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Some Like it Hot

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Django Reinhart and Stephan Grappelli left an indelible print on the world of jazz. Historically, jazz was a poor man’s music until it hit France. When combined with Gypsy music, another plebian genre, it took the world by storm and so was born, The HOT CLUB OF FRANCE.

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Five Reasons to Buy in 2011

7 Arbor Way, Lafayette CA

1) Rates: Ridiculously low interest rates can help you put more towards the principle every month.
2) Values: Lower values increase your buying power while reducing you property taxes.
3) Leverage: Put down 20% on a $525,000 home ($105,000) – when the value goes up 10%, it increases on total ($525,000) not on your initial investment, net +$52,500.
4) Forced Savings: If you pay rent all you have to show for after years and years are cancelled checks.
5) Choices: You get to paint your rooms primary colors without permission from your landlord.

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3513 Wren Ave., Concord CA

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8th Annual Old Tyme Fiddle Jam

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765 Moraga Rd., Lafayette CA – Sold!

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874 Birdhaven CT, Lafayette CA

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Paint – The “Armor” of Your Home

How do you save thousands of $$$ in wood repair bills on the exterior of you home? How often should I paint the outside of my home? Check around your home for peeling paint, cut away any vegetation up against your dwelling and keep all structures that extend beyond a covered roofline well covered in a good coat of paint. Pressure wash regularly to keep appearances up. Many times homes do not need paint but just some clean up. Make sure you use two coats for the southern exposed areas. Quality painters will use two coats primer and a strong finish coat. This will help seal the structure against the elements.

“It’s a good idea to paint wood every five years and stucco every seven. – Tom Romaneck of Romaneck Painting

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Roofing – The “Armor” of Your Home

When will my roof wear out? Be sure to check your home periodically for roof conditions. I always recommend a routine inspection by a roofing specialist to make sure things are going well up there. Don’t wait until your roof leaks to find out you need it to be replaced.

“A roof is only as good as the tar paper underneath it.” – J. Mortensen of Mortensen Roofing
You can make sure that your tar paper lasts by keeping your attic well ventilated, preventing the tar paper from baking underneath. Eybrow, gable, electric and turbine vents are all excellent ways to keep your attic cooler during summer months. Attic temperatures can get as high as 160 degrees in some areas! This will also cut your energy bills down as your interior dwelling will stay cooler as well.

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So, What’s Next In Real Estate?

Well folks, could this be the bottom? Low housing prices and attractive interest rates make this market, according to Yahoo Finance, “the Best Buyer’s Market in 40 years.” Despite continued bad press about housing, the engine keeps chugging along. Why?

For starters, Generation X outnumbers Baby Boomers by 6 million people. Housing continues to be in demand for young people in the workforce. Secondly, China has just banned purchasing investment property so from the international viewfinder, the US is an excellent place to put money into housing. Third, those homebuyers who suffered foreclosures in round one can now get back into the market, if they’ve played their cards right. Finally, homebuilding has ground to a halt so you can bet that we will see even more demand in years to come.

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281 Castle Glen Rd., Walnut Creek, CA

281 Castle Glen Rd., Walnut Creek

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