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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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Low Down Payment Loans are back but who do they help?

Low Down Payment Loans are back but who do they help?

  Now that real estate prices have rebounded, low down payment loans are back. I really don’t understand why there isn’t more griping over the fact that while real estate prices are low, loans are difficult to come by but as soon as value...

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Top Negotiating Mistake Made by Home Buyers

  What’s the worst negotiating mistake a home buyer can make? Although Natalie works with more home buyers, earlier this year I sold a charming Pasadena home.   This prime piece of Pasadena real estate was exactly what the buyer wanted, n...

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Top Seven Reasons Your Offer Was Rejected

Top Seven Reasons Your Offer Was Rejected

  Los Angeles home buyers in the market to purchase their dream home are aware that although the LA real estate market has slowed it continues to be a home seller’s market.  Well priced homes often sell over asking price in multiple ...

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