Adventures In Real Estate

House for Sale By Owner

Pros and Cons of Attempting a FSBO

When homeowners go to sell their house, they either hire a Realtor, or attempt a For Sale By Owner (FSBO), or what we call in the biz, a Fizzbo. Some might wonder why a homeowner would attempt a sale on their own, and the reasons vary. Some have had bad experiences with Realtors, while for […]

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4 Steps to Prepare for Homebuying Season

4 Steps to Prepare for Homebuying Season

When people are seeking houses for sale in Mt. Shasta, they typically wait until the snow is gone, which can be anytime between March and May. However, this year the market got a jumpstart with Buyers starting their search in January. Maybe all the news about rising mortgage rates has inspired them to get moving. […]

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Why Zillow Zestimates are Inaccurate

The Problem With Zillow Zestimates

Zillow is a great tool for home buyers. It allows people to research and shop for homes in any location, regardless of where they live. In fact, Zillow is responsible for delivering a respectable percentage of clients through our doors here at J. Harris & Associates Real Estate in Mt. Shasta, CA. One of Zillow’s […]

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Tom Brady celebrates Super Bowl LI victory

Records Are Meant to Be Broken

Did you watch the Super Bowl? What looked like a blowout for the first three quarters, turned into a thrilling display of effort and skill that drove the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history. So, why am I writing about football on a real estate blog? Because watching this event got me thinking about how […]

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Writing a check for earnest money deposit

Earnest Money vs Down Payment, What’s the Diff?

When purchasing a house, new home buyers sometimes confuse the earnest money deposit with the down payment. So, what is the difference between an earnest money deposit and a down payment? Let’s take a look. Earnest Money Deposit The earnest money deposit (EMD) is to indicate to the Seller that you, the Buyer, is serious […]

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First-time homebuyers get the key to their new home

How Much Money Should You Save to Buy a House?

As a Realtor in Mt. Shasta, CA, I deal with this question all the time. The truth is there’s no one-size-fits-all answer, but I’ve laid out an example scenario below that will get a first-time homebuyer moving in the right direction. Down-Payment Let’s say you want to buy a house for $200k. If you’re getting […]

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Jessie, John, and Nikolas of J. Harris & Associates Real Estate, Mt. Shasta, CA

J. Harris & Associates Win Food Drive Competition

MT. SHASTA, CA, December, 2016—The Siskiyou Association of Realtors® announced the winners of its first annual Thanksgiving 2016 food drive, which ran through the month of November. J. Harris & Associates Real Estate of Mt. Shasta, CA, was the winning south county brokerage, and Minton Hometown Properties of Yreka took top honors in northern Siskiyou […]

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what are water conserving plumbing fixtures

Water Conserving Plumbing Fixtures to Become Law in 2017

Beginning in January 2017, California Civil Code § 1101.4 requires that all homes built on or before January 1, 1994 must be equipped with water-conserving plumbing (WCP) fixtures. Although this law does not create a point-of-sale requirement (unlike water heater strapping and smoke alarm compliance), it does trigger a disclosure to the buyer (like carbon […]

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3 reasons to buy a new house before spring

3 Great Reasons to Buy a House Before Spring

As we head into the winter months here in our little mountain town, the Mt. Shasta real estate market starts to slow down. However, it never stops completely. While many Sellers decide to hold off listing their homes until spring, others boldly list despite the season. This is great news for Buyers who are in […]

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