Real Estate Blog

Where Are Interest Rates Headed in 2018?

If you are considering moving up to your dream home, it may be better to do it sooner rather than later. The two components of your monthly mortgage payment (home prices & interest rates) are both projected to increase as the year moves forward, and interest rates may increase rather dramatically. Here are some predictions…

3 Financial Reasons Why 33% of Homeowners are Downsizing this Year

A study by Edelman Berland reveals that 33% of homeowners who are contemplating selling their houses in the near future are planning to scale down. Let’s look at a few reasons why this might make sense for many homeowners, as the majority of the country is currently experiencing a seller’s market. In a blog, Dave Ramsey, the financial…

Top 5 Reasons to Hire a Qualified Real Estate Agent

The National Association of Realtors recently released their new Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers in which they surveyed recent home buyers and sellers about their experiences. An entire section of the profile is dedicated to clients’ experiences with their real estate agents. If you are looking to buy or sell your house in 2018,…

New Study Shows FSBOs Don’t Save Real Estate Commission

One of the main reasons why For Sale By Owners (FSBOs) don’t use a real estate agent is because they believe they will save the commission an agent charges for getting their house on the market and selling it. A new study by Collateral Analytics, however, reveals that FSBOs don’t actually save anything, and in…

7 Important Questions to Ask When Interviewing a Realtor

When interviewing agents to sell their home, most homesellers really only care about the answer to two questions: Who is going to sell it for the most money? Who is going to charge me the least? The result of these narrow criteria is painful to the seller. Most people list their home at a price…

5 Reasons to Sell Your Home in the Winter

As a homeowner, you want to maximize the proceeds from the sale of your home. One of the big questions a homeowner must ask is: What is the best time of year to sell my home? Should I sell my home in the Winter? Or is the Summer better? As you may imagine, the answer…

5 Reasons Westlake Village Homeowners Should Never “For Sale by Owner”

Some homeowners attempt to sell their home on their own, known in the industry as “For Sale by Owner” or FSBO. There are countless reasons this is a terrible idea for the vast majority of sellers, but this is especially true for Westlake Village real estate and the many luxury markets nearby. Below, we’ll go…

Homeowner’s Guide To Installing Fake Grass in the 805

Did you know that there are tax rebates for Conejo Valley homeowners looking to tear up the artificial grass and replace it with drought resistant plants and mulch or rocks instead? The bristly artificial grass that debuted on football fields in the 60s has been reincarnated, and now the faux fuzz is new and improved with perfect green-toned blades,…

How To Swap Your Home While On Vacation

You live in “The 805”, but could have a flat in London, penthouse in New York and a chateau in Switzerland – if you’re a home swapper. Just as you’re yearning for an urban get-away, someone else wants a suburban excursion (especially here since we are close to Los Angeles, the beach and central coast…

The Surprising History of Posh Lake Sherwood California

These days everyone knows that Lake Sherwood homes are some of the most gorgeous in the Ventura County region. This small, upscale neighborhood is home to just over 1,000 of some of the wealthiest individuals in the country including David Murdock, owner of the Dole company. His estate spawns over 2,000 acres of land on…

Moving Made Easy: Pods Can Help You Skip Stress

Getting the keys to your new home is one of the most exciting feelings in the world! Unfortunately, the stress and strain that comes with moving can suck the fun right out of it. If you’ve got a move coming up, consider avoiding a lot of the usual hassle involved by turning to PODS. Here are…

The Fleet Of Celebrities Buying Up Conejo Valley Homes

Celebrities are taking Conejo Valley homes and aren’t looking back. While Bel Air and Beverly Hills remain a central location for celebrities, nowadays stars are opting for homes in Calabasas, Westlake Village and Lake Sherwood and we know exactly why. It’s a smart move no doubt when the valley offers so much in space and…