Life Hacks

Administrative paperwork, driving license, health insurance, rental agreement… These are just a few examples of the things that can be overwhelming when you arrive in California. All of our members have been through the same exhausting questions and are ready to share their own experiences.
In this section, you will also find tips for your everyday life such as the best grocery stores in Pasadena or techniques to build a good credit score. In short, anything that will help you fit in your new American life.

Living on a Fault Line

Everyone knows what an earthquake is and, if you have been in California long enough – or if you used to live in another region of the world with an intense seismic activity –, you most probably know what it feels like when the ground shakes. But do you know how to prepare yourself and be ready the day “The Big One” hits Southern California?
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Finding an Accomodation – Series written by Marta Navales


Hi all!!

I would like to introduce myself.
My name is Marta Navales. I have been a ‘Caltech spouse’ for nearly a year now. I don’t think I have met all of you, but hopefully I will soon 😊
As you might have already experienced, one of the first obstacles we encounter when we move here is ACCOMMODATION.
It’s expensive, too small or too big, has no balcony or backyard for your kids to play, and the list goes on and on… I’m sure you’ve seen it all!
I have been very lucky and I work with one of the most prestigious firms of real estate with excellent reputation and privileged inside information. And what is more, with professionals that really want to help people – which is a bonus!
I was pointed out that our community might be interested in learning more about real estate. There are A LOT of options out there for us, we just need to know where to look!
That is why I will start writing on a regular basis in this blog and share valuable information with you.

Blog Posts

Buying a Used Car

As most Angelenos, when you arrive in L.A., you will most probably buy a car. But how do you buy a good one on a budget? What are the tips you need to know? You can find answers to your questions in this article.
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Choosing a Car Insurance

So you bought a car? Great! Now you need coverage. Did you know that taking the lowest car insurance in the US doesn’t cover your civil liability? Here are some explanations on the different coverage options in California.
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