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, Realtor.com 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 Realtor.com 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, Realtor.com 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 Realtor.com 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 Realtor.com.   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, Realtor.com 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, Realtor.com 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 Realtor.com, these are the types of vintage style trends that today’s homebuyers are seeking.   Pastel hues Today’s... Read more
5 Home-Selling Tips for the Sizzling Summer Season
July 10, 2018 in Blog

5 Home-Selling Tips for the Sizzling Summer Season

Thousands are still without power in Los Angeles after a triple-digit heat wave prompted high demand for electricity this past week. Although Summer is still peak time for selling houses, potential buyers sometimes are less likely to venture out to view homes because they're distracted by barbecues and vacations to escape the extreme temperatures in Los Angeles. Here, Realtor.com offers five... Read more
sell your home faster with hotel design secrets
July 3, 2018 in Blog

8 Hotel Design Secrets That Can Help Sell Your Home

High-end hotels deliberately employ the use of sumptuous bedding, chic décor, and breathtaking views so their guests will never want to leave. Here, Realtor.com offers tips on how to artfully stage that same type of welcoming, luxurious environment to sell your home to potential buyers.   Beautify your entry Hotels definitely influence residential design—beginning with the... Read more
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June 25, 2018 in Blog

3 Popular Summer Home Features Home Buyers Want Most

Selling your home? These 3 popular summer home features that buyers will pay extra for. Outdoor showers garner the highest listing premium, while barbecues, backyard pools, fireplaces and fire pits add to the home value. According to a new nationwide analysis conducted by Realtor.com—The Home of Home Search—properties that offer amenities geared toward summer activities have major appeal... Read more
Should You Sell Your Home When You Retire?
June 19, 2018 in Blog

Should You Sell Your Home When You Retire?

There are plenty of reasons why many people today aren’t financially prepared for retirement and question whether or not to sell your home when you retire. Americans are living longer, so they have to stretch their savings further, and the pensions that helped previous generations have largely vanished. But that doesn’t mean it’s time to panic quite yet. Many on the cusp of retirement do... Read more
Housing Market and Affordability Concerns
June 11, 2018 in Blog

Knowledge Gap Contributing to Housing Market and Affordability Concerns, Cautiousness

A newly released survey of 1,000 nationally representative U.S. college-educated adults reveals that today’s housing and financial environment is impacting home-purchasing decisions. According to the survey—conducted by Wakefield Research for the national online lender and FDIC-insured bank Laurel Road—Americans are eying the housing market with caution, with more than half (53 percent) who... Read more
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June 5, 2018 in Blog

Buying Your First Home? Plan for These Hidden Costs

Great news! You just found the perfect home in the ideal neighborhood. However, if you’re a first-time home buyer, you need to prepare for additional—and often unexpected—home-buying costs. Here, Zillow details some expenditures that might catch many home buyers unaware.   Unexpected costs Homeowner’s insurance and closing costs, such as appraisal and lender fees, usually are... Read more
Home Buyer & Seller Contingencies
May 29, 2018 in Blog

The Ins and Outs of Home Buyer & Seller Contingencies

If you’re thinking about buying a home, then you’ve likely heard of contingencies—the clauses in a real estate contract that stipulate conditions for the buyer and seller to agree upon for a sale to be completed. While contingencies help protect buyers if they’re unable to complete the sale, some people may be tempted to go without them in a hot market to make their offer look more... Read more
Stop Renting and own a home
May 22, 2018 in Blog

Ready to Stop Renting and Start Owning a Home?

If you’ve been renting for a while and now think you’re ready to take the big step and move into a home you can call your own, you’ll want to make sure you’re prepared. Bottom line: Owning a home is a big commitment. So before you jump into it, you should have confidence that it works for your circumstances. Here are 4 questions to ask that will help you transition into the home-buying... Read more
What’s the Best Day to Put Your Home on the Market?
May 16, 2018 in Blog

What’s the Best Day to Put Your Home on the Market?

