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Your New ADU Financing Guide for 2021

Your New ADU Financing Guide for 2021

Which ADU Financing Option is Right For You? An ADU, otherwise known as an Accessory Dwelling Unit is defined as a second unit on a residential lot in addition to the main house (or main multifamily building). Recently, both in California and in Los Angeles, these...

Why Real Estate Investors Should Consider ADUs In 2021

Why Real Estate Investors Should Consider ADUs In 2021

Los Angeles ADUs: A Real Estate Investor’s Perspective Whether you’re a seasoned real estate investor or you’re just interested in earning additional income from a rental property, this article is for you. Now that the ADU laws & restrictions have drastically...

ADUs in Los Angeles: Top 50 Frequently Asked ADU Questions

ADUs in Los Angeles: Top 50 Frequently Asked ADU Questions

ADU FAQ - 50 Most Popular ADU Questions Building an ADU has become more and more popular recently, yet a lot of people don't know much about them. If they do, they only know the very basics, like what it is and the different types of ADUs. With all of the new...

10 Home Remodel Surprises You’ll Need To Prepare For

10 Home Remodel Surprises You’ll Need To Prepare For

10 Things To Know Before Starting a Home Remodel If you are preparing for a home remodel, there are a number of steps you should take to ensure a successful... and relatively stress-free project. Especially if this is your first time renovating, it’s especially...

5 Tips to Save On ADU Costs In Los Angeles

5 Tips to Save On ADU Costs In Los Angeles

There’s been a lot of talk in Los Angeles about ADUs and garage conversions now that the laws have changed.  These are becoming very popular construction projects for homeowners to consider. But let’s face it…they aren’t cheap to build. Building an ADU is really no...

Don’t Let a Home Inspection Kill Your Deals

Don’t Let a Home Inspection Kill Your Deals

Realtors know that almost every home transaction requires home inspections.  When it comes to ways to kill a deal, home inspections are often a leading culprit, so it’s worth discussing the issues involved.  Over the last ten years, I was involved in over 350...

2021 Los Angeles Home Remodel Cost Guide

2021 Los Angeles Home Remodel Cost Guide

Unlike a simple purchase like buying a car or vacuum,  the range for a remodel cost can vary greatly because there are so many factors and variables involved. If two neighbors renovate the exact same space in each of their homes, it's quite possible one of them could...

Are Granny Flats The Best Idea For Retirees in Los Angeles?

Are Granny Flats The Best Idea For Retirees in Los Angeles?

Senior Preparing Food in a Granny Flat ADU     |    Credit: Getty Images Is a Granny Flat ADU a Good Idea For Seniors and Retirees in Los Angeles? You may have heard: the population of seniors and retirees is expected to surge in the near future. Over the next decade,...

Will 4 New California ADU Laws Help First-Time Home Buyers?

Will 4 New California ADU Laws Help First-Time Home Buyers?

4 New California ADU Laws in 2020:Will They Help First-Time Buyers Afford a Home In LA? Will New California ADU Laws Help First Time Buyers?      |      Credit: Ris Media The Problem: Homes In LA Are Expensive, Especially For First-Time Buyers Anyone who’s been...

Reality Check: Your Renovation Won’t Be Perfect

Reality Check: Your Renovation Won’t Be Perfect

How To Set Realistic Expectations For Your Home Renovation Project Here at GreatBuildz, a free service that connects homeowners with reliable general contractors, we talk to homeowners and contractors every day about their renovation experiences - here are some things...

So, You Want To Fire Your Remodeling Contractor?

So, You Want To Fire Your Remodeling Contractor?

Remodeling Is Easy, Right? Hiring a remodeling contractor can be one of the most overwhelming things one may ever experience. Depending on the scope of work being done, your lifestyle and daily routine can be altered for weeks, even months. As your home begins to...

Ready To Hire a Contractor? Take These 5 Steps First

Ready To Hire a Contractor? Take These 5 Steps First

Hiring a contractor to remodel your home is a major decision.  We’re all aware of this. A contractor is going to impact your life in several significant ways once you’ve hired them. You’re going to be paying a substantial amount of money, you’ll be communicating with...

Why You Should Never Hire an Unlicensed Contractor

Why You Should Never Hire an Unlicensed Contractor

When in doubt, do not hire an unlicensed contractor. At some point in time, every homeowner has had (or will have) the “lovely” experience of requiring some sort of minor electrical or plumbing repair within his or her home. Often times, you ask your friends,...

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