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Google’s New Mortgage Calculator Is a Good—If Simple—Start

by Mario Acosta March 3, 2015 Buyers

As part of its ongoing effort to insinuate itself into every aspect of our lives, Google has just launched a mortgage calculator that pops up whenever you search for anything mortgage-related.

It’s got some pretty cool stuff. For one, the interface is stripped down to the absolute basics. Enter the amount of the loan, the interest rate, and the length …

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Just Listed! Amazing Warner Center townhouse! Upgraded and in perfect move-in condition.

by Mario Acosta February 27, 2015 Buyers

Amazing Warner Center townhouse!  Large 2BD / 2BA , 1240 sq. ft. home upgraded and in perfect move-in condition.  Newly painted with beautiful wide plank laminate floors, spacious living room with fireplace overlooks a gated patio with private garden to plant your favorite flowers or herbs.  There is a private 2-car garage with direct access …

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Rupert Murdoch sells estate in Beverly Hills for $30 million

by Mario Acosta February 26, 2015 Various Topics

Media magnate Rupert Murdoch sold his house in Beverly Hills for $30 million, public records show.

“Quietly listed” outside the Multiple Listing Service last year, the property attracted interest from such Hollywood A-listers as Leonardo DiCaprio and drew multiple offers. Murdoch ended up pulling the property off the market.

His youngest son, James Murdoch, has been identified …

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Lenders begin easing requirements to get a mortgage

by Mario Acosta February 24, 2015 Buyers

A closely watched index that tracks mortgage credit availability — lender requirements on credit scores, down payments and other key loan terms — has some good news for potential home buyers: Things are finally loosening up.

After years of progressively tighter rules on borrower eligibility in the wake of the housing bust, banks and mortgage companies …

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Ellen Degeneres Found the Funniest Real Estate Listings

by Mario Acosta February 20, 2015 Home Search

#ReallyRealRealEstate

 

Ellen has a hilarious series of real estate clips of actual real estate listings and ads. Sad, but true.

All of us have probably have seen our share of bad photos and copy.  In this video Ellen found some

real estate listings that just aren’t right! At least one person had an alternate meaning of the phrase, …

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Inaccurate Zillow ‘Zestimates’ a source of conflict over home prices

by Mario Acosta February 12, 2015 Buyers

When “CBS This Morning” co-host Norah O’Donnell asked the chief executive of Zillow recently about the accuracy of the website’s automated property value estimates — known as Zestimates — she touched on one of the most sensitive perception gaps in American real estate.

Zillow is the most popular online real estate information site, with 73 million …

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11560 Braddock Dr, Culver City, CA 90230 – SOLD!

by Mario Acosta February 10, 2015 Culver City

We just sold this super charming retro style home above market value!

Click here to view a Video tour!

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Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig makes $1.8 million splash in Sherman Oaks

by Mario Acosta February 3, 2015 Buyers

Rising Dodgers star Yasiel Puig is eschewing the bright lights of L.A. for a home in the Valley.

The dynamic outfielder, who previously made his home in a downtown luxury loft, has paid $1.8 million for a gated Mediterranean-style residence in Sherman Oaks.

Set behind tall palms and a privacy wall, the two-story home is entered through …

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ENTERTAINER’S HILLTOP DREAM HOME!

by Mario Acosta June 26, 2014 Buyers

A Rare Opportunity in Studio City Hills!

One-of-a-kind custom-built private oasis, located just off Mulholland Drive.  Step through the doors of this 3 bed, 4 bath unique entertainer’s dream home in the coveted “Doñas” of Studio City Hills, featuring a lush gated entryway,  jet-liner and city light views, sparkling pool, vaulted ceilings, walls of glass, and tropical …

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SHERMAN OAKS HOME SOLD IN RECORD TIME!

by Mario Acosta June 5, 2014 How We Market Your Home For Sale

We listed this home at 3764 Stone Canyon Avenue in Sherman Oaks for $950,000.   We sold it in 10 days and $100,000 over the asking price!

We had a whirlwind of interest and offers and are so happy our sellers were thrilled by the outcome.

MARKETING MATTERS AND RESULTS COUNT!

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Are You Aware Many Homes Are Selling Before They Hit The Market?

by Mario Acosta November 14, 2013 Buyers

Pocket Listings Are Real Estate’s Hidden Market!
Some homes are bought and sold without ever being officially listed or put on the market.
This word-of-mouth technique – once used mostly by the rich and famous – has gained popularity among sellers and it takes savvy agents to know how to source these off market listings.  These off …

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Off Market Listings – Sherman Oaks Homes

by Mario Acosta March 2, 2012 Buyers

Not Every Home For Sale Is Listed In The MLS

There has been a noticeable change recently in the real estate market in Sherman Oaks and surrounding neighborhoods.  Buyers have become a lot more active over the last 6 weeks.  The improving economy together with affordable home prices and low interest rates have sparked the market.  …

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Professional Photos vs. Point-And-Shoot Marketing – Sherman Oaks Homes

by Mario Acosta July 12, 2011 How We Market Your Home For Sale

Photos Sell Sherman Oaks Homes

Are you tired of searching the internet for homes only to find real estate agents taking the most ridiculous and pointless photos of properties? This includes dark bedrooms and kitchens with no lights on, out of focus and blurry shots, photos with the wrong resolution settings and random shots of …

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Meet Mario Acosta – Sherman Oaks Real Estate

by Mario Acosta April 29, 2011 About Us

Mario Acosta is the principal and team leader of the Acosta Group. He is a lifetime resident of the San Fernando Valley where he has lived for over 30 years. He attended California State University, Northridge and maintains a Bachelor of Arts degree from the university. In his second year in real estate, Mario achieved Top Producer status within his office and the Berkshire Hathaway real estate network. He currently maintains the Chairman’s Circle designation within the company. The Chairman’s Circle sales designation puts Mario in the Top 2% of the 58,000 Berkshire Hathaway real estate agents nationwide. As of 2015, Mario has sold over $100 million of residential real estate. Mario is a two-time winner of Los Angeles Magazine reader’s poll for Top Realtor in Los Angeles.

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Home Automation Comes of Age

by Mario Acosta February 18, 2015 Various Topics

A touch screen is used to control the oven at the future kitchen designed by Virginia Tech students. Photo: Jacob Kepler for The Wall Street Journal

 

A futuristic kitchen designed by Virginia Tech University researchers includes a dishwasher that sends a text or email when it is out of soap, a microwave that listens for the …

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