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NEW LISTING: Beautifully renovated 1940’s Traditional in coveted Colfax Meadows

by Mario Acosta August 25, 2015 Buyers

4313 Camellia Avenue, Studio City 91604

5 beds 4 baths 2,750 sqft – For Full Tour Click here

Beautifully renovated 1940’s Traditional in coveted Colfax Meadows named one of the Ten Best Neighborhoods in LA!

Second story addition and interiors designed by renowned architect Richard Olander.  The formal entryway welcomes you to …

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First-Time Home Buyer’s Guide to Making an Offer

by Mario Acosta August 25, 2015 Buyers

You’ve mastered the search process and know all the questions to ask at an open house. Now make sure you’re really ready to make your first offer.

After months, maybe even years, of looking at homes online, going to open houses and stalking listing data, the time has come. You’ve fallen for a home, and you’re ready to make …

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Maximize Your Decorating Budget

by Mario Acosta August 20, 2015 Various Topics

10-step budget guide will help you set up and stick to a decorating budget — without blowing it.

What’s the dirtiest word in decorating? That’s right: budget.

Whether you have just a few $100 for a room makeover, or tens of thousands, you’ll need to plan carefully and make tough choices to meet your bottom line. But …

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Real Estate Advice: 6 Condo Inspection Red Flags To Watch Out For

by Mario Acosta August 18, 2015 Buyers

Aside from condo association fees, shared walls, and elevators, there’s another thing that separates an apartment from a home – the inspection.

“Purchasing a condo versus a single-family home definitely creates some different items to address,” says real estate agent Ryan Willis of Boxwood Realty.

There are several condo inspections that are much different from a home …

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Home Improvement Tips

by Mario Acosta August 13, 2015 Various Topics

It’s August — time to start getting ready for a new school year. It’s also a great time to tackle that home improvement project you’ve been putting off all summer.

To help you do your homework, we’re sharing remodeling lessons this month from “Zillow Talk: The New Rules of Real Estate.” Here’s the first tip:

There’s no shame in …

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It just got easier to get a jumbo mortgage

by Mario Acosta August 11, 2015 Buyers

Getting a large home loan at Chase just got a little easier. The bank is easing the lending requirements for its jumbo mortgages, which tend to be loans in excess of $417,000 in many markets and $625,500 in more expensive areas. A potential buyer now only needs a credit score of 680 and a 15% …

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10 Best-Kept Secrets for Selling Your Home

by Mario Acosta August 6, 2015 How To Price Your Home

10 Best-Kept Secrets for Selling Your Home

Tricks of the trade to help you get top dollar when selling your home.

HGTV’s Buying and Selling offers up the industry’s best-kept secrets to help you get top dollar when selling your home.

Selling Secret #10: Pricing it right
Find out what your home is worth, then shave 15 to …

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8 Smart Home Innovations to See at CES 2015

by Mario Acosta July 30, 2015 Various Topics

The behemoth that is the International CES trade show gets under way on January 6, and the buzz around the Las Vegas Convention Center is that 2015 could be the year that smart home technology tips into the mainstream. There is a concerted effort to build “ecosystems” that will help us manage multiple devices from …

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Is real estate a good investment?

by Mario Acosta July 28, 2015 Buyers

Last decade’s housing bubble is becoming a distant memory. Mortgage rates are near historic lows, interest-only loans are back and everyone loves real estate as an investment again.

More than 1 in 4 Americans (27 percent) said real estate was the best investment for money they would not need for at least a decade, according to …

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NEW LISTING: 10233 De Soto Avenue Unit H, Chatsworth,CA 91311

by Mario Acosta July 16, 2015 Buyers

For a full tour click here

10233 De Soto Avenue Unit H, Chatsworth

Upgraded 2 bedroom 2 bathroom condo and best value in the area!  This top-floor end unit offers controlled and gated access to a well-maintained building.  Unit features newer ceramic tile floors and vaulted ceiling in living room, view of hills from private balcony off …

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NEW LISTING: 5739 Willis Avenue, Sherman Oaks 91411

by Mario Acosta July 14, 2015 Buyers

For a full tour click here: http://www.5739willis.com/

Curb appeal to the max on a gorgeous tree lined street in Sherman Oaks!  This warm inviting home has 1800 sqft with 4 bedrooms and 2.5 baths and is located in the coveted Kester Avenue School district.   A formal entry gives way to a large, light and airy great …

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How much house can you afford?

by Mario Acosta July 9, 2015 Buyers

Methodology

Use this calculator http://tinyurl.com/calculatenow

To arrive at an “affordable” home price, we followed the guidelines of most lenders. In general, that means your total debt payments should be no more than 36% of your gross income.

