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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 >

market update – at a glance

Home Prices Median home prices flattened in July, increasing only 0.4% to $222,900. This is up 4.9% from last year, continuing the summer's pattern of sustainable increases in home prices. Home Sales The pace of home sales rose 2.2% in July to a seasonally adjusted annual pace of 5.15 million homes. This is down 4.5% from the same month of the previous year; however, the portion of sales that were distressed is down to 9% from 15% last year. This means that conventional... Continue Reading >

labor day road trip tips!

Kathleen Finnegan The long, lingering days of summer are starting to come to a close, and lazy weekends and warm-weather getaways will soon be    nothing more than memories. Before you know it, you’ll be back running shuttles to soccer practice and shoveling the driveway. Unless, of course, you plan one last summer fling. Make the most of Labor Day this year by packing up the car and escaping for the weekend. With a map and a bit of wanderlust, you can manage to... Continue Reading >

a country fair with ocean air : the Ventura fair

Kathleen Finnegan                 Something for Everyone! There is so much to do at the Fair you won’t know where to start! Listen to live musical performances, participate in contests, go on the rides, eats lots of yummy food and so much more down home county fair fun. Spin, flip or fly on the great rides in the carnival midway. Taste gourmet food and wine (or beer) pairings at the “Bounty of the County: People’s Choice” contest, or snack on fair favorites like spiral... Continue Reading >

4 ways to get an offer accepted

Buying a house is a little like asking someone to marry you. if you want your house offer to be greeted with a yes – and a quick one – here are four rules to follow. 1. Be nice: While money is important, buyers should also be likable and avoid making negative comments about the house or discussing their renovation plans in front of the seller, keeping in mind that sellers have an emotional connection to the property. Don't tell someone... Continue Reading >

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