The Art of the Counter Offer

June 11, 2018

Selling a home that you’re emotionally attached to can be tricky, and a lowball offer may feel like an insult.  However, when a buyer comes in with a low purchase price it’s best not to write them off. In fact, I’ve seen plenty of occasions....

A Cultural Ensemble in Montrose

April 17, 2018

Something unique is happening in our community, and most folks don’t know about it.  In fact, it doesn’t even have a name.  A local community adult music appreciation class, with a cult following of 140 faithful attendees, recently celebrated its milestone 500th meeting in their....

Permits, Design Review Board and Your Home Remodel

March 8, 2018

In this climate of escalating home prices, many homeowners are choosing to remodel rather than sell.  After all, if they sell at top dollar where can they afford to buy? Additionally, the new California law (SB 1069) easing restrictions on garage conversions is an incentive....

All Eyes are on La Crescenta-Montrose

March 7, 2018

As the Southern California housing market runs a fever temperature, buyer interest in La Crescenta-Montrose real estate continues to intensify! La Crescenta-Montrose is in the news! The Los Angeles Times recently ran an exclusive article on the desirability of our community and how it’s translating....

2018 Tax Rules for Homeowners in Plain English

January 13, 2018

2018 has brought some new federal tax laws, and it’s important for home owners and buyers to understand how they will impact your family budget.  To help clarify matters, here is an overview of the new tax laws as they relate to home ownership. Mortgage....

New Laws in California 2018

January 12, 2018

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Foothills Finds: Montrose Christmas Parade

December 14, 2017

The Montrose Christmas Parade is an institution in the Crescenta Valley. Fans turn out in droves to see Santa’s helicopter flyover, horse brigades, daredevil gymnasts, marching bands, glitzy vehicles, and more. I surveyed onlookers to find out which part of the parade is their hands-down....

Today’s Home Buyer’s Wish List

December 7, 2017

This hot La Crescenta-Montrose real estate market has many home owners considering the value of their property, and it’s important to know which home improvements will yield a return on investment.  I frequently get the question about cost versus value from clients as they contemplate....

Down Payment Myths Debunked

October 19, 2017

This competitive real estate market has some buyers scrambling to come up with a substantial down payment, but buyers may not be aware of other options.  In fact, some of the biggest misconceptions regarding the homebuying process are related to down payments.  In a recent....

FSBOs Net Lower Profits in La Crescenta and La Canada

September 21, 2017

Recently, I was stunned when a property in a desirable neighbourhood near me sold for considerably less than market value and had not been listed in the Multiple Listings Service. I wondered, why didn’t the owners give their house a shot at getting the highest....