Short Road Trips From Los Angeles

Although the city of Los Angeles has plenty of activities to see and do, there are also others places outside of the city limits that have just as many things to do too. In this article, I have highlighted several cities that are a short distance from Los Angeles and that you are bound to enjoy.

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Charming Personalities of the Best LA Neighborhoods

Los Angeles is an urban ocean. It is a seemingly eternal, petrifying expanse of concrete and asphalt. But while the Pacific may have no memory, this urban environment retains a rich, diverse culture that stretches back hundreds of wonderful years. Some might call the city a mosaic: a collection of beauty comprised of beaches, bricks, colors, and people.

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SoCal Spotlight: Playa del Rey

Playa del Rey is a lovely coastal community situated on the Westside of Los Angeles. It is made up of mostly residential housing, but just a couple miles in any direction will take you to some fun and exciting areas that you should definitely not miss if you are in the area. And in such close proximity to LAX airport, it's a breeze to travel whether flying in or out! 

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28 Places Veterans Eat FREE on Veterans Day

Veterans Day is one of the most proud and patriotic days of the year and inspires businesses to offer our military and veterans freebies and discounts to say thank you for their service. The below 28 restaurants offer some sort of food giveaway for veterans on Veterans Day. 

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SoCal Spotlight: Los Feliz

The beautiful Los Feliz neighborhood has been home to many movie stars, musicians and Hollywood's most elite. It has a rich history which can be seen in the unique architecture, including homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and Richard Neutra. It is the birthplace of several motion pictures and TV studios. This culturally diverse neighborhood offers plenty of fun activities to explore, including unique restaurants, entertainment and annual events.

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What Type of Home Insurance Do You Need?

While you're not required to insure your home by law like auto insurance, your mortgage lender more often than not will require you to secure homeowners insurance before they give you a loan. Homeowners insurance protects your home, its contents, and may also protect your other assets in the event of a disaster, fire, burglary, or accidents.

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How to Choose a Mortgage

Now that you've decided to buy a home, it's time to consider how you'll pay for it. Mortgages can be complicated, and selecting the wrong one could seriously jeopardize your future. Here are a few pointers for choosing your mortgage wisely.

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SoCal Spotlight: Palm Desert, CA

Palm Desert offers value, entertainment, beautiful homes, and a sunny climate to its residents and many visitors. This inviting neighborhood boasts the warmest winter months in the western United States. This has made it a popular winter vacation spot for part-time residents, who flock to Palm Desert to escape colder climates. But the many other amenities this city offers have encouraged a growing number of people to settle here year-round.

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8 Scams to Watch Out For This Holiday Season

The holidays are a happy time for celebrating with family, friends, and co-workers. Unfortunately, this time of year can also be turned sour by a wide variety of clever frauds, unauthorized debit and credit card transactions, and bogus person-to-person scams. By the end of 2015, individuals, retailers, charitable donors, and companies were victimized to the tune of $1.5 billion. Just as you protect your home with an alarm system, you should set up defenses for your credit and identity. During the holiday season, fraudulent activity spikes, but here’s how to protect yourself from the eight most common scams. 

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Get Your Credit Score in Shape Before Buying a Home

 

How strong is your credit? Cleaning up your credit is essential before you make any major financial moves. Having a bad score can hurt your chances of being able to open a credit card, apply for a loan, purchase a car, or rent an apartment. It is especially important to have clean credit before you try to buy a home. With a less-than-great score, you may not get preapproved for a mortgage. If you can’t get a mortgage, you may only be able to buy a home if you can make an all-cash offer. 

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How to Boost The Resale Value of Your Home

Whether you're putting your home on the market this year or in the next five years, it is a smart decision to start building your home's resale value now. Here are some ways to create a comfortable home while making it easier to put more money into your bank account on closing day.

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Top 5 Home Design Trends of 2017

The current trends are all about utilizing rich color, maximizing texture and creating comfortable interiors you can’t wait to relax in. Use these trends to get inspired to makeover your home’s interiors and create spaces you love that also appeal to your personal style. Remember, if you plan to sell in the next few years, you may want to avoid doing anything dramatic and instead incorporate small changes that would appeal to buyers. 

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Why Real Estate Investing Makes (Dollars and) Sense

Turn on the television or scroll through Facebook, and chances are you’ll see at least one advertisement for a group or “guru” who promises to teach you how to “get rich quick” through real estate investing. The truth is, much of what they’re selling are high-risk tactics that aren’t a good fit for the average investor. However, there is a way to make steady, predictable, low-risk income through real estate investing. In this blog post, we’ll examine the tried-and-true tactics that can be used to increase your income, pay off debt … even fund your retirement!

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How to Save Up for a Down Payment

Every month you pay the rent, youʼre probably thinking, “I wish this money was going into my future.” For a lot of would-be first-time home buyers, itʼs the down payment which makes home ownership seem impossible. Climbing the “down payment mountain” isnʼt impossible. Like any major challenge, itʼs all a matter of breaking your big, hairy, audacious goal down into practical steps.

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9 Apps to Simplify Your Move

It’s no secret that moving is a headache. You need to purchase packing supplies, change your address, clean your current home, and more, Luckily, technology can make the process less painful. Whether you’re choosing the best mover or expertly packing your belongings, there’s an app for it.

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6 Tips for First-Time Homebuyers

Buying your first home can seem like a daunting process. From mortgage rates to taxes to closing costs, there's certainly a lot to consider. Because your new home will likely be the biggest investment of your life, it's crucial that you learn about the process before you get started.

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Quick Tips for Staging Your Home

Staging your home is a proven strategy for speeding up the sales process. It can even help boost your home's value when offers start coming in. By highlighting your home's strengths and giving prospective buyers a sense of how they'd utilize different spaces, you can help these prospects develop emotional attachments to your home.

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