Key Interest Rates To Watch

Key Interest Rates To Watch

11/26/20 – Mortgage rates continue to test all-time lows. If you’re in the market for a property or just thinking about refinancing, don’t hesitate to call or… Read more ⇢
National Home Price Index Results For September

National Home Price Index Results For September

11/25/20 – Here’s a combined looked at the September showings of the main national housing indices.  The numbers are breathtaking. The macro view shows decent gains across… Read more ⇢
FHFA Home Price Index Quarterly Results

FHFA Home Price Index Quarterly Results

11/25/2020 – Here are the 3rd quarter figures by state from the Federal Housing Finance Agency, the overseer of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, on purchase money loans guaranteed… Read more ⇢
LA County Property Market Results For October

LA County Property Market Results For October

11/20/20 – The October median price for an existing, detached single-family home in LA County was just over $728,000 which was a drop of about 3% from last month’s… Read more ⇢
California Property Market Results For October

California Property Market Results For October

11/20/20 – The October median price for an existing, detached single-family home in California was over $711,000.  … Read more ⇢
South Bay Residential Property Results For October

South Bay Residential Property Results For October

11/3/20 – Here are property results for October for select South Bay cities.  Call me if you’re interested to know the prices for homes in a particular area in any these cities. Read more ⇢
South Bay Residential Income Properties For Sale

South Bay Residential Income Properties For Sale

10/31/20 – Here’s what’s currently for sale on the local MLS in the beach cities.  Email me if you’re looking elsewhere, such as Hawthorne or Torrance or Lawndale,… Read more ⇢
South Bay Residential New Active Listings

South Bay Residential New Active Listings

10/31/20 – New listings in the South Bay this past week that are currently for sale.  Is there a property here that might interest you?  As your new home or as… Read more ⇢
North Redondo Beach Home Price Index Results

North Redondo Beach Home Price Index Results

7/5/20 – Here are the combined 2nd quarter results for my North Redondo Beach home price indices.  The three main residential property types in the area are represented here.  For… Read more ⇢
North Redondo Beach Home Price Index Results

North Redondo Beach Home Price Index Results

4/5/20 – Both the “Tall & Skinny” and “Two-On-A-Lot” indices showed increases from the prior quarter, especially the townhome index, while the “3-On-A-Lot” index dipped 4.2%.  Set against the same quarter… Read more ⇢
Infograph Of State Housing Bill 50

Infograph Of State Housing Bill 50

6/8/19 – State Bill 50 will forever alter the landscape of California cities and how people go about their daily lives.  Here’s an infograph of how the bill, in its current… Read more ⇢
California Property Taxes

California Property Taxes

4/1/19 – Property taxes in California are limited by Proposition 13, a law approved by California voters in 1978. The law has two important features. First, it limits… Read more ⇢
Short-term Rentals In Manhattan Beach Still Ok

Short-term Rentals In Manhattan Beach Still Ok

The Manhattan Beach City Council opened the door to allowing short-term rentals within the city by agreeing to consider a length of stay restriction and host fee. Short-term rentals… Read more ⇢
Skipping A Mortgage Payment

Skipping A Mortgage Payment

“What happens if I skip a mortgage payment?” is one of those questions we hope you never have to ask, but life is unpredictable: Sometimes no matter how carefully… Read more ⇢
Closing Escrow With A Smile

Closing Escrow With A Smile

When you’re ready to close on the sale of your home and move to your new home, you may be so close to the finish line that you coast,… Read more ⇢
Printing Out A Home

Printing Out A Home

In the near future, building a new home may be as easy as printing out an airline boarding pass.  New Story, a charity that works to build houses for people… Read more ⇢
Cheering Up The Home

Cheering Up The Home

The holidays are a distant memory, and now you have to slog through a barrage of dark, frigid days until spring makes its glorious appearance. To escape that persistent winter… Read more ⇢
Keeping The Washing Machine Humming

Keeping The Washing Machine Humming

Prolong the life of your washing machine and keep it operating at peak performance with the following tips: • Don’t overload your machine. Oversized loads can become unevenly… Read more ⇢
The Tricky Garage Door

The Tricky Garage Door

Garage door openers have a tension knob on the back of the opener which needs to be adjusted to the weight of the door. In the winter, wooden doors… Read more ⇢
What To Expect With A Home Inspection

What To Expect With A Home Inspection

Whether you’re a first-time buyer or settling in on your third home, buying a home can be a daunting experience. Ideally, the home will be in tip-top shape and… Read more ⇢
Getting Ready For The Big One

Getting Ready For The Big One

A 4.0-magnitude earthquake was felt across Southern California in the early morning of Thursday, January 25.  The quake struck an area of the Santa Ana Mountains straddling Riverside and Orange… Read more ⇢
Cities Falling Short On Housing Construction

Cities Falling Short On Housing Construction

The state housing department released its first list showing how many California cities and counties are meeting their local homebuilding goals. The conclusion: More than 500 local jurisdictions… Read more ⇢
Factors Determining Your Mortgage Interest Rate

Factors Determining Your Mortgage Interest Rate

These are factors are largely controllable by you and will determine what your cost of credit will be on your home purchase. Credit Scores Your credit score… Read more ⇢
Deconstructing The 30-Year Mortgage Rate

Deconstructing The 30-Year Mortgage Rate

According to the Mortgage Interest Rate Survey produced by the Federal Housing Finance Agency, contract rates on 30-Year fixed rate mortgages ticked up one basis point in December 2017 to… Read more ⇢
Home Staging No-No’s

Home Staging No-No’s

If there’s one thing that’s hammered home during the selling process, it’s that prospective buyers hate walking into an empty house. They need to imagine themselves in your space,… Read more ⇢
No More Deadly Doorknobs

No More Deadly Doorknobs

The healthy-home movement is gaining traction, and more builders are offering products to help owners maintain cleaner homes. KB Home announced this week that it will offer door hardware… Read more ⇢
Do You Have Hard Water?

