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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 […]

Overpriced homes

When working with my buyers, I am never surprised to hear their concerns when I present them with an overpriced property. Most times, buyers will not bother when this happens. Don’t get me wrong, I would never encourage an overpriced property, but there is always a reason why a property if over priced. It may […]

There is no such thing as a national housing market.

One reason for the confusion is that there is no such thing as a national housing market. That may have been true in 2004, when all housing markets rose together, or in 2008, when they all fell together. But one difficulty in writing about “the housing market” is that there isn’t “one” market—and increasingly, the […]

Vacation home!

Around this time of year, vacation rentals are a hot need in the Southbay and happening areas of Los Angeles. For our office, the Hermosa and Manhattan Beach Sand section is always booked up with vacation rentals. Vacation visitors from Europe, the East Coast and beyond schedule their perfect vacation rental months ahead……sometimes a year […]

Chick A Dee Smoke Detector

I hope all of you have a working Smoke Detector in your homes. And if you do, it is always good to check that is working properly, which is exactly what I will be doing today when I get home from work. Now I’m sure you’re wondering why the mention, Chick a Dee Smoke Detector […]

Short Sale, Foreclosures and a REO

After covering Short Sale~Foreclosure myths and hearsay, I wanted to share some brief and simple descriptions on the same topics that my old broker shared with me. I found this very useful, I hope you do too.   The market place overall has adjusted to the prices for the most part. This is important to […]

5 Foreclosure Myths for 2012

Last week I blogged about a great article on Short Sales:Top Myths debunked. The article features great information and clarifies myths that some of you had heard about in regards to Short Sales. This week, Trulia released a new article on “5 Foreclosure Myths for 2012” I hope you find this article as useful. I […]

9 Documents That Help You Reap Real Estate Tax Breaks

It’s that time of year-Tax time. The IRS Tax filing deadline is on Tuesday, April 17, 2012. I’m a fan of getting our taxes done by the end of February. After the New Year, I actually look forward to gathering up all paperwork while organizing all numbers, possible deductions and itemizing details. It is also during this time when I realize […]