Los Angeles, CA Real Estate News

By Annie Pinsker-Brown, Stage to Sell, Los Angeles Home Stager
(Stage to Sell - LA Home Staging)
Ever walked into a property and been overwhelmed by the smell of cat urine, wet dog or last night's salmon dinner? As someone who's been in literally hundreds of homes in the course of my career as a Los Angeles home Stager, I can say I've probably smelled it all! You smell it. I smell it. And yet the seller doesn't notice a thing. How can you as the Realtor talk to him about the need to deodorize without offending? Here are a couple of tips: 1. Blame it on allergies Millions of people are affected by pet allergies. Present it to your client like this... "Even though you and I may not smell anything, someone who is allergic to cats/dogs/birds (you fill in the blank) might have a reaction to even the slightest odor. Since we don't want to turn off any potential buyers we should probably ...
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By Danny Mahelka
(Coldwell Banker)
by Danny Mahelka Even on Sesame Street they teach the importance of knowing the people in your neighborhood.  Sometimes when you are moving it's hard to get a really good appreciation for the make-up of a neighborhood.  That's when having a neighborhood specialist comes in handy. I'm not just a realtor who specializes in the Carthay Circle area.  I'm one of the people in the neighborhood.  If someone wants to know about Carthay Circle Elementary, I don't have to Google them - I already know that they are one of the finest schools available.  I know this because I am a long standing supporter of the school and because I am an active and caring member of the community that I live in. Buying or selling a home can be a stress ridden time; I consider everyone of my clients a neighbor or a po...
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By Rachel Martiens and Kathy Tyndall = The Tyndall Team, Love Living In The South Bay
(RE/MAX ESTATE PROPERTIES)
Home sales during the fall are traditionally a bit slower than the frenzied spring and summer months. But can be a good time to sell because there are usually fewer homes on the market-meaning less competition for you! Buyers are usually in a rush to get settled in before the holidays. If you plan on selling this fall, you will want to do everything in your power to attract home buyers. One of the first things you should do is hire a home inspector. I have a list of many local ones that I have found very helpful. Once you have all the structural systems repaired or given the thumbs up you should then start on the appearance of your home. Curb appeal. Do people slow down to look at your home as they drive by? Does it look like it is well maintained and has character? Make sure the roof i...
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By James Engel, KW Beverly Hills
(Keller Williams Realty Beverly Hills)
Farmers' Market Information for S. Figueroa & W. 7th Street Los Angeles    Day: Thursday Hours: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM     Day: Friday Hours: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM    Day: Saturday Hours: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM    Location: South Figueroa Street & West 7th Street City: Los Angeles County: Los Angeles Manager: Kat Antal Office Address: 725 S. Figueroa St.#1850, Los Angeles, CA 90017 Phone: 213-955-7176    You have 3, count them THREE, chances EACH week to visit the Figeroa & 7th St Farmers' Market so you have no excuse not to go! Make sure to visit the S. Figueroa & W. 7th Street L.A. Farmers' Market any time you visit the Los Angeles area. A street map to get to the S. Figueroa & W. 7th Street L.A. Farmers' Market is attached for your convenience.    So, you're probably wondering, what's Fresh ...
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By James Engel, KW Beverly Hills
(Keller Williams Realty Beverly Hills)
Farmers' Market Information for La Cienega Los Angeles    Day: Thursday Hours: 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM Location: South La Cienega Blvd and West 18th Street City: Los Angeles County: Los Angeles Manager: Cynthia Ojeda Office Address: 838 Pine Ave - #302, Long Beach, CA 90813 Phone: 562-495-1764 Fax: 562-495-1853      So, you're probably wondering, what's Fresh Right Now! This is a great time for fresh veggies if you like Spinach, Avocados, Winter Squash, Brussel Sprouts, Mushrooms, Green Beans, Beets or Chinese Broccoli.  For fresh fruit check out the Pomegranates, Tangerines, Limes, Persimmons, Asian Pears, Mandarin Oranges and Grapes. Other produce that's in season includes Walnuts and Honey.   Make sure to visit the La Cienega L.A. Farmers' Market any time you visit the Los Angeles area. A...
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By James Engel, KW Beverly Hills
(Keller Williams Realty Beverly Hills)
Farmers' Market Information for Eagle Rock Los Angeles    Day: Friday Hours: 5:00 PM to 8:30 PM Location: 2100 Merton Avenue City: Los Angeles County: Los Angeles Manager: Robert Sapp Office Address: 4771 Eagle Rock Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90065 Phone: 323-225-5466       So, you're probably wondering, what's Fresh Right Now! This is a great time for fresh veggies if you like Spinach, Avocados, Winter Squash, Brussel Sprouts, Mushrooms, Green Beans, Beets or Chinese Broccoli.  For fresh fruit check out the Pomegranates, Tangerines, Limes, Persimmons, Asian Pears, Mandarin Oranges and Grapes. Other produce that's in season includes Walnuts and Honey. Make sure to visit the Eagle Rock L.A.  Farmers' Market any time you visit the Los Angeles area. A street map to get to the Eagle Rock LA Farm...
