Los Angeles Real Estate Blog

  • Your House and Elections

    BY Shifra Sarraf

    With the national elections ramping up, many voters already have voter fatigue (also called voter apathy). That is, we're already so tired of hearing about the elections that we don't bother to vote at all. In fact, voter apathy is quite high in the ...

  • Spooky or Spectacular?

    BY Shifra Sarraf

    Sometimes, a neighborhood appears awesome…but might be hiding some spooky, ghostly elements! You can't know, for instance, how welcoming some neighborhoods are to families with small children unless you see small children there. If you've only vi...

  • Keeping It In Balance: Knowing Your Credit-to-Debt Ratio

    BY Shifra Sarraf

    Many potential new homebuyers find themselves unable to secure a loan, confined to a smaller home ? or at least to a smaller loan ? because they don't understand the ins and outs of their credit score. First of all, your FICO (Fair Isaac Corporation...

  • Counting Chickens

    BY Shifra Sarraf

    If your house has been on the market for any length of time, or if you need to sell because of an out-of-town job change, you may be tempted to accept a contingency offer on your home, or anticipate the completion of the sale. You've already picke...

  • Selling Your Home? Think Pink

    BY Shifra Sarraf

    October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, the annual campaign to increase awareness of breast cancer disease. Each year, nearly a quarter-million women are diagnosed with breast cancer. After lung cancer, it is the second leading cause of cancer d...

  • Buyers: Don’t Let Halloween Creep Up On You

    BY Shifra Sarraf

    Conventional wisdom is that spring is the best time for selling—and buying—a home. It's the time of year when the most home are on the market. In fact, lots of buyers believe that if they haven't found the home of their dreams by the end of the s...

  • It’s Elemental: New Homeowner’s Basic Maintenance Guide

    BY Shifra Sarraf

    Buying a home is an exciting experience. You save up your downpayment, wade through thousands of listings, find and hire a buyer's agent, search for the perfect home, make and offer, get accepted and take the plunge. Now, you've moved in, repainted...

  • Lighten Up Dark Spaces Naturally

    BY Shifra Sarraf

    You saved up your money and survived the rigors of mortgage underwriting, packed up your apartment, loaded the truck and moved into your new home. After several urgent days of unpacking, rearranging furniture and filling cupboards, you settle into yo...

  • Fall Filter Fixes

    BY Shifra Sarraf

    Okay, some home maintenance items just don't make the urgent list. Changing your furnace filter doesn't often make the cut. As we head into autumn, take a moment to check your furnace filter to get it ready for a winter workout. Why your filter is ...

  • Can I Buy a Home with an FHA Loan If I have a Student Loan?

    BY Shifra Sarraf

    This year the Federal Housing Administration made adjustments to its underwriting handbook that significantly affect potential buyers that have outstanding student loans. Changes became effective September 14, 1015. The bottom line is, "yes" you can...