Tips for Creating a Household Budget

  • MAKE GOALS

Goals can be as short-term as buying a new pair of shoes next week, or as long-term as going on vacation next spring. Regardless of what your goals may be, the only way to achieve them is to start planning them out now.

  • INVOLVE YOUR ENTIRE HOUSEHOLD

If it’s just you, great. But if you have a spouse and/or child, create a budget together, and explain to everyone that they may be asked to make sacrifices. When you plan together, you succeed together.

  • BUDGET IN FUN

A budget that leaves no money for an occasional dinner out or for a family outing at an amusement park is designed to fail. Your budget should help you, not put you in a bind. When you decide on a budget that works for you and your family, you’ll be able to enjoy the simple things like a trip to the movies, or more lavish like a trip to Paris.

  • MAKE THE EFFORT TO SAVE

Most people look at saving as putting away money for a rainy day. But a better way to look at it is putting away money for a nice vacation or something on your wish list.  Start with the spare change you have after a cash purchase or connect with a financial advisor that can help you start putting away towards your monetary goals.

  • TAKE INVENTORY

If you don’t know where your money goes, how do you expect to manage it? Keep track of your savings. Make sure you know where your money is being invested whether it’s your savings account, 401k, or IRA.

  • DISTINGUISH BETWEEN WANTS AND NEEDS

Buy what you need first. The wants belong in the “what’s left over” category. If you can’t decide what a Want versus a Need is, the best way to look at it is what would improve your life long term, not temporarily. Consider the differences between needing a new computer or wanting a designer accessory.

  • EXPECT CHANGES

Look down the road and get into the habit of thinking ahead. Life happens, especially as a homeowner. That’s why you should always plan for life changes, big or small.

  • FIND A SYSTEM THAT WORKS FOR YOU

It could be the envelope system, a bank or a credit union. If it works for you, use it. With today’s technology you can save seamlessly from the palm of your hands.

Regardless of how you save or for what reason, it is important to make efforts towards the future now, no matter how close or far down the road. Save towards fixing up your kitchen. Save towards a family vacation. Or save for the simple things like a fun night out. Build the perfect budget for your household today!

Jessica Felix reps Queer Eye’s Karamo Brown for new Woodland Hills abode

Jessica Felix was the buying agent for TV Personality and culture expert Karamo Brown and his new Woodland Hills home.

 

The listing featured in last week’s LA Times Hot Property was recently purchased by Karamo for $1.24 Million. Described in the article as a “blank canvas”, the 1966 contemporary will likely receive an “infusion of style” from the TV Star.

The five bedroom and three-bathroom house was recently remodeled and provides 2,622 square feet of white-walled interiors. The living room includes a stunning concrete fireplace and the master suite features a walk-in closet and a barn style door that opens to a dual-sink bathroom.

The backyard provides another area of fresh flair, coming equipped with a swimming pool, spa, deck space and gazebo.

Prior to becoming a fixture of the pop-culture remake, Karamo worked as a producer for the Oprah Winfrey Network and a contributor to “Access Hollywood” as well as other hosting gigs.

 

To read the full Los Angeles Times Hot Property Article click here

 

To view Jessica Feliz’s current listings click here.

Out and About: Spring Bloom in SoCal

If you don’t know from the crazy amount of butterflies migrating through the city last week, spring is in bloom. With such is the arrival of California’s Wild Flowers. A site to see for those visiting the sunnier side of Cali, the wild flowers are experiencing a Super-Bloom this year.  An event not to be missed as this only occurs every 10-15 years. If you’re looking for the best way to really ring in the floral season, we have the City-Guide for you. Get some instagram-able photos and spend some time Out and About with Spring in SoCal.

From Arcata to San Diego the state flower is in full bloom and so is our guide of where to find them.

Death Valley National Park

Here is where you will find the full super bloom experience. The Mojave Desert is home to the wildflower event, although this years scarce rains did not result in its usual bloom, it’s still a sight to see.

