Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Coming next week - 4+3+den in Valley Village

This inviting home will be on the market next week.  It features 4 beds, 3 baths and a den -- more pics coming soon -- and exudes original charm.  It is in a fantastic Valley Village location close to the Whitsett/Oxnard area and is on a quiet cul-de-sac.  Best of all, it will be listed for $725,000.  Here's your chance to snag a big, mid-east-SFV home at a great price! Contact me for more details, showings, etc.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Upcoming Noho listing is having an estate sale tomorrow. Here's your chance to see it before it goes on the market.

A few days ago, I mentioned an upcoming listing in North Hollywood.  You have an opportunity to see it tomorrow, Saturday, before it even goes on the market! The address is 7720 Goodland in North Hollywood and it's a 3+2.  It used to be a 4+2, but one bedroom was converted to a dining room.  It needs decorating and/or remodeling, but it's a steal at $399,000.  Large vintage kitchen, big living room with fireplace, sizeable master suite, beamed ceilings, separate 2 car garage, green backyard and a a lovely, quiet pocket of North Hollywood.

You can preview the listing at tomorrow's estate sale, conducted by estate sale manager extraordinaire Lara Nethery.  That's one of Lara's pictures above, and here's Lara's blurb:
This quaint home is all about vintage and mid century! Mostly art, furniture, electronics and collectibles. Please see my craigslist ad for more info and pictures. 

Hope to see you!! 

7720 Goodland Avenue
North Hollywood, CA 91605

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Eight Studio City revelations

Exactly a year ago, I moved from Burbank to Studio City.  Although I was quite familiar with Studio City already, here are eight things that I've learned this past year about my new neighborhood.

1.  The L.A. River is really the L.A. Slot.  The only water in it is in the little narrow channel in the center unless it pours rain.

2.  Halloween is a really big deal here.  Some of the houses in the neighborhood are decorated like movie sets, and it's really fun to see.  No other holiday has quite the presence in the neighborhood as Halloween.

3. Jinky's Studio Cafe provides an essential service.  Perhaps not quite as essential as LADWP, but...

4.  IMO however, Aroma has the best French toast and Dupars has the best pancakes.

5.  If I live 100 years, I'll never make it to all the sushi restaurants here.

6.  Almost everybody here is nice, at least the people that I've met.  That's pretty important when you're a door-knocking Realtor.  And just about everybody in the single family homes here has at least one dog.

7.  The Trader Joe's parking lot is the most treacherous TJ's parking lot ever.  If you shop at any Trader Joes, you will know that the competition is very heavy.

8.  It is relatively easy to get people involved in community concerns such as (over)development and crime issues.  Good thing, that.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Coming next month but I can show it now: North Hollywood 4+2

Early next month, I will be listing a 4 bed, 2 bath home in a really nice residential section of North Hollywood.  It has been in the same family for years and needs updating and decorating, but the rooms are spacious and the house is ripe for a new family's vision.  It has a covered patio, family room, fireplace, and big back yard.  Here's the best part: it will list for about $400,000.  With the new 3% down payments and low interest rates, here's a wonderful opportunity for folks who otherwise thought they might not be able to buy a home this year.  No pictures yet, but I can show it to qualified buyers.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Another good Yelp review -- thanks, N&L!

I just helped N&L buy their first home.  We had a lot of challenges and a lot of laughs, too.  Here's their Yelp testimonial.  I am so grateful that they became my clients as they were wonderful to work with.

As I pick the obvious 5 stars Judy deserves Yelp is informing me that the meaning of this rating is 'Woohoo! As good as it gets!' and I couldn't agree more.

Buying a home can be an overwhelming and confusing undertaking at times, especially your first home. Having Judy on our team made all the difference in the world. She is a true professional, knowledgeable and has an incredibly creative approach that really helps her clients stand out from the myriad of other people bidding for that one property - especially in this competitive market. But more impressive than all of that is how much genuine care and importance she places on making sure her clients are educated during the process and that they get what they need. 

One of my favorite things about working with Judy is her sense of calm. She maintains a serenity that cuts through the challenges that are bound to pop up when buying a home. She is a source of protection and safety while at the same time being an incredibly forceful advocate for her clients. This is a very efficient mix! Judy is able to pull this off while keeping all interactions between the parties friendly and respectful. 

I guess the main thing I am taking from my experience with Judy is that she truly loves what she does and it really shows (in both how she treats her clients and the results she gets for them). I would not go with anyone else in any future real estate dealings because, as Yelp stated, Judy is 'as good as it gets'. Thanks for everything Judy. You're amazing!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Good news for buyers re low down payments and lower mortgage insurance! And a teeny bit of bad news.

