JUST LISTED: 2880 Las Alturas St. Hollywood Hills $999,000

Las Alturas

2bed/2.5 Bath

2,068 Sq. Ft.

KILLER VIEWS!!!

This stylish Hollywood Hills residence showcases dramatic views right from the front door and its sky-lighted entry hall (with powder room).  An open floor plan accentuates the home’s modern vibe. The house’s ample living area has a fireplace, pitched ceilings, wood floors, and resort-style walls of glass that accordion-open to a generous balcony. Inside becomes outside as the breezes blow and a carpet of city lights spice-up the living space. A dining area also showcases views to di(n)e for. The highly-desirable open floor plan continues as dining opens to the home’s well-equipped kitchen (with breakfast or cocktail bar), which has newer appliances and plenty of custom wood and glass cabinetry.

The master bedroom has custom built-in wall of shelving and cabinetry and plenty of closet space. There is a balcony accessible through glass double doors. Just past the pine trees…more city lights views. The remodeled master bath features a chic porcelain vessel sink, a reclaimed wooden cabinet and mirror, slate shower & tub surround, and chrome fixtures. The second bedroom also has access to a remodeled bathroom with an over-sized sink cabinet and step-in shower.  This bedroom also has a balcony with tree-top and city lights views.

The home’s large, direct-access garage is currently working perfectly for two-cars, laundry area, and storage-storage-and more storage; but could be used as a gym or additional living space. An outdoor wrap-around deck area (hedged and gated) provides ample private space for kids/pets, and sports and built-in barbeque. This area is perfect for an evening cocktail gathering or Al Fresco dining and…has views!

This home is a true Hollywood Hills pad, just north of landmark Mulholland Drive. Near the end of a cul-de-sac, this Las Alturas home provides a safe and secure street to hang out, walk the pups, and take in the “mountain” air. And, it’s only a short walk to the upper entrance to Runyon Canyon Park.

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How to Negotiate with Sellers

Buying a home is one of the most important purchases most people will make. In order to make the right decision the first time, potential buyers need to be prepared. Consider the following before starting negotiations:

  • Be prepared Research the housing market in the target area. Once you have information about the general area, focus on the particular property and seller. Look for answers to questions such as:
    1. Why is the homeowner selling? (If they’re moving because they find the area undesirable, you might want to consider this issue.)
    2. How long has the home been on the market? (If it has been on the market for a long time, perhaps there are negative facts about the property that you need to know.)
    3. How much did the seller pay for the home compared to the current asking price? (If the seller paid more, find out why. Was it a general real estate trend, or did property values in that particular neighborhood go down?)
    4. What is the seller’s time frame for selling and moving? Does it fit within your needs?
    5. Are there any defects in the home or problems with the surrounding neighborhood? (For example, is the roof so old that it will likely leak during the next storm? Is there a new construction project in the area that will lead to major traffic congestion?)

As the potential buyer, you want the advantage. While you want answers to all your questions to the seller, reveal very little about your circumstances.

Do not give the seller personal information such as your income, the maximum you are able to pay for a down payment or the home, or when you want to move.

Make sure that your agent knows not to reveal any such information to the seller or his/her agent.

Also, do not let the seller see how much you want the property. If you appear desperate or overly enthusiastic, the seller then has the stronger bargaining position. When meeting with the seller or listing agent, keep your emotions in check.

  • Establish a Timeline Find out if the seller needs to have the sale closed sooner rather than later. If the seller is feeling pressured to sell, use that to your advantage in negotiating. Even if you, the buyer, are the one with the deadline for purchasing a home, don’t let yourself be rushed into making concessions or a purchase you may regret later.

Kristen Stewart Buyers Los Feliz Home for $2,195,000

BUYER: Kristen Stewart
LOCATION: Los Angeles, CA
PRICE: $2,195,000
SIZE: 3,361 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms

In the midst of the fallout from cheating on boyfriend Robert Pattison — Kristen Stewart bought a home in Los Angeles, about a mile and a half from the spread she shared with her “Twilight” co-star.

According to the Real Estalker, Stewart bought a home in Los Feliz for $2.195 million in August. The home was bought through a trust linked to Stewart’s mother — but real estate insiders say the home was purchased by the actress.

 

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Source: NY Daily News

Great Fixer Opportunity in Laurel Canyon! 2451 Greenvalley Rd. Los Angeles, CA 90046

Asking Price: $940,000

Super private Laurel Canyon Compound ready for a fluff. Custom built in the late
40’s , this sweet 2 bedroom,1.5 bath & den traditional has a big pool and an
airy high ceilings in the office/studio/guest/pool house with a full bath. Built in a
sunny spot, this rare find offers oodles of possibilities. In the Wonderland
Avenue School District. Probate sale, subject to court approval.

GREAT OPPORTUNITY IN THIS DESIRED LOCATION!!!

2bedroom/1.5 bathroom

Sq. Ft – 1,243

Lot Size – 6,095

Year built – 1947

Please contact me at (310)402-8181 or jkryukova@gmail.com for more information, showings, and other properties in the Hollywood Hills and Surrounding areas for sale and lease!

