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happy st. patrick’s day : best Irish pubs in LA

Kathleen Finnegan   What you can count on when you go a good old neighborhood Irish pub is a nice, tall glass of Guinness straight from the tap or Jameson on the rocks. It's even better when you can pair these drinks with a plate of corned beef and cabbage while you're at it. To get you geared up for St. Patrick's Day, I bring to you most loved Irish bars in Los Angeles. Ireland's 32 Ireland's 32 is one of the best Irish bars... Continue Reading >

tips for building stronger goals in 2015

Kathleen Finnegan With the holidays right around the corner its almost time to begin goal setting for 2015 and if done well goals lead the way to improved productivity and performance for individuals, departments, teams and companies as a whole. Yet despite widespread use of goals both personally and professionally, most people fall victim to a number of mistakes in how they are executed. Often times we get caught up in the goals themselves and fail to realize that what we should be... Continue Reading >

home for the holidays: is fall the season to sell?

Kathleen Finnegan Home owners may be doubtful that the months of November and December will bring about a home sale. But sometimes the “off-peak” time to sell can actually be the perfect moment for sellers. Several studies show that, on average, homes listed in November and December are more likely to sell, sell more quickly, and more closely approach the asking price, according to an article at Forbes.com. A 2011 study conducted by realtor.com® found that 60 percent of real estate professionals advise... Continue Reading >

making the leap : commiting to home ownership

Kathleen Finnegan You’ve saved for a down payment. You’ve pored over the local listings for months. Touring open houses has become part of your weekend ritual. But months, perhaps years, have passed and you are still in your rental. For many first-time homebuyers, pulling the trigger on a purchase can be a frightening experience. Will you be happy there? Will you like your neighbors? Will you be tied down—house rich and cash poor? What if you lose your job? Will you hate your... Continue Reading >

natural ways to make your home critter-free

Kathleen Finnegan Items you most likely already have around the house can ward off pesky critters. Block Flies with Basil Flies hate the smell of basil. To discourage them, place pots of basil at doorways and windowsills and on the kitchen counter. Don't have enough sun for potted basil? Put dried basil in a small muslin pouch, rubbing it occasionally to keep the scent strong. Scare Off Spiders with Citrus Spiders are not fond of citrus. In a spray bottle, mix water and unsweetened lemon or... Continue Reading >

full disclosure : what to tell buyers about your home

Kathleen Finnegan Whether you have owned your home for a few years or a few decades, you know its quirks, best features and flaws. When you morph from homeowner to home seller you need to be aware that your experience with your home is something you may have to share with potential buyers. Most buyers opt to have a home inspection before they finalize their purchase, but you as the seller must also follow state and federal regulations regarding disclosure of known facts... Continue Reading >

staying prepared – emergency kits

Kathleen Finnegan I found this list really helpful. You can’t prevent disasters, but you can take charge of how you respond if you’re prepared. The first step is putting together an emergency preparedness kit.           What should go in an emergency kit? Here are the basics: Your Most Important Papers If disaster strikes, you could spend weeks or even months just trying to re-create the essential documents you’ll need to get back on track. That’s why it’s critical to have backups of important papers, such as: ◾The... Continue Reading >

understanding title insurance

The purchase of a home is one of the most expensive and important purchases a homebuyer will ever make. The buyer and mortgage lender will want to make sure that no one else has any lien, claim or encumbrance on your property. Title insurance protects the buyer’s interests and the interests of the lender, should a claim be made against your property. What is title insurance? Title insurance offers protection against claims resulting from various defects (as set out in the policy)... Continue Reading >

tips to prepare for home inspection

  When you get to the point of the inspection, you're nearing the finish line! Hopefully, the pointers mentioned below will help you cross it with ease! Home Inspection Tips to prepare your Home. 1) Make sure all interior and exterior light fixtures work. If an outdoor fixture bulb is out, the inspector has to note that the fixture does not operate correctly. 2) Provide access to the furnace, water heater and electrical panel. Also, the inspector must be able to remove the electrical panel... Continue Reading >

is there a season to sell?

Kathleen Finnegan   Many homeowners want to know, "When is the best time of year to sell my house?" The conventional wisdom is that spring and summer are best. However, there are exceptions, and there are advantages and disadvantages to selling in any season. Here's the information you need to improve your chances of selling your property for a good price in any season. Spring Advantages of Selling in Spring From late spring through mid-summer, home sales are generally highest. Many homes come on the market... Continue Reading >

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