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Welcome to LA Digs, the real estate and Northeast Los Angeles community blog written by Realtors Tracy King and Keely Myres.

Here, we share tips, market updates, and local news bits to keep you informed on what's happening in Northeast Los Angeles and the surrounding neighborhoods. Read on to learn about the latest in your neighborhood!

Just Sold in the Caltech Neighborhood of Pasadena

1532 Rose Villa, Pasadena

We just closed escrow on this beautiful Pasadena home located at 1532 Rose Villa Street, in the desirable Caltech neighborhood. When the tenant decided to vacate, the owners contacted us to put the home on the market for sale or for lease. We listed it for $1,279,000 or $4,500/month, and received offers before the property was even listed in the Multiple Listing Service - that just shows you how few homes are for sale in the Pasadena real estate market!

After one week we had five offers - both for purchase and to rent - and were able to negotiate a final sales price of $1,325,000.

Property Details:
3 bedrooms, 2 baths
1,987 sq. ft. on a 10,261 sq. ft. lot
Built in 1925
Listed for $1,279,000 - Sold for $1,325,000

If you are interested in what your Pasadena home could sell for, give us a call or send us an email!

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Just Sold in Pasadena: 250 S Hill Avenue

250 S Hill Avenue

This exquisite 1919 vintage Spanish Colonial Revival home designed by the noted architectural firm of Marston & Van Pelt has been resurrected as a hip urban retreat. Original details are respected and enhanced with modern upgrades and tasteful designer style. Located on a gated lot in the prestigious CalTech area of Pasadena.

This wonderful home had immediate interest - we had over 100 people at the first open house. Listed at $1,399,000, we received 13 offers and closed with a final sales price of $1,610,000. Due to today's lending environment, we had to have three appraisals of the home's value done. We met each appraiser and walked them through the home, discussing its features and upgrades. It appraised at the sales value each time.

Congratulations to our sellers! We welcome the new homeowners to the neighborhood.

250 S Hill Living Room
Property Details:
Listed for $1,399,000
Sold for $1,610,000 with multiple offers
4 bedrooms, 4 baths
3,620 sq. ft. on a 12,271 sq. ft. lot
Built in 1919

250 S Hill Dining Room

250 S Hill Kitchen

250 S Hill Family Room

250 S Hill Avenue Loggia

250 S Hill Pool and Rear
250 S Hill Master Bedroom
250 S Hill Master Bath
For more photos, visit the 250 S Hill photo album.

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New Listing: 1532 Rose Villa Street, Pasadena

Tracy King | Teles Properties | (626) 827-9795
1532 Rose Villa St, Pasadena, CA
New Listing! Open Sunday, November 20, 1-4pm!
3BR/2BA Single Family House
offered at $1,279,000
Year Built 1925
Sq Footage 2,070
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 2 full, 0 partial
Floors 2
Parking 1 Car garage
Lot Size 11,008 sqft
HOA/Maint $0 per month
DESCRIPTION

Originally owned by Walter Putnam, a structural engineer who became the head of Pasadena’s building department, this 1925 home was built to last with style and a dependable grace. Located in the highly sought-after Cal Tech neighborhood, this Mediterranean influenced 2-story Craftsman home boasts original details throughout, from the window and door hardware to the hardwood floors and built-in buffet and bookcases in the dining room and living room. A Batchelder-style tiled fireplace warms the living room and there are lots of windows to welcome in the light in every room. The downstairs master suite has garden views, each upstairs bedroom has its own balcony to bring the outdoors in. A compact office has French doors which open out to the patio and private back yard. Modern amenities include central air & heat, an efficient laundry room, and a gourmet kitchen with Viking appliances, tasteful granite counters and Saltillo-tiled floors as well as a sunny breakfast nook. Unusual for California, there is a large basement to provide ample storage and wine cellar space. The 11,000 square foot lot includes raised garden beds behind the garage, an in-ground spa, an outdoor fireplace and BBQ, patios for al fresco dining and entertaining.
see additional photos below
PROPERTY FEATURES

- Central A/C - Central heat - Fireplace
- Hardwood floor - Tile floor - Living room
- Office/Den - Dining room - Breakfast nook
- Granite countertop - Stainless steel appliances - Basement
- Laundry area - inside - Balcony, Deck, or Patio - Yard
- Jacuzzi/Whirlpool
OTHER SPECIAL FEATURES

- Owned and designed by a structural engineer
- Convenient location in a sought-after neighborhood
- Move-in ready
- For more details and open house info visit www.TracyKing.com
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1532 Rose Villa Street
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Contact info:
Tracy King
Teles Properties
DRE Lic#01048877
(626) 827-9795
For sale by agent/broker
Equal Opportunity Housing
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969 buckingham Pasadena

A nice little view. $4.7 million worth.

