Estates Director "Kathryn A."
Kathryn Alesandrini

Entertainer’s Paradise

My listing at 10940 Owensmouth in the Santa Susanna mountains garnered an accolade that I just have to brag about a little.  It was selected as a featured home in the “Cool Houses Daily” section of HGTV’s FrontDoor. In addition, the backyard pool has garnered lots of attention and “digs” on Zillow, where site visitors “dig” the […]

Bravo for a Good Idea

    The Bravo program Million Dollar Listing (Los Angeles) drew nearly 1.7 million viewers recently according to the ratings. I was amazed at how many of those viewers recognized me (well, not that many) during my 30 seconds or so on the program during Madison Hildebrand’s segment. My pal had invited fellow Realtors to […]

Make Your Mortgager Pay You Back

Keep reading if you sold your home via a short sale and then your bank expected you to make up the deficiency between the sales price and the loan balance. Was your loan a ‘purchase money loan’? In other words, was it the original loan on the property? If so, a court has decided that […]

Suze Sees Better Market

Home prices won’t be going down again according to TV financial guru Suze Orman. She used to advise that home buyers wait until they had 20 percent down and eight months of expenses saved in cash before buying a home. While she is sticking with the advise to sock away a heft emergency fund before […]

Double-digit Gains Continue for Housing

Nationwide, home prices rose for the 4th consecutive month in June. “Home prices rose 2.2% from May and 12.1% over June 2012, with Western cities leading the increases, according to the Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller index for the nation’s largest 20 cities,” according to a Los Angeles Times article. The increase was nearly 20 percent in […]

Investing in Off-Campus Housing

Like many parents of college students, we are weighing the housing options for our son who starts college this fall. Some years ago we owned a 10-room student boarding house near USC optimistically dubbed A+ House. (Before retiring as a professor, I was called “Dr. A.” Hence the dual-connotation moniker for A+ House.) That boarding […]

Buyers on Information Overload

My book Survive Information Overload doesn’t target home buyers and sellers in particular but it certainly applies. A leading website analytics firm comScore estimates that real estate websites attract over 65 million unique users every month!  There are literally thousands upon thousands of real estate websites with pages upon pages of information. Are buyers suffering from […]

Time for Patient Buyers

Advice from a recent article in the Los Angeles Times: Be patient. Hang in there. Keep trying. In one form or another, that’s the advice some real estate experts give buyers in dealing with this overheated housing market. Yes, it is a good time to buy in terms of house prices and mortgage rates. If […]

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