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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 ...

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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 replac...

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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 inspection, I am typically negotiating t...

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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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