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John's Rules of California Home Buying
California is famous for its frequent natural disasters. It makes one wonder why someone would want to live here. But after moving here in 1994, I realized that for the most part, California is my favorite place in the world. All you need is a little common sense when shopping for a home, so I came up with these simple rules:

Don't buy a house if it is:

  1. On a fault line (earthquakes)
  2. On the edge of a cliff (mudslides)
  3. At the bottom of a cliff or hill (see #2)
  4. On a flood plain (it's called flood plain for a reason)
  5. In the middle of a forest (California is highly flammable)
  6. That thinks it's worth more than it is

So how much of California is left over after eliminating all of the above? Believe it or not, about 99%!

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