Silicon Beach & Greater Los Angeles Real Estate & Community News

April 18, 2018

3 Easy Updates Potential Buyers Will Love

Not only is selling your home a daunting task but preparing your home to sell is a huge undertaking. There are little changes that can make a huge impact on potential buyers, and can even increase the value of your home! Here are a few that you should do right now.

1. Start On The Street

An approachable home can make all the difference! A few things to consider doing at a street level: wash the entire exterior, touch up any paint jobs that have weathered over time, remove any overgrown plants and weeds, mow the lawn, and consider adding hardware such as a door knocker or updated numbers to really add that extra “oomph.”

2. Tackle the Kitchen & Bathrooms

Now is the time to deep clean the areas you may have been avoiding. Repainting adds ambiance and brightens up any room. Not sure what color to pick? Architectural Digest has a list of 10 best bathroom paint colors. Adding new tile and changing cabinet hardware can also make a huge impact. This will give these spaces a luxurious, sleek, and modern feel at a low cost! If you have more time on your hands, consider painting your kitchen cabinets. Architectural Digest also provides paint color & design inspiration to take your kitchen “from cookie cutter to high style.”

3. Let There Be Light!

A huge factor for buyers is natural light and ambiance. Deep clean and open up your windows to provide fresh air and light—creating instant space.

Don’t have natural light? You can add fixtures such as floor, table, and ceiling lights. Remember to purchase high quality LED bulbs that are consistent throughout the entire home. Adding mirrors can also be a huge help to amplify the light in any room.

Posted in Selling Your Home
April 10, 2018

Pinterest Worthy Beach Front Views in Santa Monica

Pinterest is one of our favorite sites when it comes to home inspiration.

We know homes with beach front views are the ones you want!

That’s why we compiled this list of homes in Santa Monica with some views that will put your Pinterest board to shame.

Posted in Real Estate News
Feb. 6, 2018

What $1,000,000 Buys You in Silicon Beach

There is much debate over where Silicon Beach is. For today, we are including the areas of Santa Monica, Venice, Pacific Palisades, Playa Vista, Playa del Rey, Westchester.

Essentially, we are covering the LA Urban coastal neighborhoods where you don't have to say "let's go into town" to go shopping.

For under $1,000,000 your options will be condominiums and townhouses. For a house with a yard, you may want to expand your search to areas along the Expo line in West Adams, Torrance, and the Valley.

If your'e not sure where to begin? Let's chat.

Until then, your search awaits...

Posted in Buying a Home
Feb. 6, 2018

2017 Market Update for Venice

Whether you’re buying or selling in Venice, it is vital to understand what the trends are in the market.

Knowing the most important data such as the number of homes sold, average sales price, and days on the market will better prepare you when it comes to buying a home or selling your current home.

Here is a market update for all of 2017. The video and infographic below are easy to understand and showcases everything that you need to know about your local real estate trends.

Posted in Community News
Feb. 6, 2018

Santa Monica & Venice - Q4 Market Update

Whether you’re buying or selling in Santa Monica or Venice, it is critical to have a good understanding of what’s going on in our market.

Knowing the most important data such as # of homes sold, average sales price and days on market will better prepare you to buy or sell a home.

Our Q4 market update is easy to understand and showcases everything that you need to know about local real estate trends.

Posted in Community News
Feb. 6, 2018

Selling a Property? Clean, Clear, Delete

Before & After: 880 W 1st Street #315

It was time for this  gorgeous & rare office townhouse in prime Downtown LA to make it's debut on the open real estate market. As with any debut, it takes time to get ready. The task list with real property, in order to appeal to buyer's, is usually clean, clear, delete.

Our first task with this property is to evaluate the townhouse and what needs to be done for a new debut on the market. Does it need a new price? NO.  New marketing? YES. A new look? YES.

The location is prime, near the Disney Concert Hall & Broad Museum. The interior needed a refresh. Having been used as an office for the past 10 years the property itself is in great condition. However, the office furniture was bulky & needed to be removed in order to "see" the space. Not to mention the huge patio was partially covered in dirt from a planter repair.

