Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Remodeled Hyde Park Spanish 3+2

My latest listing is a gorgeous remodeled Spanish Home in prime Hyde Park just outside Inglewood. This house is located an in up and coming area near the new LA Rams stadium and close to the new LAX Metro line to be completed in 2019. This area is going to boom, get in now while prices are still reasonable.

LAX/Crenshaw Metro line extension, to be completed 2019.

The property was lovingly restored to it's old Hollywood glory days. They just don't make them like this any more. This spacious home (almost 1400 square feet) features a beautiful new kitchen, three large bedrooms and a sizable back yard. Separate dining area and breakfast nook, large walk in closets and architectural features that invoke old Hollywood glamour make this home the one to beat. Asking price $399,000 contact Sky Minor 310-709-8283 for a showing!

Curved vaulted ceiling in the living room-such glamour!

All new kitchen

Master Bathroom and Bedroom

Walk in closet


Bedroom 2

Bedroom 3

Friday, March 18, 2016

Hip Toluca Lake 2+2 condo!

New Listing! Hip Toluca Lake Mid-Century Modern 2+2 condo. 
10240 Camarillo St. #114 Toluca Lake CA 91602
Asking $398,000

This is one of the rare condos in Toluca Lake, the jewel of the San Fernando Valley. Toluca Lake is a quiet, green area just outside Hollywood and it has always been home to many Hollywood elites like Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, Julie Andrews, Ron Howard etc. The location of this unit is excellent, three blocks from all the shops, bars, boutiques and Trader Joes on Riverside Dr. This unit feeds into the coveted Toluca Lake Elementary school.

The unit is in a fabulous mid-century modern building. It has an open, spacious floor plan bathed in natural light. The master bedroom has huge closets and an en suite bathroom.There is a private balcony perfect for sipping coffee in the mornings. The building is pet friendly and features a sparkling pool, rec room and courtyard. HOA dues are $352/mo. For more information or to arrange a showing contact Sky Minor at 310-709-8283.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Are Real Estate Agents Becoming Obsolete?

Sean Hess
Sean HessManaging Partner, Broker, St. Augustine Team Realty
I am a Realtor and a Broker, and if you could just jump online and buy a house you wouldn’t need me. Actually, there are auction sites where you canbuy a house online, so you really don’t need me.

But I will always have a job, and I chalk it up to human nature.

Buying a house should be easy. You should be able to go out and find a house you like, and then buy it. But there’s so much drama.

Here’s some of the issues I’ve seen pop up over the years:

A buyer wanted to buy a house near the beach, and yet seemed astounded when I advised her that she needed flood insurance.

I had a seller tell my customers as that some river rocks around the house made it “termite proof.” I had to convice these customers that there is no such thing as “termite proof” in Florida.

The first thing almost every buyer asks when they sign a purchase agreement for a home is, “How do I get my money back if…” (the question is always open ended). In other words, they’re already thinking of backing out before they’ve even made the offer.

In a sale where I had the buyers, the sellers claimed on a written disclosure that the home never had termites, yet proudly presented receipts for work done to repair “extensive termite damage.”

I’ve had the sellers in a transaction swear a home was termite free. After termites were discovered and a pest service came out to fumigate, the neighbor strolled over and said, “Well, they’re finally doing something about those termites.”

After a lender told me three days before closing that the buyer’s paperwork was good and we would close on time, the lender literally disappeared. I had the sellers and it was a very rough month until we could close again with another lender.

I once had a couple lose a house because they put off some required paperwork in order to go play bingo.

At a home inspection one of my partners attended, he opened the door to find a man with a gun drawn. The seller didn’t bother inform the tenant (with the gun) that people were coming over that morning. The tenant thought someone was breaking in.

Is a pattern emerging here?

So why do you need a Realtor?

You would think it’s the marketing, the access to all of the homes, knowledge of certain neighborhoods, the understanding of contracts, or all the background expertise about inspections. But it’s not.

Because in every real estate transaction at least one of the parties visits Crazyland somewhere along the way. And that’s normal.

The Realtor’s core value, the sole reason we exist, is to keep the other side honest and to massage away problems when they happen.

A real estate sale is probably the highest dollar transaction a regular person will ever be involved it. It creates a huge amount of stress.

Because of this stress I often see people at their very worst.
Something goes wrong and they get so upset with the other party that they are willing to cut off their own nose to spite their face.

They break promises and lie because they think telling the truth will cost them money. Usually it ends up costing them money anyway and it always takes a Realtor to iron things out. With grace and with tact.

So even though I’m the business of selling a staple product (food and clothing being the other two), I actually owe my job to human nature.

Honestly, I would rather deal with sane people. But when one of my agents comes in with a transaction blowing up I tell them, "That's our job, that's the reason they need us. Let's go save somebody's world again..."

Monday, January 19, 2015

Rehabbed Craftsman Bungalow in up and coming Boyle Heights

2221 Inez st. LA 90023. Remodeled 3+2+office house one block from Hollenbeck Park, one mile from Downtown LA and right in the middle of the gentrification wave. Asking $379,000