This is part one of an ongoing series of interviews I have done with influential real estate agents in Santa Monica.
This week you will read everything you always wanted to know about Loraine Silver but were too afraid to ask.
What is your name?
When your sign?
Who are your parents?
My mother Jeanette Wainer lives in South Africa. My Father passed away years ago.
Where were you born and where did you grow up?
I was born in South Africa and grew up in Johannesburg. I moved here to Los Angeles in the 1970s with husband and three children.
What is your greatest achievement professionally?
I sold the first home North of Montana for over one million dollars.
What is your motto?
To appreciate the simple things in life.
What do you read every day?
I read a lot! Mostly casual, light reading fiction.
Do you feel rich? Successful? Happy?
I feel happy and blessed.
What do you love about the real estate business?
All the paper work (wink)
If you were not in the real estate business, what would you be doing/ as a career?
I would be a yoga instructor and travel more.
What were you doing prior to your career in real estate?
I have a master degree in social work. I was working as a social worker when I lived in South Africa. My education is actually very helpful in this line of work.
What are your post real estate business plans?
To travel more- my next must see destination is India and Turkey.
If you were the mayor of Los Angeles, what is the first thing you would change about the city and what would you fight to keep the same?
I would implement very strict gun control laws.
What is your favorite saying?
Who is your mentor?
Tim Corliss, he was a Westside real estate legend!
What’s your idea of the perfect Saturday afternoon?
Spending the afternoon with one of my six(!) grandchildren.
Who is your hero? Why?
Mick Jagger. Why? He is Mick Jagger!
Do you feel the world needs more people like you?
No, definitely not, I am too crazy!
Give advice to someone 20 years younger.
Buy investment property as soon as possible.
What gadget can you not live without, besides a cell phone and email?
My Vitamix machine.
How do you deal with antagonists?
Ignore them and move on.
What is people’s biggest misperception about you?
That I am a push over.
Do you prefer to be feared or loved?
I prefer to be loved.
What’s been your greatest disappointment?
That I did not buy more Real Estate.
What if anything do you collect?
I love to collect antique jewelry.
Here is your real-time real estate market info:
There are 16 properties available to buy in the flats North of Montana Avenue and a few in the Canyon. I am excited and happy to write that the two new listings this week are Pence Hathorn Silver properties – 241 19th St and 721 23rd St.
Thirteen homes are currently under contract. And there are 31 closed sales year-to-date.
New Listings this Week
241 19th St. – 5bd + 6ba. $4,995,000. Listed by Pence Hathorn Silver. Gorgeous Country English significantly remodeled recently. Huge subterranean level with exquisite craftsmanship and quality details. Sophisticated backyard w/saline pool & spa, and more. Last sold in March 2011 for $4,031,000.
721 23rd St. – 5bd + 5.5ba. $4,495,000. Listed by Pence Hathorn Silver. Over 5,600 sq ft beautiful Spanish Villa. Perfect floor plan w/5bd up! Priv backyard retreat w/fruit trees, outdoor kitchen, pool & spa. Last sold in June 2010 for $3,400,000. I will have this open Sunday 1-2 for neighbors only, then 2-5 for everyone else. Come say hi!
No New Sales this Week
New Closed Deals this Week
624 22nd St.– 5bd + 6ba. $3,438,030.
Pence Hathorn Silver Active Properties:
502 16th St. – 5bd + 7.5ba – $8,495,000
1432 Bienveneda Ave. – 7bd + 8ba – $5,295,000
615 18th St. – 7bd + 8ba – $6,495,000
241 19th St. – 5bd + 6ba – $4,995,000
721 23rd St. – 5bd + 5.5ba – $4,495,000
143 Foxtail Dr. – 4bd + 3.5ba – $3,095,000
12727 Sunset Blvd. – 4bd + 4.5ba – $2,345,000
370 N. Kenter Ave – 3bd + 2.5ba – $2,195,000
1411 Charmel Ct. – 4bd + 2.5ba – $1,750,000
844 17th St. #102 – 2bd + 2ba – $1,729,500
3819 Seahorn Dr. – 4bd + 2.75ba – $1,695,000
640 Hill St. – 3bd + 2ba – $1,458,000
416 Entrada Dr. – 3bd + 1.75ba – $1,450,000
2402 11th St. – Duplex, 2bd + 1ba – $1,258,000
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