Thursday, March 5, 2015

Mark & Cynthia's "Networking for a Cause" Mixer a Success!

Mark & Cynthia Cohn brought over 75 of Pasadena's BEST professionals together last night to network AND raise money for Learning Works Charter School. Naomi Farley with Wells Fargo Home Mortgage was their co-sponsor and a/k/a An American Bistro provided a beautiful venue and complimentary appetizers. Thanks to all who attended & donated and made the evening a smashing success!

The mixer offers a quality opportunity to Pasadena's BEST professionals to network and build community and ultimately allowing the attendees to meet, collaborate, and drive business to one another.  Since Mark & Cynthia's practice niche focuses on representing trusted advisors (bankers, attorneys, CPA's, financial planners, and consultants) and their clientele, the relationships they foster with professionals in the Pasadena area, allows them to deepen the network their clients most often need as they navigate through life.  

Monday, February 9, 2015

Mark & Cynthia's "Networking for a Cause" 1st Quarter Mixer 3/4/15

Excited for our 1st Quarter "Networking for a Cause" Business Mixer on Wednesday, March 4th. Naomi Farley with Wells Fargo Private Mortgage Bank will be co-sponsoring with us and the mixer will be located at AKA An American Bistro from 5:30pm-7:30pm. We'll be networking with Pasadena's top trusted advisors and raising money for Learning Works Charter School located in Pasadena.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Home Values Continue to Rise

In the 4th quarter 2014, the market activity in Pasadena averaged 180 homes for sale per month with 70 homes sold per month.  These figures represent an increase in the active inventory by 11%, and a 1% increase in homes sold.  There were 2.6 months of inventory, and the average price per square foot was $495.00.  This means an increase of 11% in property values in the 4th quarter of 2014 vs. the values in the 4th quarter of 2013 – very good news for our community.  If you are contemplating a move, or simply want to know the value of your property, please give us a call! 

Mark & Cynthia  

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Safety First When Selling Your Home

When selling your home, there are several steps you can take to safeguard yourself, your family, and your valuables. 

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Cynthia Installed as Board Director (2nd Term) for the Pasadena Foothills Association of Realtors

I am am thrilled to be volunteering my time in 2015 as a Board Director (2nd term) for the Pasadena Foothills Association of Realtors. We have an amazing board of dedicated Realtors and Affiliates lead by President Todd Hayes! We are going to have a great year!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Tap Into Our Network

If you have a friend or family member who is moving
out of town or to another region, we can refer them
to a professional who offers the same values and
excellent care that we do.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

LA County 2nd Quarter Sales Trends

Our active inventory has increased 48.3% and our absorption rate is running about 2.6 months. We continue to see prices increasing with our median up 9.3% and our average price per square foot up 10.5%. For those of you outside of Los Angeles, LA County has a median of $472,000 and Pasadena has a median of $806,000.

Multiple offers continue, and we are grateful to have more inventory for our buyers. We are encouraging our dormant sellers to consider taking advantage of the pricing and strong sellers market, and our buyers to get out and start shopping!

Who do YOU know that is thinking about buying or selling real estate?

Monday, June 30, 2014

Pasadena Inventory Jumps 33%

May 2014 trends for Pasadena single family home sales show a jump in active inventory by 33% May 2014 vs. May 2013. Inventory remains low, at only 2 months supply. Median price is up 8% and average price per square foot is up at 6% and is currently $493.00. Sellers continue to have the advantage, however, with the doubling of inventory in the market, buyers have more to choose from and a bit (yes just a bit) less competition. It remains an excellent time to sell, and an excellent time to buy!

Monday, May 19, 2014

Mark & Cynthia Give Back to the Community

Over 75 professionals attended our 2nd Quarter "Networking for a Cause" business mixer last Wednesday evening at Bistro 45. Together we were able to raise over $3000 which was directly donated to Professional Child Development Associates and their summer art camp program. It was a pleasure to team up with Jill Schuberth at 1st Enterprise Bank, Robert Simon, owner of Bistro 45 and Nicola Borland Photography. Thanks to everyone who attended and who made this mixer a success! The connections made and business exchanged was incredible!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Networking for a Cause - May 14th

Our Pasadena Business Network 2nd Quarter "Networking for a Cause" scheduled for Wednesday, May 14th from 5pm-7pm at Bistro 45 in Pasadena. 

We're teaming up with Jill Schuberth with 1st Enterprise Bank and Bistro 45 and will be "Networking for a Cause" for Professional Child Developmental Associates (PCDA). There is no fee to attend our business mixer, however your generous donations will be sending at least TWO children to the summer arts camp they are hosting THIS SUMMER!  

