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Real Estate Commission

Real Estate Commissions: What you need to know.

When a homeowner decides to sell their home, the cost of hiring a qualified Realtor will certainly be a major concern. Homebuyers often have questions about how their Realtor will get paid as well. Whether you are a buyer or

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Is REX a Good Option for Home Sellers?

There are many options for homeowners to sell their homes. These include selling by owner, hiring a traditional full-service real estate broker, or hiring a discount broker. In recent years, several ‘website-based’ brokers have surfaced to offer yet another option.

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Top Tips For Selling Your Home

Top Tips for Selling Your Home for the Most Money

If you are selling your home, you’ll want to take measures that ensure you sell quickly and for the most money possible. Focusing your energy in the right ways will help you accomplish a successful sale of your home. The

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Marketing your Home For Sale

Selling Your Home with Merit!

Many real estate agents claim to have an amazing marketing plan to sell your home. Some do in fact have said plan. Unfortunately, most agents will do minimal marketing and hope that another local Realtor will bring a qualified buyer.

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Should I Buy a House Now

Should I Buy A House Now?

The nationwide real estate market started out relatively strong in 2020. Industry experts were forecasting a slightly slowing but steady housing market for the year. The U.S. economy was also humming along like a well-oiled machine, and lending rates remained

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Earnest Money Deposit

Earnest Money Deposit – Everything You Need to Know

posted by: Stopher Cavins in: buying

The earnest money deposit is a crucial part of a real estate purchase offer. The amount of earnest money offered to a seller as a good faith deposit can be the difference between getting your offer accepted and losing out

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forfeiting earnest money

Causes for Forfeiting Earnest Money

There are 3 main causes for forfeiting earnest money deposit when buying a home. When entering into a purchase contract as a home buyer, a buyer agrees to execute specific timelines and terms. Failing to do so can lead to

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out of pocket closing costs

Out of Pocket Costs When Buying a Home

In addition to your downpayment, there are significant out of pocket costs associated with purchasing a home. These various ‘closing costs’ typically costs homebuyers between 2 and 5 percent of the purchase price.  Here is a list of typical ‘closing

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Buying a home sight unseen

The Ultimate Guide to Buying a Home Sight Unseen

Buying a home sight unseen is not new. Recent polls of homebuyers have shown that over 20% have submitted offers without stepping inside the home. Similar surveys have also shown that about 50% of Millenial buyers have submitted offers without

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Moving Checklist

Moving Checklist – Printable PDF

Moving to a from one home to another is no joke! Moving long distance is really difficult. Taking advantage of available moving resources and having a great “no fluff moving checklist” will help you plan and organize this major undertaking.

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Top Moving Resources – Moving to a New Home

Moving to a new home can be stressful, therefore you’ll want to prepare well and have a plan. Whether you hire professional movers or use a DIY approach, there is a lot to consider. We’ve assembled a comprehensive list of

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HOA Pros and Cons

Is Living in an HOA Right for You?

Is living in an HOA right for you? That is a question that you will need to answer when you are shopping for your next home. If you aren’t well-versed on what an HOA is or how an HOA can

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Save money when buying a home

Save Money on your Home Purchase

If you can be flexible, open-minded, and patient when purchasing a home, you will save a boat-load of money. Plan your purchase to allow yourself time to save money and wait for various money-saving opportunities. Let’s explore the top ways

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Staging your home for sale

Staging Your Home to Sell Fast

  Staging your home correctly will allow buyers to see it’s true potential, and sell fast. There are a few specific staging tips to follow that have the most impact on potential buyers. Here are the top staging tips for

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Wrought iron staircase railings

Staircase Railing Styles that will Elevate your Design

A staircase and its railings are the focal points and design features in a home. The style of railing should match the overall style and aesthetic of the home. Here are some classic staircase railing styles that will elevate your

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Selling your home for the most money possilbe

Top 4 Tips for Selling Your Home for the Most Money Possible

When selling your home, it is paramount that you are able to sell it for the most money possible. Another goal will most likely be to sell it within a specified timeframe. You may not have the luxury of waiting

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5 Ways a Realtor Helps a Buyer Find a the Perfect Home

A hard-working, experienced Realtor uses several methods and sources to help them find homes for their buyers. Considering that the services of a buyer’s agent are almost always free, the value that the agent brings is immense. When choosing an

