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  • Posted on November 12, 2015 by

    Searching for a New Los Angeles Home? Play the Game of Nines When you're searching for a new home here in Los Angeles you have a fair idea of what you want and don't want, so take the time to really nail it down. Sit down with those who will share your new home and come up with three lists of

    Posted on November 5, 2015 by

    Selling your Los Angeles Home? Remember to Clean These Often Forgotten Areas When you're living in your Los Angeles home while trying to keep it in "Show ready" condition it's easy to focus on the most obvious areas to clean while overlooking others that are equally important. Potential

  • Posted on October 29, 2015 by

    Before You Insure Your New Los Angeles Home… Before you sign the final closing papers on your new home in Los Angeles, you'll need homeowners insurance. Your lender will demand it, but even if you're paying cash, it's unwise to assume possession without it. With that in mind, it's also

    Posted on October 22, 2015 by

    Searching for a Home in Los Angeles Don't Let False Perceptions Get in the Way Sometimes Los Angeles homebuyers pass up homes in good condition because clutter or the need for a good cleaning leads them to perceive the condition as poor. Perhaps the carpet is dirty or the furniture is

    Posted on October 15, 2015 by

    When You Want the Latest in Décor Trends Without The High Price… Whether you're getting your Los Angeles house ready for sale or decorating the home you just purchased, it's tempting to go with the latest colors and design trends. But… there is a danger. Some of those trends only

  • Posted on October 8, 2015 by

    Sell Your Los Angeles Home Faster with Great Curb Appeal   When your Los Angeles home is for sale, its curb appeal will have a tremendous impact on your success for two reasons: If prospects don't like the looks of the exterior, they might decide not to come in at all. (Yes, I've had

    Posted on September 24, 2015 by

    "For Sale by Owner" Homes Sell for 13% Less – Why?                You may have heard that homes offered "For sale by owner" sell for 13% less than homes listed with a real estate brokerage.                For years we've heard that it was simply a difference in the

  • Posted on September 17, 2015 by

    Remodeling/Design Trends You Might Want to Skip Whether you're updating your Los Angeles home in preparation for selling, listing the features you want in a new home, or planning the remodel of a home you've just purchased, these popular design trends are some you might want to avoid.

    Posted on September 10, 2015 by

    De-cluttering: It's not just for Los Angeles home sellers Yes, homeowners who are planning to put their Los Angeles homes on the market do need to de-clutter as the first step in preparing their homes to be photographed and shown. But those who are thinking of buying soon should also

    Posted on September 3, 2015 by

    "Does that stay with the house?"   This is a question that Los Angeles home buyers often ask when they wish a particular item would stay. For instance, a porch swing, a pool table, or even a riding lawn mower. Unless the item is named in the listing, the agent should say "I don't know, but

  • Posted on August 20, 2015 by

    The Role of Earnest Money in Your Real Estate Transaction Whether you're buying or selling a home here in Los Angeles, you need to understand the role of earnest money in your transaction. The stated function of an earnest money deposit is that it is a good faith gesture to show that the

    Posted on August 13, 2015 by

    Will your Los Angeles home have a disappearing wall? One of the latest design trends, especially in areas with plenty of sunshine, is the disappearing wall. This is a wall in a living room, family room, great room, or even kitchen, which is constructed of glass panels that fold back out of

  • Posted on August 6, 2015 by

    Buying or Selling a Home in Los Angeles. Does the color of the house matter?   A recent real estate blog post asked the questions: "Does the color of a house hurt it in marketing? What color house is the hardest to sell?" Agents from across the country answered the question, and the

    Posted on August 3, 2015 by

    Are You a First Time Home Buyer? Avoid These 5 Common Mistakes First time home buyers here in Los Angeles or in any other place in the word are naturally both excited and a little bit nervous. This is a huge investment as well as a huge commitment. It's no time to make mistakes. Mistake

    Posted on July 30, 2015 by

    Selling Your Los Angeles Home? Think Safety First! When selling your Los Angeles home, think safety – safety for yourself and your loved ones, safety for your possessions, and even safety for your identity. While it's likely that every person visiting your home will be honest and

