Sharon Hales's Blog Posts

Economic Impact of COVID-19 on the Housing Market

As my clients ask for updates on the real estate market, I remain thoroughly optimistic.  It may seem counterintuitive to suggest in this Coronavirus era that the housing market is in good.

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Senior Relocation Simplified

The definition of “Golden Years” has changed in the 21st Century.  The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the number of seniors delaying retirement has increased

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Santa Photos 2019

Bring your kids, your pet, or just yourself for a photo with the REAL Santa!  It’s a delightful way to get your Christmas photo while enjoying festive goodies.  You can also brighten

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Pure Paradise

It was ten years ago that an enormous acrylic ice cream cone appeared in front of a tiny store on Honolulu Avenue.  Mark and Mia Pedersen, a brother and sister duo from Denmark, launched the

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Unbelievable Sights and Sound of the Nethercutt Collection

If you want to impress out-of-town guests, take them on a jaw-dropping tour of The Nethercutt Museum and Collection in Sylmar.  The Museum showcases more than 260 world-class antique, vintage

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Smart Home Lighting

Kendall Hales, General ContractorSpecializing in Fine Home ConstructionIt wasn’t long ago that home builders were required to install light fixtures that used only florescent lightbulbs. 

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Local Book Store is Much More

The literary programs and activities are endless at this community icon.I’m sure I’m not the only one who has made a “quick stop” to buy a gift at Once Upon A Time Bookstore

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Millennial Myths Debunked

Millennial Homebuyer Myths DebunkedIt seems we all know millennials who would love to buy a piece of California real estate, but they are discouraged by escalating price tags. Many young buyers

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Value vs Cost of Your Real Estate Professional

Our competitive real estate market brings with it an increasing number of choices when it comes to selling your home, so it’s important to understand the facts about discount brokers and full

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Building More Than Muscles

La Crescenta has the reputation of being a close-knit community of neighbors who give of themselves.  Take, for example, La Crescenta neighbor Michelle Taylor, certified AFPA fitness trainer.

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Santa Photos 2018

 Photos with Santa!Bring your family and friends for professional photos with Santa.  You will be sent a digital copy to use in Christmas cards or frame for a gift.  Just give me a

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Emergency Home Prep

In light of our community’s history of natural disasters, it is essential to regularly evaluate and update our home emergency preparedness supplies.   Emergency expert and La

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The Art of the Counter Offer

Selling a home that you’re emotionally attached to can be tricky, and a lowball offer may feel like an insult.  However, when a buyer comes in with a low purchase price it’s best

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Vote Yes on Prop 5 and No on Prop 10

Homeownership and private property rights are on the California ballot this November and the election outcome will directly affect property.

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Location, Location, Location and the Chubby Hippe]

Everyone knows that a property’s value is directly impacted by the proximity of one’s home to an excellent ice creamery. In order to provide my clients with accurate information about

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A Cultural Ensemble in Montrose

 Something unique is happening in our community, and most folks don’t know about it.  In fact, it doesn’t even have a name.  A local community adult music appreciation

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Permits, Design Review Board and Your Home Remodel

In this climate of escalating home prices, many homeowners are choosing to remodel rather than sell.  After all, if they sell at top dollar where can they afford to buy? Additionally, the new

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All Eyes Are On La Crescenta-Montrose

As the Southern California housing market runs a fever temperature, buyer interest in La Crescenta-Montrose real estate continues to intensify! La Crescenta-Montrose is in the news! The Los

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2018 Tax Rules for Homeowners in Plain English

2018 has brought some new federal tax laws, and it’s important for home owners and buyers to understand how they will impact your family budget.  To help clarify matters, here is an

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Today's Home Buyer's Wish List

This hot La Crescenta-Montrose real estate market has many home owners considering the value of their property, and it’s important to know which home improvements will yield a return on

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Down Payment Myths Debunked

This competitive real estate market has some buyers scrambling to come up with a substantial down payment, but buyers may not be aware of other options.  In fact, some of the biggest

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FSBOS Net Lower Profits in La Crescenta and La Canada

Recently, I was stunned when a property in a desirable neighbourhood near me sold for considerably less than market value and had not been listed in the Multiple Listings Service. I wondered, why

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La Crescenta & La Canada Seller's Market and Your Property Value

Real Estate Trends in La Canada-La Crescenta, August 2017 The number one question my clients ask me is “when will these home prices start to come down?” The simple answer impacts

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Indoor Air Quality and Your VOCS

You may want to add this acronym to your vocabulary since it directly impacts the health of your home. VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) in home improvement products raise concerns because the

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Prep Your Home for Sale

Follow this easy checklist of 21 ways to help prepare your home for sale, from cleaning out the clutter to adding more natural lighting and paying attention to the.

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Characteristics of Successful Real Estate Agent

Real Estate Insider Magazine states that your Real Estate Agent should have local knowledge, strong attention to detail and tenacity among other things. See what qualities you should

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Your Edible Property

I always find it interesting to hear which features delight home buyers when I’m showing a property. The usual top thrillers are hardwood floors, an updated kitchen, and a large master walk-in

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Your Good Credit

“If you would know the value of money, go and try to borrow some.” — Benjamin FranklinEach month I host a Home Buyer Workshop with Darcy, a New Penn mortgage consultant (aka &ldquo

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The Good News of Tax Season: Deductions!

Many of us are aware that home ownership allows for some substantial tax deductions. The top ones that come to mind are mortgage interest and property taxes, but there are additional deductions that

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Do Not Attempt This At Home

There are certain tasks better left to professionals.  Just ask anyone who has tried to paint their house, cut their kids’ hair or used an online service to do their taxes.  

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The Housing Market Cuts Both Ways

While the presidential election is grabbing national headlines, the big story for Southern Californians is the cost of housing.  High housing prices are driving low, middle-income families out

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Cliff Notes for the New Fed Rate

Let’s first clarify that 30-year fixed mortgage rates rose more than half a point after the presidential election.  Rates are above 4% for the first time this year, and now the Federal

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Today's Home Wish List

Last night as I was helping my husband design a new home for a property he recently purchased, I found that many of my suggestions came from hearing comments from countless home buyers as they have

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The True Value of Landscaping

Most homeowners know that beautiful landscaping adds value to a home, but where to draw the line between expense and sound investment?  I get this question from clients all the time. 

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Get a Facelift at Home

Recently, I met with a client who was preparing to list her home for sale.  She systematically called out the items on her to-do list: call the painter, schedule a home inspector, buy

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Summer Safety

My husband and I were out for an evening with friends at the Hollywood Bowl when they received the dreaded, and all-too-familiar, call from their credit card company.  Their card number had

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A Friend in Deed - Best Insecticides in the Busines

Some professions are invaluable to have in your circle of acquaintances.  I have always envied friends with a hairdresser in the family, and I sigh with relief when calling my attorney brother

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Mortgage Calculator - Current Loan Rates

Check out your current mortgage rates and estimate your future mortgage payments with a live market rate dashboard provided by Bankrate.To use this tool – click here.;

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Current Market Values

Estimate the value of your home based on other homes for sale in your area. Click here to use the maps on Zillow to find other homes within the surrounding.

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Home Buying Tips

Check out these helpful tips from HGTV for getting the most out of buying a new.

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Schools

Learn about our award-winning schools within the foothills. You can easily enter your address to view your assigned school and the reviews with this tool .

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Foothills Finds: Montrose Christmas Parage

The Montrose Christmas Parade is an institution in the Crescenta Valley. Fans turn out in droves to see Santa’s helicopter flyover, horse brigades, daredevil gymnasts, marching bands, glitzy

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