Characteristics of a Successful Real Estate Agent

June 28, 2017

Real Estate Insider Magazine states that your Real Estate Agent should have local knowledge, strong attention to detail and tenacity among other things. See what qualities you should look for in your next agent!   Do advanced preparation BEFORE you list. A few minor touch-ups....

Prep Your Home For Sale

June 28, 2017

Follow this easy checklist of 21 ways to help prepare your home for sale, from cleaning out the clutter to adding more natural lighting and paying attention to the odors. Please follow and like us:

Your Edible Property

June 21, 2017

I always find it interesting to hear which features delight home buyers when I’m showing a property. The usual top thrillers are hardwood floors, an updated kitchen, and a large master walk-in closet. Another feature that inevitably elicits enthusiasm is any sort of agricultural element....

Get a Facelift at Home

June 16, 2017

Recently, I met with a client who was preparing to list her home for sale.  She systematically called out the items on her to-do list: call the painter, schedule a home inspector, buy shrubs for the backyard, de-clutter the rooms, etc.  “What about the outside....

The True Value of Landscaping

June 16, 2017

Most homeowners know that beautiful landscaping adds value to a home, but where to draw the line between expense and sound investment?  I get this question from clients all the time.  Whether you’re preparing your house for sale or your yard just needs a facelift,....

My husband and I were out for an evening with friends at the Hollywood Bowl when they received the dreaded, and all-too-familiar, call from their credit card company.  Their card number had been stolen during a recent trip to Vancouver and used to rack up....

Today’s Home Wish List

June 16, 2017

Last night as I was helping my husband design a new home for a property he recently purchased, I found that many of my suggestions came from hearing comments from countless home buyers as they have walked through my open houses. There is a clear....

Cliff Notes for the New Fed Rate

June 16, 2017

Let’s first clarify that 30-year fixed mortgage rates rose more than half a point after the presidential election.  Rates are above 4% for the first time this year, and now the Federal Reserve Board has announced its first rate hike of 2016.  Word on the....

This Housing Market Cuts Both Ways

June 16, 2017

While the presidential election is grabbing national headlines, the big story for Southern Californians is the cost of housing.  High housing prices are driving low, middle-income families out of California, and many who are staying are leery of buying, thinking we may be in a....

Do Not Attempt This at Home

June 16, 2017

There are certain tasks better left to professionals.  Just ask anyone who has tried to paint their house, cut their kids’ hair or used an online service to do their taxes.  Estate planning is one project that’s not a do-it-yourselfer; you can save yourself some significant trouble....