January 8th, 2016 at 10:00 am

#Resolve2Renovate contest

With every New Year comes the chance for a fresh start and new beginnings. Make 2016 the year you make a change everyone in your family can enjoy — renovations to your home.

We’d like to help you get started!

From Jan. 11 to 15, you will have the chance to enter our #Resolve2Renovate Contest on our Facebook page. One winner will be selected to receive a $50 Lowe’s gift card. (more…)

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November 30th, 2015 at 10:00 am

local holiday events

The weather outside is probably not … you know what … so the holiday season in Southern California can be downright delightful. Without the snow and chill, visitors might think our region is short on holiday traditions.

But they should think again. Want chestnuts roasting on an open fire? Find them in the many neighborhoods where homeowners outdo each other by adorning their houses with spectacular light displays. With no slush to drive through and comfortable nighttime temperatures, families can marvel at the illuminated residences every evening now through New Year’s Day, and sometimes beyond. Many residents offer hot chocolate, cider, coffee, cookies, and other homemade treats at nominal prices in their driveways. Check hyperlocal online sites for lists of the best streets to cruise, including maps and directions.

As for regional traditions, we’ve rounded up some of the most enduring and unusual in each county, from south to north. Get out there and have a jolly old time!

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October 5th, 2015 at 10:00 am

Apple tree

There are few things better than fresh fruit from your own garden. You can bake the fruit into a pie, toss it in a salad, or just snack on it.

In Southern California, there’s a wide variety of fruit trees that flourish and produce sweet, delicious fruit. Fruit trees, however, can be a bit tricky. You need to have the right soil, the right amount of sunlight, the right chill exposures, and much more. But once you’ve figured out how to care for your precious fruit trees, the reward will be worth the effort.

First, determine if there is enough space for your trees. Fruit trees need to be roughly three to six feet away from buildings and sidewalks. You won’t want your roots running into cement or the base of your house, and you won’t want to risk the tree damaging your home when it grows taller and wider. You will also want to make sure your trees have about ten or more feet of space between each before you plant.

Then, assess the land in your yard. What spots in your yard get at least six hours of sun a day during growing season? Make sure buildings or other trees don’t block direct sunlight.


September 30th, 2015 at 10:00 am

When it comes to homes in Southern California, most people tend to imagine coastal homes that boast ocean views. Contrary to popular belief, homes in Southern California don’t need to be accompanied by coastal breezes in order to be special.

We decided it was time to praise some of these amazing properties, beginning with ones that are equestrian-friendly.

Any property is home to horses must also have enough land for these stunning animals to roam, plus adequate water and level space for a barn. The amount of land you have can also determine how many horses you are allowed to keep on your property. If you are looking to buy an equestrian property, tell your agent right away so they can find a listing that fits your needs.

Here are some of our favorite current equestrian homes for sale in Southern California:


Suzanne Kropf


Coto de Caza

Mariann Cordova


September 11th, 2015 at 10:00 am

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