Los Angeles Real Estate Blog

  • Your True Colors

    BY Shifra Sarraf

    Much of the fun of owning a home is decorating it to your taste and personality. Even on a low budget, subtle or dramatic changes to color can make your home truly yours. Check out these color schemes for this spring: Updated kitchen: Since th...

  • How to Avoid Being House Poor

    BY Shifra Sarraf

    Buying a home is exciting. If you're young, it gives you the sense of finally stepping into the adult world. If you're at some other life change (marriage, starting a family, empty-nester) the idea of a larger (or smaller) space of your own gets thos...

  • How Important are Rain Gutters to Home Maintenance?

    BY Shifra Sarraf

    If you've owned a home for a while, you know that water entering the home can be at least a hassle and at worst a cause of major destruction. Not only should keeping water from sneaking into those tiny cracks and crevices be a priority, it could make...

  • Is Flipping Houses a Good Idea These Days?

    BY Shifra Sarraf

    Just ahead of the housing bubble, flipping houses was an investor pass-time. As home prices started to rise, many would-be real estate moguls bought houses to flip hoping that the prices would increase enough in a six-month period for them to make a ...

  • Little Decorator Details That Can Hinder Your Home Sale

    BY Shifra Sarraf

    We get it … you want your home to be uniquely you … you want it to express your personality … you want colors that make you happy! But wait!  Now you want to sell this home and move on to a new canvass on which to express yourself. Which of yo...

  • Is Seller Financing a Good Idea?

    BY Shifra Sarraf

    In this current market, with home prices trending up, but access to financing is more difficult post housing bubble. So, if you want to sell your home, is it a good idea to offer seller financing? What does seller-financing mean? Unlike a tradition...

  • When to Get Pre-Approval for a Mortgage

    BY Shifra Sarraf

    If you're even considering purchasing a home in the next year, the time to start the pre-approval process is now. Why so early? Here's some advice to get you on track to a smooth purchase transaction. While you don't want to actually apply for the lo...

  • Energy Conserving Landscaping Tips

    BY Shifra Sarraf

    As you plan your landscaping for your new home, remember the green you plant outside affects the green you have left inside your pocketbook. Trees and shrubs can reduce the amount of electricity your home requires. Try these tips to keep some green i...

  • Create a Timeless Kitchen with the 4 Cs of Kitchen Design

    BY Shifra Sarraf

    Nothing says "dated" like a kitchen trend from a decade ago. Consider giving your kitchen a makeover using timeless elements that are always in style. That way, no matter when you sell, your home is always ready. Color The simplest and most marketa...

  • Tax Tips for New Homeowners

    BY Shifra Sarraf

    Congratulations on your new home! Whether a condominium, cooperative apartment, single-family home, townhouse or mobile home, your home-sweet-home affects your tax status. If this is the first year you'll be filing your taxes as a homeowner, there a...