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Buyers Relocating to Los Angeles Face Sticker Shock

I often receive inquiries from potential home buyers, hoping to purchase a La Canada home because of the excellent schools.   Unless they are relocating from the Westside, New York or Chicago there’s a big sticker shock.  Often this is m...

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Los Angeles Home Buying Blues

Los Angeles Home Buying Blues

. T For those of you looking and hoping to purchase a Los Angeles home, you have likely been disappointed with the home buying process.  Most Los Angeles homes, especially those in La Canada, La Crescenta, and Glendale, are selling in multipl...

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Are Los Angeles Home Prices Spiraling Out of Control?

Are Los Angeles Home Prices Spiraling Out of Control?

Each month Harb and Co.  analyzes the home sales in La Canada, Glendale, Pasadena and La Crescenta.   We examine each listing in the multiple listing service (MLS); determine the percentage of short sales, foreclosures, standard sales and t...

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Negotiating the Property Inspection

Negotiating the Property Inspection

At Harb & Co. my buyer's agent works with more home buyers than I.  Not that I don’t show homes, I sometimes do, just not as often as my buyer's agent.  I represent more home sellers.  After the property inspection, I am typically nego...

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L.A. Homebuyers Continue to be Disappointed

I received an inquiry from a home buyer who has been trying to buy a home for two years.  They are in a very competitive price range, have made several offers and have either lost out to higher offers or cash buyers. This is the reality o...

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When Does the Sold Sign Go Up?

When Does the Sold Sign Go Up?

I admit to being superstitious and typically won’t place the sold sign rider on the sign until after the buyer removes their investigative contingency (when the buyer is done with their inspections).   But sometimes, I have other concerns...

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What Is A Real Estate Match Maker?

What Is A Real Estate Match Maker?

I sell real estate.  But not really, I sell homes, but not really that either.  I am a real estate match maker and I help you make memories:  I sell Thanksgiving dinner at your home; I sell Christmas morning under the tree.  I sell the ...

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When Do I Get The Keys?

When Do I Get The Keys?

Before you get the keys, there are several important dates in a real estate transaction that must occur before the buyer gets keys. 1)      The date the buyer removes their investigative contingency.  This is the date that the buy...

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How Much Home Do You Need?

Did you read my post last week about our journey to buying our dream home?  For those of you who own a home, you will agree that when you first purchase your home, you are worried about making the mortgage payment. The first year or two are...

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