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February 7th, 2014 at 6:39 pm

Happy New Year! If 2014 is the year you are planning on buying a home, we we have 14 tips to make the home buying process a little easier.

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Before You Look
1. Get Pre-approved: Getting pre-approved will not only help determine what you can afford, it will also help when you are ready to make an offer.
2. Get professional help: Use an experienced agent, who will have your best interests at heart and who can help in the negotiating process.
3. Don’t try to time the market: Trying to anticipate the housing market is nearly impossible. The best time for you is when you’ve found your dream house in a price you can afford.
4. Get to know the neighborhood: This is the fun part! Get to know the area. Where the shops are, drive through the streets, look at the schools, even if you don’t have kids.
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February 7th, 2014 at 6:39 pm

January is a great month to enjoy all that Southern California has to offer. Here are our top picks for things to do in January.
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Carlsbad Marathon
Head to Carlsbad on January 19 to run or cheer on runners along the coast in the annual Carlsbad Marathon, San Digeo’s oldest marathon. There will be a kids marathon mile as well as a health and lifestyle expo. Live bands at each mile marker help set the pace and speed runners on their way. (more…)

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February 7th, 2014 at 6:38 pm

It may not snow in Southern California, but that doesn’t mean we can’t appreciate the warmth and elegance of a fireplace. In recent years, home buyers have noticed fireplaces are becoming the design focus in many rooms and with new technological advances it’s now possible to do more now than ever before. Some of the latest trends include:

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31240 Beach View Estates Drive, Malibu, CA

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February 7th, 2014 at 6:38 pm

Los Angeles may be known for its endless sunshine but it does have its fair share of cloudy, cool days. So the next time you need a break while searching for your dream home, try stopping for some hot chocolate. It’s the perfect beverage to get you back on the road feeling warm inside.  

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Clementine

Clementine: stop in this Culver City location for their famous homemade hot chocolate and marshmallows. It’s so good, Food and Wine Magazine recently named it one of the best hot chocolates in the country. And we couldn’t agree more! What makes it so good? By combining the thicker weight of a Parisian chocolat chaud with the traditionally Mexican addition of cinnamon, making it pure deliciousness. (more…)

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