Colleen Bennett - Sotheby's International Realty
House - 1641 First
This 912-square-foot, three-bedroom, one bath single-story on First St. in La Verne goes for $425,000.
You hear almost every day, especially from millennials and first-time homebuyers, that’s it’s almost impossible to buy a house today.  And while it’s true that wages aren’t keeping up with inflation, it wasn’t necessarily a picnic for your parents or grandparents either to purchase a house when they were just starting out. While it’s true […]
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