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Spring Forward - Is a Fresh Start in Order?

Spring is a time of new beginnings, fresh grass, crisp rain, vivid blossoms and new growth.   It's also the BEST time to sell your home to get the highest price for it! spring is a great time to sell your home Why is this?  Here are just a few reasons:

1. Daylight savings time! Now that we've all turned our clocks ahead we have more daylight later in the day meaning more buyers can look at property after work. More buyers looking at your home gives you more chances for offers - the more offers, the higher the selling price will go.

2. Families with kids like tend to look for a home in spring because they want to move in early summer, before they go on vacation and before the new...

For Your Health's Sake – Choose a Los Angeles Short Sale over waiting for a foreclosure

If you're having financial difficulties and finding it impossible to keep up with the payments on your Los Angeles area home, choosing a short sale over waiting for foreclosure could be just as important for your health as it is for your finances. How can waiting for foreclosure damage your health?

The stress of uncertainty Waiting for foreclosure causes mental and emotional stress - and stress can have a devastating effect on your health. When you simply stop making payments and wait for the bank to foreclose, you suffer from these stresses on two fronts.First is the embarrassmentof having a notice attached to your front door, so all the neighbors know you're having problems. Even though your situation...

What are the Alternatives to a Los Angeles Short Sale?

Ten years ago hardly anyone had heard of a short sale. Now, since the real estate bubble burst, "short sale" is almost a household word here in the Los Angeles area. The current situation is the result of several converging factors. First, when the bubble burst, homeowners who purchased when the market was rising or had reach its peak, lost value. That might not have mattered if two other factors hadn't come into play at the same time:
  • Adjustable rate mortgages reset, making mortgage payments double or triple
  • The economy tanked and people lost jobs
You do have choices If you find yourself unable to keep up with monthly payments on your house because of these...

Curb Appeal- Make That First Impression Count

You Know What They Say About First Impressions-  It’s The Same Thing When It Comes To Your Home’s Curb Appeal

Most of us are so used to the way our homes look that we don’t give it much thought, but if you are planning to sell, great curb appeal can make the sale faster, easier and many times, more lucrative as well.  Take a minute to walk across the street and give your house a good look.  If what you see is less than stellar, don’t worry, there are inexpensive ways to dress your place for success!

Potted plants at the front door add a boost your home's curb appealNow That You Have Seen Your House From a Buyer’s Perspective, Make a Plan

Rather than run out to the nearest garden center and buy a flat of flowers,...

Landscaping Can Make a Difference When Selling Your Los Angeles Home

Landscaping can make a difference in selling your home. Many homeowners focus too much on improving their interiors and overlook the fact that it is their front yard that creates the essential first impression. A well-landscaped lawn can make the difference in a potential buyer’s decision to step inside your home or not.  It implies to the buyer that the homeowner cares for his or her home and that the interiors would most likely be clean and well-maintained too.  Great  landscaping can add as much as 5-11% to your home’s market value! If you are planning on landscaping to improve your property, come up with a list of things that need to be done then start on the project right away. If you are going to sell your home, the best time to do ...

What is a HAFA and can it help with the short sale of my Los Angeles Home?

HAFA stands for Homes Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives. The purpose  of HAFA is to help home owners avoid foreclosure through short sales or deeds in lieu of foreclosure. What started out as a voluntary program for streamlining the short sale process is now mandated for 90+% home loans serviced by lenders. The program is effective until December 31, 2012. HAFA is available to those who:

Simple Repairs to Help Your Los Angeles Home Show Better and Sell Faster

If you are planning on selling Los Angeles your home, you should consider doing some simple repairs to help your home show better and sell faster. Home repairs may seem costly at first, but it may bring you huge returns once you’ve sold your home for a better price than if you just sold your home as is. A good first impression will help your Los Angeles home sell faster and at a better price. In general, potential buyers make their decision to buy a home on the first 30 seconds upon entering it. A well-maintained and pleasant-looking (not to mention, pleasant-smelling) home sells 30-50% faster than those that are only sold as is. That is why it is so important to make home repairs before selling. But before you jump into a major home repair, you should...
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