Justin Burnham's Blog Posts

This Mans House Is Truly His Castle

This man's home truly is a castle on Sunset beach in southern California. His dream home started as a sketch on a napkin at a diner. He was turned down by multiple builders who said it couldn't be

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Little Design Luxuries To Consider For Your New Home

When designing a new home, it’s all about the details. While you’ll be busy picking out things like cabinets and wall treatments, it pays to think small. Even if you’re on a tight budget,

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Yard Staging Projects That Will Help Sell Your Home Have You Hit Them All

First impressions matter—and when you're selling your house, there's nothing quite like the vision of a manicured yard to really wow potential buyers. Like staging the inside of your home, staging

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5 Home Staging Tips That Will Set You Up For Success

Staging Your Home Successfully in a Few Simple StepsIf you’re looking to sell your home and happen to live in one of the booming real estate markets in the country, congratulations! You may not

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How To Design The Perfect Outdoor Kitchen

You can’t beat sitting outdoors on a warm evening. Dinner’s on the grill. You’re sipping on a bottle of beer. Conversation is flowing between family and friends. Traditionally, this has

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Worried About Rising Rates Heres What Potential Buyers Need To Know About Home Prices

4 Important Things to Consider When Buying a Home in 2018It’s 2018 and the real estate market is shaking things up much earlier than expected. Interest rates are rising higher and faster than

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How To Make A New House Your Own

The keys are in your buyer’s hands! They’ve gone through the process … the search, deciding, inspection, stress, closing, and finally, the elation of buying a new home. Now, they have to make

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6 Air Conditioner Maintenance Tasks That Arent Up For Negotiation

Air conditioner maintenance isn't a bunch of hot air—in fact, it's pretty darn important considering your unit will probably be running nonstop during the hot summer months. If you're used to

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10 Tips For A Pain Free Renovation

Whether you're painting your kitchen cabinets or ripping the whole kitchen out, renovating is exciting. Not as exciting is the mess that's created, the potential issues with contractors, and the mad

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10 Ways To Save On Utility Bills This Summer

Now that the weather is beginning to warm up, it’s time to start thinking about ways to save on utility bills and energy costs before you’re shocked by your first big bill this summer. Luckily,

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Fact Or Fiction 6 Down Payment Myths You Should Stop Believing Immediately

If you're thinking about buying your first home, that pesky down payment has probably kept you awake more than a few nights. We get it—while a pre-approval is crucial for determining your buying

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Concrete Flooring Stands Up To The Test In The Kitchen

Concrete Flooring Stands Up to the Test in the

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The DIY Dilemma Knowing When Its Time To Call In The Pros

Every year during the first bright days of spring, I look up at the nearly 45-degree pitch of my roofline, see gutters and moss buildup that needs cleaning, and envision the myriad ways I could

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Pruning 101 When How And Why Even Bother

While there is some charm to a wildflower garden, most of us would prefer that the bushes, trees, and plantings around our house rein it in a bit. Not only does pruning help with curb appeal, but

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How To Save Money On Groceries

We all love to eat. But have you ever taken the time to think about how much of your income is going toward groceries? While there’s nothing like sinking your teeth into a delicious dish, some of

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15 WAYS TO SAVE MONEY ON A HOME RENOVATION

1. Create and Stick To a BudgetBefore we get started, I wanted to talk about what a “budget renovation” means. The word “budget” isn’t synonymous with cheap. Whenever you spend money, it

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11 Reasons Why Your Home Isnt Selling

When you first put your house on the market, you might be hopeful for a quick sale—especially if you've put a lot of money into improving the house over the years and if the neighborhood is one

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Buying A Home Part 2 Choosing The Right Neighborhood

Each and every neighborhood has its own different character and appeal. If you’re in the market for a new home, finding the right neighborhood is a huge part of the process. It might even be the

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8 Ways To Bring Modern Landscape Design To All Outdoor Spaces

8 Ways to Bring Modern Landscape Design to All Outdoor

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30 WAYS TO DECLUTTER YOUR HOME

As human beings, we always seem to be accumulating more and more stuff. No matter what we do, there always seems to be some useless item in our home that we don’t know how it ever got there in the

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Five Ways To Get Your Money Back From Bad Contractors

Millions of homeowners hire contractors every year, and are thrilled with the results they get, but it’s “practically the norm of homeowners who get a horror story about their contractor,

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Bidding Wars Tips To Home Buying Victory

5 Ways to Improve Your Odds for Bidding SuccessWhen a bidding war starts on a home, it’s great news for the seller. Except, of course, when you’re the one who’s trying to buy the home – in

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Contractors You Can Count On Five Tips From The Experts

I knew a couple who bought a new home and, after a few years, decided they wanted to make some upgrades to the kitchen and dining room floors, as well as upgrade the existing fireplace with some.

