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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Mortgage rates falling; 30-year drops to 3.78%, Freddie Mac says

by Mario Acosta March 19, 2015 Various Topics

Long-term interest rates declined this week, with Freddie Mac saying lenders were offering conventional 30-year mortgages at an average of 3.78%, down from 3.86% a week ago.

The average for 15-year fixed home loans slipped from 3.1% to 3.06%, Freddie Mac said in its weekly report, released Thursday. The initial rate on loans fixed for five years …

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