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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 […]

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 […]

Teacher Appreciation Week

Teacher Appreciation week is typically  the beginning of May. This year it happened to be May 7th~May 11th. I’m embarrassed to say I missed it. As a parent and full time working mom, one gets bombarded with all sorts of things to do, from all angles of life. This year has been so incredibly busy, […]

What’s new in Los Angeles

As some of you know, I am a big fan of the City of Angels. With that said, I am not a fan of the very unpredictable traffic situation we have in Los Angeles. Rule of thumb, you can’t time traffic in Los Angeles. And when you think you have the perfect time and formula […]

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 […]