Spotlight

OLG Friends Share A Kind Word

Our dear family friends, The Peterson family (David, Mary Jo, and son Joseph) who we know through Our Lady of Grace (Joey and our daughter Isabella were in 3rd grade together, and now are on their way to 4th), recently sold their Encino home, and bought a new place in Woodland Hills. I had the privilege of […]

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The Greatest Compliment Is A Client Referral

One of the great things I get to do from time to time, is work with an individual or a couple that is looking to buy their first home. The opportunity and adventure can make for quite an experience for everyone involved; and when we reach the end and they’re handed the keys to their […]

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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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Six Tips For Buying a Fixer-Upper

Several years ago, when the housing market was mired in the worst  recession since the Great Depression, buyers shied away from houses that needed  work. The buyers who weren’t put off from buying completely were interested only  in turnkey homes that were in move-in condition. It was too risky for most buyers to buy a […]

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Valley Property Values Looking Very Good

Let’s get right to it… Here’s what’s going on now with property values in areas of the Valley, and what has occurred since January of last year. Supply and Demand: Supply is DOWN 53%. This is a trend that has been gaining momentum since April, 2012. The number of properties available represent an inventory of […]

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What Every Buyer Should Know; and Embrace

The more you’re prepared as a Buyer, the better your experience will be– it’s like any other purchase that way. Of course the major difference when it comes to a home buy, is the price point. A client put it to me this way some years ago, “Botch a car purchase negotiation, and it might […]

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Foreclosure Activity Declines

April 2012 Foreclosure Starts declined across our coverage area wiping out the small gains in new foreclosure filings last month. In California, Notice of Default filings are down 69.8 percent from the peak in March 2009, and 15.8 percent from April 2011. Notice of Trustee Sale Filings, the start of Arizona’s foreclosure process, are down […]

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