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The Smart Home Features That Are Really Taking Off

The Smart Home Features That Are Really Taking Off

Remote-controlled window shades, voice-activated TVs, and door bells with high-quality video were once limited to sci-fi novels, Hollywood movies, and TV shows like “The Jetsons.” But the future has arrived, and more tech-savvy homeowners are installing smart home technology. Color-changing lightbulbs, anyone? Nearly half of homeowners renovating their pads are adding new technology while they’re Read More

 

SoCal home sales volume hits peak in August

SoCal home sales volume hits peak in August

Homes are selling like hot cakes in SoCal, with sale volume reaching a ten-year high in August, according to a recent CoreLogic report. Despite sky-high price tags, the number of sales climbed 5.4 percent since last year in Los Angeles County, with 7,725 new and existing homes sold in August. All the while, median prices Read More

 

How to tell if you should look for your first house – or renew your lease

How to tell if you should look for your first house – or renew your lease

Tired of working so hard just to build your landlord’s equity instead of your own? Been dreaming about paint swatches and obsessing over Pinterest projects? Making that leap from renting to owning a home comes with many perks — both financial and emotional. And even though home ownership comes with great responsibility, you might be Read More

 

7 smart ways to save water (and money!)

7 smart ways to save water (and money!)

Even if you live in an area where water is plentiful, drought can still strike thanks to climate change. In some parts of the country, water conservation is the law, and you can get serious fines — or even have your water service terminated — if you use too much H2O. To help keep your Read More

 

5 tips that will protect you from this (expensive) DIY mistake

5 tips that will protect you from this (expensive) DIY mistake

It was their first plumbing project. “It was just a small crack in a pipe,” says Karah Bunde. She and her husband, Joel, had just purchased a fixer-upper they planned to renovate and rent. They bought a new piece of PVC pipe to replace the cracked one. “We installed it, glued it, gave it 24 Read More

 

Not sure how to price your home? Avoid mistakes with these tips

Not sure how to price your home? Avoid mistakes with these tips

Home pricing is more of a science than an art, but many homeowners price with their heartstrings instead of cold, hard data. Here’s why crunching the numbers is always the better route to an accurate home price — as well as what can happen when home sellers overlook those all important data points. The Pitfalls Read More

 

The Truth About How Sellers Choose Their Buyers

The Truth About How Sellers Choose Their Buyers

  Touring prospective houses can feel like wandering through an infinite, imaginary desert: You’re tired, you’re cranky, and you’re not sure if the experience is EVER. GOING. TO. END. So when you’ve finally found “The One,” it’s an amazing feeling. You can already see your family celebrating holidays by your dream home’s stately fireplace and Read More

 

The Oldest Surviving Los Angeles Restaurants…A Master List of the Vintage, Historic and Old School

The Oldest Surviving Los Angeles Restaurants…A Master List of the Vintage, Historic and Old School

Credit: Nikki Kreuzer OFFBEAT L.A. We are lucky in Los Angeles to have a lot of spectacular vintage restaurants, but we are still losing many every year to owners who retire, sell out for money or lose their long-held lease to nasty gentrification. I’m a sucker for a joint with history, charm, character and stories. I’m not Read More

 

5 Tips For Deciphiring Your Home Loan’s Good-Faith Estimate

5 Tips For Deciphiring Your Home Loan’s Good-Faith Estimate

  When you’re shopping for a mortgage loan, it’s sometimes hard to understand the jargon lenders use in the good-faith estimate explaining the costs and fees you’ll pay when taking out a mortgage. When you apply for a mortgage, the lender has three days to give you a good-faith estimate of the fees and interest rate Read More

 

Four Numbers That Determine Your Buying Power

Four Numbers That Determine Your Buying Power

  Make sure you have a sense of how you measure up in these four key ways before you start the house hunt. When it comes to deciding on a home to purchase, the list of things to consider can be lengthy. But while you might be comparing square footage, finishes, and neighborhoods, mortgage lenders are Read More

 
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