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Welcome to the premier resource for all real estate information and services in the area. I hope you enjoy your visit and explore everything my real estate website has to offer, including Torrance, South Bay Beaches, Palos Verdes Peninsula, Long Beach and Orange County real estate listings, information for homebuyers and sellers, and more About Us, your professional Torrance Realtor.
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  • Got a spare hour or so? Declutter!Got a spare hour or so? Declutter!
      Are you tired of stuffing things into your closets and drawers?  I  was once told that if I want to buy something new, I need to make room for it and get rid of something or somethings!  If you are considering selling your home, do you want to move everything?  Here are 25 quick ideas to decluttering without overwhelming you.  Get the whole family to help! Got a spare hour or so? It’s time to start tossing. Grab a trash bag, a recycling bin and a few donation boxes and get down to business. Working room by room, here are the things you […]
  • AB 1482AB 1482 – Rent Cap and Just Cause Eviction Law
    AB 1482 – Rent Cap and Just Cause Eviction Law Many new real estate related laws beginning on January 1.  AB 1482 & AB 68 can be the most confusing and will change the way landlords, tenants and homeowners do business.  Here is a recap of these 2 Assembly Bills . Even though this is in California, it could be coming to a state near you! Do check on the links below to review the bills and how they may affect you! Governor Newsom signed Assembly Bill 1482 into law on October 8. Rent Cap Rent increases are capped at 5 percent plus […]
  • Ready to Sell a Rental HomeReady to Sell a Rental Home
    Ready to Sell a Rental Home Vivian & Wilfredo bought a home in Harbor Village, Harbor City CA in 2005.  Several years later, they relocated to Ventura, Ca, for work and rented out their home.  Now they were Ready to Sell a Rental Home so they could buy one closer to where they worked. Here’s their story… Check out their remodeled Harbor Village home at 25324 Bayside Pl, Harbor City Carol Gilles, of The RealEstate Group, has been working with buyers and sellers since 1979.  She has been hired by many of her Past Clients to help […]
  • Mom's House Needed to SellMom’s House Needed to Sell
    Mom’s House Needed to Sell Neile’s mom died this year.  She and her brother needed to sell her Gardena home.  Neile called Carol.Mm Listen to Neile’s own words….   Check out this Gardena fixer home ...   Carol Gilles, of The RealEstate Group, has been working with both buyers and sellers since 1979.  When a family home needs to be sold, Carol has the experience and the tools to create a smooth sale for all. Call Carol at 310-864-9738 and invite her to be on your real estate team! […]
  • Jerry McGillJerry Finally Found a Home!
    Jerry Finally Found a Home! Jerry had been renting for several years.  He called Carol .. and Jerry Finally Found a Home! Here are Jerry’s own words … “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. […]
  • Ways to sell your home this holiday seasonWays to Sell Your Home this Holiday Season
    Ways to Sell Your Home This Holiday Season: How to get Your House Buyer-ready As You Prepare For the Holidays, Even In The Southern California Winters The process of buying and selling a home is something that every seasoned homeowner knows all too well. While there are significant benefits of purchasing the perfect house, there are also advantages to selling. However, doing so in the dead of winter, especially when the holidays are approaching, is an implausible feat to many, but it is possible if you are genuinely seeking to acquire […]

Testimonials

“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

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

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“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

“Thank You!” -- Oct 2014

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“Thank You! I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your diligent efforts in selling my property. I realize everything takes time and patience.”
Esther Kim

“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

“You proved to be a tireless and determined guide!” -- Oct 2014

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“You proved to be a tireless and determined guide! We depended completely on your knowledge and expertise to guide us through the jungle of paperwork and swamplands of legalese and bureaucratic mumbo-jumbo. You proved to be a tireless and determined guide, putting in long hours and going beyond the call of duty.”
Gary & Judy Brooke

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

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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

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

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“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

“I will be forever grateful.” -- Oct 2014

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“I Will Be Forever Grateful! I want to take a few minutes to ‘thank you’ so much for being so professional and efficient in walking me through the “selling” ordeal. I don’t think I would have survived such a strenuous situation. I will be forever grateful.”
~ Lilia Wong

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  • The 2 Surprising Things Homebuyers Really Want January 21, 2020
    In a market where current inventory is low, it’s normal to think buyers might be willing to give up a few desirable features in their home search in order to make finding a house a little easier. Don’t be fooled, though – there’s still an interest in the market for some key upgrades. Here’s a […]
  • Make the Dream of Homeownership a Reality in 2020 January 20, 2020
    In 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. led and inspired a powerful movement with his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Through his passion and determination, he sparked interest, ambition, and courage in his audience. Today, reflecting on his message encourages many of us to think about our own dreams, goals, beliefs, and aspirations. For many […]
  • Where Homebuyers Are Heading By Generation [INFOGRAPHIC] January 17, 2020
    Some Highlights: Whether capitalizing on job opportunities, affordability, or warm-weather places to retire, Americans are making moves to these top cities to take advantage of the strength in the current housing market. A strong economy and lower mortgage rates have made it easier for many would-be buyers to get into the market. According to realtor.com, […]
  • Housing Inventory Vanishing: What Is the Impact on You? January 16, 2020
    The real estate market is expected to do very well this year as mortgage rates remain at historic lows. One challenge to the housing industry is the lack of homes available for sale. Last week, move.com released a report showing that 2020 is beginning with the lowest available housing inventory in two years. The report […]
  • Homes Are More Affordable Today, Not Less Affordable January 15, 2020
    There’s a current narrative that owning a home today is less affordable than it has been in the past. The reason some are making this claim is because house prices have substantially increased over the last several years.
  • 2020 Luxury Market Forecast January 14, 2020
    By the end of last year, many homeowners found themselves with more equity than they realized, and at the same time their wages were increasing. When those two factors unite, it can spark homeowners to think about making a move to a larger or more expensive home in the luxury space. That said, now is […]