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  • Mother & Child playingFinding the Perfect Family Home When Your Child Has Autism
    Finding the Perfect Family Home When Your Child Has Autism As the parent of a child with autism, finding the right home can feel impossible when it’s time to buy. But with the right strategy, you can close on a home where your child will be safe and feel at ease. These tips presented by Realtor Carol Gilles will help you make smart decisions through the house hunting process so that you can purchase the ideal property for your family. Work With a Great Real Estate Agent  You don’t need to tackle this process on your own – enlist a real […]
  • Buying a Home: For Now or ForeverBuying a Home: For Now or Forever?
    Buying a Home: For Now or Forever? You’re ready to buy your first home. Congratulations! Before you do too much searching, consider whether to buy a starter home or a home you can see yourself staying in forever. Both have their pros and cons, and no one decision is right for every family. Buying a Starter Home A starter home is a place where you can make concessions and think about your needs right now. There are many pros to making a starter home your first purchase: Affordability. A starter home is generally smaller and therefore less […]
  • Property TaxesProperty Taxes Are Due!
    Property Taxes Are Due! April & December cans be very costly months.  Your income taxes are due in April, and, if you are like me, I get lots of yearly bills due in December.  And don’t forget about the holiday expenses!!! So what’s next?  PROPERTY TAXES ARE DUE! Many states have different due dates for property taxes.  Always check with your county’s assessor and/or collectors office to verify. If you are a property owner ( Residential or Commercial) in Los Angeles & Orange Counties of Southern California, mark these […]
  • Plan Your Spring Break to TorrancePlan Your Spring Break Trip to Torrance, California with This Guide
      Plan Your Spring Break Trip to Torrance, California with This Guide Spring break is right around the corner, and with so many fun destination options it can be challenging to narrow down where you’ll spend the week. The key with most trips is to choose a spot that’s near lots of shopping and attractions but isn’t overwhelmed with tourists, and Torrance, California is a perfect example. Located just 40 minutes away from Los Angeles, Torrance offers a beautiful beach and lots of scenic outdoor areas for recreation. It has a more low-key, […]
  • MailboxImportant Steps to Take When Settling into Your New Community
    Image via Pixabay Important Steps to Take When Settling into Your New Community If you are considering a move, you should be aware that the relocation process doesn’t just end on moving day. Settling in can take a while, as you get comfortable in your home, get familiar with your neighborhood, and begin to establish a routine. While some aspects of settling in happen organically, there are plenty of ways you can facilitate the process, especially when it comes to the practical, legal, and financial ramifications of establishing oneself in a […]
  • Sunset at the BeachHealthy Living at the Beach: 5 Tips for Renovating Your Beach Home
    Image via Pexels Healthy Living at the Beach: 5 Tips for Renovating Your Beach Home Living near the ocean brings unique considerations for homeowners. Not only must coastal homes stand up to harsh elements, but the choices you make when renovating a beach house also have implications for your family’s health and well-being. Let these 5 tips from South Bay Realtor Carol Gilles guide your beach house renovation. Maximizing light & airflow in your beach home Beach homes are known for their big windows and beautiful views. Choose window […]

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“Thanks for taking such good care of us, we couldn’t have done it without you!” -- Oct 2014

“In all our dealings with Realtors over the past ten years, we have never met anyone as helpful and energetic as you have been. Without hesitation, we would highly recommend your service to anyone who is looking for an experienced Realtor who cares about getting things done and doing them right! Thanks for taking such good care of us, we couldn’t have done it without you!
27 Offers + Sold for 50k OVER Full Price! Carol was our real estate agent when we bought our house in Gardena in 1992. She did such an outstanding job that we decided to use her again when put our house on the market in March, 2013. We showed the house for three days and had 46 showings and 27 offers. Thanks, Carol for all the hard work and another great job. I recommend Carol to anyone looking to buy or sell real estate.”
Gary & Judy Brooke

Carol knows her business! -- Jan 2021

It was an absolute delight working with Carol in selling our home! She was always available for us and patient in answering all our questions. When our house was  2412 W 239th St, Torrancefinally sold, Carol presenting us with a memory photo album with all the pictures of our house as a gift. What a thoughtful, kind and excellent idea! All realtors should take note of this and learn from Carol! Now we can always look back at the fond memories of our first house that we bought together! Thank you Carol!

