Keeping It Real Estate!

3 Frequently Asked Questions by Home Sellers


1. What do I do before I sell my home? Determining your budget first is important. You need to establish an amount of money you can spend on selling your home. For example, if you plan on fixing up your home, staging your home, etc., you will need a budget for that. Also, prepare yourself. You’re going to want to be flexible once you meet with your agent, but also knowledgeable of normal protocol. You and your agent should sit down and discuss all initial steps before moving forward. At The LA Home Girl, we pride ourselves in establishing relationships with our sellers before moving forward.  2. How do I determine how much my house is worth? First of all, any number you get from an appraiser is an estimate. You can get a Comparative Market Analysis, which is an informal estimate of the value based on recent selling prices of similar homes in the neighborhood. You can certainly get […]

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Eagle Rock Second Hottest Neighborhood of 2014


  That’s right, continuing the trend set by Highland Park, yet another suburb of Downtown Los Angeles finds its way onto the top list of hot neighborhoods for real estate. Redfin, a listing site known for their rankings, named Eagle Rock their second “hottest” neighborhood just behind San Francisco’s Bernal Heights North Slope. The criteria that put Eagle Rock ahead of the pack included reasonable prices, short commute, and a high amount of interest shown online. There is also input from real estate agents considered. Eagle Rock does have some great qualities that you won’t find in the listings. Here are a few tidbits: Swirl coffee is a cool place and has amazing art on the walls, the Oinkster has some of the best pastrami ever, and Eagle Rock has phenomenal Christmas lights north of Colorado. Plus, it’s true, the homes are still affordable! If you’d like to chat more about Eagle Rock, or other nearby neighborhoods, please contact The […]

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Get a FREE Reusable Shopping Bag When You Subscribe to The LA Home Girl Blog!


Tell me if this has happened to you recently. You go to the grocery store, just like you do every week, you walk through the automatic door and as soon as that annoying air blast ruffles your hair, you remember that you forgot your reusable shopping bags. It’s happening to all of us, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t kick the habit! One way to help you remember your bags, is to love your bags! The LA Home Girl is offering you a FREE REUSABLE SHOPPING BAG just for subscribing to our blog! Just subscribe, and we’ll send you a bag! That way, you’ll be so excited about using your new free LA Home Girl shopping bag that you’ll never forget them again. For more info on the Los Angeles Plastic Bag Ordinance, here are some links below: http://dpw.lacounty.gov/epd/aboutthebag/ http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-la-bag-ban-20140101,1903818,6777519.story#axzz2peF8UiDN If you’re super excited about your new reusable bag, send us a message about it! Or, if you just […]

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Happy New Year! Continuing the Top 10 Home Buyer Resolutions for 2014


Here are the rest of the top ten New Year’s resolutions for home buyers in 2014.  If you’d like to chat with someone about how to use these resolutions and other tips to get you closer to owning a new home, please feel free to contact us at The LA Home Girl. We specialize in first-time home buyers, so if 2014 is your year to get off that rental roundabout, send us a message here, call us at the number below, or feel free to stop by! We’re right in Los Feliz on beautiful Hillhurst Ave! Resolution #6: What are Your Mortgage Options?  Not exactly the most fun way to start off part two of the list, but it’s also a very important resolution. It’s important to know your credit, and know what options you have for mortgages. For more information on how to learn about your mortgage options, contact The LA Home Girl. Resolution #7: Time to Make an […]

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10 Best House Buying New Year’s Resolutions for 2014


It’s a rebounding market in 2014, and if you’re a potential home buyer, here are some resolutions to make for your new year to get on the right track. If you’d like to chat with someone about how to use these New Year’s Resolutions and other tips to get you closer to owning a new home, please feel free to contact us at The LA Home Girl. We specialize in first-time home buyers, so if 2014 is your year to get off that rental roundabout, send us a message here, call us at the number below, or feel free to stop by! We’re right in Los Feliz on beautiful Hillhurst Avenue! Happy New Year 🙂 Resolution #1: Answer this question: What do you want?  Ok, this is kind of the fun part. Not that the rest of this is not fun, but this is super fun. You need to decide what you’re looking for, where you would like to live, […]

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Upcoming Holiday Events in Los Angeles