Once you enter your monthly debt (including credit cards, student loan and car payments), we come up with a maximum monthly …

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Top 10 Reasons Why For Sale By Owners (FSBOs) Fail In Real Estate

by Mario Acosta July 7, 2015 Various Topics

 

A FSBO, also known as a for sale by owner, can easily be described as a homeowner selling their property without the representation of a real estate agent or broker. 

There are many reasons why homeowners attempt to sell their home on their own.  A few of the most popular reasons for FSBOs are they want to …

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Happy 4th of July! Events in San Fernando Valley

by Mario Acosta July 2, 2015 Various Topics

Annual San Fernando Valley Independence Day Celebration
A holiday celebration in the San Fernando Valley featuring music and other live entertainment, food, and fireworks. Take a swim in the 1.5-acre swim lake available for use during the day.
When: July 4, 10 am – 10:00 pm, Fireworks around 8:30 pm
Where: Hansen Dam Recreation Area, 11770 Foothill Blvd., …

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Thinking of Moving to Canoga Park? Here are a list of some private schools for your kids

by Mario Acosta June 30, 2015 Buyers

Canoga Park, California Private Schools

Agbu Manoogian-demirdjian School

6844 Oakdale Ave
Canoga Park, CA 91306
(818)883-2428803PK-12

Canoga Park Preschool & Kindergarten
Daycare / Preschool

7839 Topanga Canyon Blvd
Canoga Park, CA 91304
(818)346-303565PK-KG

Chaminade College Preparatory High School
(Roman Catholic)

7500 Chaminade Avenue
Canoga Park, CA 91304
(818)347-830013509-12

Concordia Canoga Park
(Lutheran Church — Missouri Synod)

7357 Jordan Ave
Canoga Park, CA 91335
(818)703-673553KG-12

Coutin School
Special Education School

7119 Owensmouth Avenue
Canoga Park, CA 91303
(818)992-0301495-12

Emerson Preschool
Daycare / Preschool  (Non-sectarian)7304 Jordan Ave
Canoga Park, CA 91303
(818)887-612951PK-KG

Faith Baptist School
(Baptist)

7644 Farralone Ave
Canoga Park, CA 91304
(818)340-61311240PK-12

New …

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New Listing! 21739 Michale Street, Canoga Park, 91304

by Mario Acosta June 24, 2015 Buyers

 

For a Full tour click https://youtu.be/0X5MQINXJ6Q

21739 Michale Street, Canoga Park, 91304    — List Price $479,000

Located on one of the prettiest tree-lined streets in the area with excellent curb appeal!  This incredibly charming 3 bedroom 1.75 bath home offers an open floor plan that welcomes you with beautiful hardwood floors in living room and hallway, smooth …

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You may want to consider Buying…What $1,900 Rents You in Los Angeles Right Now

by Mario Acosta June 18, 2015 How's The Market

You may want to consider Buying…

 

What $1,900 Rents You in Los Angeles Right Now

 

Welcome to Curbed Comparisons, where we explore what you can rent or buy for a certain dollar amount in various LA ‘hoods. Is one man’s studio another man’s townhouse? Let’s find out! Our friends at Zumper have helped us out with five …

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NEW Listing: Super charming 3 bedroom, 1.75 bath traditional on pretty tree-lined street!

by Mario Acosta June 15, 2015 Buyers

5837 Bevis Avenue, Sherman Oaks 91411 – List Price $629,500

Super charming 3 bedroom, 1.75 bath traditional on pretty tree-lined street in great Sherman Oaks
neighborhood.  Beautiful original wood floors welcome you to the open and spacious floor plan
featuring living room with slate fireplace, custom recessed lights in all rooms, plantation shutters and
newer vinyl windows throughout.  The …

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Thinking of Moving to Sherman Oaks?

by Mario Acosta June 11, 2015 Buyers

Moving to Sherman Oaks, California

If you are thinking about moving to the Sherman Oaks are below are some things to see and do!

