[Interview] Real Talk with Andrew of Greenscape Landscape + Design

[Interview] Real Talk with Andrew of Greenscape Landscape + Design

Planting Your Summer Garden

It's time to prepare for summer in the San Fernando Valley and that means it's time to start spring cleaning, booking vacations and planning your summer yard. We all know that mapping out a yard design can be quite daunting, and that is why Matt Epstein sat down with Andrew of GLD Greenscape Landscape + Design. 

[Interview] Real Talk with Matt Epstein and Lisa Lerner from Bennett Lerner Interiors

[Interview] Real Talk with Matt Epstein and Lisa Lerner from Bennett Lerner Interiors

 

Finding Your Interior Design Style: Tips to Help You Design the Interior of Your Home

Designing your home can seem like a daunting and exhausting process, but it doesn’t have to be. When it comes to home decorating it’s important that your home has a cohesive design layout that resonates with you! That means designing for your life, not your walls.

Top Real Estate Agent Recognized at National Convention

Top Real Estate Agent Recognized at National Convention

Last month over 3,000 real estate agents from around the United States convened in Dallas, Texas for their annual meeting. This four-day event is a time in which agents from around the country gather to discuss the state of the real estate business as well as attend seminars and discussion groups as to how to improve and manage their real estate business, and to discuss the state of the real estate market nationwide.

[Interview] Real Talk with Matt Epstein and Kelly Pacheco: Understanding Escrow

[Interview] Real Talk with Matt Epstein and Kelly Pacheco: Understanding Escrow

WHAT IS AN ESCROW?

An escrow is a deposit of funds, a deed or other instrument by one party for the delivery to another party upon completion of a specific condition or event. It is an independent neutral account by which the interests of all parties to the transaction are protected. When opening an escrow, the buyer and seller of a piece of property establish terms and conditions for the transfer of ownership of that property. 

Getting Your House Ready for the Market in the Spring

Getting Your House Ready for the Market in the Spring

Spring is one of the busiest times of the year when it comes to selling and buying houses. Every spring home buyers flood the market in response to the slow pace of the winter and holiday months. In response, home sellers begin listing their picturesque houses with blooming flower beds and luscious lawns early in the Spring.

While both of these factors should lead to quick the quick close and a happy home seller the reality is quite different. While listing your house in the Spring is hugely advantageous, there are a few disadvantages that could set you back if you’re not properly prepared.

Los Angeles 2016 El Niño Update

Los Angeles 2016 El Niño Update

Sherman Oaks and Studio City homes are starting to experience the early signs of El Niño. Weather forecasters are predicting that the 2016 El Niño is going to surpass that of the ’97-’98 storm that terrorized Southern California almost two decades ago. As El Niño starts to bring in heavy rain, 2016 is predicted to mark the biggest El Niño yet.

Making Your Home More Energy Efficient

Making Your Home More Energy Efficient

On this month’s segment of Real Talk with Matt Epstein, I had a Q&A with Judy Rachel, Home Performance Professional. During the interview we talk about home efficiency, better quality of living and the benefits of having an energy efficient home. Who’s Homes Needs an Efficiency Upgrade?

All of them. Believe it or not, almost all homes need energy upgrades, even new constructions. Current building models focus on LEED Certification and greener living. While these applications bring in huge benefits for energy efficiency in your homes hardware, they don’t necessarily focus in on the micro-factors that plague most households. 

LA Times Snippet on Touluca Lake

LA Times Snippet on Touluca Lake

The San Fernando Valley has not experienced the pace of price increases of some other areas. But it's not a surprise that Toluca Lake and Studio City are standouts.

The area has long been attractive to Hollywood executives and wealthy families looking to be near elite private schools. More recently, Studio City has become a hot spot for young urban professionals amid an explosion of bars and restaurants.

2016 Mortgage Interest Rate Forecast

2016 Mortgage Interest Rate Forecast

2016 marked the beginning of rising interest rates across all industries. For the last 10 years, the Federal Reserve has been assisting the market in order to promote buying. This year that program ends, and we start the slow and steady rise of interest rates. While most industries are seeing a dramatic increase in interest rates, the Real Estate industry has remained steadfast at low and consistent rates which should carry us through 2016. 