As you may know, low down payment loans are back.  Yes, 3%-down conventional loans (not just FHA loans) are available to buyers.  Before anybody gets all "slippery slope" on me, think about this: in L.A. and the SFV, with average home prices hovering around $500,000 to $600,000 for modest homes, who has $100k to put down on one? Or even $50k? Not young buyers, who are usually saddled with debt from student loans, have been paying high rent, and are usually salaried a little lower than older buyers.  Not move-up buyers, who have been paying a good part of their salaries for their existing homes and haven't been able to save.  (Only one buyer has to be a first-time buyer.)  Here's an article from Forbes about the new program.  Also, it's almost impossible to get a condo complex FHA-approved -- there will be far fewer condo approval issues with the new lower conventional loans.

And if that weren't enough, mortgage insurance has been lowered, too!  As many of you know, this is the premium that you pay if your down payment and loan-to-value is lower than 20%.  Here's an article from the Chicago Tribune about it.  I've always thought this was a rip-off -- this insurance sure didn't help anybody that was in trouble with their mortgage during the 2008-2009 recession.  But anyway, it's lower now, and will help buyers.

Here's the teeny bit of bad news for those of you buyers that live here.  It will still be hard to get a low-down loan accepted by your seller if you're in a multiple offer situation.  That's because sellers perceive -- rightfully so -- that high-down loans have a better chance of closing.  There are other ways to make your offer stand out, though, and we'll discuss that in future posts.

Friday, January 02, 2015

The saga of poor little 11485 Moorpark #17 in Studio City

This semi-charming townhouse was listed by me back in early October and finally sold in December after three, yes, three escrows.  Although it is only a little over 1000 feet and needs some upgrades, it has two bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms, and two balconies.  Best of all, it's in Tujunga Village.  Because of the needed repairs, we listed it at $399k, which was $10,000 the most recent (and smaller) sale in the building.  You'd think it would fly off the shelves, right? Everybody wants to live in Studio City and that's an excellent price, right?

We had lots of activity the first few days and got three offers.  Two were over $400k, and we picked one.  Those buyers backed out after their inspection.  Too much work for them, even though the price was right.   Dang.  Three weeks later, we received another offer.  A brand-new Realtor was the buyer.  I should have had a hunch that she wasn't sincere when she seemed more interested in a lower price than the actual condo.  She danced us around for awhile and finally cancelled after almost three weeks. Ugh.

But -- one of the original of the three would-be buyers noticed that we were back on the market and reinstated her original offer! Her offer had been $390 and the sellers took it.  The escrow went relatively smoothly and she closed just before Xmas for $390.  I hope she'll be very happy in her new home.  I loved working with my sellers, too.  Takeaway: Surprise! Even properties in hot areas at low prices can languish on the market.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Monday, December 15, 2014


Several past clients are expecting little ones in the new year! Briana Hicks and Michael Pedicone will welcome their first child any minute now.  Erich Meschkat and Ryanne Meschkat are having a Meschkitten.  And Abby Hatch will have a new sibling, courtesy of parents Robin Hatch and Scott Hatch.

Also, the Misty Martin, Ryan Martin plus Phoenix and Haze Martin welcomed baby Sailor a few months back.  And Mark LaCorte and Jackie LaCorte have their first son, Romeo, as well.

Congratulations, everybody!  I look forward to meeting all of the new little ones.

Sunday, December 07, 2014

Sunday a.m. reading: Getting a mortgage may be easier than you think. And Moby.

Both today's L.A. Times and today's NY Times have articles today about the loosening of mortgage requirements.  The L.A. Times link is here.  Some particularly excellent news: Fannie Mae is going to lower the downpayment requirement from 5% to 3%.  Before anybody starts thinking about "moral hazard" and such, consider Southern California's buyers who aren't wealthy.  If the average house costs about $450,000, the downpayment now needs to be $13,500.  Plus about 2% in closing costs.  That equals $22,500 and represents A LOT of savings for younger or middle-income buyers.

Today's other news is that performer Moby just sold a Hollywood Hills home for $12+ million.  He bought it four years ago for a little under $4 million, and spent -- sit down -- $2 million restoring it.  At first I thought the $2 million was a misprint, as I couldn't imagine what could possibly cost that much. What could that huge amount possibly be spent on? Diamond-encrusted laundry rooms? Fur-lined sinks? Real unicorns for the yard? But the house is apparently huge, so... The other big take-away is that Moby made about $6 million on this transaction.  Yup, that's huge.  Not bad for a non- professional real estate investor dj-songwriter.