Sherman Oaks Galleria

So where do all the valley girls hang out? In Sherman Oaks, of course! But Sherman Oaks is more than just another section of the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles. …

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Poolside decor Ideas

by Mario Acosta June 9, 2015 Buyers

Now that summer is almost here, its time to get some ideas on how to freshen up your pool side space! If you are looking to purchase or lease a dreamy poolside home contact Mario Acosta.

30 Dreamy Poolside Spaces
These awe-inspiring poolside spaces will help you cool down when the weather won’t.

Annie Schlechter

Carribean Dream

Little decor is …

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For Lease: Spectacular custom built Cape Cod beauty!

by Mario Acosta June 5, 2015 Featured

4503 Ethel Ave, Studio City  — Lease $9,000 per month

For a full tour click here www.4503Ethel.com

Spectacular custom built Cape Cod beauty features 5 bedrooms, 4.5 baths and the perfect open
floor plan layout! Dramatic entry welcomes you to a bright formal living room with fireplace,
dining room with coffered ceiling and dark stained distressed wood floors throughout.  …

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Welcome to the Bathroom of Your Dreams.

by Mario Acosta June 4, 2015 Buyers

It’s got ocean views and a sunken tub with its very own fireplace.

When imagining the elements of your dream home, you might mentally design a roomy closet, a chef-caliber kitchen, or an expansive pool. But the ultimate luxury just may be a well-appointed bathroom made for relaxation. Take a look inside this incredible bath, featured …

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Clever Organizing Solutions for Even the Tiniest Bathroom

by Mario Acosta June 2, 2015 How We Market Your Home For Sale

Clever Organizing Solutions for Even the Tiniest Bathroom
Sure, a glass-front cabinet would be lovely, but how do you store the essentials when there isn’t floor space for extra storage? Try these smart stash-it tips and tricks for the tightest spots.

Get a high-tech medicine cabinet

Photo by Camilo Morales/Getty Images

Keep cords off the floor and the countertop …

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NEW LISTING! Penthouse condo with Dual Master Suites

by Mario Acosta May 29, 2015 Buyers

14144 Dickens Street, #315 – Sherman Oaks 91423   $450,000

For a full tour click here: www.14144DickensUnit315.com

Amazing Penthouse condo in prime South of Blvd location surrounded by multi-million dollar homes!This is one of the best units in the building with walls of glass opening to a rare private balcony with south facing treetop views.  This special property …

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New Listing! 4718 Wortser Avenue, Sherman Oaks 91423

by Mario Acosta May 28, 2015 Buyers

4718 Wortser Avenue, Sherman Oaks 91423     List Price – $775,000

First time on market in 39 years!   This super charming traditional home has loads of potential and ready for redo or expansion.  The spacious living room offers a coved ceiling and beautiful plantation shutters.  The kitchen with newer stainless steel appliances opens to …

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The Ultimate Open House Checklist: Curb Appeal Edition

by Mario Acosta May 27, 2015 How We Market Your Home For Sale

We know—selling your home is a marathon, not a sprint. It’s a big decision that can take years of dreaming, years of waiting for home values to return all while second-guessing yourself, your life choices, and the market. You’ve been patient. The house you expected to live in for a few years has turned into a …

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Southern California housing market has some spring in its step. Prices & sales both on the upswing.

by Mario Acosta May 20, 2015 How We Market Your Home For Sale

Southern California home prices and sales climbed in April for the second straight month after a period of stagnation.

The gains, however, may signal a tough summer ahead for buyers, who face a dwindling supply of homes in most areas.

The price and sales gains in April, reported Tuesday by real estate firm CoreLogic, followed a long …

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Studio City Ranked Among Top 25 Most Walkable Neighborhoods

by Mario Acosta May 19, 2015 Buyers

Studio City was ranked 22nd on a list of almost 100 neighborhoods around Los Angeles for their walkability score.

WalkScore.com, which provided the rankings on its website, determined the scores by measuring “the walkability of individual addresses based on proximity to nearby amenities.”

