Posts Tagged ‘Home Buying’

Playa Vista Phase II Pricing Released

With much anticipation, Playa Vista has released the early pricing for the size Phase II communities with sales expected to begin next year.  Potential buyers, it is very important that you have your own representation by a broker not affiliated with the builder.  Please contact me for more information and before visiting a sales office: Camden: […]

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My Case for Keeping Fannie and Freddie

Recently President Obama announced he was planning to start winding down loan insurers Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.   Most of my clients get loans backed by Fannie and Freddie.  Almost all with loan amounts under $625,000 – I personally have three of them.  While I appreciate free market economics, I think Fannie and Freddie are […]

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Brookfield Releases Phase II Property Information

Brooksfield Homes, residential developer of Playa Vista Phase II recently released the first tangible information and interest list of what the coming phase homes may look like.  http://playavista.com/live-here/.  There are not too many details, but early indications are that there the units will be on the larger side (many 3+ bedrooms) and there will be more […]

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Takeaways from Buyer Trends Panel

Last week I participated on a panel of agents from around North America at Keller Williams’ Family Reunion convention in Dallas.  Represented were an agent team from Ottawa, Ontario that closed over 300 transactions last year among nine agents.  Also on the panel were agents from Nashville and Chicago whose teams closed between 50-100 each last […]

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Phase II Housing and What it Means for You

We’ve known for some time that there is more housing coming to Playa Vista, East of the current development.  It’s only recently that it has been announced what some of the new home product will be.   The following (partial) list of properties expected to be built was taken from Playa Vista Today: 1.  Brookfield homes will be […]

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Holidays to Start Early for Potential Playa Vista Sellers, Buyers: “Memo Not Received”

Having recently been through three multiple offer situations for one buyer client and finally securing the third and best property over the weekend, it is clear that this is not a healthy real estate market.  Sellers have not been in a position of power like this in 7 years and now wield their long-relinquished power […]

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Is Docusign Leading the Real Estate Comeback?

For the last two years or so, electronic signatures on real estate forms through platforms such as Docusign have gone from non-existent to fringe to the norm.  These forms are widely accepted for offer purposes and only in certain cases are denied by lenders, in which case, hand signatures must be suppied at some point, normally […]

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Major Lenders Underwhelm in Customer Service

On two recent listings, I have been dismayed at the customer service of two major lenders that were obtaining financing on behalf of the buyer, the tweedle dumb and tweedle dumber of residential lending, Wells Fargo and Chase. On the Wells Fargo transaction, the buyer requested a 45 day escrow which was agreed to by […]

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Myth Buster – Listing Your Home in December is a Bad Idea

While the holiday season it may not always be the most convenient time for Playa Vista home sellers to have their home ready to sell, I can say that doing so might be worth the inconvenience. It is my opinion that it does not matter when you list your Playa Vista home for sale and […]

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