West Hills, CA Real Estate News

By Esperanza Butler® 818 926 5425, Homes For Sale in West Hills, Ca (818) 926-5425
(Century 21 Peak )
                                                                     Give me 12 Minutes and I’ll Show You                                  How To Sell Your Home                                   Quickly & For Less                           Than What You Owe The Bank.     I’m writing you today about a sensitive subject people find tough to talk about.  It’s something that’s hurting homeowners across our community, and perhaps I may be able to help.   With the ongoing financial crisis hitting families harder than ever, many good people find themselves facing a possible foreclosure situation in the near future.  You may even know someone who has fallen behind on two or three mortgage payments, and they’re starting to feel desperate.    Unfortunately, because of the stigma associated with f...
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By Esperanza Butler® 818 926 5425, Homes For Sale in West Hills, Ca (818) 926-5425
(Century 21 Peak )
                    Tax Benefits                For Homeowners   We all know the old adage about nothing being certain except death and taxes. However, on a more positive note, you can also be certain of tax benefits if, that is, you are a homeowner.   Purchasing a home can provide valuable tax savings to home buyers. Mortgage interest, property tax, and other payments associated with financing a home can apply to your tax deductions.   They may decrease the amount of income tax you must pay to the federal government.   Another financial advantage to owning a home is that as you begin to pay off your mortgage loan, you build equity in your property. In other words, the value of your home can increase as your total mortgage amount decreases over time.   For those who rent, the tax saving...
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By Esperanza Butler® 818 926 5425, Homes For Sale in West Hills, Ca (818) 926-5425
(Century 21 Peak )
  My Sunday Trip to The Beach   Sunday morning we wanted to go down to the ocean to refresh our spirits. I have noticed over the years   That when I go to the beach, breathe in the clean air, and watch the water roll and move, my inner being gets renewed.   Today was beautiful. 80 plus degrees and sunny.   We went to Malibu and had breakfast. My self, my Dad , and my husband.   After ward we drove down the coast about 10 miles, stopped at the beach for a while, and watched the dolphins and surfers.   Just watching the waves was very relaxing. There were a lot of people fishing and enjoying the day as well.       On the way home we had another pleasant surprise- There is a very beautiful Hindu Temple that I Passed many times on the way to the beach.   Usually when I pass by it is closed ...
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By Esperanza Butler® 818 926 5425, Homes For Sale in West Hills, Ca (818) 926-5425
(Century 21 Peak )
While I am farming…I like to check out the gardening and landscaping work that people do to their homes and this is helping me on my own.   I have lived in my current home for about 12 years and I have done a lot of gardening. I really like to admire beautiful growing things. I also like to make things grow.   Last summer it was so hot & dry that my lawn burned & died out.  This year we removed all of the old grass and made a layout that is starting to shape up. We laid in a new, from good seed, lawn that is coming in nice & thick and real green.   The new lawn is going to be about ½ the size of the old one. The other half is going to be a dessert area with cactus sand different kind of sages and different kind of stones and sand.   When it’s done I think it will be really nice.     I a...
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By Esperanza Butler® 818 926 5425, Homes For Sale in West Hills, Ca (818) 926-5425
(Century 21 Peak )
Let me tell you something..I love to cook and over the years I have whipped up some great meals. I try to keep a very ample supply of spices, condiments, and different flavors. There have been a few occasions where I have run out of a spice or an ingredient right in the middle of putting everything together.   So I looked and found a couple of ways to get around the occasional shortage of maybe honey, sour cream or garlic or whatever.   In my kitchen I keep these two handy postcards.  Emergency cooking substitutions and the other is Cooking measurements.       I am  not here only for cooking... but For all Your Real Estate Needs!!! Esperanza Butler Your West Hills Realtor  
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By Esperanza Butler® 818 926 5425, Homes For Sale in West Hills, Ca (818) 926-5425
(Century 21 Peak )
Cooking With Esperanza   As Realtors sometimes we become the honey do's and we deal with multy tasks in our daily lives. We spend a lot of time in our transactions farming- or- prospecting for new listings or new buyers. You probably have run into a problem that I have to deal with on a daily basis. My main problem is one of Time and Healthy eating. A lot of the time it is difficult to adjust your schedule to get both activities done especially if you          have kids and family depending on you.   I have my husband and my 92 year old father to feed daily. ( by the way they are very good eaters) So I look for healthy recipes that don’t take forever to make. I am posting and sharing three  dishes that are healthy & easy to make. You have a range of spiciness  from a little spicy to, if...
