Los Angeles Real Estate Blog

  • Thanksgiving Open House Best Practices

    BY Shifra Sarraf

    Turkey. Dressing. Sweet potato casserole. Pumpkin pie with fresh whipped cream. Yum! You anticipate the traditional savory Thankgiving menu all year long. But, this year, your home is on the market. As a very motived seller, you may be planning ...

  • How Much Will My Payment Be?

    BY Shifra Sarraf

    You've found it! The home you've been searching for is for sale and you want to buy it. Can you afford it? How can you tell? First of all, the Internet is full of ways to calculate how much a mortgage will be. You can click on any mortgage calcul...

  • How to Spend Thanksgiving Weekend

    BY Shifra Sarraf

    Stuffed! That's how you feel on Thursday. Once the turkey is picked clean, the dishes are done and the last bite of pie sitting in a pool of melted ice cream on your dessert plate, most savvy shoppers start thinking about Black Friday. You know the...

  • Design and Decorator Trends to Do or to Ditch

    BY Shifra Sarraf

    You've been collecting ideas to remodel or redecorate your home for years. Now, you're finally ready to get down to work. You've saved up your money and found contractors. So, which ideas do you do and which are outdated that you should discard? Wh...

  • Open House in Inclement Weather

    BY Shifra Sarraf

    "To cancel or not to cancel … that is the question." When selling your home in the fall, and as the weather becomes decidedly more winterish, you may question if having that open house is a good idea after all. Here are some things to consider ...

  • Honoring our Veterans

    BY Shifra Sarraf

    "The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive veterans of early wars were treated and appreciated by our nation." — George Washington Ap...

  • When Interest Rates Go Up

    BY Shifra Sarraf

    The Feds have been pretty indecisive about moving interest rates up, but the down-low is that they plan to make the move upwards in December. No matter where you are in the market, whether you're buying or selling, or just saving up a downpayment, i...

  • Nifty Clutter-Freeing Hints & Hideaways

    BY Shifra Sarraf

    Whether you're planning to sell your home and want to make it show-ready, or just want to get organized to simplify the holidays, check out these creative options for extra storage: Under Bed Locker That space under your bed is useful for mo...

  • 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...