- Do your best to make your home accessible every day, since home buyers who are in Los Angeles for the sole purpose of finding a home may be on a tight schedule. If you have a huge party planned and the house simply can’t be available for a day or two, do let your agent know well in advance so showings can be scheduled around that day.
- Don’t insist on 24 hour notice, even though that might mean you have to interrupt your plans or clean up in a hurry once in a while.
- Flickering candles are beautiful, but don’t light them! While they create a warm atmosphere, it’s never safe to leave candles unattended, and you do need to leave the house before buyers arrive.
- Avoid leaving small gifts on a table or under the tree. It’s unlikely that anyone will visit your home with larceny in mind, but sometimes people do have small children who pick up inviting objects.
- Avoid putting expensive décor on low tables or anywhere that a purse or a coat sleeve might lead to a crash.
Trends in real estate change from year to year. Back in the 50’s, many felt they could live quite well in a home with 2 or 3 bedrooms and perhaps 900 square feet.
Then people began thinking they needed more space. They decided that children shouldn’t have to share bedrooms and that perhaps they needed a “family room” in addition to a living room – so the kids could entertain their guests separately.
The houses for sale in Los Angeles became larger and larger.
Many families felt they “needed” at least 2,000 square feet, if not 3,000.
Now it seems the trend is moving back a bit, so that houses for sale in Los Angeles that are 1,200 to 1,600 square foot range are becoming more popular.
Of course, cost is an issue. First the cost of purchasing a larger home, then the cost of maintaining it.
So how much room do you actually need? That’s a good question to ponder as you begin your search for houses for sale in Los Angeles.
Your Houses for sale in Los Angeles, Do They Need To Be Huge?
Do you need both a living room and a family room? Do you need a separate dining room? Do you need one bedroom per child?
Do you need an office or a craft room – or perhaps an exercise room?
While you’re considering that question, take a look at just how small a “home” can be.
I don’t think I could handle that, even if I lived alone.
How about you?
No matter what size home you’re searching for, I’ll be happy to show you houses for sale in Los Angeles has to offer. Just give me a call.
Once you’ve chosen one of the many houses for sale in Los Angeles, you can change the ceiling fixtures, the flooring, and everything in between. You can change the siding and the landscaping and install a new front door. You might even be able to add a room.
There’s just one thing you can’t change: The neighborhood.
So before you begin to view houses for sale in Los Angeles, think about where you want to live, and why. Then refuse to even look at homes in unsuitable locations.
First consider distance and ease of getting to work, school, shopping, and fun. If you or someone in your family has medical issues, consider the distance to doctors and hospitals. If you’re a church-goer, consider the distance to the nearest church of your denomination.
After convenience, look at what else occupies or affects the neighborhood. Are there factories – or parks? How about air traffic or noise from a nearby railroad track? Take a look around and make sure there is nothing that will make you sorry you chose the location.
Step 1: The Right Neighborhood, Step 2, looking for great houses for sale in Los Angeles
Finally, look at the people. You want to feel comfortable with the people who will be your neighbors.
So before you decide on a likely location, do a little research. Take a drive through some Los Angeles neighborhoods and look at how some of the houses for sale in Los Angeles are kept and notice the people you see. Go back at different times of the day and see who is out and about. You can even stop and talk with people, and ask them about life in their neighborhood.
If the neighborhood has an official name, go online and see if there’s a neighborhood organization with a website. There you could learn about community activities and attitudes. An online search can also tell you about the schools, crime statistics, and planned developments.
You have a life to live. There’s no sense in living where you won’t be comfortable with your surroundings – and no sense spending your life in the car!
When you’re ready to see what’s for sale in the neighborhoods that interest you, or if you’d like assistance in choosing neighborhoods for consideration, call me or email me. I’ll be glad to help you find the home that exactly fits both your lifestyle and your budget.
You want houses for sale in Los Angeles, so you’ve interviewed three different agents, and each of them has recommended a different price.
If they’re all within a few thousand dollars, they’re all giving you an honest opinion. They probably just used slightly different homes when making their comparisons. You should choose the agent whose attitude, manner, and marketing plan appeals to you.
If one is dramatically higher than the others, that agent is probably trying to “buy your listing.” That’s a common practice used by agents who simply want more listings – and who don’t care how disappointed you’ll be when you finally learn the truth about your home’s true market value.
Houses for sale in Los Angeles Constantly Have Competition
But why not see for yourself?
Look at the homes those agents have used for comparisons to yours and go see the ones that are your current competition. Visit the open houses in your neighborhood and in neighborhoods that are most like yours. Set aside your feelings about your home and think about it in comparison to the other houses for sale in Los Angeles.
As you do so, remember that these houses for sale in Los Angeles are your current competition. Should you choose to ignore advice from your agent and list at a significantly higher price than homes that really are comparable to yours, you’ll be in for a disappointment.
If you’re thinking of selling in the Los Angeles area, call me. I’ll be happy to prepare a comprehensive market analysis of your home’s value in today’s market. I’ll even be glad to show you the homes that will be your home’s direct competition.