Should You Move After a Spouse Dies?
Most people who have lost a life partner will need a few months or more to mourn before making any major decisions. It’s particularly important not to unload a loved one’s possessions until you have given yourself ample time to grieve. However, after the initial period of mourning has passed, many widows and widowers will start to think about downsizing or even moving to a new city or rural area. Advantages of a change of scenery If your current location does not meet specific needs, it might be time for a move. For instance, if you are really into golf, a gated community with multiple golf courses in the Southern California area where you can play year-round may be extremely desirable. Or, maybe you really want more cultural stimulation. In that case, moving to a bigger city (like Los Angeles) that is rich in museums, galleries, independent movie theaters, and historical tours may be the ticket you are […]Read More
Fourth of July in Los Angeles
Scrambling to make last minute plans for the Fourth? Whether you’re a foodie, an adventurer, a tourist, or have family visiting for the holiday – we’ve got you covered! The Disney Fan Disney has fireworks daily, but this fireworks show is sprinkled with a dazzle of Disney magic: a finale of patriotic songs! Plus, you don’t even have to be in the park to see them. Hit up Downtown Disney or Anaheim for a less crowded view!More Info for the Disney Fan The Tourist If you’ve got friends or family visiting, the Hollywood Forever cemetery is a great option for the Fourth. This year, they are screening Footloose so bring your own blankets, food, and drink, and get ready for a unique viewing experience. Plus, some celebrities often stop by to introduce the film!More info for The Tourist The Groupie July 4th Fireworks Spectacular with the Go-Go’s, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, and the United States Air Force Band of the […]Read More
Here’s Why You Should Sell Your Los Angeles Home This Spring
It’s easy to think that any time is a good time to sell your home in warm, sunny Los Angeles. But the fact is, there’s a best time to sell your house in LA, when you can sell your home faster and for the most money. That “sweet spot” on the calendar is in spring; so if you’re planning to sell in 2018, the best time to dive into the heated pool of LA real estate is now. The month you list should depend on whether you want to prioritize the profit or the speed of the sale. Selling Your Home for the Most Money As with many popular urban areas, inventory is low and prices are up in LA. In fact, about 38% of homeowners are selling for above-market value. If you wish to join their ranks, the best time to sell your house in LA is June or July. Statistics show that home sales close in those […]Read More
Happy 2018, Los Angeles! Get ready to buy or sell a home!
2018 is off and running! And we here at the LA Home Girl Team are so happy to be in the New Year! Is 2018 the year you finally buy a house? Is this the year you finally sell your starter home and move into that home you’ve been dreaming of? Why not! Here’s some tips if you’re thinking of buying or selling a home this year. Get Your Money In Order Checking your credit score is essential to getting your financing in order. If your credit is higher, you could get a better rate on your loan, which will save you money on payments. Work with a mortgage lender you trust to get your pre-approval, which will tell you how much you can afford. A preapproval will be necessary when you start writing offers on houses, so don’t skip this step! Even if you’re selling your home and buying a new one, speak with a lender so you can find out […]Read More
We Were Featured!!
Do you read our local Echo Park Patch? We do! And reporter Oliva Halevy recently wrote about us, your favorite local real estate team! Here’s some highlights from the article: Patch: What attracted you to the line of work you’re in, and how did you get started? Reeves-Costa: Real estate is in my blood. My dad has always been an investor and he owned a mortgage brokerage for years. While attending university, I lived in and managed one of his buildings and made calls at night for the loan officers at his firm. I have a genuine love for people and I’m addicted to making miracles happen. I’m extremely competitive and obsessed with Los Angeles’ landscape and architecture. This career combines all of my loves and wraps them into one neat package. I couldn’t have dreamed up a better career. Patch: How would you say your business or organization distinguishes itself from the others? Reeves-Costa: When I decided to name the team the […]Read More
Holiday Events In the Neighborhood!!
It’s holiday time and that means it’s time for our favorite neighborhood holiday events! Here’s what’s going on in NELA to get us all prepped and ready for the holidays! The Glassell Park 10th Annual Tree Lighting, presented by Councilmember Gil Cedillo The LA Home Girl is a proud sponsor of the Glassell Park 10th Annual Tree Lighting! Come on out for free Hot Chocolate, plus Santa will be there in an LAFD Fire Truck! We love being a part of this fantastic neighborhood holiday event! When: Sunday, December 3, 2017, starting at 5 pm Where: Rite Aid Parking Lot, 4044 Eagle Rock Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90065 Cost: FREE The Echo Park Community Parade Another fabulous holiday event! Every year, The LA Home Girl is a proud sponsor of our neighborhood community parade. Our historic community of Echo Park will host the annual Echo Park Community Parade on Saturday, December 9, 2017 from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm. The parade route is along […]Read More
Help! I’m priced out of Silver Lake and Echo Park!
Priced out? This is something I’ve heard from our clients a lot this year. My answer? If you are determined to live in Silver Lake or Echo Park, an approval under a million doesn’t have to be the end of the line for you. You have to open your mind! Get creative! Expand your real estate possibilities by looking into a townhome. A townhome is a great option as it’s not quite a single family, but it’s not really a condo either. Townhomes usually have direct entry, some have yards and if you luck out, you can find a unit that is “standalone” (not connected to any other units). The benefit is that for a small fee, the homeowners association handles all of the pesky outdoor busy work for you. You also have an opportunity to foster some great relationships with your neighbors if you show up to the HOA meetings! This can translate to wine nights, play dates and […]Read More
The LA Home Girl’s Guide to Real Estate: Negotiating Repairs
NEGOTIATING REPAIRS: HOW FIGURE OUT WHAT REPAIRS MATTER YOU’RE IN ESCROW You’re in escrow, you’ve done your inspections, and now your inspector is telling you a bunch of stuff is broken and needs to be repaired! What do you do?! It’s scary, it’s overwhelming, and you’re scared you’re new dream home is going to fall down on you. Lucky for you, The LA Home Girl and her team are pros at helping people buy homes and will help you with negotiating repairs. Buying a home should be easy. We work hard to make sure that it is. Our goal is to get you the best results possible with the least amount of stress. And every month, we bring you a how-to video to help you successfully navigate your real estate transactions. This month: Negotiating repairs! Watch the video below to see what our lead agent, Kenya Reeves-Costa has to say about negotiating repairs. And if you’re ready to get your get your house on, contact us today!Read More
The LA Home Girl’s Guide to Real Estate: The Concurrent Close
THE CONCURRENT CLOSE: BUYING AND SELLING A HOME AT THE SAME TIME You’re ready to buy a home, but you need to sell your current one. Enter THE CONCURRENT CLOSE. Buying a home WHILE selling a home? Sounds crazy complicated, right? Lucky for you, The LA Home Girl and her team are pros at helping people buy a new home while selling their old one. Buying a home, even while selling your old one, should be easy. We work hard to make sure that it is. Our goal is to get you the best results possible with the least amount of stress. And every month, we bring you a how-to video to help you successfully navigate your real estate transactions. This month: The Concurrent Close! Watch the video below to see what our lead agent, Kenya Reeves-Costa and buyer’s agent Sarah Chung, has to say about closing on two homes at once! And if you’re ready to get your get your concurrent close on, […]Read More