Phil & Beth Villa

Carol is like Family to Us! -- Aug 2020

Thanks from Neile & Bobby Tang
Thanks from Neile & Bobby Tang

We’ve known and been working with Carol for over 20 years. She’s is the best agent in the South Bay. Carol is very knowledgeable, professional and responsive to all your needs, she is like family to us. Carol has a great team working with her, from marketing, selling and escrow, she’s the best! Thank you Carol for all your help.

Neile, Bobby and Jordan and Madison : )

 

“Specialized in the South Bay area” -- Oct 2018

Seller is SO Happy that we Closed Escrow!Hi Carol,  I’m sorry for response too late.  You did excellent job for me. You are very much specialized on south bay area.  I would recommend 1419 w 179th st #1any buyer or seller for her job. I am very happy about her professional manner. Carol did great job on multiple listing and great sales too !

Sunny Kashahara

Carol is definitely one of a kind! -- Aug 2020

“Carol is definitely one of a kind! I’m happy she was on my side. She always answered any and all questions that I may have had. Also, Carol  was very patient. I wouldn’t have tolerated someone as myself for one minute! Carol hung in there with me every step of the way making a stressful process so much easier.
Carol kept my best interest first from start to finish. ”

Jerry McGill

“No One Could Have Done It Better!” -- Oct 2014

“No One Could Have Done It Better! Your whole approach to marketing our home was obviously the right one. No one could have done it better. We knew from the beginning that we had selected the perfect agent.”
~ Ed & Camille Becker

“She is aggressive and honest.” -- Oct 2014

“Carol makes an appointment and keeps it. She is aggressive and honest and that is the first reason we chose Carol to be our representative.”

Bessie & Charles Neihoff

“Extra helpful.” -- Oct 2014

310 Calle De Arboles“Carol was very efficient in handling the details of my sale of a house in Redondo Beach. Since I was going through a divorce, she was extra helpful and sensitive in situations that she didn’t have to get involved in. Great personality and knows her stuff. I would recommend her.”
S. Rivera

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  • Don’t Let Rising Inflation Delay Your Homeownership Plans [INFOGRAPHIC] May 20, 2022
    Some Highlights If recent headlines about rising inflation are making you wonder if it’s still a good time to buy, here’s what experts have to say. Housing is an asset that typically grows in value. Plus, your mortgage helps stabilize your monthly housing costs, and buying protects you from rising rents. Experts say owning a […]
  • The One Thing Every Homeowner Needs To Know About a Recession May 19, 2022
    A recession does not equal a housing crisis. That’s the one thing that every homeowner today needs to know. Everywhere you look, experts are warning we could be heading toward a recession, and if true, an economic slowdown doesn’t mean homes will lose value. The National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) defines a recession this way: […]
  • How Homeownership Can Bring You Joy May 18, 2022
    If you’re trying to decide whether to rent or buy a home, you’re probably weighing a few different factors. The financial benefits of homeownership might be one of the reasons you want to make a purchase if you’re a renter, but the decision can also be motivated by having a place that’s uniquely your own. […]
  • Why Rising Mortgage Rates Push Buyers off the Fence May 17, 2022
    If you’re thinking about buying a home, you’ve probably heard mortgage rates are rising and have wondered what that means for you. Since mortgage rates have increased over two percentage points this year, it’s natural to think about how this will impact your homeownership plans. Today, buyers are reacting in one of two ways: they’re […]
  • If You’re a Homeowner, You Have Incredible Leverage When You Sell Today May 16, 2022
    In today’s housing market, homeowners have a great opportunity to sell their house and receive the best terms for their personal situation. That’s because there’s a limited number of homes for sale, which is creating competition among buyers. Right now, homebuyers want three things: To be the winning bid on their dream home To buy […]
  • Should You Update Your House Before Selling? Ask a Real Estate Professional. [INFOGRAPHIC] May 13, 2022
    Some Highlights If you’re deciding whether you should make updates before you sell your house, lean on your trusted real estate advisor to be your guide. In today’s sellers’ market, buyers have limited options and may be more willing to take on repairs themselves. If you’re thinking about selling your house, let’s connect so you […]