I love Los Angeles but it’s a big world.

I love LA but it’s a big world. No, I’m not moving, I really do love Los Angeles. This is an investment story.  I’m excited to have recently purchased an investment property in Portland, Oregon. Portland is a great city! There is solid industry with major companies havin...
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How to Negotiate in Real Estate Transactions

Everyone negotiates everyday…with their significant others, bosses, clients, their kids…kids are EXCELLENT negotiators! When it comes to negotiating in real estate, however, it takes a professional. After all, this is a major financial decision and there are a lot of...
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Homes Online vs. Buying in Reality

House shopping is the most fun part of the real estate experience and one of my very favorite things to do. Most people spend months looking at dreamy homes online. You may have visited some open houses… you’ve dialed in some areas and styles that work for you and you have...
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How To Understand Real Estate Jargon

Today I wanted to have a little fun and chat about real estate jargon; specifically words used in listing advertisements. After years of reading listing copy I have learned that agents may tend to exaggerate a little. Really, it’s their job to bring buyers through the door, so I...
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How Much Should I Offer?

One of the most important questions I often hear from buyers is: How much should I offer? While an offered purchase price has to be what a particular house is worth to the buyers I can offer guidance in a few ways. First let’s look at recent neighborhood activity and comparables....
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4 Qualities in an Excellent Listing Agent

The Los Angeles real estate market has been very strong for the last two years with many homes selling in multiple offers and many closing well over the asking price. From my reading, all projections are optimistic for a continued active market for the second half of 2014 and...
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4 Qualities in an Excellent Buyer’s Agent

In our current Los Angeles real estate market, homes that are listed for sale – if priced right – tend to get swept up by buyers extremely quickly. The market has shifted from a buyers’ market to a sellers’ market with a high-demand/low-inventory situation causing properties to...
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