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Brian Ripp,…, Real Estate Pro in Fremont, CA
Tangled extension cords? Power strips galore?  You home’s wiring system might be working overtime with all the new gadgets you currently have – and might be at risk for igniting a fire.  Straighten… Read more
Blogged Fri May 9, 2014 by Brian Ripp, CRS, GRI, Broker Quality of Life Tech Tips Home Ownership
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Brian Ripp,…, Real Estate Pro in Fremont, CA
Was your last gas bill higher than usual? Cold air might be finding its way into your house.  Conserve energy, save money and stay warm with these tips from the Department of Energy.Let the sun shine… Read more
Blogged Mon Apr 7, 2014 by Brian Ripp, CRS, GRI, Broker Quality of Life Home Ownership
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Brian Ripp,…, Real Estate Pro in Fremont, CA
Kick off the New Year with a fresh attitude about home maintenance.  After all, you don’t want to wait until the furnace conks out before you deal with it.  Keep things in good working order with The… Read more
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Brian Ripp,…, Real Estate Pro in Fremont, CA
The word “mud” might not sound inviting, but a mudroom can actually be a welcoming – and useful – space.  Mudrooms, which serve as a transition between the outdoors and the… Read more
Brian Ripp,…, Real Estate Pro in Fremont, CA
Low interest rates have enticed thousands of Americans to seek funding for a new home or to refinance an existing mortgage.  This surge has created a demand for mortgage brokers, whose job it is to… Read more
Blogged Wed Nov 6, 2013 by Brian Ripp, CRS, GRI, Broker Home Buying Financing Home Ownership
Brian Ripp,…, Real Estate Pro in Fremont, CA
As housing markets begin to recover, more homeowners are focusing on improving their kitchens and bathrooms, according to a recent survey by the American Institute of Architects.  Kitchens have not… Read more
Brian Ripp,…, Real Estate Pro in Fremont, CA
Americans say they feel safe, but many don’t always take the necessary steps to ensure their safety, according to a recent survey by ADT, which explored homeowners’ security behavioral patterns.While… Read more
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Rushawn Jones, Real Estate Pro in San Ramon, CA
Through the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) loan for first-time home buyers, you can secure a loan with as little as 3.5  percent down. If you're a veteran, you may qualify for a loan with no down… Read more
Blogged Sun Sep 15, 2013 by Rushawn Jones Home Buying Property Q&A Home Ownership
Brian Ripp,…, Real Estate Pro in Fremont, CA
Virtual tours and photo slide shows are great tools for any Realtor, and they can make or break a sale.  But a home that looks neglected on camera won’t shine in a potential buyer’s eyes. … Read more
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Brian Ripp,…, Real Estate Pro in Fremont, CA
The Contractors State License Board (CSLB) is alerting California consumers who are considering hiring a painter, landscaper, or any other type of construction contractor that it is illegal to ask for… Read more
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Brian Ripp,…, Real Estate Pro in Fremont, CA
In a recent study, Livable Community Indicators for Sustainable Aging in Place, MetLife Mature Market Institute and the Stanford Center on Longevity identified 7 characteristics of housing communities… Read more
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Brian Ripp,…, Real Estate Pro in Fremont, CA
Some homebuyers are capable of purchasing a higher-priced home – as long as it’s fairly new construction that will save them money on maintenance and upkeep costs, according to research by… Read more
Blogged Wed Jul 24, 2013 by Brian Ripp, CRS, GRI, Broker General Area Home Buying Home Ownership
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Brian Ripp,…, Real Estate Pro in Fremont, CA
The Federal Housing Finance Agency announced a simplified loan modification initiative that is intended to help troubled borrowers avoid foreclosure and stay in their homes.  Beginning July 1, 2013,… Read more
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Barry Ripp, Real Estate Pro in Fremont, CA
I wanted to share some important information regarding the mortgage interest deduction that so many of us enjoy. If you don't know about it, briefly speaking, homeowners can deduct all the interest portion… Read more
Blogged Mon Jul 1, 2013 by Barry Ripp Home Ownership
Tina Lam, Real Estate Pro in San Jose, CA
Tina Lam answered:
In the city of Fremont, if a neighbor has let their curb appeal become anything but appealing, what options do you have?
Your options depend on the community you live in, not the city. If you have an HOA, then check with them.
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Brian Ripp,…, Real Estate Pro in Fremont, CA
If you are carrying mortgage insurance on your home loan, you may be wondering how long you will need to maintain this policy.  Although you have some say in the matter, typically your lender determines… Read more
Blogged Sat Mar 23, 2013 by Brian Ripp, CRS, GRI, Broker Home Buying Financing Home Ownership
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Brian Ripp,…, Real Estate Pro in Fremont, CA
Creating a household budget is hardly a fun exercise, but it is a necessity, especially in these tough economic times.  Determining where monthly paychecks go can help rein in bad spending habits and… Read more
Brian Ripp,…, Real Estate Pro in Fremont, CA
1.  If you’ve owned and lived in your home for two of the five years prior to selling, you can generally exclude up to $250,000. of the gain from your income ($500,000. on a joint return, in… Read more
Blogged Thu Nov 15, 2012 by Brian Ripp, CRS, GRI, Broker Home Selling Financing Home Ownership
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Brian Ripp,…, Real Estate Pro in Fremont, CA
1.  If you’ve owned and lived in your home for two of the five years prior to selling, you can generally exclude up to $250,000. of the gain from your income ($500,000. on a joint return, in… Read more
Blogged Thu Nov 15, 2012 by Brian Ripp, CRS, GRI, Broker Home Selling Financing Home Ownership
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Thi, Home Buyer in San Jose, CA
Thi answered:
How to add my sister name to the house title so that we each get 50% of the property?
Thank you to all of the answers. I'll talk to the recorder office to get more information. Would adding my sister to the title through refinancing help me bypass paying the transfer tax ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Nov 14, 2012 Home Ownership in Fremont
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