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Check out Listed and Twisted

Please check out my colleague Tracey Raphael's semi-new blog, ListedandTwisted.wordpress.com.  (Kudos for the very cool title, Tracey!)  The blog is described as the mad rantings of a real estate soccer mom.  Tracey is a wonderful Realtor who has lots of experience, integrity, and is fed up with the b.s.

Monday, December 01, 2014

Just sold this huge home/lot in...Valley Glen, of all places

Here's a pic of the house that I just sold to a wonderful couple who wish to remain anonymous.  It's in an area called Hillview Park Estates in Valley Glen, close to Valley College.  All the homes in this small area are on huge, 14000+ sf lots and the streets are gorgeous, tree-lined and quiet.  Especially quiet because there's no parking between 8:00 a.m. and midnight.  Ugh...yes, I got a parking ticket.

The escrow had its challenges, mostly because of the home's condition.  I know more about sewers now than I ever thought there was to learn.  The wiring was a safety hazard, the huge pool needs everything, and generations of rat families have raised their young in the attic.  Still, the house has so much potential that it's easy to see why my clients were attracted to it, and stuck with it.

My buyers have already started the rehabbing and make-over.  They are still debating what to do with my favorite room, the "rumpus room." It's pictured here and was probably last redone in the early 1970's.  Note the wood paneling and turquoise and orange accents.  There are workable beer taps and plenty of room for a full bar.  The owners thought of everything: to prevent a dangerous injury to home drinkers, bar stools are permanently bolted down.  And in true relic style, there's orange shag carpet under the turquoise carpet! The room had a built in sound system, a juke box, neon beer signs, pool table, gaming tables, and an electric panel hidden behind a wall-mounted snack machine.  They really knew how to party in the 1970's!

The rooms are all spacious and the backyard seems to go on for ever.  Good luck with the place, buyers, and I can't wait to see what it looks like in a few months or so.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Judy Graff Properties: providing the difference

Here's my biz card.
Here's what my yard sign will look like.

It's official! I am pleased to announce that I am finally going solo and forming my own real estate company.   This new direction will give me the opportunity to give my clients more of what they need – expertise and outstanding service.  No pitches or pressure, just astute advice, counsel and solutions for your real estate needs.  Call it Judy Graff Properties, or just call it me – Judy Graff.  I can be reached the same old ways.

I have been delighted to be of service to all of my real estate clients for the almost two decades, and I am honored to have been part of my clients' lives.  I look forward to continuing to help, advise and educate new clients on their real estate transactions with my new venture.  

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Ask the Realtor: should I sell or buy a California home in the winter?

This is kind of an anniversary post for me.  Please read on.

Most people think that real estate goes dead during the fall and winter, even here in Southern California.  That's not entirely the truth, but most home sellers want to celebrate or have a quiet time in peace, and most buyers do not want to even contemplate moving over the holidays.  But here's the upside of home sales at this time of year.

In late November/December/early January, there isn't as much on the market.  So if you're a home seller, this is an opportunity to capture the interest of serious buyers.  (However, if you want to wait and capture the rising spring market, I'm down with that, too.)

And if you're a home buyer, you'll know that if a house is on the market during these months, the sellers are very serious.  This is also the time of year that prices don't go up, so you may get a really good deal.

But nobody wants to move at this time of year.  Too many hassles, too much else to do, etc.  So here's the work-around: sellers can arrange to rent back the home for a few weeks.  Many Realtors will caution everybody against this, but if each side believes the other side is trustworthy, it can work out really well.  Buyers, your first payment isn't due until the end of the first month that you own the new home, so the rent-back monies can be paid up front and can offset your closing costs.

Here's where the anniversary part comes in.  This is exactly what my husband and I did last year when we bought our new place.  We had an offer accepted on November 17, closed on December 17, the sellers rented back for a month, and we moved in on January 21.  It was a win-win all around.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Burbank residents, BWP has even more rebates for you

If you own a home in Burbank, Burbank Water and Power is gifting you with even larger rebates on new, energy-efficient appliances.  They've doubled the rebates for new refrigerators, washers, and dishwashers.  Check their website for details.

