Los Angeles Real Estate Blog

  • Sell Your Home in Any Season

    BY Shifra Sarraf

    As we slip into autumn, many homeowners take their homes off the market, believing that their home will not sell in the fall or winter. While it is true that selling heats up in spring and early summer, people buy homes every day of the year. Hist...

  • New FHA Leeway for Approvals

    BY Shifra Sarraf

    Having a low FICO score usually means there is no way for you to quality for a FHA mortgage, but changes to the underwriting process August 2015 means that more borrowers may qualify. According to some analysts of the new policies, up to 100,000 new ...

  • Why Downsizing is the New Upsizing

    BY Shifra Sarraf

    Most people think of downsizing as something you do in retirement. The kids are grown, the nest is empty and you have all this space just gathering dust or taking up your free time with maintenance and upkeep. So, you sell the large family home to ...

  • Creating an Idea Book for Your New Home

    BY Shifra Sarraf

    Contemplating buying a new home or remodeling the one you have? Before you call your real estate agent, hire a designer or head to your local Do-It-Yourself superstore refine your ideas by creating an idea book. An idea book, exactly as the name imp...

  • Decorate and Economize at the Same Time

    BY Shifra Sarraf

    Once you get into your new place, you want to paint, upgrade fixtures and add window coverings. While at it, consider extras that improve your bottom line. Some simple ideas that lower electricity and gas bills put your personal decorative stamp on...

  • Back-to-School Organization

    BY Shifra Sarraf

    With school starting, it's time to do a little reorganizing to make early mornings and after-school activities run smoothly. When starting school after moving to a new home, consider some of the additional challenges your children face and plan accor...

  • Want to Become a Real Estate Investor? Think about Buying a “Live In” –Plex

    BY Shifra Sarraf

    As a first foray into investment property, buying a duplex, triplex or quad and living in one unit might be the way to go. In the current market, entering into rental ownership might give you the benefits of homeownership with the additional benefi...

  • Prepping for a Cross-Country Move

    BY Shifra Sarraf

    Whether you're moving across the country (or even across the state) to attend school, take a new job or just experience someplace new, a long-distance move is different from an across-town move. To take some of the stress out of the move, and to avoi...

  • Quick Kitchen Upgrade: Open Shelving

    BY Shifra Sarraf

    One of the first places homebuyers want to make changes is to an outdated kitchen. Visions of granite countertops, new cabinetry and shiny appliances grace the pages of architectural and remodeling magazines and websites and get our creative juices...

  • Qualifying for a Mortgage When You’re Self-Employed

    BY Shifra Sarraf

    During the past several years, as folks struggled to survive the economic downturn and job loss, many smart people turned to entrepreneurship. In fact, working for yourself, either part-time or as your full-time gig is the reality for millions of Ame...