Buying a Home

What Are HOA Fees?

July 11, 2012

As more and more neighborhoods are built as planned communities with shared amenities, more and more homeowners are finding themselves part of a homeowner’s association (HOA). If a community has an HOA, homeowners automatically become members in the community’s homeowner’s association when they purchase a home. Membership in an HOA requires that you pay a fee, usually monthly or yearly. HOA fees go toward common area maintenance and help ensure that the neighborhood stays well kept. The fees may allow you entrance into the community…

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Life at Home

4th of July Dessert Recipe

June 27, 2012

Looking for the perfect 4th of July dessert? How about a red, white and blue trifle from Sandra Lee at the Food Network! It’s simple, elegant and would make a colorful addition to any table. Have a safe and happy holiday. Keep following our blog for recipes, decorating ideas, organization tips and homebuying advice.

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Local Stories

Best Places to Live: Temecula, CA

June 20, 2012

The Neal floor plan in Temecula, CA   Temecula is the jewel of Riverside County in California and many families are choosing this city to lay down roots. Fortunately, there are several new home communities in and around Temecula, CA for those homebuyers seeking newer construction. Temecula schools Homebuyers who have searched in neighboring cities in California may be pleased with how Temecula schools rank on GreatSchools.org, a website that evaluates schools according to test results in several categories. Eleven public elementary schools in Temecula…

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Buying a Home

New Home or Resale?

June 18, 2012

In today’s housing market, buyers have more choices than ever before. As you’re trying to decide between buying a new home and looking into resale homes, you’ll discover brand new communities where you can choose your floor plan, your homesite and all your design options. Then you’ll turn around and see the other end of the spectrum: established, comfortable neighborhoods with homes that were built a few years or even decades ago. Here are a few factors to highlight why buying a new home might…

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Financing & Insuring

Benefits of Bundling Your Home and Auto Insurance Policies

June 11, 2012

Whether you’re buying cupcakes or concert tickets, you’d expect a discount for buying in bulk, wouldn’t you? The same principle applies to insurance policies. Buying your home, auto, life, health and other insurance policies from a single provider is called insurance bundling, and it can make a big difference in your insurance premiums. If you’re not already enjoying this discount, follow these three easy steps to see what you can save. 1. Evaluate your current insurance costs. The total you’re spending now will be the…

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