Pasadena’s Jet Propulsion Lab

You don’t have to head all the way to Houston to experience NASA – it’s right here in our backyard in Pasadena! NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab in North Pasadena/La Cañada Flintridge is the leading U.S. center for robotic exploration of the solar system. The center has 19 spacecraft and 10 major instruments carrying out planetary, Earth science and space-based astronomy missions. The lab constructs and operates robotic spacecrafts on different planets, and sends rockets into space to learn more about our galaxy.  

Their current missions are very impressive, and it’s thrilling to realize that this space exploration is happening so close by. Right now, they are operating the Curiosity and Opportunity rovers on Mars, a spacecraft orbiting Jupiter, an x-ray telescope seeking black holes, and a rocket mission to the dwarf planet Ceres. You can learn more about what they’re up to on their website.

This site that updates you on the progress of their Mars explorations is particularly interesting. You can see the most recent images from Mars, get a weather report, and get all the latest updates from the planet. Check it out here.

And the best thing is, you can tour the facility! JPL offers annual public tours, called “A Ticket to Explore JPL.” The next one is on June 9-10, 2018, and you can stay updated on when tickets are available by joining their mailing list.

Or, you can book a weekday tour a few months in advance. The tour includes a multimedia presentation on JPL entitled “Journey to the Planets and Beyond,” which provides an overview of the Laboratory’s activities and accomplishments. You also get to tour the Karman Visitor Center, the Space Flight Operations Facility, and the Spacecraft Assembly Facility. September tour dates will still be open, so see the latest here.

The center also offers bi-monthly lectures on various topics. The next talk on March 22 and 23 is called “Planning Cassini’s Grand Finale: A Retrospective” You can check it out in person, or watch the live-stream to learn from the world’s experts on our universe. Check out the lecture schedule here.

While you are out and about around town try to talk to the people around you, you never know, one of them might be a rocket scientist!

Have you been to the Jet Propulsion Lab? Let’s get a group together and go visit soon!

Granny Flats Will Soon Be Easier To Build in La Canada Flintridge

Whether it’s to care for aging parents or house an adult child, “Granny Flats,” are among the biggest trends in La Cañada building. These additional structures are small, stand-alone houses that provide independence and additional space on your property. And soon, more La Cañada residents will be able to build them.

The City Council passed an ordinance in June, to remain compliant with a state-mandated easing of restrictions passed in 2016 amid a statewide housing shortage.

The city kept in place laws that these “accessory dwelling units” could only be built on lots bigger than 10,000 square feet and at least 70 feet in width. For each new structure built, an additional parking space would be required on the property.

There is a current loophole that allows homeowners to convert a garage or poolhouse to a granny flat without adding the parking spot.

Some residents are requesting La Cañada drop the width restriction, and the council agreed this stipulation will be dropped at the next meeting.

The rules for these Granny Flats in our community are still in flux, but things are looking up. It’s still unclear if those who live in the septic tank area will have the same restrictions or not.

Would you consider adding a Granny Flat to your home? State laws set a blanket limitation on the size of such units at 1,200 square feet, but that’s still plenty of space. You could add it for any of the following reasons:

  • Providing a safe place for aging parents to live, while maintaining a close relationship with them. Perfect for grandparents who want to help babysit or spend more time with their grandkids.
  • Allowing adult children to live cheaply while finishing school or finding employment.
  • Build a studio for art, music, or crafts for a private space to create.
  • Earn supplemental income by renting it out. This could be to strangers, or to family friends and extended family members.
  • List it on Airbnb to add to your income and meet travelers coming to your city.

These dwellings could add huge value to your property, so it’s something to consider if you have the space. Stay tuned on future laws coming from the La Cañada City Council.

Partners Trust Is Now Pacific Union LA

As of August 2017, SF-based real estate brokerage Pacific Union International has merged with Partners Trust. Joined with the John Aaron Group and Gibson International, it is now the largest independent real estate brokerage in California.

This change includes a rebranding of Partners Trust, so look out for “Pacific Union Los Angeles” on our for-sale signs throughout the city.

Pacific Union International CEO Mark McLaughlin and Nick Segal. (PRNewsfoto/Pacific Union)

Nick Segal, former chief executive and founder of Partners Trust, has also been named president of Pacific Union Los Angeles. We’re so proud of Nick for heading up this exciting new chapter of Partners Trust!

