Curtis Real Estate

Curtis Real Estate - Circa 1955If you want to sell or buy a home in Claremont, Upland, or the surrounding area, Curtis Real Estate has earned an excellent reputation for honesty and integrity.  Our staff consists of full-time licensed Realtors, specializing in residential listings and sales, and is overseen by our broker/owner.  Our office allows us to give our clients full, personalized service.

We can help you choose lenders, escrow and title companies, and other professionals, who will offer you the most superior service and the best prices. 

 

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Real Estate in Claremont, California

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Curtis Real Estate Claremont, California

Only thirty miles away from all the economic, cultural and entertainment benefits of Los Angeles is the City of Claremont. Nestled at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains, Claremont offers the natural beauty of California with all the modern amenities you'd expect in a larger city. You will find a range of home owning options open to you in every style and price range you can imagine. The atmosphere of the neighborhoods of Claremont differ, offering an ideal place to live for a wide variance of people. Use this website to search for homes in Claremont. You'll be able to indicate exactly what you're looking for in a property, and narrow down your search to only include the homes that match your criteria. You can also find a range of buyer tips and information to help you make an informed decision.

 

Real Estate in Upland, California

Welcome to the City of Gracious Living, Upland, California. Just a small distance away from Claremont, Upland shares the view of the mountains. You're going to find a great mixture of open, country-style lots mixed with the urban sprawl that populates Southern California. If you're looking to buy or sell a home in Upland or the surrounding area, you're going to find answers to the questions you have here. Read seller's and buyer's tips and browse our featured listings to see what Upland homes are selling for on the current market.


New Law Protects Homeowners from Fines During Drought

If you’re worried about being fined for letting your lawn go brown, help has arrived.

Given Governor Jerry Brown’s and the State Legislature’s focus on the serious drought now plaguing California, it comes as no surprise that the first bill to be introduced this year addresses the subject of dead lawns due to water conservation. Assembly Bill 1, authored, by Assembly Member Cheryl Brown (D-San Bernardino) would prevent homeowners from being fined by local governments for letting their lawns go brown in an effort to help the state achieve unprecedented water reduction goals.

The California Association of REALTORS® supports the bill, which encourages conservation by exempting homeowners from lawn maintenance ordinances that are on the books in many California cities. According to Assembly Member Brown, fines for violation of these local laws can range from $100 a week to a flat fee of $500.

Assembly Bill 1 is not open-ended, and specifies that the exemption would only be in effect during the time that a governor’s emergency drought proclamation is in effect. Governor Brown issued a drought proclamation in January 2014 and it remains active.

This water-saving legislation was signed so homeowners can protect California’s most precious natural resource.

Three Percent Cap on Fees

A new effort is underway in Congress to amend current law, called the Truth in Lending Act, to broaden access to where people can obtain mortgage loans and other related services. A bill has been introduced, H.R. 685, called the Mortgage Choice Act of 2015, that would have all financing providers use the same rules to determine whether a loan meets the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Qualified Mortgage test. Loans must meet these guidelines to be approved.

The current guidelines are inconsistent, creating different rules for mortgage bankers, mortgage brokers, and affiliate services compared to big retail lenders. This limits the ability of mortgage brokers and bankers to provide loans to low and moderate income consumers.

The California Association of REALTORS® is part of a broad coalition that supports the effort to create a level playing field through impartial and consistent rules for all lenders. The end result is a greater opportunity for consumers to obtain a loan at a fair price.

Service Tax

A California legislator is proposing that, for the first time in state history, people must pay sales tax for services. Senate Bill (SB) 8 by Senator Robert Hertzberg would extend the state sales tax of 7.5% (and possibly higher depending on where you live) to now include things like legal and accounting, hair salons and a variety of services related to home purchases. This new service tax would be in addition to other taxes residents already pay including federal and state income taxes and other existing fees.

California is already considered a “high-tax” state, and regrettably, the impact of a new sales tax on services would be significant to working families, housing affordability and California businesses.

The purchase of homes and other real estate transactions would be especially hard hit by this new tax, since at least ten different services are generally part of a typical home purchase. Typically these services make up about 13 percent of a home’s purchase price. This tax is also regressive, meaning that it could hurt lower and middle-class families more than others.

The California Association of REALTORS® opposes this new tax, because it would price more families out of the housing market.