipes inspected and replaced.

Toilet problems
If you’re not getting enough water in the tank to fully flush the bowl, try bending the float arm up just a bit. This will allow the tank to fill higher before the water turns off. If there’s plenty of water in the tank but not enough makes it into the bowl, check the tank ball on the flush valve and consider resetting the guide. If neither of those solutions work, there could be buildup from hard water in the small holes that sit under the rim of the inside seat. These small holes are where the water comes out, and buildup can block the water. Trying using a mirror to inspect them and a wire coat hanger to unclog them.

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Posted on December 18, 2019 at 10:40 PM
Carlos Camargo | Posted in Buying a House, Investment Property, Newsletter-CFC, Real Estate Market Update |

Home Maintenance Tip 12: Fridge Maintenance

Refrigerator Maintenance

+ What? Most refrigerators require simple maintenance you can DIY (do it yourself)!

+ Why? It will keep your #fridge running like new and can greatly extend the life & efficiency of your unit.

+ How? Here are a few easy things you can do every year.

– Clean your cooling #coils by vacuuming or dusting them. This will most likely require you to remove a #grill #grate or cover. Refer to your user manual if you need help finding them.

– Replace or clean the water filter if your fridge has an automatic ice maker or #water #dispenser. Refer to your owners manual for the proper procedure as their location can vary.

– Clean #door #gaskets with a wet cloth to make sure that the refrigerator is #sealing properly. A solid #seal will save you #money and #protect your $food from #spoilage.


*** A few more quick refrigerator maintenance tips ***

• Always #unplug the appliance before you clean or check it.

• Make sure the temperatures inside the fridge are right.

• Any problem with the #thermostat or another fridge part for that matter must be fixed quickly.

• Keep food stored in the fridge well stored to avoid #condensation and keep the appliance relatively clean.

• Keep the fridge full. To maintain the right #temperatures, these #appliances need a lot of items.



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Posted on December 16, 2019 at 8:01 PM
Carlos Camargo | Posted in Home Care & Maintenance, Investment Property |