Parents of first time buyers

As most of you know, I purchased my first home when I was just 22 years old.  I had a little help with my down payment so I can’t take total credit for such a big accomplishment but I can take total credit for having the initiative to do so. Over the years I have worked with many first time buyers.  Most of them have established themselves in the grown up world.  They have good […]

Should your agent be present during the home inspection?

A couple of years ago I was at a home inspection in Glendale.  I was representing the buyers and the listing agent was at a “seminar” for the day so she sent her 18 year old assistant instead.  During the inspection our inspector accidentally hit a brittle PVC fire sprinkler pipe in the attic with his knee.  Needless to say there was water everywhere! The listing agents assistant was given strict instructions not to bother […]

Is white the new stainless steel?

Just when you thought that stainless steel appliances where here to stay, white makes a come back! That doesn’t mean that stainless steel appliances are out of style.  Most kitchen designers will tell you that they won’t be going away anytime soon. I prefer to stick with the things that stand the test of time rather than worry about keeping up with trends especially since home improvements tend to be expensive. I think white appliances […]

Restaurant Review

One of the things that is so great about my son and daughter in-law living downtown is the fact that there are so many amazing places to eat. Last night my son managed to get his wife away from work so that she could join us for dinner at Officine BRERA.  They have been wanting to take me there ever since it opened.  Officine BRERA is the latest Factory Place Hospitality Group concept from restaurateur […]

YELP

Just the other day one of my long time clients told me that she saw several bad reviews for another Glendale agent on YELP. I have to admit, the first thing I wanted to do is read the bad reviews, which is exactly what I did. But should a home buyer or seller really count on YELP reviews when choosing a Realtor? HECK NO! It may come as a big surprise to some of my […]

Saltbox Home

One of the many things that I love about living here in Glendale is that we have so many different types of architecture throughout the city. I have always loved this charming Saltbox style home on Allen.  Not only do I drive past it daily, I actually attended high school with someone who used lived there. The Saltbox-style home isn’t very common here in Glendale but I have spent quite a bit of time in […]

Easy? NO! Rewarding? YES!

When I was a kid my mom always used to say “anything worth having is worth working for” I apply that to my real estate business. For some crazy reason, a lot of people think that this is an “Easy Money” business, but nothing could be further from the truth! Here’s a perfect example, I just closed escrow on this Adams Hill home. I met the sellers two years ago at another Adams Hill listing […]

Growing up in Glendale

This home on Virginia Avenue just hit the market last week for the first time since 1961.  Not only did I walk by this home almost every single day of my childhood, I spent a lot of time in this house too.  I grew up on this street and I knew just about every family on my block. Glendale was such a great town to grow up in.  My siblings and I walked to school […]

Happy Anniversary Americana!

This month marks the Americana’s 8th anniversary. It’s hard to imagine that there was a time when there was so much controversy about the development of what is now knows as Glendale’s biggest attraction! When was the last time you visited the Americana?  You may want to take advantage of  the Americana’s popular event known as Date night .  Purchase a Date Night Package for only $35 per person and enjoy a three-course meal from Bourbon Steak, […]

The Four Agreements

Those of you who know me, know that one of my favorite books is the Four Agreements.  I have purchased several copies and I have given it to many people.  It’s a code of conduct that can pretty much transform your life in such an amazing way. These Four Agreements (see photo) come in handy when trying to keep my clients focused on their real estate goals.  In this highly competitive market it’s easy for […]