 

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Tracy King
Teles Properties
DRE #01048877
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Just Sold! 1532 Rose Villa Street, Pasadena

1532 Rose Villa Street, Pasadena



After a year of traveling the world, our buyers were ready to settle back down in Pasadena.  We helped them buy 1532 Rose Villa Street, a Mediterranean-revival 3 bedroom, 2 bath home located on a tree-lined street.  Features include a Batchelder tile fireplace, gourmet kitchen, outdoor fireplace with built-in grill, in-ground jacuzzi, and period hardware throughout.

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1532 Rose Villa, Pasadena


1532 Rose Villa, Pasadena


1532 Rose Villa, Pasadena


1532 Rose Villa, Pasadena



Listed for $1,175,000 by Cynthia Luczyski, Deasy/Penner and Partners
Sold for $1,184,000 on September 16, 2011.
2,094 sq. ft. on 0.25 acre lot
Built in 1925

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Properties seen on Realtors' Caravan, January 14, 2010

Lots of cool properties were to be seen on caravan the other day. Considering the prices ranged from $699,000 to $2 million, the fact that these homes were staged to the max makes sense. Notice the cup of tea on the desk? Staging! I love it!

 


Can you believe this kitchen is in a townhome that's listed for $1,600,000? One of 12 limited edition residences at 633 South Lake Avenue.

 

 

The home above is also a townhome on South Lake, listed for $899,000. Looks substantially like a house, doesn't it?

 

 

This midcentury at 2174 Midlothian Dr is in Altadena and is listed for $1,099,000. The lot is almost 30,000 square feet and the 4-bedroom house is 3200 square feet.

 

 

1610 Poppy Peak, $974,900. A 70's property with a bathroom so stylish for the time that it's almost retro.

 

 These last two photos are from 309 Grand, South Pasadena. This very special Spanish estate is on a half acre and is listed for $1,995,000.

 

Disclosure: These homes are all listed with various other Realtors, not my listings. For more information, you can consult the MLS or your Realtor, or you can call me.

 

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My Take on the Current Housing Situation

As a Realtor, the most common conversation opener when I meet anyone today is, "How are you doing in this terrible market?" Well, I'm doing okay, thank you. I'm focusing on the people who need to buy and sell right now, I'm paying a lot of attention to my business, and it's working. I opened 3 escrows last week, and yesterday closed escrow on the biggest sale of my career.

You see, people are always changing and that means that they are always moving. Everyone lives somewhere. The four big reasons why people buy or sell homes are: birth, death, job change, divorce. Those things don't stop when the economy gets bad, now do they? So life goes on, real estate goes on.

The next thing people say to me is "When do you think we're going to hit bottom?" My answer is that my crystal ball is in the shop. We'll know we hit bottom when we see that prices have begun to go up.

I was reading the April, 2008, Fortune magazine recently an interview with Warren Buffet, the financial guru of Omaha, Nebraska, and head of Berkshire Hathaway, one of the most respected stock holding companies in the world. Hm, what would something Mr. Buffet said in April look like in the light of what has happened in the last few months?

Mr. Buffett is a smart man. I didn't read one word of prophecy, nothing we can examine 6 months later and say, "Well, that didn't happen the way he said it would!" He did say this in reference to investing, though, "I always say you should get greedy when others are fearful and fearful when others are greedy." Do you feel a bit of fear in the market today?And he said in response to the question, "But you’re still bullish about the U.S. for the long term?""The American economy is going to do fine. But it won’t do fine every year and every week and every month." Mr. Buffett is a rational investor, one who holds stocks for the long term. I encourage you to read his interview and substitute the words "real estate" for "stocks" in what he says. I think his words are meant for any investor in any market. Here's the interview.

I have a thought for some of you who are sitting in your homes, wanting to get top dollar to finance your move to the next phase of your life, whether it be a retirement home, a sailboat, or a loft downtown. This could be a time to consider financing your buyer yourself. If you own your home free and clear, you could help an earnest young family purchase your home and make a decent return on your investment as well. Consult your tax and financial advisors and let me know what you think.

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Real Estate Market Update

Slight downward movement in mortgage interest rates was reported yesterday, Sept. 4, 2008:

Freddie Mac (NYSE:FRE) today released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®) in which the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 6.40 percent with an average 0.6 point for the week ending August 21, 2008, down from last week when it averaged 6.47 percent. Last year at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 6.67 percent.

The article also reported increased home buyer interest and activity.
For the complete report, click here.

According to Itech MLS, in Eagle Rock (zip code 90041), active listings today hover at 44, with 10 of them short sales and only 1 a foreclosure. So 25% of the active listings in Eagle Rock are "distress sales," of which maybe 2 or 3 will actually ever close escrow in the next 6 to 12 months. That's a pretty low inventory of properties truly for sale, folks. All of the short sales are listed for under $580,000, which means that 45% of the properties below the median price of $584,000, are not really viable listings. It makes the real numbers point to a more normal market than a buyer's market in terms of how many months it would take to sell everything currently on the market.

