Stylish West Hollywood Condo

750 N. Kings Rd #225
750 N. Kings Rd #225

West Hollywood style is impeccably designed and meticulously maintained in this pied-à-terre.  It includes a Miele, Jenn Air, and Asko equipped kitchen, bamboo flooring, audio-visual setup, limestone shower w/ five head system, designer appointments and a stylish wall of tempered glass separating the bedroom from living room.  Enjoy an evening cuddled around the fireplace in this perfect hide-away in Los Angeles or take advantage of the shops, dining, and nightlife of nearby West Hollywood.

Cute Lakeview Terrace Traditional for Sale

$449,000  MLS # 16-970813
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On the edge of fantastic hiking and horse trails in the foothills of Lakeview Terrace lies this cozy traditional home. The 3 bedroom 2 bath house features vaulted ceilings and open floor plan that create a much larger feel. The focal-point corner sliding-doors in the great room reveal a tiled courtyard creating an indoor/outdoor flow. The entertainers’ yard with built-in bbq, pergolas, vegetable garden beds, quaint seating areas and spa with private access to the master suite become your additional living space. Join the community of Lakeview Terrace near wonderful Hansen Dam recreation park, Discovery Cube, Angeles National Golf Club, easy transportation, equestrian centers and enjoy small-town country-living on the edge of the big city.

• Traditional Lakeview Terrace home
• 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms
• Open Floor plan
• Entertainer’s Backyard

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This is perfect for a first time homebuyer and makes an excellent rental investment.  Call for more information.  (310) 948-9000.

CalBRE# 01853528

Ways to Hold Title on Real Property

I was just speaking with title officer Brandon Miller from Fidelity Title about some of the different ways people can hold title to their real estate. He sent me this fantastic cheat sheet that I would like to share with you.imgres

Why should people should put their home in a Trust?  (This makes sure that if something happens to you, your loved ones have a directive on how to take care of your property.  It keeps it out of costly and time consuming probate!  PLEASE, if you love your family, get a trust.)  Why do investors want a property to be held in an LLC?  What protections does an LLC offer?

Below is a single sheet from Brandon Miller of Fidelity Title that makes it all clear and easy to understand.

Ways to Hold Title of Real Property

If you have any questions Brandon or I would be happy to talk with you about pros and cons of your options.
Brandon Miller
Fidelity National Title

LADWP Home Energy Improvement Program

I have a new listing coming up in Lake View Terrace that might need a few upgrades done before selling.  Instead of the seller needing to cover those costs, I suggested that they use this program to make sure the house is compliant before we go to market.

If you know you are going to be selling in the near future, you might want to see what free programs you qualify for before you go to market.

If you are looking for an affordable starter home in Lake View Terrace contact me directly for more information!

Source: LADWP Home Energy Improvement Program

Garage Fire: What not to do

Featuring guest blogger: Rick SolomonGarage Fire

One of my neighbors just had a garage fire and it made me think: this is fire information we should all keep in mind. Plus check that your fire extinguisher is where you thought it was, and that it is still good. The following is what not to do if you smell gas.

My neighbor described the fire: ‘The fire started due to a hole/leak in the hose that delivered gas to a gas dryer. He could smell the gas and he ran his hand over the length of the line to find the hole and turned off the gas temporarily, then duct taped the hose until he could buy a replacement, turned the gas back on and tested the dryer. After running for no more that 60 seconds, the large vent hose caught on fire thus catching the garage on fire.  Luckily they had a fire extinguisher handy and no one was injured.

fire_extinguisher_servicesTwo things he learned.
#1. If you discover a leak in the gas line don’t try to patch it. Replace the line (our 4′ replacement cost $28 at Home Depot) and keep the gas turned off and DON’T use the dryer until then.
#2. Get a bigger (or more) fire extinguishers than you think you need. Time is precious in a fire, and even if an extinguisher doesn’t fully put out a fire, it still give precious seconds until you and your family can escape or until the fire dept. arrives.’

Advice from the neighborhood expert Rick Solomon: Gas inside the home is relatively safe. It gives you the warning you have a leak based on the smell that is emitted. Gas is also lighter than air and dissipates. The problem was when you duct taped it, the corrugated gas flex didn’t allow the tape to fully seal. When the dryer started, there was an electronic glow plug folled by the flame of the dryer. Either 1 of them would be able to ignite any gas leaking in the vicinity of the heat source.

Technically gas is only coming into the house at approx 7″ of water column / approx 1/3 of a pound of pressure. Whereas water pressure is approx. 60-65 pounds within the house.

A simple test for a gas leak is the sniff test or a soap test. Mix up approx 10% liquid soap to clean water in a sprayer bottle. Then spray onto the suspected are of the pipe or connector. A leak will cause the soapy solution to make bubbles. Find the leak and either tighten the connection or shut off the gas serving that appliance. There is no legal miracle tape or glue for gas leaks.

Don’t use any soap solutions that contain ammonia as it will deteriorate some of the pipe and flex connectors we use in plumbing systems.

Rick Solomon from Rick Solomon Plumbing

(310) 836-1437  License # 00743321

Based out of Los Angeles and founded in 1981, Rick Solomon Plumbing is a plumbing contractor and provides plumbing inspection, septic tank services, water purification system installation, and shower installation. They are licensed by the state of California. Rick Solomon Plumbing is insured and bonded. They provide emergency services.

Remember: It’s good to have 1-2 fire extinguishers in the house.