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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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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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Can St. Joseph Really Help Sell Your Home?

Can St. Joseph Really Help Sell Your Home?

    If you have been reading my real estate blog you know that we are in a strong seller’s market.  While inventory is tight and most homes are selling quickly in multiple offers for over asking price, a handful of homes are rema...

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