San Gabriel Valley Real Estate News

Aug. 29, 2019

Are Appraisals Needed on all Real Estate Transactions?

Are Appraisals Needed On All Real Estate Transactions? 


It's not uncommon in today's market for banks/lenders waive the appraisal on a real estate purchase/sale transaction. There are some variables in place when this happens as not all transactions are created equal. 

Let's play out a scenario when a lender will waive the appraisal on a transaction. If, you're purchasing a home and you are putting a down payment of 20% or larger, the lender will do an internal analysis of the property to make sure the make sure the property value of the home is at or above your agreed purchase price. If they feel it is, there is a good chance they are going to waive the appraisal completely. 

If you re purchasing a home with FHA financing or anything less that the 20% down, there is a good chance the appraisal will not be waive. There are some exceptions to this rule with some conventional programs. 

There are some exceptions to these rules, both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac which secure financing on conventional loan programs offer special financing occasionally where appraisal is waived on certain products.

To find out if your new purchase is going to offer a waiver of appraisal, we suggest you ask your loan provider up front and see if you qualify. 


We hope you found this information helpful. 

Posted in Financing
Oct. 4, 2018

California Tax Bill Offering Equal Tax Breaks fo Domestic Partners


Governor Brown signs into law bill AB 2663 that would extend tax breaks for registered domestic partners. In the past the loss of a loved one meant the possibility of losing your property due to reassessment of taxes. Now, if you are a registered domestic partner and your love one passes you have same rights as if a married couple would legally have, meaning your property would not get re-assessed at time of passing. This applies to any type of transfer between couples and not limited to the example given above. 

This closes an unintended loophole in the tax system and ensures that all couples have equal rights. 

This information is intended for educational purposes. Any tax advised should be referred to your personal accountant. 



Posted in News
Sept. 22, 2016

4th Annual Charity Poker Tournament

You're invited to our 4th Annual Charity Poker Tournament 


November 4th, 2016 Registration starts at 3pm Poker starts at 4:00pm.

Check out our promotional video below.....



One of our favorite times of the year is upon us, our yearly Re/Max Top Producers Children's Miracle Network's Charity Poker Tournament. This event is very special to us as we help raise funds to support The Children's Miracle Networks Hospitals of Los Angeles.

As Parents, we know how important healthcare is and there are too many families who cannot afford cost of health care, many families have children that face various illnesses and the price of medical attention is just too much. The Children Miracle Network Hospital of Los Angeles offer free medical attention to children who cannot afford it otherwise. They are funded by donors from all walks of life, we are proud to say that we've join in the efforts to raise funds in a fun and entertaining way and we've had so much success is the few short years involved. Myself alongside with a group of my closes colleagues we put together our  company's yearly Charity Poker Tournament. 

Every year we set a minimum amount of donations during our tournament. Last year we had a goal to raise $25,000, we are proud to say we surpassed it and raised a little over $32,000. Well, this year we decided to raise the bar again and set our goal to raise $40,000. 

We'd like to invite you to join us in our quest to hit our goal. We'll have entertainment, food, raffle prizes, silent auction and of course POKER! 

You can register for the event at: 

Feel free to reach out to us should you have any questions and hope to see some of you at the event. 


Posted in News
July 7, 2016

Groove at the 'Americana in the Park'

Popular Americana band Bumptown will be back in San Gabriel this Thursday for a free concert at Vincent Lugo Park, part of the city's Summer   Nights series.

Bumptown, which was a crowd favorite at last year's Summer Nights concert, describes itself as a   "high-energy dance band committed to bringing happiness to the stage with music that feels good.

The concert begins at 6:30 p.m., so it's the perfect chance to grab a blanket, a picnic dinner and your dancing shoes and come down to Vincent Lugo Park for a fun night with the family, free of charge.

This week for the first time, there will be two food trucks at the concert. Austyn's will serve delicious burgers and fries, and classic favorite Paradise Cookies and Ice Cream will have ice cream sandwiches and more.

