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  • 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.