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Selling a Haunted House

As we reach the end of the spooky Halloween season, we thought it would be a fun send off to discuss a haunted house. The infamous Los Feliz Murder House in LA has a checkered past, but to real eatstae agent Nancy Sanborn, it was just a house.

In 2016, Sanborn was brought on to the selling team to what she thought was just a regular referral listing. She was completely oblivious to its history, one of the few who was. For context, the property was the scene of a gruesome crime about 60 years before, in which Dr. Harold N. Perelson killed his wife and hit his daughter with a hammer, and then took his own life. The haunted legend of this crime has spanned from 1959 to the present day.

The property has been a notorious haunted attraction for tourists and paranormal enthusiasts. Sanborn did her best to treat it as an ordinary listing, however, the residence attracted strange attention and visitors with a sole interest in the paranormal aspect of the home.

Most states require any material defects about a residence to be disclosed to potential buyers in case it has any lingering effects for them. Though many buyers are apprehensive towards the idea of buying a house with a reputation, purchasing a stigmatized house has the benefit of a price reduction, and according to a recent survey, ⅓ of homebuyers would be willing to purchase a house with a haunting reputation.

The Los Feliz Mansion closed in July 2016 for $2.3 million. Don’t let rumors ruin your chance at buying your dream home! We hope you have a very Happy Halloween!

To read the full article, click the link below.

https://magazine.realtor/daily-news/2020/10/30/how-an-la-agent-sold-a-haunted-house

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Should You Sell Your Home During the Summer?

Summer is a season of pool parties, barbeques, and enjoying time with loved ones.  It is also a red hot season for buying and selling homes.  Below we’ll discuss the pros and cons of listing your home during this prominent real estate season. 

Pros

  1. You Will Have an Abundance of Showings: With more hours of daylight, there’s more time for real estate showings.  Showings are also more likely to have viewers during the summer season than in the winter.  Interested home buyers are more likely to be spending quality time outside, which makes them more likely to attend an open house. 

  2. Buyers Have Extra Motivation: Many busy households want to move into new homes before the fall school season begins.  Buyers might’ve missed out on housing opportunities during the spring, so summer is the perfect time for a new search. 

  3. Convenience: With the free time for students and the consistent weather, summer provides availability and certainty when it comes to moving.

  4. The House Will Looks Its Best: Natural light abounds in the summer, and this extra brightness is sure to showcase your home at its best.  With radiant windows and flourishing flowers, your home will be ready to list. 

Cons

  1. Competition: Because this is such a busy time in the real estate market, this means the market is filled with competition.  Be prepared to see a “For Sale” sign at every corner, but do not let that dissuade you.  Make your home stand out. 

  2. Obligations: Selling a house comes with obligations that may interfere with your summer plans.  Cleaning and prepping the house for showings is a substantial job in itself.  However, if you hire a real estate agent, this load of work will be majorly alleviated. 

  3. Summer Heat: Loading and unloading a moving truck during hot, humid weather is a struggle.  Prepare yourself with chilled bottles of water, sunscreen, and portable fans.

  4. Showing Houses with Children: Even though school is out for the summer, when it comes to selling a house, it isn’t all about relaxation.  You will need to have a place for your kids to go while prospective buyers are looking at your home.  Not to mention you will need to clean the house on a regular basis.  The best piece of advice for selling a home while you have children is to plan ahead of time: playdates or summer camps will give you free time and give your children fun experiences. 

Summer is the perfect time to sell your house, but it’s not without its challenges.  However, with the help of an adaptable, experienced real estate agent at VB Realty, anything is possible. Contact VB Realty Group for al of your real estate needs. 

