June 2015

Palos Verdes Home Seller Tip–Ready, Set, Show!

By | June 7th, 2015|Country Club, Crest, Eastview, Front Page, La Cresta, Los Angeles Luxury Homes, Los Verdes, Mira Catalina, Palos Verdes, Palos Verdes Drive East, Palos Verdes Drive South, Palos Verdes Drive West, Palos Verdes Estates, Palos Verdes Peninsula, Palos Verdes View Homes, Peninsula Center, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates, Seller Tip, Silver Spur|

Kitchens and bathrooms often are a buyer's tipping point when it comes to purchasing a home.   Your property is ready for the FOR SALE sign and the parade of real estate agents with prospective buyers in tow. You're confident in the selected price after analyzing reams of comparable sales and touring the current neighborhood competition. No question the price is spot on.   The house never looked better. The painters, window washers and staging pros have worked their magic, and you walked through your home with utter amazement wondering if you really want to move now that your house is [...]

May 2015

Why I Blog

By | May 11th, 2015|An Agent's Life, Buyer Tip, Front Page, Inspiration, Los Angeles, Palos Verdes, Palos Verdes Peninsula, Rancho Palos Verdes, Seller Tip|

Yes, I'm the barefoot blogger! I like to blog early before my day fills up with appointments and my mind is preoccupied with other demands and details that must be handled. My real estate blogging career began in 2007, and I've written more than 4000 articles about real estate in the South Bay of Los Angeles.  I do it for future, present and past clients, but I find it an excellent way to keep our fingers on the pulse of the local real estate market. I maintain several niche blogs as well as our website and our oldest blog, Palos [...]

Rolling Hills Horse Property–Best Buys

By | May 8th, 2015|Buyer Tip, Front Page, Horse Property, Lifestyle in Palos Verdes, Norma's Hot Buys, Palos Verdes, Palos Verdes Peninsula, Rolling Hills|

With only 12 Rolling Hills residences currently for sale, and many of those not suitable or set up for horses, it can be challenging to find a property that is a winner for both humans and horses.  My two current favorites are 10 Georgeff Road and 3 Appaloosa Lane. 10 Georgeff Road feels like "Old Rolling Hills" with its rambling ranch style and basic horse facilities.  The bones are good, and with some updating a horse or two could be quite happy here overlooking the riding trails.  There's a  Queen's Necklace and city lights view for humans to enjoy, and [...]

Sellers, Your Home Is Staged Whether You Know It Or Not

By | May 7th, 2015|Palos Verdes, Palos Verdes Estates, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes, Palos Verdes Peninsula, Palos Verdes View Homes, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills, Seller Tip|

Forget about fifteen minutes of fame. The average home showing takes less than ten minutes.  If your home captures the heart and soul of the prospective buyers they may stay longer.  If not, they are gone in under five minutes.  Yes, your house is staged whether you know it or not.   The image of your home is frozen in time in the buyer's mind.  Images of the style, the furnishings, the condition, the smell, the amenities and the ambiance are locked away for future consideration or rejection.  These components make up the overall "staging" of your property at the time [...]

6 Reasons Your Next Home May Be in Palos Verdes

By | May 7th, 2015|Buyer Tip, Favorite Photos - Palos Verdes, Featured Posts, Inspiration, Los Angeles Luxury Homes, Palos Verdes, Palos Verdes Estates, Palos Verdes Peninsula, Rolling Hills Estates, Seller Tip|

Reasons People Want to Live in Palos Verdes: 1)  Few places on earth are more beautiful.   2)  The Palos Verdes Unified School District is one of the top public school systems in California.   3)  It is located in Los Angeles County, and is close to all the urban conveniences, but is a coastal retreat far from the hustle and bustle of city life.   4)  The climate provides many days of sunshine, a few of rain, but snow is a rare occurrence.   5)  The coastal location provides easy access to beaches.  The Palm Springs desert towns are [...]

