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Closing Costs for Sellers: Common Fees on Selling Your Home

  If you're monitoring the value of your home so you can sell it and reap a worthwhile profit, don't forget to factor in the closing costs for sellers into the sale price. You may be estimating that your sale price could be $350,000, which could pay off your $200,000 home loan and...

How the COVID-19 Has Forever Changed the Process of Selling a Home

In normal circumstances, selling a house involves interacting with a lot of people. In-person house tours, roundtable closings, and handshakes are all standard formalities. But in a world rocked by the COVID-19 pandemic, safety and social distancing are a must, and real estate professionals and sellers...

These Are the Home Features Buyers Want in the COVID-19 Era.VIDEO

by realtor.com 11/03/2020 There are still plenty of buyers eager to find a new home, but certain features have become more important than ever amid the pandemic. Find out what you need to play up—or upgrade....

How Does Housing Affect Heart Health?

  Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. It disproportionately affects people of different races and ethnicities and vulnerable and underserved people. A recent study analyzed evidence connecting cardiovascular health to one social determinant: housing. This...

Amazon Pledges $2 Billion For Affordable Housing In Three Hub Cities

Brenda RichardsonSenior Contributor Real Estate I cover residential real estate, including buying, selling and trends.   Amazon said Wednesday that it is launching a $2 billion housing equity fund to preserve and create over 20,000 affordable housing units in Washington state’s...

What to Expect on Mortgage Rates; Update on Housing Recovery-Video

by realtor.com 12/11/2020 Realtor.com Chief Economist Danielle Hale talks about the latest economic numbers, and what her team sees ahead for 2021....

Lumber Prices on the Rise – Again

After drifting lower from mid-September to mid-November, lumber prices are on the rise again. Prices peaked at an all-time high of roughly $950 per thousand board feet in September before gradually moving down to around $550 per thousand board feet last month. However, according to Random Lengths,...

Talking About the Top Real Estate Markets for 2021- Watch Video

by realtor.com 12/11/2020 Realtor.com Chief Economist Danielle Hale explains why these metro markets will be the ones to watch—and perhaps to buy in—in the coming year....

How to Win a Bidding War

  Trying to buy a home in today’s market is tough. COVID has motivated a lot of people to look for a home, but also deterred a lot of people from listing their home so the options are limited. Even though I look at housing trend data every day as part of my job at realtor.com and my husband...

How Do I Benefit from the Passage of California Proposition 19?

On November 3, 2020, California Proposition 19 passed with over 51% of the 15 million votes cast. Taking effect on April 1, 2021, the passage of Proposition 19 ushers in an unprecedented tax benefit for Californians aged 55 years and older. As you may recall from our earlier blog post “California...

Top 8 Drive-Thru Holiday Lights in LA

  As we continue to wait with bated breath for the vaccines to clear the path back to “normal,” drive-thru events continue to be the savior we all need right now to make the holiday season feel special. If you didn’t find time to check out any of the many great Halloween themed...

How To Celebrate Thanksgiving While Minimizing the Risk of COVID-19

  By Lauren Sieben | Nov 16, 2020 For many of us, Thanksgiving is the official kickoff to the holiday season—the one truly American holiday that unites us all. It’s a time to gather with far-flung family members, squeeze as many people as possible around the dinner table, strenuously...

What is Pandemic Fatigue and Why it Matters

  Though the Presidential election and Halloween are occupying the minds of Americans across the country, another issue that is quickly taking root is Pandemic Fatigue. Put simply, we have been battling COVID-19 for the better part of 8 months now, and sometimes it feels like our efforts...

6 Ways to Improve Curb Appeal While Spending More Time at Home

by Kris Kiser, President and CEO of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI).  The living landscapes of a property (link is external) — grass, trees, shrubs, and flowers — play a critical role in creating a first impression of a home. More time is being spent in the safe space...

Why This Winter's 'Slow' Home-Selling Season May Be Hotter Than Ever

By Erica Sweeney | Nov 2, 2020   Winter is traditionally real estate's slow season. Between the cold weather and the holidays, the housing market typically plunges into a hibernation of sorts, with both buyers and sellers shelving any major real estate moves until spring. This winter's...

What to Do When Disaster Strikes: Rebuilding After a Wildfire

  y Tanya Svoboda September 2020 Unpredictable weather, dry conditions, and record breaking heat have played a part in the nearly 80 wildfires burning in 15 states across the country since August. As of August 23rd, California was battling 25 fires covering more than 135,000 acres...

Home Renovations are Booming During COVID-19: What you need to know

  By Tanya Svoboda October 2020 Many things have been put on hold due to the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), but home renovations aren’t one of them. Research conducted by Houzz, an online hub for home design and decorating, shows that over half of homeowners who found themselves...

8 Things You Really Should Do Before the First Frost

Ah, fall: The nip of the first chill in the air. The colorful foliage. The pumpkin spice lattes. The pumpkin spice everything. Oh yeah, and the long list of home maintenance tasks awaiting you at the start of the season. We hate to intrude on your fall bliss, but the postsummer months are a critical...

7 Products We're Buying To Stay Sane Inside—Are Any in Your Home?

By Larissa Runkle | Sep 30, 2020   It’s been a strange year, and one that’s left many of us spending record levels of time at home. So as we head into yet another season of home schooling, hanging with friends virtually, and working from the kitchen table, we're giving serious...

