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Eliminating money-sucking mistakes in your home

It’s easy to overlook the little things around the house causing unnecessary costs throughout the year. Here are some ideas on how to cut out waste: Top 10 Most Expensive Mistakes You’re Making on Your Home By Cary Teller 1. Using Traditional Light bulbs If you still have incandescent light bulbs in your home, you could […]

Mold Myths Part 2

The following are 7 more mold myths, provided by the California Association of Realtors: 7.    Both the EPA and California Department of Public Health recommend mold consultants. There is no recommendation in any state or federal web site that the property owner or resident needs a mold consultant to respond to a mold incident. 8.   […]

Mold Myths Part 1

Recognizing potential mold problems before buying or selling a house is crucial. Sometimes you can visibly see or smell certain kinds of mold, but unfortunately, that’s not always the case. Many molds grow in areas that are inaccessible, such as attics or between walls. If you suspect a house has mold, it’s imperative to have […]

Get ready for El Niño!

A strong El Niño is heading our way! While it’s true that we are in need of rain, El Niño can also wreak havoc on our homes & businesses if we’re not prepared. The LA Times released a wonderful list of things to do to prepare your home, garden & car for the upcoming rainy […]

Sidewalk repairs could become owners’ responsibility

As a property owner, how do you feel about Los Angeles sidewalk repairs becoming property owner’s responsibility? A Los Angeles City Council committee is looking into shifting the costs of repairing broken sidewalks to property owners. Los Angeles sidewalk repairs could become property owners’ responsibility  By City News Service A Los Angeles city panel today will take […]

Manhattan Beach Village home

  Ever since I have lived in the Southbay, I have been drawn to the exclusive Manhattan Beach Village home community. There is something so quaint about this private, gated community. The lush mature trees and quiet streets make you forget about the hustle and bustle of LA traffic. Manhattan Village is a collection of 400 […]

10 things to check before you buy a house

Ten items to check before buying a house, according to Don Vandervort at 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? When you jump in the middle of the living room […]

Pocket listings

Pocket listings, aka “off-market” listings, are becoming more & more common in the South Bay market.   Here are benefits to each of the 3 parties involved in a “Pocket Listing” Seller: One advantage of a pocket listing is that the seller can negotiate a more favorable commission because there are fewer agents involved in the […]

Making an offer on an overpriced listing

Before presenting an overpriced property to my clients I make sure I’ve done research to determine why its numbers are inflated.   Here’s a terrific article about this subject: 4 considerations when making offer on ‘overpriced’ listing BY TARA-NICHOLLE NELSON Q: I am currently in the market for a new home. I have found a […]