Malibu Real Estate Blog

  • How to Prepare for Emergencies in Your New Home (Part 1)

    BY Shen Schulz

    When you move into your new home, you may not think to revise and update your emergency plan, but natural disasters strike without warning. Avoid being caught without a plan in place at your new address. Here are ten steps to take to make sure you ar...

  • What to Know about Your FHA Mortgage Insurance

    BY Shen Schulz

    An FHA mortgage is a loan insured by the Federal Housing Administration. The FHA, an agency of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, insures loans so that lenders will offer appealing rates to less qualified borrowers at a lower down ...

  • Current Color Trends — Sophisticated Gray

    BY Shen Schulz

    Out with the old ... beige, cafe au lait, pale mocha, bone ... favorite neutrals for the past decade, may give way to more sophisticated gray-based neutrals. So you might ask, isn't gray just black and white mixed? Well, yes and no. Know Your Unde...

  • How Does a Pool Affect My Home Value?

    BY Shen Schulz

    As temperatures begin to rise, the lure of sparkling sunlight reflected off rippling blue water draws many homeowners to invest in an in-ground pool. That a pool adds to quality of life, there is no doubt. When it comes to adding value to your home, ...

  • Pamper Your Home with More Spring Cleaning Tips

    BY Shen Schulz

    We all love a good pampering. Your home is no different. A little spring sprucing gives you house that extra special attention it needs. Whether you start on the inside or the outside, give your home some special treatment and it will reward you with...

  • DIY Renovation Tips

    BY Shen Schulz

    If you're thinking of buying a fixer-upper for the first time, whether to live in yourself or to flip, doing some of the renovations yourself can be satisfying and economical. You've watched plenty of television shows where novices remodeled a house ...

  • Ideas for Dry-Scaping

    BY Shen Schulz

    You've decided to make your new home as ecologically sustainable as possible. You've changed out the toilets for low-flow versions and added insulation, installed bamboo flooring, energy-efficient windows and natural gas appliances. Now, it's time to...

  • Drought Tolerant Landscaping Ideas for New Home Owners

    BY Shen Schulz

    In the excitement of buying and decorating a new home, remember to plan for the long-term when you start landscaping. With the recent widespread drought problems, installing sustainable, drought-tolerant landscaping not only saves water, it means y...

  • Spring Means Servicing Your Air Conditioner

    BY Shen Schulz

    In preparation for warmer summer days, spring is the perfect time to have your air conditioner serviced. With regular service, air conditioning units can continue to function in the most efficient and effective way possible. Neglected units are more ...

  • Can I Afford to Be a Landlord?

    BY Shen Schulz

    According to Freddie Mac, the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (FHLMC), multifamily rent growth should level out to its long-term average performance as interest rates increase. That does not mean that investing in a multifamily property is a b...