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Just Listed: Toluca Lake Fixer 1

Just Listed: Toluca Lake Fixer

I just listed this Toluca Lake Fixer. It's a charming farmhouse located at  4554 Cartwright Ave., Toluca Lake Open House Schedule: Thursday 10/8 9:30AM  - noon Saturday 10/10 2-4 PM Sunday 10/11 2-4 PM Tuesday 10/13 11 AM- 1 PM Stop...

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The Inside Scoop About Back up Offers 1

The Inside Scoop About Back up Offers

My sister lives in Washington (state) and she and her husband decided to move from their community to a neighboring one. Like most home buyers she was looking online, at sites such as Realtor.com and Zillow.    In the same manner as the ...

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Just Sold: Pasadena Traditional 1

Just Sold: Pasadena Traditional

I recently closed escrow on this charming Traditional home in Pasadena’s President’s neighborhood.  About my buyer:  I had sold his parent’s La Crescenta home years ago.  The son has grown, has a great job and is getting married in th...

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Are lockboxes out of style? 2

Are lockboxes out of style?

Not too long ago, most homes priced under $750,000 offered lockbox access.  While showing homes in Pasadena, I am coming across more and more that are shown by appointment only. Why this new trend, are lockboxes out of style? Lockboxes have e...

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La Canada Flintridge January 2016 Real Estate Sales 1

How functional obsolescence can impact resale value

There is a lot of conflicting information about the Los Angeles real estate market. Is now the right time to buy? Is this another housing bubble? When will the market slow down? Since nearly every day, I am listing, selling or showing, I can as...

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Is having earthquake insurance necessary? 2

Buyers Beware of Incurable Defects

It’s an extremely strong seller’s market in Los Angeles. We are in the midst of prime home buying season – and the competition is tough. Most would-be home buyers are writing several offers before they are the successful bidder. (Learn ...

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How lazy can you be? 1

That slacker real estate agent can cost you the home

Earlier this year I sold a La Crescenta home. We had it staged, held it open and it quickly sold for well above asking price. The buyer’s real estate agent will remain nameless.  Attention home buyers: your choice of real estate agent ca...

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WHAT IS AN APPRAISAL CONTINGENCY?

WHAT IS AN APPRAISAL CONTINGENCY?

  It’s a red hot seller’s market. Inventory is low and some home buyers are nearing desperation.  They are tired of writing offers and not being selected. There are many components of a strong offer other than price. When the price o...

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HOME BUYING ADVICE

HOME BUYING ADVICE

At my last open house, I noticed a lot of very nervous home buyers. For those of you reading my real estate blog,  you know the absorption rate in most Los Angeles communities is low – meaning that listing inventory is low – i.e. a seller...

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