Studio City got a score of 75 out of 100, while nearby neighborhoods including North …

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NEW LISTING: Prime Studio City location!

by Mario Acosta May 15, 2015 Buyers

4216 Ethel Avenue, #11 —  Studio City 91604   – List price $435,00

This immaculate 2BD / 1.5 BA townhouse features a spacious open floor plan with beautiful Bamboo wood floors in living room and dining area, smooth ceilings, crown molding and gas fireplace.  The bright kitchen offers ceramic tile floors, newer counter tops …

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Great time to sell…Bidding wars have broken out in hot real estate markets

by Mario Acosta May 14, 2015 How's The Market

Bidding wars have broken out in hot real-estate markets like Denver and Los Angeles, where there aren’t enough houses to meet demand. The lack of supply is a key reason home sales nationwide have yet to return to healthy levels following the housing collapse in 2008.

“Inventory is still fairly low in a lot of markets …

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5 Tips for Outdoor Décor

by Mario Acosta May 12, 2015 How We Market Your Home For Sale

Need to freshen up your outdoor space? Get 5 expert tips that are sure to awaken your outdoor space from the sleepy slumber of winter.
Tip #1: Make It Private

Outdoor rooms require structure just as an indoor room to help provide intimacy and comfort. Some money-saving solutions for adding “walls” include: anchoring a wooden trellis in …

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Chinese developer leads transformation of L.A.’s skyline

by Mario Acosta May 7, 2015 Buyers

For decades, the sprawling six-acre Metropolis parcel in downtown Los Angeles sat barren as successive real estate busts derailed the promise of a $1-billion “city within a city.”

Now, in an eye-rubbing spectacle, three towering cranes are working on the first phase of a hotel and a condominium tower, while construction has begun on two more …

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4 Reasons to Buy a Home This Spring

by Mario Acosta May 5, 2015 Buyers

The home buying season is about to get under way, and it’s expected to be a busy one. Here are four factors that are likely to influence buyers.

Low mortgage rates

Everyone knows that the low-rate party is coming to end. Zillow is forecasting that mortgage rates – currently around 4 percent for the 30-year fixed – will …

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People Are Starting to Buy Houses in Los Angeles Again

by Mario Acosta April 30, 2015 Various Topics

The newest report out from Douglas Elliman Real Estate paints an encouraging picture of the single-family and condo market, at least as far as sales in the first three months of 2015 are concerned. Like Elliman’s previous report, this overview of “Greater LA” looks at neighborhoods from the coast (Malibu, Playa del Rey) to Northeast …

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Decorating Hacks: Genius Makeovers You Can do In A Day

by Mario Acosta April 28, 2015 Buyers

Paint an Inexpensive Piece of Furniture White

This Kansas City house’s dining room, a former loggia, is “light, bright, and airy,” homeowner and designer Zim Loy says. “I accomplished that with lots of white paint.” She bought a beat-up old $60 table at an estate sale and gave it a fresh new look by the painting …

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New home Listing! Check out this gorgeous home set in prime South of Blvd location

by Mario Acosta April 24, 2015 Buyers

21824 San Miguel Street, Woodland Hills CA 91364

Set in prime South of Blvd location, this gated mini-estate is loaded with upgrades.  Enter through the controlled access entry gate past a beautifully landscaped yard to this marvelous home.  The downstairs level has amazing flow for entertaining and includes a spacious family room with vaulted ceilings, recessed …

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Americans Again Say Real Estate Is Best Long-Term Investment.

by Mario Acosta April 23, 2015 Various Topics

PRINCETON, N.J. — For the second straight year, more Americans name real estate than stocks, gold, savings accounts/CDs or bonds as the best long-term investment. Real estate leads with 31% of Americans choosing it, followed by stocks/mutual funds, at 25%. Meanwhile, gold dropped to third this year, a significant change from 2011 and 2012, when …

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How to Structure Gift Dollars for (future) Home buyers!

by Mario Acosta April 21, 2015 Buyers

It is common for many buyers to receive gift funds from a family member(s). All of which begs the question how to avoid the dreaded Gift Tax. How that gift is structured can be a sensitive family issue. In order to avoid paying that tax…it’s important to structure the transaction properly BOTH ON  A PERSONAL …

