5 Tips for Buying a Home in Alameda County When You Are Self-Employed

Self-employment has many benefits – the ability to make your own schedule, the potential for more time off and better pay, the pleasure of doing what you love and getting paid for it, and more. But there are downsides to self-employment. The unfortunate fact for self-employed people is that it’s usually more difficult to buy … Continued

5 Costs to Negotiate When Buying a House in Alameda County

Buying a house will inevitably involve a lot of negotiating, whether good-natured give-and-take or aggressive jockeying for the best position. Too many buyers, though, think that once they’ve settled on a price, the negotiations are over. But that’s pretty far from the actual state of affairs. There are in fact many other negotiation points. So … Continued

5 Signs of Fraud When Buying a House in Alameda County

You’ve probably spent years working hard, building your credit, and crimping and saving to come up with a down payment. And now – finally! – you’re about to purchase that home you’ve long been dreaming about. The last thing you want, then, is to become a victim of fraud when buying a house. Unfortunately, it’s … Continued

How to Use Contingencies When Selling Your House in Alameda County

Should you or should you not accept an offer with contingency/contingencies? Most sellers do accept contingent offers – it’s almost inevitable, really, if you want to sell your house within a reasonable time period. But you do need to know what contingencies to expect, how they can affect the sale, and which ones are actually … Continued

5 Red Flags to Look for After a Alameda County Home Inspection

Buying a home can be an exciting adventure . . . but it can also be nerve-wracking. Buyers who’ve found the perfect home and are ready to shell out hundreds of thousands of dollars are usually nervous when it comes time for the inspection. They just don’t know what the inspection will reveal – or … Continued