March 9, 2019 in Blog Sellers

5 Tax Deductions To Use When Selling a Home

While there are tax deductions you can take when selling a home, the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has created some confusion this filing season. But rest assured that if you sold your home last year (or are planning to in the future), the tax deductions still may amount to sizable savings when you file with the IRS. Here, offers a rundown of all the tax deductions (as well as tax... Read more
March 7, 2019 in 2019 Newsletter

Why Do You Relay? Annual Fundraiser Touches Lives in Our Community

When Riviera resident Hope Witkowsky first participated in the Torrance Relay for Life more than 15 years ago, her goal was to support a fellow city council member whose relative died of cancer. Little did she know that in 2013, her fight against cancer would get personal. That was the year that her husband, Mike, was diagnosed with lung cancer, and only nine months later Hope was diagnosed with... Read more
February 27, 2019 in Blog Buyers

How Boost Your Credit Score Before Buying a Home

Hoping to buy a home soon? You’ll want to make sure your credit score is acceptable because lenders check this number as a way to gauge whether to give you more credit in the form of a home loan. If your credit score is high, you’re considered creditworthy, which bodes well for your chances of getting a good mortgage. If your credit score is low, however, lenders might be concerned that... Read more
February 23, 2019 in Blog

How to Know When it’s Time to Sell Your Home

Most people don’t plan on living in their first (or second or maybe even third) home forever, but knowing when the time is right to put your home on the market can be difficult. Without a pressing reason such as a major life change confronting you, knowing when to sell your house can be tricky. Here, lists 6 reasons that will help you know when it’s time to let go.   1.... Read more
February 7, 2019 in Blog Buyers

8 Mistakes to Avoid When Remodeling a Bathroom

Although remodeling a bathroom can add value to a home, there also are many opportunities for missteps. If you’re considering a bathroom renovation, follow this expert advice from to ensure that the process goes as smoothly as possible.     1. Don’t forget ventilation While focusing on your sleek, new programmable shower, don’t forget about the bathroom’s less... Read more
February 1, 2019 in 2019 Blog Newsletter

Birds of a Feather Flock to Local Retailer

One of the nice things about living in the Hollywood Riviera is the wide variety of birds in our area, including the house finch, goldfinch, sparrow, towhee, scrub-jay, phoebe, mockingbird, hummingbird and more. If you want to draw more of these feathered friends to your backyard, you can find a variety of ways to do so at a nearby retailer, Wild Birds Unlimited. You may be familiar with Wild... Read more
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January 31, 2019 in Blog Buyers

6 Times It’s Actually Smarter to Buy a New Home Before Selling the Old

You’ve probably heard that you should never buy a new house before selling your old home because if you buy before you sell, you run the risk of owning two homes at once and carrying two mortgages. For some home buyers, however, it actually does make sense to buy a new home before selling the old one. Here, tells you six times when you should seriously consider this... Read more
January 31, 2019 in Blog Buyers

A Trio of Maintenance Tips

Congratulations on your new home! Your belongings are moved in and everything is unpacked. You even got a lawnmower, some power tools, and a massive tool chest. Now what? Many new homeowners don’t even think about maintenance until something breaks, but that’s not the best way to take care of your new house. Here, RISMedia shares three tips to help you protect your investment and keep your... Read more
January 25, 2019 in Blog Buyers

6 Reasons Why Your Higher Offer Might Not Win the House

Thinking of making an offer way above asking just to ensure you snag your dream house in a competitive market? Not so quick. While cash is certainly enticing to a home seller, other factors play into the decision to accept an offer as well. Some items in your purchase contract that can even outweigh your super-sized offer. Here, explains how a successful sale goes beyond money and... Read more
January 17, 2019 in 2019 Blog Newsletter

It Takes a Village to Support Our Seniors

For most seniors, living comfortably in their own home while continuing to lead active lives is a priority. But due to various circumstances, that’s not always possible, and many seniors find the only option is to move to an assisted living facility. Thanks to South Bay Village, now there’s another option. South Bay Village is a volunteer-run service that helps seniors stay in their homes,... Read more
January 15, 2019 in Blog

5 Home Amenities That Could Be a Waste of Cash

As a home buyer, you want to make sure every dollar counts. But sometimes price can be inflated by sought-after home amenities that you might not even use. Here, tells you how to identify them and strategize accordingly. 1. A huge yard Sellers charge a premium for grass, and you’ll spend even more on maintenance. It’s nice if you will use it, but if not you’re just... Read more
January 8, 2019 in Blog

6 Habits All Successful Home Buyers Share

If you’ve resolved to purchase a home in 2019, there are a few good habits that can help you get there. These behaviors are things you can do daily, weekly, monthly or even just yearly that, when combined, will set you well on the path to homeownership. Here, offers a breakdown of home-buying habits to adopt now, especially if you hope to begin looking once home-buying season is in... Read more
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January 2, 2019 in Blog

