ARCHITECTURE:

Eichler Homes

CALCULATORS:

Mortgage Payment Calculator
Bankrate.com is my Go To site for most of my mortgage calculations. When calculating your payments, be sure to also calculate how many years will be reduced off of the life of your loan by making one or more extra payments per year. Be sure to check out the Amortization Table. REMEMBER that the interest portion of your mortgage payment goes down every month while the amount of principle that you’re paying towards your loan balance goes up.  The plus side is that the amortization formula helps build your equity. The negative is that your mortgage interest tax write-off gradually decreases over time.

BUY vs RENT CALCULATOR

CONDOS:

FHA APPROVED BUILDING SEARCH

HOA: The Practical Guide to Homeowner Association Management

HOA: Legal

FARMERS MARKETS & CRAFT FAIRS

Los Angeles Renegade Craft Fair

Find Your Local Farmers Market

FIRE STATIONS:

Locator

Brush Clearance

FORECLOSURE INFO:

Foreclosure Avoidance & Counseling Agencies

Foreclosure Auction Guide (Trustee’s Sale). This is a YouTube.com video link and does contain AUDIO.

Foreclosure Inventory & TRUSTEE’S SALE Status

FOR FUN:

Be On HGTV

Be on TV: Casting Calls

I Can’t Find My Phone.com

Get Human.com

Neighbor Goods.com

Top 10 Interior Design & Furniture Blogs

Get Inspired by COLOR

Dry Erase Paint

Pre-Fab Homes: Your Ultimate Source for all different shapes, styles & sizes

Snopes.com

LA WEEKLY.com

Live Cheap.com

FURNITURE:

First Dibs.com

Rare, antique hardware

The Best of Craigslist

GLOSSARY OF TERMS:

Foreclosure Terms Glossary

HOME IMPROVEMENT:

Cost vs Value

Electrical Information

Anatomy of a Water Heater

HOME WARRANTY COMPANIES:

American Home Shield

Old Republic Home Warranty

Fidelity National

IRS DEDUCTIONS:

IRS Homeowner Write-Offs
As you probably already know, most homeowners are able to write off the interest portion of  their mortgage payments and property taxes. Here’s the IRS site that takes you through the process in a little more detail.

LEGAL:

Legal Creation.com

Help for Illegal L.A. Conversions and Construction

Fair Housing Laws

CA Dept of Consumer Affairs: Landlord/Tenant Laws

Landlord/Tenant Publications

HOA: Legal

MOVING:

MoveAroo.com
This is one of my favorite moving sites. Just plug in your new address and the site searches for your local utility companies, bargain shops for the lowest rates, finds movers, sets up your newspaper subscription, security system and can even find you appliance rentals.

FIND A MOVER

 

NEIGHBORHOODS:

LA TIMES “Mapping LA” PROJECT: Search any neighborhood

WIKI Maps: Great interactive maps of your favorite neighborhoods

PROPERTY TAXES:

LA County Property Tax Site

SCHOOLS:

Los Angeles Unified School District SCHOOL FINDER
Enter an address to find the Find Elementary, Middle and High Schools for a specific address within the LAUSD boundaries. School Finder’s information is valid for the 2010-11 school year (July 1, 2010 – June 30, 2011).

LAUSD School Information
This site offers information on all LAUSD schools, performance indicators (API’s, etc), rankings, school profiles, demographics, pedestrian routes to schools, enrollment, transfers, transcripts, immunizations and more.

CA School Directory

The California School Directory contains information about all California public schools, private schools, nonpublic nonsectarian schools, school districts, and county offices of education. The search feature below allows users to search for educational agencies in California by county, district, name, county-district-school (CDS) code, city, zip code, type, or status.

Great Schools.org
GreatSchools is the country’s leading source of information on school performance. With listings of 200,000 public and private schools serving students from preschool through high school and more than 800,000 parent ratings and reviews, GreatSchools has become the go-to guide for parents aiming to make a smart school choice.

LA TIMES Education Section
The Los Angeles times offers some of the best local information I have ever seen on schools, test scores, news, trends, investigations and much more.

LA TIMES California Schools Guide

THINGS TO DO & WEEKEND GETAWAYS

Mountain, hiking, biking, equestrian trail & dog park guide

Los Angeles concerts: a regularly updated list from Los Anjealous.com (I LOVE the clever name!)

Desert Hot Springs: Your Ultimate Source for Spas

Camper Rentals