Malibu Real Estate Blog

  • 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...

  • Cleaning to Sell

    BY Shen Schulz

    When getting your home ready to sell, spending some elbow grease cleaning can save you some money and make your home more attractive to buyers. Here are a few of the items to try. Cleaning Painted Walls When cleaning painted walls, start with a...

  • Quick Tips for Adding Resale Value

    BY Shen Schulz

    When you're in a hurry to sell, you need top dollar, try some of these tips: Have us evaluate your home. As real estate professionals, we know what sells and what doesn't and we can help you spend your money wisely to get the best return. Hav...

  • Choose the Right Paint

    BY Shen Schulz

    Whether you're preparing your home to move in, or preparing it to sell, choosing the right paint from the myriad choices available to day can be daunting. Paints come in up to six different finishes, so even if you've chosen the colors, you still hav...

  • Should I Sell As-Is?

    BY Shen Schulz

    As one of the most difficult decisions in real estate marketing, the idea of selling "as-is" (without making any repairs, renovations, or upgrades) appeals to homeowners needing to sell quickly or that are cash strapped. Can you do it? Yes. Sho...