5 Reasons Why You Should Consider Staging Your Home

  1. A staged home will stand out above and beyond the unstaged competition.
  2. Marketing photos will make a much better impression.  Remember, your first showing is typically via the internet.
  3. Staging gives purpose to rooms and will help buyers to better imagine their own life in the property, creating a lasting impression in their minds.
  4. Staging creates a visual impact and appeal where it might otherwise be lacking and reduces emphasis on property flaws while highlighting its assets.
  5. The statistics speak for themselves:  Staged homes typically sell faster and for a higher price than non-staged homes.

    Today, more and more homes are staged prior to going on the market.  Can you afford to be part of the competition that is not staged? Contact me today to learn more!

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A few important tips for buyers

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I recently listed a lovely home in NW Glendale.  I was there for all of the showings which allowed me to observe literally dozens of agents with their clients.  Sadly, I came to the realization that there are far too many buyers out there who don’t have a clue what it takes in todays market to purchase a home.  Even worse, their agents are just as clueless.  Below is a little Real Estate 101 that I hope will offer some clarity to those in the fog.

1.)  Find yourself an experienced buyers agent.  One who knows and understands our current market.  DO NOT JUST RANDOMLY GO TO A PROPERTY AND EXPECT TO ENTICE THE LISTING AGENT INTO REPRESENTING YOU!  This is a bad idea on so many levels.

2.)  Get pre-approved with a good reputable lender.  This does not mean some no name mortgage broker that works from home!  Along with your approval letter, be sure to provide your Realtor with proof of funds and credit info to submit with your offer.  JUST DO IT!

3.)  Be available to see a property at a moments notice. Don’t assume you can wait until the weekend open house. See it when your agent tells you that you need to see it! Oh and while you are there, mind your manners, no rude comments, stupid questions or out of control kids please!

4.)  When you are ready to step up to the plate and write an offer be sure that you have fully executed the offer and submitted it with all of the necessary documentation of your approval and funds to close.  This means that your agent carefully checked all of the appropriate boxes, clearly wrote in all of the correct terms and conditions and made sure you initialed and signed where necessary.

Remember, this is a highly competitive market for buyers.  You may write several offers before you actually purchase a home.  That is why it’s important that you have the proper professional to guide you on your journey to homeownership!


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What would you expect to pay for a 7,850 SF home in Burbank?

Since I have had so many people ask me about this house I decided to write about it today. This Burbank home is located on Sunset Canyon and it was on the market for 294 days! It’s not your typical home, many neighbors have compared it to something one would see at Disneyland.

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It has 5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms a wine cellar, a gift wrapping room and a media room with a total of 7,850 square feet of living space all on a 11,834 square foot lot.  So just how much do you think a home like should sell for?

DRUM ROLL PLEASE………$2,000,000!

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A Rare Opportunity To Lease

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Virginia Manor is a beautiful Colonial style building on Pasadena’s highly sought after Millionaires Row. This unit glows with style and elegance with special features such as,  a large master suite and den with custom shelving and cabinetry. There is also a private patio area off of the living room. Other recent improvements include a newly remodeled bathroom, new paint throughout the entire unit and new tile flooring in the kitchen. Don’t miss out on this rare opportunity to lease in one of Pasadena’s most desired locations.

2 Bedrooms
3 bathrooms
Private Patio
1,494 Square Feet

$3,000 Monthly Minimum 1 Year Lease

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Fun Eats!


Bacon Donut

Donut Friend-Walk don’t run!  That’s pretty much what you are going to have to do in order to burn off the calories from these crazy good donuts.  The bacon donut is by far the most popular at this Highland Park donut shop

World Empanadas-These pockets of deliciousness are hard to resist.  Choose from large variety of fillings including chicken, beef, spinach and potato.  Their new location in Burbank is on Magnolia Blvd.

Tortas Mexico-I grew up on authentic Mexican food so for me to give a Mexican restaurant   a good review means you just gotta take my word for it!  I typically stay away from tortas but I love a good taco!

Moffetts-OMG if you are feeling the need for some serious comfort food and you just happen to be Arcadia you really should just stop and and grab a pot pie to take the day away, chicken is my fav!





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I don’t pay for testimonials, I earn them!