You may not be aware that PCDA offers support to children and young adults challenged with autism and other mental disabilities and they are a fabulous non-profit located right here in our community on Lake Ave.  Check out their website:

Please let us know if you can join us, and don't hesitate bringing a friend.  We expect 100 of the top professionals in the area in attendance, so you won't want to miss the opportunity to meet and mingle with the "best of the best" in Pasadena.

Hope to see you there!

Mark & Cynthia Cohn

Friday, March 21, 2014

Helping Kids Buy Their First Home

A huge thank you goes out to Mortgage Broker Floyd Walters for sharing how parents can gift as little as 5% on a purchase, helping their kids buy their first home without having to co-sign.  If you are looking to re-finance your existing home, or are looking to take advantage of the low interest rates, let us know.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Mark & Cynthia Recognized in the Top 200 Realtors of the San Gabriel Valley

Mark and Cynthia have been recognized in Pasadena Magazine's 200 Top Realtors of the San Gabriel Valley in their Mar/April 2014 edition, on stands today.  We are thrilled to work along side amazing Realtors, who continue to raise the bar, providing exceptional service to our community.

Friday, February 28, 2014

"Ask a Better Question" by Katie McClain - Master Life Coach & Friend

Our friend, Katie McClain is a master life coach, author of 2 books and faculty member at The Life Coach School. Katie founded kidThink to serve educators and students. kidThink helps schools create cultures of kindness, cooperation, self-confidence and success. Katie also provides one on one coaching for parents and their kids. Learn more at

Ask a Better Question by Katie McClain
Have you ever asked yourself a question like this?
What did I do wrong to deserve this?
When you ask yourself this kind of question, you get a whole lot of negative answers. Humans ask themselves questions a lot.
Just stop. Listen. What are you asking yourself right now? Or, listen first thing in the morning. Hopefully, you ask yourself something like: "How can I make today a great day?" But you may be asking yourself a question that isn't helpful, like the one above.
You are asking yourself questions every day.
When you ask yourself any question in your mind or out loud, your brain answers it whether you realize it or not. Negative questions, get you answers that are negative thoughts which create negative feelings.
Here are some examples of questions you might be asking yourself (or may have asked in the past).
Why can’t I lose weight? 
What is my problem?
Why didn’t I do better with ______?
When will my life be better?
Why doesn’t my kid behave?
When will I get out of debt?
What questions are you asking yourself?  
I encourage you to take some time to notice. Write down your questions. If they are anything like what I’ve listed above, change your questions.
How will know if the questions you’ve listed are not powerful? Consciously answer them and then check in with your body to see how you feel.
If the answers to your questions make you feel awful, then you are asking the wrong questions.
When you ask yourself a powerful, positive question like, “How can I make losing weight fun?”, your answer comes as a thought that feels good. We are mostly not aware of the answers, but when you intentionally ask great questions:
Your brain will get busy helping you create powerful answers.
These powerful answers that your brain creates, help you get a life full of amazing results.
Below are more of the negative question examples from above along with ideas for how to turn them into more powerful questions.
Negative Question: What is my problem?
New & Improved: What is great about me?
Negative Question: Why didn’t I do better with ______?
New & Improved: How can I improve in this area?
Negative Question: When will my life be better?
New & Improved: What is perfect about my life today?
Negative Question: Why doesn’t my kid behave?
New & Improved: How can I support my kid’s strengths?

Negative Question: When will I get out of debt?
New & Improved: What small action can I take today toward paying off my debt?
Start your day by asking yourself a better question and you will be amazed at the life you create and how easy it starts to feel. Here’s an new and improved question to replace the question this article began with:
Negative Question: What did I do wrong to deserve this?
New & Improved: What can I learn or how can I grow from this?

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Our Latest Listing on Video

Check out our new video on 907 Vista Mesa Court in Duarte, CA.  This is a beautiful 4 bedroom 3 bath home nestled on the end of a cul-de-sac and adjacent to a sprawling public golf course.  Move-in condition with mulitple upgrades throughout.  $499,000

Monday, December 23, 2013

November Sales Data for Pasadena

Sales data for Pasadena single family homes remains unbelievably strong.  In fact, sales data is showing that we are closer to the height of the market than we have ever been on this climb to recovery.  All the more reason to seriously consider selling your home if you have been waiting on the side lines for a "good time" to sell.  That "good time" is here!

We are only 10% away from the 2006 sq ft price.  With 70% LESS inventory coupled with the fact that we are currently only 2% away from 2006 median sales price, sellers are beginning to realize that the market has shifted.

