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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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The Windy Path To Buying Your Dream Home

The Windy Path To Buying Your Dream Home

  When I met George, I owned a small two bedroom home in Glendale’s Northwest Brand Park neighborhood.  I loved my home with the octagonal entry with peg and grooved floor, the tree lined street – all of it.  George and I married ...

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How To Find The Perfect Neighborhood

How To Find The Perfect Neighborhood

When I met my future husband, George, I lived in Glendale near Brand Park.  I had two German shepherds and loved walking them by the Doctors House at Brand Park. During the winter there was a stream and it was such a beautiful and calming pl...

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Single story or two?

Single story or two?

In addition to neighborhood, number of bedrooms and baths, architectural style, house hunters typically have a preference of single story or two.   George and I purchased our two story La Canada home nearly twenty years ago.  We wanted a sin...

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New Real Estate lending changes coming on January 10

New Real Estate lending changes coming on January 10

This just in from Russell Cerpa, one of my preferred mortgage lenders: As it stands some lenders can qualify loans up to 48%-50% of the applicant's monthly gross income. Next year the debt to income threshold will decrease by 5%-7% this will...

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