  • Posted on July 27, 2015 by

    Presenting Your Los Angeles Home For Sale: Details Count in Curb Appeal   You’ve no doubt been told many times that curb appeal is important. The impression that potential buyers form as they approach your house will carry through and affect everything they see inside. That initial

    Posted on July 23, 2015 by

    Los Angeles Home Buyers .. Did Your Lender Say You Were Pre-qualified or Pre-approved? While most people outside of the real estate industry don't know the difference between those two terms, the fact is that they're a world apart.  Pre-qualification doesn't mean much. You can be

    Posted on July 20, 2015 by

    Does Your Los Angeles Agent's Reputation Matter? Yes, it does. And it's not just his or her reputation with clients that matters; it's the reputation with other agents, title company employees, lenders, stagers, inspectors, and appraisers. The more all those people like, trust, and

  • Posted on July 16, 2015 by

    Buying or selling a Los Angeles home? Keep your pets safe. Buying or selling a Los Angeles home? Keep your pets safe When you're selling your Los Angeles home, a good reason for insisting on appointments is so you have time to contain your pets so they won't come to harm. Don't expect the

    Posted on July 13, 2015 by

    Preparing for your Los Angeles Home Inspection Preparing for your Los Angeles Home Inspection Your Los Angeles home is under contract. Now comes the home inspection. Are you ready? The answer is, "probably not," because few people are. Your home may be sparkling clean and clutter-free, but

    Posted on July 9, 2015 by

    Want to sell? Pre-qualify your Los Angeles home. Want to sell? Pre-qualify your Los Angeles home. You know you want your buyer pre-approved before taking your Los Angeles home off the market to await closing.  But what if it's your house that won't qualify? Yes, that can happen –

  • Posted on July 7, 2015 by

    The 4 Top Money-Losing Home Upgrades If you're planning upgrades to your Los Angeles home for your own pleasure and long-term use, then you should do exactly as you please. If you're making changes with an eye toward selling in just a few years, here are 4 upgrades you should avoid:

    Posted on July 1, 2015 by

    Are You a Michael Jackson Fan? The news is out that you can own his home - Neverland Ranch- for only $100 Million! This fairytale 12,598 square foot home comes complete with 6 bedrooms, 7 baths, and two half baths. It includes a 50-seat movie theater and a stage with trap doors for magic

  • Posted on June 29, 2015 by

    Sell Your Los Angeles Home Sooner with Inexpensive Bathroom Updates When you're selling your home in Los Angeles the condition of the bathroom will play a large part in your success. Because the bathroom is one of the two most used rooms in any homes, buyers give bathrooms a lot of attention. 

    Posted on June 25, 2015 by

    Go Ahead - Go on Vacation While Your Los Angeles Home is For Sale Just because you've listed your Los Angeles home for sale doesn't mean you and your family need to cancel your summer vacation plans With a little advance planning, things can go smoothly in your absence and you may even come

  • Posted on June 18, 2015 by

      If your Los Angeles home isn't selling… If you have your Los Angeles home for sale and nothing good is happening, the first thing you need to consider is when and where the process is breaking down. Is it not being shown at all? Is it being shown but you're getting no offers?

    Posted on June 15, 2015 by

      Before you move into your new Los Angeles home... a checklist A few days prior to closing it's time to put some things in motion: Visit the post office for a change of address packet. Be sure to tell your mail delivery person that you're moving and ask that any mail that slips through

    Posted on June 11, 2015 by

    What Los Angeles Home Buyers Should Consider First When you want to buy a home in Los Angeles you have quite a few things to consider, but two things should be primary: The Price The Location First, the price. It can be oh-so-tempting to spend all your lender says you can afford. But

  • Posted on June 4, 2015 by

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, it's more difficult to find a rental in 2015 than it has been at any time since 1993. Which is good news for Los Angeles area landlords, perhaps not for tenants. That means landlords in L.A. can be more choosey – and they are. In many cases, rental

    Posted on June 1, 2015 by

    Should you s ell your Los Angeles home or stay and remodel? You may be thinking of selling your Los Angeles home because the floor plan no longer suits you or because the house itself is "tired." The kitchen and baths are out-dated, you need new paint, and your flooring is screaming "1980!"