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By James Engel, KW Beverly Hills
(Keller Williams Realty Beverly Hills)
Farmers' Market Information for Chinatown Los Angeles     Day: ThursdayHours: 2:00 PM to 6:00 PMLocation: 727 N. Hill between Alpine and OrdCity: Los AngelesCounty: Los AngelesManager: George YuOffice Address: 727 N. Broadway, Suite 208, Los Angeles, CA 90012Phone: 213-680-0243 Web Site: http://chinatownla.com/calendar.php?eventcategoryId=1 Public parking Lot at 727 North Hill, between Alpine and Ord. The lot is adjacent to the United Commercial Bank building.           On Thursday, May 16, 2002, Chinatown became the first multicultural district in the Los Angeles area to host a farmers' market. And this farmers' market is unlike any other in the region. While it features quality produce from certified growers and producers in Southern California, it also offers a tremendous selection o...
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By James Engel, KW Beverly Hills
(Keller Williams Realty Beverly Hills)
Farmers' Market Information for Central Ave   Day: SaturdayHours: 8:00 AM to 12:00 PMLocation: 4410 McKinley Avenue - Washington Carver Middle School basketball courtsCity: Los AngelesCounty: Los AngelesManager: Pompea SmithOffice Address: 6605 Hollywood Blvd. Suite 220, Los Angeles CA 90028Phone: 323-463-3171   Make sure to visit the Central Ave Farmers' Market any time you visit the Los Angeles area. A street map to get to the Central Ave Farmers' Market is attached for your convenience. The Central Ave Farmers' Market isn't actually on Central Ave at all; it's really on McKinley at the Carver Middle School Basketball Courts.     The Central Avenue Farmers' Market is a mini-certified farmers' market featuring 5 to 7 farmers who sell a variety of fruits and vegetables as well as nuts a...
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By John LaRocca
(LaRocca Inspections)
I RAN ACROSS THESE HALLOWEEN / REAL ESTATE RELATED COMICS AND DECIDED TO SHARE THEM. ALL KIDDING ASIDE, I HOPE THAT ALL OF YOU ARE MANAGING, DESPITE THE SUFFERING ECONOMY. MY COMPANY, LaRocca Inspections IS STILL DOING 120-150 INSPECTIONS AND UP PER WEEK. (Quite a few are bank owned properties) SO THERE ARE STILL BUYERS OUT THERE! I know times are hard out there so if you are in Los Angeles County & are in need of a home inspection, I would like to offer you a 10% discount. Just mention code HPD1 when ordering the inspection. (Limit one per customer, Expires 10/31/08) John LaRocca  -  LaRocca Inspections (818) 951-1795    www.LaRoccaInspect.com
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By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
There are thousands of Real Estate Agents who are licensed in the Greater Los Angeles Area. Interestingly enough their skill levels and their quality of their service levels vary a great deal. If you are a Potential Seller you must look at the marketing skills of the Real Estate Agents who cover the Greater Los Angeles Area. The next step is ask the RE Agent if he or she is a Realtor and look at their Membership card if they say yes. There is a huge difference between a Realtor and a RE Agent. I will only mention one difference here, for starters a ‘Code of Ethics'.  Let's start by analyzing the many things a local Realtor can do for you to market your home besides advertising in the local Multiple Listing Service (MLS). The local newspaper used to be a good source for marketing homes. ...
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By James Engel, KW Beverly Hills
(Keller Williams Realty Beverly Hills)
  Day: Sunday Hours: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM Location: Larchmont Blvd Parking Lot #694  City: Los Angeles County: Los Angeles Manager: Jennifer McColm Office Address: 19301 Caladero St., Tarzana, CA 91356 Phone: 818-591-8161        What's Fresh Right Now •       Green beans•       Pomegranates•       Beets•       Grapes •       Limes•       Asian Pears•       Mushrooms•       Brussel Sprouts•       Walnuts•       Chinese Broccoli•       Honey•       Winter Squash•       Mandarin Oranges•       Tangerines•       Spinach•       Persimmons•       Avocadoes     Larchmont Village is one of the community's fortunate enough to have a Certified Farmers Market (CFM)!  Supporting your local Farmers Market not only gives you the freshest fruits and vegetables but it's also a way to give your local sma...
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By Carmen Towles
(That Notary Gal)
Notaries have their finger on the pulse of the crisis on Wall Street. After all, many of us call ourselves "Loan Signing Agents," and so we saw the corruption of the sub-prime lending racket first-hand: the bad loans, the irresponsible borrowers, and the devious loan-officers who trick their clients. We notaries know how this non-sense began, even if we don't know how it ends. Right now we need to know how this will effect the Notary business and what we can do about it What's going on? Personally, I have noticed that a large amount of work in Loan Signing has disappeared. This is natural since the smaller lenders (even a few of the larger ones—goodbye wamu) have been dropping like flies. Fortunately enough for us, many of the larger lenders are still keeping the loan business in alive—...