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9 Truths About Making A Home That Are Worth Remembering

From fretting over which wall color to choose to wondering if you made the right decision on that couch, there are a lot of physical element decisions that go into making a home. It's absolutely

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Tax Reform How It May Impact Real Estate Professionals

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act could bring changes to homeownership, as well as the real estate business as a whole. With many of the modifications affecting buyers and sellers, real estate professionals

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The Pros And Cons Of A Reverse Mortgage

We’ve all seen the ads on TV. Our favorite celebrities from the 70s and 80s telling us how reverse mortgages are a great way to add to retirement and eliminate monthly mortgage payments. And for

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HOW TO SAVE MONEY ON YOUR HOME INSURANCE

Home insurance helps protect you from any major repairs that you might be unable to deal with on your own. However, your home insurance should not become an unnecessary expense in your homeownership

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3 Reasons To Consider NOT Paying Off Your Mortgage

Over the years, I’ve noticed that one thing is certain: Markets will go up, and markets will come down. At times, your investments and businesses will follow suit. This is probably why financial

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A Clean Home For The Holidays In 5 Days

A Clean Home for the Holidays in 5

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How To Style Your Home For An Open House

How to Style Your Home for an Open

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SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA IN TRANSITION

I love Southern California.It’s my home—and it’s core to the foundation of my professional and personal identity. I was born in 1958 and have seen Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego and the

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Bad News For The Rental Market Millennials Have Finally Started Buying Homes

Sorry, apartment landlords, but it looks like millennials are interested in settling down and buying houses after all.According to the U.S. Census Bureau, homeownership rose to 63.9 percent in the

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Solutions To Saving Money On Your Next Move

Buying a house and moving in is gonna cost you. There's no way around it. Right? Well, actually, there may just be a way to make it not quite so painful. A willingness to negotiate and put in a

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What Is A Real Estate Broker Vs A Real Estate Agent And Which Should You Hire

What is a real estate broker? Many people think that real estate agent and real estate broker are interchangeable titles, but there are actually key

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CALIFORNIA HOME PRICES ON TRACK TO HIT RECORD HIGH IN 2018

Home prices have been going strong for the past 5 years and forecasts say this will continue, beating the record highs during the housing bubble. Though this may sound worrisome, prices are still

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Breaking Down The 50 Plus Market

The 50+ real estate market is changing rapidly. Within this massive group of potential clients, there are distinct and growing sub-markets with vastly different needs and preferences. In these next

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Home Sellers Are Making Bank In Todays Market

Home sellers are making bank in today’s market, realizing a 24.1 percent, or $39,900, gain in 2016, according to a recent analysis by Zillow.Sellers on the West Coast—where home prices have

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5 Ways To Save Money And Energy This Summer

Home improvements may improve the value of your home, but they often cost you a lot more. What if you could improve your home and save money at the same time? Summer is one of the best times of year

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7 Of The Dumbest Things People Do With Their Money Before They Buy A Home

Young Americans are delaying homeownership because they're burdened with student loan debt, waiting longer to get married and have kids, and spending more on renting. Some are still living with

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5 Cities Millennials Are Flocking To

There are several places in the U.S. where millennials can be found due to the high employment rates and beautiful settings. For adults who are in their 20s and 30s, there are several places where'

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6 Easy DIY Projects That Will Boost Your Homes Value

Your house is likely to be the biggest investment you make over your entire life. Whether you’re planning to sell it or you’re there for the long haul, it is important to take care of your

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5 THINGS NO ONE TOLD YOU ABOUT MARBLE COUNTERTOPS

In a time when marble is everywhere — seriously, it's even on our walls — it's normal to want to hop onto a slab of nature's finest and never let go, especially when you start crunching the

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25 Tips For FirstTime Home Buyers

Buying a home can be nervewracking, especially if you’re a first-time home buyer. Not only is it probably the biggest purchase of your life, but the process is complicated and fraught with

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About To Buy A HousePut Your Credit On Lockdown

Buying a house can be both an exciting and simultaneously stressful experience. One reason the home buying process tends to be so stressful for many consumers — besides the fact that it’s

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4 Things Firsttime Homebuyers Need To Know

My wife and I are hoping to be first-time homebuyers this year. We'll likely blow our savings on the down payment and closing costs. What's the best way to handle the costs for home renovations?

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If You Only Add 3 Items To Your Home This Summer It Should Be These

Let's not pretend we redecorate our homes seasonally. As much as we aspire to Martha Stewart–level endeavors in our home, we're not ones to swap out our heavy winter curtains for breezy linen ones

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10 Foolproof Tricks To Sell Your Home Faster This Spring

Spring is well known to be the best time of year to sell your home. If you're planning to take advantage of the spring sales season, it's essential to give your home the best chance possible of

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FHA Loan Requirements For 2017

FHA loan requirements for 2017 are contained in a 1,009-page “handbook” published by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. You would need at least a 20-ounce cup of coffee with a

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Purchase Mortgage Applications Continue To Inch Up

The volume of purchase mortgages continued to increase during the week ended March 31, but steadily shrinking refinance numbers once again pulled overall volume down. The Mortgage Bankers

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Decorating Dos And Donts For The 30YearOld Homebuyer