Current Housing Market Key Areas

  This year’s real estate market will certainly be one to remember, continuing to break records and challenge what many investors thought possible in the housing market. Here’s a look at four key areas that are fundamentally defining the market:   1....

Mortgage Rates Hit Record Lows. Could They Fall Even Further?

By Clare Trapasso | Sep 17, 2020 Realtor.com One of the few bright spots for home buyers and owners in 2020—a year marred by a pandemic, economic recession, social unrest, wildfires, hurricanes, and a highly polarized presidential election—has been rock-bottom mortgage interest rates. Mortgage...

COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act of 2020

  Over the past six months, there has been a flurry of different eviction moratoriums enacted by cities, counties, and even the State of California. The different local orders created a complicated framework, usually requiring an attorney to decipher which rule applied to each rental. On Monday,...

Best Restaurants In Palmdale With Outdoor Dining: Open Now

We love food, and we want to share some delicious picks in your hometown. Have you been craving a bountiful breakfast? Looking for a great lunch spot? We have you covered. Check out these sensational restaurants: 1.       California Fish Grill With food as good as it looks, this...

How do I get a copy of my credit reports?

  You are entitled to a free credit report every 12 months from each of the three major consumer reporting companies (Equifax, Experian and TransUnion). You can request a copy from AnnualCreditReport.com. You can request and review your free report through one of the following ways: Online:...

Tips for Showing Your Home Virtually—at Its Best-Watch Video

by realtor.com   09/03/2020 In the COVID-19 era, many buyers don't want to tour homes in person—or they might not be able to. Virtual tours are an essential tool, and here's what sellers should know....

What to Repair Before You List

  When you’re getting ready to list your home, it’s of the upmost importance to ensure you are showing it in the best light. Taking time to highlight its strengths and fix up some of its possible weaknesses can make a big difference in how fast it sells. Here are our top four recommended...

By the Numbers: Real Estate's Dramatic Comeback-Watch Video

by realtor.com 08/31/2020 The economy is trudging slowly uphill, but real estate markets are bounding back. Realtor.com Senior Economist George Ratiu reviews the latest indicators.  ...

How Black and Hispanic Buyers Could Benefit More From Homeownership.

  Researchers from the Urban Institute (UI) have conducted a study that showed American Black and Hispanic homeowners, even prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, accrued a smaller financial benefit from homeownership than White homeowners.  “Homeowners of color typically had...

Buyers ‘Frustrated’ By ‘Lack of Homes For Sale’

  Looks like new homes are creeping back into the market with a boost in home seller confidence, translating into a near recovery edging back up to levels seen last year, according to Zillow's Weekly Market Report.   That said, however, the new supply...

Here Are 5 Ways to Crush Your Mortga Debt and Pay off Your Loans Early

Pay off your mortgage early and live debt free with these 5 methods and tips. By HOM Editor August 2020 Becoming a homeowner is a shared dream across the world, but a never-ending mortgage is not. It takes the average person 15-30 years to pay off their mortgage, and considering the latter...

California Is Making Net-Zero Homes The New Standard

Vermont, Rhode Island, Oregon, Washington, the District of Columbia, and Massachusetts are following suit By Tanya Svoboda September 2019 The term, “Net-Zero Home” sounds as if it came straight out of a sci-fi novel – but it’s actually an energy efficient building concept...

Two California Cities Land On List Of Best Places To Retire

By Anthony SanFilippo February 2019 When it comes time to retire, seniors have many factors to consider. Most of them deal directly with finances – figuring out if they have saved enough money over the years to retire comfortably, or how to change their daily financial routines to live...

The Home of Your Dreams

Finding the Perfect Home You are now ready and armed with your pre-qualification or pre-approval to find the home of your dreams with the help of your real estate agent. It’s important to determine the type of home you’re looking for. Do you know the neighborhood...

Getting Ready to Sell?

  The first step in getting your home ready to sell is to de-personalize it. A house can be a place to eat, sleep, park your car and put all your stuff, including other family members. A home is where you feel comfortable, warm, safe and protected. A home is where you live. De-personalizing...

Are Things Looking Up? Updates From Our Chief Economist. VIDEO

08/08/2020   by realtor.com Realtor.com Chief Economist Danielle Hale gives an update on unemployment, mortgage rates, and home prices for the week ending Aug. 7.    ...

In Spite of It All, Summer 2020 Is a Great Time to Sell Your Home-

by realtor.com  07/27/2020 This summer has brought a lot of surprises, and one of them is that despite the coronavirus and economic recession, home sellers are in a really strong position. Here's why....

5 Coronavirus Real Estate Myths Everyone Thinks Are True—Debunked

  Every day, our conversations online and off are filled with "did you hear this yet?" news about the coronavirus pandemic. And, alas, not all of what you hear is true—particularly when it comes to real estate. For instance: Do you assume, as many do, that it's a terrible...

How to manage your money during the coronavirus crisis

  We know how uncertain things feel today because of the coronavirus outbreak. We also know uncertainty about health can lead to uncertainty about finances. Here are some ways you can manage your money effectively in the coming weeks as the world continues to react to the global health crisis. Budget...