Three opportunities exist right now:

1.  Move up/scale down buyer/seller - You will be VERY happy with the outcome of the sale of your home.  There is very little inventory and buyers are confident.  You will still need to prepare your home for sale, price it competitively, and market it property, but the result will be well worth it.  You will also have an opprotunity to possibly negotiate a rent back, so there will be extra time for your new home search.  And, don't forget, with the low interest rates you will have a larger buyer pool for your home, AND you will get an excellent rate for your new loan.  By the way, not finding a home seems to be the greatest worry for the move-up buyer, but rest assured, we have NEVER had a family without a home for an extended period of time.  It always works out! 

2.  First time buyer - Although inventory is tight, the interest rates can not be passed up.  We expect rates to begin going up  in 2015, and when this happens, buyer affordability will decrease, thus lowering the price point of your new home.  Even with all of the competition, finding and securing your first home can be a reality.  You just have to stay focused on your goal and never give up!

3.  Non-equity seller - For sellers with little to no equity, now is the time to sell.  As we mentioned, pricing isn't far off prices at the height of the market, so the possibility of getting out of a large and cumbersome mortgage, without bringing money to the table to do so, could be a reality.  Low interest rates and little inventory means that you will have a larger pool of buyers who want your home and willing to pay for it.  You, in the end, will benefit!

If you would like an analysis of the value of your home and the details of our 3 Steps to a Successful Sale, drop us a line.  626-818-2577 or

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Pasadena Business Network 1st Quarter Mixer

On Wednesday, January 29, 2014 from 5pm-7pm at Trattoria Neapolis, the Pasadena Business Network with be Networking for a Cause.  This event with be co-hosted with Andrea Vining & Tom Murray at Morgan Stanley, and Trattoria Neapolis has graciously agreed to provide complimentary appetizers.

We will be networking for Bloom Again Foundation, a local non-profit that supports women at or near the poverty level who are currently enduring personal medical emergencies.  Any charitable donations received will go directly toward the ancillary medical and living essential  needs of these women.

Together, let's make a difference in our Pasadena community by supporting this worthy organization.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

7 Tips to a Stress Free Holiday

Christmas is a week away, so here are a few tips from our friend John Sovec, Therapy and Counseling that will help you to have the most stress free holiday ever!  Merry Christmas!

7 Tips to a Stress Free Holiday
From John Sovec, Therapy and Counseling
Every year we promise ourselves it's going to be different.  This year I will have a fun holiday filled with peace and happy moments. And then the holiday rat race begins: filled with parties, shopping, feasting, high expectations and anticipation of how the holidays should be. And when those expectations aren't met, we stress out!
So this year, it’s time to do things a little differently. These seven tips will help you to have a stress free holiday filled with joy and laughter
1. One thing at a time. This is the simplest and best way to start reducing your stress, and you can start today. Right now. Focus as much as possible on doing one thing at a time.  Do only that. Remove distractions. This takes practice, and you’ll get urges to do other things. Just keep practicing and you’ll get better at it.
2. Simplify your schedule. A hectic holiday schedule is a major cause of high stress. Simplify by reducing the number of commitments in your life to just the essential ones. Learn to say no to the rest. Leave room for down time and fun.
3. Get moving. Do something each day to be active — walk, hike, play a sport, go for a run, do yoga. It doesn’t have to be grueling to reduce stress. Just move. Have fun doing it.
4. Do something calming. What do you enjoy that calms you down? Reading a book? Meditating? Having a cup of tea? Find your calming activity and try to do it each day. If possible stay away from TV as your calming time since it actually places the body under stress.
5. Have a blast! Have fun each day, even if it’s just for a few minutes. Whatever you choose, be sure to laugh. A little laughter every day helps make things less overwhelming and also releases calming chemicals into your body.
6. Be early. It’s hard to be early when you have many holiday commitments, but being late can be very stressful. Try to leave earlier by getting ready earlier, or by scheduling more space between events. During the holidays things always take longer than normal, so schedule some buffer time: extra time to get ready, to commute, to shop, and to cook. If you get somewhere early, take that time to do you calming activity.
7. Eat and drink sensibly, and get plenty of exercise and sleep. For most people, the holidays go hand in hand with too much fat, sugar, caffeine, and alcohol, and not nearly enough sleep and exercise. One of the easiest and most straightforward ways to combat holiday stress is to pay better attention to your body’s need for healthy food, exercise, and sleep during this intense time of year.
Using these simple tips you can make for a stress free holiday and enjoy all the season has to offer.
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