Los Angeles Real Estate Blog

  • Landscape for Your Climate

    BY Shifra Sarraf

    Visions of lush green lawns, English gardens bursting with color and a sparkling fountain filling the air with the tinkling of thousands of water drops may float through your head when dreaming of your ideal home. But, you're responsible, so you've p...

  • A House for the Whole Family

    BY Shifra Sarraf

    While multigenerational families sharing a home is common nowadays, finding a home that works for everyone is a little trickier. If you're searching for the perfect house to share with both young children and aging parents, you need to consider a v...

  • Slash Your Energy Bill

    BY Shifra Sarraf

    We don't think about our heating bill much in the summer, but this is the time to make some upgrades to your home that will see you through the winter, such as adding insulation, changing out windows for double or triple panes with low U-factors an...

  • Hack Your Downpayment

    BY Shifra Sarraf

    The biggest hindrance to home-ownership for most young couples is the dreaded downpayment. In fact, may couples believe that between living expenses and school loans, they'll never be able to save up enough for a downpayment on a house or even a co...

  • The Best Place to Raise a Family

    BY Shifra Sarraf

    We all have our own idea of the perfect place to raise a family. We want our kids to grow up with all the opportunities available to them. That might mean a large backyard or nearby parks, great schools, sports facilities, museums or libraries. You...

  • Are You Ready to Buy a Home?

    BY Shifra Sarraf

    Okay, it's one of the biggest decisions of your life, so when do you know if you're ready? Homeownership readiness can come at any age … there are young twenty-somethings that took the plunge, and there are empty-nesters that buy after the kids ...

  • 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...