LA VERNE, California, November 6, 2017 — The price reductions aren’t limited to any area of town or any price range.  A high-priced home is just as likely to see a price drop as a mid-priced home. Of the 37 single-family homes currently listed in La Verne, there have been 17 price reductions. In the … Continue reading BUYING OPPORTUNITY: More ‘Just Reduced’ Signs Popping Up!

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The No. 1 sign that you live in Los Angeles isn’t that you’re always 30 minutes late, adore In-n-Out burgers, or wear your Lululemon gear all over town. No, it’s the fact that you, your neighbor and your neighbor’s neighbor likely lives in a home with an unpermitted addition or alteration. No one knows the … Continue reading THE REAL DIRTT: Who Cares If You’re Living With Unpermitted Structures; It’s L.A., Baby!

“Love your neighbor; yet don’t pull down your hedge.”   Benjamin Franklin If you’ve driven through northeast Los Angeles lately, you’ll notice that horizontal fences are now all the rage. But the trend isn’t exactly new. Indeed, until about 40 years most fences were horizontal. They only started standing upright in response to new safety codes … Continue reading FEELING FENCED IN? Here’s the Horizontal on Hipster Fencing … by COLLEEN BENNETT

Growing global unrest, increasing international instability, mounting transcontinental tensions. These headlines should all be good news for anyone in the market for a mortgage because whenever there’s mounting geopolitical tensions around the world, interest rates tend to drop. Here’s why: As geopolitical volatility grows, investors start to panic and seek a safe haven for their … Continue reading THE REAL DIRTT: A Little Global Mayhem Can Help Reduce Your Mortgage Payment … by Colleen Bennett

  Far more tenants and landlords would get along if only the two groups (natural adversaries?) better understood the rights and responsibilities that each enjoys under the law. In the spirit of lowering tensions, let’s review and explain a few basic rules that apply to the rental relationship. Before diving in, remember that landlords are … Continue reading THE REAL DIRTT: Ready to Rent Your First Place? Here are 10 Things You Need to Know Before Moving In … by Colleen Bennett

For a town known for its conformity and conservatism, Arcadia, named after Arcadia, Greece, has attracted its share of oddballs. Hunter S. Thompson supposedly penned most of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas in a motel across the street from Santa Anita Race Track in Arcadia. Arcadia caught the attention of beatnik author Jack Kerouac. … Continue reading NEIGHBORHOODS: Arcadia Is Still Paradise

La Verne is a sleepy town of about 31,000 people, featuring a growing private university (University of La Verne), lots of churches, a regional airport (Brackett), good schools and solid sports programs — in other words, an ideal place to raise a family away from the glitter and glare of L.A. living. Although the town’s local … Continue reading NEIGHBORHOOD SPOTLIGHT: Oh Lord, What Should We Make of La Verne? … by Ryan Crane

Remember when your Realtor told you that you had to wait three years after a foreclosure or two years after a bankruptcy to be eligible for a new HFA loan. Not anymore! Now, according to a new Federal Housing Administration (FHA) bulletin, you can slash that old waiting period to just a year, provided you … Continue reading FHA Eases Path for Home Ownership If Past Hardship No Fault of Your Own

Whether you’re preparing to put your house on the market or simply want your house to sparkle for the holidays, here’s how to take your home from lived in to move-in condition in less than 30 days. Think like a home shopper! Cut your emotional ties to your home and see it as any homebuyer … Continue reading HOME IMPROVEMENT: Take Your Home from Lived-In to Move-In Condition! … by Ryan Crane

Last week it came to light in a survey by the Employee Benefit Research Institute that 57 percent of U.S. workers reported less than $25,000 in total household savings and investments, excluding their homes. That’s why you’re seeing so many commercials on TV advertising for reverse mortgages. People nearing retirement age, with lots of equity … Continue reading HOME FINANCING: When You Need Extra Cash, Is It Time to Reverse Course? by Colleen Bennett