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Socially Distant Edition

Clearly this crisis is not only a health crisis but unfortunately, a financial crisis as well. Of course, financial crises have the nasty habit of becoming problematic for real estate sales.   Although many of my clients expect me to predict the future, I am sorry to remind you - I cannot. However, this is not my first time navigating turbulent real estate climates. In my short… Continue Reading Socially Distant Edition

Fighting Over Dirt

According to a recent Harris Poll survey – 77% of home buyers and 71% of home sellers say they’ve argued with a loved one during the process. That seems like an accurate stat to me. I wonder if Lauren Sanchez and Jeff Bezos got into it when he paid $165,000,000 for his new Beverly Hills pad a few weeks ago. The house cost him… Continue Reading Fighting Over Dirt

Emotional Buyers

Some call it “romance”, some call it “emotion”, “a vibe”, or “magic” and some can’t articulate it – but they know it when they see it; a home that has the extra special X factor making it more appealing than other homes. Emotional Pricing But how do you price for it? Do you just add some arbitrary amount to the base price? 20%? 30%,… Continue Reading Emotional Buyers

Santa Monica Dirt For Sale Part 3

Most kids went back to school this week and with Labor Day right around the corner, we expect to see sales increase in September. We’ve already seen a boost in open house traffic at some of our open houses. In the past 90 days, 47 properties north of Montana Ave have been listed for sale and 20 have sold. The most expensive being 324… Continue Reading Santa Monica Dirt For Sale Part 3

The New Dirt On Zoning

With the Interim Zoning Ordinance set to expire in November, the zoning changes for building new or expanding existing homes, here in Santa Monica, have been a bit of a moving target. A lot of proposals have been made and the dust is far from settled. A few things are pretty clear, Santa Monica’s City Council seems to be trying to encourage home owners… Continue Reading The New Dirt On Zoning

More Dirt On Montana

With the 2020 elections fast approaching, the debate about online shopping and retail store automation has been a hot topic in the news. You probably won’t be surprised to read that many of the stores on Montana Ave are suffering. According to a recent article in the Santa Monica Daily Press, total taxable sales have finally recovered (in some parts of Santa Monica), after… Continue Reading More Dirt On Montana

The Dirt On The Street

Street, Avenue, Boulevard, Drive, Court, Terrace, Place or Way. Ever wondered how civil engineers decide how to name streets or how our streets ended up being named after states?  Here’s the dirt on the streets of Santa Monica. When it comes to types of streets, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all rule book and Santa Monica is all over the place (no pun intended) but there… Continue Reading The Dirt On The Street

The Dirt On The Corner

For those of you who don’t think there is a price difference for potential historically significant / designated land-value properties in the North of Montana Ave area, riddle me this; Why would 457 20th Street, with no historic designation, sell a few months ago for $3,590,000 while 401 19th Street with a (usual and typical these days) 5D3 historic designation only fetch (closed escrow… Continue Reading The Dirt On The Corner

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