  • Posted on April 16, 2015 by

    You probably already know that to give your Los Angeles home the best chance of selling quickly and for top dollar it needs to be visually appealing from the moment potential buyers arrive outside your door. Getting your Los Angeles home ready for market, you need to de-clutter, clean-up,

    Posted on April 6, 2015 by

    Looking for a Home in Los Angeles? Every real estate agent in Los Angeles advises his or her listing clients to stage their homes.   If they don't actually hire a stager, they should at least clean, de-clutter, and de-personalize their home before it goes on the market. Unfortunately, not all

    Posted on March 25, 2015 by

    List No Los Angeles Home Before Its Time When you make the decision to sell your Los Angeles home, the impulse is to get it on the market right away. But that can be a costly mistake.   Instead, carefully choose a listing agent and come to an agreement on the listing price. When you choose

  • Posted on March 13, 2015 by

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    Posted on March 11, 2015 by

     When you want to own a home here in Los Angeles and know you are ready for that step, don't let a rejection from one lender dash your hopes.   Different lenders have different guidelines and interpretations of guidelines. Some are willing to make exceptions that others are not. So the fact

    Posted on March 10, 2015 by

      Whether you're buying new appliances for your Los Angeles home you just purchased or buying to update your home before putting it on the market, heed this advice: Measure your space before you leave for the store.   Then take both the measurements and the tape measure with you to the

  • Posted on February 28, 2015 by

    While the stated purchase price of a home for sale in Los Angeles is the starting point in an offer to purchase, other details of the offer determine the true costs to the buyer and the true proceeds to the seller. These details, along with the price, become points of negotiation. The

    Posted on November 5, 2014 by

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    Posted on July 11, 2014 by

    More Angelenos spend a large portion of their income on housing than people anywhere else in the country, according to a new study out Thursday from Harvard University's Joint Center for Housing Studies.   Fully half of the households in metro Los Angeles spend at least 30% of their income

  • Posted on June 24, 2014 by

    Playing The Surge In California Real Estate On its face, the real estate environment seems like it’s in good shape. Not only are prices back up to – and in many cases eclipsing – pre-crash levels, but the number of foreclosures and underwater homeowners has fallen dramatically, especially

    Posted on June 18, 2014 by

    There is not one design, style or size that embodies a luxury home. It could be a sprawling 15,000-square-foot French manor set on several rolling acres, or it could be a 4,000-square-foot contemporary home nestled into the side of a mountain. Although it's difficult to quantify exactly what luxury

    Posted on June 18, 2014 by

    We get it: Nobody wants to contemplate his or her own mortality. And you may even feel that, in the context of death, questions about who gets which of your assets seem trivial. That might explain why numerous recent studies have found that only between 35% and 45% of Americans have a will.

  • Posted on June 18, 2014 by

    Demand for L.A.-area homes among affluent Chinese are pushing prices past boom-era peaks, generating a subset of property brokers and mortgage lenders that cater to their distinct needs. Wealthy Chinese home buyers boost suburban LA housing markets. The overflow from China's economic

    Posted on June 18, 2014 by

    A Note on the Federal Tax Consequences Q: My husband and I plan to sell our home. What happens when you sell your primary residence for a profit? — P.E., Los Angeles A:Most people who sell their primary residence for a profit don't owe Uncle Sam any taxes on the gain. But there are

  • Posted on December 6, 2012 by

    Looking to buy a home? Here are five essential tips for making the process as smooth as possible. Get your finances in order. Start by getting a full picture of your credit. Obtain copies of your credit report. Make sure the facts are correct, and fix any problems you find. Next, find a

    Posted on December 5, 2012 by

    Moving from a small town or suburb to a large city can be an intimidating proposition. Here are a few tips to help make your move as painless as possible. Research before you move. It’s important to understand the culture you’re joining. Do research online and find out about school systems,

    Posted on December 2, 2012 by

    Selling your home doesn’t just mean hiring a realtor to stick a sign out front. There are a lot of preparations you should make to ensure you get the best offer possible in the shortest time. Repair. Just because you’ve gotten used to the cracks in the walls and the rattles in the radiators

  • Posted on December 1, 2012 by

    As the events of the last few years in the real estate industry show, people forget about the tremendous financial responsibility of purchasing a home at their peril. Here are a few tips for dealing with the dollar signs so that you can take down that “for sale” sign on your new home.