Farrah Fawcett’s Condo at The Wilshire Comes on the Real Estate Market

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  1. 0 beds, 1 bath
    Home size: 500 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,613 sqft
    Year built: 1954
    Days on market: 97

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  1. 1 bed, 1 bath
    Home size: 826 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.15 ac
    Year built: 1973
    Days on market: 4
  2. 1 bed, 2 baths
    Home size: 761 sq ft
    Lot size: 33,948 sqft
    Year built: 1972
    Days on market: 10
  3. 2 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,213 sq ft
    Lot size: 4.33 ac
    Year built: 1959
    Days on market: 11
  4. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,779 sq ft
    Lot size: 21,058 sqft
    Year built: 1974
    Days on market: 11
  5. 2 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 1,302 sq ft
    Lot size: 13,629 sqft
    Year built: 1969
    Days on market: 12

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  1. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 1,961 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,376 sqft
    Year built: 1993
    Days on market: 5
  2. 2 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,816 sq ft
    Lot size: 14,699 sqft
    Year built: 2007
    Days on market: 5
  3. 4 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 2,921 sq ft
    Lot size: 41,788 sqft
    Year built: 2008
    Days on market: 7
  4. 2 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 1,865 sq ft
    Lot size: 27,741 sqft
    Year built: 1985
    Days on market: 7
  5. 3 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 3,012 sq ft
    Lot size: 22,925 sqft
    Year built: 1996
    Days on market: 10

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Is Now a Good Time To Sell My Home?

Is Now a Good Time To Sell My Home?

Many people have been asking this question recently and we wanted to address whether this is a good time to sell your home or not.

When trying to decide if now is a good time to sell your current home, there are a few things to consider:
1.  Where do you plan to move? Will you be moving locally or relocating to another area?

2.  Are you buying another home or planning to rent?  If you are planning on buying, this is one of the best times to buy in many years, home price and current interest rates are extremely favorable.  Many people would like to search for homes first, you can search homes for sale online for free here:
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3.  How much is your home currently worth and how much will you net from the sale of your home.  This is very important to find out, to find out what your home is worth for free, here is a great website that you can do it online:
http://instanthomelink.com/homevalues
Determining what your home is currently worth is crucial to knowing if now is a good time to sell or not.

Home prices have been increasing very steadily now for over the last 5 months, many people believe we have already hit the bottom and home prices are definitely inching up.  Buyer activity right now is very busy and many properties are receiving multiple offers.

Here is a link to provide you with great Tips for Selling Your Home:
http://santamonica-realestateagent.com/tips-for-selling-a-home-in-santa-monica-ca/

Hire a local Real Estate Expert when selling your home, we always recommend to hire a local realtor as they will have expert knowledge of your immediate area, to contact a local expert to sell your home, call (424)625-1037

I hope this helps you in deciding if now is a good time to sell your home!
Best wishes!

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What is My Property Worth? What is my current Home Value?

What is My Property Worth?   What is my current Home Value?
Many home owners contemplating selling or refinancing their current home are not quite sure what their home is valued at.  This information is vital to either selling your home quickly or when refinancing it.   We wanted to share some free resources for finding out what your property is currently worth with you, we have provided website links that provide home values for free below. There is a free home value online website that allows home owners nationwide to find out what their home is currently worth and what their current home value is.

Here is the website:
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It is very easy to use, Just enter all your home property information such as home address, bedrooms, baths, and contact information and you will get find out what your property is currently worth.  This is one of the best free online home valuations available online and it’s completely free. If you are thinking of selling your home, here are some tips to help increase the value of your home when it sells.
1.  Contact a Local Realtor to Walk-Through your home.  Having a local Real Estate Agent or Realtor do a thorough walk-through of your home will greatly help you prepare your house before it is placed on the market to help ensure a greater home sales price for you.  We always recommend to use a local Real Estate Agent or Realtor, out of area Real Estate Agents generally may not know what your home will sell for, plus it is always wise to have a local Real Estate Expert on your team when selling your home.  Another added benefit of calling a Realtor is they will prepare a detailed Comparative Home Market Evaluation to give you a better idea of what your home will probably sell for.  They can also provide you with relocation information for the area you are looking to more for.