5 Credit Card Myths Hurting Your Wallet and Credit Score

  There are many myths and rumors out there about how to spend on a credit card, when to pay it off and whether or not to even have a card. Unfortunately, some of these credit card myths, if followed, will cause more harm to your wallet – and your credit score – than good. Here...

Want an RV as a Home This Summer? The Benefits and Costs Revealed.

  If you dream of hitting the open road with a house on wheels, you may be thinking about buying an RV, or recreational vehicle. It's an especially alluring idea these days. According to the RV Industry Association, between 9 million and 10 million people in the United States own RVs—1...

Take the Stress Out of Your Move With These Tips. Watch Video

  by realtor.com    07/09/2020 There are few things as stressful in life as moving house, but you can ease the tension by a lot if you just plan your moves carefully....

14 Packing Hacks From the Pros That Make Moving Less Awful

Moving. Is. Exhausting. But you can make it as seamless as possible with these pro tips. New house: YAAAAY! Moving out of the old one: BOOOOO. Packing up, moving, and then unpacking an entire house is the worst. Moving may never be a great time, but it is possible to cut down on the aggravation,...

Getting Ready for Retirement

How to Get Ready for Retirement For most people, retirement feels like a long way off. But, if you don’t start preparing as early as possible, you may find yourself in a place of financial insecurity when the time does come. To avoid this, consider implementing the following tips. Calculate...

Low Mortgage Rates Could Hurt First-Time Home Buyers For Years to Come

By Clare Trapasso | Jul 16, 2020   Record-low mortgage interest rates have been a boon for buyers on a budget, even luring those who have been on the sidelines into the housing market. But that influx of buyers has made an already severe housing shortage worse—and the impact of those...

Take 5: What to Negotiate When Buying a House

  Whether you are a first-time homebuyer or a seasoned veteran, the negotiation part of the transaction can be a little daunting and stressful. However, it is necessary to ensure you are getting the best possible deal for your money. So, what should you negotiate when buying a home? Closing...

Home Buying and Selling During the Pandemic: What You Need to Know

  Resources to help you navigate the new real estate normal.   Technology and good-old-fashioned creativity are helping agents, buyers, and sellers abide by COVID-19 health and safety practices while getting deals done. Some buyers are touring houses virtually. Others visit in person...

The Housing Market Is on the Rebound, but It Still Has a Ways to Go

by realtor.com     07/02/2020 In this week's update on the housing market, realtor.com Chief Economist Danielle Hale takes a look at the eye-popping increase in pending home sales, and the coronavirus-related challenges that remain....

To Achieve Your Baking Ambitions, Make Sure You Have These Essential

by realtor.com 06/15/2020 Whether you’re churning out French baguettes or a batch of muffins, having the right gear in your kitchen makes baking easier and more fun....

Create the Home Office of Your Dreams

  Whether you work full-time at home or occasionally need to conduct business in the evenings or on the weekends, a home office a great way to utilize an extra room. A dedicated workspace in your home can be designed to increase productivity and comfort. Here are 5 ideas to get you started. Invest...

9 views of the LA River before and after it was paved in 1938

  One photographer painstakingly reshot old photos of the once-volatile waterway By Adrian Glick Kudler Updated Jan 8, 2019, 12:20pm PST   The Los Angeles River is on the verge of a new era. In the few years since the flood control channel was reclassified as a “navigable...

What to Know About LA County’s Strict New Restaurant Guidelines

  Social distancing in the kitchen, masks on masks, and more strict details to adhere to in LA County’s newest guidelines by Farley Elliott Jun 1, 2020, 3:43pm PDT   Though it already seems like a lifetime ago, the County of Los Angeles managed to release its...

Establishing Credit

  Your first credit card or loan is the hardest to get. If you’ve never had credit, you have no credit history. How do companies decide who gets credit? Giving someone a credit card or loaning them money is a risk. Most people pay their bills, but some don’t. Companies...

Fraud Alerts

  A fraud alert is a warning to potential creditors that your personal identifying information has been compromised. This alert instructs potential creditors to take extra steps in verifying your identity before issuing new credit. Once you discover that someone has stolen your identity, you...

Are We in a Recession—or a Depression? How Each Would Affect Housing

By Clare Trapasso | May 18, 2020   The past two coronavirus-ravaged months have left many folks wondering if the nation is in the throes of another deep recession—or maybe even a repeat of the Great Depression of the 1930s. Which of these bleak scenarios is more likely? And what's...

How Low Will Mortgage Rates Go? They're Now Below 3 Percent

  Real Estate News How Low Will Mortgage Rates Go? They're Now Below 3 Percent If You Know Where To Look By Clare Trapasso | May 21, 2020 One of the few silver linings for real estate in the middle of this devastating coronavirus pandemic has been record-low mortgage interest...

Mortgage applications for home purchases increase

Applications for mortgages to purchase homes gained for the fourth consecutive week while refinancings dropped, the Mortgage Bankers Association said in a Wednesday report. A seasonally adjusted index measuring purchase applications rose 11% last week, compared with a 6% increase in the prior week,...

Mortgage & housing assistance during coronavirus national emergency.

