Southern California Real Estate Blog

  • New High-Tech Home Gadgets

    BY Brandon Begley

    As with The Jetsons cartoon, our imaginations run wild with the idea of modern gadgets to make our homes efficient and automated, and make our lives simpler. For cutting-edge products you can control from your smartphone, check out these contribution...

  • Dated Kitchens Get Long Overdue Makeovers

    BY Brandon Begley

    Dated kitchens are getting a makeover in many homes this year. About a quarter of about 3,500 home owners recently surveyed say they are remodeling kitchens that are more than 30 years old and another 41 percent are updating kitchens that are 16 to 3...

  • 2015 Programs for Home Buyers

    BY Brandon Begley

    Although the federal government has offered homebuyer programs in the past, for Tax Year 2015, most of the available home buyer programs will be at the local and state levels. State and local agencies, along with lenders and non-profit organizations ...

  • Getting Organized to Sell Your Home

    BY Brandon Begley

    When you've lived in it for a long time, getting a home ready to sell can seem daunting. If you are considering selling your home this year, make it your New Year's resolution to get started early. That way, whether you decide to sell or not, you...

  • What is Live-Work Space?

    BY Brandon Begley

    Many buildings tout themselves as live-work spaces, but live-work designations are not all equal. For example, a primarily residential building that has no restriction on working from home can be called a live-work space but it is hardly comparable t...

  • Is Painting Cabinets a Good Idea?

    BY Brandon Begley

    Gone are the days of the sticky painted kitchen cabinet that peels, chips and generally looks cheap. Modern paint finishes means you can rejuvenate or renovate your dated kitchen or bath cabinets with just some elbow grease and your own creativity. ...

  • New Gadgets for Your Wish List

    BY Brandon Begley

    As you think about gift-giving this season, don't forget to give your new home a gift of its own. Advancements in technology mean that your home can be smarter, cleaner, cooler or the hottest thing on the market. Here are some ideas for you that are ...

  • Lighting a Fire in Your New Fireplace

    BY Brandon Begley

    As the weather chills, snow falls and socializing moves indoors, what could be more inviting than a warm cup of cocoa in front of a bright crackling fire? If your new home has a wood fireplace, here are some basics on fireplace care. Hire a ch...

  • Holiday Decoration Safety

    BY Brandon Begley

    Each year, fire departments across the country respond to home and structure fires caused by holiday decorations. In a study by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) in 2011 showed an annual average of 230 structure fires that began with li...