To read Marian White’s full article, click the link below. 

https://www.moving.com/tips/pros-and-cons-of-selling-a-house-during-the-summer/

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4 bed and 2 bath Historic Spanish Abode

Welcome to luxurious California Heights! This 4 bed and 2 bath Historic Spanish abode boasts a spacious living area bathed in natural light and opportunity for aesthetic design. Leading into the modern-style kitchen, this room is adorned with stainless steel appliances, quartz countertops, white cabinetry, and an abundance of storage space. A large dining area allows for easy entertainment while highlighting the open floor plan. This lavish home has a plethora of natural lighting, giving an air of warmth and luminance. The primary bedroom includes an ensuite bathroom with a double vanity, an incredibly spacious walk-in closet, recessed lighting, and a cozy fireplace. Not to mention the extra space for seating that provides endless design possibilities. With adjoined patio doors that lead directly into the beautiful backyard, this primary bedroom has it all. The lovely backyard patio with lush greenery and garden space are perfect for morning coffee. With a bonus casita adjacent to the property, this space is perfect for hosting guests in five-star accommodations. This property also contains a two-car garage and a long driveway, ideal for housing multiple vehicles with ease. This beautiful home is located in the historic district, making it a prime location with close access to Bixby Knolls retail and restaurants. Come see this gorgeous residence before time runs out!

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3 Bed 2 Bath Lakewood, CA Gem

Welcome to this wonderful 3 bedroom, 2 bath home situated in the beautiful city of Lakewood. Step inside to discover a spacious floor plan perfect for family living and entertaining. The highlight of this home is the expansive family room boasting a cozy gas fireplace, ideal for gathering with loved ones. With ample space, this room is a versatile hub of indoor recreation or an office nook. The adjacent kitchen features a convenient breakfast bar, offering a casual dining option, while an inside laundry area adds practicality to daily routines. Beyond the entertaining spaces, the home includes a separate dining room, perfect for hosting formal meals and celebrations. The interiors have been freshly painted, creating a bright and welcoming atmosphere throughout. Situated on a corner lot, this property offers additional benefits including room for RV parking, a rare find in Lakewood, and a double garage providing ample storage and parking space. Enjoy the convenience of being near Lakewood Mall, The Long Beach Exchange full of restaurants and shops, and easy access to nearby freeways for commuting or exploring all that Southern California has to offer. This home presents a wonderful opportunity to embrace comfortable family living.

https://youtu.be/lNvHgOWPUWM

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7890 E Spring St #26e, Long Beach, CA 90815

Tranquil Lakeside Retreat in El Dorado Lakes Community

Welcome to 7890 E. Spring St #26E, nestled within the serene El Dorado Lakes community. This top-floor 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom unit offers a stunning view of the expansive water feature and natural surroundings. Step inside and be greeted by tall ceilings and an inviting open floor plan that bathes the space in natural light.The living room features a cozy fireplace and opens to a balcony overlooking the tranquil lake, where the soothing sounds of the water feature enhance the peaceful ambiance of this beautiful condo.The updated kitchen is a chef's delight, boasting stainless steel appliances and a spacious layout with a bar top counter, ideal for entertaining guests.This unit showcases the most sought-after floor plan, with two master bedrooms each equipped with ensuite bathrooms. Enjoy the convenience of a two-car garage located near the unit, along with an additional open parking spot. Positioned at the back of the community, you'll enjoy the best view of the lake while maintaining privacy. Freshly painted walls and new bedroom carpets make this home move-in ready. The El Dorado Lakes community offers lush landscaping and features three picturesque man-made lakes, creating a peaceful oasis. Community amenities include ponds, two sparkling pools, two spas, tennis courts, a sauna, clubhouse with billiards and ping pong, and an exercise room. Don't miss out on the opportunity to own this lakeside retreat. Located near shopping, dining, entertainment, and the El Dorado Park and Nature Center, this home offers both convenience and tranquility. Schedule a showing today to experience the beauty and serenity of this wonderful property.

https://youtu.be/7ulgzjd5Prw?si=MZmRwWzUJokd6FOK

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Blurred Lines…. Yeah Your Property Lines

Anyone who has been in public settings can understand and appreciate the invisible line that makes personal space. You can’t see it, touch it, or feel it, but there is nothing worse than when someone crosses into it. That’s why when you drive down any given neighborhood, most people have fences to draw a physical line between them and their neighbors. Nothing personal, it’s just about the space. If you have purchased a property, I’m going to go ahead and assume it likely has a fence around the perimeter to mark your property from others. If it had a fence, it’s easy to imagine that the fence is the border and everything within the fence is yours and outside the fence isn’t. It’s a logical thought but if you thought you knew your property lines, you should think again! 

