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Low-Cash Home-Buying Options

Here are some common types of loans with low down payments: Federal Housing Administration (FHA) 3.5% minimum down payment Generally can be combined with down-payment assistance programs Conventional 3% minimum down payment Gene...

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Use Your Words

At various times, strong feelings dampened my ability to think clearly, make decisions, and move forward meaningfully. Sometimes it was a memory of a poor choice I'd made in my youth that hurt other people. Sometimes it was a conflict with a fa...

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Staying Grounded in Overwhelming Times

As Covid-19 spreads through Los Angeles County and the rest of the United States, many people right now are experiencing fear and stress to varying degrees. Some are afraid of the virus itself, and others are more afraid of what will happen to ...

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Tips for Helping Kids Learn at Home

Schools have been out for several weeks now, and if you have kids at home, they may be getting a bit antsy or bored or driving you a little crazy by now! We've been homeschooling for the past 7 years, but our kids aren't used to staying home al...

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How’s the Southern California Market by Numbers?

I looked at combined data from CRMLS for Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside, and Orange counties as a representative sample for Southern California, and here’s what I saw: Prices: The median price in each county is up from last year an...

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Eyes-to-the-Sky Questions

I recently read the book Just Listen, by Mark Goulston, which introduced me to the concept of "eyes-to-the-sky" questions -- the kind of questions that usually cause people to pause, look up a moment, and consider something in the bigger pictur...

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