Tuesday, March 29, 2016

What Can $1 Million Get You In LA's Valley Today?

From Burbank To Agoura Hills, 
Here is what $1 Million will get you in today's market. 

This Burbank home is turn key has lots of style. The home is 3 bedrooms, 2 baths and 1,800 sqft.  It also has, what we consider, an average size lot which is about 7,000 sqft. 

Valley Village is the cousin of Studio City and North Hollywood.  It has some great neighborhoods and good schools and this is what one million gets you here.  3 bedrooms, 3 baths and 2,100 sqft.  It may need a little work on the inside, but here in SoCal, we spend a lot of our love on the outside space of our homes. 

This home is in Studio City, which along with Sherman Oaks, can be considered the pricier areas of the Valley for what you get.  3 bedrooms, 2 baths and 2,100 sqft.  

This is in the hills of Sherman Oaks.  This particular street may not have great street parking options or much of a yard, but you will get a great view. This house has 3 bedrooms, 2 baths and about 2,000sqft. 

Encino is home to cheesy 80's movies like "Encino Man" and also is home to the famous Jackson house where Michael grew up.  It really has everything from multi million dollar estates to small fixer-uppers. But this is what you could get for your million dollars here.  The house has 3 bedrooms, 3 baths and 1,854 sqft and lies North of the famous Ventura Blvd. 

Van Nuys has long had a stigma with the locals here.  But don't be too quick to judge...this home is in  what is called the "Midvale Estates".  This area is known for it's large lots and beautiful All-American looking homes. In fact, TV shows seek out homes here to do their shoots on since the neighborhood has such a clean, classic look.  We do have a little bit of touch up work that needs to be done on the neighboring major streets though. 

This home is in Woodland Hills.  This area is growing leaps and bounds over the past few years and when the more central valley areas become to costly, people like to look at Woodland Hills. This home has 5 bedroooms, 4 baths and 3,298 sqft. Quite a difference what a million dollars can get you here. 

This is a home in Calabasas. There are a large amount of homes in this area that were built around the same time and have a similar look to them.  This is a great example of what a million dollars gets you here.  The home has 4 bedrooms, 3 baths and 1,931 sqft.  The lot size here is just over 5,000 sqft. 

This Agoura Hills Home has 4 bedrooms, 3 baths and 2,347 sqft. You can see from the photos it needs a little TLC.  But the lot is just under 30,000 sqft which is where the value lies in this home. 

As the San Fernando Valley Expert, I can help you find your perfect million dollar home here. Call me anytime. I'm always here to help! 

Monday, March 14, 2016

Choosing The Right Realtor

Ok, so you've met or already know a few Real Estate agents.  And you're not sure which direction to go in when it comes to who you want to work with.  Start with the basics and make sure the agents you have in mind seem to be good at their jobs and knowledgeable about any questions you may have for them regarding buying or selling.  Then, your next step is to follow your instincts.  Ask yourself, "Is this someone I want to spend the next 6 months working with?".  Yes, this can be a long process so make sure you are up for spending that much time with them.  Then just get a feel for how professional and responsive they are to you. After you met with them, did they follow up with you?  Did they call to thank you for your consideration or sent you a nice note?  And this is important because, not only is it a kind and professional thing for an agent to do, but you want to work with someone who wants to work with you too, right?  Do you really want to be calling them a week later to see if they remember who you are?  Probably not.  Fact is, I've met with a lot of different people and personalities types myself and not everyone I meet is right for me either.  It's not a good idea to work with someone because you either feel it's your only choice or you somehow feel pressured or guilted into it.  After all, buying and selling your home is going to be a big move that can bring on stress. So make sure you are comfortable leaning on, being with, and communicating openly with the person you've chosen to work with.  As always, if you have any questions about buying and selling your home in LA, feel free to call me.

Thursday, March 10, 2016


Every heard of the term "Shedquarters"?  Well, it's not a new concept here in LA where we've been adding space to our homes and converting garages for the longest time.  But this is a new twist on adding much needed space.  They are prefab structures that you can buy to add office space of even a guest house in your backyard.  With the concept of working from home on the rise, Shedquarters are going to be a term you will be hearing more and more of. Check out this article on Shedquarters and a little about a couple companies that have made their mark in building them http://lightersideofrealestate.com/real-estate-life/cool-stuff/shedquarters-new-trend-for-home-based-businesses