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....

La Crescenta & La Canada Seller’s Market and Your Property Value

August 15, 2017

Real Estate Trends in La Canada-La Crescenta, August 2017 The number one question my clients ask me is “when will these home prices start to come down?” The simple answer impacts buyers for their purchasing power, and sellers for their home values. This hot real....

Indoor Air Quality And Your VOCs

July 21, 2017

You may want to add this acronym to your vocabulary since it directly impacts the health of your home. VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) in home improvement products raise concerns because the gasses they release can be toxic. Home buyers and sellers are becoming increasingly attentive....

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....