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By Esperanza Butler® 818 926 5425, Homes For Sale in West Hills, Ca (818) 926-5425
(Century 21 Peak )
Curried Chicken Salad    Ingredients: 4 chicken breast halves, skinned and boned 1 ¼ cups seedless grapes, halved 1 head romaine lettuce, washed and torn 1 cup mayonnaise 1 tsp. fresh ginger, minced 1 tbsp. curry powder 1 tsp. honey 1 tbsp. lime juice ¼ cup almonds, toasted Seasonal fruit for garnish.   Directions 1.    Grill the chicken breasts on medium heat for 6 minutes per side. 2.    Cool the chicken,then dice into bite size pieces. 3.    Mix mayonnaise, ginger, curry powder, honey and lime juice. Add chicken into mixture and coat evenly. 4.    Spoon mixture onto a bed of prepared romaine lettuce. 5.    Garnish with grapes and any seasonal fruit of your choice) strawberries or blueberries) and sprinkle with toasted almonds.     Bon Appetit Esperanza Butler.... From West Hills with...
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By Esperanza Butler® 818 926 5425, Homes For Sale in West Hills, Ca (818) 926-5425
(Century 21 Peak )
  Avocado & Spinach with Papaya Salad     Ingredients for Dressing:  1/2 cup olive oil  2 tbsp. red wine vinegar  6 tbsp. orange juice 2 tbsp. ground cumin  Salt & Pepper to taste   Directions 1.    Whisk all dressing ingredients together very well. 2.    Place all ingredients in a large bowl, pour dressing over and toss well.   Ingredients for Salad: 1 ½ lbs, spinach, stems removed, washed and dried 2 ripe avocados, peeled, pitted and sliced 1/8 inch thick  1 red onion thinly sliced 1 medium sized papaya, peeled, seeded and diced into ½ inch cubes   Give them a try and let me know how you liked them.   Bon Appetit Esperanza Butler... from West Hills with love!!!  
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By Esperanza Butler® 818 926 5425, Homes For Sale in West Hills, Ca (818) 926-5425
(Century 21 Peak )
Dear Mr. Seller   I hope this doesn’t come off as too forward, but I’m writing today to see if you have any interest in selling your West Hills property.     In the past few months I’ve worked with many buyers in the West Hills area who have given up their search because they can’t seem to find a property that would really fill their needs.     I know a lot of people have been sitting on the fence when it comes to selling, simply because they think the market hasn’t improved enough.     While you may hear there’s a lot of “inventory” out here in West Hills. The truth is there’s not as much quality inventory as buyers would like. For every nice home on the market there are may be 10-15 buyers. Having multiple offers on a well maintained home that is priced right is very common.       If ...
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By Esperanza Butler® 818 926 5425, Homes For Sale in West Hills, Ca (818) 926-5425
(Century 21 Peak )
CAN I GET OUT OF THIS HOUSE PAYMENT ALIVE? Q-A   Today many homeowners find themselves upside down in their property and in financial hardship due to a challenging economy. They are uncertain as to what to do, and realize they cannot maintain the monthly payments for a home that is worth less than the actual loan balance.   I am late on my mortgage and may be facing foreclosure, what do I do? The first step is to contact me. I can, and will, assist you in understanding all of your options to avoid foreclosure.   You’re not alone. Many distressed homeowners don’t know what to do, give up, and do nothing. That’s the worst thing you can do!! You have other options. Let me assist you in understanding your options and negotiate with your lender on your behalf.   What are the advantages of a ...
