Thursday, December 31, 2015

Beach Cities Solar Panels

Adding Solar Panels in Redondo Beach?

A few years ago I listed and sold a home in the Beach Cities that had Solar Panels. It would have been fair to say at the time that I didn't know what I didn't know about solar. Imagine my surprise when I found out that my seller clients had just signed a 20 year lease for the panels six months earlier. I guess they thought they would not be moving anytime soon. Whoops.

I heard someone say Solar Panels are the new Granite and I know many people are thinking of installing solar panels. In fact, I've been toying with the idea. Kind of goes with my desire to get an electric car or plug in hybrid. But as with all home ownership decisions, there are definitely a number of considerations because things are not always what they seem:
  • Under state law, owners of rooftop solar systems benefit from “net metering,” a system that credits them for any electricity that they contribute to the grid at the same price they pay for electricity. 
  • These credits essentially are banked and are redeemed when the homeowners use electricity at night. 
  •  Edison, for example, charges its customers a minimum of 15 cents per kilowatt hour for the minimal amounts of electricity needed for lighting, refrigeration and other basic needs before the prices go up to 21, 24 or 30 cents per kilowatt hours, depending on how much electricity is used. 
However there are a number of changes that may be coming down the pike.

Instead of getting credits worth 15 cents or more for their grid contributions, homeowners will get compensated 8 cents per kilowatt hour, which is comparable to the wholesale price that Edison pays power plant owners. 

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

South Torrance Real Estate for Sale 90505

Torrance 905050 House for Sale

The attraction of good schools, freeway access, proximity to beaches and work draws many who are new to the area as well as long time South Bay residents to Torrance CA.

South Torrance is a great place to live and features a number of really great neighnorhoods such as Country Hills, Victoria Knolls, Walteria, Seaside Ranchos, and Hollywood Riviera.

Search Active MLS Real Estate Listings in Torrance CA 90505 using the map below or click here to view in full screen mode. Photos, Maps, "Zestimates", Prices, Walk Scores, and more.

Here's some other Torrance MLS Searches you may find helpful:

West Torrance 90503
North Torrance 90504
Torrance CA MLS Search 90501
Torracne CA MLS Search 90502
Torrance Condos and Townhomes for Sale
Torrance Single Family Houses for Sale

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Staged Listings Sell for Higher Prices

Free Staging Offer

Realtors won't always share this with you but basically when you decide to list, you have control over some things and not over others. Whether interest rates go up or down and the general state of the economy is out of your control. Buyer's or Seller's market? Out of your control. Competition, likewise. Time of the year, maybe we're getting warmer. So here's what you can control: Price and Presentation.

If you've been following my blogs, you should know that in most instances, I recommend pricing properties just at or slightly below the market in order to get multiple offers quickly. But that's not what this post is about. What I want to discuss is presentation. And for the sake of discussion let's assume that you have hired a local Manhattan Beach Realtor who will spend the money on professional hi resolution photos, videos and 3 D home tours.

That leaves us with how does your home look when someone initially walks in and there's no doubt about it:staged homes sell for higher prices and usually faster as well.

Here's why.Your listing must look inviting and be presented in the best possible manner. Many buyers have toured new construction homes that have been staged and associate staged with new.

And we all know everyone would prefer new.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Hermosa Beach CA Real Estate for Sale

Hermosa Beach CA 90254 Homes for Sale

Hermosa Beach CA is a great South Bay Beach City located just south of LAX in Los Angeles County. It is smaller than the other Beach Cities of Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach. Real Estate in Hermosa Beach 90254 is expensive but not quite as expensive as Manhattan Beach.

That being said, you can find homes in every price range from the $500's for a condo up to over $10M for a beach front house on The Strand.

These are ALL the homes currently listed for sale in the MLS in Hermosa Beach CA from every Broker, Agent, Realtor, and Realty Company. This included condos, single family houses (SFRs), and townhomes. Standard sales, probates, and bank owned REO foreclosures. All map search results update in real time.  Place your mouse over any home icon and details of the listing will show. Then click to see more information.

