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Real Estate Link Love: November 2017


Just listed on the MLS — I designed the garden/patio for this cute Echo Park 2 bedroom/2 bath house on a corner lot, three years ago. It’s a short walk to Mohawk Bend, Bar Bandini, Elf, Crossfit, yoga and all the bars/restaurants on Sunset. If you want more info on the property let me know! It’s not my listing but I’m happy to show it.


Hey Kids!
I’ve been listening to a lot of podcasts lately driving around LA and back and forth to the desert.  If you are interested in investment property you should really listen to Bigger Pockets: Real Estate. It will get you excited about building an investment portfolio. Plus, they have archive of 300+ episodes, so you are sure to find something on pretty much any topic you are interested in right now.



MARKET UPDATES / FINANCE
Mortgage rates ticking higher. No doubt will be above 4% throughout 2018, and may even touch 5%.
More than 1/2 of millenials are telling their friends how much they make at work
Ramit on the concept of stealth wealth, growing rich but not telling friends/family
Freelancers are more likely to have skills need in near future

HOME BUYING PROCESS
Don’t let fear prevent you from applying for a mortgage
Philly lawyer offering $1 bounty for “We buy houses” signs
Why you really need a realtor

LOCAL
Rent control in California could expand under proposed state laws
LA Conservancy trying to say Nuetra’s Chuey House
Highland Park history
More info on the massive Boyle Heights Sear complex

DESIGN / HOME / RENOVATION / LIVING
Emily Henderson bought a mountain weekend house outside LA… Big Bear?
Everything you need to know about butcher block counters
5 Los Angeles fixers
Hot color for 2018
Amazon wants to let themselves in to your house
Tips to reduce your electricity bill
Richard Branson encourages parents to work from home


Wondering if you should stay or go?

Let’s get tea and discuss your situation.


See more: Featured Properies, Link Love, Market Updates, News

Desert Real Estate Link Love | October 2017


Beavertail, our smaller Airbnb in Joshua Tree just turned 1 year old and we just got our 100th review. It was recently featured on the cover of California Lifestyle magazine! Follow Beavertail on Instagram.


Hi Guys!

I keep getting a ton of interest and lots questions about buying property in the desert! Weather you are thinking about moving out there full time, getting a second home or a vacation rental there are a ton of options. And compared to LA prices it is very affordable.

Some advice getting started:

1. Explore the area. Get to know it before you focus on looking at specific listings. Each desert community is unique and you need to identify places that you want to live. A good way to do this is to rent Airbnb’s in areas you are thinking about and spending some time there getting to know the area, going to stores, restaurants and living the life. I’m happy to orient you and give you overview of desert communities and to make suggestions on where to start.

2. Instagram. Follow people living in the areas you are curious about!. You can learn a lot about the people, and what is going on this way. Search hashtags for areas: #joshuatree #palmsprings #29palms, etc.

3. Stats. If you are thinking about buying a house to use as vacation rental, you really need to do your research. There is a ton of competition. Lots of people are already doing it, and there are a lot of people in the process of renovating places that will be online soon. You really need to smart about your strategy and do market research. I can point you in the right direction.

I’m usually in Joshua Tree a few days a week (typically Friday – Sunday) and I am happy to show you homes in Coachella Valley and the Hi-Desert.


History of homesteader cabins in Wonder Valley
Can your neighbors Airbnb impact your property value
The mortgage process – what you need to know (infographic)
How to renovate a house on a budget
Before they had a berry farm the Knotts lived in the hi-desert
Fall in love with the desert…. 35 iconic southwest sites
How Joshua trees were named
Hantivirus can live in old desert wood (like delapidated shacks)
Ambitious shipping container house proposed for JT
Conde Nest guide to JT
Palm Springs party pad w pool for $649k
Pioneertown – the new old west


 

See more: Hi-Desert, Joshua Tree, Link Love, Market Updates, News, Vacation Rentals

Real Estate Link Love | October 2017


Just sold! I represented out of town buyers on this charming craftsman in Vermont Harbor. It’s near USC and Leimert Park. 4 bedroom, 2 bath, 1800sf. Wrap around porch. Stained glass in the den. Dozens of built in cabinets, dressers and bookcases. Sleeping porches, plate racks, wainscoting, tile fireplace… It needs some updating but it has all the original charm and craftsman detail! I’m so excited to see the reno. Sold for $535k. 15k below asking!


It’s fall, which means we can get out our sweaters and boots. It also means slightly less crazy house hunting. Typically late spring and summer are the craziest time around here. This is partially driven by the fact that everyone with kids wants to move during the summer break. Also, the weather is nice and people go to more open houses. In the fall and during the winter holidays a lot of casual buyers are distracted with other things going on. So, this time of year is ideal for serious buyers to buckle down. I would still expect multiple offers on most LA homes, but there will likely be less offers, which means your odds improve!

MARKET UPDATES / FINANCE
Mortgage rates still incredibly low, but up a bit because of the jobs report
Want to know why tons of SF people are moving here?
90% of families have had their wealth decline over last 27 years
Millionaire gives money advice to millennials
How are young buyers putting in all cash offer? Some are tapping equity in their parents house

HOME BUYING PROCESS
The mortgage process – what you need to know (infographic)
You do NOT need 20% down

LOCAL
LA prices keep climbing – 5th straight month
LA Renters expected to pay $136 more a month by 2019
CA landlords can’t threaten undocumented immigrant tenants anymore
What 1m will get you in LA
Cookbook opening second bigger location in the Figueroa corridor
20 things to do this fall in LA

DESIGN / HOME / RENOVATION
New roof is the best return on investment (podcast)
Easy DIY projects to add value to your home
The problem with tiny homes – where do you park it legally?
Srsl? I have way crazier real estate stories… just ask me
How to grout tile like a pro
Best investment furniture pieces for you first house

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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.

See more: Hi-Desert, Joshua Tree, Link Love

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.

 

See more: Diary, Link Love, Market Updates, News

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

See more: Case Studies, Link Love, News

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


See more: Link Love, Market Updates, News