Living trusts are one of the most prevalent estate planning tools in use today. Many people use a living trust instead of a will to avoid probate, a court-supervised process for transferring assets to the beneficiaries listed in your will, which can be expensive and exposes your estate to public record. A living trust does not avoid the estate tax... Read More
Will making repairs boost home’s value?
By Scott Sheldon
Home equity has come roaring back. Many can now refinance, and others are in a better position to sell as the intense demand for real estate continues.
Everyone wants to attain maximum value for... Read More
Hispanic home ownership grows
(NAPSI)—The demographic portrait of the U.S.—particularly its urban centers—is changing.
That’s the word from the experts at the Brookings Institution who report that in the period 2000 to 2010, nonwhites and Hispanics accounted for... Read More
Recovery will impact assessments for 2013-14
Because of a recovering local real estate market, Sonoma County residential property owners could see a restoration of prior property tax values.
Since 2007, the Sonoma County Assessor’s office has been reviewing thousands of... Read More