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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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What Is a Withhold Account?

Prior to becoming a real estate agent, I was in mortgage banking.  Years ago real estate lending was based on common sense.  We reviewed each loan application manually; there was no computer program to determine if an applicant was credit wor...

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A La Canada Flip Gone Right

A La Canada Flip Gone Right

…With home prices back on the rise again, many markets are seeing flips on the upswing. Homes that were purchased and then resold within six months accounted for 4.6 percent of all U.S. single-family home sales during 2013, according to Rea...

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Luxury Home Features 1

Luxury Home Features

One of the most important things  I want to see in a home  is one which opens well to the outdoors.  A home which opens well beckons you to come outside and have a cup of coffee with the morning paper or a glass of wine after a long day.  ...

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Rising Interest Rates

Rising Interest Rates

In the late 70’s I worked for Los Angeles Federal Bank at One Wilshire in LA.   The primary loan was a single family fixed rate loan with a 30 year term.  Many of the loans had a prepayment feature. If you paid the loan off before a specif...

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What a home buyer will pay more for

Although the local real estate market has stabilized, affordable homes in the highly desired Los Angeles neighborhoods are still hard to come by.  Most home buyers need to sacrifice a portion of their wish list. It could be lot size, square fo...

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