Keeping It Real Estate!

Help! I’m priced out of Silver Lake and Echo Park!


Priced out? This is something I’ve heard from our clients a lot this year. My answer? If you are determined to live in Silver Lake or Echo Park, an approval under a million doesn’t have to be the end of the line for you. You have to open your mind! Get creative! Expand your real estate possibilities by looking into a townhome. A townhome is a great option as it’s not quite a single family, but it’s not really a condo either. Townhomes usually have direct entry, some have yards and if you luck out, you can find a unit that is “standalone” (not connected to any other units). The benefit is that for a small fee, the homeowners association handles all of the pesky outdoor busy work for you. You also have an opportunity to foster some great relationships with your neighbors if you show up to the HOA meetings! This can translate to wine nights, play dates and […]

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The LA Home Girl’s Guide to Real Estate: Negotiating Repairs


NEGOTIATING REPAIRS: HOW FIGURE OUT WHAT REPAIRS MATTER YOU’RE IN ESCROW You’re in escrow, you’ve done your inspections, and now your inspector is telling you a bunch of stuff is broken and needs to be repaired! What do you do?! It’s scary, it’s overwhelming, and you’re scared you’re new dream home is going to fall down on you. Lucky for you, The LA Home Girl and her team are pros at helping people buy homes and will help you with negotiating repairs. Buying a home should be easy. We work hard to make sure that it is. Our goal is to get you the best results possible with the least amount of stress. And every month, we bring you a how-to video to help you successfully navigate your real estate transactions. This month: Negotiating repairs! Watch the video below to see what our lead agent, Kenya Reeves-Costa has to say about negotiating repairs. And if you’re ready to get your get your house on, contact us today!  

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The LA Home Girl’s Guide to Real Estate: The Concurrent Close


THE CONCURRENT CLOSE: BUYING AND SELLING A HOME AT THE SAME TIME You’re ready to buy a home, but you need to sell your current one. Enter THE CONCURRENT CLOSE. Buying a home WHILE selling a home? Sounds crazy complicated, right? Lucky for you, The LA Home Girl and her team are pros at helping people buy a new home while selling their old one. Buying a home, even while selling your old one, should be easy. We work hard to make sure that it is. Our goal is to get you the best results possible with the least amount of stress. And every month, we bring you a how-to video to help you successfully navigate your real estate transactions. This month: The Concurrent Close! Watch the video below to see what our lead agent, Kenya Reeves-Costa and buyer’s agent Sarah Chung, has to say about closing on two homes at once! And if you’re ready to get your get your concurrent close on, […]

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Summer Events in LA


There’s so many summer events in LA, it can be hard to figure out which ones are the ones you MUST attend.  Here’s a list of some fun events for the upcoming summer weeks, that we love to attend each and every year. Grab a paleta and get your fun on! 1. The 37th Annual Lotus Festival Every year, the floating lotus flowers at Echo Park Lake bloom, and the community celebrates. This is the 37th year of the festival, and as always, there will be food, music, & dragon boat races. The event celebrates the Asian-American communities of Los Angeles, and this year will be honoring the Bangladeshi community. Where: Echo Park Lake, 751 Echo Park Avenue When: Saturday and Sunday, July 15th &16th, 12pm Cost: Free! 2. FYF Fest FYF Fest: The Greatest Weekend of the Summer! The annual 3-day festival is a MUST for many Angelenos. This year’s got headliners Bjork, Missy Elliot, Nine Inch Nails, and Frank Ocean, […]

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The LA Home Girl’s Guide to Real Estate: Pricing Your Home


When you’re thinking to yourself, “How much is my house worth” you’ll probably have a ton of questions. Remember when you bought your home and you thought you were going to live in it FOREVER? Well, sometimes, life changes, and for one reason or another, you’ve decided to sell your home. You obviously want to make sure your home goes for a good price which is why you’re currently looking up “how much is my house worth” on your search engine of choice. But what makes a price right? We all wish our homes were with millions of dollars, but we know that’s not realistic. So what is a realistic number?  How do you figure that out? Lucky for you, you already picked out a realtor, and they’re going to help you price your home RIGHT. Selling a home should be easy. We work hard to make sure that it is. Our goal is to get you the best results […]

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House of the Week 6-20-2017: Silver Lake Gem!


