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housing on track for best year since 2006

The residential real estate market, now at its midpoint in 2015, is on track for its best year since the peak of the housing bubble in 2006, notes realtor.com chief economist Jonathan Smoke. But as Smoke is quick to point out, this time it's not a housing bubble. That's because job growth is fueling the most recent climb in demand for homes. More than 3 million jobs have been created in the past 12 months. As job growth increases, demand has followed.... Continue Reading >

whats old is new again : wallpaper?

Kathleen Finnegan In recent years, wallpaper played a minor role in home décor, relegated mostly to powder rooms and otherwise pushed aside by paint, which has been considered the cheaper, faster way to freshen a room. Wallpaper also didn’t fit the more modern aesthetic that gained hold in the last dozen years or so and some buyers considered it far too personal a choice, as well as problematic to install and later remove. But tastes are changing. Many younger buyers don’t remember their parents’... Continue Reading >

stir things up this Memorial Day

Kathleen Finnegan The thing about weekends is that they’re usually too short. The glorious exception is, of course, the much anticipated holiday weekend. There’s something about a three day summer weekend that begs for lots of time spent with drinks over chilled drinks – and as Memorial Day weekend is officially here, it seems only appropriate that we share some fabulous drink recipes that can be made by the pitcher. After all, the fun only really begins when there are enough drinks... Continue Reading >

12 Most Popular New-Home Amenities in 2015

Kathleen Finnegan   Master bedroom walk-in-closets and a laundry rooms are the top features that builders are most likely to include in a new home this year, according to a survey of builders conducted by the National Association of Home Builders. "Both features speak to improving organization and storage characteristics of new homes," according to NAHB on its Eye on Housing blog. Greater energy efficiency amenities also were ranked more important, with low-E Windows coming in No. 3 on the most likely amenity list... Continue Reading >

Calabasas fine art festival, May 2 & 3

Kathleen Finnegan THE 18TH ANNUAL CALABASAS FINE ARTS FESTIVAL May 2 & 3, 2015 10:00am - 5:00pm Located at the Commons at Calabasas & the Calabasas Civic Center Free Parking & Admission Housed on the grounds of the famed Commons at Calabasas and the beautiful Calabasas Civic Center, the annual Fine Arts Festival features over 150 painters, jewelers, potters, sculptors, photographers, glass artists, woodworkers and more. Participating exhibitors travel from all over the Western United States to showcase beautiful works of art made by the artist's own hands.   Fine dining restaurants, gourmet food... Continue Reading >

tips for protecting your identity

Kathleen Finnegan In this modern age, many of us have fallen victim to identify theft, and unfortunately studies show that cases involving these types of crime are on the rise. While it can feel overwhelming, there are a number of things you can do to prevent this from happening to you. Identity theft typically occurs when identity thieves access personal information, like your name or Social Security number (SSN), to commit fraud or other crimes. Some common ways identity thieves access your information include: • A stolen... Continue Reading >

calabasas earth day celebration

Kathleen Finnegan Saturday, April 11, 2015 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Las Virgenes Creek on Agoura Road (map) The City of Calabasas Earth Day Celebration/Green Expo will take place on Saturday, April 11, 2015 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm at the Las Virgenes Creek site on Agoura Rd (behind the Starbucks at 26531 Agoura Road) in Calabasas. Over fifty exhibitors from all over Los Angeles County and Ventura County will be participating in the event to help participants take actions that will... Continue Reading >

whats trending now in real estate

Kathleen Finnegan   The spring selling season is in full swing. Here's a breakdown of what you need to know about the state of the housing market. Home prices are surging Price growth is only increasing, due to a lack of inventory in some markets. According to Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist "Insufficient supply appears to be hampering prospective buyers in several areas of the country and is hiking prices to near unsuitable levels." Buyers in many areas need to be prepared for an increased... Continue Reading >

tricks of the trade : negotiating closing costs

Kathleen Finnegan At the end of the home-buying process, you will be faced with closing costs, the fees due at signing are required to complete a home sale. Closing costs can be expensive, but some of those fees may be negotiable. Here are some tips for navigating closing costs. Check the Market Temperature The nature of the housing market may dictate whether the buyer or the seller picks up various closing costs. If it’s a buyer’s market—a bit cold and homes aren’t selling well—sellers may be more... Continue Reading >

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 >

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