Here is a link to one Top Real Estate Agent that is well-known in the community and They can provide you also with a Free Home Market Evaluation of your Home: http://heatherpaul.net/

2.  Clear the clutter
Clear your kitchen counters of just about everything. Clean your closets by packing up little-used items like out-of-season clothes and old toys. Install closet organizers to maximize space. Put at least one-third of your furniture in storage, especially large pieces, such as entertainment centers and big televisions. Pack up family photos, knickknacks, and wall hangings to depersonalize your home. Store the items you’ve packed offsite or in boxes neatly arranged in your garage or basement.  This is one of the most important aspects of selling your home for success!  Buyers love to see open and airy spaces; homes filled wall to wall with furniture make it difficult for them to envision their belongings in the home, so take the time and pack up as much items as you can, your Realtor can help provide some pointers of items to pack up to help you sell your home for the most money.

3. Do a thorough cleaning of your Home
A clean house makes a strong first impression that your home has been well cared for. If you can afford it, consider hiring a cleaning service.  If not, wash windows and leave them open to air out your rooms. Clean carpeting and drapes to eliminate cooking odors, smoke, and pet smells. Wash light fixtures and baseboards, mop and wax floors, and give your stove and refrigerator a thorough once-over.  Pay attention to details, too. Wash fingerprints from light switch plates, clean inside the cabinets, and polish doorknobs. Don’t forget to clean your garage, too.

Just remember, when thinking of selling your home, find out what is currently worth online for free, go to:
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8 TIPS FOR ADDING CURB APPEAL & VALUE TO YOUR HOME

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But the role of curb appeal goes beyond just making a good first impression. The way your house looks from the street can impact its value. It can also shorten the time it takes to sell your house.

We asked real estate agents, appraisers, home stagers, landscape designers, and home inspectors which curb appeal projects offer the most value when your house is on the market, both in terms of its marketability and dollars. Here is what they told us:

1. Paint the house.

Hands down, the most commonly offered curb appeal advice from our real estate pros and appraisers is to give the exterior of your home a good paint job. Buyers will instantly notice it and appraisers will note it on the valuation.

“Paint is probably the number one thing inside and out,” says Frank Lucco, managing partner of Houston-based IRR-Residential Appraisers and Consultants. “I’d give additional value for that. If you’re under two years remaining life (on the paint job), paint the exterior because it tends to show wear badly.”

Just make sure you stay within the range of accepted colors for your market. A house that’s painted a wildly different color from its competition will be marked down in value by appraisers.

2. Have the house washed.

Before you make the investment in a paint job, though, take a good look at the house. If it’s got mildew or general grunge, just washing the house could make a world of difference, says Valerie Torelli, a California real estate agent with a background in accounting.

Before she puts a house on the market, Torelli often does exterior makeovers on her clients’ homes, a service she pays for herself to get higher selling prices. Overall, she says her goal is to spend less than $5,000, with a goal of generating an extra $10,000 to $15,000 on the sale price.

Torelli specifies pressure-washing—a job that should be left to professionals. Pressure washing makes the house look “bright and clean in addition to getting rid of unsightly things like cobwebs, which may not be seen from the yard but will detract from the home’s cleanliness when seen up close,” she says.

The cost to have a professional cleaning should be a few hundred dollars—a fraction of the cost of having the house painted.

3. Trim the shrubs and green up the yard.

California real estate agent Valerie Torelli says she puts a lot of emphasis on landscaping, such as cutting down overgrown bushes and replacing them with leafy plants and annuals mulched with beautiful reddish-brown bark. “It runs me $30 to $50,” says Torelli. “Do you get a return on your money? Absolutely. It sucks people in.”

You also don’t want bare spots. Take the time to fertilize the yard; throw out some grass seed, and if need be, add some sod.

4. Add a splash of color.

It could be a flower bed of annuals by the mailbox, a paint job for the front door, or a brightly colored bench or an Adirondack chair. “You can get a cute little bench at Home Depot for $99,“ Torelli notes. “Spray paint it bright red or blue and set it in the yard or on the front porch.”

