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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 >

tips for drought-proofing your yard

Kathleen Finnegan Fighting drought can be time-consuming and expensive. With forecasters and scientists predicting warming temperatures and more extreme weather events as the new normal, there's plenty of evidence to suggest that droughts could become more common and severe in the future. Making some changes to your approach to landscaping can keep you from worrying about your water bill and the well-being of your lawn when the weather isn't quite cooperating. Here are four ways to drought-proof your yard: * Choose your plants wisely.... Continue Reading >

September home sales rose to their highest level of the year!

Kathleen Finnegan The national housing market rebounded in September as home sales rose to their highest level of the year. After dipping in August, sales of previously owned homes climbed 2.4% in September to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.17 million, the National Assn. of Realtors said Tuesday. Analysts polled by FactSet expected an annual rate of 5.1 million. Low mortgage rates, coupled with restrained price increases, boosted sales last month, the Realtors group said. “Traditional buyers are entering a less competitive market with... Continue Reading >

Calabasas pumpkin festival

Kathleen Finnegan     The  Calabasas Pumpkin Festival  Returns October 18 & 19,  2014 10:00am -  5:00pm  For more than 40 years, the Calabasas Pumpkin Festival has brought the community together for two days of fun themed around pumpkins! Housed along Lost Hills Road and the beautiful Juan Bautista de Anza  Park, The Calabasas Pumpkin Festival is proudly presented by the  City of Calabasasand the Calabasas Chamber of Commerce.  Each year, they strive to offer a low cost, family friendly event while showcasing the great businesses and organizations of Calabasas. The Pumpkin Festival offers live bands, a dj dance zone, marketplace  vendors, delicious food... Continue Reading >

happy fall Friday : bourbon cider cocktail

Kathleen Finnegan It's the first Friday of Fall and what better way to celebrate than with a cocktail! While the kids have gone back to school and the football season has already started, it’s not officially fall at my house until we whip up a batch of cider. So I thought I would share one of my fav recipes , check it out. Bourbon and Apple Cider Cocktail Prep Time: 10 minutes The perfect fall cocktail with the flavors of apple, bourbon and ginger. Ingredients 2 parts Apple Cider, refrigerated 2 parts... Continue Reading >

Style watch – 6 design trends you’ll see more of

Kathleen Finnegan This past year I’ve helped a number of buyers get into “fixer” properties with the intention of creating their dream home. I found this article interesting; because it mirrors many of the must have features  my clients were looking for. Builder Online recently spoke to executive director at architecture firm KTGY, about the design trends that are gaining popularity in the new-home market this year and below are a list of upcoming trends in building remodels: Private space Baby boomers, empty nesters, and... 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 >

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