Los Angeles Real Estate Blog

  • What Does the Cost of Living Index Mean?

    BY Shifra Sarraf

    The cost-of-living index measures the relative cost to live in a certain region. There are several theories about how to arrive at the cost-of-living index, but in general it measures the differences in the cost for goods or services required for day...

  • 2015 Programs for Home Buyers

    BY Shifra Sarraf

    Although the federal government has offered homebuyer programs in the past, for Tax Year 2015, most of the available home buyer programs will be at the local and state levels. State and local agencies, along with lenders and non-profit organizations ...

  • Tax Considerations for Home Sellers

    BY Shifra Sarraf

    Now that the wrapping is all of the gifts and the tree is looking a little bedraggled, it's time to take a look at your end of the year financial picture. Congress recently passed a bill extending a collection of tax breaks. While many of these only ...

  • 8 Creative Tips on Saving for a Down Payment

    BY Shifra Sarraf

    You're finally ready to think about buying a home, but you doubt your ability to save up the necessary down payment. Twenty percent of even a modest home can seem out of reach for first-time homebuyers. Here are some creative tips for eking out some ...

  • How Oil Prices Affect the Housing Market

    BY Shifra Sarraf

    Most of us rejoice when the prices at the pump go down. To use that means freed-up cash in our personal economy. When we're consider buying or selling a home, however, the price at the pump can impact our bottom line in ways we don't realize. Loca...

  • Planning a Fall Open House

    BY Shifra Sarraf

    Your home is newly on the market this and you want to have an open house, but you don't know how to show it best in the shorter autumn days. As the weather turns toward fall and winter, consider these ideas for making your open house bright, warm and...

  • Planning Appropriately for a Renovation

    BY Shifra Sarraf

    You walk into a home that potentially has the perfect layout, although the kitchen is dated, the floors need upgrading, the bathrooms are awkward … but the price is right and you've always wanted to customize a home … so you buy it with renovatio...

  • Is It Time to Stop Renting?

    BY Shifra Sarraf

    It's not your imagination that rent keeps going up. In fact, across the United States, from the end of summer 2013 to the end of summer 2014 rents increased over six percent … and in some housing markets rents increased by as much as 10%. Perhaps n...

  • Professionals Answer: “How Do I Increase My Home’s Value?” (Part 1 of 3)

    BY Shifra Sarraf

    When preparing to sell their home, a common question pops up. Homeowners want to know what they can do to get the maximum selling price on their home. Of course, the answer to "What can I do to increase my home's value or get a better selling price?"...