If you're concerned about how to pay your mortgage or rent due to the coronavirus national emergency, read on for information on what to do now, and what your options are for mortgage and rent payment relief....

Palmdale’s Courson Arts Colony wins award for housing innovation.

by The AV Times Staff • May 11, 2020 Leave a Comment PALMDALE – The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) has announced that the city of Palmdale’s Courson Arts Colony won the 2020 Sustainability Award in the Housing Innovation category.   SCAG’s Sustainability...

7 Types of Home Improvements,You Should Avoid During the COVID-19

By Lauren Sieben | May 7, 2020   Quarantine means spending way more time at home—and for some people, that also means noticing everything you want to change about your space. But is now a good time to take on a major renovation project? Probably not, experts say. “If you’re...

Decline-In-Value Tax Relief

  Tax Relief in Rough Times    We understand that residential property values and businesses may be adversely affected by COVID-19. For property tax purposes, the 2020 annual bill going out in October is based on the assessed value as of January 1, 2020, also known as the...

5 Things to Know About Selling a Home Amid the Pandemic-Watch Video

by realtor.com 04/30/2020 The coronavirus has upended a lot of the norms of home selling. Everything will likely take much longer than usual. Here's what to expect....

Coronavirus 275 reported cases in Lancaster, 378 in Palmdale.

In the Antelope Valley, there were 378 reported cases in Palmdale, 275 cases in Lancaster, 24 cases in Quartz Hill, 16 cases in Lake Los Angeles, 11 cases in the Littlerock/Pearblossom, Juniper Hills areas, and four cases in Sun Village, as of 2 p.m. Monday, April 27, according to the Los Angeles County...

Can't Find Cleaning Supplies? Try These Hacks-Watch Video_

  by realtor.com 04/10/2020 Amid the coronavirus pandemic, proper cleaning is more important than ever. But what if you go to buy cleaning supplies and the shelves are bare? Here's how you can cope by using common household ingredients.    ...

Mortgage Forbearance Requests Spike as Americans Lose Jobs.

  Unprecedented numbers of homeowners are seeking mortgage assistance as desperate and drastic efforts to limit the spread of the coronavirus have resulted in record job losses. Mortgage forbearance requests shot up 1,270% between the weeks of March 2 and March 16, according to the Mortgage...

The Truth About the LA Housing Market

  In these uncertain times there is plenty of information and unfortunately, misinformation, about the current state of the housing market. The misleading predictions and status updates about the market apply both here locally in Los Angeles and the country as a whole. Given the potential for...

Should I Sell My House Now? The Guide To Selling in the Age COVID-19

By Erica Sweeney | Apr 13, 2020 Spring is usually prime home-selling season—but this spring is a whole different ballgame. With the coronavirus crisis intensifying and the economy in a tailspin, some homeowners may be asking themselves: Should I sell my home during the coronavirus pandemic,...

How To Negotiate an Offer on a Home in the Age of Coronavirus

  The real estate market—and daily life—has been completely upended in just a few weeks. Yet maybe in spite of it all, you've managed to find a home you love and are ready to make an offer. Congratulations! But as you hover on the brink of what is potentially the biggest investment...

3 Ways to Lose Your Earnest Money Deposit for Good- Watch Video_

by realtor.com 02/28/2020   The earnest money deposit that home buyers put down with an offer is often misunderstood. It’s also easy to misunderstand when you’ll forfeit it.  ...

NAR Chief Economist's View on the Pandemic, and What's Ahead.

by realtor.com 04/01/2020 Realtor.com Chief Economist Danielle Hale offers her perspective on what the coronavirus pandemic will mean for mortgage rates and the housing market.  ...

LA just had its longest stretch of clean air since 1980

  It will be up to Angelenos to retain some of the car-free habits they’re developing right now By Elijah Chiland Updated Apr 3, 2020, 4:40pm PDT   Amid a rainy March in which millions of Angelenos observed orders to stay at home, sight lines in the city got...

L.A. County reports 18 cases in Lancaster, 4 in Palmdale, 6 at Edwards

Barbara Ferrer, head of the county Department of Public Health, said 257 more cases have been confirmed in LA county, raising the total to 1,465. That figure, however, does not include 16 new cases reported Friday morning by the city of Long Beach, which maintains its own health department. In the...

The Essential Quarantine Supply List- Watch Video

  by realtor.com 03/24/2020 Don't get carried away with panic buying everything you see—here's what you'll really need for an extended stay at home. ...

What Do All Those Real Estate Listing Terms Really Mean?

  Call it what you will—jargon, shorthand, lingo—but every industry including the real estate world, has its own language, a collection of terms that are essential to understand if you hope to play ball. And the real estate business is no different. In fact, there are...

Sold a Home? Don't Miss These Tax Deductions-Watch Video_

  by realtor.com 03/11/2020 The tax code has seen some changes in recent years, but the sale of your home can still net you some savings when it’s time to file with the IRS. Here’s a rundown of the deductions.   What's My Home Value...

Federal Reserve slashes rates again as the economic outlook worsens.

  The Federal Reserve cut its benchmark lending rate to a range of 0-0.25 percent in an emergency decision on Sunday in response to the growing coronavirus outbreak and its impact on the economy. The decision comes after the Fed made an emergency cut less than two weeks ago. As the financial...

