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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 »

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 »

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 »

DOM (Days on Market) and How it Affects Home Buyers and Sellers

Days on Market in Real Estate When we speak with someone who wants to sell their home, there are two factors that usually come into play – (1) price and (2) timing.  Many times sellers tell us that they are not in a hurry, and are willing to wait until they get their price.  On…Read More »

Lock in Your Mortgage Rate Today!

Mortgage rates have been “center stage” recently with rates at or near historic lows.   Freddie Mac recently issued their survey for current mortgage rates which recealed 30 year fixed rate mortgages as averaging 3.56%.  The chart to the left shows sample mortgage rates for 30-year fixed rate mortgages, 15-year fixed rate mortgages, and two adjustable rate…Read More »

Buying a house versus condo or townhome

Los Angeles home buyers are likely to weigh options with regard to what “type” of property they want to live in.  For many home buyers, this is most likely a function of balancing what they can afford with their “wish list” for the property – house size, number of bedrooms, location, etc. In searching for a Los Angeles home, many…Read More »

Survey Reveals Home Ownership still Favored

In these economic times, you may be “on the fence” about buying a home in Los Angeles versus renting.   Certainly a person’s situation can be a big factor in this important decision.  How stable is your job?  How secure are you in the long term prospects?  How likely is your personal situation to change in…Read More »