New Tax Plan Would Slam California Housing Market, Are you Ready?

California’s biggest housing markets figure to be among the losers if a Republican-sponsored tax overhaul becomes law, according to two analyses of local market data. Currently, a married couple can deduct interest on mortgages of up to $1,000,000; the GOP plan would cut that to $500,000. Similarly, deductions of state and local property tax would …

Amor por México!

Peruana de nacimiento, mexicana de corazón es muy doloroso  pensar en los momentos tan terribles por los que están pasando nuestros hermanos de México.  Sé que no hay palabras que puedan aliviar el dolor y el sufrimiento que están viviendo hoy y poder aliviar toda la angustia que los aflige.  Pero si podemos dejarles saber …

When your furnace goes out…

By Sandy Flores You’ll be left in the cold—but not if you know how to change its thermocouple. This is the part of the furnace that shuts off the gas if your pilot light goes out, preventing that gas from seeping into your home. (You know, the gas that can kill you if left to run …

When was the last time your home’ filters were replaced?

Lots of appliances in your home have filters. In fact, any device that conducts air or water should have some sort of filter in place to remove impurities and particulates. Changing these filters routinely can save you money, and keep you safe, which is why it’s helpful to know when they’re due to be replaced. …

House inventory: supply low – demand high

By, Sandy Flores Broker Low inventory numbers have entry-level buyers scrambling as empty nesters are reluctant to sell. Home inventory in the U.S. has dropped to its lowest levels since 1999 according to Trulia.com, a San Francisco-based real estate research site.  Even though the U.S. has seen more than three years of a booming seller’s …

7 Reasons why you need a realtor when buying or selling a home

By, Sandy Flores Broker, If you think hiring an agent when trying out a home sale or purchase is old news. it’s not, 88% of home buyers still purchase homes via real estate agents. True, the existence of home buying and selling websites, 1% commission sales and home buying and selling apps has made it …

5 Beginner tips for first timers buying a home in los angeles

  By Sandy Flores Broker 5 BEGINNER TIPS FOR FIRST TIMERS BUYING A HOME IN LOS ANGELES, CA In the past three years, prices of homes in Los Angeles have soared by 30 percent. In many areas, you’ll find a seller’s market. Only a three months’ supply of home available with 5,538 properties (single family …

Fed’s hike of 0.25 point in short term rates

For the first time in a year and only the second time in a decade, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), the policy making arm of the Federal Reserve, voted on Wednesday in its eighth and final meeting of the year to raise the federal funds target rate by 25 basis points up to the 0.50 to 0.75 percent …