Nowadays, life is pretty delayed. While baby boomers love to take every opportunity to call millennials lazy, the truth of the matter is that we spend more time focusing on education, have more

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Home Prices Keep On Upswing In February

Home prices nationally kept on the upswing in February, rising 1 percent month-over-month and 7 percent year-over-year, according to CoreLogic®’s recent Home Price Index (HPI™). The HPI

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Make Up Your Mind To Achieve Your Goals

Many of us set goals and resolutions at the beginning of the year, only to fall off track a few months in or when faced with a challenge. Growing up, whenever I said I wanted to do something, my

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Down Payments For Firsttime Homebuyers Still In The Single Digits

First the good news: down payments among first-time homebuyers are getting slightly bigger.Now the not-so-good news: that’s not saying much.In 2009, when the National Association of Realtors

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Take A Peek Inside 19 Living Rooms In Actors Homes

When actors are not on location for an upcoming movie or television show, they retire to their high-design homes around the world. In their living rooms, celebrities (and their designers)

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The Ideal Time To List A Home For Sale

Numerous factors impact the sale of a home—including timing.The ideal time to list a home for sale this year is between May 1-15, according to a recent analysis by Zillow. Homes listed within the

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Why Building Rapport Is The First Step Towards Closing Almost Any Real Estate Deal

Every real estate guru has been saying this since the days of William Nickerson: Always build rapport! It might seem obvious, but it’s hard to understate just how important rapport is when it

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Eight MustHave Apps For New Homeowners

When purchasing a new home, there’s tons of paperwork to keep track of. The last thing on your mind at closing is finding a lawn care professional or figuring out how to use your fancy new

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3 Risks And Drawbacks Of Using Home Equity When Investing

Life isn’t all peaches and cream when you are dealing with home equity loans and lines. They sound great, but you need to understand the risks inherent in such loan products. If the funds are

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2 MortgageSaving Tips That Should Be Etched In Stone

A mortgage payment is likely to be a homeowner's biggest expense each month -- which is why it pays to do your research, hunt for savings, and secure the right mortgage for your specific needs.With

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How Owning Or Selling A Home Affects Your Taxes

Owning a home is exciting, challenging and the biggest investment of many people’s lives. It’s also a good way to reduce your tax bill.Home-related tax breaks begin as soon as you close on your

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11 TIPS ON PREPARING YOUR HOME FOR THE RAIN

11 TIPS ON PREPARING YOUR HOME FOR THE RAINImage titleIt's no secret that California has been in need of some serious downpour. After several years of severe drought, the wait is finally over and

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HABITS TO START NOW IF BUYING A HOME IN 2017

5 HABITS TO START NOW IF BUYING A HOME IN 2017The new year is upon us and, if you've read our last few blogs, we know that 2017 is going to be the year for many potential homebuyers. If you're one

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Buy Or Rent How To Decide Which Living Option Is Best For You

Should you buy or rent? Most people ask themselves this question at one point or another, and there's no clear correct answer. Before you give up in frustration, take some time to ask yourself

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3 Ways To Make Your Kitchen Feel Bigger

New This Week: 3 Ways to Make Your Kitchen Feel

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A FeelGood Outlook For Incomesand Housing

Americans are seeing a bright spot in their paychecks, and their housing prospects.The share of those surveyed in Fannie Mae’s recent Home Purchase Sentiment Index® (HPSI) who reported

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TOP REASONS TO SELL YOUR HOME IN 2017

 REASONS TO SELL YOUR HOME IN 2017Image titleIf you've been questioning selling your home, it might just be time to commit. We've been talking about it a lot...and so has everyone else. You may

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Are Property Taxes Included In Mortgage Payments

Paying property taxes is inevitable for homeowners. The amount each homeowner pays per year varies depending on local tax rates and a property’s assessed value (or a yearly estimate of a’

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Its Good To Be A Seller Sales See Highest Profits Since 2007

It’s a good time to be a seller.Home sellers in 2016 saw the highest profits since 2007, averaging a 21 percent gain, or $38,206, according to ATTOM Data Solutions’ Year-End 2016 U.S. Home Sales

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Maybe Its Time To Look For A Home With Good Feng Shui

Chinese New Year began on January 28. No one knows exactly when the first New Year celebration began in China, but it was said to start from the year-end religious ceremony during the Shang Dynasty,

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Dow 20K To Benefit Housing Marketat Least Psychologically

There are many key metrics brokers look to in order to gauge how the housing market is trending. The Case-Shiller Index, the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index

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Craftsman Bungalows Come In All SizesPopular Style Got Its Start In California And Many Are Still St

Craftsman Bungalows Come in All Sizes Popular style got its start in California, and many are still standing October 26th, 2016 at 11:00 aminShareEven if you don’t know their

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41 Creative Hacks To Improve Your Home

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Its Time To Own That Home Youve Always Wanted Being Prepared Is The Key To Getting Keys To The Front

It’s Time to Own That Home You’ve Always Wanted Being prepared is the key to getting keys to the front door January 9th, 2017 at 11:00 aminShareHave you resolved to make 2017 the year

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