June 2, 2017

Pick Of The Week | 363 S Las Palmas Avenue

My pick this week is 363 S Las Palmas Avenue | Hancock Park-Wilshire

363 S Las Palmas Hancock Park
Sophisticated & Private French Country Trophy Estate designed by Stiles O. Clements

363 S Las Palmas Hancock Park
Look at those high ceilings in this grand living room!

363 S Las Palmas Hancock Park
A formal dining room fit for the most fabulous dinner party

363 S Las Palmas Hancock Park
Incredible chef’s kitchen opens to family room

363 S Las Palmas Hancock Park
Stunning master suite with custom closets, master bath and large balcony

363 S Las Palmas Hancock Park
Gorgeous outdoor gardens + pool

Listing Courtesy of Scott Segall – Douglas Elliman

$7,699,000 |  4 bedroom / 5 bath  | 5,956 sq/ft 

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May 4, 2017

Pick Of The Week | 709 Lorraine

My pick this week is 709 Lorraine | Hancock Park-Wilshire

709 Lorraine Hancock Park
Gorgeous Windsor Village home with 4 beds/3 baths + bonus room


Formal living room with Batchelder fireplace + four sets of French windows

709 Lorraine Hancock Park
Dining room with French doors to the deck

709 Lorraine Hancock Park
Large eat in kitchen and bonus room beyond

709 Lorraine Hancock Park
Large master bedroom with walk-in closet and bathroom with double vanities

709 Lorraine Hancock Park

Spacious backyard, detached garage + two car driveway

Listing Courtesy of Angela Bond – Keller Williams Larchmont

$1,760,000 |  4 bedroom / 3 bath  | 3,262 sq/ft 

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March 17, 2017

Surviving Your Long Distance Home Purchase

Buying a new home can be stressful. But when you have to do it from across the country, it can be doubly so. If you’ve recently gotten a new job, committed to a new relationship or just need a change of pace, you may soon find yourself in the position of house-hunting from another state. Here’s what you need to know so you can survive the process.

Start online

In today’s technological world, much of your home search can be conducted online from the comfort of your current home. There are plenty of real estate websites you can use to see what's listed in the local market where you're going.  Get a sense of what prices are like and what you’ll be able to afford. Use Google Earth to take a virtual tour of potential neighborhoods. There is so much you can learn without even visiting.  Start to think about who you're going to interview to be your agent to help you find a house in your new neighborhood and set up some interviews.   

Interview real estate agents over the phone

Even though you can’t meet them in person, you should still take time to interview potential agents over the phone. Your relationship with your agent is an important part of the process, and you’ll be relying on them even more when moving from a long distance. Working with someone who is extremely knowledgeable about the market you’re moving to is important. Try to interview at least three agents to find the one that is most compatible with your needs.

Get clear about your needs

When you’re searching for a home nearby, it’s easy to take an afternoon to look at potential homes, even if you don’t think they’re a perfect fit. Not so if you’re moving far away. In order to maximize the time you have to look at homes, you need to get very clear about what it is you want and what you can afford. Make a list of what you can’t live without and a list of what might be nice to have. Be sure to communicate these desires to your agent so that they can be sure to schedule viewings only for homes that fit your needs.

Take a weekend visit

If possible, you should try to get out to your new city for a couple of days to look at houses in person. If you’ve gotten specific about your needs and communicated them to your agent, you should have enough time to see the homes you would be genuinely interested in. You can also use this time to drive around potential new neighbors and get a feel for them.

Consider short-term housing

If all this sounds too stressful, you might consider simply living in short-term housing when you first arrive. Look online for short-term leases or sublets in the city where you want to move. Taking a few months to get to know a neighborhood can help make your housing choices clearer, and it can relieve some of the stress as you are packing up and getting ready to move.

While buying a home from across the country can be daunting, it isn’t impossible. With a little planning and a trusted agent at your side, you can complete your home purchase more easily and be settled in no time.

Posted in Buyers
March 17, 2017

How to Deal With Post Home Purchase Anxiety

You just bought a new house. You should be happy, right? But unfortunately, you can’t quite shake this sinking feeling that somehow you’ve made a big mistake.

The good news is that feeling anxious after a big purchase is totally normal and there are ways you can deal with it. Here are a few proven methods you can use to help conquer that feeling of buyer’s remorse.

Remind yourself why you bought the house

When you first began your home search, did you write out a list of what you wanted and needed in a home? Now is the time to revisit that list. Does the home you just purchased tick off many of the items on your list? What was it about the house that made you originally fall for it? You might discover that it isn’t the house itself that is provoking your anxious feelings. It could just be that any home purchase would trigger these feelings. It can be incredibly reassuring to remind yourself of why this house is the one for you.

Make a list of your worries

Home ownership can bring with it a new set of worries that you might not have anticipated. Go ahead and make a list of what’s worrying you. This could be everything from not being able to afford your mortgage payments to making needed repairs on the house. After you’ve gotten all those doubts on paper, choose one worry and tackle it. Maybe it’s a small repair you can finish in an afternoon. Or perhaps it’s a plan for how you’ll pay your mortgage if you suddenly find yourself without a job. The best way to banish your worries is to confront them head on.

Pick your favorite spot

A great way to ease any worry is to be mindful and present. Walk around your new house and really see and experience every room in the present moment. How does the light hit the wall in the afternoon? Which window affords the best views? How nice is it going to feel sitting in front of a fire in the new fireplace? Imagine taking a bath in that new Jacuzzi tub. Pick a favorite spot in your new home that you can retreat to when you’re feeling particularly anxious. Take some deep breaths and remember that this feeling of buyer’s remorse is only temporary.