Sellers, don't think this means that the market is back to 2006 price levels. No. Many properties are really more at 2004 levels today. If you have the equity to price your home there, now you're looking at some excitement from the buying community. Call me.

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Tuesday's Crop of Propertunities

Every Tuesday, the Coldwell Banker offices and a couple of MLS organizations have Broker caravans where we look at the latest listings to come on the market. I thought I'd share the news with you, as several I saw today are really good deals! If you want to make an offer, call me! I would love to represent you.

1575 N Los Robles1575 N. Los Robles, Pasadena, only $384,900! Near Howard St in NW Pasadena, this is a 1905 Craftsman, over 1200 sqft with really high ceilings, 3 bedrooms, a big lot (8841 sqft), and a super price! It's a bank-owned, sold as-is, but has copper plumbing, central air & heat, and still some character touches.

278 W Altadena Dr, Altadena278 W Altadena Dr, Altadena, $449,000. Another bank-owned, this one is 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, a Janes Cottage on a 8612 sqft lot.

4577 Jessica Dr, Mt Washington4577 Jessica Dr, Mt. Washington, $538,000. Cape Cod style cottage with 3 BR, 1.5 baths, nestled under the trees and in Mt. Washington Elementary area.

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5315 Buchanan, Highland Park5315 Buchanan St, Highland Park, $499,000. A former bank-owned that was rehabbed extensively into a surprisingly nice 5 BR, 3 bath home with entirely new systems and interior. It's not a high-end neighborhood, but this is a real deal for someone who needs this much space.

4840-hartwick.jpg4840 Hartwick St, Eagle Rock, $699,000. This is all about the backyard. If you want a kid's paradise where they can play as if they lived out in the country all in your own backyard, this is your dream come true. First, sit out on the deck overlooking it with a lovely south-facing view. It's a good house, too, with 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, in good condition. Located at the end of a culdesac in the heart of Eagle Rock.

2059 Windover, Pasadena2059 Windover Rd, Pasadena, $1,100,000. A midcentury on a huge lot, great style but potential to be really stunning.

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Good news, Bad news, Lots of News (Especially for Entry-level Buyers)

The good news is the Housing and Recovery Act of 2008, signed into law by President Bush last week. This bill permanently increases FHA, Fannie Mae, and Freddie Mac loan limits in high-cost areas (that's us) to $625,500. There is another provision that offers a first-time buyer tax credit of up to $7,500 that is actually an interest-free loan with a 15-year repayment plan. This is available to a person who has not owned a home in the three previous years. This credit is only in effect for buyers who purchase between April 9, 2008, and June 30, 2009. The purchase has to be for your primary residence, and there are a few more qualifying rules. For detailed information, you can go to the Federal Housing Tax Credit site.

The bad news is that Freddie Mac, the big mortgage finance company, posted a large quarterly loss. This resulted in opinions from various sectors predicting further home price declines and the possibility of mortgage interest rates rising.

So how does this affect the current market in OUR neck of the woods, Northeast Los Angeles and the San Gabriel Valley? Those of you who are in the under $500,000 price range know that outside of short sales (which aren't sales) and foreclosures (largely junk with the occasional deal that you better be able to pay cash or put 50% down and move really really fast on), there isn't much that is any good and those few are going in multiple offers. This price range was largely non-existent for the years 2004-2006 and is really the buying opportunity of the day.

I know you think "oh, she's just a Realtor trying to make us feel like we have to buy now and everyone else says prices are still going to come down."  Go ahead, take the chance that something you like that is out there now at a price you can afford will be cheaper in a few months or next year. It might happen, but how much are you willing to bet that mortgage rates will stay the same as today? They have already crept up to 6.5% for most 30-year fixed loans and experts are predicting a rise to 7%. What will that do to your falling prices? Make it a wash, that's what. Your buying power drops dramatically when interest rates rise. For every $100,000 mortgage, the cost goes up $67 for a 1% rise in interest rate from 6.5% to 7.5%, meaning your buying power is actually almost $10,000 less. To put it simply, for every 1% increase in mortgage rate, you have a 10% decrease in buying power.

I know some people predict the market will go down another 10-20%, but once the foreclosures and shortsales work themselves out thanks to the Fed, what seller will put their house on the market? Only the few who really must. There you have the supply and demand dynamic, with fewer homes on the market, the demand goes up and so can prices.

