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Buying A Home? Apps For Home Buyers

Looking for a home to buy?  Enter the world of technology – beyond computers – to make the home buying process as easy as picking up your phone!  Smartphone “applications”, or “apps” as they are called,  are very user-friendly and designed with the home buyer in mind.  Let’s look at some useful apps for home buyers. But,…Read More »

Buying a Los Angeles home? Know the key to home loans!

Key to home loans

Many areas of the United States – including Los Angeles– are seeing a shift towards a seller’s market. In a seller’s market, homes for sale may receive multiple offers and are often sold in less time. Home sellers get excited at that news, but if you are trying to purchase a home, it may make…Read More »

Tips for Moving Into Your New Home

moving boxes

Moving into a new Los Angeles home can be a fun and exciting time in your life, but it can also be challenging.  Our clients experience stress and exhaustion – and often report extra doses of Vitamin C are in order.  We have some tips for moving to help with a coordinated, inexpensive and organized transition. A move…Read More »

Moving? Get to Know Your New Home and Neighbors

Gate to your new home

When moving into your new Los Angeles home, and new neighborhood, you can feel the excitement and there is also a bit of apprehension.  New friends, new locations – a new grocery store, a new doctor – all of the services that were familiar to you in your prior home may need to be reestablished in your…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 »

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 »

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 »

2012 – An Affordable Time to Buy a Home

Home for sale - 4520 Viro Road, La Canada, CA 91011

As real estate agents, we are constantly asked – should I buy a home now or wait?  Is it an affordable time to buy a home?  Frankly, what we are seeing is a  combination of historically low mortgage rates and a decline in home prices – together making home affordability within reach for many people.…Read More »

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 »

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 »