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Preparing for Earthquakes

In spite of the recent shakes in California, I came across Senator Boxer’s “Preparing for earthquakes” email notice very handy and wanted to share. Before an earthquake: Build an emergency kit and make a family communications plan. Secure items in your home that could fall during a quake, especially heavy objects and overhead light fixtures. Make sure water […]

Travel talk makes me nervous

It is not the destination which makes me nervous, it’s the packing. For one reason or another, I have not been able to master the art of packing properly. The moment the family sets to pack for a trip, I become nervous and foggy about the “what if’s”. What if I’ll need this, that or […]

Connections through Vacation Rentals

Vacation Rentals in any beach area have always been in demand, particularly during the summer months. This is without fail the case with the vacation rentals we manage. What has amazed me more are the amazing connections with clients, which we have developed along the way, nationwide and overseas. Since it can be a challenge […]

10 Things to check when buying a house

Enjoy ten items for determining a house’s overall quality before you commit to the cost of hiring a house inspector according to Housetips.com The structure. From a reasonably distant vantage point, look at the house. Do the walls appear to be plumb and flat? From inside, are any walls bowed or not square at corners? […]

Paddle board year round!

I have lived by the beach most of my life, yet I have never paddle board. How is that possible? Although I grew up at the beach, paddle-boarding was never something my family did. I was never introduced to it until moving to the Southbay. During the summer, my 11 year old finished her first […]

The Pocket listings phenomenon

Pocket listings aka “off-market” listings have become more and more common for the quietly listed properties. Why? you may wonder…I know I did. For as long as I have been in Real Estate, I have often questioned why a seller would list this way. How can a realtor effectively test the market and secure the […]

U.S. Mortgage Rates Increase For First Time In 7 Weeks

Are we so accustomed to amazingly low mortgage rates that this increase is a suprise? I have to be honest, while this new change caught me a bit off guard, I am sure you’ll agree with me, it was bound to happen. It has been wonderful to hear stories from clients and friends who have […]

Bright and sunny Golden Hills

The Golden Hills area in Redondo Beach will always hold a special place in my heart. For a few years, we lived on a darling, bright and sunny street. Our little house was a cottage like home with  a lot of character and the neighbors were are charming as the street. Definitely great memories there. […]

Low appraisals that don’t reflect rising markets are ruining deals!

Low Real Estate appraisals have become such a common occurrence nowadays. Unfortunately when this happens, these low appraisals have the potential to compromise deals, if not kill them all together. To make matters worse, many lenders have taken to using appraisal management companies, which often hire appraisers who do not know the local markets  they […]

Southbay Summer Camps 2012

  I can not believe school is out in 15 days. Where does time go? My 5th grader is jazzed there are only 15 days left, and especially excited to have a few weeks off before her new Junior Guard adventure. Junior Guard only covers 5 weeks of summer…what to do with the rest is […]