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For Sale by Owner

For Sale By Owner: The True Costs

When it comes to selling a home, homeowners have a few options. Most homeowners will contact a local Realtor to list their home for sale and market it to prospective home buyers. It is well-known that this method involves paying

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Real estate offer letter

Writing a Great Real Estate Offer Letter

Submitting a great real estate offer letter to the home sellers will make your offer stand out from others. There are many factors that go into writing a winning purchase offer. Once you are financially prepared, found your perfect home,

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writing a winning home purchase offer

Buying a Home: Make Your Purchase Offer Stand Out

Making your purchase offer stand out from those of other South Bay homebuyers in 2020 will give you a huge advantage when it comes to buying the home of your dreams. Although we are in the midst of a real

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Redondo Beach Real Estate Forecast 2020

Redondo Beach Homes Sales Trends to Expect in 2020

Here is a quick and straightforward look at what we see for Redondo Beach homes sales in 2020. The Redondo Beach, California housing market in 2019 remained steady, while still providing great opportunities for homeowners and investors alike. Home prices

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3 Reasons A Smart Home Is A Smart Sell

posted by: Merit in: Real Estate, Selling

Imagine this: you’re heading home from grocery shopping during the hottest part of the day in the hottest part of the summer. You open your trunk, load your arms with bags, and lumber into your home. Others might expect a

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How to Transform Your Home Into a Prime Vacation Rental

posted by: Merit in: Real Estate

Turning your Redondo Beach home into a vacation rental has tons of benefits, from giving you an extra source of income to allowing better interest rates than if you were to invest in a second home and turn it into

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Featured In Top Agent Magazine Southern California Edition

posted by: Merit in: Real Estate

Top Agent Magazine features the best real estate agents in the US, Canada, Europe, worldwide. It is a premier real estate publication that reviews nominations of stand-out agents who are top producers in the industry. The magazine selects and showcases

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Am I Ready to Own a Home?

posted by: Merit in: buying, Real Estate

Determining if you’re ready to own a home for the first time can be a challenge! It can feel intimidating to purchase your first home.  How do you know if you’re ready??  There are a few simple questions you can answer

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The Top Tax Credits for Homeowners

posted by: Merit in: Investments, Real Estate

You may have heard people saying that owning a home is beneficial for tax purposes, but you don’t fully understand why. Perhaps you know about some tax benefits, but fear you may be missing out on some tax break opportunities.

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Consider The Future

posted by: Merit in: Real Estate

When choosing a new home, it’s important to take your future into consideration.  Perhaps the most important thing to take into consideration when purchasing a home is your future there. It’s so easy to get caught up in the marketing

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Essential Steps to Help Pet Owners Stage Their Home for a Successful Open House

posted by: Merit in: Real Estate, Selling

Getting ready for an open house can be challenging for anyone, but prepping to sell a house with pets can be an especially trying task. Having pets often means living with their odors and messes, and while you may not

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Invest in Real Estate

posted by: Merit in: buying, Investments

Purchasing a home is the best investment you’ll ever make. When you purchase a home you are truly making an investment – gaining equity and saving your down payment until you choose to sell at a higher price. Make sure

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5 Things To Check Off Your List Before Buying Your First Home

You’ve decided that it’s time for you to purchase your first home. Now what? Being a first-time homebuyer is one of the most exciting and uncertain times of your life. We want to make sure that you’re 100% prepared for

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The Emotional Toll of Foreclosure

posted by: Merit in: Real Estate

Going through a foreclosure can wreak havoc on a person’s financial life, but the emotional toll that a foreclosure can take on an individual or a family can often go overlooked. This year alone an estimated 2.5 million American’s will

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What Can I Give Up to Make a Down Payment?

posted by: Merit in: buying, Real Estate

When trying to purchase a new home, it can be overwhelming to think about trying to save for a down payment. For most people, this is the largest single sum of money that will ever leave their account. For many,

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Design Ideas That Won’t Go Out of Style

posted by: Merit in: Design, Real Estate

When remodeling or updating a home, it can be difficult to make decisions about finishes while keeping trends and long-term desirability in mind. We’ve compiled a shortlist of styles that have been around forever and will continue to endure the

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Qualities of a Great Listing Agent

