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August 13th, 2014 at 12:00 pm

8530 Hedges LA

The Wolff Residence is on the market and represented by Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties’ agents Simon Salloom and Tyson Park. The home, designed and built by John Lautner, AIA in 1961 is a modernist architectural masterpiece that blends elements of wood and stone and features stunning views from 16’ floor to ceiling windows. The awe-inspiring four-bedroom home sits on a private cul-de-sac, includes a beautiful pool and one-bedroom guesthouse.

Taking full advantage of the terrain, The Wolf Residence climbs down a steep hillside and is reminiscent of a tree house. Lautner often stated that this was his finest homage to his mentor Frank Lloyd Wright. Expressive engineering and design seamlessly integrate the residence into its natural environment. The home is so impressive that in 2006 actor Vincent Gallo purchased the home and had it classified as a historic building under the Mills Act; a special designation that allows the city to award homeowners breaks on property taxes in exchange for restoring and maintaining their properties.

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August 7th, 2014 at 10:00 am

Zillow-Trulia

The real estate industry has been buzzing about the Zillow – Trulia merger. Separately, these are the two largest online real estate listing companies in the United States. The plan to merge swirled throughout the industry last week and have since been confirmed; causing a substantial gain in Zillow’s stock price. However, the merger will do more than boost the bank accounts of those invested in these companies, it will also affect the real estate industry as a whole.

What Likely Will Not Change

If you’ve ever used either of these sites before you’ve probably also noticed that there isn’t as much information available for a property when compared to a local real estate agency. This fact is not likely to change as neither site is an MLS. Plans to take over MLSs have not currently been discussed in terms of this merger. Consumers should not expect to get access to more listings or depend on better information, but the ease and functionality of these sites should continue to improve. Most buyers begin the process online and these two sites are the most popular places to start. Consumers expect to receive hyper-local content from local real estate companies. Although they may begin their search online, those in the market to buy a home will be looking for local information from an agent.

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August 5th, 2014 at 12:30 pm

Kitchen

No one said the home buying process was quick and easy. In fact, for most people it takes months from the time a buyer starts looking for a house until they actually close on the house. As you near closing there is no shortage of items on your to-do list – inspections, finalizing loans and setting an escrow closing date to name a few. However, you’re not done quite yet! You still need to complete your final walkthrough.

What is the final walkthrough?

The purpose of the final walkthrough is to make sure everything is as it should be for closing. This is the step where you make sure the seller has fixed anything that needs fixing, if you negotiated keeping the refrigerator, now is the time you ensure the refrigerator is there and no additional damage happened as a result of the seller moving out. Your real estate agent will coordinate your walkthrough about a week before closing and you can expect that it will take about 30-60 minutes to complete a full walkthrough.

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August 5th, 2014 at 9:45 am

Our offices are growing and we are proud to welcome three new team members to the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties family! Michelle Sargent, Del Mar; Max Hechtman, Beverly Hills; and Stacy Alvarado, Encino each joined us during the month of July.

“Michelle brings an extensive knowledge of sales and marketing to her new career,” says Delorine Jackson, manager. “With her passion for real estate and determination to succeed, she will quickly rise to the forefront of our industry.” As a pharmaceutical sales manager and territory manager in the biotechnology industry for 12 years, Sargent learned that building relationships is the key to establishing a successful business. “To understand your customers’ needs you have to be a great listener,” explains Sargent. “This is also critical to figuring out the type of service a person prefers, and which method of getting and receiving information is their favorite.”

Nick Cacarnakis, manager of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties’ Beverly Hills office, welcomes broker associate and international marketing guru Max Hechtman.  “It’s professionals like Max that elevate this company as a leader in the real estate industry,” comments Cacarnakis.Having received personal training and mentorship from world-renowned marketers, Hechtman is skilled at implementing comprehensive marketing campaigns for a wide variety of high net-worth clients. Previously receiving his bachelor’s degree in Media Management, and raised in the high-expectation world of the entertainment industry, Hechtman is proficient with delivering outstanding results and maintaining the strictest standards of confidentiality.

Kathy King, manager of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties’ Encino office and regional vice president, is pleased to welcome Stacy Alvarado. “Stacy is a determined and passionate Realtor,” says King. “Her communication skills, personal experience managing real estate and in-depth knowledge of the area will benefit our office and her clientele.” Prior to real estate, Alvarado spent 25 years as an account executive and operations manager in commercial collections. Leveraging her astute understanding of negotiating strategy, she has personally bought, managed and sold a dozen properties. A result-driven Realtor, Alvarado combines her passion for real estate and her talent for negotiating to benefit her clientele.

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August 4th, 2014 at 1:12 pm

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties is pleased to recognize Erica Huang Derby for ranking number six for individual agents in the La Jolla office, which includes approximately 150 agents, for her sales performance through the first half of 2014. A Realtor for more than 15 years, Derby also recently celebrated the closing of a property valued at $4.5 million.

Derby, who is fluent in Mandarin Chinese, explained that her sales over the past six months have already made 2014 her best year ever in real estate. Working with people from widely differing countries and backgrounds, she has built a thriving business by focusing on helping her clients successfully acclimate into their new surroundings.

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