10 Daring Interior Design Trends You’ll See Everywhere in 2019 consulted with dozens of design experts from coast to coast to unveil the biggest decor trends we’ll see in 2019. Here, the results:   Artisanal accessories Anything that looks like the work of a detail-obsessed artisan will be right at home in 2019. Whether it’s a handcrafted headboard, a standout chair or a custom metal-framed mirror, a few artisanal... Read more
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December 18, 2018 in Blog

3 Ways You Can Help Your Millennial Buy a House

Between rising home prices and millennial student loan debt, many parents are in a financial position to help their millennial buy a house, here are 3 ways. Be warned, though: Buying a house for your adult child isn’t so straightforward. Purchasing a house for your kid requires careful planning. Here, tells you what you need to know and your options for getting it... Read more
6 Pre-sale Home Improvements
December 12, 2018 in Blog

6 Pre-sale Home Improvements Sellers Wish They Had Never Made

Every seller wants their home to stand out from the crowd, which often means partaking in some shiny new improvements before placing it on the market. Sometimes owners go overboard, however, and the repairs become costlier and time-consuming than they’re worth. To help you learn from others’ mistakes, gathered actual stories of home sellers who regret the pre-sale renovations they... Read more
December 3, 2018 in 2018 Blog

Hollywood Riviera Celebrates New Community Markers

Riviera residents celebrated the 90th birthday of our beautiful community with a ribbon cutting for two new historical markers. Created by the Friends of the Hollywood Riviera, the signage identifies our community at the corner of Palos Verdes Boulevard and Via Monte D’Oro, which was the original entrance to the Hollywood Riviera. The marker stands at about 6' x 5'. Both markers use a font... Read more
November 30, 2018 in 2018 Newsletter

Local Ice Cream Shop a Favorite Place to Chill

I scream, you scream, we all scream for …. Handel’s. Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream, that is. Ever since the store opened in Redondo Beach, the response has been, well, “scooper duper.” Though Handel’s first opened its doors in an Ohio gas station nearly 75 years ago, the South Bay didn’t get its own Handel’s until Paul Danylik and his wife, Susan “Q” Danylik, opened a... Read more
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November 29, 2018 in Blog

Upgrade Your Home’s Curb Appeal to Attract Buyers

These days, you need more than a for-sale sign out front and a touch of curb appeal to attract potential buyers. They’ll likely being viewing listings on the Internet before ever scheduling a showing, which means your home needs to stand out from the crowd if you want to entice someone to actually set foot inside the front door. Hint: It’s all in the images. So, before your real estate agent... Read more
7 Features to Look for in a Home if you Love to Entertain
November 20, 2018 in Blog

7 Things Every House Should Have if You’re into Entertaining

If you love hosting dinner parties, holiday gatherings, and New Year’s Eve bashes, then you’ll want to make sure your next house should have if you're into entertaining easy. According to, here are seven must-haves that should be at the top of your list if you’re looking to buy a new place.   Adequate parking It will be difficult to have more than a few... Read more
New Homeowner Etiquette
November 12, 2018 in Blog

Questions About New Homeowner Etiquette

You’ve successfully completed the home-buying process. Now it’s time to navigate some tricky etiquette rules centered around being a new homeowner. For instance, how to pull off a housewarming party without everyone thinking you’re just seeking gifts. To help, consulted a few etiquette experts to find out what is, and isn’t, considered appropriate when it comes to celebrating... Read more
Feel Secure When Getting a Mortgage
November 5, 2018 in Blog

How to Feel Secure When Getting a Mortgage

Funneling a large portion of your money toward a home can be nerve-rattling, but offers some advice that can help you navigate the scarier parts of the mortgage and home-buying process.   Educate yourself on how to get a mortgage Work extra-hard to understand the information needed when it comes time to buy a home. Take baby steps—like checking out a home-affordability... Read more
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October 15, 2018 in Blog

How to Find Your Dream Home

How to find your dream home is exciting, yet an all-consuming, adventure. While it’s fun to swipe through listings and attend every open house in your area, it sometimes can leave you feeling like you’re spinning your wheels and wandering aimlessly from property to property. Here, offers some smart ways to keep your stress levels and sanity on an even keel.   Get... Read more
Are These Home Features a Waste of Cash?
October 12, 2018 in Blog

Are These Home Features a Waste of Cash?

No one likes to overpay when buying a home. So, if you want to make sure every home-buying dollar counts, check out these home features says often inspire sellers to boost their price. While it’s fine to splurge a little if you truly want these things, on the other hand, you’re just wasting your money if you don’t.    A huge yard you rarely enjoy A sprawling green... Read more
Five Tips for Buying a House in Your 20’s
October 2, 2018 in Blog

Five Tips for Buying a House in Your 20’s

Between entry-level salaries, student loans and the desire to just be young and have fun, twentysomethings often think buying a house is beyond their reach. Not so quick! It is entirely possible to buy a home in your 20s, and it will benefit you big-time down the road. Here’s how you can make your home-buying dreams come true much sooner than you think.   Save for a down... Read more
7 Tips for Selling Your Home in the Fall
September 25, 2018 in Blog

