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How To Price To Sell and Still Make A Profit

The asking price you set for your home significantly affects whether you will profit in the sale, how much you will profit and how long your home …

The Priciest Area For Homes In ALL Of SoCal Is...

The beach… Of course! Just in case you are wondering about the other areas, here’s a chart of the Top 20.<p>Read on below for a list of cities where the …

Tales from the dark side of house hunting

There you are, an adorable young couple — with your little one in tow, another on the way — out for a leisurely spring drive with your real estate …

5 ways to save thousands on your first home purchase

Are you in the process of buying your first home? This article outlines how you could save thousands of dollars during the home buying …

6 Affordable Renovations That Will Instantly Boost Your Home Value

Chances are your home is the most expensive thing you’ve ever bought. Yet if you’re like most of us, what you spent to acquire it is only the …

Would-be sellers worried there’s nothing for them to buy

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Real Estate

A new California gold rush for homeowners, the poorhouse for renters

I lived in an apartment until I was 8, when my parents scraped together a down payment and bought a modest little house on a cul-de-sac, taking hold of a deed that was our ticket to the kingdom of suburban California royalty.<p>Housing developments grew out of the dust all around us in eastern Contra …

Housing

1 Smart Tax Move to Make in December 2017

Tax reform could limit the value of this deduction; here’s a trick to take full advantage of it in 2017.<p>While tax reform isn't exactly a sure thing …

I Almost Missed Out On My Dream Home Because Of One Tiny Mistake

<i>This story originally appeared on LearnVest as “The Financial Mistake That Almost Cost Me My Dream Home.”</i><p><i>We all remember our first time … reaching a big financial goal. The planning! The stress! The self-doubt! And then, finally, that massive sense of accomplishment (and relief). In our “My First</i> …

Could you gift your child a house deposit?

<b>The ‘Bank of Mum and Dad’ has long bolstered the deposits of first-time buyers, but new data shows that funds may be running low.</b><p>A survey by Royal …

10 questions you probably have about buying a home

Thinking about buying a home? It can feel like an intimidating process and you probably have about a million and one questions about this big step. …

Helping your child buy a house: when you should and shouldn't lend a hand

Overheated housing markets like those in Vancouver and Toronto may make headlines, but it’s not just those real-estate scenes that can pose a …

See Inside Tom Petty's Stunning California Lake House

The views from the master bathroom are breathtaking.<p>A few months before Tom Petty's tragic death last month, the 66-year-old rocker and his wife, Dana York, had put their three-bedroom Lake Sherwood, California home on the market for $5.895 million. Scroll down for a look inside.

Living Rooms

Their job? To temporarily live in suburban mansions

Mike and Janine Callahan might have the coolest job ever.<p>The husband and wife work as "home managers," and their job is furnishing and living in …

What is a Townhouse? Pros and Cons of Buying a Townhouse

Real estate professionals always have a wide range of proposals for their clients. Depending on a client’s budget, they offer possible options to …

101 things to love about Los Angeles

A love letter to the City of Angels<p>Like LA’s position between the steep, granite peaks of the San Gabriel Mountains and the unbounded Pacific Ocean, the city’s reputation is stuck between Valley Girl vapidity and a sun-kissed bohemia. Those who call Los Angeles home know which of those stereotypes …

Everything a first-time home buyer needs to buy a house

Buying a house for the first time can be incredibly time-consuming. There's so much information out there that it can be hard to know where to start. …

Personal Finance

How to Write a Homebuyer’s Letter to a Seller | Investopedia

One strategy people are using today to stand out from the crowd and compete with all-cash buyers in a hot real estate market is writing a homebuyer’s …

The 28/36 Rule: How It Affects Your Mortgage Approval

Here's how the 28/36 rule affects your ability to get a mortgage to buy a home, plus some tricks for getting the biggest mortgage you can afford.<p>Want …

Why You Might Not Want Your Spouse on Your Mortgage

Couples may be inclined to buy a new home together -- and, if necessary, apply for a home loan -- but new data suggest you ought to think twice before saying "I do" to joint mortgages. In fact, according to a note from the Federal Reserve, some borrowers could have saved a lot of money in interest …

Guild Mortgage launches nationwide 1% down mortgage program

<b>Guild Mortgage</b> announced a new, nationwide 1% down mortgage product to cater to the upcoming surge in Millennial homebuyers.<p>To make the down payment …

Real Estate

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LA close to bringing back program to help first-time homebuyers

Low and middle-income earners would receive loans to cover a down payment<p>First-time homebuyers in Los Angeles, where prices are increasing rapidly, could soon get a bit of badly-needed assistance from the city.<p>The Los Angeles City Council approved a plan Wednesday to resurrect a loan program for …

How Your Credit Score Is Determined

Don’t believe the myth of the single credit score. You actually have hundreds of scores! Don’t panic, though; when most people talk credit scores, …

Personal Finance

An analysis of real estate prices found homes near a Trader Joe's are worth more — and value is rising fast

Yes, nearness to a Trader Joe's can actually increase your home's value to buyers, according to a new study.<p>Homeowners with property near a TJ's saw an average home price appreciation of 67% over the last five years, reports real estate research group ATTOM Data Solutions.<p>Those near a Whole Foods …

Where condo prices are increasing around LA

And where prices are on the way down<p>Recently we took a look at where in the LA area home prices are rising and falling the most; but what about condos? Are these units following similar patterns?<p>Well, the MLS recently released a map tracking such sales around LA (though the Valley and South Bay are …

These Are the 7 Life Events That Call for a New Home Photos

There are events in our lives (e.g., the birth of a child) when we have to ask more from our homes. This can, on occasion, be solved with a short-term solution: a storage unit or a temporary wall. But the inevitable is, well, inevitable. You’ve outgrown your home. Here, we consulted with experts of …

40% of millennials want to live within walking distances of their parents

Experts say financial factors are one explanation for why millennials want to live closer to their parents.<p>In the game of real estate, this is what …

Real Estate

How Buying a House Saved My Family $11,470 in Just 1 Year

I am so ardently <i>against</i> buying a house that <b>Zillow</b> once quoted me extolling the virtues of renting. While friends bought homes right after college, I was reticent -- choosing to put it in my 403(b) instead. That was -- and continues to be -- <i>by far</i> the smartest financial move.<p>Not only will your down …