If you’re planning to purchase or sell a home, you’ll likely hear the terms “listing agent” and “selling agent”. These are differentiations for the real estate agent that you will use to list your home on the market, versus the

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Using Earnest Money Deposits Buying Houses

posted by: Merit in: buying, Real Estate

How big of an earnest money deposit should those buying homes really be putting down? Perhaps even more importantly, who should it really be deposited with? There are many myths surrounding the earnest money deposit. Confusion and misinformation results in

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Staging a Home That Sells

Sometimes the difference between selling your home immediately and struggling through a multiple month-long process is simply in the staging. Make sure you know what buyers are looking for in a beautifully staged home. What follows is Merit Real Estate’s

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How to Hire a Reliable Home Inspector

posted by: Merit in: Real Estate

A home inspector often determines the value and safety of your home; hire smart! A home inspector is one of the most important people you will hire during the home buying process. Not only does he or she determine the

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8 Things to Avoid When Selling Your Home

Selling your home is a huge job – one that you should take very seriously. There are some very costly mistakes that you can make during the home selling process that could cost you thousands of dollars. Merit Real Estate

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Eye-Catching Curb Appeal on a Budget

posted by: Merit in: Design, Real Estate

When you’re trying to balance your home improvement budget before you sell your home, it can be tempting to spend all of your money on the interior of your home, but often curb appeal can give your home that certain

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Buying a House After Bankruptcy

posted by: Merit in: buying, Real Estate

Going through bankruptcy can often be one of the most daunting events to experience and in most cases it’s unavoidable. Whether you’ve been declared bankrupt through a court order or by your own choice, you’ll be happy to hear that

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What Are Closing Costs?

Debunking the myths and mysteries of closing costs. Closing costs are the fees paid at the time of closing on your house. You’re so close to being a homeowner! These closing procedures are the last step between you and being

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Keep Things Status Quo: Helping Your Dog Stay Safe and Secure in a New Home

posted by: Merit in: Community, Real Estate

Major life transitions can be as hard on animals as they are on people. For a dog, moving is probably the most difficult transition of all. One day, they’re feeling safe and secure in familiar surroundings; the next, they’re unsettled

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Essential Moving Supplies

Essential Moving Supplies for the Self-Mover

Even though there are quite a few reasons to go with a professional moving company, some people just want to move themselves. Whether it’s a financial reason or a point of pride, you’re going to need some serious supplies! Here

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5 Handy iPhone and iPad Apps for Home Sellers and Buyers

There are so many tasks involved with buying or selling a home. These iPhone and iPad apps take on some of the work so you can focus on other details when it comes to homes for sale in Redondo Beach.

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The Top 5 Things That Can Go Wrong During A Home Sale

You’ve put your home on the market, worked with realtors, staged your home beautifully, and you’ve finally found the perfect buyer; now you’re in the home stretch! Sadly, there are still plenty of things that can go wrong during closing

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Budget Friendly Home Staging

Having your home staged to sell is one of the most powerful tools you can employ to sell your home quickly and for a greater profit. However, hiring a professional home staging company can cost $1,000 – $5,000 depending on

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Does Home Warranty Save You Money?

posted by: Merit in: buying, Real Estate

When purchasing a new home, a home warranty is often part of the offer package. A home warranty is a contract that helps cover costs of repair or replacement of some home systems and appliances. A home warranty might be

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Budgeting For a Home Remodel

posted by: Merit in: Real Estate

Whether you’re hoping to remodel your kitchen or you’ve purchased a fixer-upper and are staring down the barrel of a whole-home remodel, budgeting can be the most challenging part! Merit Real Estate is excited to share with you our best

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As Seen In Southbay Magazine: Amir Amiri & Rodman Amiri

Boutique neighborhood real estate brokerage Merit Real Estate has been serving customers in the South Bay since 1989. Owner/Broker Amir Amiri and Broker Associate Rodman Amiri focus on the neighborhoods of Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach and Manhattan Beach. “We combine

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Selling Your Own Home (without a Realtor®)

If you’re considering selling your home, you may have thought about selling your home as a for sale by owner (FSBO) listing. There are definite pros and cons to a FSBO situation, and Merit Real Estate wants to help you

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Dog Owner’s Guide to Selling a Home

posted by: Merit in: Real Estate, Selling

Selling your home is a finalizing step in the moving process, and puts you and your four-legged companion just a little bit closer to finally putting this move behind you. However, selling your home means emptying it of all its

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Budgeting Tips for Renters

posted by: Merit in: Real Estate

If you’re going through a difficult financial time – like a foreclosure or a short-sale – you may be moving into a rental property until you get back on your feet. Merit Real Estate wants to help you budget appropriately

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4 Simple Mistakes Many Homebuyers Make

posted by: Merit in: buying, Real Estate

After many years in the real estate business, Merit Real Estate has witnessed our fair share of mistakes that homebuyers have made. In an effort to keep you from making the same mistakes, we’ve created a list for your reference.

