7 Benefits to Downsizing Your Home

Downsizing your home

Are you considering downsizing your home? Well, you’re not alone! According to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), 60% of homebuyers are considering downsizing to smaller, more efficient homes.  The economy is playing a significant role in this decision but, for the most part, our society is full of Baby Boomers who don’t quite need the space that they once did. Here are 7 benefits of downsizing your home: Save money: When you buy a smaller, more energy-efficient home, you’ll … [Read more...]

Purchasing Los Angeles Real Estate as Income Property

Buying a Los Angeles Property for Investment, 6 Considerations for Buying a Los Angeles Investment Property

With home prices nearing, if not at their bottom, now might be a great time to buy Los Angeles real estate as income property.  Many more people will be looking to rent now that pre-approved mortgages are more difficult to come by.  However, before you become a landlord, you’ll want to make sure your potential rental property won’t remain vacant for long. 6 tips to help you evaluate your Los Angeles real estate investment: Determine if your area has a strong rental market. See what kind of … [Read more...]

Choosing Your New Home…It’s All About Lifestyle

Consider Lifestyle When Buying a Home in Los Angeles, Buying a Home in Los Angeles

First, Find the Perfect Neighborhood that Fits Your Lifestyle Buyers, anxious to make a quick home selection, often fail to take into consideration whether their new Charlotte home will work for their lifestyle.  Is it in a location within a reasonable commute to the office?  Is it near recreational areas that you will be utilizing regularly?  Is it near the airport?  If golfing is your pastime, is there a public course near the home which you're considering? Selecting the neighborhood FIRST … [Read more...]

Los Angeles Real Estate Pricing Myth vs. Reality

Los Angeles Real Estate Prices, How to Price Your Los Angeles Homes for Sale

Want to list your home attractively but, not take a ‘hit’ as a seller?  There are a few misconceptions about how to set the sales price for your real estate  Here are five common pricing myths and the reality behind them. Myth #1:  It’s OK to test a high price on your  real estate just to see if anyone will buy it at that price. If you’re serious about selling your home, don’t play games.  In this buyer’s market you have a very small window of opportunity to pull in serious buyers when … [Read more...]

Common Myths About Los Angeles Real Estate Agents

Los Angeles Real Estate Agent, How to Choose a Los Angeles Realtor

Ask anyone about their experiences with real estate agents, and you will no doubt hear a wide variety of responses. There are so many myths about agents that tend to be taken as truths when someone has a negative experience. A good real estate agent is worth every single penny you spend for their expertise. Let’s examine some popular myths about real estate agents. "They make too much money." According to CareersInFinance.com, the median salary for real estate agents in 2009 was … [Read more...]

Before You Search for Real Estate, Develop a Needs vs. Wants List

Wants and Needs When Buying a Los Angeles Home, Make a List When Buying a Los Angeles Home

Everyone has a picture in mind of their ideal home.  This picture includes all of the features you not only need, but have long desired. However, when it comes time to buying a home, the desires cost more.  While it’s nice to imagine having a beautifully landscaped backyard, or a sunroom, perhaps even some specialty appliances, these are usually considered luxury items, which can add considerably to the price of your real estate. That’s why it’s always a good idea to develop a needs vs. wants … [Read more...]

3 Simple Steps to Prepare Your Home for Sale

Preparing your Los Angeles Home for Sale, 3 Tips to Prepare your Los Angeles Home for Sale

3 Simple Steps to Prepare Your Home for Sale Thinking of selling your home during the spring market?  Here are a few tips to help your home show better and sell faster. Get rid of the excess: Eliminate as much as possible, and then when you think you’ve eliminated, do it again!  Remember when staging your Charlotte home for sale, less is best.  As well, keep in mind that you’re going to be moving soon so, consider this, ‘early packing.’  Exchange your personal photos for framed art.  The … [Read more...]

Foreclosures – A Dream or a Debacle?

Los Angeles Foreclosures, Los Angeles Real Estate, Los Angeles Short Sales

Are you leaning towards stepping into the investment market? You may get the idea that buying a  foreclosure is your best bet for a great deal on a home. Well, it’s possible, but remember that the foreclosure market is full of perilous pathways and competitive investment pros who know what they’re doing. Whether you’re considering purchasing  foreclosures as an investment or as your personal residence, here are a few tips that will help you get you started on a great investment and likely … [Read more...]