Summer Nights continues through Aug. 11. The remaining events are:

July 7 at 6:30 p.m.: Americana in the Park – Bumptown at Vincent Lugo Park
July 14 at 6:30 p.m.: Family Concert – Jelly of the Month Club at Vincent Lugo Park
and at 8:30 p.m.: Movie: “Minions”
July 21 at 6:30 p.m.: Stage 626 at Mission Playhouse Plaza
July 28 at 7:30 p.m.: Parks Make Life Better Month Celebration at Vincent Lugo Park
and at 8:30 p.m.: Movie: “Zootopia”
Aug. 4 at 6:30 p.m.: Viva Mariachi at Vincent Lugo Park
Aug. 11 at 6:30 p.m.: Jazz & The Roots of Jazz (concert and movie) at Mission Playhouse Plaza

For more information on Summer Nights, contact the Community Services Department at 626.308.2875 or email

Posted in News
April 9, 2015

Experience Old Town Monrovia Real Estate at T. Philips

Enjoy a beer near Monrovia real estate.Monrovia real estate is the location of some of the most diverse history in Los Angeles County. Remembering the “old town” atmosphere and history is important to many of Monrovia’s residents, and the T. Philips Ale House and Grill understands this fact. Their goal, as they say on their website, is to “provide a gathering place reminiscent of turn-of-the-century neighborhood taverns. A place where friends, family, and colleagues meet, celebrate and enjoy fine dining in a casual atmosphere.”

Walking through the doors of T. Philips envelops guests in the warmth of a small town, where they can stop to chat with friends and share a leisurely meal, while enjoying a casual, family-friendly environment. This small corner of Monrovia real estate welcomes everyone, whether they are looking to enjoy a full meal from the superb menu, or just stopping by for a quick drink chosen from the wall of beers behind the bar.

T. Philips reserve wines and incredible selection of beers from around the world are the perfect compliment to any meal, whether it’s a simple burger or an entree of their quality “all natural” steaks and fresh fish. The phrase “Good Beer, Good Cheer” can be found throughout the restaurant as a reminder that even the best products lose their value if there is a lack of good service, and this is taken to heart by the staff. To learn more about this corner of Monrovia real estate visit their website at, or call 626-256-4253.

Posted in News
April 8, 2015

A Gem of San Gabriel Valley Properties: the Gamble House

San Gabriel Valley properties at their best with Gamble House.San Gabriel Valley properties are surrounded by beauty and history. The Gamble House is one of the most well preserved historical structures and an outstanding example of American Arts and Crafts style architecture. It is located in Pasadena, California, which is the oldest incorporated community in the San Gabriel Valley. In 1908, Charles and Henry Greene designed the house and its furnishings for David and Mary Gamble of the Procter & Gamble Company. Since 1978, the house has been designated as a National Historical Landmark, and it remains one of the most well known San Gabriel Valley properties.

The University of Southern California operates the house, and one hour docent-led public tours are available Thursday through Sunday. A variety of in-depth specialty tours designed to focus on features of the house that are not covered on the regular tour are also offered. The Gamble House Bookstore is located in the original garage structure that is adjacent to the main house, and its proceeds directly support the Gamble House. The Bookstore is well-known for its extensive collection of books and periodicals on the Arts and Crafts movement, American Art Pottery, and a broad selection of architecture guidebooks for San Gabriel Valley properties in Pasadena and Los Angeles. To find out more about visiting this Historical Landmark visit their website at

Posted in News
April 7, 2015

Relaxation Awaits Near Your Arcadia Home at the Arboretum

Visit the arboretum near your Arcadia home.The Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden is a lovely haven for all who call Arcadia home. This unique 127 acre botanical garden is located on the site of what was once the heart of the historic Rancho Santa Anita. The Arboretum maintains natural landscapes, wildlife, and historic buildings in order to share with visitors the plants and trees from all over the world, and to help them learn about California history as they enjoy the garden. An Arcadia home is set in beautiful surroundings, and having this amazing botanical garden in such close proximity means that residents can visit at their leisure.

There are a few necessary rules of etiquette that visitors are careful to follow. While the garden is a place of wonder for people of all ages, children under the age of 18 are required to have adult supervision at all times for their safety. The wildlife is as much a part of the garden as the rest of the landscape, so family pets are not allowed, although service animals for the disabled are always welcome. It stands to reason that chasing or harassing the wildlife is not permitted, but visitors are asked not feed them either, including the peafowl, geese, ducks and squirrels. It is also wise to keep a safe distance. Since the Arboretum is a museum of living plants, guests are asked not to remove or damage any of the natural materials, including seeds, fruits, flowers, plant labels, or feathers. The Garden and Gift Shop is open to the public from 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. so that each visitor can bring a piece of this unique garden back to their Arcadia home. For more information on the hours and admission, or events happening at the garden visit their website at

Posted in News