Southern California Real Estate Blog

  • Keeping Your House Show Ready

    BY Brandon Begley

    Having your house on the market while you're living in it can be a stressful time. You still have to live. The dog still puts muddy prints on your freshly mopped floor. The kids still race down the hallway bumping into your freshly painted walls. C...

  • Should “Hidden” Costs of Buying a Foreclosure Keep me from Buying One?

    BY Brandon Begley

    While the housing market in most places certainly has improved and the number of foreclosed homes on the market has decrease, they will always be foreclosed homes available for purchase. Because of popular television show on house "flipping" and inve...

  • Final Four for Home Buyers

    BY Brandon Begley

    When it comes to basketball, we only have 64 teams to narrow down into our Final Four to fill our brackets. When it comes to buying our first home, we have thousands of options and dozens of choices to consider, but when it all comes down to it, th...

  • Your True Colors

    BY Brandon Begley

    Much of the fun of owning a home is decorating it to your taste and personality. Even on a low budget, subtle or dramatic changes to color can make your home truly yours. Check out these color schemes for this spring: Updated kitchen: Since th...

  • ADVICE ON PURCHASING A HOME AND FINANCIAL PLANNING

    BY Brandon Begley

    Buying a home is exciting. If you're young, it gives you the sense of finally stepping into the adult world. If you're at some other life change (marriage, starting a family, empty-nester) the idea of a larger (or smaller) space of your own gets thos...

  • Is Flipping Houses a Good Idea These Days?

    BY Brandon Begley

    Just ahead of the housing bubble, flipping houses was an investor pass-time. As home prices started to rise, many would-be real estate moguls bought houses to flip hoping that the prices would increase enough in a six-month period for them to make a ...

  • Water Customers may see another Charge on LADWP Bills

    BY Brandon Begley

    Los Angeles's Department of Water and Power is asking the City Council to authorize creation of a new agency empowered to borrow up to $400 million, which rate payers would have to pay through a new fee on their bills. If approved, the new Souther...

  • Little Decorator Details That Can Hinder Your Home Sale

    BY Brandon Begley

    We get it … you want your home to be uniquely you … you want it to express your personality … you want colors that make you happy! But wait!  Now you want to sell this home and move on to a new canvass on which to express yourself. Which of yo...

  • When to Get Pre-Approval for a Mortgage

    BY Brandon Begley

    If you're even considering purchasing a home in the next year, the time to start the pre-approval process is now. Why so early? Here's some advice to get you on track to a smooth purchase transaction. While you don't want to actually apply for the lo...

  • Create a Timeless Kitchen with the 4 Cs of Kitchen Design

    BY Brandon Begley

    Nothing says "dated" like a kitchen trend from a decade ago. Consider giving your kitchen a makeover using timeless elements that are always in style. That way, no matter when you sell, your home is always ready. Color The simplest and most marketa...