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October 13th, 2014 at 10:00 am

California-Home

If you’re thinking about buying a home but feeling overwhelmed by the process, this list is for you! At Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties, we know the home-buying process can look daunting. But we’re here to help. Start by reading our outline below to help you find your perfect home.

  1. Determine feasibility and affordability. Before jumping into a mortgage or loan, check your credit. You can obtain a free credit report annually by visiting annualcreditreport.com. Check your report for errors. If you find any, dispute them before beginning the home-buying process. If your credit score is on the low side, see what you can do to remedy it before getting a loan. The higher your credit score, the better the loan you can apply for will be. Once you’ve squared away your credit, calculate how much you can afford. Factor in the money you’ll need for a down payment, closing costs and other fees. Work with a home-loan specialist to help you understand the costs involved with buying a home.
  2. Look for a lender and a real estate agent. When it comes to your lender and your agent, the best thing to do is shop around. Start with recommendations from friends, family and coworkers. Research companies through online reviews and the Better Business Bureau. After you’ve found the right lender, start the preapproval process. This is where your credit history comes into play in helping you get the best rates. Once the preapproval process is complete, begin your search for a real estate agent. Work with someone who understands your needs or specializes in the areas where you want to buy.
  3. Finding the home. While many homes are on the market, not all of them will meet your needs. Create a list of features your future residence must have. Consider a separate list of items you would like but aren’t a necessity. Share the list with your agent to help him/her find the best home for you. To find your perfect home, search online and look through open-house guides.
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October 10th, 2014 at 10:00 am

How social are you? At Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties, we love a good conversation. That’s why you can find us on a variety of social channels. While you might not be on them all, each platform has its own benefits and unique characteristics. Over the next several weeks, we’ll outline a few of our social media pages and let you know what to expect when you visit us in the social sphere. Our team is always looking for great conversations, content, fresh ideas and industry trends. Start a conversation, drop us a line or let us know about something you’d like to see covered by commenting on any of our pages.

To kick off our social media spotlight series, we’ll start with the big man on campus: Facebook.

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October 9th, 2014 at 10:00 am

When:
October 16, 2014 – October 19, 2014

Price:
$20 online; $25 at the door

Where:
Barker Hangar
3021 Airport Avenue
Santa Monica CA

What:
The WestEdge Design Fair features over 150 leading and emerging, domestic and international furnishings brands. Catering to both trade and consumers, the event offers a complete experience for attendees, including panel discussions and workshops, culinary activities, custom installations, and a series of special events. Click here for more information.

Event information provided by Angeleno.

 

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October 8th, 2014 at 1:00 pm

When:
Through October 31, 2014
Event Phone Number: 858.695.0882

Where:
California Closets
7603 GIRARD AVENUE
La Jolla CA 92037

What:
You deserve the finer things in life and at California Closets, form and function dovetail beautifully to create spaces that will enhance your life and improve the value of your home for decades. Now you can save up to 20%. During their Autumn Upgrade Event, you can add the luxury and elegance you dream about and save money, too. Until October 31, you can receive a complimentary upgrade to any of their Lago finishes for the price of white. Choose from their wide variety of rich woodgrain finishes and enhance any décor in any room of your house. Schedule a design consultation today.

Event information provided by Riviera San Diego.

 

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October 8th, 2014 at 10:00 am

AIDS Walk Los Angeles 2014

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties is again pleased to announce its participation and fundraising efforts for AIDS Walk Los Angeles 2014. The team is comprised of a dedicated group of agents, staff, affiliates, friends, family and others interested in supporting the cause.

Make a difference on Sunday, October 12th! Support the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties team by signing up to walk or by making a donation.

Remember, you don’t have to walk to participate. Head over to the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties team page to get involved.

Proceeds from AIDS Walk Los Angeles 2014 support the services provided by AIDS Project Los Angeles and more than 20 other AIDS service organizations throughout Los Angeles County. (more…)

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