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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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“Sometimes selling a house is a fun and exciting time.” -- May 2016

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1950 Jaybrook Dr RPV“Sometimes selling a house is a fun and exciting time; the beginning of a new chapter for a family, a great new journey. And sometimes the need to sell a house is born from a negative situation that is filled with stress and strife among various family members. We had the distinction of the latter.

The need to sell this home was a difficult decision for the family, but Carol helped make it less painful in so many ways. She went above and beyond in selling this property; she worked quickly and efficiently, she helped us secure a great price that went a long way to ease the worries held by some of the family members, and she made sure that everything went smoothly.

There were so many other things to worry about during the sale of this house, and Carol knew that and did everything she could to make sure the sale was not one of them. She’s responsive to the needs of her clients; she got a few requests for things that I’m sure were tedious for her to do, and probably completely unnecessary, but she did them with a smile, and in a timely manner. She understood what everyone was going through, and she just wanted to make it better any way that she could. I can’t say enough about how kind and patient she was throughout this process.

I highly recommend Carol for anyone who is looking to buy or sell a property. She is a savvy real estate professional, who knows how to handle her business, and yours! If you team up with her, she will always have a smile, she will always listen to you, and she will always give you 110%.”

Sharp Family

“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 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

“I will be happy to recommend you to anyone interested in buying or selling a home.” -- Oct 2014

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My Sincere Appreciation! Dear Carol, I just wanted to express my sincere appreciation for all you have done in listing and selling my former home. Given all the real estate folks out there, I feel very fortunate to have found someone who is enthusiastic, energetic, knowledgeable, professional, diligent, dependable and genuinely concerned about helping me through the home selling process. I also want to thank you for putting me in contact with another great team of like-minded real estate professionals who have helped me to find a new home in a great location. Who could ask for more? I wish you much success, and I will be happy to recommend you to anyone interested in buying or selling a home.
~ Larry

“Thank you for assisting us in selling our property.” -- Oct 2014

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“Thank you for assisting us in selling our property. Since this was our first experience in selling real estate, my husband and I appreciated your friendly advice and step-by-step helpfulness so we could move on.”
~ Rita Houlihan

“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

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

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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 any 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

“Quick to Respond.” -- Oct 2014

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“Carol was great! She helped guide us through the process of buying our home. Quick to respond to questions and available to assist with whatever we needed.”

Mike & Susan Watson

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  • Why Houses DO NOT Sell in a Strong Market December 18, 2018
    As we approach the end of the year, many homeowners find themselves asking the question, “If we’re currently in a strong real estate market, why won’t my house sell?” Below are the 5 most common reasons why a listing contract will expire: 1. The Price Sometimes when the market is hot, homeowners attempt to set […]
  • 5 Reasons to Sell This Winter! December 17, 2018
    Here are five reasons listing your home for sale this winter makes sense.  1. Demand Is Strong The latest Buyer Traffic Report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) shows that buyer demand remains strong throughout the vast majority of the country. These buyers are ready, willing and able to purchase… and are in the market right now! More […]
  • 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 […]