December 2013

Dollars in the Details – Selling Your Home

By | December 30th, 2013|Beach Cities, Front Page, Los Angeles Luxury Homes, Palos Verdes, Palos Verdes Estates, Palos Verdes Peninsula, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates, San Pedro, Seller Tip, Torrance|

Listing your home in 2014? Congratulations, you've decided 2014 is the year to sell your home.  The big reveal is circled on the calendar and work is underway in preparation for your home's big day.  Soon, a parade of real estate agents and their prospective buyer will parade and prance through the halls and rooms of your once private abode with thoughts of who they will show and sell it to, or whether this is the one house they will call home.  It's up to you and your agent to make the most of this chance to impress agents and buyers. [...]

Take a Hike–Palos Verdes Lifestyle

By | December 30th, 2013|An Agent's Life, Buyer Tip, Front Page, Inspiration, Lifestyle in Palos Verdes, Los Angeles Luxury Homes, Palos Verdes, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes, Palos Verdes Peninsula, Palos Verdes View Homes, Rancho Palos Verdes|

I'll be the first to admit if you're in search of an active nightlife, Palos Verdes is not the place to find it.  However, despair not, as all you must do to find it is drop off "The Hill" and hug the coast.  Once you hit Pacific Coast Highway you'll find the beach cities awake and hopping. On the other hand, if you're in need of a daily dose of peace and serenity--a little rejuvenation for the soul, I can think of few places better than settling down in one of the most striking, naturally beautiful places along the Southern [...]

2014 Real Estate Predictions

By | December 27th, 2013|Beach Cities, Buyer Tip, Front Page, Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, Palos Verdes, Palos Verdes Estates, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes, Rancho Palos Verdes, Redondo Beach, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates, San Pedro, Seller Tip|

No, I do not have a crystal ball or have the innate ability to see into the future, but if the recent past is the best indicator of short-term future directions, I think I have an intelligent inkling of the real estate paths we will travel during the next 12 months. 1. Price increases will slow. There is no way the market can sustain annual price increases of 20% or more. 2013 was Southern California's real estate comeback year.  2014 will be the "Return to Normalcy" year. Enough of the double-digit price increases--eight is a good number and that's my [...]

A Business Plan for Selling Your Home

By | December 26th, 2013|Front Page, Hermosa Beach Luxury Homes, Los Angeles Luxury Homes, Manhattan Beach Luxury Homes, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes, Redondo Beach|

Your home is probably one of the most valuable assets in your investment portfolio.  When the time arrives to move up, or scale down, it makes solid financial sense to develop a written business plan for selling your house.  After all, time spent planning and preparing before the sale often delivers huge rewards. The Decision to Sell:  Life events are the usual indicators of when it is time to sell a property.  Once the decision is made or if you're undecided about the timing, it's never too early to consult the professional in your life.  A call to an accountant [...]

Palos Verdes Lifestyle – Bare Feet in December

By | December 23rd, 2013|An Agent's Life, Front Page, Lifestyle in Palos Verdes, Palos Verdes|

I checked the five day weather forecast for Rancho Palos Verdes today.  Christmas Day is predicted to bless us with a high of 79 degrees.  I'm revamping my Christmas Day attire and checking my closet for something more temperature appropriate.  Now, what did I do with that red sundress? There is something very inviting about bare feet at the beach in December.  If you would like more information about life on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, contact me at 310.493.8333.

Is Your Agent Playing Word Games With You?

By | December 23rd, 2013|An Agent's Life, Beach Cities, Buyer Tip, Front Page, Income Property, Los Angeles, Palos Verdes, Seller Tip|

I received a call from a past client requesting me to list one of her properties.  Only problem was, it was already listed with someone from her social circle.  It seems the process was not going well and my former client decided she wanted to return to a known entity. Unfortunately, changing agents is not as simple as a phone call when contracts are involved.  While still on the phone, I checked the MLS and the listing was still showing as "Active" even though the seller assured me the listing was "Canceled" at her request. I explained I could not help [...]

How to Find the Right House for You in Palos Verdes

By | December 14th, 2013|An Agent's Life, Front Page, Lifestyle in Palos Verdes, Palos Verdes, Palos Verdes Estates, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes, Palos Verdes Peninsula, Palos Verdes View Homes, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates|

People move to Palos Verdes for many different reasons. Many come for the award-winning Palos Verdes Unified School District; others come for the spectacular ocean and city light views. Equestrians are delighted to find a wide variety of horse properties available. The natural beauty of hills and ocean vistas send a tantalizing invitation to prospective homeowners to call this gorgeous peninsula home. Currently the least expensive single-family home for sale on the Palos Verdes Peninsula is listed for $649,000 in the Eastview area of Rancho Palos Verdes. There are currently only 14 single family homes priced under $1,000,000 in all [...]

A Side Effect of Blogging

By | December 9th, 2013|Active Rain, An Agent's Life, Favorite Photos - Palos Verdes, Front Page, Inspiration, Lifestyle in Palos Verdes|

Not all side effects are bad, as a matter of fact some are beneficial in an indirect manner.  When it comes to blogging about real estate (or any other topic) it is almost impossible to measure the results.  Of course, we love it when a buyer calls and says, "I'm reading your blog post about such and such."  Such a direct hit is always appreciated, but an equal number of contacts materialize in a more direct manner. Take this morning.  An appraiser phoned to ask my opinion on income property values in San Pedro.  I assumed he researched sold properties [...]

Vantage Pointe – Gated Neighborhood in Palos Verdes

By | December 5th, 2013|Front Page, La Cresta, Palos Verdes, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes, Rolling Hills Estates|

Vantage Pointe - Gated neighborhood in Palos Verdes Whenever we see a property at broker open houses, or when we are out previewing property, we often make a short video and send to our clients, especially if they live out of the area.  This video was sent to China with a personal message along with relevant links to help the potential buyer assess not only the house but the neighborhood, view and my input about the area.   Vantage Pointe is a gated community of newer luxury homes in Rolling Hills Estates.  Many of the homes have views, spacious lots [...]

Why I Chose Palos Verdes as Home 25 Years Ago

By | December 2nd, 2013|Front Page, Lifestyle in Palos Verdes, Los Angeles Luxury Homes, Palos Verdes|

It was late December 1988.  My family and I lived in a gorgeous 1920s home in the Old Northeast section of St. Petersburg, Florida.  My four children were happily ensconced in a top rated private school. I was one of the founding member of the Ballet Society, and life was humming along in the happy lane.  Naturally, it was time to move. I was a reluctant house hunter. I thought Los Angeles was a fun place to visit, not to live.  As the jet approached the Los Angeles area the night I arrived, I was struck by how immense the [...]