Samantha Berns' Blog

Posted on 05/09/2021
Three Tips for Creating a Spacious Laundry Oasis
Image by Pixabay from Pexels What do you picture when someone says 'laundry'? Is it piles of dirty clothes, sock singles lost to some undisclosed dimension, a moldy smell and lost hours? Or is it shrugging on a warm shirt straight from the dryer, lemon scent and the zen of folding: a little pocket of peace and quiet...
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Posted on 05/02/2021
Rentals: 3 Tips to Choose the Right One
Photo by Photo Mix via Pixabay For many investors, purchasing a property to rent out just makes sense. But finding properties that'll help you meet your long-term goals can be tricky. Whether you're considering a turnkey property or a property to rehab and rent yourself, keeping these tips in mind will help you weed out low-performers while you're...
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Posted on 04/25/2021
Choosing the Right Mortgage Type
Photo by Alexander Stein via PixabayWhen it comes to a mortgage, most of us think of the same standard product; the 15 or 30 year conventional mortgage offered by banks and lenders. This is not the only mortgage option you have, though. Depending on your personal history and circumstances you may qualify for an attractive mortgage with lower...
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Posted on 04/18/2021
Kick Back in Style: Creating an Umbrella Table for Your Deck
Photo by Jazella via Pixabay An umbrella table provides you with more than just a comfortable place to sit; it adds color and texture to your space, too. You'll need to have an idea of where the table will go, what size umbrella it needs to support and how many people it will need to seat comfortably. You...
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Posted on 04/11/2021
Easy DIY Countertop Updates
Photo by Zachary Nelson on Unsplash When a style is hot, it's hot. You'll start seeing a particular medium, color or pattern everywhere. But once that hype fizzles, you're often faced with a countertop that seems dated and even loud. Unfortunately, replacing a counter isn't as affordable as getting a new hairstyle. You're stuck with it for a...
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Posted on 04/04/2021
Want to Sell Your Home as Quickly as Possible? Here's How to Be Proactive About Making That Happen
Image by mynemesis2011 from Pixabay If you're anticipating putting your home on the market soon and want to sell it as quickly as possible, you're probably thinking that the best way to accomplish this is to accept a major drop in price. Although it's true that price points can affect how quickly a property sells, you don't have...
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Posted on 03/28/2021
Zoning Variance Requests
Image by Michi S from Pixabay Every property has an assigned zone that controls how you can use it. In residential zones, for example, you often have to abide by restrictions regarding business activity and animal husbandry. Commercial and industrial zoning also comes with many restrictions for its use, limiting the types of businesses that can be operated...
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Posted on 03/27/2021
2742-44 Treat Street, San Diego, CA 92102 is now new to the market!
Don't miss out on this awesome opportunity to own an income producing property located in very the trendy Golden Hill. Property has two income producing dwellings consisting of a very cute 1bed/1 bath front bungalow and a fully functioning separate back studio. Property is zoned R4 and is perfect for your clients looking for an investment or a tenant to offset mortgage. Front house is a charming bungalow with updated kitchen, master bathroom and full laundry room. Master has access to a relaxing private backyard wood porch. Adorable separate access private studio and private outdoor living area located in the back portion of the lot with...
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Posted on 03/21/2021
Staging Do’s and Don’ts
Photo by John Wollwerth via Shutterstock No matter how well-intentioned, when it’s time to sell your home taking the advice of friends and family while disregarding the advice of your agent is a recipe for slowing down your home’s sale. Your professional agent knows the current market and what buyers look for. In fact, they may even have...
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Posted on 03/14/2021
Finances: Are You Ready to Buy a House?
Photo by Fizkes via Shutterstock Few things are more exciting than buying a house and making it your home. Knowing when it’s the right time to buy derives from your personal circumstances, but some external elements and market realities affect when it’s right to buy too. Here are some of the things that can affect your decision to...
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Posted on 03/07/2021
Help Reduce the Stress of Moving by Creating a Checklist
Photo by Heung Soon via Pixabay A moving checklist won't take all the stress out of moving, but it can relieve a lot of the pressure once you have everything accounted for. To give yourself a little extra sanity and peace of mind, we'll sketch out what a reasonable timeline should look like. 8 Weeks Before Nearly two...
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Posted on 02/28/2021
Common Household Electrical Problems
Photo by Steve Johnson from Pexels There are many important maintenance responsibilities that come with owning a home. One comes in the form of household electricity. While many people take the electricity in their homes for granted, there are a number of common problems that could arise. When homeowners are prepared for these common household electrical problems, they...
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