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The 2012 home buying season has started and many first time buyers will make their way into the market this year. Despite stories of drawn-out closings, refusal of multiples offers, and unsettling inspection results being commonplace with distressed properties, many first time buyers are interested in short sales and foreclosures. .

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Should You Allow Pets In Your Rental Property

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This has been a subject that has been debated for as long as I can remember; whether or not to allow your tenants to have pets. What I have always found, is that it really doesn’t matter what your policy is. They are probably going to bring them whether or not you actually allow pets. .

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California Counties: Alameda

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The county was formed on March 25 from a large portion of Contra Costa County and a smaller portion of Santa Clara County. The word 'alameda' means 'a place where poplar trees grow', a name which originally was given to the Arroyo de la Alameda (Poplar Grove Creek). The willow and sycamore trees along the banks of the river reminded the early explorers of a road lined with trees, also known as an 'alameda'. .

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California Counties: San Diego

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San Diego County has a host of amenities available to horse owners. There is a multitude of land available in the San Diego County area, from ½ acre plots to hundreds of acres suitable for the one horse owner to the breeding and showing barn.

There is a home and room for every horse! Though prices may be higher in comparison to other areas of the state, the views, weather and amenities are well worth the dollar. Carol Snyder a realtor with Team One Realty explained, “You buy horse property in San Diego County because it is affordable, beautiful and has the best climate year around.” .

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California Counties: Riverside County

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Close to the Southern California show circuit, and yet still having that country feel, Riverside County is an ideal place for horse lovers.

Riverside County is home to many horse lovers, with plenty of horse shows and trails to choose from. John Culton of Brubaker-Culton Real Estate says, "Riverside County, in particularly western Riverside County, has long since been a haven for horse owners and ranches, large and small.”

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Quiz: Keeping Customers for Life

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Only 11 percent of buyers and 28 percent of sellers choose a real estate practitioner based on their previous experience with that person, according to research by the National Association of Realtors®. Those numbers show that there’s plenty of room for improvement when it comes to garnering repeat business. Take this quiz to find out if you’re doing what it takes to keep customers for life.

1. You should give people time - several weeks at least - to get settled in a new house before delivering your closing gift.

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Avoid These Common Mistakes

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If you want to have a quick, successful sale of your home, Wisconsin Realtor® Michelle Hall says don’t allow any of these common mistakes to be made on your home’s promotion and sale.

“Some home sellers waste six months (or more) and can’t understand why their home isn’t selling. At that point they are often forced to accept a lower sales price because they have run out of time and must sell.

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Are You Ready to Sell in Today's Market

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With the media filled of news depicting a struggling national real estate market, many would-be sellers feel that listing a property in a buyer’s market will result in having to sell below market value and waiting countless months for a buyer to come along. However, with preparation and realistic expectations, sellers can succeed in today’s market. Let’s take a look at a few factors that will be critical in successfully selling a home today: .

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California Counties: Los Angeles

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When thinking of Los Angeles, many people think of smog and crowded freeways. How could horses possibly fit into all of this? Very well! There are horses all over the county with plenty of activities and places to ride. You will also find every breed and type of horse here. Combine that with the great weather, and Los Angeles County is a great place to live with horses. .

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California Counties: Orange County

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Popular Orange County plays host to a variety of equestrian shows, clubs, services and real estate catered just for horse owners. With dynamically economic industries, this county is sure to be one of the top 10 places to call home.

Orange County has a lot to offer horse owners in the way of property. From unemployed land ready for you to build and make your dream home, to fully set up, fully functional horse operations, there’s an agent or Realtor out there to help you find that perfect piece of land. .

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California Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act

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California’s Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act of 2010 requires that all residential property be equipped with a carbon monoxide detector when the property has a fossil fuel burning heater or appliance, fireplace, or an attached garage.  All single-family homes (owner or tenant occupied) must be equipped with a detector on or before July 1, 2011.  All other residential units must be equipped with a detector on or before January 1, 2013. .

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Existing-home sales sink

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Existing-home sales sink to their lowest level of the year. Home sales fell 3.8 percent in May; sales pace below level seen in healthy markets. msnbc.com news services

The crucial spring home selling season is almost gone and it has left a wounded housing market limping in its wake. Sales of previously owned U.S. homes fell to a six-month low in May, prices dropped 4.6 percent from a year ago, supply rose, and first-time homebuyers slid to an anemic 35 percent of sales.

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