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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.

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Real Estate Hot Links: December 2016


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

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 Market Update: Los Feliz, 90027

Trends in Los Feliz — Inventory down 43% over a year ago. Median sold price down 8% over a year ago. Property sitting on market longer before it sells.

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


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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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Market Update: Mt. Washington – 90065

Mt. Washington is super hot right now. Median sold price is up 26% over 1 year ago. A lot of flippers are going after properties in this area, because you can still get some relatively cheap properties than need TLC.

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Home Buyer Q + A on April 10th

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Hi Everyone!

It’s that time again. I’m hosting another Home Buyer’s Q + A on April 10th, 6pm. It’s going to be at my house in Echo Park. Bring your partner, friends and join us for cocktails, snacks and a ton of great info!


  • Natalie Salins from Movement Mortgage will be here to answer all your FINANCIAL QUESTIONS. She will also give some tips on raising credit scores and discuss ways to get people with non-traditional (freelance) income approved. She is a-mazing!
  • I’ll going to talk about the home buying PROCESS and answer your questions about what to expect. 
  • I’ll explain some common real estate TERMINOLOGY that can be confusing.
  • We will talk about FIXERS and deciding how much you can take on in a REMODEL.
  • We will look at the LOCAL MARKET CONDITIONS and why things are so damn expensive.
  • I’ll share some tips on how to write a really great BUYER’s LETTER.
  • I’ll show you how to weigh if it is better for you to RENT or BUY.
  • We can talk about up and coming NEIGHBORHOODS.
  • Plus, any other QUESTIONS!

Come hungry — we will have lots of snacks, drinks & cocktails.

Please RSVP via email to Space is limited since it is at my house.
+ Feel free to invite friends, but just make sure they RSVP!


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Real Estate Link Love: March, 2016

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Two weeks after escrow closed and framing already going in! We don’t mess around. Let’s get this done.


Market Updates: Los Feliz, Highland Park

Mayor Garcetti sells his Echo Park home for $1.7 million

Tips on remodeling as a couple, by Justina Blakeney

Living near one of these might double your property value

Is the dining room dead? I say put it outside

Smaller downpayment and no mortgage insurance

Best modern house numbers 1,2,3…

Spirit Wind, our new house in Joshua Tree

Iconic Lautner to be donated to LACMA

Thinking about buying a house in Los Angeles?
Come to my First Time Home Buyer workshop April 10th!
RSVP – space limited

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Join me — My next 1st Time Home Buyer Event is on April 10th

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Thinking about buying a house or condo in the next couple of years?

Join us for cocktails, snacks and a ton of great information!

Natalie Salins (who is awesome by the way…) from Movement Mortgage will join us to answer all your questions regarding pre-qualification and loans. We will cover FHA, conventional, renovation loans, etc. Interest rates, points and all those confusing real estate terms. She will give times on improving your credit score. Natalie is also a wiz at getting people with non-traditional income funded. So if you are a freelancer you will really want to talk with her.

After Natalie talks, I’ll share my process and what to expect from the home buying experience. And we can talk a bit about up and coming neighborhoods in Los Angeles and what is going on with the market overall!

The event is at my house in Echo Park so space is limited. 
Please RSVP to

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