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Why Hire a Real Estate Agent?

by Mario Acosta April 16, 2015 Buyers

1. Agents Simplify the Home-Buying Process

While selling a home “by owner” can save some money, most people don’t have the time or expertise to market their homes. Real estate agents can help you sort through the complicated market and not only sell your home, but also find and negotiate the perfect house to move into. …

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Thinking about moving to San Fernando Valley? Here’s a 24-hour behind-the-scenes itinerary of the Valley’s sizzling attractions, restaurants and nightspots.

by Mario Acosta April 14, 2015 Buyers

As home to the world’s major movie studios, the San Fernando Valley is where celebrities live, work and play. Here’s a 24-hour behind-the-scenes itinerary of the Valley’s sizzling attractions, restaurants and nightspots.

The San Fernando Valley has it all. It’s made up of gorgeous suburbs and mini-malls. Major network and movie studios call it home. Then …

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Home Decorating for Spring

by Mario Acosta April 9, 2015 Various Topics

Now that we have gotten Spring Cleaning out of the way, it is time for Spring decorating! The best way to say “goodbye” to winter blues is to brighten and freshen up your home. We have collected some easy and cost savvy ways to decorate your home for the renewing season! Read below for more.

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Private Schools In Sherman Oaks

by Mario Acosta April 7, 2015 Buyers

Thinking of moving to the Sherman Oaks area? Is it right for your family?

Here is a list of private schools in the area and their ratings.

Sherman Oaks Private Schools

If you would like more information on moving to the Sherman Oaks are please contact Mario Acosta.

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Ellen Degeneres’ Real Estate Tips

by Mario Acosta April 2, 2015 Buyers

Ellen shares her tips and tricks on Real Estate! So funny, must watch!

Happy Easter Everyone! Have a great long weekend!

If you are looking for real estate tips in the San Fernando Valley, Please Contact Mario Acosta.

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Liquidating Retirement Funds for a Down Payment!

by Mario Acosta March 31, 2015 Buyers

Whether it’s first time, boomerangs or move up buyers, the down payment is often the biggest obstacle to homeownership. Credit scores can be boosted, promotions and job changes can increase income and debt can be paid off /down …all issues best left to your loan officer. In addition to down payment, typical closing costs (even with a …

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Inside the Suddenly Booming Neighborhood George Clooney and Miley Cyrus Call Home – Studio City

by Mario Acosta March 26, 2015 Neighborhoods

 

Trousdale Estates and the Bird Streets may hog the spotlight as L.A.’s top hillside celebrity enclaves, but there’s a quiet hotspot growing just over the hill in the Valley.

In the last year, A-listers and industry insiders ranging from Bruno Mars to Smokehouse Pictures’ Grant Heslov have been buying homes in Studio City’s exclusive Fryman Canyon — …

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More tech industry buyers are snapping up L.A. real estate

by Mario Acosta March 24, 2015 Various Topics

By most measures, the housing market these days is a bit sluggish. Prices are flat. Sales are drooping. A lot of people are priced out.

But not everyone. The high end is hopping.

Luxury home sales in Southern California are hitting levels not seen in decades. The number of homes bought for $2 million or more in …

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Open house! Sunday, March 8, 2pm to 5pm – 13831 Herrick Avenue, Sylmar CA 91342

by Mario Acosta March 5, 2015 Buyers

Open house this Weekend! Come see a beautifully upgraded 4BD / 2BA Rancho Cascade home with AMAZING views!
Sunday, March 8, 2pm to 5pm – 13831 Herrick Avenue, Sylmar CA 91342

Upgraded and beautifully maintained Rancho Cascade home!  This sprawling single-level Ranch home offers gated RV access and attached 3-car garage.  It has an upgraded living space …

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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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Lenders begin easing requirements to get a mortgage

by Mario Acosta February 24, 2015 Market Trends

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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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 Market News

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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9 Common Real Estate Myths That Plague Buyers and Sellers

by Mario Acosta August 4, 2015 Buyers

Even though most people are rarely part of a real estate transaction, everyone believes they are an expert.

While there’s a prevailing belief that buying without a real estate agent will save you money, the truth is you’re almost always better off working with a pro.

Buying or selling a house is not something most of us …

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