Southern California is a great place to live: great weather, lots of fun things to do, many excellent colleges and universities, and some of the most wonderful people in the world!
You posted a question about rental homes. Yes, it''s possible to lease a home for a six month period though one year leases are more secure and popular with landlords. Pet deposits often run from $250.00 -$500.00 depending on the landlord.
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McIntosh Real Estate
RE/MAX All Stars Realty