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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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    6 Easy Upgrades for a Healthier Home   Shouldn’t your home be as healthy as possible? Just like what you choose to feed your family, the choices you make for your home play a big role in your family’s health. From air quality to water quality and more, there’s a lot we can do to make our homes a healthier place to live. If you want a home that promotes health and well-being, these projects are a great place to start. Watch Out for VOCs Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are a major contributor to indoor air pollution — and they’re […]
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    Making Yourself at Home: Tips for Settling into a New City     Anyone who has ever packed up their belongings and relocated to a new city knows that getting settled in and familiar with strange new surroundings is, first and foremost, a process that takes time. You have to orient yourself and learn how to get around, which will probably involve getting lost two or three times until you’ve got it figured out. Then there’s finding out where the nearest grocery and pharmacy are, not to mention the dry cleaner, the veterinarian, the […]
  • Job Relocation Forces SaleJob Relocation Forces Sale
    Job Relocation Forces Sale Ron found a job over 90 miles away.  Hard to leave this updated condo with this AWESOME View! The buyer walked in during the first open house and said WOW! She made an accepted offer and escrow opened in EIGHT DAYS! Signal Hill is in the HEART of Long Beach.  Close to shopping and parks.   1995 Molino Ave #103, Signal Hill is one of only 9 units in the View Crest Complex. Click here to see more photos!   Carol Gilles, of The RealEstate Group, has been working with buyers and sellers since 1979.  She has […]
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      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 […]
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    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 […]
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    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 […]

Testimonials

“We could not have bought this place without your efforts!” -- Oct 2014

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We Are Lucky We Chose You As Our Agent! Thank you soooo much for your help. Scott and I enjoyed this first time home buying experience with you as well. Thanks to your knowledge, advices, and quick responses. We could not have bought this place without your efforts! You are very reliable and responsible. We are lucky we chose you as our agent. I will definitely recommend you to all of my relative and friends if they selling or purchasing properties. Stop by anytime at our new place.
Miki Ikesue & Scott Alexander

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

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“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

“We liked that you kept us informed on a weekly basis at minimum.” -- Oct 2014

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You Were A Godsend! The sale process with you as our agent was truly an easy experience. We liked that you kept us informed on a weekly basis at minimum, we liked that you always returned our phone calls promptly and your were always happy to answer even the silliest of our questions? You were a Godsend and we were glad we had your knowledge and expertise.
Lorie & John Guba

“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

“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

“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

“Always with a Smile!” -- Jan 2019

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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

“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

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  • The Overlooked Financial Advantages of Homeownership February 17, 2020
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  • Reasons to Fall in Love with Homeownership [INFOGRAPHIC] February 14, 2020
    Some Highlights: There are many benefits to love about homeownership, and they’re not all financial. Being a part of a neighborhood, driving academic achievement, and improving mental health are just a few of these advantages. Let’s get together today to determine if you’re ready to embrace the rewards of owning your own home.
  • How the Housing Market Benefits with Uncertainty in the World February 13, 2020
    It’s hard to listen to today’s news without hearing about the uncertainty surrounding global markets, the spread of the coronavirus, and tensions in the Middle East, just to name a few. These concerns have caused some to question their investment plans going forward. As an example, in Vanguard’s Global Outlook for 2020, the fund explains, […]
  • The #1 Reason to List Your House Right Now February 12, 2020
    The success of the U.S. residential real estate market, like any other market, is determined by supply and demand. This means we need to look at how many potential purchasers are in the market versus the number of houses that are available to buy. With early 2020 housing data now rolling in, it’s quite evident […]
  • Homeownership Rate on the Rise to a 6-Year High February 11, 2020
    Regardless of the lack of inventory on the market, the U.S. homeownership rate has climbed to a 6-year high. The United States Census Bureau reported that it increased to 65.1% in the fourth quarter of 2019, representing the highest level in the past six years. See the graph below: This increase does not come as […]