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63% of all Malibu Real Estate Listings do not sell

By Brian Merrick | August 15, 2017

A recent article in a local Malibu newspaper made the point that in Malibu real estate during the last 12 months, 63% of the homes did not sell.  That is a big number of failures.  What is the reason behind this high failure rate?  Is the market tanking? Malibu is hybrid market where no two…

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July 4th in Malibu

By Brian Merrick | June 29, 2017

Our nations independence is cause for celebration throughout the country and in Malibu they do it in style.  Throngs of beach goers flock to beaches like Carbon Beach, Point Dume, and Zuma beach to enjoy a day at the ocean and to beat the heat.  As the day progresses the smell of barbecue fills the…

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Home's Selling Price | Brian Merrick

Signs That Your Home’s Selling Price is Too High or Too Low

By admin | June 19, 2017

Selling a home is an exciting but also fraught process. Selling your home can open up endless possibilities: a new house, for instance, or even a new city or state: a fresh start on the next chapter of your life. But there is so much to consider, and even more to organize, clean, and repair…

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Selling Your Home | Brian Merrick

5 Mistakes to Avoid When Selling Your Home

By admin | June 16, 2017

There are few situations that are as stressful as trying to sell the home you live in – especially if you need to sell it in order to advance with the purchase of your next home. There are so many challenges in selling your home – and many, many pitfalls to avoid. It is easy…

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Realtor | Brian Merrick

When is it Time to Hire a Realtor?

By admin | June 5, 2017

Moving into a new home is an exciting and invigorating experience. The opportunity to start fresh, give your growing family new space, or explore the possibilities of a new town or area are all thrilling realities for homebuyers. But what if you need to sell your current home before you reach out and grab your…

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California | Brian Merrick

What Makes California the Most Desirable Place to Live?

By admin | May 22, 2017

As a child growing up in the United States, you may have learned the elementary school song “Fifty Nifty”, about the 50 American states originating from the 13 colonies first established in the eighteenth century. You may know the names (and capitals) of all 50 states, from Alabama to Wyoming, but one question remains the…

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Buying a Home | Brian Merrick

Renting a Home vs. Buying a Home

By admin | May 17, 2017

Home ownership has long been seen as an integral part of achieving the American Dream.  With the average list price of homes in 2016 hovering around $410,000, though, this dream may seem difficult – if not impossible – for some Americans to truly achieve.   So while homeownership may be a dream you’ve always had,…

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Malibu Houses for Sale | Brian Merrick

Guide to Purchasing Malibu Houses for Sale

By admin | May 10, 2017

Welcome to Malibu, CA: one of the most coveted and envied destinations in the United States. Stretching for over 30 miles of pristine beach and adjacent to the LA hotspots, Malibu is a vacation spot for celebrities, athletes, California residents, and tourists. There’s something for everyone amidst the warm sand and sunny skies of Malibu.…

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Point Dume, California | Brian Merrick

History of Point Dume, California

By Brian Merrick | May 5, 2017

  The story of Point Dume is full of history and intrigue. First used by the Chumash Indians who foraged the tide pools for fish and shellfish. The Point was also used as an important communication relay between their villages. The top of the Point formed a vital communication link between villages in Malibu, Ventura,…

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California Housing Market | Brian Merrick

California Housing Market: How to Find the Gems

By admin | May 2, 2017

Here’s a sobering fact: Fewer than 30% of potential California homebuyers will be able to afford a median-priced house in 2017, according to the California Association of Realtors. For the sake of comparison, that figure was above 50% during the 2011-12 market! The association predicts that the California housing market will post only modest gains this…

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