“Pacific Union’s launch in Los Angeles is a truly historic move that unites L.A.’s most esteemed and highest-producing real estate professionals under one name with best-in-class technology, marketing, data, and research,” Segal says. “This dream team of 900 real estate professionals sharing core values and a commitment to teamwork, trust, and innovation will provide the absolute best client experience possible. And we now all proudly share the same company name, Pacific Union International.”

With this new merger, Pacific Union International has more than 1,700 real estate professionals across 51 offices throughout Northern and Southern California. Southern California alone boasts 20 offices across greater Los Angeles, will cover the areas of Malibu, Beverly Hills, Downtown, the Westside, Northeast L.A. and the San Fernando and San Gabriel Valleys. This will make it even easier to help our clients find their dream home or office throughout California. All the real estate brokers can work together to ensure we have the best options for our clients.

Pacific Union LA already has about 625 active listings of homes, condominiums and commercial properties for sale, so check out the site and see what strikes your interest! The website will be your new go-to destination for new listings, as they’ll go there first before they hit the Multiple Listing Service.

Segal explained, “We’re exploring innovative ways to further market our properties before they go into the MLS. we have an opportunity to create an off-market platform that matches buyers and sellers faster.” Who doesn’t want the real estate process to go faster?

“We’re already using our private social enterprise network ‘The Loop’ and many of our professionals actively pre-market properties via the company website, but there’s an opportunity to do more and create something that the marketplace hasn’t seen yet,” Segal said.

Pacific Union has already launched websites in 20 different languages to help our clients around the world settle in the California sunshine.

I’m thrilled to be part of this new venture that will better serve our clients and help those across California and beyond buy and sell their homes easier! Please let me know if you have any questions, and I look forward to all the work we’ll do this year!

Where to Shop Local This Holiday Season


Skip the big box stores this season and shop local instead! One of my favorite things about living in La Canada is all the wonderful independent shops we have. Especially during the Holidays, it’s so fun to browse these boutiques and find the perfect gift for someone made by local artisans. These are some of my favorite shops in our local community.

The Apple Cart

This is a great spot for the women on your list! Shop jewelry, purses, watches and dishware, and more. The shelves are full of fun housewares and pretty holiday ornaments- and the store goes all out with their Christmas decorations!

1518 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada Flintridge CA 91011-2917


J. Stern

If you’re looking for home and garden goodies, this is your spot. Pick up some plants or orchids for a great hostess gift, plus other treasures like candles, garden pieces, and local folk art! Also a great place to purchase some unique decor both for the Holidays and year round.

1367 Foothill Blvd, La Canada Flintridge, California

Cowgirl Princess

Beautiful clothing for every occasion, age, and size can be found at Cowgirl Princess! Shop feminine, sophisticated, and stylish outfits for work or weekend. Don’t forget to add some accessories! Find something for any fashionista in your life.

1357 Foothill Blvd, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011


lulamae pasadena

This shop is full of things you never thought you needed! It’s a great place to find a gift for your quirky best friend. It has a fun, eclectic collection of cards, housewares, jewelry, and other trinkets. Plus, most of the merchandise is designed and hand-crafted by local Pasadena artists! Talk about shopping local.

100 N Fair Oaks Avenue in Old Pasadena, California.


Jacob Maarse Florist

Whether for your own home or bringing to a Christmas party, their seasonal floral arrangements are stunning. Pick up a bouquet with red and white flowers, a pine centerpiece, or a classic poinsettia. It’s a beautiful shop to browse any time of year.

655 E Green St. Pasadena, CA 91101

Fire Safety in La Canada & Pasadena

Living in Southern California, the risk of fire is unfortunately part of life. Recent fires in the area should be a good reminder that these emergencies could occur at any time. Just last month, there was a small brush fire that broke out on a westbound shoulder of the 210 Freeway by the Angeles Crest Highway off ramp, which closed two lanes of freeway traffic for more than one hour. There was no property loss, but a tree was engulfed in flames and all the surrounding dry brush was consumed. It’s lucky that the fire was quickly contained, but that is not always the case. The Station Fire in 2009, for example, burned 160,000 acres.

Pasadena and La Canada Flintridge are particularly vulnerable to a dangerous wild fire because of the proximity to the foothills and the lush urban canopy.  Thankfully, there are things you can do to protect your property and be prepared in case a fire does break out in your area.