I had a Q&A session with John Musso, who is nationally ranked 2nd at Wells Fargo Home Lending, to get to the facts about new interest rates. Here’s why the housing market shouldn’t be freaking out about the interest rate changes.

7 Things Every New Homeowner Needs to Do

7 Things Every New Homeowner Needs to Do

So, you just bought a house? Congratulations! Owning a home is a very exciting, and nerve racking, experience. If you’ve already closed escrow or are about to, that means you can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Cheers! Celebration is in order, but before you start planning your house warming party, there are still a few things you NEED to do in order to set your new home up for success.

Sherman Oaks and Studio City Real Estate Prices Stabilizing

Sherman Oaks and Studio City Real Estate Prices Stabilizing

What is the current trend in the real estate market in Sherman Oaks and Studio City? What are the end of the year trends? We’ve taken a look at what’s been happening with buyers and sellers on the real estate market to put together this end of the year report. 

Is Home Security at the Top of Your Holiday Wish List?

Is Home Security at the Top of Your Holiday Wish List?

It’s the holiday season and that means shopping, vacations, trips to see your relatives and friends and of course Holiday guests… which adds up to a whole lot of distractions. And notto rain on your holiday parade, I want to remind you about home security during this holiday season. The holiday’s are a particularly busy season for burglars… They’re counting on you being distracted as a great time for them to look for cash and those valuables hiding in your closet. This Holiday checklist will help prepare your home for a safe and happy holiday season. 

6 Apps Every Home Buyer Needs to Download

6 Apps Every Home Buyer Needs to Download

Buying a home isn’t just one big decision, its a whole bunch of big decisions. Between keeping track of different houses and mortgage rates and features and neighborhoods.. well it can all be overwhelming. That’s why we’ve figured out which apps you need to download to make your home buying process a little simpler.

BEWARE! New TRID Regulations

BEWARE! New TRID Regulations

October 1st brought with it a major overhaul to the mortgage application process. For years, realtors and buyers have been working with an time consuming and complicated mortgage application process that left your head spinning. Now, we have TRID, the new mortgage application.

TRID aims to make mortgages more transparent and coherent for home buyers. However, the new rules are still complicated with little room for forgiveness, so we’ve put together a brief guide on how best to break down the new TRID regulations and what you need to know.

Preparing Your Home for El Niño

Preparing Your Home for El Niño

It’s time to clean out your gutters and board up your windows. Weather forecasters are predicting the return of El Niño. El Niño is a “super storm” that last wreaked havoc in 1997-98 causing over $500 million in damage. Weather forecasters are now predicting El Niño’s return this winter. 

In Los Angeles this means heavy and sporadic rain with extreme winds and a chance of flooding. It also means that it’s time to prepare your home from potential damage. It’s important to recognize that small problems now can turn into expensive repairs later. So, how do you prepare for El Niño this season?

POCKET LISTING Rock ’n’ Roll meets Asia on a Secluded Acre Lot!

POCKET LISTING Rock ’n’ Roll meets Asia on a Secluded Acre Lot!

This is a gorgeous, unique home that you must buy!

Minutes from the 210 freeway, there is a magical place where the laws of Los Angeles don’t seem to apply.  Crossing a trickling stream, nestled in a tree-ringed clearing, you find yourself in at an Asian oasis punctuated by stone lions, a torii gate and bold painted Buddhas.  Pushing open the center-hinged Chinese gate, you enter a large paved courtyard with bamboo fountain, multiple seating areas, and a covered patio where one can enjoycool evenings and the quiet chirping of nature.

Open Houses & What to Expect

Open Houses & What to Expect

In the real estate world, weekends mean open houses and new clients for agents. For home buyers, this is a great opportunity to get out of the house and put some hands on time into the home buying process. Spending a Saturday or Sunday meeting Realtors and seeing what the market has to offer will make the final decision that much easier. Not to mention, there are a bunch of other perks to consider when it comes to attending this weekend’s open houses. It’s just a matter of knowing how to find them… remember #KeepingItRealEstate

A Stale Home? Might Be Fresh for You

A Stale Home? Might Be Fresh for You

Today’s real estate market might seem to be back at the all time high levels that we encountered five years ago. As a buyer you might think that you should wait and see if the market goes back down before buying. But there might be another approach to keep in mind. This might be a tremendous opportunity to purchase what some in the business call a stale home.