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An investment property, particularly in Southern California, might seem like a can’t-lose prospect—something that’s wise to hang on to for decades to come. And, in many instances, investment properties will prove incredibly lucrative for a very long time—but as is the case with any other investment, it cannot be assumed the good fortune will last forever.

It might be that your investment property will bring you positive dividends for years to come, but you can’t assume that’s the case. Here, some questions to ask yourself to help determine whether it’s time to sell your investment property once and for all.

1. Is the depreciation tax deduction still available?

The depreciation tax deduction applies to any given property for a finite amount of

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There are good and bad times to do everything. Any consumer knows that shopping is best done on certain dates and times. Many of the best sales come on the weekends, holidays and the starts of seasons. Likewise, when you plan a move, there are certain times of the year that may be more beneficial to the buyer or seller. These considerations can help you make the best choice for you and your family.


If you need convenience more than affordability, choose to move during the summer or spring. You have more hours in the day to focus on packing carefully and making arrangements. Spring and summer is the time when many people decide to move. It’s a good time for both buyers and sellers. The weather and no school in session makes it easier

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Save the DIY routine for your bath soaps and birthday presents. When it comes to real estate, you shouldn’t chance it without a professional. Buying or selling a home is a colossal investment, and mistakes can end up costing you thousands of dollars.

Let's go over just 6 instances when buying or selling a house without the assistance of a professional could turn into a very messy mistake.

Never Ending Negotiations

While many people think they are good at negotiating due to saving a couple thousand dollars off of the sticker price of a car, this is not really the case. For a huge investment like a home, it’s best to leave it in the hands of a real estate professional that has the experience of bullishly negotiating for the best price possible.

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When it comes to making money from real estate there are quite a few details and lingo, something first time sellers may find confusing. One such situation is the difference between list price, sales price and the appraised value of a property. Let's break it down, shall we?

The difference between list and sale prices

The list price of your home is the price tag you set when you put it on the market. As a seller there several things that could cause you to adjust your list price. For example, if your listing has been on the market for months with no offers, then it may be time to make a price reduction.

The sales price is the amount the property sells for in the end after all is said and done. Sometimes the sale price and the list price are the

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Preparing your home for inspection helps you find property conditions that can affect the value of your home when negotiating with realtors and potential buyers. Finding problems early on allows you to handle repairs on your own terms, instead of facing difficulty with making repairs on the buyer’s terms.

Preparing for an inspection also helps improve your odds of selling your house within a shorter time, since a clean, tidy home is more aesthetically pleasing to potential buyers.

If you’re ready to sell your home, here are six things to look for before the inspector shows up at your door.

Make Doors, Rooms, and Hallways Accessible

A home inspector needs complete access to your entire house, including the attic, basement, crawl spaces, gates,

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The fun thing about real estate is that there's always something new to see on the market because trends are constantly changing and evolving. Case in point, one of our newest luxury listings, 2 Narbonne in Newport Beach.

2016 Home Buyer And Seller Preferences

Listed by Jason Bradshaw, this Newport Beach abode is its own work of abstract art that has us absolutely enwrapped and obsessed. The custom 7,500 square foot English Manor has style, drama, and an aura of cool that cannot be denied. 

This trendy luxury Newport estate has us wondering - are buyers getting trendy with it or are they sticking with what's tried and true? 

The Whims of Homebuyers

To answer our burning questions about what's trending among home buyers, we went to our agents who spend their days observing

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In the opinion of non-realtors, houses that were home to high-profile murders or crimes are probably worth a fortune. After all, once a house becomes "famous," it's sure to sell, right?

The reality couldn't be further from the truth. "Stigmatized properties", homes that were the scene of a crime, a suicide, or are rumored to be haunted—can be a serious nightmare for sellers. The home which set the initial scene for the infamous OJ Simpson trial, for instance, sold for far less than market value, despite speculation that it might sell for more due to the public’s propensity for interest in the macabre.

You can sell a stigmatized property, if you know what you're doing. Here are some tips on how you can sell the house that has been declared, "doomed"

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Last week we took a look back at our 2015 Takeaways from the real estate market. We remembered lessons learned and discussed how we could apply them to the Southern California market this year. So the question is - what exactly does 2016 have in store for us in real estate?

We decided to poll our agents and get their expertise on just what they predict is coming to the SoCal real estate market. The experts are divided on some points but on others, nearly everyone is seeing eye to eye. Take a look at what we think is in the cards for Southern California real estate.

Where are mortgage rates headed?

87%: Rates are going up

13%: No change

If you follow our Weekly Mortgage Watch, then you know rates have remained level for the past few months,

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If you plan to sell your home within the next year, the best time to start preparing is right now. First things first, you need to make sure your property is in good condition and a place that potential buyers will remember. Taking the time to prepare your property is crucial when you want to get a competitive price and the sooner you start, the better.

Some projects are necessities and others are good if you have the time and the budget. If you're looking to get the biggest return by selling your property fast, here are four things you should add to the top of your priorities list. 

Slap on a Fresh Coat of Paint

It's amazing the difference a layer of paint can make. By investing in some brushes and the right neutral colors, you can breathe life

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In real estate, as in life, it’s important to live and learn. And boy did we do a lot of living in the Southern California real estate market in 2015.

The New Year is the perfect time to take stock of where you are and how to improve. That's why we decided to take a look back at the most important takeaways from 2015 and how these lessons can help us dominate the real estate market in 2016. For our 2015 takeaways we've included advice for buyers, sellers and real estate agents.  

So let's look at the hard facts and statistics from the year, as well as advice from our own expert agents, and learn how to succeed in 2016.

Buyer Lessons

Seize the day – and low mortgage rates

Mortgage rates hit all time lows in 2015, remaining below 4% for

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