February 2013

Sellers, This Is Your House Speaking to You

By | February 26th, 2013|An Agent's Life, Front Page, Inspiration, Lifestyle in Palos Verdes, Los Angeles Luxury Homes, Palos Verdes, Palos Verdes Estates, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes, Palos Verdes Peninsula, Palos Verdes View Homes, Rancho Palos Verdes, Seller Tip|

  We've had some good times together, but the time has come for us to go our separate ways.  You'll be moving on and I'll stay behind. Yes, it's true, you have outgrown me.  Before you walk away, here are a few hints to make our parting filled with more sweet than sorrow:   1.  Garage sale, Goodwill or Simply Give Stuff Away:  I don't want to look like I'm bursting the seams of every room, closet and drawer.  So please help me lighten the load, look sleeker and more spacious by keeping only what fits. Once that excess baggage is gone you'll be [...]

Buyers on Fire While Sellers Sleep

By | February 26th, 2013|Front Page, Inspiration, Palos Verdes, Palos Verdes Estates, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes, Palos Verdes Peninsula, Palos Verdes View Homes, Rancho Palos Verdes, Real Estate News, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates, San Pedro, Seller Tip|

  I am one of several hundred real estate agents and brokers engaged in the art (or shall I say war) of selling real estate on the Palos Verdes Peninsula.  Add a thousand or so more South Bay and Beach Cities agents and we are all ready to write an offer with a tap on the iPad, seal it with an electronic signature and send it on its merry way to find its place amid a pile of similar offers on the same property.  Multiple offers are the norm, not the exception these days. Yes, it's a battle zone out [...]

Los Angeles City – Rent Control Info

By | February 25th, 2013|Front Page, Income Property, Los Angeles|

    Several clients are purchasing or interested in purchasing multifamily investment properties in the Los Angeles area.  The City of Los Angeles is under rent control and it has specfic rules and regs a prospective buyer needs to know about prior to purchasing a property.   Here's some "starter" information with links to appropriate sites where you can delve deeper into the subject of rent control in Los Angeles.   LA City Rent Control - Managed by LA Housing Dept "Rent Stabilization Ordinance" - Summary Applies only to properties inside the LA City borders which in the South Bay includes most of [...]

Surprise, Surprise! Stolen Sign Surfaces Back at the Site

By | February 17th, 2013|An Agent's Life, Beach Cities|

Last Monday I posted an article announcing the theft of the real estate sign from my luxury listing in Hermosa Beach. We replaced it the same day with a temporary sign. Friday we were showing property in Hermosa Beach one block from our luxury listing. We took a short detour by the property to see if the temporary sign had vanished too. Imagine our surprise when we saw the original luxury sign and the temporary sign sharing the same small plot of high-end real estate soil! I won't reveal the details, but second thoughts can be a very smart thing [...]

3 Secrets to Keeping Your Cool in a Crazy Market

By | February 14th, 2013|An Agent's Life, Beach Cities, Buyer Tip, Front Page, Inspiration, Palos Verdes, Palos Verdes Peninsula|

Running in circles and still can't find a home? This week Norma Toering & Team once again found ourselves in a real estate feeding frenzy when a new listing hit the market. The early signs were evident with agents jockeying for parking spaces at the broker open house tour. I arrived with a client in tow and was back later the same day with the rest of the family. Everything about the property was perfect for them except the number of others buyers obviously having the same thoughts dancing in their heads. Competition is good for the market [...]

Somebody Stole My For Sale Sign

By | February 11th, 2013|Beach Cities, Front Page, Hermosa Beach, Los Angeles Luxury Homes, Sand Section|

3130 Hermosa Avenue, Hermosa Beach, CA My weekend was filled with workouts (hike, yoga and free weights), work (wrote two offers and prepping another). I was feeling great about the productive weekend until I received a call from a neighbor of my luxury listing at 3130 Hermosa Beach. "I see your sign is down. How much did the property sell for?" "The property is available. Are you sure the sign is missing?" "Yes. The sign was there yesterday and today it is gone." As soon as we confirmed the offers we wrote were in the hands of the listing [...]

Point Vicente Lighthouse in Rancho Palos Verdes

By | February 9th, 2013|Favorite Photos - Palos Verdes, Front Page, Inspiration, Lifestyle in Palos Verdes, Palos Verdes, Rancho Palos Verdes|

Point Vicente Lighthouse in Rancho Palos Verdes I'm not surprised there is a lighthouse located along the Palos Verdes coastline.  It is notoriously rocky and I'm sure mariners appreciate the extra light as they navigate their way along the rocky coast.  I am not often out on the water, but I do appreciate the coastal flavor it adds when I zip up and down Palos Verdes Drive South and Palos Verdes Drive West in Rancho Palos Verdes. Point Vicente Lighthouse was manned until automated equipment was added in 1971.  On November 17, 1979 Point Vicente Lighthouse was added [...]

Rolling Hills–Hot Buy!

By | February 6th, 2013|Front Page, Horse Property, Lifestyle in Palos Verdes, Norma's Hot Buys|

Rolling Hills, CA It's hard to find a hot buy in a "hot market" with high demand and low inventory, but last night Norma Toering & Team showed 30 Chuckwagon in Rolling Hills and were delighted with what we discovered.  At $1,450,000 we were expecting to find a fixer, and we did, but it's a fixer with loads of potential and good bones already in place.   The four bedrooms are large, the living room has a beamed cathedral ceiling and an over-sized fireplace.  There's a gorgeous city lights view out the front door and the backyard has [...]

Catalina View Estates Coming to Rancho Palos Verdes

By | February 6th, 2013|Favorite Photos - Palos Verdes, Front Page, Lifestyle in Palos Verdes, Los Angeles Luxury Homes, Palos Verdes, Palos Verdes Drive South, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes, Rancho Palos Verdes|

The 94-acre parcel of vacant land that stretches along the bluff above Palos Verdes Drive South in Rancho Palos Verdes received the city's Planning Commission's blessing for a 9-hole golf course, an organic farm and possible future vineyard.  Oh, yes there will be new homes too!  Ground breaking construction is set to begin this week. The parcel, known as the Point View Tract, will also have an event garden and greenhouse.  It sounds like an idyllic development and I already know the location is one of the most beautiful on the entire Palos Verdes Peninsula.  It is just minutes from Terranea Resort and [...]

REMAX Recognizes “Celebrity” Agents

By | February 4th, 2013|An Agent's Life, Front Page, Inspiration|

Having Fun at the annual RE/MAX Awards Breakfast 2013   Today was the annual RE/MAX Awards Breakfast at the Marriott Hotel in Los Angeles, and RE/MAX Estate Properties recognized the nearly 600 agents and additional staff of this real estate company with offices from Santa Monica to San Pedro.  Special recognition was given to the top producing agents in the mega real estate company. There were several look-alike celebrities mixed in with the real-deal real estate top producers!  It was a fun day, now it's time to get to work and make 2013 even better than 2012.  A big [...]