Los Angeles Real Estate Blog

  • Don’t Think of Your Home as an Investment…What?

    BY Shifra Sarraf

    Isn't that sacrilegious or something? Despite evidence to the contrary, new homebuyers continue to believe that buying a home is the same type of investment as stocks, bonds, CDs and their 401K. If the housing boom taught us anything, it is that t...

  • Easy Update: Chalky Painted Kitchen Cabinets

    BY Shifra Sarraf

    If you're hesitant to purchase an older home because you don't love the kitchen or bathroom cabinets and the idea of having to sand all of that wood makes you cringe, fear not … chalk paint to the rescue. You haven't heard of chalk paint? Well, he...

  • What a Credit Score Really Means

    BY Shifra Sarraf

    As one of the least understood numbers homebuyers deal with, their credit score confuses many would-be buyers. So, what does your credit score really mean? Firstly, understand that a credit score is not a credit score is not a credit score. Not only...

  • Need an Air Conditioner But Don’t Have Ducts?

    BY Shifra Sarraf

    As scorching or humid summer days approach, you may be second-guessing the purchase of that vintage or historic home you've had your eye on. In fact, in many places homes as new as 15 to 20 years may not have air conditioning. If your home doesn't ...

  • What Matters Most? Why Location Trumps Everything!

    BY Shifra Sarraf

    Take a lesson from that old real estate adage "location, location, location." Many seasoned homeowners will tell you that the size of your home and the amount of space you have—including extra living rooms, game rooms, or even acreage — becomes...

  • Does Size Really Matter?

    BY Shifra Sarraf

    Now that you're embarking on home ownership, you might wonder how large a space you actually need. After all, apartments tend to be a bit smaller than the average home and the siren song of extra space lures many a buyer into purchasing the biggest...

  • Home Loans Especially for College Grads

    BY Shifra Sarraf

    With outstanding student loan debt topping $1.2 trillion, and more than 40 million borrowers carrying student loan debt, the age of first-time homebuyers is edging upwards. Among millennials, homeownership is down from 43 percent a decade ago to just...

  • Should I Haggle Over the Price?

    BY Shifra Sarraf

    Buying a home, especially for the first time, is emotional. You've saved and scrimped for months—years even—and now you've found the home of your dreams. You're in love and you don't want someone else to get it. Joss Whedon, the mastermind behin...

  • Futuristic Kitchen Upgrades

    BY Shifra Sarraf

    A recent display at the Saloni design fair in Milan, Italy, featured parts of Concept Kitchen 2025, a collaboration between IKEA, the IDEO design firm and Swedish design students. Their exhibit showcases concepts from tables that double as computers ...

  • Why Use Wood-Look Tile?

    BY Shifra Sarraf

    A newer trend sweeping the building industry is the use of wood-look porcelain or ceramic tiles. While natural wood flooring is still an optimal choice for most homes, here are some reasons you may want to take a second look at wood-look or wood-gr...