Have a housewarming party

Nothing makes a house feel more like home than filling it with friends and family who love you. Don’t feel like your house needs to be “finished” before inviting people over for a housewarming party. Have a barbecue, cook a three-course meal in your new kitchen, or get your friends together to watch the big game. It doesn’t matter what the reason is, just get your favorite people together to celebrate you and your new home. You’ll be amazed at how their excitement for you will make you feel.

Ultimately, when feeling anxious about your new home purchase, simply remember that this is a natural part of the home-buying process. Soon those feelings will pass and you’ll wonder why you ever worried in the first place.

Posted in Buyers
March 17, 2017

Pick Of The Week | 101 N Windsor

My pick this week is 101 N Windsor | Hancock Park-Wilshire

101 N Windsor Hancock Park
Light-filled 1927 Spanish Revival

101 N Windsor Hancock Park
Loving that fireplace in the living room

101 N Windsor Hancock Park
More beams in the Dining room

101 N Windsor Hancock Park
Apparently I’m just obsessed with ceilings…look at this!!

101 N Windsor Hancock Park
Master bedroom with a lovely set of French doors

101 N Windsor Hancock Park
And at the end of the day it’s all about that South-facing pool/spa

Listing Courtesy of Robert Risher – Berkshire Hathaway

$3,850,000 |  4 bedroom / 4 bath  | 3,539 sq/ft 

 

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March 17, 2017

What Are Home Sellers Required to Disclose?

Are you gearing up to sell your home? Then you should know that there are certain things you are legally required to disclose to potential buyers. If you don’t, you could find yourself in legal or financial hot water. While disclosure regulations vary by state, here are some main issues you are required to tell buyers.

Lead paint

The most important disclosure you need to make – and one that is a federal law — is whether or not your home may contain lead paint. How do you know if your home has lead paint? If it was constructed before 1978, you need to have it checked by a professional and both buyer and seller must sign a disclosure. Agents are also required to provide a pamphlet from the EPA about how to deal with lead-based paint. If your home was built after 1978, you’re in the clear.

Crime or death

In some locations, sellers are required to disclose whether or not a crime or death has happened on the property. If you’re a buyer, you can even check the address for yourself at this website for a fee.

Paranormal activity

Whether or not ghosts are real is up for debate. Nevertheless, some states do require that sellers disclose any paranormal activity in the home. If you think your house is haunted, you should disclose it. Even if you think it sounds silly.

Pests

Most states require that sellers disclose if there are any infestations or problems with pests in the home. This can include mice, bats, raccoons and snakes. If your home has been treated for termites, this is also something you should be sure to tell a potential buyer.

Water damage

If you have a basement that floods or a roof that leaks, it is important that you make these issues known. Make sure to provide copies of insurance claims or receipts if water damage is an issue you’ve addressed in the past.

Toxic materials

If water has entered your home, it could lead to mold – which is another issue you need to disclose. While most homes contain mold of some kind, it is black mold that can be toxic and needs to be disclosed. This includes whether or not you’ve done mold remediation in the past. Other types of toxic materials that need to be disclosed are radon in basements and asbestos in insulation.

Disputes with neighbors

Is part of your fence on the neighbor’s property, or is their fence on yours? Have you had any disputes with neighbors over property lines? These issues should be disclosed. In addition, while it may not be required, you may want to be upfront if there are any other issues with the neighbors. This could include if they have frequent loud parties late into the night or a particularly aggressive and loud dog.

Check state regulations

Your real estate agent should be well versed in what disclosures need to be made in your state. You can also check for yourself to make sure all your bases are covered. When in doubt, honesty is generally the best policy. By disclosing all known major issues upfront, you are protecting yourself from possible litigation in the future.

Posted in Sellers
March 10, 2017

Pick Of The Week | 138 Wilton Drive

My pick this week is 138 Wilton Drive | Hancock Park-Wilshire

138 Wilton Hancock Park
Inviting and restored Traditional

138 Wilton Hancock Park
Sunny living room with decorative fireplace

138 Wilton Hancock Park
Look at those French doors in the dining room

138 Wilton Hancock Park
Remodeled kitchen has stainless steel appliances + breakfast booth

138 Wilton Hancock Park
Master bedroom with newer private bath

138 Wilton Hancock Park

I’ll get cozy around this fireplace with a glass of wine roasting marshmallows anytime!

Listing Courtesy of Rick Llanos – Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

$2,199,000 |  4 bedroom / 3 bath  | 2,414 sq/ft 

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Feb. 3, 2017

Pick Of The Week | 626 N Lucerne Boulevard

My pick this week is 626 N Lucerne Boulevard | Hancock Park


This charming Cottage home is just ONE block from Larchmont Boulevard!


Look at the size of this living room…and THAT fireplace


Imagine what you could do with this HUGE dining room


Get your creativity on in the kitchen


Master bedroom…look at those hardwood floors


I’ll take a dip in THIS pool anytime.

Listing Courtesy of Lisa Hutchins – Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

$959,000 |  3 bedroom / 2 bath  | 1,564 sq/ft 

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Jan. 26, 2017

Pick Of The Week | 917 S Longwood

My pick this week is 917 S Longwood Avenue | Hancock Park


Elegant, dramatic Country English


Stunning entry with sweeping staircase leads to step down living room


Lovely formal dining room


Chef’s kitchen with soapstone countertops and spacious island


Large sun-filled master suite


Generous yard with pool, brook and vineyard

Listing Courtesy of Anne Loveland – Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

$2,695,000 |  5 bedroom / 3 bath  | 3,848 sq/ft 

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Posted in Favorite Homes
Jan. 23, 2017

Another Great Review For Bond Real Estate

The story:

It was such a pleasure to help my client sell her unit, and I was so touched that she remembered me years later.

Posted in Sellers