On Monday, I made a trip to Antelope Valley to see my recent land investment. I bought a 2.5 acre parcel of land west of Lancaster using funds in a retirement account to diversify my long term investments. One of the reasons I chose to invest in this area is the rapid growth of renewable energy projects […]
A Nielsen Scarborough USA+ study found that during the past year, new homeowners spent $18 billion on home improvement projects. There is a trend of home improvement projects for new homeowners and the graphic below shows the most popular.
As a homeowner or landlord, it is important to save an appropriate amount of reserve funds to maintain your property. This ensures you maximize your home value and command the best rent from your tenants. However, you must first understand the life expectancy of different household components to create a home maintenance schedule. The data below came from […]
Now that it’s summer, we’re all thinking about ways to cool our homes. If you live in Southern California, there is a good chance your home doesn’t have central air conditioning, but does have ceiling fans. Did you know there is a correct direction a fan should spin during the summer months? So, which direction should a ceiling […]
Southern California is frequently in a drought. The idea of having a vast, green lawn as the main groundcover in your landscape is no longer realistic in Southern California. Water rates in San Diego have increased by 7.25% on January 1, 2014 and will increase again by 7.5% on January 1, 2015. Read more about rate hikes […]
There are six ways to hold title of real property in California: community property, community property with rights of survivorship, joint tenancy, tenants in common, partnership and trust. Now, I am not offering any legal advice today, but I did want to share with you a table that does a good job of explaining the […]
The building I live in was recently treated for both drywood and subterranean termites this month. The traditional method of treatment is to tent the building and leaving your home for three days while a gas fumigant kills the termites. However, did you know there is an alternative to tenting that uses an orange oil termite treatment? Since we […]