 

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Listing courtesy of Bill Lustig, John Aaroe Group

 

Ready to Buy? Five Steps in Getting Ready to Buy a Home!

Image The road to homeownership, AKA securing a mortgage or pre-approval letter, is paved with … paperwork.

First, avoid surprises—especially unpleasant ones—by getting your credit reports/FICO scores before the first sit-down with a banker. You are entitled to a free annual one. Check with any of the big three credit bureaus (Equifax, Experian or Transunion).

Proof of employment is next. Advise your boss to expect a verification of employment form. You will also need to submit two weeks’ to a month’s worth of pay stubs.

To prove that you can pay back the loan, banks want to see how much money you earn regularly. That means two years of federal tax returns and W-2s.

What you owe—and yes, lenders will ask—is the flip side of income. Outline your expenses, which most definitely include monthlies for rent, utilities, that new car, credit cards, child support, etc.

Asset verification requires documentation, too. This includes at least three months of bank statements. Investment accounts with bonds, stocks, mutual funds, etc. are also part of this, as are the titles of any cars you own if they are less than five years old. That you have funds for the security deposit is required, too.

The lender will also want a fully executed Purchase & Sale Agreement (signed and initialed by buyer and seller). Make certain the property address is correct.

Don’t forget the obvious: a valid ID and your Social Security number.

Final tip: Never turn in originals, and keep a copy of every piece of paper you send out so when the inevitable call arrives: “I don’t have…”, you will.

Give the housing market a high five…finally!

First, existing home sales in April jumped more than three percent over March numbers. Also, overall inventory was down and, the biggie, according to the National Association of Realtors, is that median home prices were up more than 10 percent from last year. Another plus is that new home starts are moved to an annualized rate of 717 homes—the highest level since 2008. Even better, those stats are for all four regions of the country. On the West Coast, for example, existing-home sales in April were 7.3 percent above last year and the median price ($221,700) soared 15.9 percent. In Los Angeles and nearby communities, for example, multiple offer situations are increasing. Real estate gurus like NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun credits “job growth, low interest rates, bargain home prices and an improving economy.” Add to the mix pent-up demand, rising rents and the realization that record low interest rates won’t last forever, and becoming a homeowner is looking good for the rest of the year. Increased sales of new homes will provide new hope where foreclosure inventory is high, predicts Celia Chen, a housing analyst for Moody’s Analytics. She says buyers “will forgo distressed homes that tend to be in disrepair in favor of newly built homes.” That’s more than speculation, too. Toll Brothers, Inc., the largest luxury home builder, just reported a higher-than-expected quarterly profit and a strong jump in new orders.

Start smiling. The housing market is!

JUST SOLD! Charming Hollywood Hills Fixer! Will be back on the market – remodeled to the nines!

7793 Skyhill Dr.
Hollywood Hills, CA
JUST SOLD!!!
$645,000

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Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2
Garage Spaces: 2
Lot Size: 7,490 Square Feet
Property Type: Single Family
Property Status: Sold
Property Features: Central Air Conditioning, Fireplace, Garage, Open Concept, Views
Description:

Incredible fixer opportunity in the Hollywood Hills.  Charming three bedroom home situation on a lovely cul-de-sac with beautiful views and such peace and serenity.  Three nice sized bedrooms, large living room that opens to a great deck, and tons of privacy.

Spring Cleaning: Scrub, Shine and Sell!

The sky is blue, the sun is bright and the forsythia is blooming. Time to cue the annual ritual: spring cleaning.

But with a “For Sale” sign in your life, it’s also time to ratchet up the spit-spot drill. When you’re selling a house, making a good first impression happens only once, and a clean, sparkling home (new, old, renovated or fixer-upper) does just that—all for only sweat equity. So clean, clean, clean.

Bring out the big guns, a.k.a., the obsessive-compulsive cleaning genes. Banish those dust bunnies left and right until every nook, corner, counter, floor—well, you get the idea—is spotless. Although focusing on those biggies is critical, sweat the small stuff too. Prepare Your House For Sale suggests that little things pay off in a big way.

Take the basement. Dust the electrical panel box and clean/sweep the concrete floor thoroughly until you can walk on it barefoot. Not that you would, but potential buyers will be impressed and will remember that they could.

Polish front door hardware until it gleams. Inside, vigorously attack switch plates, doorknobs, cupboard door handles and mirrors, too. Bleach that tile grout.

Organize everything behind closed doors is the recommendation from About.com. With kitchen cabinets/pantries, for example, alphabetize spices and stack all dishes neatly with cup handles facing the same way.

Let there be light. Lose the window screens and wash those panes inside and out. Hire someone if necessary. The amount of light streaming through streak-free, screenless windows will amaze you and impress buyers.

The final tip is, of course, to keep the cleaning frenzy going until the dotted line is signed.

If you’re interested in the value of your property or need help in preparing your home for sale…please contact me today.