It’s not a bad idea, but don’t plan on getting extra points from an appraiser for a red bench, says John Bredemeyer, president of Realcorp in Omaha. “It’s difficult to quantify, but it does make a home sell more quickly,” Bredemeyer says. “Maybe yours sold a couple weeks faster than the house down the street. That’s the best way to look at these things.”

5. Add a fancy mailbox and house numbers.

An upscale mail box and architectural house numbers or an address plaque can give your house a distinctive look that stands out from everyone else on the block. Torelli makes them a part of her exterior makeovers “I’ve gotten those hand-painted mailboxes,” she says. “A nice one runs you $40 to $50.” Architectural house numbers may run as high as a few hundred dollars.

6. Repair or clean the roof.

Springfield, Va.-based home inspector and former builder Reggie Marston says the roof is one of the first things he looks at in assessing the condition of a home. He’ll look at other houses in the neighborhood to see if there are a lot of replaced roofs and see if the subject house has one as well. If not, he’ll look for curls in the shingles or missing shingles. “I’m looking at the roof for end-of-life expectancy,” he says.

You can pay for roof repairs now, or pay for them later in a lower appraisal; appraisers will mark down the value by the cost of the repair. That could knock thousands of dollars off your appraisal. According to Remodeling Magazine’s 2010-2011 Cost vs. Value Report, the average cost of a new asphalt shingle roof is about $21,500.

“Roofs are issues,” Lucco says. “You won’t throw money away on that job. You gotta have a decent roof.”

Stains and plant matter, such as moss, can be handled with cleaning. It’s a job that can often be done in a day for a few hundred dollars, and makes the roof look like new. It’s not a DIY project; call a professional with the right tools to clean it without damaging it.

7. Put up a fence.

A picket fence with a garden gate to frame the yard is an asset. A fence has more impact in a family-oriented neighborhood than an upscale retirement community, Bredemeyer says, but in most instances, appraisers will give extra value for one, as long as it’s in good condition. “Day in a day out, a fence is a plus,“ Bredemeyer says. Expect to pay $2,000 to $3,500 for a professionally installed gated picket fence 3 feet high and 100 feet long.

8. Perform routine maintenance and cleaning.

Nothing sets off subconscious alarms like hanging gutters, missing bricks from the front steps, or lawn tools rusting in the bushes. It makes even the professionals question what else hasn’t been taken care of.

“A house is worth less if the maintenance isn’t done,” Lucco says. “Those little things can add up and be a very big detractor. When people say, ‘I’d buy it if it weren’t for all the deferred maintenance,’ what they’re really saying is, ‘I’d still buy it if you reduce the price.’”

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(424)625-1037

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Georgia-based freelance writer Pat Curry has covered housing and real estate for consumer and trade publications for more than a decade, including covering new home sales and marketing for BUILDER, the magazine of the National Association of Home Builders. Read more: http://www.houselogic.com/articles/8-tips-adding-curb-appeal-and-value-your-home/#ixzz1AIHLZT5O

INCOME TAX TIPS FOR HOME OWNERS

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These tax tips for homeowners looking ahead to 2010 returns explain some of the things you can do now that’ll pay off later on your 1040.

Take a day to formulate a tax plan for the year. Depending on your circumstances, you might want to take advantage of energy tax credits or max out your vacation home deductions. The “What’s New in 2010” section of IRS Publication 17 offers a sneak peek at tax changes that might affect homeowners.

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It’s time to get cracking if you didn’t exhaust your full allotment of residential energy tax credits during 2009. Although tax credits for big projects like residential wind turbines and solar energy systems have no upper limit and are good through 2016, energy tax credits capped at $1,500 expire at the end of 2010. Eligible capped projects include new windows and doors, insulation, roofing, water heaters, HVAC, and biomass stoves.

Here’s how it works with capped federal credits: You can earn energy tax credits worth 30% of the cost of qualifying improvements, but the total tax credits can’t exceed $1,500 combined for 2009 and 2010. So if you only took, say, $700 worth of capped energy credits on your 2009 tax return, you’re still due for another $800 in credits in 2010. Some projects include the cost of installation—a furnace, for example—while others, such as insulation, are limited to the cost of materials.

