An Overview of Pasadena’s Self-Certification Program – Recently, I have been assisting with answering some questions about Pasadena’s Presale Self-Certification Program, so I wanted to take this opportunity to discuss it in more detail.  First off, let’s look at what it is.  (Read more)

The Ordinance (No. 7337) and Municipal Code Section (14.17) pertains to sellers who are responsible for obtaining a Presale Certification of Completion or Presale Certificate of Inspection prior to the close of escrow on a single-family home, condo, townhome, or a duplex.  The City of Pasadena believes that this program will improve the safety of… Read More

Exciting News for Cynthia Cohn & Associates – I have never felt more aligned in my profession than I do now. My business and the care that I provide to all of my clients is a reflection of my own personal core values. And that’s why I’m thrilled to announce that I have opened my own brokerage. (Read More)

  By being the Broker of Record, I am able to create a company that I feel best supports my values in my business and will also allow me to continue to grow as a leader in the community and in my profession. I am setting out to create a gold standard in the real… Read More

Why Proposition 58 and 193 Are Important

Property tax rules and regulations can be very daunting. After all, there are so many of them that are nuanced for different situations. Even as a long-time real estate agent, I still find it interesting to learn more about different property tax rules. Today, I wanted to take a closer look at Propositions 58 and… Read More

Important Things to Know About Successor Trustee Sales

When family members are in charge of a trust and need to sell a home, this is known as a “successor trustee sale.” My personal attorney relationships have afforded me the opportunity to work with numerous successor trustee sales, so I wanted to shed some light on what they are and how I can be… Read More

Pasadena’s Soft-Story Retrofit Ordinance Update

Many local residents have heard about City Council’s passing of the soft-story retrofit ordinance that was approved back in May of this year. As a local real estate agent, I wanted to take the opportunity to provide a bit more information and background about the changes homeowners could face. First off, it’s no secret that… Read More

How to Add Curb Appeal To Your Home

They say that you never get a second chance to make a first impression. And nowhere is this truer than with your home’s curb appeal. As a REALTOR®, I often speak to my clients about boosting their curb appeal when they’re planning to list their home for sale. It’s the first thing a potential buyer… Read More

Sellers Prepping Their Homes with Marie Kondo In Mind

You would be hard-pressed to find someone who hasn’t heard of Marie Kondo. The organizing consultant and Netflix star broke onto the scene this year with her highly prioritized method of organizing that includes sorting possessions and getting rid of what no longer brings you joy.  Home sellers have taken notice, and have started prepping… Read More

Is a Change on the Horizon for Prop 13 in 2020?

As it is currently written, Proposition 13 treats all California property taxes the same. It has been this way since 1978, but is a change on the horizon in 2020? If critics have their way, the answer may be yes. Opponents of the Prop 13 are asking for it to be downsized and exclude most… Read More

Accessory Dwelling Units Can Help Provide More Space

By now, I think we have all seen the State Farm television commercial where Cheryl is lamenting to her agent that her “she shed” has been burned down.  While it’s unclear what exactly happened to that adorable little structure in their backyard, the fact is, many people are turning to Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) to… Read More

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