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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]