What is the Best Time to Buy a House?

What Is the Best Time to Buy a House? Sure, you can consider market conditions. But when to buy a house is really all about you. Read   Visit houselogic.com for more articles like this. Copyright 2020 NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®   How Do...

Ask The Assessor: WHAT AM I PAYING?

How is my tax bill calculated? Your tax bill is calculated using the assessed value of your property (determined by our office at the time of purchase or ownership change)*, the State's tax rate of 1%, and any special taxes levied by local government or...

Amazon chooses Palmdale for new delivery services partners center

  PALMDALE – Amazon, the e-commerce giant that was named No.1 on LinkedIn’s 2018 Top Companies list, No. 1 on the Harris Poll’s Corporate Reputation survey, and No. 2 in Fortune’s World’s Most Admired Companies list, has chosen Palmdale as its new location in the...

The Best Trip to Take in Every Decade of Your Life

  As we venture along life’s journey, our travel needs change. What’s going to satisfy us when we’re a bright-eyed and perhaps naïve twenty-something isn’t likely to be the same as a trip we plan in our eighties when health and mobility requirements weigh more heavily...

3 Tips for an Open House That Will Entice Buyers

by realtor.com 02/21/2020 The open house is your home’s big debut on the market, and it can be kind of fun—but also stressful. Here are some top things to do to get those offers rolling in.   What's My Home Worth?...

84% of Americans say homeownership is a 'priority'

  Despite rising prices and personal finance issues, the majority of Americans are optimistic about homeownership, according to NerdWallet's 2020 Home Buyer Report by Marian McPherson | February 25, 2020 Inman News     Although median home prices...

The science of how diseases spread

How epidemiology puts the COVID-19 virus in perspective. Scientists, medical professionals, and governments around the world are working to understand how the new respiratory disease ravaging Hubei province spreads—and how bad it could be for the rest of the world. Part of this effort...

So you want to try intermittent fasting. Here's how to do it.

When to eat, and when not to eat, that is the question. Check any recent roundup of popular diets, and you’re sure to see intermittent fasting on the list. Like any weight-loss program, this one—which calls for long stretches of time with limited to no food—isn’t a quick...

Are you waiting for house prices to drop during the next recession?

  It’s unclear when the next recession will come. But a recent report argues that when it does the U.S. housing market is unlikely to adversely affected in any major way. Researchers at First American Financial Services FAF, +0.34%, a title insurance company, examined how the country’s...

Tax Saving Program of the Month.

HOME TRANSFERS BETWEEN PARENT & CHILD/ GRANDPARENT & GRANDCHILD MAY BE EXEMPT FROM REASSESSMENT These two transfers of homeownership (also known as Propositions...

Jeff Bezos buys Warner Estate in Beverly Hills for reported $165M.

  His new Los Angeles fiefdom sprawls for more than 9 acres By Jenna Chandler@jennakchandler Updated Feb 13, 2020, 3:14pm PST    “During the golden age of Hollywood... movie studio czars lived in impressive mansions set amidst handsome gardens to flaunt their wealth...

8 questions every first-time homebuyer should ask.

  From the finances to the school district, what you need to ask yourself before embarking on your first home purchase By Evan Bindelglass@evabin Updated Jan 29, 2020, 5:07pm EST     Buying your first home is a big deal, and very exciting, but you shouldn’t...

4 Habits of Successful Home Buyers—Get Yourself Ready to Buy.See Video

by realtor.com 02/22/2019 Buying a home is as much about your state of mind as the state of your bank account—but both need to be in great condition. Here's how to get in shape.     How I Start?...

Ask The Assessor

Q: What is Proposition 13 (Prop. 13)? A: Proposition 13 is a property tax-limitation initiative passed by California voters in 1978. Every homeowner in California, whether they purchased their home yesterday or in 1978, is protected under Prop. 13. The assessed value of the home is set at the time...

5 Tricks to Keep Your Pipes from Exploding This Winter

Even if you think they’ve already started to freeze. New homeowners may have heard that winterization is important, but in the hubbub of your first year living in a home you own (finally!), it can be easy to overlook the need to prepare for the cold weather ahead. After all, it's just not...

How to Figure Out the Best Time to Sell—for You--Watch Video

  How to Figure Out the Best Time to Sell—for You by realtor.com 07/03/2019 Timing is super-important for listing your home, but the best time depends on both personal and market factors. Here's what to look for.   My Home Value...

Tower communication, satellite images detail Kobe Bryant's helicopter

By Phillip Palmer Tuesday, January 28, 2020 12:39AM LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- The plan for the helicopter that Kobe Bryant, his daughter and seven others were on was to fly north from Orange County, but the foggy morning that set in across Southern California on Sunday forced some changes. Through...

Everything you need to know about the Wuhan coronavirus

A new coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, China, has global health agencies on high alert—and is causing no small amount of anxiety around the world. But for residents of the United States, there is still no reason to panic. Here is everything experts know about the new virus—2019-nCoV—so...

5 Things First-Time Home Buyers Must Know-Watch Video

  by realtor.com 03/26/2019 Buying a home for the first time can be terrifyingly intimidating—there's so much to learn! Start with the basics. Here's what every first-time home buyer needs to know to dive into house hunting with confidence....

