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Open Houses Dec. 20 & 21

Culver City Sun 1:30-4    4348 Glove Ave.    2/1 Stunningly remodeled home    $750,000    Kevin & Kaz Gallaher    RE/MAX Execs        310-410-9777 Sat/Sun 1-4    5870 Green Valley Circle #229    1...


How can we be certain that we are getting the best possible deal on a flipped home?

There are several telltale signs you’re dealing with an investor-owned property.  If the home is vacant and professionally staged, you can bet an investor is involved.  Owner-occupants rarely install brand new landscaping i...


What are the three most important projects we should consider when renovating our home?

Windows:   Remodeling Magazine estimates the average cost to replace ten double-hung windows with energy efficient vinyl windows to be $9,924.  The average regional cost was $9,531.  Homeowners will recoup about 72 percent ...



Preventing Water Damage

Water damage is the number one culprit that weakens your home’s foundation and the very core that holds your house together. You’ve heard about the core strength of your body.  Well, water damage hits at the core strength ...


How to Protect Yourself During a Move

“Last year, Massachusetts officials sued one moving company and New Jersey officials sued two for providing low-ball estimates and then grossly inflating fees after loading the trucks,” said Consumer Reports.  “One of th...


How has divorce impacted the housing recovery?

Data reveal that 2.4 million couples divorced in 2012.  After plummeting to a 40-year low at the height of the 2007-2009 Great Recession, the divorce rate has climbed for the third year in a row, according to the U.S. Census&h...



What are the latest trends in decorating and color palettes? (Part 2)

Bathrooms continue to become more luxurious, says Deb Dumel, showroom manager of the Frank Webb Bath Center in Boston.  She sees several trends coming on stronger in 2014 – TVs integrated into medicine cabinets to avoid havi...


What are the latest trends in decorating and color palettes? (Part 1)

Wood floorboards are getting wider, often up to five and six inches, stained warm gray and cut from several tree species.    We’re also seeing less of the hand-scraped look, which was costly to produce.  Yet, boards can b...


Any suggestions on making over our garage?

Here are some tips for a successful garage rehab. Daydream and plan:  What do you want the space to be?  What does it need to be?  If you don’t need to park cars in the garage and have ample storage…



Can you suggest some natural cleaners for the home?

There are several cleaners that you probably have on hand right now. For instance, it’s tough to beat white vinegar.  You can use it all over the house to clean, disinfect and deodorize just about anything.  Mix it with equ...






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