I know that may not be the news you want to hear, (or maybe you’re in a dispute with your neighbors and it's exactly what you want to hear). Unless you’ve had a land survey done of your property, you are basing your property line off of a plat map, which is like buying pants based on whether the waist fits around your neck (don’t act like your parents didn’t make you do that for back to school shopping). So why should it matter to you? The honest answer is it may not. Maybe you like your neighbors, have a large plot of land, or live away from other people. But if you have neighbors who have fences, sheds, or anything else that you think may be encroaching on your invisible property line or are buying a home and want to avoid the surprise of being told to move your fence, then you may want to make that invisible line more visible. Want to know more about your property line? Give me a call! Whether it's pesky neighbors, peace of mind, or just plain curiosity, I can help you find the answers.

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Utilizing Your Outdoor Space Year-Round

Having a usable outdoor space is more important now than ever, but finding uses for it during the fall and winter seasons can be difficult.  Below we’ve listed some of the best ways to utilize your outdoor space year-round.  Enjoy! 

  1. Fire Pit

Fire pits are an incredible use for outdoor space after sundown.  They provide warmth, light, a joyful mood, and are a perfect ambiance for future gatherings or late night reminiscences, not to mention the endless s’mores.  

  1. Heat Lamps

The most luxurious outdoor heating experience ever.  The electric versions are sleeker and safer than other gas options.  Optimal for staying warm during late-night stargazing, investing in heat-lamps would be a great option for light and warmth during the cold winter months. 

  1. Privacy Screens 

They increase privacy and block strong winds.  Whether you’d like a screen or a wall, latticework is an affordable pick to enclose a balcony or patio. 

  1. Curtained Pergola

An extravagant and beautiful choice is the curtained pergola (also known as a gazebo) that can adapt to any seasonal festivities.  They offer privacy, a stylish appearance, and comfort right in your backyard! 

  1. Small Outdoor Cooktop

Full outdoor kitchens are expensive and possibly wasteful if they aren’t used.  Find an affordable, easy-to-use, stylish option in the small cooktop or grill. 

  1. Small shed

Sheds are versatile.  They offer storage space, an extra room for hobbies, homework space, office space, crafting spot, workout room, or meditation area.  The applications are endless! 

  1. Extra Lighting

Light is a deciding factor in your outdoor-ambiance, so feel free to get creative with twinkling lights, glowing lanterns, Tiki torches, candles, and anything else your heart may desire. 

Utilizing your outdoor space is about maximizing warmth, comfort, and creativity.  With these tips, hopefully you’ll be able to stay warm and cozy whether gathering with friends, star-gazing, or having a late night reflection.  Stay warm and stay safe! 

To read Jennifer Kelly Geddes’ full article, click the link below. 

https://www.realtor.com/advice/home-improvement/ways-to-make-your-outdoor-space-livable-when-the-weather-cools-down/

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Home Buyer Master Class

VB Realty Group Presents: Home Buyer Master Class

Learn the top 5 things you should know to become a homebuyer in 2023!

If you would like to view the slides used in this presentation, Click the link below:

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If you have questions or would like more information please send your request to Offersvbrealty@gmail.com or call Brenda at (562)881.9416 and we will be happy to help!

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Cyber Crime is on the Rise!

Cyber crime has been on the rise since the internet became available to the public.. Every day criminals are looking for the easiest targets. Think you’re not who criminals would be interested in? Think again!

Cyber criminals don’t need to know how much money you have in the bank, how big your house is, or what valuables you have on display. They want into your email, your financial data, and ultimately, your identity. They cast a wide net in the hopes to get anyone and they are counting on you thinking you are safe.

With the introduction of AI and ChatGPT, their scams have only gotten more realistic and easier to fall for.

So what can you do to stay safe? Here are a few tips.

1) Turn on Multifactor Authentication
2) Update your software
3) Think before you click on unknown links
4) Use strong passwords

Want more information? Visit click here to visit cisa.gov for more tips.

For secure password management, you can visit 1password.com or bitwarden.com.