Prepare Your Home

Pasadena does an annual Brush Clearance to inspect homes and ensure fire safety in the community. This applies to the “high hazard area,” which is defined by the section of the city located south of Monterey Road and west of Meridian Avenue.  In order to be cleared, make sure all flammable vegetation or combustible growth has been removed within 30 feet of any structure. You also must have a 100-foot clearance space around your home that is free of brush. Single trees, ornamental shrubbery or cultivated ground covers may be permitted provided they are maintained in such a manner that they do not easily transmit fire from the vegetation to the structure.

If your home is in a particularly dangerous area (near a grove of trees, for example),  the inspecting fire officer may require an additional 100 feet of clearance space for a total of 200 feet minimum clearance away from any structure.

In addition, you should make the following fire safety efforts for your home and property:

  • Remove dead branches from living trees. Dead branches are not allowed to overhang the roofs of buildings or structures. All roof structures should be free of dead leaves and flammable debris.
  • Remove any portion of any tree that extends within 10 feet of the outlet of a chimney.
  • Stacked wood is not allowed within 30 feet of a structure. Flammable vegetation shall not be allowed within 10 feet of woodpiles
  • Address identification should be clearly visible from the street fronting the property

It’s important to make these landscaping activities part of your regular routine. If you have a professional landscaper, discuss these fire safety efforts with them. For larger or hard-to-reach trees, you may want to hire a professional tree removal company.

If your home is not up to the proper standards during the fire stations’ inspection, you can be fined for brush clearance. Not only will there be a financial reparation, if you leave it to the County to take care of, you are putting yourself and your neighbors at risk. Take it upon yourself to clear the brush and other vegetation as soon as possible.

Have A Plan

In addition to preparing your home, your entire family needs a fire preparedness plan. This should include escape routes from your home, both via car and by foot. Designate a meeting place in a safe area in case you are separated.

For all emergencies, including fire, you should have an an evacuation bag prepared, which should include;

  • A three day supply of water (one gallon per person per day) and non-perishable food.
  • Change of clothes and shoes – for all climates, and easy to run in if necessary.
  • Blanket or sleeping bag for each person
  • First aid kit, including prescription medications
  • Emergency tools including a battery-powered radio, flashlight, and plenty of extra batteries.
  • Important documents in a waterproof container, including copies of passports, car keys, credit card, cash, and traveler’s checks.

It’s advised to assemble a smaller version of your emergency kit to keep in the trunk of your car as well.

Make sure the entire family knows how to use a fire extinguisher, how to call 911, and what to do if you see smoke. We all need to know fire safety tricks to keep our community safe from a wildfire.

Fall Fun for Everyone

The leaves are falling, the air is turning crisp, you can finally order a Pumpkin Spiced Latte. Ok, in Southern California at least one of those things is true. It’s officially fall, and I want to spice up your season with some fun fall events near South Pasadena, La Cañada Flintridge, Altadena and Manhattan Beach. I found something for everyone. Cheers to a fantastic fall!

Family Fun

What would Halloween be without a sugar rush? Join the community for a fun, family-filled night as you and your family trick-or-treat along Foothill Blvd. Shops along Foothill Blvd in La Cañada Flintridge will open their doors for some old fashion Halloween fun, allowing pint sized pumpkins, princesses and perhaps a few ghosts to go door to door showing off their spooky look in exchange for a sweet treat. The Halloween festivities take place on October 31st from 3:00pm – 5:00pm, and participating merchants will have orange and black balloons outside their shop.Trick or Treat in La Canada FlintridgeIf you’re looking for a spectacularly spooky Halloween event for the whole family, don’t miss South Pasadena’s FREE Halloween Spooktacular on Friday, October 27th from 5:30pm – 8:00pm. A true Halloween experience with hair-raising excitement, including boo-rific games, inflatables and more. Food and sweets will be available for sale. We’re sure the whole family will be in the fall spirit after the Spooktacular!South Pasadena Halloween CarnivalThe 30th Annual Family Halloween Carnival at Manhattan Heights Community Center in Manhattan Beach is sure to tickle your fall fancy. Spend your afternoon on Saturday, October 21st from 12:00pm – 4:00pm at this annual carnival designed for children ages 2 to 13 and enjoy a costume contest and parade, face painting, a haunted house and food and game booths. Prizes will be rewarded for costumes in the following categories: most original, scariest and judges’ choice, so have some fun getting in the creative spirit with your family. Costume categories include age groups, siblings and parent and child, so don’t hold back!Manhattan Beach Halloween CarnivalAdult Fun