Do You Have Hard Water?

Do you have hard water? If you notice spots and films on glasses that come straight from the dishwasher, or you can’t seem to work up a good lather… Read more ⇢
Underground Utilities Coming To PCH in Hermosa Beach

Underground Utilities Coming To PCH in Hermosa Beach

Undergrounding the remaining overhead utilities along Pacific Coast Highway might be in the future after the Hermosa Beach Beach City Council at its Tuesday meeting voted unanimously to begin… Read more ⇢
Beach City Says So Long To The Leafblower

Beach City Says So Long To The Leafblower

The Redondo Beach City Council took steps on Tuesday to ban gas-powered leaf blowers within the city, citing long-standing noise complaints from residents and effects on… Read more ⇢
Top Returns On Home Improvement Projects

Top Returns On Home Improvement Projects

Planning to remodel your kitchen, add a master suite, or undertake some other pricey home renovation in 2018? Watch out—not all of these home improvements pay off like they did… Read more ⇢
Choosing The Right Interior Door

Choosing The Right Interior Door

  Take a minute to count the number of doors in your house. Surprising, right? Consider then, the impact that a little attention to the doors can have on… Read more ⇢
Peace Of Mind For Sellers With Pre-listing Home Inspection

Peace Of Mind For Sellers With Pre-listing Home Inspection

How can a pre-listing home inspection reap rewards for homeowners? Think of it as getting a “clean bill of health.” It’s the perfect opportunity to take care… Read more ⇢
Is Your Home Making You Sick?

Is Your Home Making You Sick?

When you use a household cleaning product, to what extent are you releasing pollutants into your home? Many common cleaning products rely on petroleum-based manufacturing and release toxic… Read more ⇢
Getting The Best Mortgage Rate

Getting The Best Mortgage Rate

If you’re in the market for a new home, it’s important to know your credit score. A good credit score can lead to a better interest… Read more ⇢
Making The Bedroom Cozier

Making The Bedroom Cozier

Here are eight suggestions for a better night’s sleep. Blackout Shades And Curtains Line the typical Roman shade or drapery panel in blackout fabric. Warm White Light Try the Philips Hue… Read more ⇢
How Neighborly Are You?

How Neighborly Are You?

Love them or hate them, you’re stuck with your neighbors … until a for-sale sign pops up, of course. Knowing the people who live nearby can ensure the safety… Read more ⇢
Irvine Developer Buys Toyota Torrance Campus

Irvine Developer Buys Toyota Torrance Campus

The much-anticipated sale of Toyota’s sprawling Torrance campus has officially closed, turning over the keys to Irvine-based Sares-Regis Group, which anticipates redeveloping the entire 110-acre site. The purchase… Read more ⇢
Running Your Home On Batteries

Running Your Home On Batteries

In the near future, your home could be battery operated. This is especially true if you live in New York, California, Massachusetts, Hawaii, Vermont, Arizona or a… Read more ⇢
When To Consider Reducing Your Asking Price

When To Consider Reducing Your Asking Price

High demand and low supply have made it a seller’s market pretty much all over the country, and especially for lower-priced homes. That does not mean every house will sell… Read more ⇢
Insurance Tips For A Home Renovation

Insurance Tips For A Home Renovation

Notify the insurance company before the renovation. Home remodels, big or small, typically increase the value of the home and the risk borne by it—and the homeowners insurance policy should reflect… Read more ⇢
See What LA County Has On Your Home

See What LA County Has On Your Home

  Here are all the county government websites that hold any information you would ever need to know about property matters involving LA County: LA County Property Tax Portal –… Read more ⇢
Quick Fall Tips For The Home

Quick Fall Tips For The Home

Following these quick tips will help ensure fewer home maintenance surprises and have you ready for any emergency that arises: FALL MAINTENANCE TIP Check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors; replace batteries… Read more ⇢
Your Realtor’s Thoughts On Selling Your Home

Your Realtor’s Thoughts On Selling Your Home

When it comes time to sell your house, having a great listing agent is one of the keys to making it happen. And yet, the agent can’t do it all—your help is needed. Ideally, you will have an… Read more ⇢
Factors That Make Up Your Mortgage Rate

Factors That Make Up Your Mortgage Rate

1. Credit Scores Your credit score is one factor that can affect your interest rate. In general, consumers with higher credit scores receive lower interest rates than consumers with lower credit… Read more ⇢
Where To Put Your Remodeling Dollars To Work

Where To Put Your Remodeling Dollars To Work

Homeowners looking for a remodeling project may be smart to tackle a kitchen renovation—that is, if they’re looking for projects with the strongest buyer appeal and high returns on their… Read more ⇢
Are Things Settled With The South Bay Galleria?

Are Things Settled With The South Bay Galleria?

The owners of the South Bay Galleria submitted plans this week to revamp the ailing shopping center that include 50,000 square feet of office space in addition to the smaller 300-unit… Read more ⇢
Changes Coming To Prop 13?

Changes Coming To Prop 13?

Proposition 13 (Prop 13) may undergo changes from a proposed ballot initiative for the 2018 statewide elections. The measure, sponsored by the California Association of Realtors (CAR), seeks to amend Prop 13 by allowing… Read more ⇢
Smoking In Your Own Condo A No-No?

Smoking In Your Own Condo A No-No?

Smokers, beware! “The times, they are a-changing.” And with more and more marijuana use, this is now a hot-button topic. If your next-door neighbor in your condominium association cooks his… Read more ⇢

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