Joshua Tree National Park

While in Death Valley, you can make your way to Joshua Tree which happens to be part of the Mojave. Blooms have already started here near the park’s south entrance and are expected to last longer thanks to cool temperatures.

Channel Islands National Park

These five islands that make up the park 25 miles off the coast of Santa Barbara coastline have a bounty of unique wildflower offerings. On Anacapa, Santa Barbara, and San Miguel islands, yellow coreopsis began blooming in January and will last through the month. The flowers are endemic to the Channel Islands but only found now on Santa Rosa Island.

Figueroa Mountain Recreation Area

In late March, the flanks of this summit (50 miles northwest of Santa Barbara) and nearby Grass Mountain begin bursting with a range of wildflowers. Hyacinth, shooting stars, buttercups, milkmaids, Johnny-jump-ups and poppies are just a few of the many flowers found here.

Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve

At this nearly 1,800-acre reserve about 75 miles north of Los Angeles, are rolling hills blanketed in poppies. The season for these hillside foliage’s begins in April, lasting through early May. While the poppies are the showstopper here, keep your eye out for other wildflowers like California Aster and blue lupine. Since this area received several more inches of rain then usual in 2019, a super bloom is expected here too.

Pinnacles National Park

Around 8-miles south of San Jose is Pinnacles National Park. The wildflowers here can be seen in March, showing most in May. Depending on rainfall and temperature one would find a mix of milkmaids, shooting stars bush poppies and orchids.

The Benefits of Solar Panels for your Home

Here in California, we lead the forefront in the nation for our clean energy initiatives and green living. It should come as no surprise then, that so many people are switching over to Solar Power for their homes. Sunny California is home to the top two solar installers(Telsa/SolarCity) as well as the world’s most efficient solar pane manufacturer(SunPower). Factor that in with the state’s high cost of electricity  and notably lower solar prices and its a no brainer. Read below for our tips on switching over to Solar Power and save your energy of searching the web on your own!

 

1. Compare all your options: get as many quotes as possible

If you are considering installing solar, research and consider every option that you can. Various resources such as the National Renewable Energy Laboratorythe California Solar Initiative and others can offer pricing data. Additionally, there is a long list of companies in the state that can provide free PV quotes.

2. The largest installers will not necessarily offer the best price

Although large companies will often bring out superlatives like ‘biggest installer’ in their sales pitches, this does not mean that they offer the best value. The premise is simple: massive installers already have market share and brand awareness and thus do not need to offer the best prices and value. When small installers compete in a price auction, on the other hand, the result is some of the lowest bids you can find in the U.S. for a PV installation. Make sure you price compare to ensure your getting the best value!

3. Different products for different people

Just as a Lamborghini might not be the right choice for everyone in the market for a car, the same concept applies with solar. Not everyone needs to shop for the most expensive solar PV equipment. There are many different types of solar panels and inverters for different needs and preferences. For the price-oriented, value-focused consumer, it is easy to save thousands simply by choosing standard solar panels instead of a premium top-of-the-line brand.

There is a hefty list of solar panel brands that offer a wide range of features and prices.

How much could I save?

Solar panels offer homeowners a wide range of financial benefits. This is largely based on the sizes of the rooftop solar systems, average electricity rates, and local incentives.

As an example, let’s assume that you live in Los Angeles and fit the average profile for an L.A. homeowner:

  • You are paying 20.3 cents per kWh (48.2% more than the national average)
  • You’ll purchase 7,200 kWh of electricity each year
  • You pay an average of $92 per month for your power bill (but that’s climbing)

If you were to install a 2.4 kW solar power system on your home, you could see the following savings over the course of the system’s 25- to 30-year lifetime:

  • Monthly Savings: $80-$145 (more over time depending on rate hikes)
  • Lifetime Savings: $25,000-$43,000 (more over time depending on rate hikes)

Investing in your home

Saving on power bills isn’t the only financial benefit to going solar. A commonly overlooked personal benefit is how it affects your property value.

While some expect rooftop solar to devalue a home, it actually increases your home’s value. Most homebuyers save on electric bills with a solar home and are willing to pay more for it.

