Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Valley: Coming Soon...Home with detached In-Law Suite, heated pool and completely remodeled

Are you looking for that home in the Valley that has it ALL? Well, it will be on the market soon. Here are some of the things this "Coming Soon" home has:


All windows replaced in 2006 and 2012
New Floors in 2012
Kitchen and Bathrooms remodeled in 2012
Kitchen Built-in Cabinets installed in 2012
HVAC replaced and moved to roof in 2013
Hot Water Heater Replaced in 2013
Pool remodeled 2013
Pool Deck new in 2013
Fence remodeled in 2006
Custom Closets installed in 2013
Home exterior painted in 2015
New Rain Gutters and grills installed in 2015
Ceiling smoothed in 2012
New Kitchen lighting in 2015
Cianti Verde Granite in Kitchen
Copper plumbing installed under house
Drip system installed in backyard
Solar lighting installed along back Fence
Pool has pebble finish, baja step, salt water and is heated by solar
Reverse Osmosis water filtration installed 


And can you believe all that is asking $700,000. Don't miss out! 

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Feds Raise Rates Again And Expect More Raises To Get Back To A More NORMAL Rate

Feds just raised the rates again by a small amount as they all agree the market is healthy and this is the best time to raise them.  They mentioned raising them 2 more times this year an they expect to raise them 3 times next year.  Does this mean the house prices will go down? The market will drop? What should you make of this news?  Here is the most important part of this article:

 ..."it expects to increase rates another two times this year as it pursues a return to more normal interest rate levels."

The reason I believe this part of the article is the most important is because I've been preaching about our very low interest rates for years. They've lasted this long but won't last forever and this is major.  If you are thinking about buying...don't wait! You may be out of luck by next year if/when rates are continuously raised.  

My professional experience leads me to believe that this will not cause house prices to drop. At least not this year. And for those of you that have been holding out on buying...stop. The rates are the biggest factor in home buying and I suggest you move on them before they rise back to normal

Read more about it Here

                                                                                





Monday, February 5, 2018

Is Your House Earthquake Ready?

The state of California has put together a program to help homeowners retrofit their homes in case of an earthquake.  Many homes here is Los Angeles were built well before the standards we now have that help keep homes safe during an earthquake.  Things such as cripple walls, water heater strapping, and anchor bolts are just some of the things we need for us and our home to stay safe in case of an earthquake. Here is some information below and you will find much more detailed information on the links provided at the bottom of this article. 

 Registration is open January 23, 2018 through February 23, 2018. Homeowners interested in participating in EBB must:
  • Own a house located in a designated ZIP Code
  • Create an online account and complete registration as a homeowner
  • Only one registration per house
  • Ensure your house is eligible by answering all qualification questions and reviewing the Program Rules.
    • Your house must have less than a four-foot cripple wall to use a prescriptive plan set
    • If your house has a cripple wall between 4-feet and 7-feet you must use an engineered solution.

https://www.earthquakebracebolt.com/homeownerregistration


http://www.insurance.ca.gov/0400-news/0100-press-releases/2018/release009-18.cfm



Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Museums This Sunday Are FREE

What are you doing on Sunday?  Here in Los Angeles, we are blessed to have an amazing selection of museums to experience.  I highly recommend taking advantage of this FREE opportunity to go see one of the following participant museums.  Have Fun! (please check dates, times and availability)

Annenberg Space for Photography
Autry Museum of the American West
The Broad
California African American Museum
California Science Center
General admission only. A timed reservation with a convenience fee is required for Space Shuttle Endeavour.
Columbia Memorial Space Center
Craft & Folk Art Museum
Descanso Gardens
Forest Lawn Museum
Fowler Museum at UCLA
Getty Center
Getty Villa
Free, timed tickets are required. Visit getty.edu.
GRAMMY Museum
Hammer Museum
Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Japanese American National Museum
Free tickets available at janm.org/freeforall.
Kidspace Children’s Museum
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum
General admission only; free tickets available at tarpits.org/freeforall.
LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA)
Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA)
Museum of Tolerance
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
*General admission only; free tickets available at nhm.org/freeforall.
Orange County Museum of Art
The Paley Center for Media
Palm Springs Art Museum
Pasadena Museum of California Art
Petersen Automotive Museum
Tickets must be reserved in advance at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/museum-free-for-all-day-tickets-41631960314#tickets
Pomona College Museum of Art
Riverside Art Museum
Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Skirball Cultural Center
Noah’s Ark timed-entry, one-hour tickets are limited and distributed first-come, first-served.
Sunnylands Center & Gardens
Excludes tours of the historic house and grounds.
University Art Museum, CSU Long Beach
Join us for opening reception of Robert Irwin: Site Determined 4-6 pm, January 28. Closed January 27.
USC Fisher Museum
Offering free admission on Saturday, January 27, instead of Sunday, January 28.
USC Pacific Asia Museum
Zimmer Children’s Museum

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Pacific Union International is My New Company

I started with the John Aaroe Group when I first became a realtor.  John Aaroe appealed to me with his vast knowledge of the industry, the respect that people had for him, his focus on the agents in the office and his ever-gracious way about him.  Just a few months ago, he decided it was time to go sit by a warm beach, watch the waves and drink a frozen concoction with an umbrella in it (ok...I'm making that up since that's what retirement looks like in my imagination).  None-the-less, he retired and our company became known as Pacific Union International.  Pacific Union was already a force in Northern California and they wanted to spread their wings and be a part of the hot SoCal market as well.  So, I'm still me, doing business as usual but just with a new company name.  I look forward to helping you buy and sell your home and investments with all the same drive, professionalism and personal touch that I've done in all the years past.  Happy 2018 and I'm always here to help!

                                                                       

Saturday, January 6, 2018

11 Questions You Should Ask A General Contractor

A past client just reached out to be the other day and asked about what she should look into when hiring a General Contractor to update her home.  So I took this as a great opportunity to write about it and share.  I reached out to an old friend, Kevin McCabe, who has a contracting business in Raleigh North Carolina called KLM Designs (see his Facebook page here  KLM Designs Facebook ) and asked him what prospective clients should be asking when they are looking to hire someone.  Most of the tips below came from him and you can't get better information than from the source itself so here you go.  

This is a list of 11 things you should be asking a General Contractor when you are shopping around.


1. Ask for proof of insurance
2.  Make sure they are licensed then find out how long have they been licensed. Here is the website for California where you can check http://www.cslb.ca.gov/
3. Can they supply referrals of people they've done jobs for?
4. Ask for their estimate on how much and how long they think they project should take.
5. What is included in their estimate? Such as, is this a total for all work and materials or are you going to be buying certain materials yourself that are not included in the estimate?
6. How many people work for that general contractor? Or is the General Contractor subbing out the work and if so, how long have they worked with the people they are subbing out the work to? 
7. If you live in a condo or home that has an HOA, ask the contractor if there are specific permits or approvals they need to get ahead of time and if so, how to get those?
8. Talk about the process of getting permits on the work getting done or if you choose to forgo that.
9. Ask about how the payment will be handled for the job.  Every General Contractor does it different and it can largely depend on the size and scope of the job.  Some examples of payments can be:
Larger jobs may charge 1/4 down, 1/4 on day one, 1/4 at a certain point during the job then the remainder when the job is done.  Others may ask for 50% upfront and the rest when the job is complete.
10.  Ask what you should expect during the work. If you are working on a kitchen, you may need to use a hotplate or microwave for a while to eat and also find a make-shift place to clean dishes. 
11.  Ask how any future issues resulting from the work should be handled.