April 2015

Palos Verdes Luxury Home Report–1st Quarter 2015

By | April 28th, 2015|Buyer Tip, Lifestyle in Palos Verdes, Los Angeles Luxury Homes, Palos Verdes, Palos Verdes Estates, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes, Palos Verdes Peninsula, Palos Verdes View Homes, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates, Seller Tip|

The Palos Verdes luxury home market enjoyed a robust beginning during the first quarter of 2015 with the sale of 28 residences priced over $2,000,000.   Sales recorded in each of the four cities and the unincorporated area of the Palos Verdes Peninsula: Palos Verdes Estates:  13 Rolling Hills:  8 Rancho Palos Verdes:  4 Palos Verdes Peninsula:  2 Rolling Hills Estates:  1   The highest price paid for a Palos Verdes luxury homes during the first three months of 2015 was $15,550,000 for a home in the Monte Malaga neighborhood of Palos Verdes Estates. 31 Palos Verdes luxury homes are [...]

March 2015

From Contract to Close

By | March 24th, 2015|An Agent's Life, Buyer Tip, Featured Posts, Los Angeles Luxury Homes, Palos Verdes, Palos Verdes Estates, Palos Verdes Peninsula, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates, Seller Tip|

Your offer to purchase a home was accepted!  Those are wonderful words for most buyers to hear, and most sellers are relieved to know they are close to achieving their goal as well.  Buyers are delighted to conclude the endless search online and in the streets of their neighborhoods of choice.  Sellers are thrilled the need to vacate their living quarters during showings and the daily task of keeping the house "show ready" are drawing to a close.  It's a happy time for both parties to the contract. Then reality hits.  There are inspections to do, repairs or credits to [...]

January 2015

What’s My Rolling Hills Estates Home Worth?

By | January 31st, 2015|Buyer Tip, Front Page, Lifestyle in Palos Verdes, Palos Verdes Peninsula, Rolling Hills Estates, Seller Tip|

There’s no question the real estate market has traversed some peaks and troughs during the past decade.  If you recall, prices were on a steep incline ten years ago in 2005.  Alas, all good things must end, and the real estate joy ride of rising prices was no exception.  The plummet began in 2008 and continued until the beginning of 2012 when, by my calculations, prices bottomed out and bounced back with amazing speed.  2013 was the year of double-digit gains for many Southern California neighborhoods with stabilization reached in 2014.  That’s a short synopsis of a very turbulent decade [...]

What’s My Palos Verdes Estates Home Worth?

By | January 27th, 2015|Featured Posts, Lifestyle in Palos Verdes, Lunada Bay, Malaga Cove, Monte Malaga, Palos Verdes, Palos Verdes Estates, Palos Verdes Peninsula, Palos Verdes View Homes, Seller Tip, Valmonte|

There’s no question the real estate market has traversed some peaks and troughs during the past decade.  If you recall, prices were on a steep incline ten years ago in 2005.  Alas, all good things must end, and the real estate joy ride of rising prices was no exception.  The plummet began in 2008 and continued until the beginning of 2012 when, by my calculations, prices bottomed out and bounced back with amazing speed.  2013 was the year of double-digit gains for many Southern California neighborhoods with stabilization reached in 2014.  That’s a short synopsis of a very turbulent decade [...]

What’s My Rancho Palos Verdes Home Worth?

By | January 22nd, 2015|Buyer Tip, Country Club, Crest, Eastview, Featured Posts, La Cresta, Lifestyle in Palos Verdes, Los Verdes, Mira Catalina, Palos Verdes, Palos Verdes Drive East, Palos Verdes Drive South, Palos Verdes Drive West, Palos Verdes Peninsula, Peninsula Center, Rancho Palos Verdes, Seller Tip, Silver Spur|

There's no question the real estate market has traversed some peaks and troughs during the past decade.  If you recall, prices were on a steep incline ten years ago in 2005.  Alas, all good things must end, and the real estate joy ride of rising prices was no exception.  The plummet began in 2008 and continued until the beginning of 2012 when, by my calculations, prices bottomed out and bounced back with amazing speed.  2013 was the year of double-digit gains (Rancho Palos Verdes price gains were just below 20%), with stabilization reached in 2014.  That's a short synopsis of [...]