A First Time Homebuyer’s Personal Story

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There are few people you can learn better from than the ones who have been there/done that. In her Forbes article outlining her first time homebuyer experience, Julia Delitt names a few things she did not expect from it. Dellitt and her family were living in an apartment, finally ready to make the big move. [...]

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Trivia Time

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Bing Crosby’s Former Home is For Sale

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Real estate in the Palm Springs area may be less expensive than San Francisco or the Bay Area, but if you’ve got an extra $5 million burning a hole in your pocket, how about picking up Bing Crosby’s former home in Rancho Mirage. Has Real Estate Recovered in the Coachella Valley? It just went on [...]

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Los Angeles Market Snapshot

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Is the sky falling? There is a lot of talk about the direction of the market. Here are the facts – the Los Angeles market snapshot up-to-date as of the end of January 2019. These numbers cover all of Los Angeles. We will high-lite specific cities in future posts. Are more homes on the market? [...]

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Why You Should Stop Listening to Friends Who Give you Home Buying Advice

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Friends come in two sizes, those who love to give advice whether they’re right or not, and those who are jealous and love to give you misleading advice. Home Buying advice, if wrong, can cost you. Let’s clear this up right now. Home prices are falling – wait for the low in the market. Bottom-pickers [...]

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Saving for a Down Payment? There’s an App for That.

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I usually don’t put share links to apps that I love, but in this case, it can help you save for a down payment – really. I use it myself and when the market last year skyrocketed in the early months then took a nose dive at the end of the year, I still did [...]

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Downtown Los Angeles Just Keeps Getting Better

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Years ago, UCLA had a weekend “class” – a bicycle tour of downtown Los Angeles guided by an architecture and design professor. I never really appreciated the exquisite architecture our city holds until that weekend. Touring on a bike was a genius idea because it allowed us to take our time and really take in [...]

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Help! I Have a Leaking Roof and I Can’t Afford to Fix It.

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It’s that time of the year when ignoring roof problems will come back to haunt you. Here’s my own personal story of how a leaking roof changed my life – and not for the better. Just after the mortgage crisis of 2008, my income plummeted, my house was underwater, my mortgage was underwater, my income [...]

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The Inglewood Real Estate Market – and Other Hot Spots.

You’d have to live completely off the grid to not know that Inglewood is the new home to both the Rams and the Chargers. That’s one of the reasons the Inglewood real estate market has become so hot. It’s always wise to follow what the “experts” do – I say experts but what I really [...]

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If you Can’t Afford to Buy Where You Want to Live


With today’s surging real estate prices, many potential home buyers are priced out of the market. They want to own a home but can’t afford to buy in their current neighborhood. Maybe they don’t want to live anywhere else because their children are in great schools, or they are happy with their short commute to [...]

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