Los Angeles Real Estate Blog

  • 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    One of the first places homebuyers want to make changes is to an outdated kitchen.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...

  • 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...