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Ask the Expert

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Ask the Expert: Are Less People Looking To Buy?

  Realtor Magazine recently shared some statistics that may sound surprising given the record breaking home sale prices we are...

Ask the Expert: DIY Projects for Summer Fun



With summer days that are longer and sensational weather, it’s time to maximize our outdoor enjoyment. Here are some creative ideas to...

Ask the Expert: Practically Perfect

When it comes to selling a home, first impressions are everything. While curb appeal serves as the door opener, what’s inside the door...

Ask the Expert: How To Give Tactful Advice

“How does my house look? Please be honest, you won’t hurt our feelings.” Uh oh – is this a trick question?  When preparing to sell...

Ask the Expert: The Art of the Appraisal

It’s hard to appraise properties in Laguna Beach. I know because I used to be an appraiser during the mid ‘80s and ‘90s, with coastal...

Ask the Expert: Smart Ways To Lighten Up Your Home

When it comes to decorating, lighting plays a major role in setting the stage. Not only does it add to the design, it can add to your...

Ask the Expert: The Spare Square

I was inspired to write after my mother-in-law recently sent my husband an old baseball that was used during one of his little league...

Ask the Expert: Make Your Home Worth More – Without Banking on Appreciation

If you could learn some tricks to making your home worth more, without relying on market appreciation alone, would you pay attention?...

Ask the Expert: Don’t Forget To Sell Lifestyle

If you are looking to sell your home, you should keep in mind that you’re not only selling a property, you are selling the lifestyle that...

Ask the Expert: The Fate of the Cottage

When you think of something old, what comes to mind? Is it a classic car with a rumble seat, your grandma’s antique pink chandelier, an...

Ask the Expert: Seasonal Home Maintenance List

Homes, much like automobiles, need tune-ups. Just like our cars come with checklists to ensure they perform at their best, our houses also...

Ask the Expert: Pricing Psychology 101

Pricing a property is one of the most critical and serious tasks in listing a home for sale. There are many misconceptions about the value...

Ask the Expert: Measuring with Heart Rather Than Price Per Foot

Most people look at price per foot when buying a home. Stop right there. Home is not a place; it’s a feeling. So how does this simple...

Ask the Expert: The Good News About Rising Rates

While we’ve had many false starts of rising rates over the past few years, this time it looks for real. In the past few months, mortgage...

Ask the Expert: What’s Trending? Instagram-Worthy Closets, Pet Rooms and Saunas

Trends are always changing.  You might be surprised to hear about some of the current features that are catching on in luxury real...

Ask the Expert: Repurposing Your Home For Today

Real estate in Laguna Beach and Newport Beach consists of homes that were built over decades, even a century in some cases. Obviously homes...

Ask the Expert: 4 Crucial Steps For First Time Buyers  

Spring fever is hitting the real estate market. As more homes are coming on the market, more house hunters are itching to buy. One of the...

Ask the Expert: Getting The Most Bang For Your Buck

Each year, Remodeling.com publishes an update on how much bang for your buck you can expect on home remodeling projects. The Cost vs....

Ask the Expert: Sweetening a Deal With Concessions

Just because an offer is accepted in residential real estate, it is typically far from being a done deal. There are often negotiations...

Ask the Expert: Demographic Trends Revive the Popularity of Granny Flats

You may have heard more talk about accessory dwelling units or granny flats recently in Newport Beach and Laguna Beach. My last column...