Enjoy a night out with friends or the perfect mid-holiday-season date night at The Fig House’s Cocktail Party Pop-In October 26th from 6:30pm – 8:30pm. Tickets include a welcome beverage and small bites followed by hors d’oeuvres crafted by executive chef Libry Darusman accompanied Pharmacie Events Co. cocktails. The evening will reflect the colors of the season, and you’ll be grateful you didn’t miss an opportunity to take some time for yourself during the hectic holidays.
Fig House Cocktails
Frightening Fun

Looking for something a bit spookier? Don’t miss Unbound Productions’ Wicked Lit, every Thursday – Sunday from September 28 – November 11 at the Mountain View Mausoleum. Spend your evening in an Altadena cemetery, being led around the grounds while enjoying three hauntingly theatrical productions. This immersive performance experience is sure to give the Halloween-lovers a terror fix in a unique way.Wicked LitMore Fall Fun

The pinnacle of Fall is Oktoberfest, and this October you can celebrate at the 40th Annual Montrose Oktoberfest on Saturday, October 7th from 12:00pm – 11:00pm. One of Southern California’s oldest Oktoberfest celebrations, the fun-filled day boasts rides, live music, beer gardens and tasty bites. Free entry, and it is one of the only family friendly Oktoberfest events in the area! Southern California OktoberfestExperience your Fall fairy tale at Pasadena’s Fall Festival, October 28th from 3:00pm – 7:00pm. Your fairy tale comes to life with games, crafts, rides, costume contests, a Tiny-Tot zone, live entertainment and more. Admission is free, so just bring your fall spirit to this holiday festival!South Pasadena Fall FestivalOld Pasadena is celebrating Day of the Dead with a three-day event, October 27th – 29th, featuring beautiful altars created by local businesses to honor loved ones who have passed before us. The weekend-long event is a self-guided Tour of Altars, and there will be free pop-up activities and promotions as the city celebrates life and honors the souls of those no longer with us.Old Pasadena Day of the DeadLight up your fall with the Manhattan Beach Pier Lighting and Holiday Open House on November 15th from 6:00pm – 9:00pm. The Pier Lighting Ceremony begins at 6:00pm, and the Mayor will flip the switch to illuminate the Manhattan Beach Pier with holiday lights at 7:00pm, officially kicking off the holiday season. Manhattan Beach retailer stores, businesses and restaurants will be open late with special holiday offers. This magical evening includes carolers, reindeer, live music, treats and plenty of cheer.

Click here for more fun fall events in the area!South Pasadena Farmers MarketFarmers Market

South Pasadena Farmers Market
905 Meridian Ave, South Pasadena, CA, 91030
Thursday 3pm – 8pm

La Cañada Flintridge Farmers Market
1300 Foothill Blvd, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011
Saturday 9am – 1pm

Altadena Farmers Market
600 W. Palm St. Altadena, CA – Loma Alta Park
Wednesday 3pm – 7pm

Manhattan Beach Farmers Market
13th St, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Tuesday 11am – 5pm

Looking for a market near you? Visit for a full list of markets in the LA area.

Happy fall!



How to Make Minimalism Realistic for Your Home

One quick look on Dwell or the Crate and Barrel collection and it’s easy to see that minimalism is all the rage. It’s sleek, it’s contemporary, and feels wonderfully clean and organized.

Minimalism is about achieving better design through simplicity.

Minimalism emphasizes one particular element of a room, and allows key pieces to stand out.

It’s about giving things space to breathe and purchasing furniture that is simple.

One thing that minimalism is not is cluttered. That is why many homeowners think the minimalist design style is unobtainable. The dread knowing it means they have to pare down books and shoes and throw pillows. Which, admittedly, is a daunting task.

But if you look around your home and see linen closets that won’t close, bookshelves so stacked with books you can barely get them out, and a jumble of shoes on the floor, it might be time to tidy up. Especially if you’re looking to bring a sense of minimalism to your home.

Before you grab the garbage bags, you might want to try the new method of organizing that has taken the world by storm. Marie Kondo’s best selling book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” and its corresponding lifestyle, encourages homeowners to embrace minimalism and get rid of clutter.

Kondo’s method makes it easy to see that minimalism can be possible! Here’s how you do it:

Kondo’s philosophy is to go through your items by category (clothes and shoes first, then books, then documents, etc.) Put everything in a big pile, then one by one ask yourself if that item “sparks joy.”If it does, keep it. If it doesn’t, throw it out .

That should leave you only with items that make you happy, clothes that you love wearing, and documents you actually need.