If you listen to talk radio or watch television you are probably aware of celebrity endorsements for various businesses.  What I find surprising is that consumers assume these are genuine endorsements.  If you think about, it what BIG celebrity would endorse any business for free?

My reviews and testimonials are hard earned.  They are from clients who have actually worked with me-IMAGINE THAT!

Do you really think that only the first 10 callers will get a special discount if they call within in the next 30 minutes?  Don’t believe everything you hear on the radio!

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The significance of a “celebrity owned home”

I grew up just 1 block away from this amazing Glendale home and I literally drive by it every single day!  It is currently listed for sale by a friend of mine.  When I went to see the home I was surprised to read in the marketing remarks that it was a “celebrity owned” home.  Come to find out that the home was owned by Rod Dedeaux, a well known college baseball coach who was inducted into the college baseball hall of fame in 2006.  He was the head coach at USC for 45 seasons!

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I realize that some people might not think of a college baseball coach as a “celebrity” but I have to admit knowing this made the home a bit more interesting to me especially given the fact that my sister Laura (Hoover High Class of 71) went to USC.  Then again, I am a REALTOR and I have a natural curiosity about the history of homes especially in my hometown.

Glendale has been home to several celebrities including Mario Lopez, Benji Madden who recently married Cameron Diaz and Shia LaBeouf just to name a few.  Oh and just for giggles, here is the definition of celebrity:

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A good first impression is a surefire way to get top dollar for your home!

Remember when you were a kid and your mom would tell you to always look your best so that you would make a good first impression?  That is the same advice I give to my clients who are preparing their home for sale.

It’s always a good idea to consult with your REALTOR about any necessary improvements prior to listing.  Your REALTOR knows what improvements are necessary and what will get you a good return on your dollar.  For example, I recently went on a listing appointment and the owner had decided to replace the carpet in all of the bedrooms.  Under the carpet were hardwood floors.  I recommended that she pull up the carpet and simply expose the wood floors.  As it turned out the floors were in great shape, she literally saved over a thousand dollars.

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Are you thinking of making a move?  Don’t gamble with your biggest asset, call me today to find out how you can get top dollar for your home!

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WAIT! Before you sign that listing agreement…..

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Perhaps you have interviewed agents or possibly you had an agent randomly knock on your door or preferably, you were referred to an agent. What ever the case may be, you are ready to list your home. Before you sign that listing contract be sure that you understand the terms and conditions of the agreement.

I recently learned out about a local agent that required the seller to sign a 1 year agreement. That’s almost unheard of these days! Most sellers want to sell as soon as possible so why would they put their trust in an agent who isn’t confident about selling their home in a reasonable amount of time? Remember, we are talking about one of your biggest assets here. Let’s go over some of the basics.

Listing period: The average listing period is anywhere from 3-6 months. If your agent is requesting a longer period of time be sure to find out exactly why. Remember you can always extend the listing before the original agreement expires.

Compensation to broker: Once you have negotiated the total amount of commission be sure that you are clear about how it is divided between both listing and selling agents. This is especially important if you are listing with a discount agent because if they aren’t offering a reasonable portion of the total commission you probably won’t have much activity which brings me to the next subject.

MLS: Be sure you are clear about when your home is actually going into the Multiple Listing Service. Some agents will exclude you from the MLS so that they can double end the sale. This means that they will represent both you and the buyer allowing them to receive the full amount of the total commission.

If you are thinking of making a move, call me today! I will be more than happy to explain everything you need to know about selling your home.

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6 things you didn’t know you could do at the Americana

On Monday mornings Pacific Theatres offers newly released films for parents with small children and infants, nobody will mind if your little one fusses.

Also on Monday, enjoy any bottle of wine from the wine list at Bourbon Steak for 50% off.

On Tuesday mornings from 11-1 there is a Kids Club offering activities music and other entertainment. Click here to sign up for the newsletter. There are also several places where kids can eat free on this day, click here to see where.

On Thursdays at 7PM Barnes & Noble offers story time for kids 4+.

Start your Sunday mornings with a free yoga class with LuLuLemon Athletica at 9:30, meet on the green and don’t forget your yoga mat!

Every day the Valet offers complimentary parking for bicycles.

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