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Community Events – December 2019

36th Annual Torrance Memorial Holiday Festival Dec 3rd – 8th Various Times on Each Day Enjoy Beautiful decorated holiday trees, boutique, food court and local entertainment. Free Admission for Seniors. General Admission $5 and Children under 5 and under are...
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Community Events – November 2019

Music at Madrona Nov 3rd 12pm Join us under the willow tress for Native American drums, songs and history. Light refreshments will be served. All ages are welcome. Free event. Where? Madrona Marsch Preserve and Nature Center, 3201 Plaza del...
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Working in the gig economy? How to get a mortgage

For the self-employed, April 15 holds no particular significance, income is often erratic (killing it one month to eating ramen for dinner the next), nobody sends them W-2s at year’s end and their shoebox filing system contains zero paycheck stubs....
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Understanding Property Taxes

I don’t know about you, but my brain shuts down when the word “tax” is mentioned. I think many of us would rather have a root canal than talk taxes. So, let’s try to keep this light-hearted and hit just...
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Negotiation: There’s more than the price of the home to consider

Naturally, the price of a home is top-of-mind when we talk about negotiating in a real estate deal. And, for some homebuyers, these negotiations are critical. But, did you know that there are other ways to bargain with a home...
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The life expectancy of home appliances

Whether you’re shopping for a home or already own one, knowing the current age of the appliances is important. Like us, they have an average life span. Unlike us, they can be replaced. But it’s pricey to do so. The...
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USDA Loans – They Just May be the Best Option for Low-Income Buyers

Keeping your nose to the grindstone, using credit wisely and responsibly and paying your bills on time every month have their rewards, no matter how much or how little money you make. One reward is how much easier it is...
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Kick stink bugs out of the house, naturally

If you haven’t met your fair share of stink bugs this year, brace yourself. Although stink bug season is officially from March through September, the cooler it gets outdoors, the bigger the problem. Brown marmorated stink bugs infest both the...
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3 Things to know about buying a new-construction home

Will this be the year you buy a brand-new home? Don’t be discouraged by news reports claiming that “U.S. home building fell,” or “housing starts dropped.” The scary-sounding numbers are due to a drop in multi-family home building, not single-family....
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Quick fixes for a stinky home

Inured. That’s just a fancy way of explaining how we humans can, over time, become accustomed to something unpleasant. If you’ve ever lived near railroad tracks or under the flight path of a local airport you know what we’re talking...
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