How To Hire A Moving Company

How To Hire A Moving Company

  You've decided to hire movers.  What do you do now?   What’s the worst part about a new home?  The move!  But you’re an adult now; it’s time to stop banking on your friends and any acquaintance with a truck to help lug your furniture across town (and offering pizza and beer as compensation).  There are scores of moving companies out there for hire to fit your needs and your budget.  Full Service If you are particularly lazy and have some extra cash to burn, a full service moving company is the way to go.  Not only will they...Read more
Women Buy More Houses Than Men

Women Buy More Houses Than Men

  The numbers don’t lie.  Women are buying more houses than men and dominating the real estate market.   Let’s hear if for all the single ladies!  Single women are a force to be reckoned with in today’s real estate market.  According to the National Association of Realtors®, single women make up the largest demographic of home buyers after married couples, purchasing 60% more homes than single men this year. A variety of factors are contributing to women’s rise in real estate.  Most notably, women’s wages have been on the rise as the pay gap gradually decreases, leading to increased...Read more
Features That Sell A Home Fast

Features That Sell A Home Fast

  Does your home have what it takes to attract buyers for a quick sale?   Experts predict that 2016 will be a true seller’s market, as we have already seen for the first half of the year.  But that doesn’t mean that just any old house will sell for top dollar prices.  Most homes are a unique mosaic of attractive features and frustrating flaws.  Whether or not the “pros” out-weigh the “cons” will help determine how quickly your place will move. A study by Realtor.com looked at millions of listing records from the past three months and evaluated them...Read more
SOLD!  Wilton Pl, Los Angeles

SOLD! Wilton Pl, Los Angeles

  Working with first-time home buyers is rewarding for me as a REALTOR®.  Buyers who have never gone through the process of purchasing a home often start out like a deer in headlights.  The sale of real property has a lot of moving parts, and many first-time home buyers don’t know where to begin or what to expect. My primary goal for my clients is to be an information resource.  Searching for homes is a lot easier now that the search process starts online, but there is a lot more to buying a home than looking at the pretty pictures...Read more
3 Times You Risk Losing Your Deposit

3 Times You Risk Losing Your Deposit

  The deposit you put down for a home purchase is not refundable under certain circumstances.   When making an offer to purchase a home, you must also specify the amount of your earnest money deposit.   This is not the same as your down payment; the earnest money deposit (EMD) is an amount held as collateral in escrow for the consideration of the sale.  If the sale goes through and escrow closes, your EMD is put toward the down payment and closing costs. Depending on where you live, you can expect to offer up anywhere from 1% to 10% of...Read more
The $20,000 House

The $20,000 House

  Rural Studio students have been perfecting a series of radically affordable, well-designed 550-square-foot houses for nearly a decade.   How do you design a comfortable home that someone living below the poverty line can afford?  Rural Studio has spent decades pondering this problem and testing prototypes.  In January, the team finished their first pilot project in the real world, building two one-bedroom houses, with materials that cost just $14,000 each. Sam “Sambo” Mockbee founded Rural Studio in 1993, centered around “social justice architecture.”  Initially, architecture students would use reclaimed wood and other materials to design houses for low-income residents...Read more
Crowd Fund Your Down Payment

Crowd Fund Your Down Payment

  Turn Wedding Gifts Into A Down Payment.   Have you heard of a crowd funding?  Of course you have, it’s everywhere, helping to produce new products and technologies, lend support to those in need, and get new businesses off the ground.  But did you know you can use crowd funding to help buy a home? More and more young couples are foregoing toasters and flatware and are requesting cash donations instead to help fund the wedding, honeymoon travels, and even the down payment on a new home!   Let’s be clear, you can’t just launch a Kickstarter campaign and try...Read more

How To Save A 20% Down Payment

  If you're looking to buy a home, it's never too soon to start saving.   Living in sunny California is going to cost you.  The west coast is home to some of the most expensive real estate in the nation.  Many are tempted to take advantage of loan programs with low down payment options to reduce the initial out-of-pocket investment.  Saving for a down payment of $50,000, let alone $100,000 or more seems insurmountable to many would-be homeowners.  But keep in mind, anything less than a 20% down payment will require private mortgage insurance (PMI), an added fee that...Read more
Why Are Home Sellers Spooked?

Why Are Home Sellers Spooked?

  In the heart of the busiest season for housing, homesellers are pulling back.   Inventory continues to be tight in many markets, so what has potential home sellers pulling back when buyer demand is reportedly so high?  Inventory fell 3.2% in April from last year, the seventh-straight month of declines, according to Redfin. Inventory is at historic lows in some west coast communities, and given the lack of new listings, it will likely go lower. Low mortgage rates, job growth and other drivers have stoked buyer demand, but the supply of homes for sale — especially in the low-to-middle...Read more
California’s First Farm-to-Table Housing Development

California’s First Farm-to-Table Housing Development

  If the idea of living in a solar-powered community with access to organic food grown in your own backyard sounds like paradise, you’ll love The Cannery!   The Davis area of California has long been known for its interest in sustainability and agriculture.  Now they have introduced California’s first farm-to-table housing development, called The Cannery. The Cannery is a 100-acre development located just one mile from downtown Davis and designed so that residents can easily and safely bike or walk to the city center.  The community boasts 547 units divided into 4 neighborhoods.  There are a mix of housing types from single-family...Read more