Malibu Real Estate Blog

  • Monochromatic Decorating Ideas

    BY Shen Schulz

    The use of a single color, or range of shades in a color gives your home a sophisticated designer appeal. Do you have to hire a designer to achieve the look? No, you can do it yourself if you keep these things in mind. Respect the Hue In other ...

  • How to Choose Lights for Your New Home

    BY Shen Schulz

    It's not just about wattage anymore. Light fixtures and light bulbs come in myriad types, sizes and colors. Do you want LED? Should you use "soft" bulbs? And what is the difference between watts and lumens? With the phase-out of the traditional incan...

  • Choosing Paint by Light Direction

    BY Shen Schulz

    Light exposure in your room plays a large part in the visual drama of your paint colors. In rooms with multi-directional sun exposure—either opposing (east/west or north/south) or perpendicular (north/west, north/east, south/west, south/east)—the...

  • Living Small

    BY Shen Schulz

    No matter what our background, we all have an ideal dream home size in mind. When it comes down to the actual living in it, however, can smaller be better? If your dream is for an urban dwelling with access to cultural events, public transportation, ...

  • Do I Want to Buy with Cash?

    BY Shen Schulz

    According to Market Watch, 43% of homebuyers in 2014 so far have purchased with all cash. While some analysts believe that the cash-buying frenzy will not last, there is always more room for negotiation when the buyer brings cash to the table. When i...

  • Why More Americans Do Not Own Homes

    BY Shen Schulz

    Even while home prices are on the rise—fueled by the low supply, low mortgage rates and investor buying—the number of Americans that own homes, as a percentage of the population, is decreasing. The reasons vary, since many current renters are for...

  • Keeping the Old House when Buying the New

    BY Shen Schulz

    The current housing market, while picking up in most areas, has one basic problem: low supply. With many buyers choosing to keep their old home when they purchase a new home, fewer homes are on the market, driving up demand. Becoming a landlord ...

  • What Homeownership Can Mean for You

    BY Shen Schulz

    When you've never owned your home, your relationship to it is less personal. Let's face it, when something goes wrong in your rented apartment, you call the landlord or manager to fix it. You don't worry about insurance against natural disasters, sav...

  • How to Sell for Full Price

    BY Shen Schulz

    Often, homeowners try to "test the market" with a higher than fair-market price when first listing their home. That can be a poor marketing strategy. When your agent tries to talk you out of it: Listen! Setting "too high a price" will be too high ...

  • Should You Buy a Second Home?

    BY Shen Schulz

    Having a second home in a favorite vacations spot can be a great investment or an expensive luxury. A beach cottage or mountain retreat is enticing while both interest rates and home prices are low. How do you decide if it's right for you? Make it...