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What is a Mortgage Refinance (and Do I Need One)?

If you’re a homeowner, you may have heard of the term “refinance.”  But what exactly is a refinance, and is it something you need? In this article, the real estate experts here at Sequoia Real Estate are breaking down the basics of refinancing, including: When a refinance makes sense, The pros and cons of refinancing,…

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Are you a Real Estate Agent’s Dream Client?

Real estate agents work with all types of buyers and sellers. Many of them are a true joy to work with! While others…make the process more difficult than it needs to be. Which type of client are you? Here are 10 signs that you are a real estate agent’s dream client. 1. You Know What…

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Ways to Make Homeownership More Affordable

The Bay Area housing market has been characterized by high home values for decades. After the price surges of the pandemic era, we’re currently seeing home prices correct to a more sustainable level. This is great news for buyers!   But homeownership in our high-value market is still an expensive proposition. So, to make homeownership…

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10 Spring Cleaning Tips and Tricks from Professional Home Stagers

Spring has sprung! And it’s time again to breathe fresh life into your home with a little spring cleaning. In this post, we’re excited to share 10 spring cleaning tips and tricks from professional home stagers. Whether you’re preparing to list your house on the market, or you just want your home to shine on…

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5 Ways to Boost Your Credit Score So You Can Buy a Home

Getting a low interest rate is part of getting a good deal on a home. And, as we saw in our recent article, 7 Little Tricks to Get a Lower Interest Rate, boosting your credit score is one of the best ways to get the lowest possible rate under any market conditions.  But many buyers…

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A Behind-the-Scenes Look at What Your Listing Agent is Actually Doing

From the outside, listing a home looks easy: put a sign in the front yard, take some photos, and post the listing online. Then wait for the offers to roll in. Nothing to it! Except…that’s not how it works.  There is a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes when listing a home.…

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7 Little Tricks to Get a Lower Interest Rate

Interest rates may be higher today than the rates we grew accustomed to over the last few years. But that shouldn’t stop you from buying a home! In fact, today’s rates are still lower than the historical average, meaning that you’re still getting a good deal.  But a lower interest rate always helps. The lower…

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What is an Exclusive Buyer Representation Agreement?

Has a real estate agent asked you to sign an Exclusive Buyer Representation Agreement? Or maybe an “Exclusive Buyer-Broker Agreement” or an “Exclusive Buyer’s Agency Agreement” if you’re located outside of California. If this is your first time buying, being asked to sign an agreement so early in the process might come as a surprise.…

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Should I Accept an Offer With a Home Sale Contingency?

When you’re selling a home, getting an offer is exciting! This could be the buyer who purchases the property and helps you move on to your next chapter! But, wait…what is this home sale contingency written into the offer? Could it be a deal-breaker? Here’s what you need to know about home sale contingencies, including…

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What are Mortgage Points?

If you’re in the market for a new home loan (or a refinance), you might have come across the term “mortgage points.” This term is confusing for most buyers and homeowners because “points” doesn’t seem like the right word to describe what mortgage points actually do. So, in this article, we’re clearing up the confusion!…

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