When it comes to listing a home, sellers don’t want to leave anything to chance, including what day they put their home on the market. Toward that end, Redfin analyzed a sample of 100,000 homes that sold in 2017 and found that homeowners should put their property up for sale on a Wednesday to gain the most money; a Thursday for the quickest sale; and to avoid Sunday altogether. Here, more... Read more
May 9, 2018 in 2018 Newsletter

Hollywood Riviera Sportsman’s Club a Local Tradition

Calling all male residents of the Riviera looking for a chance to give back to the community and have a great time doing it: join the Hollywood Riviera Sportsman's Club. Established in 1949 by a handful of civic-minded residents, the club was organized to promote community improvement. The Club is non-sectarian and non-political, and is devoted exclusively to promoting fellowship among the... Read more
Old House Versus New House: Which Is Better to Buy?
May 8, 2018 in Blog

Old House Versus New House: Which Is Better to Buy?

If you’re shopping for a place to live, this may be one of your primary decisions. Is it better to buy brand-new? Or do homes, like wine, get better with time? It turns out there is no one-size-fits-all answer, but there are distinct pros and cons to each purchase. That means your final answer may boil down to a personal preference. Here, Realtor.com tells you what to keep in mind when... Read more
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May 1, 2018 in Blog

14 Factors That Can Stall the Mortgage Closing Process

You’ve found your dream home and your purchase offer has been accepted. Now you have to get through one more step before you move in: mortgage closing. The time it takes to close on a home will vary from one person to the next, but when everything goes right, loan closings can be completed in as little as 21 to 28 days. However, not everything always goes according to plan. Issues can arise... Read more
April 26, 2018 in Blog

13 Smart Ways to Sell Your Home as Fast as Possible

Thinking about selling your home? Here, Reader’s Digest offers 13 smart ways to sell your home faster! 1. Sell at the right time If you have been debating whether or not to sell your home, spring it the best time to do so. Listing your home from March through May is usually the best time, since conversation rates and sales velocity usually are at their highest levels for the... Read more
April 16, 2018 in Blog

How to Make Your Home Appear Warmer—and Less Sterile—to Potential Homebuyers

Arranging furnishings and decor in a house so buyers can envision living there can be an important tool for home sellers. In fact, studies show that staged homes sell 88 percent faster and for 20 percent more money than those that aren’t staged. However, home staging can be taken too far. Home sellers sometimes clear out every family photo, pillow and doo-dad until their house appears quite... Read more
April 16, 2018 in 2018 Blog Newsletter

Focus on Fascinating Riviera Retailer: Soil

The space may be small, but the unique gift ideas are overflowing at Soil, a centrally located kiosk in the heart of the Riviera Village. Once an information booth, the kiosk sat empty for many years until 1998, when the owners of Soil proposed a small retail space with any profits exceeding a set amount being donated back to the local schools. Today, Soil specializes in exquisitely scented... Read more
April 9, 2018 in Blog

How to Get a Higher Price During a Sellers’ Market

Do certain amenities attract buyers to pay a premium for a home? According to Zillow—which analyzed 3.6 million home sales between 2016 and 2017 to see how listing keywords associated with different features can impact the sale price and time on market of a home—the answer is, “Yes.” The top amenity? Steam showers, which can lead to a home selling for 29 percent above its expected value.... Read more
April 6, 2018 in Blog

Which Offer Should You Choose When Selling Your House?

If you’re selling your home, you might receive multiple offers from prospective buyers. So, the smart move is to pick the highest one, right? Not always. Price is one of many considerations when deciding which offer is best for you and your home. Here, Trulia discusses some of the other factors that matter when selling your home, and how each one could affect your... Read more
March 26, 2018 in Blog

How to Navigate the House-Hunting Process from Long Distance

Searching for a house locally is not without its difficulties. Add hundreds or even thousands of miles to the equation, and it becomes infinitely more complicated. Although long-distance house hunting has its unique challenges, it’s not impossible. In fact, with the right agent and the convenience of modern technology, it’s never been easier to buy a house remotely. Here, Trulia.com offers a... Read more
March 26, 2018 in Blog

How to Determine How Big of a Home You Truly Need

When it comes to homes, bigger isn’t always better. For one, bigger homes obviously cost more, and oversized houses also can be more difficult to sell. As such, you’ll want a home that’s neither too big nor too small. But how do you strike that balance? Here, Realtor.com suggests five questions to ask yourself that will help you determine how much space you really need. 1. Is this... Read more