Spring Quarter 2017 News

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The Brokers’ Open House: Step One of Marketing Your Home By: Tara Mastroeni If you’re trying to sell your home, it’s likely your real estate agent has suggested hosting a brokers’ open house. But, what is that, exactly? Long story short, it’s an open house not for home buyers, but for their agents so they […]

Empty Nesting Thoughts

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As I read this Houzz article, I kept thinking about all the people I know who would have been empty nesters if the economy was still as strong as it was 20+ years ago. Today, many of the people we meet are ‘doubled up’ with multiple generations living in the same home.  If you’re among […]

Coastal Cities Hardest Hit By Rate Increases

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Courtesy National Association of Realtors Daily Real Estate News | Monday, January 23, 2017 Home buyers along coastal housing markets are being impacted the most by rising mortgage rates over the past few weeks, according to an analysis by the National Association of REALTORS®. The average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage went up from 3.5 percent in […]

Los Angeles County — Beach Warnings

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Beach Hazard Statement Issued: 1:34 AM PST Jan. 18, 2017 – National Weather Service … Beach hazards statement remains in effect from Thursday morning through Monday evening… * hazards… another large long period west swell will bring high surf to area beaches Thursday through Monday… with a chance of much larger… damaging surf late Friday […]

How Valuable are Open Houses?

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This is a “thought in process” kind of post. One of my clients isn’t ready to buy yet, but wants to “size up the market.” To make that easier, every weekend I send over a list of open houses with the right size, location, etc. A few weeks ago, that list started getting very short. […]

Thoughts On Value #1

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When I think of value, the first thought in my mind is, “Value to whom?” We each have our personal definitions of value. They’re shaped by all the years we’ve been shaped, by the people and events around us. Those definitions begin with our personal preferences. As we grow and age, they are increasingly shaped […]