The National Bureau of Economic Research found that solar panels add, on average, between 3% and 4% to a home’s value. In fact, it’s one of the smartest investments you can make on your home.

Leslie Kavanaugh list home in Malibu’s coveted Point Dume

Rodeo Realty’s Leslie Kavanaugh has acquired the listing for an extraordinary property in Malibu’s most desirable neighborhood–Point Dume.

The estate is offered at $8,888,888 and has received an influx of media coverage in various publications. The estate is located steps away from one of Malibu’s most pristine beaches. It is truly an exceptional opportunity to reside in the coveted Point Dume neighborhood.

Fox 34 News has named the listing “one of Malibu’s Best Homes” on the market right now.

6950 Point Dume Drive sits on over one acre of land with Smart Home technology. It comes equipped with all the entertainment necessities one could ever need.

From a 10-seat theatre to it’s woodwork office, private gym and swimming pall, this estate has it all. Designed by renowned architect Douglas Burdge, this stunning abode is a seaside dream!

More about Leslie Kavanaugh:

A native Californian, Leslie Kavanaugh began her real estate career in 1979. A top-producing agent, Leslie specializes in the Westside communities of Bel Air, Hollywood, Santa Monica, Brentwood, Pacific Palisades, Malibu and Beverly Hills.
She has received both the California 100 and the Circle of Distinction awards, President’s Elite Circle and National President’s Circle in recognition of her sales record and extensive experience, having served as a sales associate, estates director, marketing director and training director as well as in management for several major real estate firms.
Leslie has personally represented more than 200 estate sales in the Los Angeles, Beverly Hills and Malibu area, and Rodeo Realty is very proud to welcome her to our Beverly Hills office.

For more information on this listing. 

Josh Flagg sells Lily Collins Weho Condo for $2.8 Million!

As multiple media publications have reported , Josh Flagg of Rodeo Realty has sold Actress Lily Collins Sierra Towers West Hollywood abode.

Representing both the buyer and the seller, Flagg recently closed on the Jack A. Charney- designed condominium. The sale received coverage in the LA Times, Variety and Architectural Digest.  The listing came up for sale in 2018 and boast 1,700 square feet of living space.

It is a tenth-floor corner unit one-bedroom, two bathroom with a private terrace that spans the length of the unit. Additional features include floor-to-ceiling windows, a wet bar and an updated kitchen with builtin seating. The master bedroom also includes a walk-in closet and office with the unit offering spectacular views of the DTLA cityscape.

Lily Collins is the daughter of musician Phil Collins and antique dealer Jill Tavellman. Collins is most known for her role on Amazons “The Last Tycoon” and can be seen in the upcoming Ted Bundy Biopic “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile” as well as BBC’s remake of “Les Mis”.

To read the media articles that covered this sale click the links below:

LA Times

Architectural Digest

Variety

Out and About: Museum Edition

Do you know the perfect activity for a rainy day in LA? No it is not Netflix-ing the newest show or all of The Office. Head over to your nearest Museum for a proper dose of culture. While the clouds play a game of hide-and-seek, LA is offering a bounty of famed art and it’s all right outside your door. Well not literally but you get the jest of it. From LACMA to MOCA, we’ve got you covered with a list below of current exhibits and museum deets(details but shortened for the millennial reading this).

When you gotta Van Gogh. You gotta Van Gogh check out some art!

LACMA

LACMA’s collections boast modernist masterpieces, large-scale contemporary works (including Richard Serra’s massive swirling sculpture and Burden’s buzzing, hypnotic Metropolis II), traditional Japanese screens and by far L.A.’s most consistently terrific special exhibitions.

