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An Agent’s Guide to Buying Your First Home in Los Angeles

If you are a first-time Los Angeles home buyer you are probably wondering what is involved in the buying process and how you will be protected. A good real estate agent will monitor the entire process and make sure that nothing falls through the crac...
by Los Angeles Real Estate News on May 5, 2015

But It Says You Are The Listing Agent!

When looking for a home to buy in Los Angeles you may be surfing the internet. Don't assume the site on which you land is that of the listing agent. There is more about why you should not use the listing agent to represent you, but this post is to ed...
by Los Angeles Real Estate News on Apr 1, 2015

How to Get Your Offer Accepted When Buying a Home

When you have found the home you love, your real estate agent will help you decide how to structure your offer in a way that it will be accepted. Here are some points to consider: The amount of earnest money. This is usually 3% of the purchase price...
by Los Angeles Real Estate News on Mar 2, 2015

How Do You Decide What Price to Offer?

Hopefully you will have your own agent representing you in the purchase, but if you are using the listing agent, who is working for the seller, make a point of asking him or her to keep your discussions and information confidential. Your real estate...
by Los Angeles Real Estate News on Feb 25, 2015

Before You Start Your Home Search Determine Your Needs

May home buyers start looking at homes before really understanding their needs. Making a list of what you can live with and without is going to make the search process much easier. Some things to consider are: Should the house be close to certain sch...
by Los Angeles Real Estate News on Feb 2, 2015

How Does Buying a Home Compare With Renting?

One can get very comfortable in a rental situation, but there is no comparison between owning your own home and renting. There are a couple of advantages to renting: one is being generally free of most maintenance responsibilities, and the other is...
by Los Angeles Real Estate News on Jan 18, 2015

L.A. Home Buyers and Renters, Appreciate Your Realtor@

There are good and bad eggs in every basket, so I wonder why the services of the real estate agent, especially when it comes to home buyers and renters, is often taken for granted and under-appreciated. Where else do you get the kind of services we o...
by Los Angeles Real Estate News on May 20, 2014

Can You Still Buy a Home in Los Angeles in This Sellers’ Market?

In this tight Los Angeles seller’s market Los Angeles home buyers are becoming more and more disillusioned and ready to give up.  Don’t.  You can still get the home you want with a little preparation and  stick-with-it-ness. When a buy...
by Los Angeles Real Estate News on May 12, 2014

Moving to Los Angeles? Be Prepared for Sticker Shock

Many prospective home buyers or renters who are moving to Los Angeles, either for work or to be closer to their family, don’t have a realistic idea of the cost of housing in our fair city. I will often receive emails asking me to help find home...
by Los Angeles Real Estate News on Mar 25, 2014

Buying a Home in Los Angeles What is Escrow?

If you are an out-of-towner buying a home in Los Angeles you may not be familiar with the escrow process. In fact I sometimes forget that fact and half way through the process find out that my buyers, or sellers are totally lost and sometimes want to...
by Los Angeles Real Estate News on Mar 15, 2014

Buying a Home in Encino, Sherman Oaks or Tarzana

I have been meaning to post some information on real estate in the San Fernando Valley, specifically Encino, Sherman Oaks and Tarzana. Studio City is already covered. So let’s take a look at statistics for  2013 compared to 2012. Sherman Oaks...
by Los Angeles Real Estate News on Mar 12, 2014

Finding ways to help young adults make their first home purchases

See on Scoop.it – Around Los Angeles WASHINGTON — Parents, grandparents and young adults know the problem only too well: Heavy student-debt loads, persistent employment troubles stemming from the recession, plus newly toughened mortgage under...
by Los Angeles Real Estate News on Feb 17, 2014

Why Not to Use the Listing Agent When Buying a Home. A Perfect Example

I recently wrote a post, You Have Had your Home Inspection, What’s Next?.  As a result I got a call yesterday from a very nice gentleman who wanted my advice on his situation. He is in escrow on a home and had paid $5,000 over the asking price...
by Los Angeles Real Estate News on Feb 27, 2013

Getting Married Establish a Lifetime of Good and Sound Financial Habits

Gene Mundt was asked to participate in a recent Bridal Show and Expo in Joliet, IL.  Below is the advise he put together to share: My suggestion to newlywed couples is … let the excitement of your wedding day die down a bit.  Take some t...
by Los Angeles Real Estate News on Feb 25, 2013

What Happens When a Los Angeles Home is Listed for Sale AND Rent?

When looking for a Los Angeles home to buy or rent you may find something on the market that is listed in both categories.  What does this mean? In the days when it was a buyers’ market then probably the owner needed out for one reason or anot...
by Los Angeles Real Estate News on Feb 24, 2013

Los Angeles Home Buyers Don’t Give Up. Keep Making Those Offers

If you are a Los Angeles home buyer right now you must be feeling extremely frustrated.  You can’t get to a property quick enough to make an offer before there are three, four or more buyers ahead of you also making offers.  And some of those...
by Los Angeles Real Estate News on Feb 4, 2013

10 Mistakes to Avoid When Buying a Los Angeles Home

Now is the time to be on the top of your game when buying a Los Angeles home.  As I have reiterated in many posts, Los Angeles is a sellers’ market. Avoid these mistakes and you may end up the lucky owner of a new home: Do not start searching...
by Los Angeles Real Estate News on Jan 28, 2013

Looking for a Home in Los Angeles? Check Out New Listings

If you have been looking for a home in Los Angeles for a while you are probably becoming extremely frustrated.  There is very little inventory, and that which does come on the market in a good area at market price is met with multiple offers and gen...
by Los Angeles Real Estate News on Jan 26, 2013

Credit and Credit Management: Reasons to Pay Attention to Both

Gene offers excellent advice on how to manage your credit before it becomes a problem. It’s not hard to find advice on a full-range of credit issues today.  Experts (or so called experts) are everywhere.  So I find that most of my client...
by Los Angeles Real Estate News on Jan 15, 2013

It’s a Tough Market for Los Angeles Home Buyers. What’s the Answer?

It is a very tough market right now for Los Angeles home buyers and you need to be on top of your game if you hope to get ahead of all the other buyers out there.  Even then you may not get the home of your dreams, but you do stand a better chance.
by Los Angeles Real Estate News on Jan 13, 2013


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