Are you on Facebook?

Ahhh the dreaded question when you bump into an old classmate that you never really liked, haha!  I welcome that question and often ask that question when it comes to business.  You may actually  want to ask that question too, when you are interviewing Realtors.

Last Sunday I held an open house in the Adams Hill area.  The home has amazing views and the photos are quite enticing.  The first person who walked in was a hold friend from high school.  He and his wife are thinking about selling their home and downsizing.  When they saw the photos and my post on Facebook they decided to come and take a look, and I am so glad they did!

Social Media is a way of life for most people these days.  If your agent isn’t up to date on social media trends then you may want to find one who is.  Today’s buyers are not just waiting for their agent to call and tell them about a new listing.  They are on their smart phones when ever they have time.  Sellers, your first showing will be via the internet!  Be sure your agent knows how to make you stand above the crowd!

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Adams Hill Open House

If you are out and about this Sunday please stop over and visit me at 1449 Marion Drive from 2:00-4:00.  This amazing 3 bedroom, 2 bath home has views that will take your breath away!  $653,000

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Old Is The New-New

Over the past year the majority of my buyers have specified that they are looking for a “vintage” home, something with original character and charm.  They aren’t looking for new     or remodeled, they are looking for old and original.

When I first purchased my 1929 home, I was just 20 years old.  The first thing I wanted to do is get rid of everything old.  I quickly remodeled my vintage bathroom that had black and yellow tile.  I would do anything to have that bathroom today.  Instead I have a bit of an 80’s nightmare.  It is my next remodel project and I will definitely be shooting for a vintage look.

Below is an example of a home that still has it’s original character and charm intact.  This home is located near Glendale’s Kenneth Village.  I sure hope it goes to a buyer that will appreciate everything about it instead of someone who will gut the entire place!

 

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Going Green Means Turning Brown

The current drought is one of the most severe droughts that California has ever experienced.  The city of Glendale has moved to phase II of the Mandatory Water Conservation Ordinance which restricts residents to outside watering just three days a week: Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday for 10 minutes at each watering station.

Home sellers need not panic!  Most house hunters are well aware of the situation.  If your lawn is a little on the brown side there’s not a lot you can do about it.  If you are preparing your home for sale and landscape is part of your “pre-sale detail” then you should consider a drought tolerant yard with a drip system.

You may also want to consider purchasing a rain barrel.  Check out this flyer from the city of Glendale.  Rain barrels have been used for centuries and are quickly becoming popular as a result of water conservation awareness.  Don’t miss out on this opportunity to recieve a $75 rebate on your rain barrel!

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Beyond the Box

Calling all artists! In case you haven’t noticed, there are 26 utility boxes throughout downtown Glendale that have been painted by various local artists. The City of Glendale has designed a program to support public art programs and to enhance the community and neighborhoods through the use of murals.

The Arts and Culture Commission will partner with The Big Draw LA on Saturday, October 25 to assist selected artists to create murals on 11 utility boxes in Montrose, California.

This project is open to local artists but applications must be submitted no later than September 12, 2014. Click here for an application.  The Arts and Culture Commission will fund up to $750.00 per utility box, inclusive of all artist’s fees, paints and materials!

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Cupcakes and Real Estate

Me and my daughter in law have many things in common. We are both in the real estate business, we love to shop and we love sweets!

Monday we met for lunch at the Americana. After lunch I talked her into trying out Sprinkles. With all of the hype, we just had to try a cupcake and some ice cream. I am sad to say that our treats were hardly worth the wait and definitely not worth the expense! Needless to say, Sprinkles didn’t make our favorite places for a sweet list. Below are a few of our favorites:

Martino’s Tea Cakes-Forget about cupcakes! This is what I call the perfect little cake and a long time favorite amongst Realtors, which is why I often pick them up for my broker’s open houses. If you do happen to be a cupcake nut, Martino’s has excellent cupcakes! They are square cakes and my favorite of course is chocolate.

Porto’s Sally Cake- OMG! I know everyone loves the guava pastries but I stumbled upon this cake while having lunch with some clients and it’s now my favorite treat from Portos. I also love their chocolate chip cookies.

Urth Cafe Pumpkin Pie-This is one of my daughter in law’s favorites. With Fall just around the corner, you really should consider making this your holiday pie, it’s not your average boring pumpkin pie.

Whole Foods Vegan Apple Pie-A couple of years ago my brother decided to try living the vegan life. While he was in town visiting I picked up a Vegan Apple Pie from Whole Foods. It was highly recommended by one of the gal’s working the bakery section. It’s pretty much the best apple pie around.

What’s your favorite treat?

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Brand Park Library and Art Center

Sounds On The Plaza

I don’t know about you but I have enjoyed the sounds in the plaza on Friday evenings at Brand Park Library and Art Center. I can’t think of a better way to end the week than to take a stroll up to my favorite park and enjoy some fine music.

I am really looking forward to the next performance on Friday September 5, 2014. This performance take place in the recital hall not the plaza. No food or drink will be allowed.

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Got Bad Credit? Good luck leasing a home!

Most of you know that I am a HUGE fan of Suze Orman. One of the things she discusses frequently on her show is the importance of good credit. Most people don’t realize how important good credit is until they try to finance a purchase or lease a property.

Due to high demand, rental prices have skyrocketed! Property owners literally have their choice of who they will lease their property to. In other words, property owners don’t have to take a risk on someone with poor credit.

Think you have a good excuse as to why you have bad credit? I have heard every story in the book! Remember, nothing is more damaging to your financial health than a bad credit report!

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Atwater Village For Lease Open Sunday 2-4

Available for immediate occupancy, is this beautifully restored Spanish with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths. Special features include newly refinished hardwood floors throughout, a fireplace, formal dining room, new kitchen appliances and more!

Contact me for more information or stop over and take a look Sunday from 2-4
3403 La Clede, Atwater Village.

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3403 La Clede

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No two agents alike

I have been working with a lovely couple who have been looking for a home in Glendale. They are also looking to purchase a home in another area which means they are working with two Realtors.

After looking at several properties last week, we sat down in my office. They expressed to me that they were slightly frustrated with their other agent. They said “She doesn’t work as hard as you do Chris”. They shared some of their experiences with me. To be perfectly frank, I was surprised at the terrible service that they receiving. The funny thing is, they didn’t know any better until I came along! I am not tooting my own horn here, I am simply trying to make a point which is, no two agents are alike.

When you find yourself in need of real estate assistance, don’t just settle for the first thing that comes along. We come in many shapes and sizes, we have different ways of doing things and most importantly we have different levels of knowledge and experience. Do your homework, ask questions and speak your mind. Are you okay with an agent who only returns phone calls once a day? Do you want an agent who has a huge staff that handles everything after you sign on the dotted line? Maybe you are looking for the ego maniac like the ones on the real estate reality shows. Or maybe, you want an agent who puts her/his clients first!

Remember when it comes to making one of the biggest decisions you will ever make, you owe it to yourself to work with an agent that suits your needs!

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