Sunday, November 09, 2014

10 types of Real Estate Agents to Avoid

Readers, this was written for other real estate agents but it will be amusing for home buyers and sellers, too.  I so wish I could name names here.  This article originally appeared in the Trulia Pro Blog and was picked up by Inman News.  The writer is Jovan Hackley and the entire text of the article is here.  I've edited this for home sellers and buyers, rather than just real estate agents.

1. The agent who could use a little more training …
Expertise and experience are two different things. Unfortunately, many of you said that there are too many agents who are simply undertrained, and it can show during the transaction.
My comment: this may surprise you, but it is truly #1.  But as with all other professions, it takes a long time to learn the ropes.  Many people get into selling real estate because it looks easy to make a lot of money. (Sound of cackling laughter.)  But experience is the only true teacher.
2. The agent who misses all of the contract deadlines — and doesn’t know it …
We’ve all run into that agent who hasn’t seen a deadline he couldn’t miss.
My comment: See #5 and #7.

3. The agent who always overpromises and underdelivers …
Ambition is good, but according to those in the industry, making a promise that can’t be kept is a deal breaker! Clients and other agents remember those who talk a big game without bringing home the win.
My comment: if you are reading this blog, you've probably investigated local real estate enough to run into agents like this.  Be careful of standard sales pitches.
4. The agent who forgets everything and anything …
Showing appointments are a shock! Four out of 5 of their clients insist they forgot! They’ve had scheduling conflicts the last three weeks in a row!
My comment: This just forces that agent's clients to do the remembering for them.  And that's not what the clients are paying them for, is it?
5. The agent who avoids (OK, ignores) every call and email …
When you’re trying to close a solid deal for your clients, there can be nothing more frustrating than working with someone who won’t return calls, listen to voice mails, or return calls.
My comment: like, you have something better to do? Like what? Solving the crisis in the Middle East? And don't tell me that you didn't get the message -- you have your iPhone implanted where your ear used to be.
6. The agent who quotes crazy high prices to win a listing …
Winning a listing is great — unless in the process you’ve ruined your client’s chance of closing in a timely fashion. One big complaint we’ve heard from agents across the country is on others using bad pricing tactics to win clients. The reality is that market value won’t move based on any delusions.
My comment: good sales comps are those that are closest in time, closest in distance, closest in size and condition.  Home sellers, have you been shown this data? I hope so.
7. The agent who doesn’t focus on the details …
There is a lot expected of real estate agents. You’ve got to be able to see the bigger picture and hone in on the details. Whether it’s dealing with deals, presenting an offer or reading emails, thoroughness is a valuable skill in this industry. And those who don’t have it can be a headache to work with.
My comment: some agents are just focused on getting the listing. Again, if you're still reading this blog, you've probably investigated the local market enough to know who these folks are.
8. The agent who tries to be a big bully …
Agents whose methods of moving a transaction along always involve voice-raising and choice words scored high on the drives-me-nuts scale.
My comment:  Shouldn't people who value their work and their clients have at least a little class? Agents, please -- stay away from the phone when you are drunk and angry. Or just feeling mean.
9. The agent who doesn’t anticipate potential problems …
Real estate deals are about getting clients to closing the best way possible. That’s impossible if an agent is always getting tripped up by transaction surprises.
My comment: some problems are unimaginable in advance, but here's where well-rounded experience with transactions comes in.  Experienced Realtors anticipate problems in advance. 
10. The agent who’s dangerously walking that “ethical” line …
The last and least liked of all the agents are those who are actively unethical. Those who get the deal done by treading in the gray area of the law or jeopardizing someone tend to make other agents uneasy. And that’s understandable!
My comment: this happens, and it really is scary.  When an agent in a transaction behaves unethically, all of our licenses are at risk.  And we risk lawsuits, too.  

I hope you've enjoyed this! If you're a long-time reader of this blog, you know that I give shout-outs and props to good real estate agents.  Feel free to call me and ask me about the good guys. 

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Ask the Realtor: Mansionization in L.A. and what it means for you

(Cartoon by the incomparable Ted Rall) Recently, two separate residential real estate clients have called about parcels of residential property next to or adjacent to their houses.  These parcels are either vacant land or an older, smaller home in disrepair.  They’re worried that a real estate developer will come along, buy the properties for cash and build a mansion which will then block my clients' light, their view, their neighborhood ambience.  Could this really happen? Yup.  Check out this recent article from the L.A. Times about many residents’ growing frustration.

This won’t make you feel better, but here are some rules of thumb about what can and can’t be built on residential property.  Each separate city has its own rules, though, so if you want to be certain, please check with that city’s building and planning department.

