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Link Love: Hi-Desert, Joshua Tree | June 2017

I represented the out of town buyers on this very cheerful, renovated homesteader cabin that is located on the border between North Joshua Tree and 29 Palms. The previous owner was going to use it exclusively as an art studio, so they added skylights, lots of ceiling fixtures light and electrical outlets. One room homesteader cabins like this make great, low maintenance weekend/vacation houses. There were three offers the first weekend the house went on the market and my clients beat out an all cash offer. 


1/2 the most popular cities for second home in CA are in the desert
Meet the flipsters… millennial hipsters who flip houses
Things to consider when buying a vacation home
My sister-in-law Jody & her husband Tim just listed their vacation rental Casa Panorama in Joshua Tree
NPR story on Palm Springs, Midcentury architect William Krisal
Ghost towns of the Mojave
Debate on the preservation of Noah Purifoy
21% of sales nation wide last month were ALL CASH
7 things you don’t know about Creosote bush
Plan to pump Mojave water to LA
Hippies are the new hipster
Guide to wildflowers in hi-desert
Air conditionings impact on modern architecture


Thinking about buying or selling property in the Hi-Desert or Palm Springs?
Let’s get coffee and talk.

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Real Estate Hot Links: June 2017

Screen Shot 2017-05-25 at 2.35.08 PMInterest rates last week were the lowest this year… Interest rate hike probably coming in June


What is all this talk about avocado toast?
Why rich people spend more time with their friends
Prepare for a new supercycle of innovation
70’s beach house for sale
Magical rug color that works in any house
Hippies are the new Hipsters
10 kitchens with the Grundtal rail system
Vogue has officially found Highland Park… and Montecito Heights
It’s not just trees that we need in cities… we need hedges
Vintage IKEA selling for a ton of money
Condo prices in DTLA way up
Tile backsplashes are kind of boring… think metallic
Chinese millennial buying homes sight unseen on apps on their phones
More big news on the LA River corridor
Forget L shaped sections… U is the new shape
Boogie Nights house in sale.. if these walls could talk omg
Air conditioning’s impact on modern architecture
Gray is the new white for walls
How to Jungalow like a minamalist
People in East LA marching for rent control
LA population reaches 4 million and climbing
Private car ownership may be down 80 percent by 2030
I’m excited terrazzo is making a big come back
Starbucks is fueling property value
Palm Springs is on fire


Thinking about buying a house? Not sure if you are ready? Or how to get ready?
Let’s get coffee and I’ll help you make a roadmap.

See more: Link Love, Market Updates, News

Real Estate Link Love: May 2017

JUST SOLD! Large, three story Hi-Fi  (Historic Filipinotown) condo in walking distance to Echo Park and really close to the bars and restaurants on Temple and Beverly. This place has tons of space to spread out. It’s fully renovated and ready to move in. It’s in a great location on a quiet street. Hi – Fi is really well situated neighborhood close to public transit, DTLA, Hollywood and Silver Lake / Echo Park. Tons of new apartments being built nearby on Temple Street.


1st Quarter Heat Map – see what neighborhoods are the hottest right now
Echo Park & Silver Lake condos are in high demand
1/2 the most popular cities for second home in CA are in the desert
Silver Lake in process of being refilled but not everyone agrees it’s a good idea
Sorry grandma… no one wants the family heirlooms
Meet the flipsters… millennial hipsters who flip houses
I dig this kinetic Iranian house
Living with a lot of plants may help you live to be crazy old
LA making it harder to take rent controlled units off the marketExpert tips on picking paint colors
The differences between how rich and poor people spend their money
You could put your stuff in storage and start living the  #vanlife
Nation wide we are in the 2nd biggest housing boom of all time
Small lots homes in Echo Park now starting over 1m
Leimart Park photo essay
My sister-in-law Jody & her husband Tim just opened an Airbnb in Joshua Tree
Fascinating article on how TGI Fridays is losing it’s flair and the trend toward clutter free interiors
The 4 types of gentrifiers… are you one of them?
Jon Hamm just bought a very thoughtful minimalist house in Los Feliz
Building permits in LA dropped 6 percent last year
Emily Henderson’s round of 126 dining room tables
Is everyone focused too much on gentrification?
They way we are living & spending money is changing and it’s killing retail stores
Pasadena closing loopholes on relocation fees for tenants
Median priced home near Dodger Stadium $640, 4th highest for a MLB ballpark


Thinking about buying or selling property on the east side of LA…
or Joshua Tree?

