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California Home Sales Fall as February Inventory Increases

CA housing market
The spring home buying season in California is heating up. Although California home sales fell year over year for the seventh straight month in February, the California Association of Realtors (CAR) reports that inventory rose in our state. “The slower sales in February reflects diminished housing affordability after three years of solid price increases ... Read More

Seasonal Home Maintenance Tips

a to do list for home maintenance
Even living here in Westside Los Angeles where our winter months are so mild compared to the rest of the country, doing seasonal home maintenance is vital for homeowners. Here are some tips from the National Association of Realtors: Buy a high quality, high-efficiency pleated air filter. The new ones have an electrostatic charge ... Read More

Westside Los Angeles: home to amazing museums

Getty Center Museum
Here’s another great reason to call Westside Los Angeles home: our town is home to amazing museums. Take my favorite, the $1.3 billion Getty Center. Well known for its architecture, gardens, and views overlooking Los Angeles, it’s impossible to miss the Getty, sitting atop a hill on the west side of the 101 freeway. If ... Read More

Hiking in Hollywood

Hiking at sunset in Hollywood
Selling real estate in Westside Los Angeles requires much more than keeping up to date on the market; it means I must know all about the communities I serve. For those clients who are outdoor enthusiasts, I always suggest hiking as a great way to get acquainted with a particular neighborhood. There are numerous hiking ... Read More

Metropolis Los Angeles to Redefine City’s Skyline

los angeles skyline
A recent story in Property Report announces the Metropolis Los Angeles hotel and residential tower project which is the United States debut of one of Shanghai’s leading developers, Greenland Group. The company’s set to begin its international expansion with $1 billion allocated to the venture. “We believe Los Angeles’ location as a gateway between Asia ... Read More

Step into California’s most stylish homes featured in Sotheby’s CALIFORNIAstyle™

Cover of CA Style Mag
Sotheby’s CALIFORNIAstyle™ is on newstands now in the January/February issue of Haute Living. But you don’t have to wait to read all about the extraordinary homes listed with Sotheby’s. From Santa Monica and the Hollywood Hills to Montecito and San Francisco, the latest issue of Sotheby’s CALIFORNIAstyle™ highlights some of the amazing properties available throughout ... Read More

Majority of U.S. millionaires plan to make real estate their primary investment in 2014

home for sale in brentwood
According to a recent story on Bloomberg.com, the majority of U.S. millionaires say they plan to make real estate their primary investment in 2014. That information comes from a survey of investors with at least $1 million in assets by Morgan Stanley’s wealth-management unit. The survey shows that about 77% of those asked say ... Read More

Your Credit Report: Do you check it annually?

With all this news lately about compromised credit cards, you should take advantage of the free credit reports you are entitled to annually via AnnualCreditReport.com. What’s on that report could affect your ability to buy a new home or refinance your current one. Generally speaking, experts suggest checking your credit report and scores every six ... Read More

Famous Tennis Pro’s Hollywood Hills Home for Sale

Securely set behind a gated driveway in the Hollywood Hills West, the home of tennis champ Venus Williams can be yours for $1.799 million. The mid-century modern abode was remodeled to perfection by the former Women’s Tennis Association No. 1 ranked singles player. Williams has an interior design enterprise called V*Starr Interiors that first broke ... Read More

Want a larger house in Los Angeles? Tear down a smaller one . . . or two

Some of the most prestigious communities In LA are experiencing a spike in new home building. Wealthy homeowners who want a larger house in Los Angeles are buying smaller homes, then hiring builders to knock them down and erect bigger ones. Take a recently built 5-bedroom house near the Beverly Center. The original, modest, ... Read More
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