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Use a vacation home wisely, and it’ll provide a break from taxes as well as the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The rules on tax deductions for vacation homes can get a bit tricky, but understanding and adhering to them can yield many happy tax returns.

If your vacation home is truly a vacation home meant for your personal enjoyment, as opposed to a rental-only income property, you can usually deduct mortgage interest and real estate taxes, just as you would on your main home. You can even rent out the home for up to 14 days during the year without getting taxed on the rental income. Not bad.

Now, let’s say you want to rent out your vacation home for more than 14 days in 2010, but also use it yourself from time to time. To maximize the tax benefits, you need to keep tabs on how many days you use your vacation home. By restricting your annual personal use to fewer than 15 days (or 10% of total rental days, whichever is greater), you can treat your vacation home as a rental-only income property for tax purposes.

Why is that a big deal? In addition to mortgage interest and real estate taxes, rental-only income properties are eligible for a slew of other tax deductions for everything from utilities and condo fees to housecleaning and repairs. Deductions are limited once personal use exceeds 14 days (or 10% of total rental days), so get out your calendar now to strategically plot your vacations.

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In salute to members of the armed forces serving overseas who want to purchase a home, the IRS is extending a lucrative tax perk for military personnel. If you spent at least 90 days abroad performing qualified duty between Jan. 1, 2009, and April 30, 2010, you have an extra year to earn a homebuyer tax credit. In addition to uniformed service members, workers in the Foreign Service and in the intelligence community are eligible.

Thanks to this extension of the homebuyer tax credit, qualifying military personnel have until April 30, 2011, to sign a contract on a new home. The deal must close before July 1, 2011. Just like non-military buyers, first-time homebuyers can earn a tax credit worth up to $8,000, and longtime homeowners can earn a credit of up to $6,500. The same income restrictions and $800,000 cap on home prices apply.

Military personnel can also get a break if official duty calls and they’re forced to move for an extended period. Normally, the homebuyer tax credit needs to be repaid if you sell your home within three years, but this requirement is waived for uniformed service members, Foreign Service workers, and intelligence community personnel. The new extended duty posting doesn’t need to be overseas, but it must be at least 50 miles from your principal residence.

Challenge your real estate assessment
You can’t do much about the rate at which your home is taxed, but you can try to do something about how your home is valued for taxation purposes in 2010. The process varies depending where you live, but in general local governments conduct a periodic real estate assessment to determine how much your home is worth. That real estate assessment figure is used to calculate your property tax bill.

You can usually appeal your real estate assessment if you think it’s too high. Contact your local assessor’s office to find out the procedure, and be prepared to do some research. There’s often no charge to request a review of your assessment.

santa monica,homes,houses,santa monica real estate,tax planning,tax savings,income tax credit,heather paul,coldwell banker,santa monica houses,home owners,home seller,selling a homeLook for errors. You probably received an assessment letter in the mail, and many local governments provide the information online as well. Make sure the number of bedrooms and bathrooms is accurate, and the lot size is correct. Also check the assessed value of comparable homes in your area. If they’re being assessed for less than your home, you might have a case for relief.

Even if your assessment is accurate and comparable homes are being taxed at the same rate, there might be another route to tax savings. Ask your assessor’s office about available property tax exemptions. Local governments often give breaks to seniors, veterans, and the disabled, among others.

This article provides general information about tax laws and consequences, but is not intended to be relied upon by readers as tax or legal advice applicable to particular transactions or circumstances. Consult a tax professional for such advice; tax laws may vary by jurisdiction.

Contact a Local Real Estate Agent:

Heather Paul
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
(424)625-1037

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Mike DeSenne is Online Managing Editor for taxes, finances, and insurance at HouseLogic.com, and the former Executive Editor of SmartMoney.com. He likes to do his taxes by hand, much to the dismay of his accountant.  Read more: http://www.houselogic.com/articles/tax-tips-homeowners-looking-ahead-2010-returns/#ixzz1AI469BHF