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Early Spring sales pace something to keep an eye on–and maybe act on

Back in February I wrote about the bloom that Spring often brings to the local real estate market—at least historically speaking. Last year over a 150 day period which began in April, we saw a 80% increase in the number of homes sold compared to the activity level from the beginning of the year, to […]

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Online resources are mostly good, but not the “real deal”

Of course nowadays, everyone knows the extensive impact the internet has had for many years on the process of home buying and selling. Statistically speaking, an estimated 90% of those interested in buying a home begin their search online. That’s pretty much everyone, whether they’re simply window shopping, or are committed buyers formulating a plan […]

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Contemplating buying or selling? The season of opportunity is only weeks away

We’re not quite there yet on the calendar, but you can already see (and with our recent weather, feel) evidence of the next season upon us — Spring. And, just about the time the new season blooms, the number of people interested in buying or selling a home increases significantly. When it comes to the […]

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Wonder how our local market faired for 2013? Here are some of the results

First of all, please allow me to  wish you all a very Happy New Year; I hope the holiday season was wonderful for you and yours. Over the course of 2013, I wrote a number of times here about the activity in our local real estate market. During the early months of 2013, the market […]

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But I Think My Home Is Worth So Much More!

The price is right– or is it? A too-high price can be risky. Make this mistake, and the home could be overlooked by buyers, resulting in fewer showings and fewer offers, only one offer or, in the worst case, no offers at all. That leads, in the end, to a lower sales price. The “danger” to […]

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Summer 2013 housing activity beats last year’s numbers handily

The housing activity over the Summer has been nothing short of remarkable; proving yet again that when it comes to real estate activity, national numbers might make the news, but they’re not always very relevant to us here in specific neighborhoods in the Valley. Housing slowdown; what housing slowdown? Compared to activity during the Summer […]

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Tales of the Recovery: Embracing It

A few weeks ago I held my first open house for a wonderful property I just listed in Encino. The home itself is a family home; the kind with traditional bones, and a feel of comfort and belonging. It has a good floor plan, gets good natural light, and has a big yard for entertaining, parent-kid romping, or […]

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Foreclosure Discounts No Longer As Deep

According to recent national figures, during the peak of the mortgage crisis, foreclosed homes were selling at an average of about 25% below market rate; offering deep discounts for ready buyers. Since that time, however, home prices have steadily risen while the foreclosure market hit bottom– two dynamics that are very good sign the housing recovery is taking hold. The numbers […]

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