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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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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 : )

 

Excellent knowledge and service -- Dec 2021

3921 Thornburgh Pl

Excellent service all of the way through the process.

Cindy Magnuson

I would recommend Carol to all my friends and co-workers -- Aug 2020

1995 Molino #103“I would recommend Carol to all my friends and co-workers that are looking to purchase a house. Carol is funny, and is familiar with the California market. She is  Ron McGinnis Testimonialtask driven and always follows up in a timely manner. I really appreciate her excellent customer service skills.”

 

Ron McGinnis

“You are a tireless worker!” -- Oct 2014

We have dubbed you Queen of Follow-up! Thanks for sticking with us through all the high, low and just-plain-weird times. We really appreciate the way you cheerfully showed us house after house after house? We have dubbed you Queen of Follow-up. You are a tireless worker!
~ Alan, Laura & Kayla Braun

“If we ever outgrow this home, we’ll definitely be calling you!” -- Oct 2014

“Thank you so much for taking the extra effort to make our first home purchase successful. You were there guiding us through all the crucial and important steps! You really listened to what we wanted in our home and you found exactly what we were looking for – at an amazing price! If we ever outgrow this home, we’ll definitely be calling you!
Carol, thanks for everything. You are great! Everything is finally moved in. I am really enjoying my new home. It is a wonderful feeling to come home to “MY” place. I’ve already got a few little projects for the place and am really looking forward to getting them done through the year. I have no qualms at all referring you to any of my friends and family who may begin looking for their new property. I’ve got your number engraved in my memory, so you’ll not have to worry about that.”
~ Homer Gentry

Sold in One Day! -- Apr 2022

Carol sold my property the same day the property photos are on MLS. It took me eight years to decide to sale. During1450 Brett Pl #205 that eight years, Carol gave me good advise on how to upgrade my property and how to prepare for the sale. Right the listing was out, she brought in an offer. Before I realized it, it was sold. Definitely exceed my expectation. During the eight year, I could have select other realtor. I am glad I did not switch. Carol is the best!

Ying Wei

“Always with a Smile!” -- Jan 2019

Always with a Smile!I would just like to invite Carol Gilles to help you with any needs you might have buying or selling your house. We were very happy when we Always with a Smile!found her . She helped first in selling our Condo in Long Beach and then very helpful in our purchase of a house in Lakewood. Always with a smile! Happy Holidays from the Hopkins

“I highly recommend you as anyone’s partner in a home sale.” -- Oct 2014

1913-15 Arlington Ave“It definitely was a pleasure working with you on the property sale for 1913 &1915 Arlington Ave in Torrance, CA. Even though it was a family type property sale , and there were several avenues of business that we had to encounter, you always were totally professional . I cannot even express how much I appreciate your friendship and loyalty you have given me throughout this event. I highly recommend you as anyone’s partner in a home sale, regardless of the circumstances. I know you will be a great success in any sale endeavor. Also, so much thanks to The Real Estate Group in Torrance,CA., and Melinda Shih, for all their patience and hard work . You are with a top notch group! Good choice!”
Robert D. James

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  • Work With a Real Estate Professional if You Want the Best Advice May 23, 2022
    Because buying or selling a home is such a big decision in our lives, the need for clear, trustworthy information and guidance is crucial. And while no one can give you perfect advice, when you align yourself with an expert, you’ll get the best advice for your situation. An Expert Will Give You the Best […]
  • 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 […]