April 2012

Palos Verdes View Homes–Buyer Tip

By | April 21st, 2012|Buyer Tip, Front Page, Palos Verdes, Palos Verdes Estates, Palos Verdes Peninsula, Palos Verdes View Homes, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates|

Many people move to Palos Verdes CA for the schools, others come for the coastal location, but I believe the strongest card the Palos Verdes Peninsula has to play is the VIEW CARD. It is a powerful little decision-maker when it is time to buy a house. Right now I have two couples searching for the perfect view. Fortunately, their idea of perfect is just enough different to keep both of them from coveting the same house.   One couple wants the wide open Pacific Ocean view with a bit of coastline, Catalina Island, cruise ships and a few lights at [...]

Portuguese Bend Beach in Rancho Palos Verdes

By | April 21st, 2012|Favorite Photos - Palos Verdes, Front Page, Palos Verdes Drive South|

I recently read 65% of the population perfers to see it rather than read about it.  When it comes to views on the Palos Verdes Peninsula I am certainly with the 65%.

Ready, Set, Show! Seller Tip

By | April 19th, 2012|Front Page, Seller Tip|

Your property is ready for the FOR SALE sign and the parade of real estate agents with prospective buyers in tow. You're confident in the selected price after analyzing reams of comparable sales and touring the current neighborhood competition. No question the price is spot on.   The house never looked better. The painters, window washers and staging pros have worked their magic and you walk through your home with utter amazement wondering if you really want to move, and if you can tolerate strangers roaming through your private abode at all hours of the day.   If you haven't already [...]

Rolling Hills House Deserves a Second Look–Hot Buy – (Sold)

By | April 19th, 2012|Buyer Tip, Front Page, Norma's Hot Buys, Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills|

 $4,750,000 - *This one sold, call for more of Norma's top picks. The Tuesday broker open house tour in Palos Verdes had far more homes open than an agent could possibly view in the two-hour time slot; viewing priorities were definitely in order.  First, and foremost, I view properties for current clients.  Second in pecking order are new listings with 'Homes I missed the first time around' at the tail end of the list. Routing saved 9 S. Middleridge Lane from being missed again.  It is conveniently located near Rolling Hills main gate on Palos Verdes Drive North and it made [...]

Insider Real Estate Tip: Is the Price Right?

By | April 16th, 2012|Buyer Tip, Seller Tip|

Attention Sellers and Buyers I'm going to let you in on a real estate secret. I hate to admit it, but pricing a property is not an exact science. So how do we do it? Agents (and appraisers) look at comparable sales in the same neighborhood (LOCATION), perform a Comparative Market Analysis, evaluate price per square foot and add or subtract value based on condition. The next step is to consider current market conditions, the seller's sense of urgency, or lack thereof, and current inventory. I've always found the most valuable asset in pricing a property is familiarity with the [...]

My New Life Coach–Yogi Tea

By | April 16th, 2012|An Agent's Life|

It's Monday, and after working most of the weekend I found myself searching for energy and enthusiasm to greet the new work week.  Instead of having a second cup of coffee I decided a cup of herbal tea would be the perfect companion for a morning of responding to emails and stirring the real estate cauldron I already have brewing. If you are not familiar with Yogi Tea, each tea bag comes with a few encouraging words attached--and while the tea steeps the mind can mull over the deep thoughts the words stimulate. I know it's hard to believe a [...]

What Should I Know and Do Before I Sell My House?

By | April 15th, 2012|Beach Cities, Front Page, Palos Verdes, Palos Verdes Peninsula, Palos Verdes View Homes, Rancho Palos Verdes, Seller Tip|

South Bay sellers, when your thoughts turn to selling a property in Palos Verdes or the Beach Cities there are a few critical statistics and market conditions you must consider: 1)  What is happening in your hyper-local area?  Yes, real estate is local, very local, right down to your neighborhood and street.  You need to know what is currently listed and what properties have sold in the past six months.  Sales older than six months may be important in pricing your property, but an appraiser will not give much weight to a 'seasoned sale' in a rapidly changing market.  They [...]

Good News for Landlords–Bad News for Renters in Los Angeles County

By | April 12th, 2012|Palos Verdes|

Rent rates are on the rise in Los Angeles County per a report released Wednesday by USC's Lusk Center for Real Estate.  This came as no surprise to me as I leased a house in Rancho Palos Verdes last month and had several applicants anxious to lease the ocean view property. I notified several clients and customers in search of leases in Palos Verdes the prices are trending upward as demand increases and supply is limited.  My best advice is if you are planning to lease a home on the Palos Verdes Peninsula this summer, begin your search now.  Summer [...]

Palos Verdes Luxury Home Sales–March 2012

By | April 11th, 2012|Front Page, Lunada Bay, Monte Malaga, Palos Verdes, Palos Verdes Drive East, Palos Verdes Drive West, Palos Verdes Estates, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes, Rancho Palos Verdes|

Here's the scoop on high-end luxury homes sales on the Palos Verdes Peninsula for March 2012: 3 Palos Verdes Estates homes sold for more than $2,000,000 in March.  The neighborhoods claiming the sales are: Lunada Bay:  One sale at $2,175,000.  The home was on the market for over one year with an original asking price of $2,498,000. Monte Malaga:  Posted two sales.  A home on Via Lopez sold for $3,750,000 and was originally listed for just under $4,000,000.  The second sale in the Monte Malaga neighborhood sold for $2,150,000 in 28 days with an original list price of [...]

Trust Creates Peace–The Wisdom of Yogi Tea

By | April 4th, 2012|An Agent's Life, Front Page|

I'm in the middle of making a few minor lifestyle changes.  One involves reducing the number of cups of hot chocolate I drink while blogging, sending emails and all the other real estate tasks one does while sitting and sipping in front of the computer in the fading hours of another work day. So I've made the switch to herbal tea.  Last night, after I sent a counter offer off to be signed (DocuSign, have I told you lately how much I love you?), I sauntered into the kitchen and eyed a a bottle of Pinot Noir, a box of [...]