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Downtown Los Angeles — How Well Do you Know DTLA?


Downtown LA is getting more and more popular for artist lofts, young business men and women, upstart entrepreneurs, and foodie fanatics. However, for most people they still think, “yeah, it’s cool that Downtown Los Angeles is making a comeback, but…I don’t know anything about Downtown LA.” Since the LA Home Girl is a fan of the DTLA, we’d like to give you a little info. Below you’ll find some neighborhood profiles and notable points of interest to get you started.  If you’re interested in seeing what’s available for houses and apartments in Downtown Los Angeles, check out this link. Send a message to the LA Home Girl, or give us a call to set up an appointment to talk everything there is to know about DOWNTOWN, and if you’re interested we’ll find you an amazing place to call your own.    Neighborhoods Chinatown North and west of Union Station lies Chinatown, a mixed-use district of restaurants, nightlife, art galleries, trinket […]

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Are You in a Home Buying Mood? You Should Be!


Everyone else is, and that’s because home prices are on the move…UP. If you’ve been following us on the LA Home Girl Blog, you might think we’ve been sounding like a broken record. (If you haven’t been following us, shame on you. But no big deal, follow us here on twitter or Facebook) The reason for the broken record thing…IT’S A BIG DEAL! (Speaking of broken records. EAST LA has like…a ton of awesome record stores. Contact the LA Home Girl if you want to live in some of the hippest neighborhoods in the country) With housing price indexes posting the highest gains in SEVEN years, it’s impossible to not see that as not only a real trend, but a very significant one. In the Standard & Poor’s Case-Schiller home price index, all 20 cities that were tracked showed a price raise in housing, which continued a trend from three months prior. One of those cities — LOS ANGELES. (That’s […]

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Housing Market Experiences Significant Surge


Some of the largest cities across the nation, especially Los Angeles, experienced what some experts are calling a “boom-era” increase in home prices, which is a tell-tale sign of an economy not only recovering, but sustaining and growing. Los Angeles, along with a few other cities, saw their biggest month-over-month gain in more than seven years. Remember the heat wave in California that brought temperatures up around 115 degrees for two weeks? That was seven years ago. Let’s hope this is the only hot trend that repeats in 2013. Los Angeles showed an annual gain recently of 16.6%, one of the largest in the country. For you buyers out there, this means the market is on the rise, and it’s time to jump on it before it’s too late. For you sellers out there, it’s a good market to take advantage of if you’re looking to sell quickly. There’s a high demand right now, so no time like the present. […]

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Ten Tips for the Homebuyer


So you’ve been reading up on how the market is coming back, and how now is the time to buy. Maybe you’ve even been reading about that right here on the LA Home Girl Blog!? (Well, it’s true!) You can read about it all you want, but that won’t make a difference until you take the next step, right? (Um. What’s the next step?) Here are the LA Home Girl’s…. Ten Tips for Homebuyers! 1. Before you start looking for a home, get pre-qualified for a loan. Banks, credit unions and mortgage bankers make home loans; mortgage brokers process them. The lenders will take an application, process the loan documents, and see the loan through to the funding stage.  2. If you have marginal or bad credit, consult your lender. You may be able to qualify for a loan depending on how long ago and what reason(s) caused the bad credit. A lender should be able to advise you on whether your credit […]

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Now is the Time for Your New Hollywood Hills Home


Let’s face the facts, people want to live in the Hollywood Hills. It’s a place in Los Angeles that truly feels old school Hollywood and allows for that true unique home experience. There’s history, amazing architecture, beautiful views, seclusion, nature, and difficult roads to keep the traffic to a minimum. There are many neighborhoods considered part of the Hollywood Hills, including Beachwood Canyon, Hollywood Heights, Hollywood Dell, Laurel Canyon, Mount Olympus, Nichols Canyon, Sunset Hills, and Whitley Heights. Beachwood Canyon The atmosphere of old Hollywood dominates Beachwood Canyon, just as the Hollywood sign dominates its hills. Beachwood Canyon works hard to maintain its rural, small-town vibe, even though its population is as Hollywood as you can get. It stretches along Beachwood Drive north from Franklin Avenue. The upper portion of the canyon is the Hollywoodland that was originally advertised in the 1920s by the Hollywood Sign. The canyon features its own market, coffee shop, hiking trails and stables.   Hollywood […]

