Los Angeles Real Estate Blog

  • Protect Your Home-Buying Budget

    BY Shifra Sarraf

    You know you love house hunting, and shopping for the perfect home is a fun pastime, but to move from being an open house and model home butterfly requires that big initial financial outlay … the dreaded downpayment. In fact, sticker shock someti...

  • Fascinating Home Technology — Run Your House on a Battery

    BY Shifra Sarraf

    The biggest challenge to solar energy is the inability to both capture it and store it in any meaningful way. In fact, while efficiency in capturing solar power has increased from about 15 percent of most solar panel models to 35 percent efficiency i...

  • Capturing Clutter

    BY Shifra Sarraf

    Whether you're preparing your home to sell, or your packing up to move to your new home … clutter can be your worst enemy. But, getting chaos under control isn't always easy. The problem isn't that you lack resources. In fact, a whole industry s...

  • Can My Real Estate Agent Offer to Buy My Home If There are No Offers?

    BY Shifra Sarraf

    The short answer is "yes," but know what you're signing up for. In a seller's market it seems like most homes should sell — given enough time and exposure on the market. But there are some situations where a home MUST sell: the owners need to move...

  • Disappointing Appraisal?

    BY Shifra Sarraf

    You've found the perfect home at the perfect price and made an offer that the sellers accepted. But, the appraisal came back lower than your offer. BUMMER! What do you do now? Any home financed through a bank or mortgage lender requires an appra...

  • Backyard July 4th Celebration!

    BY Shifra Sarraf

    Celebrate your new home with a backyard barbecue! Nothing speaks independence like owning your own home. If you've rented for most of your adult life, the freedom to paint walls, barbecue on the patio or hang party lights in trees is a special fee...

  • Relocating Made Simple

    BY Shifra Sarraf

    Okay, there's really not a simple way to relocate … after all, you're uprooting yourself, moving away from friends or family or both, leaving your comfort zone and launching out into the world. But, there are some things you can do to make it less ...

  • Marketing Your Home Out-of-Town, Out-of-State, Out-of-Country

    BY Shifra Sarraf

    In a tough sellers' market, homeowners looking for the best possible sale sometimes consider marketing to out-of-town, out-of-state and even out-of-country buyers. So, how do you attract buyers from out of your area? Relocation Services Statistical...

  • When to DIY and When to Hire a Contractor

    BY Shifra Sarraf

    Whether you're preparing your home to sell, or you've just moved into your home and want to tackle some of the changes you have in mind to make it your own … knowing which items to do your self and which need a professional licensed contractor ca...

  • Making a Move to a New Home with Kids

    BY Shifra Sarraf

    Amidst the excitement of moving to a new home is a lot of stress for families with younger children. Often they don't understand what is happening. That can make them feel powerless and afraid. Here are some ideas for turning those stressors into an ...