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Want a Bigger Christmas tree, but don’t have room? How about a bigger house?


Now that the world is NOT ending, we can count on enjoying the holidays this season and next.  If you find yourself getting more and more into the holiday spirit around the house, or in other words, collecting enough holiday decorations to tinsel out the entire block, maybe it’s time to get a house that fits your holiday needs. The Christmas tree set up can sometimes be a battle between you, the tree, the walls, and the ceiling. Snagging a huge Christmas tree a la Clark Griswold is a holiday tradition, but maybe that foyer or large living room picture window just isn’t big enough for your humongous tree fix, or…maybe it doesn’t even exist. Speaking of things that should exist, Santa Claus needs a proper Chimney, or at least a proper spot in the house to settle down for a quick rest and eat some cookies before spreading the presents around your Griswoldian Christmas tree. If you’re looking at your set […]

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California Homes Sales UP and UP!


We’re still booming here in Southern California thanks to November home sales and prices moving up. For all houses and condos in Cali, the median price was $291,000 last month, up 2.1% from October and 19.3% from $244,000 in November 2011. This info comes from the DataQuick real-estate information firm put on Thursday, December 13th. Home sales also jumped nearly 15% to 37,481 according to DataQuick. 16.6% of the sales were from foreclosed homes, which is about half of the number it was in November 2011 and the LOWEST level of foreclosure sales reported since way back in October 2007. In other words, the LOWEST foreclosure sales in FIVE YEARS. These are not just numbers, these are trends, and important ones. These trends are very good for both sellers and buyers. For sellers, it means you’re going to be getting a better price for your home than you would have a year ago. For buyers, it means the value of […]

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SOLD! Check out the Most Recent LA Home Girl Home Sale


              The LA Home Girl just sold this gem in Highland Park! It’s a unique 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom house with a cozy, rebuilt front porch, recent copper plumbing, and beautiful hardwood floors. Also, it has a massive back yard with tons of potential. This was a proud sale for us, and we’re very happy to have provided a new home. Another reason why we want to talk about this sale is to highlight the Highland Park area, because it’s one of those places that deserves to be talked about. Highland Park is filled with young families and a vibrant Latino community, and has an emerging influx of artists and entrepreneurs morphing it into a dynamic cultural epicenter. With great, unique shopping opportunities, art galleries, and eclectic dining choices, Highland Park is one of those up and coming hoods that is already here, and it’s ready for you to come check it out. Also, a recent […]

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Best Mortgage Bond Sales Since 2009!


The sales of mortgage-backed securities jumped in the month of November to a level that hasn’t been reached in almost 3.5 years, so that’s pretty awesome. Things are for sure on the up and up in that category. In November, about 176 billion bucks in bonds backed by fixed-rate home loans were issued, which bounced up from the previous $132 billion in October. In June 2009, $229 billion were issued, and the mark of $176 million is the closest we’ve been since.  These high numbers are largely a result of lower mortgage rates and Obama’s Home Affordable Refinance Program. Things are looking good — jump on the train now! Don’t forget to follow the LA Home Girl on Twitter and Facebook for updates on Real Estate News and fun neighborhood guides and “goings-ons”. 

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Top Five Best Things to do on a Rainy Day in Your New Home


1.  Sip coffee from your Sun Room listening to the rain on your roof and watching it cascade down your large windows over-looking a hillside view. 2. Cozy up on the couch for a romantic evening next to the fireplace in your living room, or den. 3. Cook a hearty, comfort food meal in your large new kitchen and impress your family and friends. 4. Relax as you hear the rain drops splash down in your pool, as you read a good book by the window. 5. Play a big board game at the table with family and friends as the rain pours outside your large dining room windows.

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Mortgage Rates: New RECORD Lows


Listen up, because this news is GOOD news for all you potential buyers out there. The average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages have now fallen to a brand new record low this past week. This is the kind of trending we need, it’s good for everyone! Low rates boost home sales, and amp up the housing recovery. According to Freddie Mac, the average rate on a 30-year loan dropped to 3.31 percent. You know the song Low Rider by War that cruised its way to the top of the charts in 1975? These rates are the lowest on records dating back all the way to 1971, four years BEFORE that song came out.  There’s been a lot of change in the world since then, but nothing more important currently than the boost in the housing market these low mortgage rates will provide. When you hear the song Low Rider, you’re likely picturing yourself relaxing into the driver seat of your […]

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I Know You’ve Heard, Los Feliz is The Place to Live… But Where Exactly?


The neighborhood’s “downtown” is arguably the stretch on Vermont between Prospect and Franklin Blvd, but the stretch of Hillhurst from Sunset on up to Los Feliz Blvd has a ton to offer, so if you’re into living where the action is, you can’t go wrong with living nearby these nightlife, art, foodie, and cultural hubs. If you’re looking for something nearby the neighborhood, but slightly more secluded and picturesque, Los Feliz has pockets of hills and amazing homes scattered nearby that can go from breath-taking dream homes, to cozy cottage like houses, to perfect starter homes and condos. So if you’re already sold on buying a house in the Los Feliz area, check out these links below to LA Home Girl’s featured listings in the Los Feliz area. Your perfect place to live could be a click away. Los Feliz Homes Los Feliz Townhomes and Condos Los Feliz Distressed Sales 

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The Real Estate Market is Officially Back in Action! Watch this Video!


Consumer columnist David Lazarus dishes with real estate reporter Alejandro Lazo, DataQuick analyst Andrew LePage and Bill McBride of the Calculated Risk blog about the strong October real estate numbers. Video courtesy of the LA Times. Sales at a 3 year high, and prices in the Southland up 17%!!

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Mortgage Rates Low, Low, Low


I don’t want to sound like a used car salesman, but seriously mortgage rates are so low it’s hard not to talk about it all the time. It can’t be stressed enough, now is a great time to buy to take advantage of these low mortgage rates. In October, mortgage rates fell to RECORD LOWS, and they have remained near that low. It’s important to remember that these low rates have essentially sustained, but it will not stay this way forever, so now is the time to act. Check out some of our great listings, and maybe that spark of finding a new home YOU CAN AFFORD will ignite a fire in you to GET MOVIN! Literally… Here are some links to more info on low mortgage rates. http://www.latimes.com/business/money/la-fi-mo-mortgage-rates-20121101,0,434665.story?track=rss http://www.nbcnews.com/business/key-mortgage-rate-hits-record-low-3-40-percent-6140547 http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/05/business/mortgage-rates-fall-to-a-record-low.html    

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Should You Invest in Los Angeles Real Estate NOW? The REAL Answer: YES!


We like to keep it real at LA Home Girl, and it’s real important you know what the real word is on Los Angeles real estate. The real word is….yes. Yes, there are many real reasons why you should invest in real estate in Los Angeles, but for many of them you might not know the real story. Sick of the real and the yes words?? Let’s get to the facts. FACT #1 Right now in our economy, one of the main concerns for investing in real estate in general is the slow appreciation process that may occur. One thing you need to know is that the numbers you hear about predicted appreciation are based on average places. Los Angeles is a PREMIUM place to live, one of the most premium places to live in the country, and there are many specifically premium neighborhood locations located within the city of Los Angeles. Premium places are known to appreciate faster than […]

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