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  • New Home Loan LimitsGreat News for Buyers – Loan Limits INCREASED!
    Great News for Buyers – Loan Limits INCREASED! Great News for Buyers – Loan Limits INCREASED! Fannie Mae &  Freddie Mac have announced this increase today! Loan limits in 2019 are increasing. The new loan limit for most of the country will be $484,350. A 6.9% increase over the 2018 limit. If you live in Riverside & San Bernardino counties, this is what your loan limits will be. 1 Unit: $484,350 2 Unit: $620,200 3 Unit: $749,650 4 Unit: $931,600 But here in Los Angeles & Orange Counties, which are considered the HIGH […]
  • Buying or selling with PetsTips for Buying or Selling a Home with Pets
    Tips for Buying or Selling a Home with Pets   Buying or selling a home with a pet in mind can add a few very important steps to the process. For many pet owners, our furry friends are more like family members — we’ve welcomed them into our homes just as if it were theirs. That’s why it’s so important, whether you are selling your house or buying a new home, to take into consideration dog etiquette.   One of the first things any real estate agent will tell you to do when selling your home is to set the stage. This is especially […]
  • Working from HomeStay-at-Home Parents: Fill Your Free Time with a Home Business
    Stay-at-Home Parents: Fill Your Free Time with a Home Business Becoming a parent teaches a person many skills that can easily translate into business ownership. You learn to take risks and adapt based on the obstacles life throws at you. Parenting comes with its share of problems, but with each day you solve them with determination. All of this takes the self-motivation to give 100 percent—even when you don’t necessarily feel like it. Parents are critical of both themselves and their organization (family) but each criticism only serves as a […]
  • 2018 Riviera Village Holiday Stroll2018 Annual Riviera Village Holiday Parade
    2018 Annual Riviera Village Holiday Parade 2018 Annual Riviera Village Holiday Parade is on Thursday, Nov 29 from 5pm – 9pm   This annual event in Riviera Village is known as the Riviera Village Holiday Stroll. The Parade starts at 6 pm. Along with the local schools marching bands,  look for the jolly guy in the red suit!  Santa Claus will be at the corner of Catalina Avenue & Avenue I. Many of the  stores will have tasty treats and offer a wide variety of unique gift ides.  Riviera Village has some of the award-winning […]
  • Prop 5 -Prop 10Prop 5 & Prop 10
    Are you voting on November 6?  Let’s talk about Prop 5 & Prop 10 … and Why you should vote #Yes5No10! Prop 5 – Vote YES! At present, a Senior, when selling their home and moving in the state of California, can take their property tax base with them IF they move to certain counties. AND they will need to buy their next home at equal or LESSER VALUE than the home they are seller.  This is Prop 90/60 which is presently in place. Most Senior (55+) are not moving … why would they want to move to a county that […]
  • Steps to the BeachSteps to the Beach in South Redondo
    Steps to the Beach in South Redondo   Have you always wanted to LIVE BY THE BEACH?  Perhaps to hear the crushing waves while you are sleeping?  Check out these condos, town homes and single family homes that Steps to the Beach in South Redondo! In the last few months, there have been 32 closed sales priced from $460,000 to $2,625,000.  There are 22 listings in the $899,000 to $13,700,000 range. This week the median list price for Redondo Beach, CA 90277 is $2,152,500 with the market action index hovering around 42. This is less than last […]

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

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“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

“We couldn’t be happier.” -- Oct 2014

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“I wanted to say ‘thank you’ for a wonderful experience during our first home purchase. The process was very smooth and stress-free for Kumiko and I. You were very organized and attentive to detail. We couldn’t be happier. My brother Abel and his wife Kathy are looking into buying their first home also and I referred them to you. I hope they contact you soon. I’m sure they will agree that you are good. If I or anyone I know have any real-estate needs, you will definitely be the 1st I call. Again, thanks for a wonderful experience.”