-        First, the house’s square feet can only be 35% to 45% of the lot’s square footage, not including the garage.  So a house of 3000 sf can be built on a standard 6700 sf lot.  At least it’s not a 5000 sf house (cold comfort, I know).

-     There have to be set-backs from lot lines.  Standard here is 5 feet (not enough IMO) on the sides, and 25 feet at front.

-      The design has to conform to the neighborhood character.  So while somebody could build a fake Cape Cod (the house design du jour), they can’t build a replica of the Parthenon.  (Except in Glendale. Kidding.)

- If the lot is smaller than 5,000 sf, building on it at all may not be permitted unless a variance is issued.

What to do if you’re next to a potential humongous construction project?

-     Try to make nice with the new owners before they dig.  If they are not developers and plan on staying there, perhaps they will re-scale grandiose plans.  Not likely, but it’s worth a try.

-       Go to your city’s building and/or planning department and speak with whomever is reviewing the plans (before the old house, if there is one, is torn down).

-        Buy the lot/house yourself (thanks a lot for nothing on this one, Judy).

If you’d like to investigate further, here is the link toL.A. city mansionization ordinances.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Check out my new Yelp review!

Thanks, Jim and Elizabeth, for my new 5-star Yelp review.  Jim and Elizabeth, the writers, are the new owners of the Hollywood Hills home that I blogged about last week.  Even though the transaction got a little hairy, I had a great time working with J&E and I miss them already.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Surprise! Mortgage interest rates are really low.

In defiance of expectations, mortgage interest rates moved down this week.  All the financial experts said they'd be going up and we'd probably hit 5% by the end of the year.  Just shows what experts know, eh?  Right now, rates look like this:
30 year fixed: 20% down = 4.00% with no points
30 year fixed: 10% down = 4.125% with one point

It may be time to pull the trigger on purchasing a home.  BTW, my 11485 Moorpark #17, Studio City is open on Saturday from 2-5 and 629 N. Keystone in Burbank is open on Sunday, 2-5.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Hollywood Hills house closed yesterday - whew!

First-time buyers Elizabeth and Jim are the proud new owners of this home in the Lake Hollywood area.  This transaction had a bunch of challenges.

The house is a flip and the new stuff is really nice, but an entire lower unit had been torn out on the order of L.A. City.  And there were lots of brand-new concrete pours and patches which indicated lots of cracks and slipping.  This is no surprise as the house is built on a hillside.

We had lots of inspections and estimates and the news wasn't so great.  But two factors made this purchase a go: first, Jim and Elizabeth are up to the challenge of a not-perfect house and second, the sellers gave the buyers a huge, huge credit.  (It's the largest credit of any real estate transaction I've been involved in.)

I am eager to see how Jim and Elizabeth (wonderful clients, btw) will fix this up.  Here are pics of a friendly neighborhood kitty and also the sunset view from the front porch.

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Check out my brand-new website at JudyGraff.com!

Please visit JudyGraff.com and take a look at my newly-designed website.  It has lots of new functionality plus many of the same popular features as the old one.  Search the local mls, read my blog posts (without pictures), and get community news.  Some bugs are still being worked out, but I hope you like it.

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Burbank-style Octoberfest

Now that you've seen this, you can't un-see it.  Thanks, clients George and Yvonne Feucht, for the fun night! George, you are adorable in your lederhosen!

Saturday, October 04, 2014

Best breakfast in Studio City -- by item

Who needs Yelp, eh? Let's all hop on the restaurant ratings bandwagon! Lately, I've been sampling various specific breakfast food items in my new hometown of Studio City.  I've come up with a not-so-definitive "best of" list by item for those of you that share my tastes. 

I select Jinky's on Colfax and Ventura for the best all-around egg-type breakfast.  Not only do they have many, many kinds of omelets and such, they also have quick service with a smile, celebrity spotting, a dog-friendly patio, and mimosas.  Coffee is a bit pricey but you get a whole pot.

Now on to the really carbohydrate-y stuff that we won't admit we eat:

French toast even better than Mom used to make can be found at Tujunga Village's Aroma.  This is dipped in the real egg batter stuff and is so rich that I dare you to finish an order.  It's even better than nearby foodie-fave Girasol's brunch French toast.  This is how I want to start my birthday day for the rest of my life.

Good old standby Du-Pars has the best regular pancakes (pictured above).  Light, fluffy, and scrumptious, the order is so large that you'll want to share these (or maybe not).  The parking lot there at Laurel and Ventura is a bit tricky, so go early.