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Cowboy Real Estate

Out in Pasadena's West, that is, west of the Arroyo and south of the 210 Freeway, is a lovely area that includes the San Rafael Hills. Most of the homes were built in the 50s, they've been well maintained, have great views, and it's a convenient location to both Pasadena's Old Town and downtown Los Angeles. I noticed some odd real estate happening over there last year when I had a listing that never sold that had appraised at $850,000, thanks to a couple of sales that seemed unusually high for the time. So here's my investigative report:

As of today, August 3, 2008, of the under $1 million market, if you look at the gross numbers it looks like there are 19 homes currently on the market, 19 have sold so far this year and 3 are in escrow. At this rate there are over 7 months of inventory. Since over 4 or 5 months' supply qualifies as a buyer's market, it looks like it's slow in the San Rafael Hills. It is truly slow, since we only have 3 properties in escrow.

Of the 19 homes currently on the market listed for $1,000,000 or less, 8 are short sales and 3 are REOs. Of the 19 properties that have sold so far this year, 2 were REOs, 3 were probate or trust sales and none were short sales. Of the 3 properties currently in escrow, 1 is a shortsale and 1 is an REO. Of the 11 expired or withdrawn properties, 4 were short sales and 1 is now on the market as an REO.

The current real estate commentary you read in the paper says that there is a lot of inventory on the market which is bringing the prices and the demand down. But if you remove the short sales from the equation, we now have 11 active listings or an inventory of about 4 months, which is closer to a normal or even a seller's market.

In my educated opinion which is verified by bankruptcy attorneys and many Realtors who specialize in short sales, most short sales will not be approved. Why? There are many reasons, mostly stemming from the fact that most people don't understand how they work and they advertise their property as a short sale with no idea whether they qualify for one. And Realtors take them on with the same ignorance. Of the 8 short sales now on the market, I'll bet you not one sells until they go through the foreclosure process and come back into the market as an REO, or bank-owned sale. What does this mean to you?

If you own a house in the San Rafael Hills and want to sell it, you are competing with some "fantasy" listings as well as some really bargain priced REOs. The 2 cheapest properties on the market are REOs. Unfortunately for you, you can't disregard them because the buyers and the appraisers are looking at them, and believe me, these properties will sell and sell quickly. So if you don't have to sell, you probably won't.

If you're a buyer, how can you take advantage of some of the really great deals that do appear, like those 2 REOs? First, can you pay cash? Or do you have such a large down payment that your loan can be under $417,000? You are in good shape. If you already own a home that you have to sell in order to buy another, you need to put it on the market and sell it for whatever you can and be willing to rent until you find the deal you want. It's not that difficult, there are lots of rentals out there right now. And when you're ready, don't be confused by the short sales you see on the market. Just ignore them and look at the homes that you have some chance of actually purchasing.

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What's Real in Real Estate Today? Part 1.

Well, I'll tell you one thing that's not real is a short sale. Those are properties where the sales price won't be enough to cover the loan and closing costs, so the bank has to agree to take less than they are owed to make the deal work. Guess what? They almost never agree to take less! They don't care that they may make less eventually when they have to sell it as a foreclosure. They want to make an example of these irresponsible sellers and make them suffer for getting themselves into such a financial pickle. If you are such a seller and need to sell, you had better be in real financial trouble or your short sale will not be approved. That means you can't have any other assets, or if you do, you have to give them to the bank. They'll transfer what you owe to another property, or they'll take a promissory note if you don't own any other real estate. And you almost always have to already be in default on your loan, so your credit is trashed regardless

So, you the prospective buyer say, what's the harm in looking at short sales? Here's the problem: you are wasting your time. Not just by looking at unlikely properties, but what if you fall in love and make an offer? What if it's actually accepted, pending lender approval, of course? Then you waste even more time waiting weeks, even months to find, 95% of the time, that the lender turned the deal down and foreclosed on the property yesterday. Not only is that really frustrating, but you have a huge loss in missed opportunities. That cute little foreclosure on the next street that sold in a day. That regular sale that sold in multiple offers last week. Oh, yes, and even though the paper says that the prices are dropping, now that you're back in the market it seems like anything that's any good is $20,000 higher than you thought you were going to pay with the short sale.

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Finance 101 thanks to Money Magazine

An interesting calculation in the June 2008 Money magazine is the TED spread, an indication of easy it will be to borrow money. It's the difference between the 3 month LIBOR rate and the 3 month T-bill rate.  The T-bill is essentially risk free and the LIBOR is the rate the banks charge to borrow from one another. If they are nervous about lending to each other, they certainly are more fearful about lending to you and me. They say a difference of .4 % is what we need to see. The latest figures show a spread of .97%, which is a bit more than last month, and a lot more than 1 year ago when it was .41%.

My conclusion: this formula confirms that it is difficult to get loans right now. I already knew that anything but the most pristine of credit, 20% down, conforming loan type buyer was having trouble getting a loan, but this formula shows me why and also how I can know when it is changing.

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Eagle Rock as Wine Country

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Tracy King, Realtor
DRE# 01048877
Phone: 323-274-2148 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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Keely Myres, Realtor
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