The idea is that unwanted items are a drag on happiness in a home. So thank those unwanted objects for their former usefulness then say goodbye, releasing their energy in a positive way.

By the end of your tidying session, your home will be free of clutter, so you can actually find the clothing and books you like. No longer will you be distracted by piles of things you keep around “just in case.” Your bookshelves will be lighter, closets more organized, and rooms will just feel better, if you can believe it.

Kondo promises that once you go through the tidying process, your home will stay organized. She says, her clients always “suddenly know how much is just right.” She calls it the “just-right click point” and it means you’ll never rebound.

As a parent, you might think tidying up all of your family member’s items is impossible. But Kondo assures you that tidying is possible – and even encouraged – to do with your entire family.

Just make sure that each family member is responsible for his or her own stuff, and that the boundaries for where each family member is going to pile his or her own stuff is very well understood. Kondo has seen kids as young as 3 master the “sparks joy” method.

Tidying with your spouse or children can make the process more enjoyable, and encourage you to think more deeply about each item. Though, Kondo does warn, “If a parent or a spouse ever tries to ‘force’ another family member to tidy, not only will it not work, it could even have a negative effect.”

Do you want to know the secret weapon in an organize minimalists arsenal? Floor to ceiling cabinet space.

Just put it all away, the more shelves the better. It may take some time for everyone to get acclimated as to what items go on what shelf.

You can add labels inside the cabinets so that everyone can quickly get on the same page as to where everything goes. After awhile everyone will get accustomed to the routine.

Decluttering feels so good to me because letting go and helping someone else who needs these things is such a wonderful feeling. I’m also trying to give something away for each new item coming in and also trying to stay out of a store unless there’s really something I need. Target and TJ Maxx are my downfalls so I’m trying to stay focused when I go in!

Embracing minimalism may seem daunting, but Kondo’s method provides needed guidance to really consider what you own. Even if it’s hard to part with some items at the beginning, as you continue, it will get easier. Especially when you see how calm and relaxing your house can become once you allow in some simple open spaces.

New Rules Help Homebuyers with Student Loan Debt

Don’t blame avocado toast and lattes. For most young people, the number one barrier to buying a home is from student loan debt. It’s a large part of the reason that the homeownership rate for Americans under 35 — and the rest of the population, in fact — is at the lowest level in several decades. So it’s likely no surprise that according to a recent survey, 71% of student loan borrowers stated those loans as a reason they’ve delayed buying a home. Fortunately, a new policy from Fannie Mae will make it easier.

Starting July 29, borrowers are able to have higher levels of debt and still qualify for a home loan. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are raising their debt-to-income ratio limit to 50 percent of pretax income from 45 percent. This change is designed specifically to help those with high levels of student debt.

Before this announcement, many with high student loan debt found that their debt-to-income (DTI) ratio was higher than 43-50 percent, which is required by most mortgage lenders. DTI refers to the ratio between your monthly credit-related expenses — including rent, mortgage payments, credit cards, student loans and the like — and your monthly gross income.


Even if a mortgage application looks great, the wrong DTI can be a deal breaker. Once the change takes effect, loan applicants who have really struggled to meet DTI requirements now have a better chance of  getting a loan approved.

Thanks to this change, borrowers will also be able to reduce their student loan payments in proportion to their income. It will vary as part of the plan renewal, which can help with saving for a down payment, as well as future mortgage payment.


Another aspect of the rules will benefit borrowers whose loans are being paid back by employers or parents. Now, those payments will be excluded from the mortgage calculation, still lowering the DTI. As long as the borrower can supply documentation that a third party, such as an employer or parent, has satisfactorily made the payments for at least the last 12 months, then they will be excluded.

If you’ve been wanting to help your adult children start the home buying process, this is the best solution. And even if you don’t have student loan debt, you can take advantage of these changes and get a mortgage easier. It’s a great time to invest in your dream home.

The Future Of West Coast Architecture

The West Coast has long attracted famed architects from around the world. There’s no wonder LA is filled with Gehry’s, Wright’s, and Meier’s. Now, a new generation of talented architects are changing the way we see homes. These innovative artists create structures that integrate into the surrounding area, are eco-friendly, and are transformative living spaces that fit our modern lifestyles. These are some of the most exciting projects by some of the best modern architects, happening right here along the Pacific.

