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Home Buying is Like Shoe Buying

Home buying is like shoe buying

We have all heard the saying “one shoe fits all”.   But,  if you’ve ever looked for a Los Angeles home (to buy or to rent), you realize that the “one size fits all” does not work when buying a home.  It doesn’t work when shoe shopping, either, for that matter!  Homes, like shoes, are very personal,…Read More »

Home Buying – the Basics of Homeowners Insurance

Your dream home

Once you’ve purchased your dream home, it’s time to protect it!  Home buying can be very risky without homeowners insurance. It is essential for safeguarding your most valuable possession against defects, vandalism and disaster. It will cover the costs of repairs in the event of calamities such as fire, storms,earthquakes, vehicles, aircraft, riots, theft, and…Read More »

Los Angeles Home Remodeling

You’ve bought a house.  Now it’s time to do some remodeling and updating.  But, where to you start?  And, where is the best place to spend your money to maximize the return on the time, energy and dollars you are going to spend?   Let’s talk about Los Angeles home remodeling. Each year Remodeling Magazine publishes…Read More »

Pasadena Farmers’ Markets

Pasadena photo by Fran and Rowena

Pasadena Farmers Markets are a great place to buy freshly grown local produce – fruits, vegetables and herbs.  You’ll also find an assortment of interesting specialty foods such as  homemade jelly, honey, etc.  Usually you can find beautiful cut flowers as well.  Add to that the experience of shopping in your own neighborhood, in a…Read More »

Compare and Research when Buying a Home

We say that when you are buying a La Canada home, you should spend the proportionate amount of time that you would spend, say, buying a car.   Most people buying a car do a lot of research, take test drives of many different makes and models, study ads, performance ratings, investigate repair history, etc.…Read More »

Help Buyers Fall in Love with Your Home for Sale

Love is not just for Valentines Day!  When prospective home buyers go looking for a home, they are looking for more than just a “house” – they are looking for a “home”.  This home, this “nest”, is a place for family and friends, for memories to be made, for a new beginning or a new…Read More »

Los Angeles Emergency Preparedness

Los Angeles County Emergency Survival Guide

Los Angeles emergency preparedness can be one of the most important things you do to protect your family and your home. Los Angeles emergency preparedness for homeowners: The Los Angeles Office of Emergency Management has a valuable resource available online.  It’s called the “Emergency Survival Guide“.  This publication is a comprehensive “how to” guide to emergency…Read More »

Resources for Avoiding Home Foreclosure

Home ownership can be a heavy responsibility at times … especially when times are tough.  It can be challenging to find help when times are difficult due to a  decrease or loss of income, illness, unexpected disaster or home repairs, or personal crisis such as separation or divorce.  Add to that a reduction in home values,…Read More »

Landscaping to Sell Your Home

Selling your home in today’s real estate market can involve “home staging.”  But what about the exterior of your Los Angeles home?  It’s called “curb appeal.”  Learn more about landscaping to sell your home. Remember – the landscaping surrounding your home is both the first and the last impression your buyer will have.  Make them…Read More »

Green Home Market Expected to Grow

The latest trend in the residential building market is going “green.”    Last week McGraw-Hill Construction revealed that 17% of residential single-family home building in 2011 was due to eco-friendly homes and upgrades, up from just 2% in 2005.  Rates on the West Coast, North Midwest, and New England have experienced even stronger growth in…Read More »