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Protect Your Home Against Wildfires

by Scott Ehrke

California has had its share of wildfires this year, and the resulting devastation has been unbearable. Traditionally, when we think about protecting our homes against wildfires the first thought is defensible space. And this is hugely important - see our earlier blog post for more info. But this graphic outlines even more ways to protect against wildfires. Take a look and see if there are any other changes you can make to help keep your home safe!

Tax Reform: Is California a Winner or a Loser?


Not everyone is a winner in California real estate here. The new tax reform brings little positive, if not a bit of negative, to our otherwise robust real estate market. So, we’ll do what we always do – make the most of what we have. If you’d like to review how this impacts you, call us for a personalized review of your position.

Scott Ehrke & Brian Thorndyke 805.238.1555 I RE/MAX Parkside Real Estate



Be a smarter buyer with this new home checklist



When you’re house hunting, information is power. The more you know before you make an offer, the better. Often when two homes are equally appealing, digging into the details can make a difference. Here’s a list of items that many buyers overlook or forget to ask about while they’re shopping for a house:

Homeowner’s association rules: Certain neighborhood covenants may be a deal maker or breaker for you, so if there’s a set of guidelines you’ll be required to adhere to, get them up front. They can cover everything from paint colors to lawn design and beyond.

Utility bills: Most sellers won’t balk at sharing with you what utilities cost annually. Water, power, gas, and even telecommunication or cable service provider bills can help you get a better idea what it will cost monthly to live in the home.

Pest control: In areas where pests can be a problem, asking for information about who has been maintaining pest control (and how much it costs) can help you plan financially and get a sense if the sellers have been keeping up with pest issues.

Service providers: Save yourself some legwork and ask the sellers who they like for lawn maintenance, pool maintenance, home repair work, house cleaners, and appliance repair. Not only will the list save you time, but the providers will already be familiar with the home’s condition and systems.

Home insurance company: You can bet the company insuring the home will want to continue to keep the business, and getting this cost information and provider contact info from the buyer is a good idea.

Floor plans: Having a floor plan will help you understand whether or not your stuff is a good fit for the home. Not every seller will have these handy, but sometimes a seller’s agent will be willing to get a current floor plan put together if it’s important to you.

These may seem like small details, but sometimes they can make all the difference!

I love helping home buyers make informed decisions about their next home. I can help you walk through the pros and cons of every detail. If you’re thinking about buying give me a call or shoot me a message.



Scott Ehrke

RE/MAX Parkside Real Estate


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Real Team 360
RE/MAX Parkside Real Estate - BRE #01421338
1213 Vine Street
Paso Robles CA 93446
Office: (805) 238-1555