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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Ellen Degeneres Found the Funniest Real Estate Listings

by Mario Acosta February 20, 2015 Various Topics

#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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