It took a challenging DIY project before first-time buyers Court and Laurel felt their house was a home. “We decided to repaint our tangerine-colored living room to a light blue one weekend—a big undertaking,” recalls Court. By the time the young lawyers finished, however, a feeling of pride washed over them. “This was the first time we decided to make a major change to our home that suited our tastes,” says Laurel. Pride of ownership is a powerful feeling—one Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Northern California has been giving to first-time buyers for over a century.