There are a few great Holiday events coming up around Silver Lake and Downtown Los Angeles. Courtesy of Silver Lake News and Discover Los Angeles. For more info, click on the event titles. Please give LA Home Girl a call if you’d like to chat about buying a home Downtown, in Silver Lake, or other nearby neighborhoods. Happy Holidays! Festive Holiday Flamenco Dinner Theater at Historic El Cid The holidays are upon us and historic El Cid, continuing its celebration of 50 years of Flamenco, presents LA’s most exciting and authentic Flamenco Dinner Theater every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings. El Cid, the historic Spanish-inspired restaurant and live music venue, located in Los Angeles’ Silver Lake Sunset Junction neighborhood brings these highly festive performances filled with dynamic rhythms from internationally and locally recognized artists. El Cid is located at 4212 West Sunset Blvd. in Silver Lake, 90029. 54th Annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration Your L.A. tradition! Perfect for the whole […]

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5 Best Holiday Shopping Spots East of Hollywood


If you have some last minute shopping to do on the east side of Los Angeles, and are running out of time to get stuff shipped, it’s time to go to an actual store! Here are some of the best places to Holiday shop east of Hollywood, for people living in neighborhoods like Silver Lake, Los Feliz, Atwater Village, Glendale, and Echo Park.  Co-op 28 Handmade & Vintage (Vermont Ave in Los Feliz) Located on one of the best shopping streets in all of Los Angeles, the Co-op 28 Handmade & Vintage gallery in Los Feliz represents 125 local, national, and international artists. You’ll find jewelry, accessories, gifts, vintage clothing, toys, bath and body products, and more. The people there are wonderful, there’s pleasant holiday music playing, and it’s a fun experience no matter what you buy. There are a ton of boutique shops along Vermont Ave that are great spots for shopping. See Skylight Books below. Old Town Pasadena […]

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Holiday Events This Weekend in Los Feliz!


    This holiday season tell your friends and family to ‘Meet me in the village’! Join us Saturday, December 7th for an evening of neighborhood appreciation! We invite you to enjoy the specials & cheer extended by our local restaurants and retailers for this night. The Los Feliz Village BID encourages you to take another look, to re-discover the neighborhood this holiday season with its new retail stores and eateries & to re-visit our long-time, respected businesses and most beloved restaurants. Please share your photos of the Holiday Social on Facebook or simply use #losfeliz on Instagram, Vine or Twitter.   Participating Businesses     BACSACArt Sale Holiday Art Sale4800 Hollywood Blvd.Shop local and give the gift of original art. The BACSAC 2013 Holiday Art Sale, on Saturday, December 7 from 11am to 4pm, will feature a wide range of work by faculty and students at Los Angeles’ venerable Barnsdall Art Center. From prints, ceramics, and jewelry, to handcrafted cards and […]

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Best Thanksgiving Events in Los Angeles


Time to get the holiday season going for real in Los Angeles with some of the best events around town to get into the Thanksgiving mood, or to just get out of the house. If you want to find out more about local events, cool neighborhoods to live, or the Los Angeles housing market, please feel free to contact the LA Home Girl.  UCB Thanksgiving Feast Show Wed Nov 27th — 8:00 PM 5919 Franklin Ave Hollywood & West Hollywood Los Angeles Upright Citizens Brigade is one of the best places for comedy in one of the best cities for comedy in the nation. They do amazing improv and sketch shows, including their Thanksgiving Feast Show. They do an improvised family dinner, complete with crazy uncles and weirdo teen cousins at the table. If you think your family is strange, I hope this will help your perspective.   Turkey Trot Los Angeles Thu Nov 28 — 7:00am 210 W Temple […]

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Best Restaurants for a Cloudy Day


If you’re on the east side of Hollywood, in hoods like Los Feliz, Silver Lake, Franklin Village, Echo Park, and Atwater Village, here are the best places to visit on gloomy days. Enjoy it while it’s here! Franklin and Company – Located in Franklin Village, F&C has a great Tavern-style, almost East Coast feel inside for a cozy atmosphere on a cloudy day. Dark wood, English comfort food, and warm places to sit and people watch on the sidewalk. Clam Chowder and Lobster Mac N’ Cheese. I shouldn’t have to say anything else. Figaro Cafe – Right on Vermont Ave, sip on super good coffee, haul through tasty soups, and French it up with crepes and delicious breads. You can still sit out on the sidewalk and watch enjoy the cool weather under the cover of the awning and with well-working heat lamps. Ultimately, cozy up in there butt-hugging chairs, and settle in for a good meal. Casbah Cafe – Over in Silver Lake off of Sunset, kick back […]

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