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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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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 wan...

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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 ...

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Buyers Relocating to Los Angeles Face Sticker Shock

I often receive inquiries from potential home buyers, hoping to purchase a La Canada home because of the excellent schools.   Unless they are relocating from the Westside, New York or Chicago there’s a big sticker shock.  Often this is m...

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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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