Beverly Hills: Going first class

Beverly Hills Flats, 90210, is one of the most exclusive coveted … [Read on ... ]

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Culver City: Studios, schools, fun!

"The Heart of Screenland" is so named because of the historical and … [Read on ... ]

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Westchester: Charming, affordable, ideal

Think about walking down a tree lined street filled with beautiful, … [Read on ... ]

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Playa Del Rey: Clean air, cool condos

Sitting mostly at sea level, with its west side bordering the Pacific … [Read on ... ]

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Mar Vista: ‘Heart of the Westside’

Think Mid-Century Modern Architecture with breathtaking views of the … [Read on ... ]

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Beverlywood: East Coast feel on the Westside

This city is special. Composed of mixed architecture of … [Read on ... ]

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Foreclosures & loan mods

Credit score with foreclosure and short sales

Credit is the golden calf impacting your financial future. When facing the loss of your home, the decision to modify your loan, short sale your house or just to let your home foreclose can have a long-term impact on your credit. Short sale vs. … [More...]

roulette wheel for post on loan modifications

Why is it so hard to get a loan modification? Homeowners in Beverly Hills, Culver City and Westchester would like to know. Are the odds of getting a loan modification similar to hitting a zero on at a Roulette table in Vegas? The short … [More...]

distressed homeowners with deficiency

Here are two big pieces of the puzzle for distressed homeowners: deficiency judgments after a short sale, and the impact of foreclosures on deficiency judgments. A deficiency judgment is an unsecured monetary judgment against a borrower whose sale … [More...]

News & analysis

Foreclosure Real Esate time for action

Federal Taxes on Short Sales Forgiven in CA.

Federal taxes on short sales are still forgiven. The Mortgage Debt Relief Act of 2007 allowed taxable debt on your federal income tax to be forgiven on a short sale.  Try searching "The Mortgage Debt Forgiveness Act of 2007" on  web sites like Google  ,Yahoo or Bing.   You'll find the The Mortgage Debt Relief act of 2007 has expired. Does that mean you will owe money to the … [More...]

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Do banks cap Westside real estate inventory?

Conspiracy theories are not my thing, but I have to wonder about the connection between the election year and the severely limited real estate inventory. My buyers are being beaten down by lack of inventory on the Westside. Playa del Rey, for example, has an extremely limited condo inventory. I went to a Playa del Rey open house with my buyer and there must have been 60 … [More...]

Credit score with foreclosure and short sales

Credit? Short sale or foreclosure or loan mods?

Credit is the golden calf impacting your financial future. When facing the loss of your home, the decision to modify your loan, short sale your house or just to let your home foreclose can have a long-term impact on your credit. Short sale vs. foreclosure vs. loan modification and the impact on credit is not an exact science. Many variables come into play. Let's start by … [More...]