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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
perfect first home-buying costs.
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
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
March 19, 2018 in Blog

How to Know When It’s Time to Sell

Did you know that there is a best time to sell a house? The month—and even the day—you list your home can make a big difference. In real estate, timing is everything, and if you’re able to take your time, it can be worth waiting for the best time to sell a house. But even if you have time constraints, you likely can still find the best time to sell within them. Here, Trulia offers some... Read more
March 2, 2018 in 2018 Blog Newsletter

Community Event Saves Lives

16th Annual Torrance Relay for Life April 21-22 at South High The statistics remain grim – cancer is the second most common cause of death in the U.S., exceeded only by heart disease. According to the American Cancer Society, in 2018 there will be an estimated 1,735,350 new cancer cases diagnosed and 609,640 cancer deaths in the United States. Which is why it’s more important than ever for... Read more
February 27, 2018 in Blog

Six Surprising Ways Home Staging Could Sabotage Your Sale

Home staging can be great when it comes to helping prospective buyers imagine themselves in your space. On the other spectrum, staging also can go wrong. Here, Realtor.com points out some mistakes that are easy to make when beautifying your home for the market. 1. Overdesigning The goal of home staging is to help buyers visualize what the house could look like once they are settled. The trick... Read more
February 23, 2018 in Blog

Is Now the Time to Seek Out an Adjustable-Rate Mortgage Loan?

Since 2009, annual mortgage rates have been below 5 percent, and demand for adjustable-rate mortgages (ARMs) has been in the single digits. Ellie Mae reports that ARMs comprised just 5.6 percent of the marketplace in December 2017, up from 3.9 percent in November 2016. Why the new interest in ARM loans? There are few financial products that are easier to understand or a better deal for... Read more
February 22, 2018 in Blog

Five Reasons Why Buying a House Is a Much Bigger Commitment Than Marriage

Some couples might not be ready for marriage, but they are happy to join together in buying a house. Here, Realtor.com discusses why purchasing a home is much more of a commitment than walking down the aisle. 1. You can return a ring—but not a house There are almost always clauses that allow at least a 50 percent refund from wedding vendors if someone gets cold feet. There is no such... Read more
February 5, 2018 in Blog

Five Sure-Fire Ways to Get Acquainted with Your New Neighborhood

1. Make the first move It can be intimidating to approach a new next-door neighbor and introduce yourself. However, your new neighbors might be equally hesitant to disturb your family, especially if you seem busy moving boxes and unpacking. So, take the initiative and look for an opportunity when the neighbors don’t look rushed or preoccupied. A wave or hello can open the door without being... Read more
January 29, 2018 in Blog

How to Find Your Ideal School in a New Neighborhood

Schools often are the most important deciding factors for a family seeking out a new neighborhood to call home. While there’s no single solution to finding the right one, there is more to consider than test scores alone. Think commute times, the school’s PTA scene and your child’s classroom experience. Here, Trulia offers six steps to choosing a school that will fit your family. 1. Ask... Read more
January 29, 2018 in Blog

Five Ways to Come Out on Top if You’re Buying a Home in 2018

Buying a house can be difficult, especially when the rules keep changing. When it comes to purchasing a home, the methods that worked in the past now no longer apply. Today, there are new tax codes, tougher competition and more that will require you to be on top of your game. To help you prepare, Realtor.com offers five tips to buying a house in 2018. 1. Know the new tax codes Recent tax... Read more
January 17, 2018 in Blog

Busting Some Common Home-Buying Myths

Busting Some Common Home-Buying Myths   Dreaming of buying your first home? Here, Realtor.com dispels a few common home-buying myths and offers some tips to help you purchase the house of your dreams.   Myth No. 1: “I’m too young to worry about buying a house right now; there’s plenty of time” The fact is, 40 percent of all homebuyers are 34 years old and younger... Read more
January 16, 2018 in 2018 Blog Newsletter

Hiking is a Way of Life for This Riviera Resident

If it’s a Saturday, there’s one place you’re sure to find Riviera resident Minoo Hart – on a hike with the Sierra Club. http://liveinhollywoodriviera.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/IGOR_0118-460x750.jpg Minoo has been a member of the Sierra Club for 8 years and loves it so much, she became a hike leader. In this capacity, not only does she lead Saturday morning hikes, she also... Read more
January 8, 2018 in Blog Uncategorized

Mortgage Rates Drop

Freddie Mac’s most recent Primary Mortgage Market Survey shows that treasury yields fell from a week ago, helping to drive mortgage rates down to begin the new year. “The 30-year mortgage rate is down a quarter of a percentage point from where it was a year ago, and the spread between the 30-year fixed and 5/1 adjustable rate mortgage is the lowest since 2009,” says Len Kiefer, Freddie... Read more
January 2, 2018 in Blog

Homebuyers are Bringing Cryptocurrency to the Housing Market

Bitcoin—the first digital currency that works without a bank or middleman—has risen 183.6 percent during the previous month, from $5,870.37 per coin on Nov. 12 to $16,650.01 on Dec. 12, according to Bitstamp data. Its market cap is more than $293 billion, and although some analysts warn of a crypto bubble, others say Bitcoin could eventually compete against the gold market. Redfin has seen... Read more
December 28, 2017 in Blog

Deed Versus Title…What’s the Difference?

Most people use the terms deed and title interchangeably, but there’s a significant difference between the two—a distinction that’s important to understand when you’re preparing to buy a home. Here, Realtor.com examines what distinguishes a deed from a title. The difference between the two real estate terms A deed is a legal document used to confirm or convey the ownership rights to... Read more