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Market Snapshot–What Will 2014 Bring?

California Housing Market Is Expected to Be Up in 2014 The California housing market had a decent performance in 2013 so far. For the first nine months of 2013, sales of existing single-family detached homes were down 3.2 percent when compared to the same period of last year. This decline in sales was attributed partially to the hike in interest […]

When is a Seller’s Market a Buyer’s Market? Now!

The market has shifted recently. Low inventory and high buyer demand has created a seller’s market. Or has it? If you are a buyer who has been struggling to buy a home, you might want to take a look at the following local statistics. You may just feel a little more optimistic soon! This chart […]

Napa? No, It’s Right Here in the Conejo Valley

I recently visited The Stonehaus in Westlake Village on a Sunday afternoon for lunch. As I sat there in the beautiful outdoor seating area, for a moment I thought I was in Napa. With their own little vineyard, beautiful herb gardens, and roses climbing over arched trellises it was difficult to tell the difference! “How […]

Staging Tips for Sellers

Sellers, do not list your home without staging it. If your agent allows you to do this, know that you are leaving money on the table. Even in a seller’s market, your home’s overall appearance can affect both the offers you receive as well as the appraisal. Data repeatedly shows that staged homes sell for […]

Why Buyers Are a Having Difficult Time & What to Keep in Mind

Many buyers are experiencing frustration and disappointment when attempting to purchase a home here in the Conejo Valley area, as well in many other areas throughout the country. This is due, in part, to the affordability level coupled with the low inventory of homes. As interest rates have crept up slightly (though still at record […]

Six Pitfalls of Overpricing Your Home

(Don’t let this happen to your house–well, I guess this was a gas station, but you get the point!) When it comes to getting the most money for your home with the least headaches in the shortest amount of time, nothing can stop that process faster than overpricing. In fact, it’s the number one reason […]

Tax Provisions Help Sustain Real Estate Rebound

Two provisions of the federal tax code given a reprieve by the fiscal cliff resolution and offering continued stability to the housing market are mortgage interest deduction and mortgage debt forgiveness. The mortgage interest deduction gives homeowners the ability to deduct interest paid on their mortgages from their taxable income, thereby offering them a considerable […]

Things Sellers Should Know About Today’s Home Buyers

Today’s buyers are different than those of even a year ago. With technological advances as they are, buyers have changed their entire home buying process. Before listing your home with a REALTOR, consider the following information about today’s home buyers: A recent study by the National Association of REALTORS indicated that 100% of home buyers […]

The Top 3 Reasons to Buy a Home Now!

Currently the housing market is in a transitional phase–going from a buyer’s market to a seller’s market. It is still an excellent time to buy a home, albeit a bit more difficult than a few months ago! Here are three reasons to get off the fence and make that jump into the market NOW: Homes […]

The Top 5 Things to Keep in Mind When Buying a Home

Purchasing a home in the current real estate market can be very challenging, depending upon the price range you are looking for—the lower the price, the more competition you will have. Many buyers are bewildered by the sudden changes that have taken place. There are some things you can do, however, to help put yourself […]

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    Simi Valley Gamers - Monthly Library Meeting Room Meetup
    10-25-14 6:00 pm
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    Hello Gamers,   This is the meetup that occurs every fourth Saturday (unless otherwise specified) at the Simi Valley Library Meeting Room.   What to bring?: Games! If you want to play a game, you better bring it!  Don't own it? Ask on the...

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    Hi ladies: In honor of Halloween, I picked a scary book for October - The Shining Girls: A Novel by Lauren Beukes. I was thinking that we could meet up and have dinner at Karma Indian Cuisine in Thousand Oaks (is it weird that the word karma kind...