Posted by: Tanya Starcevich | February 19, 2014

Warm Weather Home Searches Sizzle!

I am currently working with two buyers from the East Coast – both of whom are n the middle of the freezing winter and making the  move to Sunny CA!

The polar vortex, bringing record-breaking low temperatures to large swaths of the country, is prompting more house hunters to search for homes in warm-weather climates, according to a Trulia study based on home searches on the real estate site from Dec. 1 to Jan. 21.

With every 10-degree drop below 41 degrees Fahrenheit, Web home searches in metros with warmer climates rose 4.4 percent, and searches for homes in warm vacation spots surged 5.5 percent. The highest increase in searches were in the South and West.

Data from® supported these findings. While cities like Chicago and Detroit — both facing polar grips this winter — remained in®’s top 10 cities with the most home searches in December, their month-over-month searches declined 4.95 percent and 4.04 percent, respectively. Cities with warmer climates, such as Los Angeles, Dallas, Atlanta, and Tampa, Fort Lauderdale, and Orlando in Florida, rounded out the top 10 list. Other cities in Texas, Florida, and California saw increases of up to 1 percent in home searches in December.

The following metros from the Trulia study topped the list for home searches in that timeframe:

Miami: home searches rose 7.3% for every 10-degree drop in temperatures
Phoenix: +6.9%
Jacksonville, Fla.: +6.4%
Orange County, Calif.: + 6.4%
Lakeland-Winter Haven, Fla.: +6.3%
Sacramento, Calif.: +6.2%
New Orleans: +6.2%
Vacation areas — where vacation homes account for 25 percent of the housing stock — got the biggest boost in traffic as temperatures plunged. The vacation areas with the biggest increases in home-search traffic were along Florida’s coast, the study found.

Source: “Cold Spell Heats Up House Searches in Warm-Weather Markets,” The Wall Street Journal (Jan. 27, 2014)

Posted by: Tanya Starcevich | October 24, 2013

Boo-tanicum at the Theatricum

Friday October 26th – join the fun at the annual Theatricum Boo-tanicum –

Visit the website:

Happy Haunting!

Posted by: Tanya Starcevich | August 4, 2013

Pacific Palisades Ocean View Cottage!

Pacific Palisades Ocean View Cottage!

Posted by: Tanya Starcevich | November 17, 2011



Posted by: Tanya Starcevich | October 17, 2011

Check out my new video!

Posted by: Tanya Starcevich | September 22, 2011

Thinking of a short sale solution?

While we have several homes in escrow (one with an approval from the lien holder) we will continue to market these properties until they are sold. As a result it is not uncommon to find buyers who desire to purchase in your neighborhood and are willing to wait until the next opportunity arises. With that in mind, we’re reaching out to all homeowners as we currently have pre-approved buyers who are looking to purchase now.

If you have been thinking of selling or if you are facing a challenge and need to consider your options, we encourage you to contact us for a confidential meeting. With over 50% of Americans ‘upside-down’ in their property, this is a very challenging time. Knowing and understanding your options will help you be able to affectively deal with today’s real estate issues and address them accordingly. Please contact us today for your confidential, no-obligation appointment.

Posted by: Tanya Starcevich | August 22, 2011

Topanga Messenger Online!

The Topanga Messenger launched their new online website! Visit them at:

In addition to we now have our local newspaper only a click away.

Tell your friends! Share the link!

Posted by: Tanya Starcevich | August 7, 2011

Magnificent Malibu Estate – New Listing – $5.5 Million

Perched on a bluff overlooking Zuma. Arhitectural gem with lighted tennis court, waterfall spa and room for horses

Posted by: Tanya Starcevich | July 14, 2011

July 2011 Real Estate News

July   2011  Market Update

The U.S. housing market has shown increased stability in home sales during 2011 compared to the previous year. The trend has been an upward one since the expiration of the tax credit last summer. Home prices have softened, particularly earlier this year, due to a higher-than-normal number of distressed sales. However, both the percentage of distressed sales and the amount of time they spend on the market has decreased in recent months, a positive sign for the market moving forward. In fact, prices have steadily followed a positive monthly trend since February. Mortgage defaults have also declined lately.  In e spite of this I have five home in escrow right now.  Topanga homes, Venice homes,  townhomes on the westside, and even the San Fernando Valley!

While interest rates continue to break new record lows, the number of buyers who are able take advantage of these savings is restricted by tougher underwriting standards for mortgages. 40% of the banks surveyed by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency tightened lending standards for mortgages within the past year. In his second press conference, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke stated that a quicker foreclosure process and additional home price stabilization are key to boosting confidence in the market and bolstering a more robust recovery in the housing sector.

As the economy improves, stimulus efforts by the government and the Fed will most likely continue to wind down, which typically spurs rising interest rates to keep inflation in check. Although inflation has been the source of recent concern, the Fed appears confident it will remain in check for the near term. Meanwhile, buyers continue to benefit from historically favorable buying conditions, and sellers are encouraged by increased market stability.

Posted by: Tanya Starcevich | June 16, 2011

Shortsale Solutions!

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