Celebrity Housefax: Game of Thrones’ Lena Headey, Cersei Lannister [PHOTOS & HOUSEFAX REPORT]

Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey), Game of Thrones, (Photo Credit: HBO)

Lena Headey may not be a household name (yet), but she’s certainly recognizable. In addition to starring in the 2008 TV series “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles,” the Emmy-nominated actress has appeared in a number of films including “The Brothers Grimm” and “300.” But her most recognizable – and infamous – role to date is as the conniving and power-hungry Cersei Lannister on HBO’s mega-hit “Game of Thrones.”

Now Headey is taking on yet another role — as a luxury home seller, having just listed her Southern California home for $1.9 million.

Lena Headey’s Sherman Oaks home is for sale (Photo Credit: aaroe.com)

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Texas Braces for Hurricane Harvey. 10 Tips for Flood Insurance Claims

 

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The warnings are urgent. Hurricane Harvey has strengthened to a Category 2 storm and could hit land with up to 3 feet of rain, 125 mph winds and 12-foot storm surges. As heavy rain and gusty winds move in over Texas, coastal residents are deciding whether to flee their homes or to stay put and brace for a potentially life-threatening hurricane. Regardless of your decision, there are some things you can do to prepare your home for potential flooding.

Hurricanes of this magnitude not only cause catastrophic flooding but also catastrophic losses for homeowners. Some people have found themselves underinsured, or sometimes with no flood insurance at all. Did you know, flood insurance is not typically part of your home insurance policy? If you are not in a flood zone you can still purchase flood insurance. But even those homeowners with proper levels of flood insurance coverage, find themselves going through the often frustrating experience of filing claims and getting their lives back to normal. Though this process can be slow and confusing, findlaw.com recommends ten important steps when dealing with storm-related damage that can help take away some of the pain. Stay safe, Texas!

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How Safe is the Water in Your Home?

Is my water safe? That’s the question asked by many Americans these days. After a number of highly publicized water quality issues around the country,  a recent Gallup poll showed that 63 percent of the population is concerned a “great deal” about water drinking quality, with many rating it a higher worry than air quality and climate change.

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While the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) maintains that America’s drinking water remains “among the safest in the world,” a recent report shows that it’s not without issues. In an extensive effort, News21 – an investigative journalism project backed by the Carnegie Corporation and the James L. Knight Foundation – analyzed 680,000 EPA violations from the last 10 years to discover if U.S.-based water treatment facilities were falling short of protecting the nation’s water supply. The findings weren’t good. Continue reading

7 Things That Can Help (Or Hurt) Your Home’s Value [Infographic]

The first rule of real estate is location, location, location! Your proximity to certain natural hazards, places and, yes, even people plays a huge role in determining your home’s value – for better or for worse. Can you guess which neighborhood grocery store can increase a home’s value by 40%?! Check out this infographic to find out.

And don’t forget to get a Housefax Report to see a home’s natural hazard risk, sink holes and other factors that affect a property’s value!

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Hurricane Season Enters Its Peak — Are You Ready?

For U.S. residents along the Atlantic or Gulf of Mexico coast, hurricane season officially began June 1. If the latest projections prove to be true, this year will see an above average number of storms. In fact, Tropical Storm Arlene kicked things off a little early on April 20, and there have been four other tropical storms since then.

As we enter peak season, what should coastal residents know about the 2017 hurricane season? Here’s a run down of important predictions and changes. Continue reading

CoreLogic Acquires Clareity

CoreLogic (NYSE: CLGX), a leading global property information, analytics and data-enabled solutions provider, has acquired well-known real estate technology and consulting firm, Clareity. As reported by Inman, with the purchase of Clareity, CoreLogic extends its real estate tech offerings to include Clareity’s flagship SafeMLS user authentication tool and its single sign-on MLS and broker dashboards.

Clareity co-founder and CEO, Gregg Larson, is a member of the Housefax Board of Directors and Advisory Board. In 2015, Clareity made a six-figure investment in Housefax.

Housefax recently began offering single sign-on access to Housefax Reports for select CoreLogic MLS customers via the Clareity dashboard.

Read more about the Corelogic acquisition of Clareity.

The 12 Best Summer Open House Tips We’ve Ever Seen

Summer’s here and that means BBQs, beaches and Open Houses! If done right, an Open House can be a great event to impress sellers while attracting new clients. Here’s a collection of our favorite Open House tips EVER — everything from unique ways to promote your event to the oh so critical follow-up.

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Multiple Listing Service Of Hilton Head Island Agents Provide Housefax To Help Home Buyers With Purchase Decisions

Housefax Offers More Information Than Previously Available For Buyers, Like Sound Score and Cellphone Service Quality

July 10, 2017, Hilton Head Island, S.C. – Potential home buyers who work with Multiple Listing Service of Hilton Head Island (HHIMLS) agents will now receive deeply discounted rates for Housefax, a service much like Carfax, for the use of home buyers to learn more about the properties they are interested in.

HHIMLS partnered with Housefax to calculate the most up to date and accurate property history report so that home buyers can make informed decisions about their prospective home. Housefax includes detailed information on properties including buyer incident reports, building permits, transaction history, floodline information, roofing conditions, sound score and hail exposure, cellphone service quality, information about schools in the area and more. Continue reading

Tips for Tackling a Bathroom Remodel: When to DIY, When to Hire, and What to Expect

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One of the most common home improvement projects for people looking for a moderate to upscale change is the bathroom remodel. Whether it’s a guest or master bath, a bathroom remodel has many different components and can range anywhere from mostly DIY to barely any DIY, depending on a variety of factors. Here are some tips for how to tackle your bathroom remodel in the smartest, safest, and most cost-effective way possible. Continue reading