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Motivated Home Buyers Are A Year Round Occurrence

Motivated Home Buyers Are A Year Round Occurrence

Often homeowners are reluctant to list their home during late summer, fall and winter.  Although, spring is the time when buyers come out in droves, so do new listings.  Homeowners who list their home off-season will discover they may do be...

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How accurate are online real estate evaluations?

How accurate are online real estate evaluations?  Typically I find that they are within 20% of a homes actual value.  When you want to know how much your home is really worth, you should consult with a real estate agent.  Last week I closed ...

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How The Typical Realtor Is Paid

How The Typical Realtor Is Paid

A Realtor is paid by the seller. Unless the buyer has a special arrangement with their real estate agent the buyer does not pay any Realtor fees.   There are several real estate outfits that rebate a portion of their commission to the buyer....

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What’s The Best Way To Find A Real Estate Agent?

My sister lives out of state and will be selling her home.  She asked me: “What’s the best way to find a real estate agent?” This is my advice to my younger sister: When seeking a real estate agent to list your home for sale, their ...

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4 Simple Ways to Add Value To Your Home

4 Simple Ways to Add Value To Your Home

Most home sellers don’t want to spend months preparing their home for sale.  But most do want to sell for the highest possible price in the shortest period of time. If you are thinking of selling your home in the near future, you may want to...

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My Home is Worth How Much?

My Home is Worth How Much?

When property prices tumbled, I assisted many of my clients with having their property taxes reduced.  Now that Los Angeles real estate values have soared, many of these same clients are seeing their taxes increase. Several weeks ago, I rec...

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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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Curb Appeal: Why It’s Important and How To Get It 2

Curb Appeal: Why It’s Important and How To Get It

Curb Appeal has been a hot topic for years.  Remember the real estate tag line: Honey Stop the Car?  A home with good curb appeal does indeed help your home sell faster and for more money. But today’s real estate market is very different th...

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Avoiding the Tax Man. Propositions 60 and 90

Avoiding the Tax Man. Propositions 60 and 90

Benefits of aging are the senior discounts. One of the biggest boons to Los Angeles seniors is the ability to transfer their property taxes from one home to another. Of course restrictions apply: One of you must be at least 55 Your replacemen...

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It’s Not Usually How I Do It

It’s Not Usually How I Do It

It seems that most of my clients selling their home provide me with a little lead time.  Not so with my recent La Crescenta sale in Markridge Estates.  Natalie and I met the owner on March 9th.  We closed May 9th for $26,000 over asking pri...

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