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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

5 Tips for Selling a Home From Out of State

Trying to sell a house is challenging enough, and if you’re selling a home from out of state, it can be positively intimidating. Property and maintenance costs can add up quickly on an empty home, and you don’t want to have to buy special vacant-home insurance. Whether you’ve had to relocate because of a new job, are selling… Read More

6 Renovations You Should Never Do Yourself

When it comes to home improvements, it’s difficult to know when to do it yourself and when to hire a professional. We have the low down on when to draw the line – it usually involves things like plumbing, electricity, expensive materials and renovations that are downright dangerous. So before you try to get handy… Read More

Chimney Tips to Keep You Warm And Safe

Chimney maintenance and proper cleaning are key steps to keeping your family safe and warm as the temperatures drop. Neglected chimneys accumulate creosote, a combustible byproduct of charred wood, along their walls. Add to that a high internal flue temperature and you’ve got a potentially dangerous chimney fire on your hands. The best way to… Read More

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