The importance of professional photography

I always tell my sellers that their first showing is via the internet.  Let face it, today’s buyers are searching all of the real estate websites and their agents are searching the MLS.  If your property doesn’t stand out on the internet, don’t expect to get much traffic.

The photo you see below is of a bathroom in a $2,000,000+ condo in Pasadena.  It’s hard to imagine that any seller would find this photo acceptable.  Unfortunately there are many sellers who just assume that their agent is doing a good job.  The harsh reality is, that there are a lot of agents out there who don’t properly market their listings.

Screen Shot 2015-01-27 at 3.48.24 PMProfessional photography makes all the difference when it comes to marketing your home.  If you click here you will see a view home in Glendale.  The view was the biggest selling point and there is no way an amateur photographer could capture this amazing view.  The view shots literally sold this home!

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DTLA Dark Nights is Almost Here!

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Celebrate the ups of being Downtown at L.A. LIVE‘s most exciting night – Dark Nights – featuring live musicians, performers, artists and indie craft vendors AND unbeatable $5 food & drink specials at participating L.A. LIVE restaurants! Don’t miss out on Downtown’s best night of the month!  Click here for details.

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Things to do in LA

Let’s  face it, you really don’t have to try too hard to find something fun to do in LA.  Here are a few of my favorite things to do.

Elysian Park-I absolutely love this trail!  It’s an urban oasis with spectacular views of downtown.  Elysian Park is LA’s oldest park and everyone should experience this trail at least once!

Guisados Taco‘s-I had the privilege of growing up with authentic Mexican food, so when I say this place has the best tacos in town, I mean it!  Guisados has locations in Boyle Heights, Echo Park and Downtown.

Echo Park Lake-Okay, you have driven by many times but have you ever just parked the car and taken a walk around the lake?  WHY THE HECK NOT?  This historical landmark is another place that everyone should experience at least once.

Secret Stairs-As an LA native, I am totally blown away at how many people don’t know about these stairs.  Click on this link, buy the book and get your walking shoes on!  This is such a fun adventure for the first timer!

Tierra Mia-Before you head out to the stairs you may want to power up with some coffee.  I recommend the Horchata Frap!

Whatever you do this weekend, DO SOMETHING!


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Is is a safe neighborhood?

This may come as a surprise but that’s a pretty tough question for a Realtor to answer, you see we aren’t really supposed to say whether a neighborhood is safe or even quiet.  We are supposed to tell you to check with the local law enforcement agency for crime stats because the answer can be speculative.

For example, I consider my neighborhood of NW Glendale safe however, there has been a rise in burglaries in my neighborhood.  In fact a few of my neighbors that I know personally have actually had their homes burglarized.  Knowing that, it wouldn’t really make sense if I told you that my neighborhood was “safe”.  Especially considering the fact that everyone has their own idea of what they consider to be safe.

The other day I saw a notice posted all over my neighborhood informing neighbors that several neighbors had their cars broken into.  If you follow Glendale PD on Facebook, you will see that they have quite a few posts with photos from surveillance cameras showing suspects breaking into homes.  There is no denying that we have experienced a rise in crime here in Glendale.

So what is an ethical Realtor like myself supposed to do?  Should I tell you that my neighborhood is unsafe?  Obviously I am not going to tell you that it’s a perfectly safe neighborhood.  My job is to inform you in the best possible way and your job as a consumer, is to research these concerns yourself.   Together we will arrive at making the right decision, and that is one of the things I love the most about my job, helping you make the right decision!

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What is a “boomerang buyer”?

The year 2015 will be known as the year of the “boomerang buyer” – a term referring to people who have lost their homes to foreclosure or short sale and are looking to buy again.  The percentage of these buyers is expected to rise this year as more and more former homeowners become eligible to purchase again.

Here are a few guidelines to keep in mind:  Conventional loans often require a two-year wait for short sellers who can make a 20 percent down payment, a four-year wait with a 10 percent down payment, or a seven-year wait with 5 percent down. Borrowers who lost a home in foreclosure and defaulted on their mortgage often have the longest waits of up to seven years before they can qualify for a new conventional loan.

Thinking of making a purchase this year?  Call me today and let’s make sure you are qualified, it’s the first step you need to take before purchasing a home!

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The Dal Rae-One of the last of its kind!

Last night I had the privilege of dining at one of the best restaurants in So Cal, the Dal Rae in Pico Rivera.  Ahhh, the days when you could get a good classic martini and you were served an iced relish tray before dinner and your server would make your caesar salad table side.

Looking for a fine dining experience?  Hop in the car and take a drive down to Pico Rivera for a flavorful blast from the past at the Dal Rae.

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Fabulous Flip In Eagle Rock

Check out this fabulous flip!  This property originally sold as a short sale in September of 2014 for $700,000.  It’s hard to believe it’s even the same home!

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It has been tastefully remodeled with appreciation for it’s original mid-century details. This north of Colorado home is currently listed for $949,000 which is a great price for a 4 bedroom, 2 bath home with 2,792 square feet.

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Looking to relocate to the Eagle Rock area?  Contact me today!



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Need a boost?

Look out Naked Juice, there’s a new kid in town!  Pressed Juicery has arrived at the Americana and I am so excited!  Tomorrow morning my first shipment will arrive  at my doorstep, yes my doorstep!!

If you haven’t tried pressed juice, I highly recommend giving it a try.  It’s a healthy habit and delicious way to incorporate fruits and veggies into your diet.  Pressed Juicery is currently offering a 3-day cleanse special, click here for details, offer ends on the 10th.

Here’s to a happy and healthy New Year!

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It’s been almost 7 years!

Screen Shot 2015-01-05 at 7.02.25 PMCan you believe it’s been almost 7 years since the Americana at Brand opened? It’s hard to imagine Glendale without it! During the holidays I enjoyed meeting friends for some holiday cheer, taking in several movies and of course shopping.

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In addition to the retail and dining at the Americana, there are 238 apartments and 100 condos!  Downtown Glendale has become a very desirable place to live since the American opened.  In fact, the Lex on Orange apartment complex is already 65% occupied and several more large apartment complexes are currently under construction.

Contact me if you thinking of making a move to downtown Glendale, I’d be happy to show you around my hometown!


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Out with the old & In with the new

I try not to fall for home decorating trends.  I prefer to stick with the things that stand the test of time.  That doesn’t mean I don’t like to change things up, in fact I am known for rearranging and redecorating often.

Here are a few trends from the past that are expected to make a come back in 2015:

Gold Fixtures-Can you even believe it?  I guess everyone got sick of everything silver, stainless steel and chrome.  Ughhhh, I am not falling for this one!

The Color Blue-YAY! I remodeled my home office a few months ago and used navy blue as my accent color, maybe I am a trend setter after all!

Wallpaper-As much as I hate the thought of it, we are going to see lots of wallpaper this year.  I have to admit there are some really fun textures and prints out there but gosh, it’s a pain in the tail to take it down!

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