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By, Lisa Roberts

Every day more and more renters are deciding to purchase a home and become homeowners. Whether it’s because of rising rent prices or because they want to build equity, everyone has their reason for deciding to move from renting to owning a home in California. Homeownership is a huge life decision, and it’s important to go into it boldly and armed with all the necessary information.

Many smaller choices need to be made before the time comes to purchase a home. Especially if you are a first-time buyer. For example, you need to decide whether you’re looking for a starter home or a forever home. Let’s go through a list of the most important factors to consider and tasks to perform to be ready for homeownership in California.

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The National Multifamily Housing Council recently reported that over 30% of households in the United States are headed by renters, so rental properties continue to be sound investments. Renting them out, however, requires a lot of preparation. Fortunately, there are many professionals and technological advancements that can help you get the job done. Today, Marin Real Estate presents some suggestions to get you started.

Choose a Business Structure 

One of the first things to do as an investor and landlord is to decide how you wish to structure your business. A limited liability company is a common structure among rental businesses. It provides flexibility and protection of personal assets. Forming an LLC in California can be a bit tedious, but…

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You may be looking to expand your family, and that one-bedroom apartment just won’t cut it anymore. However, if you are living on one income only, you might be wondering if buying a home is even possible. This will certainly depend on various factors, including how high or low the income is and how many people are dependent on that income. Naturally, buying a home on a single income can be a challenging but also rewarding experience. It can seem like a daunting task, but it is certainly possible with careful planning, budgeting, and some creative financing options. With the right approach, it is possible to purchase a home even if you are the only breadwinner in your household. Here are some steps you can take to make the process of buying a home on…

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When you started your business, you hoped for success, you worked hard to make it happen, and now, your hard work and ingenuity have paid off. You’re officially a successful, growing business. 

With that success comes some important considerations like a bigger space in the way of a new home and some key business decisions. 

Think About Location When You Move to a Larger Home 

A bigger business means a bigger space to fit it all in, and an important first consideration should be where to move to.

First, if your business includes meeting with clients, then you’ll need to be in close proximity to their location. A convenient location that makes it easier for your clients to visit you and improves your chances of building a strong…

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Any prospective homeowner's ultimate goal is to find the ideal house in the ideal neighborhood at the ideal price. However, almost as soon as you begin looking, you'll know that it's an unrealistic goal and that you'll have to settle for something a little less than perfect. Therefore, before you even start your search, it's important you decide what is crucial for your home to have and what you're willing to compromise on. That can be easier said than done, though, especially with the image of that perfect property hanging over your head. But don't worry because we're here to help you. We've consulted California's top real estate experts, and here's how to prioritize your wish list when house hunting.

House hunting is easier if you know how to…

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By, Lisa Roberts

It is by no means a secret that solar panels can raise your home value. But, what most homeowners fail to realize is that simply installing solar panels isn't a surefire way to make your home cost more. In this article, we will take a more in-depth look into the relationship between solar panels and how they can reflect the price of a home in modern real estate.

Ways in which solar panels can raise your home value

In terms of adding value to a home, solar panels can be a powerful tool. They not only increase the start value to the cost of installing them but can also aid you greatly in finding potential buyers for your home. Nevertheless, it is essential to note that solar panels are still a tool. Not a solution. While they…

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By, Lisa Roberts

Are you unsure whether you can afford to buy a second home? A couple of signs will quickly tell you that you are financially ready and can afford it. Buying a second home is a big financial responsibility, and you must consider many things before you sign any papers. A good credit score, paying the utilities, and having an emergency fund are just some of the many things you need to consider before searching for your second home.

1.    You won’t have to rely on renting your second home out

To help reduce the costs of owning a second home, most people look into renting it out while they’re not using it. However, renting out your second home comes with specific responsibilities you need to consider first. When you rent your home…

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By, Lisa Roberts

If you’re planning to sell your home soon, you’re probably overwhelmed by the paperwork and preparation required. A disclosure document is a part of that paperwork that not many people remember. However, this document is important for both home buyers and sellers. As a seller, you are typically required to provide information about your home in a written document. There is a specific list of disclosures home sellers must make when selling a home.

In general, a disclosure document is supposed to contain information about a property's condition that can negatively affect its value. If a seller willfully conceals information, they can be sued and convicted of a crime.

This isn’t only meant for bad things, however. Since it also…

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By, Lisa Roberts

Trying to find a good home for yourself is complicated enough as it is. When you add a pet into the mix, things tend to get even more complicated. This is, of course, because you have to make sure the home is also suitable for them. Additionally, certain house features, such as carpets, are a very bad idea for pet owners. As such, pet owners need to pay special attention to the home-buying process in order to avoid mistakes. Also, keep in mind that certain animals also need certain conditions to live. To help you out with this, we’ve put together the pet owner’s guide to buying a home, and we hope you find it helpful.

Sturdy flooring

The fact is, pets can do a lot of damage to your flooring, and scratches are extremely common…

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By, Lisa Roberts

Starter homes are a great way to start your life as a homeowner. After all, they're typically much easier to take care of than forever homes and usually cheaper. However, they also come with fewer amenities and are generally much smaller. Still, a starter home is an excellent idea if you're a first-time homebuyer, no matter how you look at it. But, because of the fewer amenities, you need to know what to look for when buying a starter home. So, to help you out, we have put together a list of things to look for when buying a starter home, and we hope it helps you find the right home for you.

Condition

The first thing to look for when buying a starter home is its condition. Why? Well, the last thing you want is your first week…

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