7 Tips for Selling Your Home in the Fall

Spring and Summer might be the top home-selling seasons, but Fall also is a great time to sell your home because there’s typically less competition and the market is still very active. So, if your house is on the market right now, consider giving it an autumn upgrade with these staging suggestions from   Focus on curb appeal To get off on the right fall... Read more
4 Home-Buying Moves You May Not Realize You Have to Make
September 18, 2018 in Blog

4 Homebuying Moves You May Not Realize You Have to Make

Purchasing a house takes time, patience and careful planning. Many moving parts involved in the process, and sometimes buyers miss crucial steps—which can cost them big-time. Toward that end, reveals some of the more surprising home-buying moves you may not realize you have to make Scrutinizing property disclosures Once a seller accepts your offer, you’re typically... Read more
September 14, 2018 in 2018 Newsletter

Richardson Middle School Students Enjoy New Gymnasium

September means time to head back to school, and for students of Richardson Middle School, that also means enjoying the campus’ new physical education facilities. In April, Richardson celebrated the grand opening of its brand new gymnasium, complete with basketball courts and boys’ and girls’ locker rooms. Richardson also recently revamped the outside playground area with six new basketball... Read more
September 14, 2018 in 2018 Newsletter

Hollywood Riviera Marks 90th Birthday with 2 New Signs

This year marks a milestone in the history of the Hollywood Riviera – the community’s 90th birthday. Nine decades ago developer Clifford Reid created this beautiful community which reminded him so vividly of the French Riviera. It’s only fitting then that very soon the community will be unveiling two identifying gateways. The Friends of the Hollywood Riviera have worked for more than five... Read more
6 Easy Curb-Appeal Tricks
September 7, 2018 in Blog

6 Easy Curb-Appeal Tricks That Will Cost You Less Than $200

Before you even think about selling your home, you have to make it sparkle—after all, prospective buyers will be peering in every corner, closet and cabinet they can get into looking for some curb appeal. That being said, it’s sometimes easy to overlook the first (and arguably, most important) space buyers will judge: the outside. So, you’ll want to make sure and present a good first... Read more
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August 27, 2018 in Blog

Getting ready to move? Here are 7 Qualities of a Good Neighbor

Getting ready to move into a new home? Know that to have good neighbors, you must first be one yourself. Here, Zillow offers seven techniques that can help win the approval of your entire neighborhood. Bring cookies Delivering fresh-baked goods is an ideal way to break the ice and let neighbors know that you’re thinking of them. Avoid gratuitous gabfests If your... Read more
The Biggest Mistakes Buyers Make
August 22, 2018 in Blog

The Biggest 5 Mistakes Buyers Make, [According to Real Estate Agents]

Because it difficult navigating the real estate market, it’s only natural that some people are going to make mistakes. With that in mind, Forbes asked industry professionals to share their experiences with the biggest 5 mistakes buyers make. Here, are some tips to avoid making one of these common pitfalls.   1. Not meeting with a lender early One of the most common mistakes... Read more
Today’s Kitchen Trends
August 15, 2018 in Blog

Today’s Kitchen Trends That Millenials Want

Thirty-five percent of millennials who own a home or are likely to purchase a home in the next few years said the kitchen is the most important room when it comes to the house hunt, according to a nationwide survey of more than 1,000 millennials conducted by meal kit delivery company HelloFresh. Forty-eight percent said they would be more encouraged to cook at home more often if they had an... Read more
Offer Was Rejected
August 6, 2018 in Blog

Offer Was Rejected? This Might Be the Real Reason Why

You’ve found a house you love and made a good offer. Unfortunately, it was rejected. What gives? Although home sellers don’t have to explain why they pass up what seems like a perfectly fine offer, they do have their reasons—and it’s not always just because a higher bidder came along. Sometimes it’s you. Here, tells you what not to do or say when you really want a... Read more
How Buyers Can Stand Out and Get the House
July 31, 2018 in Blog

6 Ways Buyers Can Stand Out, Beat the Competition and Buy the House

In a seller’s market, there can be many home buyers and too few houses. If you’re a buyer facing this dilemma, that means you need to figure out how to beat the competition and buy the house. Typically, when faced with many bidders, sellers will pick the highest offer, an all-cash offer or what gets them to the closing table the quickest. But if you can’t plunk down a lot of cash or waive a... Read more
Thinking of Selling Your House
July 24, 2018 in Blog

Thinking of Selling Your House? [5 Proven Ways to Increase Home Value]

If you’re thinking of selling your house, there are factors that increase your home value that are out of your control, including its location and the popularity of that market. But you can keep up with repairs and make smart improvements, both proven ways to increase home value. Although renovations rarely recoup 100% of their cost, they can make your family more comfortable and help your home... Read more
7 Vintage Kitchen Design
July 16, 2018 in Blog

7 Vintage Kitchen Design Trends That Are Making a Comeback

Thinking of selling your home? You might want to try incorporating well-placed throwbacks from decades such as the 1930s into your kitchen’s cooking and dining spaces, as well as rethinking your culinary center’s size and color palette. According to, these are the types of vintage style trends that today’s homebuyers are seeking.   Pastel hues Today’s... Read more