8 Tips To Organize Your Laundry Room

8 Tips To Organize Your Laundry Room

Organize your laundry room with these space-saving tips!   Laundry is a never ending monster that will quickly spiral out of control and consume your whole house.  The best way to get a handle on laundry for your household is to develop a system and design your laundry room to facilitate your needs. A re-design of your laundry room can be done in a really cost-effective way.  This is a great room for repurposing materials, DIY, and thrift store finds. Here are some tips to whip your laundry room into shape!     1. Stackable Washer and Dryer If you need...Read more
LA Rental Rights

LA Rental Rights

    Los Angeles, along with several other densely-populated California communities, have been facing a housing crisis, particularly due to lack of affordable rental units.  Over 1,000 rent controlled units were removed from the Los Angeles market in 2015, displacing thousands of residents.  In response to the crisis, Mayor Eric Garcetti, along with the Los Angeles Housing and Community Development Department (HCIDLA), has launched a new campaign called, “Home for Renters,” to help renters better understand their rights as tenants.   Los Angeles County has the highest rate of renters in the nation; roughly 52% of Angelenos rent their homes. ...Read more
Are Home Gardens Legal in California?

Are Home Gardens Legal in California?

  If you’re planning a home garden operation on your property, it is important to understand both California and local zoning ordinances related to home agriculture.   We have seen a resurgence of the home garden as California homeowners have been shifting their interest to sustainability for the last few.  Many homebuyers put yard space for gardening high on their priority list.  But homeowners in some communities have been challenged for home farms, particularly if planted in the front yard or used as an income source.   Are Home Gardens Legal in California? For the most part, yes.  In 2014,...Read more
Property Tax Benefit For Seniors

Property Tax Benefit For Seniors

Two California initiatives provide senior residents with property tax savings.  If you are over 55, find out how to transfer your property tax rate to a new home!   California has a program where senior residents can roll-over low property tax rates to a new home, a practice that saves homeowners thousands per year.  For example, my grandparents purchased their home in the 1960s for about $80,000, paying about $1,000 per year in property taxes.  After 40 years, the same home was worth about $400,000.  If my grandparents, who were by then senior citizens, wanted to sell that house and...Read more
Demand Wanes For Luxury Homes

Demand Wanes For Luxury Homes

  A surplus in the market of high-end homes may mean big deals for homebuyers.   The U.S. has seen a growth in inventory of high-priced homes.  Homes for sale between $500,000-$750,000 rose 15.9% in March compared to the same time last year, according to the National Association of Realtors®.  Homes over $1 million rose 12.6% year over year.  But many of these high-priced homes are lingering on the market for months and not fetching the desired purchase price. The real estate market in the U.S. is strengthening, for sure, but consumers are much more wary post-recession.  Stock market volatility ...Read more
Wire Fraud Warning For Homebuyers

Wire Fraud Warning For Homebuyers

  The threat of wire fraud is real.  Find out how to identify home buying scams and protect your money from scammers.   In our ever-advancing hi-tech society, much of our information is shared online and via email.  Real estate transactions are no exception, with electronic signatures and online wire transfers becoming the norm.  As convenient as this may be, it also creates a vulnerability that hackers can exploit. The Federal Trade Commission and the National Association of Realtors recently issued a warning to homebuyers about email and money wiring scams.  Millions of dollars have been lost because of sophisticated...Read more
12-Month Home Buying Countdown

12-Month Home Buying Countdown

  The home buying process is not one to enter lightly.  Start planning early for your new home to avoid unexpected hang-ups and frustration.  If your goal is to own a home in the next year, here is your preparation timeline:   12 Months Out Check your credit score.  If you are applying for a loan, they will definitely check your credit score.  A Federal Trade Commission study found that one in four Americans identified errors on their credit report, and 5% had errors that could lead to higher rates on a loan.  Reviewing your credit history early is important...Read more
What Brexit Means For U.S. Real Estate

What Brexit Means For U.S. Real Estate

Britain’s vote to exit the European Union may have positive consequences for the U.S. real estate market.   It’s still business as usually even after the recent Brexit vote 2 weeks ago.  Economists are still uncertain of both the short-term and long-term affects of the U.K. seceding from the E.U.  But some speculation suggests this could mean good news for U.S. real estate as the dollar is strengthening, at least in the short-term. The Chief Economist for the National Association of Realtors®, Lawrence Yun, suspects the demand for real estate in the U.S. could rise.  Investors are showing additional interest...Read more
10 Ways To Cool Your Home Without A/C

10 Ways To Cool Your Home Without A/C

  You can stay cool in the summertime, even without an air conditioner.  Here are 10 summer hacks to keep your home cool and comfortable.   Many areas are experiencing records heat this summer and it can be a challenge to stay cool without breaking the bank on the utility bill.  If you can’t get to a pool, waterpark, or air-conditioned café, here are a few tips to keep your home cool without turning on the a/c.     1. Keep The Curtains Closed It may be tempting to let the summer sun flood your indoor space, but that’s also...Read more
Conceptos Plasticos Home Innovation

Conceptos Plasticos Home Innovation

  Oscar Andres Mendez Gerardino, 34, just won the 2016 Young Entrepreneur Award for his company, Conceptos Plasticos, which provides inexpensive, easy to assemble housing make out of recycled plastic.   Humans are capable of amazing innovations, which can easily be seen in architecture and building projects.  Many building innovators of late have focused on sustainable and affordable building methods and materials in an effort to make housing available to all socio-economic demographics. Conceptos Plasticos is a Columbian company which has developed a new kind of building material made from recycled plastic and rubber.  These durable constuction materials are used to...Read more