Malibu Real Estate Blog

  • 8 Creative Tips on Saving for a Down Payment

    BY Shen Schulz

    You're finally ready to think about buying a home, but you doubt your ability to save up the necessary down payment. Twenty percent of even a modest home can seem out of reach for first-time homebuyers. Here are some creative tips for eking out some ...

  • How Oil Prices Affect the Housing Market

    BY Shen Schulz

    Most of us rejoice when the prices at the pump go down. To use that means freed-up cash in our personal economy. When we're consider buying or selling a home, however, the price at the pump can impact our bottom line in ways we don't realize. Loca...

  • Is this Neighborhood Headed Up? Or Down?

    BY Shen Schulz

    When searching for a home on a budget, you'll often find great deals on the edge of up-and-coming neighborhoods. But how do you tell if a neighborhood is headed up? Or, if it's on its way down? Of course, the first consideration might be financial...

  • Attracting Homebuyers in the Winter Months

    BY Shen Schulz

    As temperatures drop, snow piles up and people's minds turn to holiday celebrations, you may think that your house won't sell. In fact, many people take their homes off the market during this time and wait for spring to relist them. Unfortunately, no...

  • Is Painting Cabinets a Good Idea?

    BY Shen Schulz

    Gone are the days of the sticky painted kitchen cabinet that peels, chips and generally looks cheap. Modern paint finishes means you can rejuvenate or renovate your dated kitchen or bath cabinets with just some elbow grease and your own creativity. ...

  • New Gadgets for Your Wish List

    BY Shen Schulz

    As you think about gift-giving this season, don't forget to give your new home a gift of its own. Advancements in technology mean that your home can be smarter, cleaner, cooler or the hottest thing on the market. Here are some ideas for you that are ...

  • Lighting a Fire in Your New Fireplace

    BY Shen Schulz

    As the weather chills, snow falls and socializing moves indoors, what could be more inviting than a warm cup of cocoa in front of a bright crackling fire? If your new home has a wood fireplace, here are some basics on fireplace care. Hire a ch...

  • Holiday Decoration Safety

    BY Shen Schulz

    Each year, fire departments across the country respond to home and structure fires caused by holiday decorations. In a study by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) in 2011 showed an annual average of 230 structure fires that began with li...

  • Winterizing Your Vacant Home

    BY Shen Schulz

    Whether it is your summer vacation cottage, or your recently vacated home put up for sale, proper winterizing prevents your home from deteriorating while it's empty and saves you money both now and later. Make a list Decide what needs to be don...

  • The First Thanksgiving in Your New Home

    BY Shen Schulz

    You've invited everyone to celebrate Thanksgiving with you in your new home … a joy-filled day with family and friends, good company, great food, celebrating old traditions and creating new ones!  The first holiday gathering in your new home c...