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Karen Spechler

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10 money mistakes to avoid when you move

Moving to a new home can be exciting, but it can also be nerve-racking. You may have just a few...

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Should You Pay Off Your Mortgage Before You Retire?

Paying off your home mortgage before you retire is a major financial achievement, but you don't...

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3 things you need to do before applying for a mortgage

Of all the things you have to do when shopping for a home, applying for a mortgage isn't one of...

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These 10 Renovation Trends Will Be Popular in 2020

2020 Home Renovation Trends Planning a home renovation? As you make your plans, take note of these...

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5 New Year’s Resolutions That Can Help You Buy a Home

Thinking of buying a home this year? We compiled five New Year’s resolutions that can help you...

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10 money strategies for buying your first home

A house is the biggest purchase most people ever make. With so much money on the line and no...

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10 interior design trends for 2020

You may not be moving into a new house in 2020, but you can make your home feel new again by taking...

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Cleaning Your House for Guests

It feels great to have a clean, organized, well-functioning home when you've got guests...

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Home Renovations That Give Owners the Most Joy

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) 2019 Remodeling Impact Report suggests that after...

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Karen Spechler to Play with the Santa Barbara City College Symphony

Karen Spechler will play her cello with the Santa Barbara City College Symphony Orchestra on...

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Karen Spechler to Perform with the Upcoming Santa Barbara Folk Orchestra Scottish Concert

Treat yourself and come listen as Karen Spechler again plays her cello with the Santa Barbara Folk...

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The Ins and Outs of Setting a Price for Your Home

It’s a big decision with a lot of factors, but don’t worry — you have backup. Everything...

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7 times when you’re smart not to pay off a mortgage early

There are plenty of reasons to pay off your mortgage early — chief among them being the thousands...

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13 Tips for Home Wildfire Protection

How do most homes ignite during a wildfire? A floating ember or piece of burning wood touches down...

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5 Home Repairs You Should Not Attempt Yourself

The freedom of homeownership also entails some expensive surprises. You may not have counted on...

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The ultimate guide to understanding the mortgage process

Getting prequalified Before you begin the process of finding and buying a home, you should go to a...

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Home Improvements That Are Good Investments, Too

When you take out a home equity line of credit or dip into your high-interest savings account to...

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7 Important Repairs to Make Before Selling A House

The most critical things to do to increase your home’s value before putting it on the...

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Some of the biggest regrets first-time home buyers have

It’s easy to overlook some of these small yet very important things when you’re excited about...

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Stressed out? Here are 10 science-backed design tips for bringing serenity to your home

The word “anxiety” gets thrown around a lot these days, and I admit, I’ve been a little...

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Energy-saving solutions let homeowners cut costs while helping the environment

You probably have a rough idea of how much energy and water your home uses, based on your utility...

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Everything you need to know about buying a home — on one index card

A home is often the biggest financial investment you’ll make in your lifetime. In fact, a recent...

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13 simple home staging tips every seller should know

Set the Stage Home staging may not seem hugely important, but in today's improving real estate...

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5 Questions To Ask Your Home Inspector

Taking care of a house takes time and effort. If you don’t have the credentials to understand the...

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5 Things A Great Real Estate Agent Does

In order to find the most ideal house for your needs in less time, you may have to hire a real...

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6 signs you should sell your home

Your home is probably your most valuable asset. So how do you know when it's time to maximize...

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17 Simple Home Repairs That Will Save You Cash

Homeowners fantasize about making fabulous changes to their homes: adding rooms, beautifying the...

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6 tips to get you unpacked in your new home, painlessly

What is the worst thing about moving? It’s a tough call. Purging is stressful, packing is...

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Before You Choose a Mortgage Lender, Read These Tips

Someone out there wants to help save you time, stress, and money. Here’s how you find...

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What not to do when selling your home

Selling a home can be complicated. The process is like no other financial transaction most people...

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Karen Spechler to Play Cello with the Santa Barbara Folk Orchestra’s Spanish Concert

Come and listen to some beautiful Spanish music on Friday, June 21st as the Santa Barbara Folk...

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The Next Big Things in Smart Homes

By the year 2022, the sale of smart home devices in the U.S. is expected to top 520 million units....

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How Much Are You Supposed to Put Down When You Buy a House?

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Staging Your Home: How to Make Buyers Fall in Love

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Things to consider if you’re buying a house after 50

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5 Tips for Finding the Best Mortgage Lenders

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Are you ready to buy your first home?

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The 7 Most Financially Savvy Home Upgrades You Can Make

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6 simple tricks to make your open house memorable

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7 painless ways to pay off your mortgage years earlier

Want to pay off your home and run the mortgage contract through the shredder a lot sooner than you...

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