It took 2 weeks to get the planter fixed. During that time, we removed all of the furniture, 15 filing cabinets, and had a professional cleaning prior to having any professional photos taken.



Pro-tip: don't photograph or show your home until you clean, clear, and delete any items maximizing the value of your space!

Posted in Selling Your Home
Feb. 6, 2018

Price Improvements in Silcon Beach, CA

It’s true that everyone loves a good deal, especially when buying a home.

Throughout the month there are usually at least a handful of properties with reduced prices.

Some people might think a “price improvement” holds a bad connotation - but typically, that’s not the case. It really boils down to how motivated the seller(s) are, for many possible reasons.

If you’re a motivated buyer looking for a great deal on a Silicon Beach home, price reductions are a huge advantage for you.

Posted in Community News
Feb. 6, 2018

Santa Monica, August 2017 Sales for North of Wilshire, Neighborhood in 90403.

There were a total of 3 sales for the month of August in Santa Monica's, North of Wilshire neighborhood, 90403.

Our sale of 2233 Washington Ave happened in the first 2 weeks over asking with multiple offers. It was the first time on the market in 70 years. The family had moved out of the local area so it was time to sell and the new family lives locally. It will be preserved as did the last family. In other words it's not being torn down. Yay!

Below is a list of all closed sales for the month of August in Santa Monica's North of Wilshire. Along with another chart that shows the List Price to Sale Price percentage and the total days on market.

Let us know if you have any questions. It's always good to be informed whether you live in the neighborhood or thinking about it. Thank you, 310-737-8173 Kristine

Posted in Real Estate News
Feb. 6, 2018

Fall Leaves Bring Sold Signs

Summer has come to an end and you probably are thinking you've lost the opportunity to sell, and need to wait till next summer. But that's far from the truth!

Although it's not as hectic and crazy with the swarm of buyers on the market, the fall season brings out the most serious of lookers.

They are the pool of buyers that waited out the summer frenzy to find their perfect home in the fall, and you don't want to miss these buyers! They are ready to make a move, today!

And selling in a slower period does not equate to less money. That's a misconception that home owners have based on untrue data that floats around. With the right agent, and your home being priced correctly, you can get a great buyer selling your home during the fall season. And might actually prefer it.

Here are the top 3 benefits to listing during the fall season.

1. Serious Buyers

Let's be honest, if buyers are out during the busy season, looking for homes, they are serious and ready to buy.

Although the summer brings in a large crowd, that crowd contains a lot of people that are excited by the season, and fall into the "trend" of house hunting. These people end up not really being serious about the process, and tend to hold off for another time.

If people are investing time to look during the fall season, they are more likely to be interested in actually buying your home, instead of touring it.

2. Less Competition

Selling in the fall isn't something many families can accomplish due to personal schedules. That's why a significant amount of homes get listed during the summer season. Which means that summer time brings in a lot of competition.

Selling in the fall means the potential house next door that has slightly more perks that may have been listed during the summer, doesn't make your home sit stagnant, since everyone wanted your neighbor's house.

It also doesn't devalue your home because of the house that could go up next door that could be under-priced in your neighborhood, and draw all of the attention. With a slower season, you get dedicated attention to your property, which increases the chance of a sale.

3. Easier to Find Your Dream Home

Not only do you get to benefit from a slower season during the selling process, but you can also benefit on the buying side. With less competition on your dream house, you can get a better deal. The summer brings a lot of missed opportunities for buyers on their dream homes, because they go off the market instantly.

This will give you the opportunity to get your home on the market and take your time to find the right one to resize into. A much calmer pace to the transaction will make it less stressful, and everyone all around happier.

Don't feel rushed into buying a home overnight during the summer, it could turn into a headache. If you want a far more peaceful transaction, that has calmer pace, then selling during the fall is perfect for you.

To make sense of home buying and selling this Fall.

Call or text Kim at 310-309-9130

Posted in Selling Your Home
Feb. 6, 2018

Featured Homes in Curbed LA

One of our listings was just featured in Curbed LA.

Be the second ever owner of this Santa Monica ranch-style house asking $2.65M

Built in 1955 and "lovingly maintained."...

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Posted in Real Estate News