Current Exhibits: Charles White: A Retrospective (February 17-June 9, 2019), The Bauhaus at 100: Modern Legacies(February 16-May 5, 2019), Life Model: Charles White and His Students (February-September 15, 2019), Power of Pattern: Central Asian Ikats from David and Elizabeth Resibord Collection (February 3- July 28, 2019), Teresa HUbbard/Alexander Birchler: Flora(January 20-April 7, 2019), The Jeweled Isle: Art from Sri Lanka(December 9, 2018-June 23, 2019), Outliers and American Vanguard ARt (November 18, 2018-March 17, 2019), Rauschenberg: The 1/4 Mile (October 28, 2018- June 9, 2019).

Hours:

Monday 11 am–5 pm
Tuesday 11 am–5 pm
Wednesday Closed
Thursday 11 am–5 pm
Friday 11 am–8 pm
Saturday 10 am–7 pm
Sunday 10 am–7 pm

Closed on Wednesdays, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day

Admission:

L.A. County with Valid ID Outside L.A. County
Members Free Free
After 3 pm, Mon–Fri Free $25
Children (17 & under) Free Free
Adults $20 $25
Seniors (65+ with ID) $16 $21
Students (18+ with ID) $16 $2

More info.

Getty Center

What’s now called the Getty Villa served as the decades-long home for the J. Paul Getty Trust’s extensive art collection. But in 1997, the Getty Center opened. The end result is a remarkable complex of travertine and white metal-clad pavilions that houses ornate French furniture, recognizable Impressionist pieces and rotating exhibitions. Its relative inaccessibility is more than compensated for by free admission and panoramic views, from the hills and the ocean in the west all the way around to Downtown in the east.

Current Exhibits: Mapping Space: Recent Acquisitions in Focus (February 26-July 15, 2019), Marks of Collaboration: Drawing in Context (February 5-April 14, 2019), Pontormo: Miraculous Encounters (February 5-April 28, 219), Artful Words: Calligraphy in Illuminated Manuscripts(December 18, 2018-April 7, 2019), Spectacular Mysteries: Renaissance Drawings Reveled (December 121, 2018- April 28, 2019), MONUMENTality (December 4, 2018-April 21, 2019), Eighteenth-Century Pastel Portraits (August 28, 2018-October 13, 2019)

Hours: Open 10 am–5:30 pmSaturday 10 am–9 pm

Closed Mondays
Holiday closures: Thanksgiving Day, December 25, and January 1

Admissions: Admission is FREE. Parking is $15, $10 after 3pm

More info.

Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens

The bequest of entrepreneur Henry E. Huntington is now one of the most enjoyable attractions in the Los Angeles region. It’s also a destination that demands an entire day should you attempt to explore it in full: Between the art, the library holdings and the spreadeagled outdoor spaces, there’s plenty to see, and most of it is best enjoyed at lingering leisure rather than as part of a mad day-long dash. From a Gutenberg Bible to an exquisitely landscaped Japanese garden, nearly every inch of the estate’s grounds and collection is essential.

Current Exhibits: The Huntington presents a range of pieces focused on American and European Art. See American art from the late 17th to the late 20th century on view in the Virginia Steele Scott Galleries of American Art, and European art from the 15th to the early 20th century in the Huntington Art Gallery, the original Huntington residence.

Hours:

Monday 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Thursday 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Friday 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

 

Last ticketed entry time is 4 p.m.

The Huntington is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and Independence Day.

Admissions:

Reservations are not necessary to visit The Huntington (except on Free Days). Tickets may be purchased on site at the time of your visit or online in advance. Parking is free.

Weekdays/Weekends*
Adult $25/$29
Senior (65+)
$21/$24
Student (f/t ID)
$21/$24
Youth (4-11)
$13
Child (under 4) free
Groups (15+) $19/$23
Members free

More info.

The Broad

Three words: Infinity Mirror Rooms. Downtown’s persistently popular contemporary art museum has two of Yayoi Kusama’s immersive, mirror-laden rooms (and the stand by queue to prove it). Elsewhere in the free museum, Eli and Edythe Broad’s collection of 2,000 post-war works includes artists like Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Ed Ruscha, Cindy Sherman, Barbara Kruger and Jeff Koons. Outside, the museum’s plaza features a lovely olive tree grove that sits in from of Otium, the museum’s signature restaurant from French Laundry alum Timothy Hollingsworth.