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By Esperanza Butler® 818 926 5425, Homes For Sale in West Hills, Ca (818) 926-5425
(Century 21 Peak )
                       What criteria demonstrate that I am in a hardship situation?   A Hardship situation is one that results from an extenuating circumstance, so that you can no longer afford your mortgage payments.   Examples include: Unemployment or the loss of a primary income source Inability to work due to a health issue Business failure Death of your spouse or significant other Moving and cannot keep up payments on two properties..     Please feel free to call us for a free no obligation appointment We are here to provide you with options and possibilities.       ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~       Information provided by: Esperanza Butler Your West Hills Realtor!!!   Are you looking to Buy or Sell a Home in the West Hills area?   Give me a call I would be glad...
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By Esperanza Butler® 818 926 5425, Homes For Sale in West Hills, Ca (818) 926-5425
(Century 21 Peak )
                                   HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY 2013                                 -Wishing you the luck of the Irish, today and always!   An old Irish toast says: May you arrived in heaven 30 minutes before the devil knows you are dead.   Happy St. Patrick’s Day with a heart full of love.   God bless, Esperanza Butler     
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By Esperanza Butler® 818 926 5425, Homes For Sale in West Hills, Ca (818) 926-5425
(Century 21 Peak )
My name is Esperanza Butler I'm a full service Realtor ® Listing Agent / buyers agent, serving the West Hills, Woodland Hills, and in general the San Fernando Valley       ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Home Buyer Beginings My West Hills home buyers guide contains useful information written exclusivley for home buyers, designed to assist you make an informed decision about your home purchase. I'll use my West Hills real estate expert knowledge of the area to find you the perfect West Hills home, one thats comfortable for your life style as well as your budget.   Home Seller Solutions West Hills Home Value West Hills Home Sellers Guide If you are considering listing and selling your West Hills home, You've come to the right place! As a West Hills resident...
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By Esperanza Butler® 818 926 5425, Homes For Sale in West Hills, Ca (818) 926-5425
(Century 21 Peak )
  Where: Platt Village Shopping Center 6450 Platt Ave West Hills, CA 91307 Phone (818) 887-8511 Wi-Fi:    Free  Wheelchair Accessible: Yes Sunday-Thursday 11:00am – 10:00pm Friday-Saturday    11:00am -  10:30pm http://www.yozenfrogurt.com/index.…     A real treat awaits you at Yozen Frogurt in West Hills.   Summer is coming and a very coool Frozen Yougurt will really hit the spot!!  They have an excellent customer service and super friendly staff       If you have a sweet tooth that likes ice cream try frozen yogurt at Yosen Frogurt.   The flavors are delicious. Strawberry, angel food cake, watermelon, pomegranate, pina colada, hawaiian pinapple,raspberry to name a few.       They have lots of yummy toppings, such as nuts, almonds, cholate chips, and many more including fruit toppings. ...
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By Esperanza Butler® 818 926 5425, Homes For Sale in West Hills, Ca (818) 926-5425
(Century 21 Peak )
      West Hills Short Sale Specialist with HAFA Certification   Hello neighbors this is Esperanza Butler your West Hills Short Sale specialist with HAFA Certification     If you are ready to short sale your West Hills house. I am here to help!!       Call me today!!    And please be aware that this is most likely the last year you can still get the tax exemption. under the   Mortgage Debt Relief Act and Debt Cancellation of 2007.     The Congress has extended this for only 1 more year …and It ends December 31, 2013.   If you are in a difficult situation, if you are behind on your payments, or have received a Notice of default from the bank and you have even thought about Short selling, NOW is   The best Time to call me for a FREE no obligation appointment at (818) 926. 5425. or TOLL FR...
