Thinking About Selling? You Should Be…And Here Are A Few Ways to Get The Highest Price

Thinking About Selling? You Should Be…And Here Are A Few Ways to Get The Highest Price

People – if you have been pondering selling your home – then now is the time to get in there. While the inventory levels are still low and you can drive your price up just by virtue of there being so many Buyers ready and willing to bite, you should get your house into the mix! But first, before you let anyone in, here’s how you can make sure Buyers feel the love when they first walk in the door. This little piece in iVillage gives you some fun ideas on how to inflect a little excitement and fun into your house. Of course, it depends on the style of your house – you want it to look appropriate and not like you copied straight out of article. I particularly like the idea of creating a cozy nook where you can read,  drink a cup of tea or partake in a cocktail – I think this idea adds warmth to any house even an austere one. Here are a few ideas:                              ...

85th Annual Academy Awards: Nominations

Before the tuxedo and gown sporting celebs can unseal the envelopes at the 85th Annual Academy Awards ceremony next month, the nominees must be revealed. Actress Emma Stone and this year’s novice Oscars show host Seth MacFarlane were on hand to do the honors bright and early Thursday morning. MacFarlane and Stone hammed it up in the wee hours in a nominations announcement event that was unexpectedly lighthearted (and even included Hitler and drunk jokes). The nominations went largely as many pundits and film critics expected, though there were some omissions, notably in the directing category where three highly-touted names were left out, like Ben Affleck for “Argo,” Kathryn Bigelow for “Zero Dark Thirty,” and Quentin Tarantino for “Django Unchained.” Making a great showing was “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” as well as the Austrian film “Amour,” along with, as expected, “Lincoln,” “Les Miserables,” and “Silver Linings Playbook.” Even nabbing a nomination was MacFarlane himself, for his contribution to the original song “Everybody Needs a Best Friend” from the movie “Ted.” Here are the nominees as announced this morning, followed by the rest of the categories and nominees as released by the Academy: To read the rest of this article please visit:...

New Year Resolutions….

Well – we’re 10 days into the new year – have you broken your resolutions yet? This year I’m not making some crazy resolution that is easy to break leading to disappointment in myself. The only thing think I am continuing to focus on is something that I have truly learned to love during the last year and a half – yoga. If you take it up a consistent practice – you will change as a person and it will open your eyes up to things you might never have it expected to. And it’s a great way to exercise, breathe and stretch out those tight body parts. And let me tell ya, for me as a Realtor,  yoga is a necessity! Try it, it might become a necessity for you...

Proud Valleyites Now

Twenty years ago, nobody would have included Lankershim Boulevard on a list of the most significant streets in the San Fernando Valley. Passing the front gates of Universal Studios was pretty much its high point; beyond that, as it ran north for seven miles toward Sun Valley and Interstate 5, Lankershim was a grim parade of gas stations, windowless storage warehouses and rundown motels. Today, the boulevard is emphatically on the rise, energized by a pair of Red Line subway stops, a rapid-bus route packed with riders and the flourishing North Hollywood Arts District. As Van Nuys Boulevard and other car-dominated routes endure a slow fade from their post-war prominence, the stretch of Lankershim between the Red Line stations now ranks as the most vital north-south corridor in the Valley. Its ascent makes clear that the hierarchy of Southern California boulevards is being reshuffled by the growth of the region’s bus and rail network. But there are obstacles in Lankershim’s way, some of which suggest that Los Angeles is struggling to integrate new mass-transit lines into the life of the city — and still turning almost reflexively to outdated planning strategies that bow to the automobile. To read more please visit: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/arts/boulevards/la-ca-lankershim-boulevard-los-angeles-index-dto,0,1709172.htmlstory Article by Christopher Hawthorne...

Real Estate in 2013

If you are contemplating buying or selling in 2013 be aware that a fresh start must begin with a qualified, competent lender! Save yourself endless hours on the computer searching for your dream home or trying to guess what your current home is really worth. Nothing matters until the numbers are crunched, your debt to income ratio has been reviewed and perhaps your taxes filed. Cash buyers are bountiful and loans are not a slam dunk. So if you are serious about a change, act serious. -Make a list of what you hope to achieve, and if you have a mate do it together. -Decide what you want your payments to look like going forward and what the best loan options are to achieve that goal. -Be creative on paper and use that creativity as a springboard. Unless you have a written pre-approval from a lender you are not ready to make an offer! We are always happy to provide you with local lender referrals. -Rely on professionals who can provide you with up to date information. Do not rely on cocktail party banter, where real estate stories are usually blown out of proportion, missing key parts of the real story, or simple “puffery”. Wishes and fishes are just that, be real and you will be amazed at what a great job our team can do for you. Wishing you a prosperous New Year, Patricia, Jodi, Lauren &...

Time to Buy?

Buying a home is 45% cheaper than renting, on average, in the nation’s 100 largest metro areas. The biggest gaps are in Detroit, where home ownerships is 70% cheaper, and Gary, Indiana, and Oklahoma City (both 63% cheaper). The smallest gaps are in Honolulu (24% cheaper), San Francisco (28%) and New York (31%). The comparison includes costs such as mortgage payments and taxes versus rent payments. The complete list is at...