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Top Do’s and Dont’s for a Successful Home Sale

Top Do's and Dont's for a Successful Home Sale

Looking to sell your home? Don’t be one of those unlucky homeowners that turn away potential buyers by making costly mistakes. From pricing your home properly to hiring the right real estate agent, here are some simple acts that can be taken to make your home more appealing to potential buyers — resulting in swifter sales …

The Drawbacks to Low Interest Rates

The Drawbacks to Low Interest Rates

It’s been almost 10 years since the Federal Reserve last increased interest rates. In fact, the period is so lengthy that millennials are sure to experience sticker shock when the department finally raises them. During their entire adult lives, they’ve had access to affordable house and car loans. When the Winds of Change Arrive This …

Ranking numbered streets and avenues by home prices

Ranking numbered streets and avenues by home prices

The street number on which a house is located can play a significant role in its appraisal value. When comparing homes located on streets and avenues numbered one through 10, realtors found that homes located right in the center, that is on street or avenue number five, often are appraised for much higher prices than …

Condos Left Behind in Housing Rebound

Condos Left Behind in Housing Rebound

Four years into the recovery of the housing market, rental apartments and single family homes are being constructed in large numbers, but it is a struggle to get condos built. Although there is demand for condos, developers run into roadblocks from a number of different directions, so many have begun putting condos on a back …

Mapped: The 17 Cleanest Beaches on the Los Angeles Coast

Mapped: The 17 Cleanest Beaches on the Los Angeles Coast

As the summer heat arrives, you may be searching for top beach getaways. Since the public’s biggest concern is water quality, we have mapped out the best SoCal places to visit. Leo Carrillo Beach, located in Malibu, rates high for clear water. Thanks to the nearby campground, it is a great family destination. Other clean …

Equifax: First Quarter Mortgage Originations Soar

Equifax: First Quarter Mortgage Originations Soar

America’s rebounding housing market has given consumers another reason to celebrate. According to a recently released report by Equifax, mortgage originations soared during the first quarter of 2015. The June 29 report shows that total mortgage originations, totaling $466 billion, were 74.4 percent higher compared to the same period last year. The growth is led …

Buying a home is getting easier – at least in one way

Buying a home is getting easier – at least in one way

Thanks to things like less competition from investors who normally buy up starter homes and the government promoting low down-payment loans, it has become easier to purchase a home, especially for first-time buyers. According to data from RealtyTrac, a real estate data organization, the average down payment for single-family homes, condos and townhouses dropped by …

Home Decorating Demystified

Home Decorating Demystified

You want your home to exude warmth and welcome, yet you also want interiors that reflect your unique tastes. Heed a few decorating basics to get your home spruced up in no time. Clearing the Clutter Decorating requires restraint. Choose furniture and accessories carefully, taking pains not to overcrowd the space. Cull out items that …

The 10 Richest Cities in America

The 10 Richest Cities in America

America’s most affluent homeowners are spread out throughout the country. These cities currently rank as 10 wealthiest locations in the United States. 1. Scarsdale Village, New York: Scarsdale Village features a median household income of $233,311 and home prices at $1 million on average. 2. Winnetka Village, Illinois: The average asking price for a home …

Why the World is Obsessed with Midcentury Modern Design

Why the World is Obsessed with Midcentury Modern Design

It is impossible to escape the trend of midcentury design. This style is featured on television, in magazines, and in contemporary restaurants. Even the post office has been influenced by this time period and has produced stamps featuring artwork from the era. “Midcentury modern” describes the architecture, furniture, and basic designs from 1947 to 1957, …

Things You Must Do Now if You Want to Buy a Home

Things You Must Do Now if You Want to Buy a Home

If you have been tossing around the idea of buying your own home, then this is the time to actually commit to making home ownership a reality. While the housing market hasn’t completely recovered, it is definitely on the upswing, and you can expect interest rates to start increasing this year. There are a few …

Save water, money with ‘Smart Irrigation’ in the garden

It’s crunch time for Californians facing epic drought conditions: Mandatory water rationing may start as early as July 1. Property owners who like to keep their lawns green worry how watering restrictions will impact turf and planting materials. Technology comes to the rescue with the Daisy, a wireless soil moisture sensor that can detect and …

Nordstrom and High-End Fashion Wing Set to Open in October at Del Amo Fashion Center in Torrance

Shoppers in Torrance, California should rejoice knowing the newly renovated Del Amo Fashion Center will open in mid-October. This facility will include approximately 100 fashion stores and a few eateries. Nordstrom is set to hold a flagship position, and many more big-named retailers will be taking part. Simon Property Group is leading the project. It …

Are You Caught in the Renter’s Trap?

Homeownership comes with numerous benefits. For instance, you can paint your walls any color that you like or take them down. However, one of homeownership’s leading benefits is that you won’t be at the mercy of rising rents since a mortgage payment typically remains the same for the life of the loan. Rental Cost Study …

What’s on the Market in Redondo Beach?

Spring listing season has arrived in the South Bay and the market is ramping up. We’ve been busy ourselves and decided to take a look at what’s happing in the Redondo Beach real estate market. North Redondo Beach As of today there are 51 homes for sale in North Redondo Beach comprised of 24 single family …