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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...

Aroma Restaurant in Silver Lake - definitely don't curb appraise this one!

Last night I had the good fortune to enjoy dinner at Aroma Restaurant in Silver Lake. I was there with a group to celebrate a friend's birthday or I may never have tried this fabulous spot.  Aroma is set in a strip mall at the corner of Sunset and Silver Lake Blvd.  Talk about a surpise! I was reminded of the old saying ‘don't judge a book by its cover'.  Who would have known such great food and service would be inside a place with such an unassuming exterior. Aroma Restaurant in Silver Lake If you are a fan of Italian, I highly recommend Aroma Restaurant. From the hot, fresh bread to the tiramisu, we were not disappointed. My husband had one of the evening's specials- ‘surf and turf' which consisted of a delicious sirloin steak and butterflied shrimp and veggies sautéed to...

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:

Silver Lake's 30th Annual Sunset Junction Street Fair takes place this weekend, August 21 and 22

Silver Lake's Annual Sunset Junction Street Fair if one of the largest celebrations of diversity in Los Angeles.  The Sunset Junction Neighborhood Alliance was created to acknowledge the diversity of the neighborhoods of Silver Lake, Echo Park and Los Feliz. Long recognized as an area where artists, musicians, students, straight, gays and people of all ages live in harmony and respect for each others way of life- Sunset Junction is the perfect location for such a celebration.  A huge number of people gather at this annual event and this year will be no different with and expected attendance of 75,000-100,000 each day. Besides being a great place to get out for rides, attractions food booth and tons of live music, Silver Lake's Sunset Junction Street Fair is also a good cause.  All proceeds benefit Sunset Junction area youth programs. These programs provide work training, art classes, after schools programs and more to the area's under-served and at-risk youth...

Two Adorable craftsman homes on a lot in Silver Lake

I'm a big fan of income property and recommend buying income property instead of a single family home as a great way to get into the Los Angeles real estate market. If you've been thinking about buying a house in Silver Lake and like the idea of having an income unit to help pay for the mortgage, you owe it to yourself to see this property.  The Lightfoots' listing at 2419 Berkeley Ave in Silver Lake may be just the place you've been waiting for. Silver Lake 2 cottages on a lot These two restored  California Bungalows are set high above the street giving them a private, secluded feeling. ...


What are the advantages of a home warranty? Broken dishwashers, faulty heating systems, busted microwave ovens -these are the last things a new homeowner would want to worry about after settling into their new home. Having to spend on major repairs is a total nightmare for first time homebuyers since they find themselves virtually cash strapped after buying a home, with all their savings and money spent on the down payment and closing costs.
A brilliant solution to this problem, especially for first time home buyers without any experience in maintaining a home, is to get a home warranty.

What is a home warranty?

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