Los Angeles Real Estate Blog

  • Help for Prospective Homebuyers

    BY Shifra Sarraf

    While there is no dearth of advice when it comes to saving up to buy a home, some of us just need a little more help. Introducing the Housing Counselor What, you ask, is a housing counselor? Different from a real estate agent or broker, a housing...

  • Lofts — Not Just for the Young

    BY Shifra Sarraf

    As a real estate trend, loft living is here to stay. Originally thought of as live/work spaces for artists and musicians, the term "loft" evokes transformed warehouses and industrial spaces with exposed brickwork, open pipes and electrical conduits a...

  • Keeping Your House Show Ready

    BY Shifra Sarraf

    Having your house on the market while you're living in it can be a stressful time. You still have to live. The dog still puts muddy prints on your freshly mopped floor. The kids still race down the hallway bumping into your freshly painted walls. C...

  • Spring Cleaning

    BY Shifra Sarraf

    Now that the weather is finally warmer and spring really seems to be here, it's time to tackle some of those nasty cleaning jobs you've been putting off. If you're planning to put your house on the market, or getting ready to leave a rental for your ...

  • Final Four for Home Buyers

    BY Shifra Sarraf

    When it comes to basketball, we only have 64 teams to narrow down into our Final Four to fill our brackets. When it comes to buying our first home, we have thousands of options and dozens of choices to consider, but when it all comes down to it, th...

  • Buying an Investment Home

    BY Shifra Sarraf

    Although the housing market is heating up, buying an investment in order to flip it may not be the right plan for you. Buying a flip home relies on market prices going up higher than the cost for you to refurbish it for sale. And … it has to sell. ...

  • The Value of Professional Staging

    BY Shifra Sarraf

    Views very widely on the value of hiring a professional stager to prepare your home for sale. Many real estate agents swear by it and have years of sales to back up their claim. They cite their own impressions, sales history and anecdotal evidence ...

  • Should “Hidden” Costs of Buying a Foreclosure Keep me from Buying One?

    BY Shifra Sarraf

    While the housing market in most places certainly has improved and the number of foreclosed homes on the market has decrease, they will always be foreclosed homes available for purchase. Because of popular television show on house "flipping" and inve...

  • 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...