Let’s get coffee and talk.

 

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Real Estate Link Love: March 2017

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Boom! In escrow. This renovated homesteader cabin is in Twenty Nine Palms, near the border with Joshua Tree on 2.5 acres of land. It’s completely renovated and it has a number skylights and a million outlets because previous owner planned to use it exclusively as an art studio. It is totally open on the interior, with just a walled off bathroom. It has a brand new IKEA kitchen and bathroom and is ready to move in. Now it just needs a swanky patio, shade structure and some hammocks!

LA real estate up 7% in last year, median home price $525k
More than 1/2 of all LA homes sold for more than 1m in February
Airbnbs in Los Angeles are the most profitable in California
The asian supermarket in Echo Park is being converted to lofts and retails
On my bucket list… I want to build a house with a conversation pit
Silver Lake reservoir is being filled early due to our wet winter
8 mid range furniture companies to check out when you get sick of IKEA
Boyle Heights multi-family for sale for 1.6m… I remember when it was for sale a couple of years ago for a lot less
Guess who made the list of sexiest places to stay in Joshua Tree?!!
I have been thinking a lot about silence lately
High desert emerging as an arts destination, go see Desert X
Artist replaces billboards with images of landscapes they are blocking
Midcentury desert house for $250k
Mindset you will need to thrive in the future of work
Budget kitchen remodels – what can you do for 10-15k?
How to make your kitchen look more expensive – my tip, add a beverage/wine fridge
Caesarstone and Silestone counters are now more popular than granite
East coast Eichler for $490k
Altadena post and beam time capsule house
Why millennials are really into plants


Sick and tired of your landlord? Worried about rising interest rates?
Want to own a little piece of LA?
Let’s get 
coffee and talk about your life

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Real Estate Link Love: February 2017

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In escrow! Duplex in Boyle Heights. This property has two one-story houses on a corner lot, with each house facing a different street. The houses each have their own driveway and fenced yard, so it really doesn’t look like a duplex. They just look like any other two neighboring houses on a street. One house is vacant and my clients plan to renovate it and owner occupy it. The second slightly smaller house (shown in the photo) is tenant occupied. The houses need some TLC, but they have great craftsman bones and details. There is an extra wide parkway and lots of trees. I can’t wait to see how they fix it up!


My next 1st Time Home Buyer Q + A is March 5th – invite your friends!

How the Trump administration may impact home buying in 2017

Emily Henderson’s Glendale house on the market

More 2017 real estate predictions: Forbes, Washington Post, USA Today

White House suspends Obama administrations reduction in mortgage Insurance – FHA

2017 rents still rising in LA

Interest rates going up slowly

Why westsiders moving to NELA? Median home price in Venice 2m

CA renters now allowed to install electric car charging stations

LA to acquire G2 land to build park – great news for Cypress Park and Glassell Park

A desert pre-fab for sale in Yucca Valley

Why hasn’t MacArthur Park gentrified?


Thinking about buying a place in LA?
Not sure if better to buy or rent? Worried about interest rates?

Let’s get coffee and talk about it.

See more: Case Studies, Just Sold, Link Love, Market Updates, News

Real Estate Link Love: January 2017

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JUST CLOSED! So excited for my clients. They were renting in Angelino Heights and loved the neighborhood and being close to Echo Park Lake and and the nearby restaurants. You won’t believe this but we found them a home 5 doors down from where they were renting! I was joking they could just walk all their stuff down to the new house. It’s a cosmetic fixer, it doesn’t have the best street appeal now, but just check back in 6 months. This place is going to be stunning. And it has an amazing deep terraced backyard. And views of the DTLA skyline from the kitchen!

My next 1st Time Home Buyer Q + A is March 5th – invite your friends!

Hot neighborhoods: Glassell Park and Cypress Park (prices up 25% in 2016)

Choosing paint colors for your house can turn into existential crisis

Neighborhood guide: Leimart Park, West Adams

New state laws may make it easier to build “in-law” units in LA

How to build a high end kitchen on the cheap

Investor says NOT buying a home the biggest mistake by millennials

Rare cave house in Utah for auction

Trying to change your life? Creative Visualization will help make it happen


Thinking about buying a place in LA? Confused? Need Caffeine?
Let’s get coffee and talk about your life.