What is it about banana pancakes? I don't know, but I crave these when the bananas are cooked in the batter, not just laid on top.  Vivian's on Ventura, close to Vineland does a wonderful job on these noms (pictured above), and their patio is delightful as well.  The other breakfast items are good, too, although they are a bit chintzy on the toast.

Yes, my weight is up 5 lbs from last year when I moved.  Please feel free to comment, or add other faves.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Long before there was a Studio City, Burbank, Toluca Lake...there was an SFV and here's a link to pictures

Take a look at these pictures from our land.  These are from back in the day when "real estate" meant "farmland" or "belongs to the Catholic Church." Most of these were taken in the 1880s.  Unrecognizable? I'll say.  http://waterandpower.org/museum/Early_Views_of_the_San_Fernando_Valley.html.  Thanks, Melinda, for the heads up!

Friday, September 26, 2014

629 N. Keystone in Burbank is open Sunday from 2 to 5!

If you think there's nothing left to buy, you haven't seen this lovely 3+2 in Burbank's Magnolia Park.  Totally upgraded with an open, flexible floor plan and two gorgeous patios, the home also boasts a chef's kitchen and sparkly, saltwater pool.  And it's in Burbank's best neighborhood, too.  Steve and I will be there spinning tunes from 2 to 5 on Sunday. More pictures and info can be found at 629NKeystone.com.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Open Sunday, Sept. 21, from 2 to 4 -- 11485 Moorpark #17, Studio City

Please swing by my open house tomorrow in Studio City and see this amazing townhouse.  It has 2 beds, 2.5 baths, two stories, two balconies, a fireplace, a gym, and a gorgeous pool.  It has been spiffed up with new paint and new upstairs carpet.  Best of all, it's priced at an affordable $399,000 and the HOA is only $225 a month.  Do the math: depending on your down payment, that's cheaper than renting the same-sized unit.

Plus, this is in the neighborhood that everybody loves -- Tujunga Village.  Walk to Girasol, Vitello's, Aroma, groceries, cool little stores...

Friday, September 19, 2014

Please and thank you for open houses

For the most part, holding open houses are one of my favorite real estate things.  It can be like a party and I get to meet new people.  Some people think that houses never sell from an open house showing, but that's completely false and I've done it several times.  However, some open house guests amaze me with unmindful behavior.  If you're visiting an open house, please...

  • Please don't bring your pet in the home with you.  I, like you, love dogs more than people, but that sentiment isn't universally shared.  It's not just that your pet might have an accident; it's that other guests may be afraid, allergic, etc.  I'm sure your dog isn't aggressive but nobody else knows that -- plus, there may be pets in the home that get aggressive at the sight of your dog. Thanks!
  • No matter how awesome your kids are, please keep them with you and maybe even hold their hands. Nobody wants an accident and your little ones are on unfamiliar turf.  Nobody wants anything broken in the house, either. Thanks!
    • This goes double for kids around outside swimming pools.  Your toddler may swim like Diana Nyad, but you probably don't, I don't either, and why cause panic to rise among all guests when you turn your back for one minute? Thanks. 
  • This "please" comes with a story.  The one time one of my open houses was burgled was right at the end of it.  The people posed as open house guests just as we were wrapping up, putting things away, and I was distracted.  They new I was distracted.  My bad.  The guys, who didn't look like potential home buyers, immediately went for the top drawer of the dresser and stole jewelry.  Of course, I make my sellers take all valuables out of the house, but...If you are a couple of guys who come at the end of the open, or a posse of young adults, expect me or my trusty bouncer to escort you through and not leave you alone for a second.  If you're really home buyers, you won't mind that, will you? Thanks!
I hope to see you at Sunday's open house at 11485 Moorpark #17 in Studio City.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

11485 Moorpark #17, Studio City, is now on the market

Do you want an affordable townhouse in the Tujunga Village neighborhood of Studio City? Wanna live within 3 blocks of Aroma Cafe (below), Vitellos or Girasol? (Yay! Never circle for parking again!) Here's your chance.  This 2 bedroom, 2.5 bath townhouse has just listed for $399,000.  It features a front exposure, two balconies, washer/dryer hookups, security building, new paint, new carpet, laminate downstairs, fireplace, lots of closet space, pool and gym.  The HOA is incredibly low -- $225/month -- and includes earthquake insurance.  And of course the complex allows pets. Come visit me and the stalwart Steve Fisher there at this Sunday's (9/21) open house from 2 to 5 pm.

Sunday, September 14, 2014