Malibu Real Estate Blog

  • Getting a Mortgage for Self-Employed

    BY Shen Schulz

    Prior to the new banking regulations, getting a home mortgage if you owned a business, worked freelance, on contract or were otherwise self-employed was possible, if complicated, using stated income, bank statements and other alternatives to W2 incom...

  • Downsize to Upgrade

    BY Shen Schulz

    Whatever your reason for wanting a smaller home—empty nest, tired of cleaning, less mobile, closer to grandkids, moving from the suburbs to be nearer to work, single again—downsizing does not mean downgrading. In fact, when moving into less space...

  • Pesky, But Potentially Costly Home Maintenance

    BY Shen Schulz

    If you're new to home ownership, you may not be familiar with all of the responsibilities that are now yours. All of those things you used to call the super or management office for now fall in your lap. Here are some items to keep in mind, especi...

  • Pesky, But Potentially Costly Home Maintenance

    BY Shen Schulz

    If you're new to home ownership, you may not be familiar with all of the responsibilities that are now yours. All of those things you used to call the super or management office for now fall in your lap. Here are some items to keep in mind, especi...

  • 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...