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Your Home Wish List!

October 17th, 2012

Create One!

Before the home search begins, your real estate agent will want to know as much as possible about the features and amenities you desire. To help your agent better serve you, analyze what you want and what you need in a home’s features and amenities.

Features:

  • Age: Do you prefer historic properties, or newer ones?
  • Style: Do you have a special preference for ranches, bungalows, or another style of construction?
  • Bedrooms: How many?
  • Bathrooms: How many? Are they updated?
  • Living and Dining Areas: A traditional, formal layout, or a more open, contemporary plan?
  • Stories: How many?
  • Square feet: How much space?
  • Ceilings: How high?
  • Kitchen: How big? Recently updated? Open to other living areas?
  • Storage: Big closets, a shed, an extra-large garage?
  • Parking: A garage or carport? Room for how many cars?
  • Extras: Attic or basement?

Amenities:

  • Office
  • Play/exercise room
  • Security system
  • Sprinkler system
  • Workshop/Studio
  • In-law suite
  • Fireplace
  • Pool
  • Hot tub
  • Sidewalk
  • Wooded lot
  • Patio, deck, or porch
  • Laundry room

Paul Cruz, Realtor

9000 W. Sunset Blvd. 11th Fl., West Hollywood, CA.

(310) 498-4942

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Practicing good seller’s etiquette

July 11th, 2012

Practicing good seller’s etiquette

Let’s face it: When your house goes on the market, you’re not only opening the door to prospective buyers, but also sometimes to unknown vendors and naïve or unqualified buyers. As with any business transaction, there is an expected protocol to how sellers, buyers and their respective agents interact. Should you find yourself in a sticky situation, alert your agent so he or she can address and remedy the problem.

The aggressive agent
When your agent puts your house on the market, typically all promotional materials state clearly that your agent is the primary contact for buyers and buyers’ agents. However, sometimes a buyer’s agent will contact a seller directly to try to either win over their business or cut the seller’s agent out of the deal. This is not reputable behavior and you should report it to your agent immediately if it happens to you.

The unscrupulous vendor
Have you ever started a business or moved into a new house and suddenly found your mailbox full of junk mail? Unfortunately, this also can happen when you put your house on the market. When you sell your home, it necessitates all kinds of new purchasing decisions and less-than-ethical vendors are keenly aware of this. Though MLS organizations enforce rules on how posted information is used, some companies have found ways to cull information from various sources to produce mass mailing lists. If you find yourself regularly emptying your mailbox of junk, let your agent know. He or she can tap the appropriate sources to prompt an investigation into the matter.

The naïve buyer
Yard signs, Internet listings and other advertisements can generate a lot of buzz for your home. Some prospective buyers – particularly first-timers – will be so buzzed to see your home that they’ll simply drop by. If this happens, no matter how nice these unexpected visitors are, it’s best not to humor their enthusiasm by discussing your home or giving an impromptu tour. Instead, politely let them know that your real estate agent is in charge of scheduling tours and provide them with the agent’s contact information. If you attempt to handle these surprise visits on your own, you might inadvertently disclose information that could hurt you during negotiations down the road.

Paul Cruz, Realtor

310-498-4942, 9000 W Sunset Blvd. 11th Fl. L.A. Ca 90069

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L.A. Metrohome Hot Pick – 2002 Chariton St

April 14th, 2012

2002 Chariton St $480,000.00

Be sweep away by this renovated romantic Spanish adjacent to Beverly Wood in La Cienega Heights Neighborhood. House was an extreme fixer that has been completely renovated. Enter into large living room with smooth arched ceiling, elegant lighting, honey colored floors and large inviting fireplace. Gather in this spacious open floor plan with arched doorways, period details, separate dining and breakfast room, designer kitchen with stainless appliances, two comfortable bedrooms and a well-appointed bath. Separate permitted guesthouse with own separate bath and kitchen. Large corner lot offers a beautiful expansive lawn shaded by a large majestic tree. The picture perfect rare find in central Westside location.  For more pictures and details on this and other properties visit LAmetroHome.com and select featured properties, The L.A. Metrohome Team.

Jennifer Aniston lists her Beverly Hills Estate

March 6th, 2011
By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles TimesMarch 5, 2011 

Actress Jennifer Aniston has listed her Beverly Hills estate for sale at $42 million.

Designed by Hal Levitt, the 1970 house sits on about an acre in the Trousdale Estates area. The indoor-outdoor home of glass, wood and stone was designed for entertaining and for use by an extended family.

The redesigned and expanded interior living space, restored by Aniston and designer Stephen Shadley over more than two years, encompasses nearly 10,000 square feet. The formal living room is paneled in rosewood, a secondary living room has a wet bar, and the five bedrooms and 71/2 bathrooms are complemented by two kitchens, a gym and a three-car garage.

Water features include a swimming pool, spa, ponds and fountains throughout the property. An alfresco living room, fireplaces and another kitchen are among the outdoor amenities.

Aniston, 42, stars with Adam Sandler in the comedy “Just Go For It,”  though she is still best known to TV audiences for her role on “Friends” (1994-2004). Among her other film work is “He’s Just Not Tha Into You” (2009), “Marley & Me” (2008) and “Bruce Almighty” (2003).

In an Architectural Digest cover story just one year ago, Aniston declared, “I can’t tell you specifically the feeling I had when I walked through the doors for the first time, except to say I knew I was home.” She has since told People Magazine she is selling the house to simplify her life. Aniston bought the property in 2006 for $13.5 million following her divorce from Brad Pitt. The cost of the architectural renovation and redecoration was not divulged.