Pepper Hill Residence – Shubin Donaldson


If you’ve ever wanted to live like a Hobbit and dwell in the side of a hill, this home will achieve that dream. The entire Pepper Hill residence occurs underneath a continuous Green Roof garden that seamlessly blends with the site. This construction allows for a viewing deck with 360-degree views of the Pacific Ocean and surrounding hills in Santa Barbara. It’s super energy efficient (one of Shubin Donaldson’s signature design aspects) and practically disappears into its surroundings. It’s a seriously cool way to imagine living. It’s currently under development for a specific client, but hey, maybe you can get invited to one of their parties.

Click here for more info


Forest House – Envelope A+D


If living underground isn’t your thing, how about living up in a treehouse. The nine cabins are built in intricate shapes to weave among the slender, slow-growing trees and connected by sloping walkways. The roof is made of two layers of treated Army green canvas and tied down with rope, to enjoy the entrancing sound of falling raindrops. You might not even spot this house nestled among the trees.

Click here for more details


Cully Grove – Green Gables Design and Restoration


Thanks to Portlandia, Portland, OR still has it’s “hippie” reputation. And this new cluster of homes isn’t changing it, but making it a desirable way to live. Cully Grove just won the 2017 Housing Award from the American Institute of Architects. It includes 16 eco-friendly homes built around courtyards, gardens, and fields for kids to play in. The centerpiece is a common house for shared meals, social gatherings, music, movie nights, or hosting out-of-town guests. Call it a modern commune, but the sense of community that this type of development promotes allows us to get back to our roots, grow our own food, and connect with our neighbors!

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Skyline Residence – Shubin Donaldson


How do you build an eco-friendly home into a narrow lot, and still maintain the ocean views? Challenge accepted by Shubin Donaldson. This residence in Santa Barbara, and surrounded almost entirely by windows and skylights. They are opened during the day so the home can be naturally cooled by the sea breezes and naturally lit as well. It won the 2017 AIA|LA Residential Architecture Award for its integration of indoor/outdoor spaces and environmentally friendly construction.

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Underhill House – Bates Masi + Architects


This house is so cool, I had to go outside of the West Coast. It’s built to blend in with the other Long Island residences that surround it, but with contemporary twists abound. It consists of four distinct structures, connected by interior passageways. Much of the walls are windows that seamlessly open up to the courtyards and a spacious backyard, for indoor/outdoor transitions perfect for entertaining. One of my favorite parts is the two islands in the kitchen one is stationary while the other is on rollers.

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The modern age of architecture is exciting, and cool new buildings are popping up around Los Angeles and beyond. What would you love to have in your new-built dream home?

The Acorns App – Save Money Without Realizing It

There are tons of great apps out there to help you budget, but one of the easiest ways to do it is with the Acorns app. The Acorns app makes budgeting simple by seamlessly saving your spare change when you make purchases. When you buy a coffee for $3.50, the Acorns app rounds up to $4 and puts that extra 50 cents in your account. When you get to $5, you transfer your funds into an investment portfolio based upon your risk tolerance. Once you setup your account with your bank information, and indicate how aggressive you want to be with your investing, the app does the rest of the job for you!


This app has been getting a lot of buzz in the finance world, with lots of money experts chiming in to give their reviews. Here are some thoughts from some of the industry’s most trusted advisors:

Acorns App Review


Acorns app has minimal fees – it only costs $1 a month to use the app if you have less than $5000. With such a low barrier to entry, it’s a great choice if you fit under the $5000 limit.


The fee increases to .25% on your overall account balance once you’re over $5000.”While this is lower than the fees for many mutual funds, there are many ETFs that charge investors lower fees,” explained Lanny & Bert at Dividend Diplomats.


This app simplified a typically complicated process. “For me, being still very young and having never invested money in the stock market before, this has done exactly what it’s meant to. I’ve become genuinely interested in the market and want to invest as much money as I can, which has hopefully led me to a successful future investing,” wrote Business Insider Australia.


Though the app is simple, there are not any tax-advantaged retirement accounts. “But until Acorns adds tax-advantaged retirement accounts like IRAs to its lineup, the service isn’t a serious investment solution by itself and should be used in conjunction with those accounts, not instead of them,” explained Arielle O’Shea at Nerdwallet. If you’re a more serious investor, you’d likely be better off working with a broker instead of the Acorns app.

​Overall, if you’re new to investing and want to make it relatively painless, while fueling your curiosity of the stock market, give the Acorns app a try! It’s a great beginners investing tool, and can actually help you make money! The Business Insider Australia writer made $3.40 with a gain of 2.81% in just 30 days, a pretty good rate if he keeps up his saving!