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By Esperanza Butler® 818 926 5425, Homes For Sale in West Hills, Ca (818) 926-5425
(Century 21 Peak )
                    Melito's Barbershop 2, Best Haircut in West Hills   Where: 7629 Woodlake Ave West Hills, Ca. 91304 (Corner of Woodlake & Saticoy)  Hours: Tues-Sat  8:30am-5:00pm   What: Men's Haircuts Cost: $13 (Seniors special price $12) Contact: Melito or Steve Phone: 818-703-9812 (No appointment)                                                          Specializing in Men's Haircuts on West Hills Melito and Steve at Melito's 2 Barbers have been cutting hair in West Hills for about 4 years . The mostly male barber staff knows how to cut a man's hair. I take my Dad there and my husband goes there also so I should know. Seriously, unless you're still wearing a men's perm, the staff at Melitos will be able to cut your hair with no problem. Their specialty is making your hair look goo...
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By Esperanza Butler® 818 926 5425, Homes For Sale in West Hills, Ca (818) 926-5425
(Century 21 Peak )
                                                                             9-1-1:     Ambulance/Fire/Police   800-222-1222:  Ca Poison Control System  800-222-6366:  To report abandoned cars.  800-252-4613:  To report abandoned shopping carts. 800-288-7664:  To report odors, dust, smoke, & smog from cars, trucks & buses 800-988-6942:  Hazard Waste Hotline: To dispose of oil, paints, household chemicals.  800-524-5323:  Lead Hotline: To find out how to get rid of dangerous lead. 800-773-2489:  Sanitation Hotline: To get rid of mattresses, appliances, metal items   dead animals and bulky items.     818-902-4470:  Environmental Health Department: To report unhealthy conditions such as rats, rodents, or bugs & to get FREE rodent poison   800-996-2489: Bureau of Street Services: To report ...
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By Esperanza Butler® 818 926 5425, Homes For Sale in West Hills, Ca (818) 926-5425
(Century 21 Peak )
      The Seller Can Generally Be Expected to Pay For: ·       Owner’s title insurance policy premium ·       Escrow fee ·       Real estate commission ·       Document preparation fee for deed ·       Documentary transfer tax (typically by contract) ·       Documentary transfer tax (typically 1.10 per $1,000.00 of sales price) ·       City transfer or conveyance tax (defined by contract) ·       Any loan fees required by buyer’s lender )FHV,VA) ·       Payoff all loans in seller’s name (or existing loan balance if being assumed by buyer) ·       Interest accrued to lender being paid off, statement fees reconveyance fees and   prepayment penalties ·       Termite work (defined by contract) ·       Home warranty (defined by contract) ·       Any judgments, tax liens, etc against the sell...
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By Esperanza Butler® 818 926 5425, Homes For Sale in West Hills, Ca (818) 926-5425
(Century 21 Peak )
There are a lot of alarming statistics out there about foreclosures. But when you understand what a foreclosure is and how it works, it takes some of the fear out of the unknown.   To break it down to its bare bones, a mortgage foreclosure happens when a lender exercises its lien against a borrower's home in order to sell the house to pay off the mortgage loan. This, of course, only happens after the borrower has failed to make mortgage payments for an extended period of time, has ignored notices that the payments are behind, hasn't bothered to call the lender to see what can be worked out. So how did we get from popping the champagne cork on closing day to having our belongings set out on the lawn? It didn't happen overnight:   Step 1 - What is a Notice of default? and when is it recor...
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By Esperanza Butler® 818 926 5425, Homes For Sale in West Hills, Ca (818) 926-5425
(Century 21 Peak )
The Spring is a busy season for me as I help people to get ready to buy or sell a home, but it’s also a great time for new book releases.     I’m often on the lookout for new titles, especially those which relate to decision making,  planning for the future, and self-improvement.    I find that my clients tend to enjoy these as well. Just wanted to share three titles I thought you might also find interesting:     1. Sidetracked: Why Our Decisions Get Derailed & How We Can Stick to the Plan by Francesca Gino (February 2013)   “Sidetracked will help you identify and avoid these influences so the decisions you make do stick—and you finally reach your intended goals.”   2. Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life & Work by Chip Heath and Dan Heath (March 2013)   “In Decisive, the Heath...
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