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Southland Housing Market Surges


Homes in Southern California sold at the fastest rate in the month of April in seven years, as the demand for move-up homes and high levels of investors increased after being in limbo for months. The median sale price rose to a high not seen in 58 months, which is good news for everyone, buyers and sellers. It means the housing market is moving in the right direction. The median rise was due to both a natural home price appreciation from higher demand and a better market, and also because of a significant lowering in foreclosure sales. Also, there has been a decent surge in mid to up-market buying. In local counties around Los Angeles, 21,415 new and resale houses and condos sold last month. That’s a rise of 4.1 percent from 20,581 sales in March, and up 9.5 percent from April 2012.  All these numbers and concepts are according to DateQuucknews.com, as reported on May 14th, 2013. What you should take away […]

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The Best Outdoor Spots on the East Side


It’s getting warmer, so there’s no excuse to be inside no matter how much the Southern California weather has spoiled you. Whether you’re looking for a patio drink, an outdoor work spot, a place to read a book, or just a place to chill, we’ve put together a list of the best outdoor spots to hang out in neighborhoods like Los Feliz, Silver Lake, Echo Park, Franklin Village, and Atwater Village. Contact the LA Home Girl if you’re interested in living or moving within one of these beautiful and fun neighborhoods. Desert Rose The D-Rose has one of the best patios on the entire east side, and great happy hour deals. You can find shade or sun, enjoy delicious gourmet Mediterranean food, and sit in super comfy chairs. This is an ultimate lounge outside location for day drinking and noshing. Coffee Bean on Hillhurst With a huge outdoor patio complete with plenty of seating, good coffee, free wi-fi, and a […]

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Check out this Great Deal, A Leimert Park Fixer-Upper


We got a great place with so much amazing potential here near Leimert Park. Come and get it while its hot! This scuffed up classic beauty has great bones and is waiting on the perfect person to see past the outside and look into her soul. This traditional home offers lots of light, beautiful hardwood floors that have been protected by carpet,an enclosed patio currently used as a den,a spacious back yard and is positioned on one of the most beautiful streets in Leimert. There’s an open house on May 12, from 2:00 – 5:00 PM Click Here for a map view.  Contact the LA Home Girl if you’re interested, or would like to know more about the upcoming open house. This one really is great for the right person with the right vision. Here are some specs below: ROOMS: Den, Dining Area, Family EQUIP: None AIR: None HEAT: Forced Air FLOOR: Hardwood,Linoleum LAUNDRY: Inside FIREPL: Family Room ROOF: POOL: TENNIS: PARK: Garage – 2 Car SPA: VIEW TYPE: None […]

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Have You Seen What’s Available in Highland Park?


Things are looking good lately in the housing market, and with the economy in general, so it’s really important to understand what an amazing time it is for buying a new home. The prices are still low and the potential is very high. In Los Angeles, especially on the east side, there are communities that are both well-established and popular with new home owners, and there are some great up and coming neighborhoods like Highland Park, that are constantly being considered the next great place to live. So all that information is important, but I know that for a lot of people it comes down to the home, and the vibe they might get from the house itself. Have you seen how many listings are available in highland park? There are some gems ready for any type of buyer. Here at the LA Home Girl, we specialize in first time buyers, so if you’re a little nervous, don’t worry, we’ll help you […]

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Good News: Economy and Jobs Up, Good for Real Estate


Wall Street hit a record high, crossing the 15,000 mark for the first time. Plus, the standard and Poor’s 500 broader market measure went over 1,600. Just in the first hours of trading this morning on Friday May 3rd, the Dow Jones industrial average surged 173 points to break the 15,000 mark to 15,004, which was a gain of 1.2 percent overall. With the S&P index jumping 20 points, or about 1.3 percent, to 1,618, it was the first time in 13 years the broad stock-market index broke through 1,500. As far as jobs go, the government declared an addition of 165,000 jobs in April, which is well more than expert economists predicted. More jobs were created in February and March that have been estimated as well. The unemployment rate dropped to 7.5 percent, which is the lowest it’s been in four years. That’s good news!! So, as a potential investor in real estate, it’s time to take charge of […]

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