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By Annie Pinsker-Brown, Stage to Sell, Los Angeles Home Stager
(Stage to Sell - LA Home Staging)
Earlier this year when I got the call to "Stage" a low-income housing development for an inspection (see original post), I thought it would be a one-time job. As it turned out, however, the developers are quickly becoming one of my best repeat clients! Their "lesson learned" on the last job was that they should bring in a designer at the beginning stages of the project, rather than wait until they have a bunch of furniture and no cohesive design. So that's how it happened that I got another call a couple of months ago to preview their latest property - Carondelet Court. Once again we were asked to design the community area for the development - a space that will be utilized by all the residents for socializing, watching TV, and taking courses (the city & state who fund these types of de...
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By Nathan Goodman
(Ranch & Resort Group)
I believe that getting front of the financial crisis will only drag the Federal Government further into the red.  Historically the government is a reactive measure to combat private sector issues when the free market was unable to solve the problem.  I fear that this time we are only stepping out in front of a speeding train that is eventually going to wreck.  Accept this time the Federal Government is a passenger instead of a on looker of the financial tragedy.  The plan can stop the inevitable so just let it happen rather than delay it until the winter or early spring.  The constant propping up of the markets is only making the Governments credibility more deeply entrenched in the bad faith of this financial crisis.  If the federal government goes down due to bad Private market choice...
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By James Engel, KW Beverly Hills
(Keller Williams Realty Beverly Hills)
Top 5 Links to Events in October for Little Tokyo   Madama Butterfly  MOCA Exhibit  9 to 5  The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family The House of Blues Leaves   There's so much cool stuff going on in LA that sometimes it's hard to find events just in your neighborhood. Well, we've put this blog series together to help out!   We have put this together as a series so, make sure to check back often for other regional write ups. The districts covered include Beverly Hills, Culver City, West LA, Brentwood, Westwood, Downtown, Chinatown, East LA, Little Tokyo, Westlake, Hollywood, West Hollywood, Echo Park, Los Feliz, Silver Lake, Melrose District, Melrose Heights, Beverly, Fairfax District, Miracle Mile, Mid Wilshire, Hancock Park, Park La Brea, Koreatown, Santa Monica, Venice, Malibu...
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By Sean Goodsell
(CorralesGoodsell REO Los Angeles County)
With all the negative media regarding Los Angeles County real estate, I find that most people are very surprised to learn that our REO inventory at CorralesGoodsell is selling at a good pace.  Most people assume that investors are gobbling up our inventory  and then renting the homes out.  We do have investors purchasing REO properties, however these investors are competing with many first time home buyers and families looking to take advantage of great new lending programs.  Traditional Buyers have not evaporated; families are being created and expanded everyday along with a tremendous influx of a new population of families looking for homes in Los Angeles County for all the same demogrphic reasons that has kept our population growth for so many years.  In fact, a majority of the REO p...
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By James Engel, KW Beverly Hills
(Keller Williams Realty Beverly Hills)
5 Links to Events in October for Chinatown   Michele Lombardelli Paintings  Diggin at Mountain Bar  Chinese Historical Society Meeting  Computer Animation Classes for Children  Detour Festival   There's so much cool stuff going on in LA that sometimes it's hard to find events just in your neighborhood. Well, we've put this blog series together to help out!   We have put this together as a series so, make sure to check back often for other regional write ups. The districts covered include Beverly Hills, Culver City, West LA, Brentwood, Westwood, Downtown, Chinatown, East LA, Little Tokyo, Westlake, Hollywood, West Hollywood, Echo Park, Los Feliz, Silver Lake, Melrose District, Melrose Heights, Beverly, Fairfax District, Miracle Mile, Mid Wilshire, Hancock Park, Park La Brea, Koreatown, S...
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By James Engel, KW Beverly Hills
(Keller Williams Realty Beverly Hills)
5 Links to Events in October for Downtown   Scott Siedman Paintings  Punky Reggae Party  Bliss  Los Angeles Philharmonic  Proper   There's so much cool stuff going on in LA that sometimes it's hard to find events just in your neighborhood. Well, we've put this blog series together to help out!    We have put this together as a series so, make sure to check back often for other regional write ups. The districts covered include Beverly Hills, Culver City, West LA, Brentwood, Westwood, Downtown, Chinatown, East LA, Little Tokyo, Westlake, Hollywood, West Hollywood, Echo Park, Los Feliz, Silver Lake, Melrose District, Melrose Heights, Beverly, Fairfax District, Miracle Mile, Mid Wilshire, Hancock Park, Park La Brea, Koreatown, Santa Monica, Venice, Malibu, Palms, Burbank, Glendale, North Ho...
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