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Real Estate in the Los Angeles area and the benefits of living Green

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Avoid These Mistakes Before You Buy

We are human and it is in our nature to make mistakes, especially when we are dealing with something that it is outside of our wheelhouse.  No one can be an expert at everything!  This being said, I am sure it is avoidmistakessafe to say that we all work very hard to minimize the frequency and severity of our mistakes – this is why we turn to our trusted professionals!

My purpose as a REALTOR® and Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR®) is to make sure my buyers are 100% prepared to buy. I have developed habits that make me one of the best and trusted real estate professionals and one of those habits is making sure my buyers and I are on the same page during the whole process.

I came across an article that points out a few things to avoid doing before you decide to buy a home.  There are some great tips here and I hope you find them useful.

The 5 Worst Things You Can Do Before Buying a Home by Chris Birk

Whether you have questions about this article or just want to speak about your local market, your property’s value or you are just beginning to explore the option of buying or selling, please do not hesitate to contact me.

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California’s Median Price for SFR’s

Did you know…

The statewide median price of an existing, single-family detached home edged down 0.3 percent from September’s median price of $428,740 to $427,290 in October.  October’s price was 25.3 percent higher than the revised $340,910 recorded in October 2012, marking the 16th straight month of double-digit annual gains.

Courtesy of the California Association of REALTORS®Equal_Housing1

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Did you know…housepriceappreciation

U.S. house price appreciation continued in May 2013, rising 0.7 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from the previous month, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) monthly House Price Index (HPI). In comparison to levels from a year ago, prices grew even more, rising 7.3 percent from May 2012. The U.S. index is 11.2 percent below its April 2007 peak and is roughly the same as the January 2005 index level.

Courtesy of the California Association of REALTORS®



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My Newsletter’s Makeover!

Every month I provide you with a Housing Trends eNewsletter and I am happy to say that we now have a new and improved look!Stars

If you are not familiar, my Housing Trends eNewsletter contains the latest information from the National Association of REALTORS®, the U.S. Census Bureau, reports and other sources. This newsletter is filled with local and national housing information that you may find useful whether you’re in the market for a home, thinking about selling your home or just interested in homeowner issues in general.

Home values are trending upward! If you are a homeowner and are interested in finding out your home’s value, please feel free to use the convenient “What’s Your Home Worth?” tool on our website to view what your home is worth.

Sound decisions can only be made with accurate and reliable information, and I am happy to be a trusted resource for you.  As always, thank you for the opportunity to provide you with this monthly eNewsletter and I look forward to answering any questions you may have and to the opportunity to be your REALTOR® in the future.


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Did you know….

Due to a drop in distressed sales, equity home sales comprised four of every five home sales in California during June, according to data collected by the California Association OF REALTORS®. This is the highest share since December 2007.

Courtesy of the California Association of REALTORS®Equal_Housing1

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Family, Friends and Food: Chia Fresca Paletas

In this heat and just in time for the 4th, what’s better than a nice, cool Chia Fresca Paleta. Not only is the chia seed delicious but it is Chia Fresca Paletasalso a prized “superfood” for the Aztecs!  This amazing little seed contains protein, fiber and omega-3 fatty acids including high amounts of alpha-linolenic acid. Healthy and delicious is always a plus for my diet.

I stumbled upon this amazing Chia Fresca Paleta recipe in one of my favorite sites: VegNews (which led me to Bitter Sweet…).  You will need a Popsicle maker (I prefer the Zoku Popsicle Maker), water, lemon juice, sugar and chia seeds.

Ingredients for one glass:

  • 12 oz cold, fresh drinking water
  • 1 large lemon (it should produce about 3 tablespoons of juice)
  • 2 teaspoons sugar or sweetener of choice (see below for details)
  • one teaspoon fresh chia seed

Ingredients for one pitcher:

  • 48 oz cold, fresh drinking water
  • 4 large lemons
  • 1/4 cup sugar or sweetener of choice (see below for details)
  • two tablespoons fresh chia seed

Preparing the Limonda (Lemon-Water): Pour the water into a glass or a pitcher. Roll each lemon while pressing firmly, on a sturdy surface such as a counter. Rolling them like this for about ten seconds, will help loosen up the juices inside. Slice the lemon in half and squeeze the juice into the water. You want about three tablespoons of lemon juice for a single 12 oz. glass (add to taste thought).  Add sugar to taste.

Sweeteners: If using granulated sugar, dissolve in boiling water first to make a simple syrup (to cut back on the time it takes to dissolve in cold water). Other sweeteners can be used such as artificial ones but I prefer good old sugar.

Adding the Chia: Once you have achieved the taste that you prefer, add the chia.  Stir into the lemon water and let it sit for about 10 minutes. The seeds will absorb the water and become gelatinous.

Now add to the your Popsicle maker and freeze.  Enjoy and stay cool out there!

Courtesy of Bitter Sweet,, VegNews

Keep Planting That Produce!

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