Los Angeles Real Estate Blog

  • Slower Closing Procedures Soon in Effect

    BY Shifra Sarraf

    This year, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) begins requiring banks to provide consumers with a longer window in which to review loan documentation. The new rule, potentially in effect October 3, 2015, can push closing by as many as six...

  • Selling After Labor Day — Curb Appeal

    BY Shifra Sarraf

    While Spring rightfully is touted as the busiest home-selling season, you don't have to give up plans to sell your home until nest year. September through December may actually be the right time to sell your home. Conventional wisdom is that once S...

  • Preparing to Sell Your House in the Fall: Boomers and Millennials Don’t Follow the Spring Trend

    BY Shifra Sarraf

    If you put your home on the market in the Spring, and it hasn't sold, you're probably thinking about taking it off the market until next year. Conventional wisdom says that Spring and early Summer are the only times to sell a home. But, even though f...

  • New or Pre-Owned Home?

    BY Shifra Sarraf

    Some homebuyers want nothing but a brand-new home with pristine appliances, sparkling bathtubs and stickers still on the windows. Others look for established homes in neighborhoods with mature landscaping, developed infrastructure and character. Bo...

  • Landscape for Your Climate

    BY Shifra Sarraf

    Visions of lush green lawns, English gardens bursting with color and a sparkling fountain filling the air with the tinkling of thousands of water drops may float through your head when dreaming of your ideal home. But, you're responsible, so you've p...

  • A House for the Whole Family

    BY Shifra Sarraf

    While multigenerational families sharing a home is common nowadays, finding a home that works for everyone is a little trickier. If you're searching for the perfect house to share with both young children and aging parents, you need to consider a v...

  • Slash Your Energy Bill

    BY Shifra Sarraf

    We don't think about our heating bill much in the summer, but this is the time to make some upgrades to your home that will see you through the winter, such as adding insulation, changing out windows for double or triple panes with low U-factors an...

  • Hack Your Downpayment

    BY Shifra Sarraf

    The biggest hindrance to home-ownership for most young couples is the dreaded downpayment. In fact, may couples believe that between living expenses and school loans, they'll never be able to save up enough for a downpayment on a house or even a co...

  • The Best Place to Raise a Family

    BY Shifra Sarraf

    We all have our own idea of the perfect place to raise a family. We want our kids to grow up with all the opportunities available to them. That might mean a large backyard or nearby parks, great schools, sports facilities, museums or libraries. You...

  • Are You Ready to Buy a Home?

    BY Shifra Sarraf

    Okay, it's one of the biggest decisions of your life, so when do you know if you're ready? Homeownership readiness can come at any age … there are young twenty-somethings that took the plunge, and there are empty-nesters that buy after the kids ...