The Consequence of Lawn Removal

The Consequence of Lawn Removal

  Ripping out your lawn may have a greater impact on the environment than you think.  There are consequences to removing grass, both good and bad.   Los Angeles homeowners have been on a mission.  In the last year, water-thirsty lawns have been replaced with drought-tolerant landscaping options at a rate never before seen.  Across the city, tens of thousands of lawns were ripped up in favor of gravel, artificial turf, decomposed granite, and a wide range of drought-tolerant and native plants. Of course, the water-saving benefits are tremendous!  According to experts, Californians are facing the worst drought in 1,200 years, and...Read more
How To Compete With All-Cash Buyers

How To Compete With All-Cash Buyers

  Investors are snatching up as many California properties as they can get their hands on.  Can an average homebuyer compete with all-cash investors?  YES!   California’s real estate market is hot, hot, HOT!  But if you want to buy a home in one country’s most popular counties (I’m looking at you, San Francisco, San Jose, San Diego, Los Angeles… you know who you are!), you might find yourself up against some pretty stiff competition.  Investors of all kinds flock to popular real estate markets and try to gobble up as many available properties as possible, usually offering a quick, all-cash transaction....Read more
SUBLET AVAILABLE: Mar Vista

SUBLET AVAILABLE: Mar Vista

  Do you need a place to stay for the month of September?  Maybe a stay-cation near the beach to wind down the summer?  Then I have the perfect sublet for you!   Check out this adorable Spanish-style, 2-bedroom home in Mar Vista, which could be all yours from September 4 – September 30! The house is light, airy and tastefully furnished with an eclectic shabby chic aesthetic. The living room, dining room and full kitchen are all one large open space leading out onto a deck and garden. It has a lovely indoor-outdoor feeling.  There is a full kitchen and one bathroom. The...Read more
6 Signs You’re Ready To Sell Your Home

6 Signs You’re Ready To Sell Your Home

  Many factors can impact the decision to sell your home, but how do you know when it’s the best time to sell?  Here are six surefire signs it’s time to sell your home now.   Most of us don’t plan to stay in our first home forever.  Maybe not even the second or third home.  But knowing when it’s the right time to put your house on the market can be tricky. If you’re lucky, a life event like a new job, new marriage, new child, will force the issue and compel you to make a move.  But without...Read more
The Fratelli Cafe

The Fratelli Cafe

  I am always on the lookout for a good breakfast place.  I believe breakfast is a meal you can eat at any time of the day!  I recently tried the Fratelli Cafe for brunch and it was fantastic! The Fratelli Cafe is located in the heart of Melrose and offers a wide selection of dietary options, including vegetarian, vegan, diary-free, and gluten-free substitutions.  Yaron Abraham founded the restaurant in 2008 on the corner of Melrose Ave and Formosa Ave.  The restaurant offers both indoor and outdoor patio seating. Though the restaurant has no parking of its own, I was able...Read more
How To Do A Utility Inspection Without Electricity

How To Do A Utility Inspection Without Electricity

  Part of your due diligence when buying a home is the physical inspection of the property.  You will want to hire a professional and certified home inspector to check the property from top to bottom for any defects or areas for concern.  A home inspector will make sure the structure is up to code and the electrical, plumbing, and gas are functioning properly. My client is in escrow for a bank-owned property.  Dealing with the bank on a foreclosed home (REO) is very different than dealing with a homeowner.  Usually, the bank will offer little to no information on...Read more
10 Natural Ways To Combat Ants

10 Natural Ways To Combat Ants

  Have an ant problem?  Avoid harsh chemicals with these 10 all natural and effective solutions!   Ants feel very comfortable inviting themselves into my home.  This summer they seem to have spread the word that my kitchen is the place to be.  Nearly every morning I wake up to a sea of tiny moving black dots.  Yes, cleanliness is key, but those little rascals are relentless in finding any unguarded aromatic morsel in your home.  For those of us who like to avoid harsh chemicals in the home (especially important for homes with pets and/or small children), here are...Read more
10 Questions To Ask Your Mortgage Lender

10 Questions To Ask Your Mortgage Lender

  Getting ready to buy a home? Make sure you ask these 10 key questions when you submit your mortgage application:   1. What is the interest rate on this mortgage? Ask for the lender’s loan estimate, which breaks down the interest rate and fees. It will include the annual percentage rate (APR), which accounts for the interest rate, points, fees and other charges you will pay for a mortgage.   2. How many discount and origination points will I pay? Lenders may charge discount points, origination points or both. One point is equal to 1% of the loan amount....Read more
Bay Area Techies Get No-Money-Down Mortgages

Bay Area Techies Get No-Money-Down Mortgages

  After living expenses, student loans, credit cards, car payments, and all your other bills, it can be a challenge to put away any significant portion of your income for a down payment on a new home.  If you happen to work in Silicon Valley making a decent salary at a tech startup, however, you may be eligible for a no-money-down mortgage loan. Mortgage lenders are vying for those well-paid Bay area customers by offering tailored loans, guaranteed 24-hour approval, and financial-planning services along with no-money-down mortgages.  Lenders are banking on the success of the tech industry and the potential...Read more
Expo Line To Add More Cars

Expo Line To Add More Cars

L.A. Metro ridership increases, leading to overcrowding on the two newest rail extensions.  But Metro is on it.   I took the metro this weekend to get to the Hollywood Bowl.  From where I live, I take the Expo line to Downtown and the Red line to Hollywood.  Someday there will be more North/South lines that will make the route more convenient (here’s hoping!). It was a Friday evening, but well after rush hour and before nightlife.  It was about a fifteen minute wait until the train arrived, and by that time the platform was filling up.  When the train...Read more