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Home-Buying Red Flags

posted by: Merit in: buying, Real Estate

Purchasing a new home is likely the largest single investment that you’ll make in your lifetime. It can be scary and uncertain when you’re making such a huge commitment to not have a clear picture of what you’re buying into.

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How To Make The Best Possible Offer On A New Home

posted by: Merit in: buying, Real Estate

One of the biggest challenges in buying a new home is the offer process. If your offer is too low, it may get rejected, while making a high offer could result in too high of a purchase price and ultimately

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Strategies to Survive Holiday Spending While Saving for a Home

posted by: Merit in: buying, Real Estate

Holiday spending can be extremely stressful time, financially, for many people. However, that stress is magnified if you’re trying to save for a financial goal – like purchasing a home. We want to help you develop strategies and tactics to

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Redondo Beach SWAT honors Merit Real Estate & Amir Amiri

REDONDO BEACH, Calif., March. 17, 2017- During a ceremony held at Veterans Park, Chief Kauffman and Captain Hoffman of the Redondo Beach Police Department honored Amir Amiri of Merit Real Estate for his support. Since 1989, Amir Amiri has been

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WHY Should You List With Merit Real Estate

If you are looking to SELL your home, this blog is for YOU!   Selling a property can be difficult, especially when you don’t know who to list with. There are so many agents and brokerages out there – Who

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Empathy + Duty = Merit

May 7, 2016 I often get asked the question of where the name of our company came from. It wasn’t until recently that I really started to think about this, and how the definition of the word “merit” and how

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Some of the best-rated restaurants in the South Bay

April 27, 2016 It’s Wednesday, which means it is almost Friday, which hopefully means you will have some time to kick back and relax.  If you haven’t made weekend plans yet, we’ve compiled some of the best-rated restaurants in our

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Death on a Property

March 28, 2016 California law dictates that a seller must disclose a death on a property within 3 years of the sale. Some may think “Why?” and other may think “Why only 3 years?” Both of these are valid questions,

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Dali Hale Estate

posted by: Fred Sarhangian in: Real Estate

  The jungle is a powerful force on the island of Kauai. Rich volcanic soil coupled with ample, warm rain and sunny days fuels prodigious plant growth. So it’s not surprising that when landscape contractor David Brune of Designscape was

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How to Win a Bidding War

posted by: rodman amiri in: buying, Real Estate

February 10, 2016            There’s no denying it, we are in a very hot real estate market here in Southern California. How does this translate in to our daily routine in the real estate industry? Good times

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When is the Right Time to Buy? When You Can!!!

posted by: rodman amiri in: Real Estate

  December 19, 2015 One of the first questions I always get asked as a real estate professional. “When is the right time to buy?” To answer that, at the risk of sounding like a used car salesman, my answer

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Is newer always better?

posted by: rodman amiri in: Real Estate

October 30, 2015   How valuable is new construction? Being at Merit Real Estate, our specialty is new construction.We pride ourselves in the quality of our new construction, and the volume of new projects we are bringing into the neighborhood.

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Less Is More: Minimalist Interior Design

posted by: Merit in: Real Estate

June 8th, 2015 Minimalist design has often been distinguished by the appreciation of what is not present in our visual stimulus. True, yet some home designers have taken a different approach to this art form. A recurring trend found in

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Home Is… Contest 2015

posted by: Merit in: Real Estate

June 1st, 2015 If you haven’t already heard via our social media sites, you may have missed the start of our Home Is…Contest 2015! In this contest, we asked participants to describe using their most creative photo and caption what

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Welcome to the New Merit Real Estate Site

posted by: admin in: Real Estate

Find and explore our newest website with all of our current listings!

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!