Current Exhibits: Infinity Mirror Rooms

Coming Soon: Soul of a Nation(March 23-Sept 1, 2019) and Shirin Neshat: I Will Greet The Sun Again(October 19-February 16, 2020)

Hours:

Tuesday & Wednesday | 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Thursday & Friday | 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday | 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sunday | 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Closed Mondays, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

The standby line closes 60-90 minutes before the museum closes and may close earlier on busy days.

Admissions:

General admission to The Broad is free and includes access to the third floor galleries, which display a robust and changing selection of work by artists including Jean-Michel BasquiatMark BradfordJeff KoonsBarbara KrugerYayoi KusamaTakashi MurakamiAndy Warhol, and more.

GA tickets are timed and available every half hour, up until one hour before the museum closes. General admission tickets do not include access Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrored Room—The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away, 2013. To experience this artwork, a separate signup is required after you enter the museum with your admission ticket.

More info.

Hammer Museum

Industrialist Armand Hammer founded this museum in 1990, primarily to house his own collection, and it opened just three weeks before he died. Now, the free, UCLA partner institution stages fascinating shows of modern art, photography and design, often with an emphasis on local artists. The shows are supplemented by the Hammer’s public events calendar (arguably one of the best in the city), chock full of free lectures, concerts and screenings.

Current Exhibits: Allen Ruppersberg: Intellectual Property 1968-2019(February 10-May 12, 2019), Dirty Protest: Selections from the Hammer Contemporary Collection (January 24- May 19, 2019), Hammer Projects: Tschabalala Self (February 2-April 28, 2019), Jamilah Sabur(January 19-May 5, 2019), Math Bass(September 29-March 17, 2019).

Hours:

Monday Closed
Tuesday 11 a.m.—8 p.m.
Wednesday 11 a.m.—8 p.m.
Thursday 11 a.m.—8 p.m.
Friday 11 a.m.—8 p.m.
Saturday 11 a.m.—5 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m.—5 p.m.

The museum is open every day, except Mondays, July 4, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.

Admission:

Admission to all exhibitions and public programs is free and open to the public.

Free admission to the Hammer Museum is made possible through the generosity of Erika J Glazer and Brenda R. Potter.

More info.

MOCA Grand Ave.

The main branch of L.A.’s Museum of Contemporary Art houses thousands of artworks. They range in those crafted from 1940 to today, and it’s an efficient primer on post-war art. Spend half an hour or an entire afternoon absorbing contemporary pieces. From lesser known artists, punctuated by sightings of Mark Rothko and Jackson Pollock works. The museum’s most exciting exhibitions take place at the nearby Geffen Contemporary, while interior design buffs will want to visit their outpost at the Pacific Design Center.

Current Exhibits: One Day at a Time: Manny Farber and Termite Art (October 14, 2018- March 11, 2019), Zoe Leonard: Survey (November 11, 2018- March 25, 2019), Barbara Kruger, ‘Untitled (Questions)(1990/2019’ (October 20, 2018- November 30, 2020), Laura Owens (November 11, 2018- March 25, 2019), Cameron Rowland D37 (October 14, 2018- June 24, 2019)

Hours:

Mon 11am – 6pm
Tues Closed
Wed 11am – 6pm
Thur 11am – 8pm
Fri 11am – 6pm
Sat 11am – 5pm
Sun 11am – 5pm

Admissions:

Members: Free
General Admission (valid all day at both DTLA locations): $15
Students with I.D.: $8
Seniors (65+): $10
Children under 12: Free
Jurors with I.D.: Free

Admission is free every Thursday from 5pm to 8pm.

More info.

 

10 Simple Curb Appeal Secrets

Boost your home’s curb appeal without draining your wallet. These simple, budget-friendly fixes—like adding a wreath, painting the front door, or tending to the landscape—will make your home look like a million bucks.

