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be picky! what questions to ask before you hire a realtor

Kathleen Finnegan What should you consider when shopping for a broker? There are a few essential questions that you should ask a broker before hiring them: "How much experience do you have with properties such as mine?" Any broker should be able to show you what they have done in the past. You should find out how many deals they have closed in your price range and in your neighborhood over the past few years and whether they typically represented the buyer, seller or... Continue Reading >

5 easy tips for outdoor summer staging

Kathleen Finnegan Buyers are drawn to backyards in the summer months. These simple tips will help ensure a listing’s outdoor space looks inviting. Just as summer marks a segue from basement birthday bashes and dining room celebrations, it also means sellers should adjust their staging strategy to include outdoor spaces — especially during the months that backyard BBQs and poolside cocktails reign It makes perfect sense to me from the point of view of preparing for a sale, just like indoors, you don’t... Continue Reading >

a well traveled home

Kathleen Finnegan A love of travel knows no boundaries—it extends out the door, on the road, and can also be reflected in a carefully curated home. While I usually tend to lean more mid-century minimalist with my interiors, this season I am feeling more worldly. It can be difficult to achieve an eclectic aesthetic that feels effortless yet pulled together. But if you're after just such a look, the addition of global textiles and accessories can add the perfect depth to any style of... Continue Reading >

tax tips for sellers

Kathleen Finnegan With tax season upon us, many sellers have questions about what they will end up owning. While it is always important to consulate your tax professional to understand the tax implications, here are some tax tips for home sellers: Make Sure You Don’t Owe Capital Gains Tax The windfall you receive from real estate price appreciation is considered a capital gain, and may be taxable by the federal government. For example, if you bought a place at $150,000 and sold it for $225,000, your... 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 >

New Years Day Rose Parade!

Kathleen Finnegan           Looking for something fun to do on New Years Day, how about the Rose Parade in Pasadena? ABOUT THE PARADE Each New Year's Day, the world focuses its attention on Pasadena, California, USA, home of the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game. It's a celebration more than a century old – a festival of flowers, music and sports unequaled anywhere else in the world. It's America's New Year Celebration, a greeting to the world on the first day of the year, and a salute... Continue Reading >

2015 market forecast : smoother sailing

Kathleen Finnegan After several bumpy years, the housing market should continue to smooth out in 2015, one of the nation’s leading housing economists says. In his predictions for 2015, Zillow chief economist Stan Humphries said he expects home values to rise 2.5% next year -- positive territory but well below the 6% clip seen over the last 12 months. That slower pace, coupled with home builders shifting to construct more houses at lower price points than they have been, should help pull more... Continue Reading >

rainy day cocktail : hot toddy

Kathleen Finnegan Warm and toasty and just in time for a rainy day in LA, the Hot Toddy is a classic hot drink and it is very simple to make. The basic recipe only requires a base liquor, honey, lemon, and tea, though some people prefer to skip the tea bag. It will be a matter of personal taste as to which of the liquors you choose for your toddy. Brandy, rum, and whiskey each bring their own characteristics to the drink and... 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 >

10th Annual Turkey Day Dash

Kathleen Finnegan When : Thu, November 27, 8am – 11am Where : Cal Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, CA (map) The Conejo Valley YMCA is hosting its 10th Annual Turkey Day Dash on Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, November 27, 2014. The 5K run/walk and 1k family fun run/walk will once again be held this year at Cal Lutheran University. The 1K family fun run/walk is at 8:00 a.m. and the 5K run/walk starts at 8:30 a.m. Race day registration begins at 7:00 a.m. Proceeds from the Turkey Day... Continue Reading >

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