This Is the Reason Home Prices Are So High.

This Is the Reason Home Prices Are So High—and Why They're Likely to Stay That Way By Clare Trapasso | Jan 22, 2020 For years, home prices have been climbing to record highs in much of the country. That has sidelined many aspiring homeowners and taken a toll on the budgets of those stretching...

Houses, rental vouchers,spending money:Can LA fix its homeless crisis?

  Service providers weigh in on potential solutions By Elijah Chiland Jan 21, 2020, 3:57pm PST   Tonight thousands of volunteers will begin an annual three-night count to determine how many people in Los Angeles are now experiencing homelessness. It’s a number...

Is There anyone that would benefit from me? Watch Video

We created a video about our company that explains a little about who we are!!  It would mean the world to me if you took two minutes and watched it and let me know if there’s anyone that would benefit from me.  Your opinion matters so much   ...

Questions to Ask Before Buying a Fixer-Upper

  A fixer-upper might have a lot more problems than you think. The last thing you want to do is purchase a home that ends up costing you more to fix than you calculated for. So before you spend a lot of your time and money on a fixer-upper, you need to know the questions to ask first. Related:...

Doing Taxes? Here Are 5 Tax Myths Homeowners Too Often Believe

by realtor.com  01/08/2020 We're here to set the record straight by highlighting the top misconceptions that homeowners have about taxes and real estate.   What's My Home Value?...

What to expect when buying a house in Los Angeles in 2020

If your budget is less than $1.5 million, agents say it’s going to be competitive By Jenna Chandler@jennakchandler Jan 9, 2020, 9:10am PST   Real estate agent Tami Pardee is reviewing five offers on a one-bedroom condo she listed at $465,000 in Culver City. That type of...

Solar Mandate Takes Effect in California

January 3, 2020   Starting Jan. 1, all newly constructed homes and low-rise apartment buildings in California are required to have rooftop solar panels. The state is the first in the nation to carry such a mandate. The law also requires better insulation and air...

Here’s Why Your Body Stores More Fat in Certain Places

We’re a little obsessed with moving fat around. And no, we’re not talking about stealing bags of liposuction leftovers to make soap. As a society, we seem perpetually unhappy with wherever our body chooses to store its lipids. Pop music keeps telling us we should exercise enough to get...

2020 Housing Market Predictions: A Snapshot

With 2020 nearing, experts and forecasters have issued many market predictions, aligning on certain points, but diverging in opinion on others. Below, RISMedia’s snapshot: Home-Building Although homebuilders maintain optimism, buyer demand is stronger, and analysts are divided on whether inventory...

These Celebrity Homes Were the True Superstars of 2019-Watch Video

  by realtor.com 12/18/2019 These entertainment stars not only awe us with their talent, they blow us away with their instinct for amazing real estate. Just take a look!...

Everything You Need to Know to Refinance Your Mortgage

(TNS)—You may have thought that once you purchased your home and took out a 30-year mortgage, you’d never have to apply for a mortgage again. After a few years, however, you may decide that it makes sense to refinance your home loan. Here’s what you need to know: What Is Mortgage...

Make This Smart Move Before Putting Your Home on the Market. See Video

  by realtor.com 10/17/2019 If you’re ready to put your home up for sale, know this: Buyers and their agents are going to zero in on all those things that need doing. Here’s how to stay ahead of them. How Do I Start?...

16 People You Should Tip for the Holidays

The holiday season is prime time to give back to the people who make your life easier throughout the year. But be sure not to bust your budget by giving too much or tipping unnecessarily. Read through to find out who might expect a tip and how much green you should tuck into each card — as well...

Be Empowered With This Buyer's Tools

  Buying a home is a big step, one that requires that you prepare for the process. Mortgages are complicated financial transactions, but with the right tools and information you can navigate your way to homeownership. MBA is here to help. Use the consumer resources on this page to start...

Apple commits $2.5 billion to combat housing crisis in California

  Cupertino, California — Apple today announced a comprehensive $2.5 billion plan to help address the housing availability and affordability crisis in California. As costs skyrocket for renters and potential homebuyers — and as the availability of affordable housing fails to...

‘Tis the Season to Sell Homes (Fa la la la laaaaa, la la la laaaa)

  Everyone who’s anyone in this industry is familiar with the term “spring selling season,” which defines the time of year when homes typically go on sale and buyers and sellers go to work. Sellers are busy cleaning and preparing their homes for open houses, viewings, pictures,...

5 bedroom home for sale in Palmdale

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Should I Sell My Home Now or Wait Until the Spring?

  There are many questions homeowners ask themselves during the selling process. "How much will my home sell for?"  "How much should I list my home for?"  "Who should I select as a real estate agent to sell my home?"  "What if the real...

5 tips for blocking spam from your inbox

  Everything that makes email so convenient—free messages, quick delivery—also makes it susceptible to spam. With only a list of addresses (widely available online), professional spammers can merrily bombard their victims with as many messages as they like, and they have a host...

2020 Housing Market: What the Experts Think

  Everyone felt it at the start of the year—conditions leveling, the market yin and yanging. About half of Power Brokers sensed it, too—that the current cycle’s ending, and a different dynamic’s emerging. Now, with two months left in 2019, the consensus is similar…but...

