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10 Home Renovations That Offer The Best (And Worst) Return On Investment

Remodeling may be a labor of love, but it’s also an investment that can seriously boost the value of your home. Only by how much? Well, according to Remodeling magazine’s 2016 Cost vs. Value Report, you’ll recoup an average of 64% of what you paid for a renovation if you sell your home this...
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4 Tips For Choosing The Right Agent In Selling Your Luxury Home

Moving to another city? Your kids have gone off to college and you are downsizing? Time to retire and move to a retirement destination? Whatever the reason, it is time to move and sell your home that you love. But, you have been in one home for many years and do not have much experience in selling l...
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Do you know about the new deed in California? ​This is important.

First off, thank you to elder care attorney Carol Peters (contact information below) for the article from the CARHR Advocate newsletter. The goal of the California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform is improved care. I only included the top story, page 1,​ about the new TOD (Transfer on Deed) that ...
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7 Unwritten Etiquette Rules Every Home Seller Should Know

If you’re trying to sell your home, you’ve probably scrutinized it, staged it, and scrubbed it down from floorboards to rooftop as if the folks from Architectural Digest were stopping by for a cover shoot. OK, so it’s in immaculate shape—but your home isn’t the only thing under scrutiny he...
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What Is Your Home Worth?

Wondering what your home might be worth in today's market? Get a no obligation, no pressure report in 60 seconds! Click here to find out what your home is worth. Have other questions regarding the market in general? ASK MICHAEL today and get free advice....
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4 Things You Need to Know About Condo Insurance

The differences between condo ownership as opposed to single detached home ownership are obvious. For one, there are HOA fees that condo owners need to pay that aren’t applicable to most single detached properties. Part-ownership of common elements is another unique feature of owning a condo unit....
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Announcing…My Newest Video

I am pleased to announce the revealing of my newest video. My newest video takes you on a tour of what I do differently and how my many years of knowledge and expertise can help you achieve the desired outcome that you deserve. Take a look: I would be interested in hearing you feedback on ...
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5 Feng Shui Tips To Help A Home Sell

To put the best face on a listing and appeal to buyers who follow feng shui principles, keep these tips in mind. 1. Pay special attention to the front door, which is considered the “mouth of chi” (chi is the “life force” of all things) and one of the most powerful aspects of the entir...
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5 Home Improvement Projects To Avoid

If you plan on moving in two or three years, don't invest money in home improvement projects that won't increase the resale value of your home. Make sure to contact us if you are considering selling your home now or in the future. We can provide you with a complimentary market analysis and as...
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5 Luxurious Loft Living Spaces

Few types of housing are as naturally cool and stylish as the loft apartment. Boasting smart architecture and flexible floor plans, lofts are perfect for those looking for the sweet spot between relaxation and sophistication. If that sounds like you, take a look at these five luxury real esta...
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How To Hire A Contractor

Buyers and sellers will often have to hire a contractor to do work on a home. But, who do you hire and where do you look? Here are some tips that can help you avoid problems down the line. What are you looking for? If you need any help, please contact me. Don’t forget to follow our blog an...
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Renovation Realities

Thinking of remodeling your home? 93% of homeowners enlist professional help with their remodel. The average full-home renovation cost is $263,384. Need some free advice? Contact me today. I am always available to discuss your real estate needs! Make sure to follow our Blog and like us ...
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Top 10 Legal Mistakes Home Sellers Make

Thinking of selling? Here are the top 10 legal mistakes home sellers make: Accepting the buyer with the highest offer without regard to the other contractual terms. Not properly handling multiple offer situations with multiple buyers. Not properly handling back-up offers. Entering into an ...
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6 Tax Facts Home Sellers Should Know

Here is a look at some tax facts that home sellers should know. Wondering how this applies to your situation? Consult with your tax professional today. Make sure to contact us if you are considering selling your home. We can provide you with a complimentary market analysis and assist in t...
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One Day E-Waste Collection Event: Saturday, February 27th from 9am to 3pm

Recycle Your Obsolete Electronics Televisions • Computer Monitors • Computer Peripherals • Cell and Telephones • DVDs/VCRs • Radios • Copiers • Printers • Lap Tops • Scanners • Cable TV Equipment • Microwave Ovens • Fax  Machines • Printer Cartridges. UPCOMING E-WASTE-...
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The Value of a Remodel

A recent resurgence of several big-ticket projects including attic bedroom and basement remodels, with average price tags of $49,438 and $62,834, respectively, shows that consumers are signaling confidence in the value of remodeling. What are your remodeling projects of choice? Don’t for...
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Home Improvements That Pay You Back

Thinking of making some home improvements that will recoup your costs? Check out this list of 4 things that will pay you back. In search of a partner to help you accomplish your project? Contact me today and I will be happy to assist. Make sure to follow our blog and like us on Facebook...
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Nice Craftsman Home on Linda Vista $1,995,000

This is a nice Craftsman on Linda Vista from my friend Maggie Navarro at Aaroe Estates.  The house is 5 bedrooms in 2842 sqft on a 15,538 sqft lot and built in 1911.  It is known as the J. Constantine Hillman House. The backyard overlooks the Arroyo and the Rose Bowl Aquatic Center. I s...
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San Marino Property Tour $2.6 million to $6.6 million

I recently visited some multi-million San Marino properties that are on the market in different price points. Each property was unique in its own way and I'd love to share my insight on them. The first property I visited was located on Lombardy Road being offered at $6,580,000. Many homes on Lomb...
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Top 10 Home Projects To Recoup Costs at Resale

When considering making a change to a home, most homeowners look at the cost of the improvement compared with the value it is likely to bring when the home is resold. What kind of projects are you considering doing? Make sure to follow our Blog and like us on Facebook for continued upd...
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Is Your House Earthquake Ready?

Is your house earthquake ready? Register by February 20, 2016 for a retrofit grant up to $3K. Houses in eligible cities include Pasadena, South Pasadena, and San Marino. For more information, visit this website to learn more: www.earthquakebracebolt.com...
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Lots o’ stairs for $1,200,000 condo

These are the stairs that you need to take to your front door to your $1.2M condo in the Pasadena Playhouse District.  Steep.  The unit is at 700 East Union, a Wallace Neff inspired complex where I have sold a few units in the past few years.  This is one of the best complexes in Pasadena. ...
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$1,464 per square foot. Is this really what $13,800,000 will buy you in Pasadena?

This house at 1333 Wentworth was on broker caravan today.  Great house.  If they can get $1,464 per foot for this house, with that glowing fireplace, then kudos to them.  This house was a Showcase Design house a few years ago. Right now there are only 2 homes on the market in Pasadena ...
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Expansive Estate with Pool and Large Lot in Pasadena $2M

First time on the market in 50 years, I represented the sellers on this beautiful, expansive estate in Pasadena and helped them get multiple offers over the asking price. Set back on an extra large flat 31,642 sqft lot in the heart of Pasadena, this 3 bedroom and 4 bath home is approximately 3,8...
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Spanish Charmer in the Hills of Altadena

I just sold this Spanish charmer in the hills of Altadena. In a desirable Altadena neighborhood east of Lake, this one story Spanish charmer features 3 bedrooms and 2 baths in 1,560 square feet. New permitted master bathroom with custom tiles, cabinets, hardware. New and permitted A/C, tankle...
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