More Hermosa Beach Real Estate Information at

Here's some direct links to other MLS Searches:

Manhattan Beach CA Real Estate for Sale
North Redondo Beach Real Estate for Sale
South Redondo Beach Real Estate for Sale
El Segundo Real Estate for Sale
West Torrance Real Estate for Sale
South Torrance Real Estate for Sale
North Torrance Real Estate for Sale

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Sunday, December 27, 2015

Getting Ready to List Your Home?

This listing is Staged and shows well!

If you are a follower of my blogs you know I am a big advocate of making sure that you do everything possible to maximize your sales price before your home is listed for sale. That starts with decluttering (biggest bang for the buck) and continues on to minor improvements like fixing whatever comes up in your pre-listing home inspection. Then we continue on to possibly painting and of course staging. Another great investment is in updating the lighting and possibly door handles as in get rid of the gold/brass dated stuff and replace it with brushed nickel or chrome.

If your roof is leaky, maybe a good idea to fix that with the El Nino coming this winter.

Putting in new wood floors? Possibly, if your current floor coverings are 1980's shag (orange preferred). When we get to new kitchens, bathrooms, etc. most likely not going to get you the return on the investment you would hope for.

Here's the question I always ask.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

House Hunting Manhattan Beach | Search Current Listings

Manhattan Beach CA Homes for Sale

Search Manhattan Beach CA 90266 Real Estate MLS listings for all property types: condos, townhouses, single family detached houses. View every MLS listing from Real Estate agents in the South Bay Beach Cities and every Broker selling at the beach.

To see the map below in full screen mode click on the "view all" tab on the lower right hand corner of the map below the Google logo. When the results display, use the scroll bar to the right of the homes snapshots to scroll down and see all the homes or click on the green icons.

More Manhattan Beach Real Estate at

Monday, December 21, 2015

Buying, Selling, Or Renting? Everyone Moves

Looks like Hermosa Beach CA to me!

Everyone moves. Well eventually anyway.

So whether you are a buyer, seller, or  renter chances are that sometime, maybe a few times during your life you will be moving as in  packing up and going from one address to another.

Moving can be expensive and most likely stressful? It’s no wonder most people eventually decide to ditch the DIY approach and hire professionals. But that doesn’t mean the stress goes away. There are plenty of things that could go wrong. To make the day go as smoothly as possible, you need to know how your movers work best. That which includes when you should be there, when you can pitch in, and when you need to get lost. Here's 3 things to consider: Price, Plan, Pack.

South Redondo Beach Homes for Sale | MLS Listings

South Redondo Beach CA Homes for Sale

Are you looking for a home to buy in South Redondo Beach CA 90277? You can use this map based MLS search to see current active listings including attached and detached Townhomes, condos in "the Village" and "Brookside Village", Single Family Houses (SFRs) on "The Avenues" and in Hollywood Riviera" and more.

Scroll over any icon for more info and then click for details. You can also choose "view all" in the lower left of the screen.

Looking for more South Redondo Beach Real Estate information? Visit for recent sales data, MLS listings, market trends, buyer and seller tips, agents, and more.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Hot Property | LA Times Home of the Week | Open House

If you are an aficionado of contemporary, architectural design and interested in the best electric cars in the world, you have two great reasons to attend this Open House - Luxury Event on Sunday October 25th from 12-5 PM at 628 Elvira Av in South Redondo Beach. First preview this amazing 6 bedroom house that was featured by the LA Times as the “Home of the Week”. After you have visited all three floors including the multiple ocean view decks in this nearly 6,000 SqFt custom built masterpiece, take an exhilarating test drive in a Model S. I guarantee that this property is unlike anything else you have seen in the Beach Cities. Call or email for more information or a private showing. View the 3D Tour at

Whether you are buying or selling Beach Cities Real Estate, make the call 310 975 5139.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Real Estate Listings | North Redondo Beach CA

These are all the current listings in North Redondo Beach CA 90278 the "hottest" zip code in coastal LA County right now.

We are seeing a huge influx of buyers from everywhere including Westside renters and people relocating from outside the area. Why is that? Great question. Schools, affordability, freeway access, jobs, beach proximity, lifestyle. You just get more for your money. 

Contact me directly for more information re any of these homes.

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