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Los Angeles Smart Homes: Nest Thermostat

Los Angeles Smart Homes: Nest Thermostat

There are many smart home features for Los Angeles homeowners. And some are extremely simple to use. One of my favorites is the Nest thermostat. Los Angeles Smart Homes: Nest Thermostat I live in a two story home with a detached guest hou...

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Bathroom staging on a budget

Bathroom staging on a budget

When the time comes to prepare your home for sale, bathrooms make a major impact. With home prices at record levels, buyers are looking for a spa like experience. Bathroom staging can be done on a budget. The most important thing to reme...

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Reverse Mortgage Solutions

Reverse Mortgage Solutions

Reverse  mortgages can be complicated but let's take a brief look at reverse mortgage solutions: Within 30 days of the borrower’s passing the heirs are required to notify “their intent” to the reverse mortgage lender. “Intent” is to ...

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how to boost your fico score

How to boost your FICO score

FICO scores were derived by the Fair Isaac Corporation who use a proprietary formula to gauge creditworthiness. FICO takes into account five major areas to determine creditworthiness: payment history, current balances in relation to credit limi...

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Sagebrush home values

  Ask Phyllis is a blog series of frequently asked real estate questions.  Have a question about real estate?  Email us here Dear Phyllis, I look forward to your column and I have a completely different question for you. We have...

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Home Staging with minimal effort

Home Staging with minimal effort

Home staging, has been the real estate buzz word for the last decade. But home staging with minimal effort can be done easily and add tens of thousands to your bottom line.  This is a photo I recently found in the MLS (multiple listing service...

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Pricing your Los Angeles Home

Pricing your Los Angeles home to sell is as much art as science. In May of this year Harb & Co. listed 5821 Buena Vista Terrace for $650,000. More than twenty offers were written and this Highland Park home sold for $837,000 nearly 3...

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real estate wire fraud is real

Real Estate Wire Fraud is Real

Unfortunately, there are numerous disclosures in a real estate transaction but just a few that are really important. The disclosure regarding wire fraud is one of the most important forms in a real estate transaction. Real estate wire fraud is ...

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how to buy your first home

How do you buy your first home

With housing affordability at all time lows, purchasing a home is beyond reach for many. So, how do you buy your first home? Ask for help. If your parents and or grandparents are in a position to help, ask for it. Many of my millennial h...

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Los Angeles probate sales

What is a probate sale?

A probate sale is the sale of a home of someone who has passed and does not have a living trust. When looking to purchase a probate listing, the first question to ask is whether or not the sale requires court confirmation. Those requirin...

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