Why Now is an Excellent Time to Buy Your Dream Home

Times are tough for many people.  Job losses are at their highest since the end of WWII, retailers are going out of business left and right, and the average American family is lucky if they can afford health insurance. But for those of you who are fortunate enough to remain relatively unscathed, now is one of the best times in decades to purchase a home.

time-to-buy-02-03First of all, thanks to the FED ‘s attempts at stimulating the economy, interest rates have been on a steady decline. While lenders have definitely tightened their guidelines, for those with good credit, it’s not unheard of to lock in a 30-year fixed rate in the 5 percent range. The cost of borrowing money right now is better than ever, and an excellent time to upgrade. 

Second, because there has been such a slowdown in home purchases coupled, with the unfortunate rise in foreclosures, there is an abundance of inventory. Home values have come way down in some areas and many people are relieved to be able to jut sell their home, regardless of profit. For buyers in the market right now, this means there are lots of deals to be discovered.

If you have been tossing around the idea of a new home, but are still unsure of the timing, I have been in the business for more than 30 years and have the experience to help you make your decision. My name is Carol Wolfe and nobody does it better.


New Year’s Fitness in Encino

Many of us have made the resolution to lead a healthier lifestyle in 2009 and there is no better place to do that than in the year-round gorgeous climate that we offer here in Encino, California. And while most people typically join a gym, there are numerous options here that allow residents to venture outside for their exercise needs.

One growing trend among fitness circles is the “boot camp,” such as Backyard Boot Camp and Valley Boot Camp. Instead of heading to the same gym, staring at the same television, while climbing the same imaginary stairs, sign up for one of these courses and let a variety of activities, with nature as your backdrop, be your inspiration. There’s nothing quite like climbing a real mountain to get your heart rate up and the pounds down!

sepulveda-basinjpg-01-30And don’t forget about about our miles of trails at the Sepulveda Basin Recreation Area. With over 2,000 acres, this gorgeous outdoor wonderland is sure to have something for you to help get back in shape. There are biking and hiking trails, tennis courts, a Sports Center, three 18-hole golf courses and numerous other activities sure to get you out of the house and on the way to a healthier you!

For more information about living where the sun always shines here in gorgeous Encino, California, my name is Carol Wolfe and nobody does it better.

Hayvenhurst Heaven

Are you looking for the perfect home? Among the homes I currently have available, there is one that epitomizes what southern California style is all about – the magnificent 5,619 square foot, Hayvenhurst Estate.

This seven-year-old, gated, Mediterranean home features the lovely white stucco, tiled-roof look that dominates much of the skyline, but it is the attention to detail and luxurious touches inside that set this home apart.

The entry way stuns with a curved, wrought-iron staircase and wide-plank, hard-wood floors. The living room includes a wet bar with granite counters and butler’s pantry, with two-story windows that look out onto the private, perfectly manicured grounds and stone-edged pool.

The kitchen features the latest in modern amenities, highlighted by stainless counter tops and glazed concrete floors that extend into the family room. The high ceilings throughout are accented by grand columns, adding to the drama of the home. There are six bedrooms, and a romantic master suite, with two-fireplaces, a balcony overlooking the backyard, a separate retreat, and a lavish marble bathroom with raised tub.

Other features of the home include, granite counters in the laundry room, central vacuum, three car attached garage, and a security system. Nestled in Encino, this property allows easy access to Ventura Blvd. and the Westside so you don’t have to travel far for anything and everything your heart desires.  It is also located in the highly desirable Lanai Road School district.

For those looking to live out their California fairy tale, this home is where happily ever after begins. I am Carol Wolfe and nobody does it better.