Are you house poor? Here are the US cities where that's most common

By James LeggateFox Business   National Association of Home Builders: Not building as many houses as we need Are you “house poor?” If you spend more than 30 percent of your total household income on housing costs, yes. And you're in good company: Millions of Americans...

How to get paid to travel

  By Natalie B. Compton September 14   You want to travel, but you don’t have the money to travel. It turns out that this classic conundrum doesn’t have to keep you at home. Looking to solve labor shortages, population declines and other...

5 Home Remodeling Projects With Top-Dollar Returns

  Not all home improvements are created equal. These will reward you the most when it comes time to sell.   Your home is in the perfect location, came at the perfect price, with the perfect lot. (Yay southern exposure!) But the home itself? Perfect isn’t the adjective you’d...

You'll Never Guess Where Kanye West Just Bought His Latest Home

You'll Never Guess Where Kanye West Just Bought His Latest Home by realtor.com 09/11/2019 "Monster Lake Ranch" is a 9,000-acre property located way, way out in the middle of nowhere, Wyoming. ...

Inglewood’s NFL stadium now officially SoFi Stadium

  The under-construction future home of the Los Angeles Rams and Chargers in Inglewood is slated to open next summer, but already has a name. “In less than a year, the Rams will be running out of the tunnel into SoFi Stadium,” said Los Angeles Rams COO Kevin Demoff in a statement...

What Effect Could a Recession Have on U.S. Real Estate?-Watch Video

  What Effect Could a Recession Have on U.S. Real Estate? by realtor.com   08/19/2019 Could a recession be near for the United States? Realtor.com Chief Economist Danielle Hale addresses what, if any, effect that would have on the housing market....

Solar Energy and Title Insurance

Solar Energy and Title Insurance By Barbara Pronin As more and more states, local governments, and consumers ponder the use and benefits of solar energy, new questions are arising - including questions about what title actions need to be taken with regard to solar...

Buy or Sell Without an Agent? No Thanks!

By Adam Contos   Although the vast majority of U.S. home sales involve real estate agents, the notion in the industry that consumers would be fine buying or selling a home without one is not really a new one. After all, the for-sale-by-owner route has been an option forever, and other industries...

7 cabins for rent in the LA mountains

  Are the mountains calling? By Jenna Chandler@jennakchandler Updated Apr 26, 2019, 11:05am PDT    Los Angeles might be famous for its vibrant beaches, and even its pastel deserts, but to the east it’s bordered by towering peaks that rival Colorado’s “purple...

An LA without gas stations?

A county sustainability plan is the latest framework for a carbon-free LA By Elijah Chiland Aug 5, 2019, 9:19pm PDT     Oil derricks and refineries would disappear from the region. Gas stations would become irrelevant. Streetscapes would be dominated by electric vehicles,...

Want Your Home to Sell for Over Asking? Do This

It's every seller's dream to spark a bidding war that will drive up the price of their home. But how can you make that happen? Watch and learn.   Selling a Home If you are thinking of selling your home, chances are you're caught up in a mass of emotions. You may be looking...

Earthquake-prone LA needs a better early warning alert

Without major changes, most Angelenos will be caught off guard when the next quake hits By Alissa Walker@awalkerinLA Jul 10, 2019, 1:50pm PDT   During last week’s quakes in Ridgecrest, California, Los Angeles officials touted the fact that the city’s new earthquake early warning...

Prepardness 101

Prepardness 101   We don’t like to think about disasters or emergencies, but the reality is they happen every day. We often think “that won’t happen here, and certainly not to us” but it may, just like it may happen to another city or another family. The difference...

6 Things Professional Burglars Don’t Want You to Know

By Krystal Rogers-Nelson Even though a burglary occurs every 20 seconds in the U.S., you can still protect yourself without installing top-dollar security features. Home burglary generally has a pattern; criminals are looking for an easy target they can rob fast. Learn from the pros. Here are six...

5 Things First-Time Home Buyers Must Know -Watch Video-

Buying a home for the first time can be terrifyingly intimidating—there's so much to learn! Start with the basics. Here's what every first-time home buyer needs to know to dive into house hunting with confidence. First Time Homebuyer Information...

Top 8 reasons credit cards get declined

You’re at the register, ready to make your purchase. You present your credit card, and you wait. You wait a long time. And then you get the dreaded message – your credit card has been declined. You know it’s something that happens. But when it happens to you, it’s frustrating,...

Knowing When You Are Ready-Elizabeth Banks-watch video

So you’re thinking about buying your first home. Your very own house (and mortgage). A place to call — and make — your own. It’s a big move, literally and figuratively. Buying a house requires a serious amount of money and time. The journey isn’t always easy. It isn’t...

Mandy Moore's Mindful Tips for a Well-Balanced, Lively Summer

(Family Features)--With plans of trips and relaxation on the horizon, it can be easy to give your wellness routine a vacation, too. Before you jet set off on your next adventure, take a moment to be consciously aware of how your mind and body may react to an overly active and jam-packed summer schedule. "As...

