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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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    Ways to Take Title on Your Home So you worked with your Realtor and found the Perfect home!  And the Sellers accepted your Offer!  Whoo, hoo!  You open Escrow and need to choose how you will take title.  There are 5 basic Ways to Take Title on Your Home.   Choosing the correct option depends on your family’s situation and why you purchased and what will happen when you are deceased. Taking title is a legal decision. A Realtor can’t tell you HOW to take title, but can provide you with information so you can make the best decision […]
  • 6 Easy Upgrades for a Healthier Home6 Easy Upgrades for a Healthier Home
    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 […]
  • Tips for Settling into a New CityMaking Yourself at Home: Tips for Settling into a New City
    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 […]
  • 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 […]

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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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“Thanks so much for your help in the sale of our home in Torrance.” -- Oct 2014

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“Thanks so much! Thanks so much for your help in the sale of our home in Torrance. It went so fast it made our heads spin.”
Bob & Juanita Roberts

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    We’re in a changing real estate market, and life, in general, is changing too – from how we grocery shop and meal prep to the ways we can interact with our friends and neighbors. Even practices for engaging with agents, lenders, and all of the players involved in a real estate transaction are changing to […]
  • The Best Advice Does Not Mean Perfect Advice March 30, 2020
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