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Four Ways To Avoid Bad Curb Appeal

Aug. 17, 2014
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The exterior of your home is a direct reflection of you as an individual and as a property owner. Clearly a well-kept home with a maintained lawn shows that you value your property and your neighborhood as a whole. Yet, although your friends love that quirky, artistic side of you, it isn’t necessarily a trait you want displayed too flamboyantly on the exterior of your home. By taking too much artistic license with your curb appeal (or ignoring it all together), you may end up not only devaluing your own property, but the value of your neighbor’s homes as well. Sloppy or garish properties are not exclusive to older dwellings or up-and-coming communities – bad habits are on display in new developments too.

Choosing The Right Pet For You And Your Home

Aug. 13, 2014
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Most of us would agree that bringing a new pet into your home enriches your life in many ways. If you are seriously considering adding a new member to your household, the first step is to become familiar with the specific needs of different types of pets to find one that will fit your lifestyle. Each pet is different when it comes to cost, care, housing, and demands on your time; so arm yourself with information first. That way, once you are ready to make the final selection, you will be able to make an informed decision that will lead to a long, happy relationship for both you and your pet.

Topping It Off – How to Choose the Right Roof

Aug. 5, 2014
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By Max Mervis Until it starts to leak or shingles begin to blow off during the strong Santa Ana winds, most of us give little attention to the roof on our homes. However, along with keeping the inside of the house dry, the roof is probably the most important part of the overall appearance and personality… Read more

Repurposing Your Formal Dining Room

Jul. 22, 2014
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By Max Mervis Many of us have fond memories of holidays spent gathered around a decked out table in the formal dining room. More recently, in many of my client’s households the dining room is used significantly less than it was in years past, if at all. I attribute this to today’s changing social trends that… Read more

Creating An Outdoor Living Room

Jul. 11, 2014
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Ever dreamed of adding more square footage to your home, but didn’t want to hassle with the mess, time and expense involved? As summer is now in full force, it’s time to forget those plastic lounge chairs in your backyard and take advantage of the space you have by creating an outdoor room. From an attached porch to just a shady landscaped area in your own backyard, an outdoor room can be created just about anywhere with some simple alterations and additions. The following are just a few ideas to help you start creating an open-air living room that will add comfort and value to your home year-round.

Making Your Home Eco-Friendly, Inside And Out

Jul. 1, 2014
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As California faces another year of severe drought with no end in sight, most of us are doing all we can to control our consumption of that vital resource, water. Yet aside from just limiting the amount of water used within the home, from appliances to light bulbs, all of our choices affect water consumption, energy costs and, most importantly, the environment. While as a society we are becoming more green-conscious, making your home more energy efficient doesn’t only help our planet – it can also make your home more desirable (and sell faster), when putting it on the market. There are plenty of ways you can make your home more eco-friendly, and the following are just a few ways to get you started.

Creating The Perfect White Room

Jun. 23, 2014
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Take a look in the dictionary and you’ll find that the synonym for white is colorless. Some people would even say white is boring or lacking in creativity. I think not! There is nothing more beautiful than a pristine white room, and painting your walls white is one of the most underestimated ideas in home design. Far from being colorless, the many hues found within white paint can help you create a space that is cool, minimalist and modern to one that is warm, romantic and inviting. But make no mistake – despite what some might think, pulling off a white room is not a simple task by any means.

What’s Old Is New Again – The Comeback Of The Craftsman House

Jun. 10, 2014
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Walk down any street in Venice well into Santa Monica and you’ll come across hundreds of early 20th century Craftsman homes in various states of condition. From the pristinely renovated to the unforgivably neglected, no matter the condition buyers are snapping these homes up in full force.

Pros And Cons Of Holding An Open House

Jun. 3, 2014
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The time has come to sell your house. Now begins the process of cleaning, sorting, primping and staging to create a picture-perfect environment for your prospective buyers. Along with taking advantage of the other marketing tools your real estate agent has in his arsenal, at some point you may have considered the age-old tradition of holding an open house.

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