Jorge

“Carol is very professional and was attentive to our desires for the perfect home.” -- Oct 2014

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First – time Buyers … we are Grateful! My husband and I were first time home buyers. Carol helped us understand the intricate process of purchasing a new home. She was always available to answer questions or alleviate any concerns we might have. Carol is very professional and was attentive to our desires for the perfect home. We are grateful for the hard work Carol put in to get us into our new home. Thanks again Carol. You are the best!
Trudy & Roger Anderson

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

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“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

“Thanks again for all your help.” -- Oct 2014

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“Thanks so much for your expertise in helping us close our short sale of our property in Torrance last week. You were constantly in touch with our buyers agent and B of A during the time it took to obtain the banks approval and final closing of our sale. Without this constant attention on your part the process would have been much more difficult than it turned out to be. Your knowledge of the banks Equator online short sale system made the process much easier for all of us. Thanks again for all your help. We would not hesitate to recommend you to anyone doing a real estate transaction.”
~ David & Carole Shaver

“We couldn’t have done it without you!” -- Oct 2014

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“These past eight or nine months have been so crazy, with the birth of our baby girl to Ed changing job, to the whole emotionally draining process of buying a home. We couldn’t have done it without you, Carol!” “Thank you so much for your hardwork, and even more than hardwork, your emotional support through it all.” “Thank you so much for staying up late to put in offers, for always responding to our messages quickly, for being patient with our often indecisiveness and of course, your must thank your husband for us for his wonderful babysitting that Sunday afternoon!” “We would refer you to anyone looking to buy a home in a heartbeat!”
Dr Ed & Sue Lee

“Every call I made to her office was returned.” -- Oct 2014

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“In the process of selling my Mother’s home, after her passing in early March of this year, I was fortunate to be introduced to Carol Gilles a real estate sales lady, who was very knowledgeable in the area. We agreed on a price, and she went to work. During the sale of the house, she not only was my agent, but I considered her my friend. Every call I made to her office was returned, and all my questions answered professionally, and thoroughly. Getting rid of a lifetime of memories, pictures, furniture, etc., isn’t easy, Carol made it much easier for me. I’m sorry I don’t have another house to sell. Carol would be my choice. Thank you, Carol, for your patience, and understanding, it was a pleasure doing business with you.”
Bob R.

“We felt that you were truly representing us.” -- Oct 2014

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“Settling Mom’s Estate – PAINLESS! Words cannot express how we appreciate all the time and effort you have put in to sell our mother’s rental property. You made the painful process of handling our mother’s estate so much easier. We felt that you were truly representing us and your knowledge, efficiency and speed with the sales process was greatly appreciated. We will definitely recommend you to our friends and family.”
~ Miyagawa Family

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  • 4 Reasons to Sell Your House This Winter [INFOGRAPHIC] December 14, 2018
    Some Highlights: Buyer demand continues to outpace the supply of homes for sale which means that buyers are often competing with one another for the few listings that are available! Housing inventory is still under the 6-month supply needed to sustain a normal housing market. Perhaps the time has come for you and your family […]
  • No Bubble Here! How New Mortgage Standards Are Helping December 13, 2018
    Real estate is shifting to a more normal market; the days of national home appreciation topping 6% annually are over and inventories are increasing which is causing bidding wars to almost disappear. Some see these as signs that the market will soon come tumbling down as it did in 2008. As it becomes easier for […]
  • Don’t Get Caught in the Rental Trap in 2019 December 12, 2018
    Every year around this time, we take time to reflect and plan for next year. If you are renting your current home but have dreams of homeownership, your plan for the new year may include buying, and you wouldn’t be alone! According to the 2018 Bank of America Homebuyer Insights Report, 74% of renters plan […]
  • How to Simply Increase Your Family Wealth by Paying for Housing December 11, 2018
    Everyone should realize that unless you are living somewhere rent-free, you are paying a mortgage – either yours or your landlord’s. Buying your own home provides you with a form of ‘forced savings’ that allows you to use your monthly housing costs to increase your family’s wealth. Every month that you pay your mortgage, you […]
  • What If I Wait A Year to Buy a Home? December 10, 2018
    National home prices have increased by 5.4% since this time last year. Over that same time period, interest rates have remained near historic lows which has allowed many buyers to enter the market and lock in low rates. As a seller, you will likely be most concerned about ‘short-term price’ – where home values are headed over […]
  • The Tale of Two Markets [INFOGRAPHIC] December 7, 2018
    Some Highlights: An emerging trend for some time now has been the difference between available inventory and demand in the premium and luxury markets and that in the starter and trade-up markets and what those differences are doing to prices! Inventory continues to rise in the luxury and premium home markets which is causing prices […]