Colleen Bennett - Sotheby's International Realty
LA VERNE, California, November 12, 2017 — You see the signs everywhere. “We Pay Cash for Houses,” “We Buy Houses, “We Buy Ugly Homes.” You see them plastered on telephone poles and freeway onramps. The signs are more ubiquitous than ants at a picnic.   Perhaps, you’ll get a flyer in the mail from one […]
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LA VERNE, California, October 31, 2017 — As a Realtor, I track price reductions and lately there have been a lot of them.   The price reductions aren’t limited to any area of town or any price range.  A high-priced home is just as likely to see a price drop as a mid-priced home.   […]
    LA VERNE, October 18, 2017 — Despite some push-back from residents and business owners who spoke publicly, the La Verne City Council voted unanimously, 4-0 (Councilman Tim Hepburn was absent) on Monday night, Oct. 17, to provide a $79,600 line of credit to help Chase’s Restaurant move from its current Third Street location […]
    PASADENA, California, October 8, 2017 — There are certain truths or theorems you can take to the bank, like “for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction,” or “an object in motion stays in motion unless acted upon by an outside force.”   Well, here’s another: “If you have an old […]
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 […]
LA VERNE, California, September 9, 2017 — Here are some first observations about commercial space in La Verne. Despite the folksy Mayberry RFD charm of La Verne’s downtown, rents are usually higher on the Foothill corridor passing through town, at least for Class A space. Merchants like traffic, and there’s more of it on Foothill […]
LA VERNE, California, September 7, 2017 — Do you know how some people fudge about their age. Well, that can be a harmless little white lie compared to the real cost and legal damage that can result when people incorrectly list the square footage on their home for sale.   An inflated house size can […]
    LA VERNE, California, September 2, 2017 — Trying to get top dollar for your home isn’t rocket science. To attract the most serious buyers with strong offers in hand, you really need to implement the Cs: Clear, clean and cultivate the space you’re selling. Clear It Millennials, who now constitute a cohort of […]
LA VERNE, August 25, 2017 — Reportedly, millennials are migrating from their families’ basements into homes of their own. There were 854,000 “new-owner” households formed in the first quarter 2017, more than double the 365,00 “new-renter’ households formed over that same period.   Sx years ago, first time homebuyers comprised just 31% of the home […]
I get asked all the time by heirs about what they should do upon inheriting a home: Should they sell, rent or move into it?   Let’s briefly take a look at each option:   Selling. In many ways, this is the easiest option, especially if other family members are involved. You put the house […]