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California State Legislature And Bills

In 2022, the California State Legislature approved 1,166 bills, and Governor Newsom signed 997 of them into law and vetoed the rest. Two dozen of these bills relate to real estate and were either implemented as part of the fiscal year 2022-2023 budget, which began on July 1, 2022, or that are effective on January 1 or July 1, 2023.

Senate Constitutional Amendment (SCA) 2 was enrolled under Chapter 182, Statutes of 2022, as a qualified ballot measure slated for a statewide vote on March 5, 2024 and would repeal Article 34 of the California Constitution. Enacted by voters in 1950, Article 34 requires that any development comprised of “low-rent” dwellings, financed in whole or part by federal, state, or local government, be approved by a vote of the people in the jurisdiction where the project is located. As California is now the only state that has this law in place, the California Association of REALTORS® (C.A.R.) was a sponsor of SCA 2 in order to repeal Article 34 in its entirety.

C.A.R. also sponsored several other housing bills signed into law, including AB 2170 that creates a state equivalent of the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s (FHA) “First Look Program”, which gives priority to purchasers of foreclosed properties who are prospective owner-occupants, nonprofits, or public entities, and that also prohibits bundled sales of such residential one to four properties.

As part of the state budget, homeownership has also been prioritized through $500 million allocated to the California Housing Finance Agency’s (CHA) California Dream for All Program, a new equity sharing down payment assistance program or shared-appreciation loans to help low- and moderate-income first-time buyers achieve homeownership. In addition, $50 million in funds have been allocated to assist homeowners with low-cost ADU constructions.

Effective July 1, 2023, and to sunset on January 1, 2033, SB 6 enacts the Middle-Class Housing Act of 2022, which deems a housing development project an allowable use on a parcel that is within a zone where office, retail, or parking are a principally permitted use. Similarly, AB 2011 enacts the “Affordable Housing and High Road Jobs Act of 2022” for the purposes of constructing 100% affordable housing projects in commercial zones

ASSEMBLY BILLS

AB 916

Zoning: Bedroom Addition

AB 1410

Common Interest Developments

AB 2011

Affordable Housing and High Road Jobs Act of 2022

AB 2097 Residential, Commercial or Other Development Types: Parking Requirements

AB 2170 Residential Real Property: Foreclosure Sales

AB 2221 Accessory Dwelling Units

AB 2245 Partition of Real Property

AB 2503 Landlords and Tenants: California Law Revision

Commission: Study

AB 2559 Reusable Tenant Screening Reports

AB 2745 Real Estate Broker’s License

AB 2917 Disability Access: Internet Websites, Parking Lots,

and Exterior Paths of Travel

AB 2960

Committee on Judiciary: Judiciary Omnibus:

Real Estate Disclosures

Senate Bills

SB 6

Local Planning: Housing: Commercial Zones

SB197

Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review:

Housing – California Dream for All

SB 851

Personal Income Tax: Small Business Relief Act:

Elective Tax

SB 869

Housing: Mobilehome Parks: Recreational Vehicle

Parks: Manager Training

SB 897

SB 989

Junior Accessory Dwelling Units

Property Taxation: Taxable Value Transfers:

Disclosure and Deferment

SB 1017

Leases: Termination of Tenancy: Abuse or

Violence

SB 1076 Lead-Based Paint

SB 1157 Urban Water Use Objectives

SB 1348

Escrow Agents: Controlled Substances

SB 1477

Enforcement of Judgments: Wage Garnishment

SB 1495

Committee on Business, Professions and Economic Development: Professions and

Vocations – Implicit Bias Training

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California Home/Residential Insurance Information

Home insurance is an important part of owning a home and protects one of your largest financial investments. Whether you are interested in purchasing, reviewing, or replacing you’re current policy, it’s important to compare the options available to you.

The California Department of Insurance (CDI) is a great resource and provides guides, tips, and tools to help you understand your home insurance so you can make the best, and most informed decision for you.

You can visit the CDI website here. If you need additional help, feel free to reach out to your favorite VB Realty Group agent! We’re here for you for any stage of life and will help get you to where you want to go!

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