See more: Case Studies, Just Sold, Link Love

Real Estate Hot Links: December 2016

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Yay! Very excited for my client who just closed on this mid century fixer in Silver Lake. It has a butterfly roof and was designed by the Jo Paul Rognstad, who was a student of Whitney Smith and influenced by the case study homes. It has sweeping view of the Silver Lake reservoir, the observatory and the Hollywood sign. It’s a real gem and I’m excited to see what my client (who is a designer) does with the renovation.

Real estate predictions for 2017  & more predictions –  rising interest rates, easier credit

Interest rates have risen sharply in the last 8 weeks, if you are on the fence now would be a good time to buy

Hot hot hot neighborhoods 2016 – Atwater, Boyle Hts, Silverlake-Echo Park, Venice, etc.

Renovating? Apps you need on your phone

More single women buying houses

LA artists moving to Antelope Valley

Where are people going if they leave LA? The desert

Home prices in Joshua Tree jump 30% in 1 year

Palm Springs market updates

Stunning LA midcentury homes sold in 2016

Zsa-Zsa’s Palms Springs house on the market for under 1m


Thinking of buying or selling in Los Angeles? Or just getting the hell out of dodge?

Let’s get coffee and discuss your dreams


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Real Estate Hot Links: August 2016

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IN ESCROW —  super cute 2 bedroom, 1 bath condo in El Sereno with a great view, balcony and high walkability score! If you are still renting it may be possible to buy for the same monthly price as renting.


How to finance 2nd home as Airbnb

Indoor Lighting Roundup (it’s got everything…)

Malibu house Brady Bunch star bought at age 11 sells for 3.9m

The fight for second homes on single family lots in LA

Free things your Los Angeles library card gets you

Submit your home to Apartment Therapy (you know you want to…)

Tips on prepping your house for sale

IKEA has a new fancy harringbone butcher block counter

Renovation advice from AT

This Eichler in the Balboa Highlands makes me swoon

Beautiful George Nelson homes with original furnishings

Crazy double reverse spiral staircase in pre-civil war era house


Thinking about buying or selling property on the east side of LA… (or Joshua Tree)?
Let’s get coffee.

See more: Link Love, News

Real Estate Hot Links: July 2016

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JUST SOLD! I represented the buyers on this property in City Terrace. 4 bedroom, 2 bath + finished art studio. It has a massive plaza like patio for a backyard and epic views towards Long Beach. After a lot of negotiation they got it for 15k under asking. And I even negotiated to get the vintage umbrella table included in the deal. I LOVE all the big cactus on the property. It’s going to be a great entertaining house! The buyers are designers and I’m so excited to see how they transform this property…


Market Update: Los Feliz

Interest rates remain low, Fed says “no urgency” to raise

The ultimate status symbol? A second home in the same city

Challenges of growing old in suburbia

Trend: indoor hammocks

When the sellers leave a lot of their personal stuff

Is it better to rent or buy?

10 years after housing peaked, owners richer, renters struggling

Someone keeps 500+ plants in their Brooklyn apartment

Sunset magazine weighs in on the perfect raised bed for your garden

Lautner’s Elrod House in Palms Springs sells for almost 8m


Thinking of buying or selling on the east side of Los Angeles (or Joshua Tree)? 

Let’s get coffee and discuss your dreams

See more: Link Love, News

Real Estate Hot Links: June 2016

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Creating permanent outdoor seating (like this 40′ built-in bench) is a great way to attract buyers to your home.  More pics of this BREAKurban project. 


Eastside sales climb despite citywide decline; Glassell Park median jumps 22%

Trend: People are leaving LA and moving to the desert – Palm Springs, Phoenix, Palm Springs, etc.

Zillow CEO home sells for much less than the Zestimate

Whole Foods or TJ’s nearby will increase home value… should hold true for 365

It’s summer – best bars for outdoor drinking in LA, my favorite (not on list) The Lost Knight rooftop patio

Spirit Wind (our new house in Joshua Tree) is now available for rent on Airbnb

MoodMaybe wrote a great blog post on Spirit Wind

Sunset Magazine pulled together a great Guide to Joshua Tree

New era of multigenerational homes

50 Best Places to Buy Furniture Online by Elle

Firepit, fire table ideas

Is there a happiness boost to giving a tour of your home?


Thinking about buying or selling property on the east side?
Let’s get coffee and talk about your situation!

 

 

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