Contraception – do Americans believe it’s morally acceptable

    Contraception is a controversial topic and frequently discussed nowadays. In the United States, contraception is widely considered morally acceptable — in 2016, 89 percent of American respondents stated that they believe using birth control is acceptable. Only 6 percent of...

885M Mortgage, Title Docs Exposed in Data Breach

About 885 million mortgage documents dating back to 2003 have been exposed by a data breach within First American Financial Corp., a title insurance provider, the KrebsOnSecurity news site reports. The breach exposed bank account numbers and statements, mortgage and tax records, Social Security...

CoreLogic Forecast Reveals First Markets to Show Home Price Weakness

Home prices expected to decline in some regions this year By Kathy Kirkendall   After several years of continuous year-over-year increases in nationwide residential real estate appreciation, our CoreLogic team predicts that for 2019, home prices will appreciate by 4.8% nationwide. We...

Keep the Peace With Neighbors-watch video

What's My Home Value? Why find out here? Because we offer: Human Pricing. Since a computer will never know if a property sold for a high price because it was marketed well or if another sold for a low price because the foundation was cracked.... all the computer knows is that they both sold....

How to Know How Much House You Can Afford-watch video

  Mortgage Calculator   Make sure you're well informed before you jump in buying your home!! Purchasing a home is the largest investment that many people ever make. The first step in preparing for buying your house should be a thorough understanding of your financial options. This...

Mortgage Basics:- watch videos

Watch this series of videos for everything you need to know in order to make this essential, mysterious, and sometimes frustrating process of getting a mortgage to work in your favor.

5 Ways to Cool Your Home Down

Watch this great video loaded with tips to maintain your home cool this summer....

First Comes Home, Then Comes Marriage?

  When it comes to today’s real estate market, millennials play a major role. According to the National Association of REALTORS?, the group makes up the largest share of homebuyers at 37 percent, and according to RISMedia’s 2019 Power Broker Report, first-time homebuyers/millennials...

6 Easy Ways to be Eco-Friendly Each Day

  Let’s face it, when it comes to being more mindful of the environment in your day-to-day life, your heart may be in the right place, but sometimes being green just seems too complicated. In reality, eco-friendly habits don’t always involve big measures like building a compost...

Improving At-Home Water Quality

  Did you know the quality of your drinking water goes well beyond a simple filter? Did you know that you as an individual can help to improve and maintain your communities' water quality. "The quality and cleanliness of our drinking water is something that is obviously very important...

5 Ways Pets Can Improve Mental Health

  (Family Features)--Pet ownership can have a positive effect on people, including those who may be struggling with mental health. From minimizing loneliness and stress to aiding in social situations, pets can truly go above and beyond for their human companions. "Millions of people...

Property Taxes May Increase – Measure EE

Measure EE Overview On June 4th voters will go to the polls to decide an issue that has potential to impact the real estate industry, Measure EE.  Measure EE’s text reads as follows: To retain/attract quality teachers; reduce class sizes; provide counseling/nursing/library services,...

These Award-Winning 3D-Printed Models Show How We Could Live on Mars

On Saturday afternoon, May 4, design and engineering teams from AI SpaceFactory, an architectural and technology design agency in New York, and Pennsylvania State University faced off in the final level of NASA's 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge, which was run jointly with Bradley University in Peoria,...

E-cigarette sales in the U.S.

E-cigarette sales in the U.S. Electronic cigarettes (or just e-cigarettes) can be described as handheld electronic devices that create an aerosol by heating a liquid. These smoking devices are battery-powered and often shaped like a traditional cigarette, stimulating the feeling of smoking....

Mass Migration of Painted Lady Butterflies Entrances Californians

By Julia Jacobs March 17, 2019   Swarms of any other insect might provoke fears of a coming apocalypse, but clouds of butterflies migrating through Southern California are captivating onlookers who are relishing the otherworldly spectacle. The orange butterflies, called painted...

From the Bronze Age to Blockchain

From the Bronze Age to Blockchain Commentary by Allen Alishahi Before we get into what is an exciting technology today, let's first go back to the Bronze Age.   Yes, you read that correctly.   Roughly occurring in the 3300 B.C.E. to 1200 B.C.E. timeframe, the Bronze Age is widely...

The Kids Are Alright...When It Comes to Home-Buying Plans

The Kids Are Alright...When It Comes to Home-Buying Plans   While millennials often get maligned for their lack of motivation, the generation coming up behind them - Gen Z - may be showing signs of just the opposite. According to Bank of America’s 2019 Spring Homebuyer Insights Report,...

Air it Out: Improving Your Indoor Air Quality

Air it Out: Improving Your Indoor Air Quality   Ideally, you should be able to breathe deep in your space and not have any negative effects. In reality, indoor air can be some of the most polluted we come in contact with, even in our own homes. From natural aggravators like pollen and mold,...

3 Important Financial Moves for College Grads

    Find Out If You Can Qualify Getting Pre-approved does not cost money or committment from your side to move forward on the process of buying your dream home; instead, will let you know if you can approve a loan up to certain limit, how much of Down-payment and Closing Costs...

CoreLogic: Home Prices Rise 4 Percent

In February, home prices rose 4 percent year-over-year, with an 0.7 percent change from January, according to CoreLogic's latest Home Price Index (HPI™) report. Additionally, the average home price is