Refresh a Planter

Pay attention to your planters. Add character and interest to your home by planting flowers in salvaged or repurposed containers, like barrels, birdbaths, and wheelbarrows. Look for inspiration in items you already own and at flea markets.

Have a Seat

Seating can add major curb appeal without much cash. Look for something simple and eye-catching, like a pair of chairs found on Craigslist or a repurposed wooden bench. Add color with cushions and bright pillows—just be sure to use durable, weather-resistant fabrics.

Lantern Light

 

Flea market finds—like these majestic lanterns—add rustic beauty at little cost. Keep your eyes open at thrift stores, flea markets, and garage sales for statement pieces that can flank a front porch.

Add a Wreath

Wreaths aren’t just for the holidays. Dress up your front door year-round with wreaths in a variety of fun textures and designs. Snag decor at a discount by planning ahead and buying items well in advance. Fall wreaths, for example, go on sale in November and December, so buy at a reduced price, then store until September rolls around.

Keep It Bright

Make a statement with a colorful front door. A fresh coat of paint can work wonders on any surface, and a bright hue ensures that your home will stand out in a sea of neutral colors. Simple materials you likely already have on hand—paint, primer, and brushes—keep costs low.

Light It Up

Warm lights and lanterns give off a homey vibe without much effort. You likely already have some sort of porch lighting, but consider adding a spotlight on a favorite tree or lanterns along a walkway.

Simple Symmetry

Symmetry is pleasing to the eye, but it can be difficult to obtain in home design—especially if your home wasn’t built with balance in mind. Capture the effect without a remodel by creating a symmetrical front porch or walkway. Matching potted plants flanking a set of stairs or identical rocking chairs on each side of your front door will do the trick.

Build Character

High-end curb appeal lets your home stand out—in a good way. The key is to play to your home’s strengths and architecture. If you’re on a budget, pick one feature to home in on—like shrubbery, lighting, or the front door—and make it the focal point of your exterior.

Courtesy of: Better Homes & Gardens

Fun things to do in LA this March

There’s more to this month then March Madness. With so many fun activities in LA we thought you might need more then the weekend round-up. Read below for a collection of events happening throughout  the month and discover your inner Angeleno!

The Other Art Fair is Coming to Downtown L.A. (March 28-31)

The Other Art Fair Los Angeles returns to Magic Box at The Reef. The Fair takes place March 28-31 for the 3rd edition of its independent artist showcase. See a curated selection of over 140 independent artists and check out thousands of pieces for every budget in one space.  -> More information

The Torrance Cherry Blossom Cultural Festival (March 31)

The Torrance Cherry Blossom Cultural Festival comes to Columbia Park on March 31 for a unique blend of cultural performances with a fun variety of crafts by local artisans, centered around the blooming cherry blossom. -> More information

LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes Celebrates César Chávez Day (March 31)

This free celebration features a guest speaker from the Cesar Chavez Foundation, Xipe Totec Aztec dancers, live music by Lorenzo and the Carnales, plus art, garden, and culinary workshops -> More information

Courtesy of: WeLikeLA

Brandon Assanti of Rodeo Realty list $13 Million Dollar Golfers Paradise

The listing held by Brandon Assanti continues to receive numerous media mentions since hitting the market.

Robb Report recently featured the property for it’s prime location, spacious living quarters and closet space.

The home sits on an acre of land and is 1 of only 8 homes that face the LA County Golf Course.

Described by the Robb Report as a “private oasis”, the 8,000 sq. ft. of living space includes six bedrooms, eight bathrooms, and a fully equipped gourmet kitchen.

The property boast additional luxury features like a home theater, indoor basketball court, and attached guest house.

The article also highlighted the best feature of all for those fashion fiends! Closets large enough to double as a personal store with custom shelving and room to spare.

Another remarkable feature of this listing is it’s proximity to the iconic Beverly Hills sign. This 90210 landmark is just across the street from the 20-car drive way leading up to your home.

9996 Sunset Boulevard is listed at $13 million by Rodeo Realty’s Brandon Assanti.

For additional listing information click here.

To view the Robb Report article click here.