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Saturday, August 13, 2016   /   by Lynette Williams

Don’t Get Burned – Get a Home Inspection to Save Money on Your Next Purchase

Okay, you made one of the most important decisions in your life: you’re buying a home! You found your ideal Southern California home. It’s in your desired Los Angeles Metro Area neighborhood, close to everything you love, you dig its design and feel, and you’re ready to finalize the deal.
But, whoa … wait a minute! Buying a home isn’t like buying a toaster. If you discover something’s wrong with your new home, you can’t return it for a refund or an even exchange. You’re stuck with your buying decision. Purchasing a home is an important investment and should be treated as such. Therefore, before finalizing anything, your “ideal” home needs an inspection to protect you from throwing your hard-earned money into a money pit.
A home inspection is a professional visual examination of the home’s roof, plumbing, heating and cooling system, electrical systems, and foundation.
There are really two types of home of inspect ...

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016   /   by Marilyn Perna

Making Little Feel Big: Tips to Upsize Your Small House

Has your home started to feel a little small for your family?  It happens to the best of us.  The things we own gradually end up colonizing a lot of our free space, and the house which felt “just right” a few years ago can suddenly feel as tiny as a shoe closet.
Fortunately, there are some simple tricks you can try to supersize your small space.  Most of these tricks are a matter of changing perspective rather than opening up more square footage.  Before you try them, consider a real effort to declutter first.  If your declutter campaign falls short, though, these tactics may come to your rescue:
Lighten up the walls.  Color can make the difference between breezy, cozy, and claustrophobic.  Dark colors on walls make them seem smaller and denser, while lighter ones broaden your view and reflect more light.  While white can be a bit harsh, there are other cheerful tones such as lemon, mint, and cornflower which can transform a space. ...

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016   /   by Marilyn Perna

Should I get a mortgage even if I don’t need one?

Many of my clients (especially Baby Boomers who are downsizing or relocating) ask me if they should pay cash for their next house or finance it with a new loan.  While the idea of owning a home free-and-clear is certainly appealing, I always present them with a series of questions to help them clarify the big picture.  Perhaps you or someone you know may benefit from these as well:
How much will you be left with after an all-cash purchase?  Maintaining a safety net of three to six months’ worth of living expenses can be a real comfort after you’ve done well on the sale of your home.  How comfortable will you be if an all-cash purchase brings you near zero?
Are you retiring soon?  This goes to two issues:  First, whether or not the absence of a mortgage will significantly improve your monthly position, keeping in mind you’ll still need to make insurance, tax payments, and maintenance.  Second, if you’re thinking about applying ...

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016   /   by Marilyn Perna

TAP INTO MY NETWORK FOR LOCAL RESOURCES

Usually, when Real Estate Agents talk about referrals, people assume they’re hunting for new listings or more buyers to represent. This isn’t one of those posts!   In fact, I wish more people would come to me looking for referrals in the community.
A good real estate agent knows people in the community you can trust, and I’m always happy to provide the connection.   If you think about it, agents pretty much interact with all of the people dedicated to protecting, improving, or maintaining your biggest asset: Your home. Whether it’s a local insurance agent, an honest contractor, or a crack crew of yard and maintenance people, agents are great sources of “who you should know.” (We’re also reliable sources of locals-only community info!)
It’s too bad that agents are often involved only in the sale or purchase of a house.  I prefer to think of myself as a lifetime consultant to my clients, and providing the names of people I ...

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Thursday, December 18, 2014   /   by Marilyn Perna

6 Tips For Selling Your Home Fast

Sometimes supply outstrips demand, unexpected events arise in our lives, or a dream home comes on the market, and selling your home quickly becomes your number one priority. We all know that one can typically sell a home faster by lowering the price, but did you know that there are other ways to generate a lot of interest in your home quickly AND get a great price?  I found a great article in Forbes.com that reviews the following six techniques:
1.    Differentiate your home from your neighbors
2.    Clean the clutter
3.    Sweeten the deal
4.    Improve curb appeal
5.    Get your home in “move in” condition
6.    Price it right
Keeping track of everything you need to do while selling your house is a chore. Knowing what to do is even harder. Check out this Home Seller’s Checklist to make sure you don’t miss anything along the way.  Click here to review ...

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