This Silver Lake gem is a 2 story condo located smack in the middle of Silver Lake, close to Sunset Junction – where all the happenings are in LA! Just right off of Sunset Blvd, you’ll definitely love this one with its bamboo floors, a spacious living room, and bathrooms in each of the rooms! It’s not everyday you get to see a condo pop up on the market in Silver Lake. You have a private front patio and a backyard area as well! Come upstairs and the large master suite with contemporary bath, work space, and a large bathroom with a laundry area. Just a few steps away from the park, this condo is seriously a gem in an awesome neighborhood! Address: 850 Lucile Ave #6 2 Beds | 3 Baths | 1,229 Sqft Neighborhood: Silver Lake Listing provided courtesy of Redfin

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Silver Lake Dream Home! House of the Week: 6/7/2017


Looking for your Silver Lake Dream Home? Welcome back to our house of the week! We took a short break, but we’re back! Missed us? This week, we take you to Silver Lake and the best part of this house is the location, location, location. Walk into the traditional two story home, and be greeted with so much natural light and open space. This Silver Lake dream home is super spacious living room is surrounded by windows looking out to the front yard with plantation shutters. Beyond the living room is the dining room, a sun room on one side, and a great breakfast room with kitchen on the other side. Come up to the second floor and you have three bedrooms, all very roomy. Not only is the house massive with spacious rooms, but the lot is also something to talk about – 1/3 of an acre! WHAT! That’s unheard of, especially in this town! The opportunities are seriously endless, build […]

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The LA Home Girl’s Guide to Real Estate: Searching for your Home!


A Home Search Guide…. Searching for your home can be daunting. We get it. There’s a lot of different types of homes, townhomes, condos, and duplexes out there, and houses aren’t hamburgers. It’s a serious undertaking, and deserves a lot of thought. And let’s be honest. It can be a little (or very) overwhelming. You’re not just renting an apartment anymore, after all! This month’s video is dedicated to that thought process! A home search guide, if you will. There are a few things to keep in mind, like what do you need in a home? What do you absolutely not want in a home? Think about your lifestyle. Do you enjoy a family life with your kids, picket fence, sprawling backyard and Fiddo? Or maybe you’re more into urban life, towering over a glittering city, and all within walking distance to your favorite bars, stores, and coffee shops. Our video series is a great home search guide. Check it out below!!! […]

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Gorgeous New Construction Living! HOUSE OF THE WEEK 5-10-2017


Looking for a new construction in Echo Park?? Well check out this gorgeous new construction living!! This new construction goodness is everything you’ve been looking for in your future Echo Park home. But you’d better hurry, it’s the last one available! know I love new constructions. Something about a new house just gives me that giggly feeling. Maybe it’s the fresh paint, or the brand new cabinets, or the overall clean and fresh vibe, but I really love brand new homes, and this one is special. There’s only 10 units for this development, and the best one is the last one, in my opinion. Developed by Planet Home Living, COVO are new homes, with a floor plan that actually makes sense. Floor plan is key, people! With natural hardwood floors, a modern staircase, and tons of window, this one boasts tons of natural light. No creepy, dark living room for you! It’s modern yet cozy, giving that homey feel. The […]

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Legal Guest Houses in Los Angeles: They do exist!


Legal Guest Houses? In MY Los Angeles? It’s more likely than you think. Legal guest houses in Los Angeles are kind of rare. We here at The LA Home Girl have shown our fair share of homes with unpermitted back houses, and have often helped walk our clients through the steps of getting their guest homes permitted. So we were thrilled to find out that at the beginning of 2017, a new CA law went into effect that allows small, second residential units on single family lots. Awesome!! So what does this mean for us here in Los Angeles? Our laws tend to be a bit more stricter than the state’s, so we have to do what the city asks of us. The City of Los Angeles estimates that there are THOUSANDS of unpermitted guest houses (“Accessory Dwelling Units” as they’re legally called), but has only issued 404 certificates of occupancy for Accessory Dwelling Units. ……YIKES. This new state law DOES NOT […]

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