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What is the REAL price of that bank owned Silver Lake home?

I have a client who would like to buy a foreclosed property in Silver Lake.  When he sees listings come on the market that seem like they are too good to be true, his first question to me is always" is that the real price or a fake price?"  For anyone who has been looking to buy a property in Silver Lake California lately, you are probably starting to wonder when you can and cannot ‘believe' the list price of a property.  Many agents have been listing bank owned and short sale properties far below their actual market value.  It's getting to the point where I want to...

Los Angeles Live Steamers Ghost Train in Griffith Park

LA Live Steamers Ghost TrainThis is the last weekend to take a ride on the Live Steamers Ghost Train. The Los Angeles Live Steamers have been entertaining kids with this Halloween ride since 2001.  There is free parking and the suggested donation is $7 with rides taking place through October 31 from 7- 10pm nightly. The Los Angeles Live Steamers are located at 6303 Zoo Drive in Griffith Park. The organization, supported by train enthusiasts, is a non-profit corporation  that has been running their 7 1/2-inch gauge model trains on the north side of Griffith Park for over 50 years. The public is welcome to ride every Sunday for a suggested donation of $3. Normally, the ride takes about 10 minutes.  For Halloween, the ride is slowed down so passengers can enjoy all...

Boo at the Zoo - Los Angeles Zoo hosts its annual Halloween Event in Griffith Park this weekend

Boo at the Zoo - Los Angeles Zoo hosts its annual Halloween Event in Griffith Park this weekend Boo at the  LA Zoo pumpkin posterIf you are looking for something fun to do with your kids this weekend, treat them to a safe and not-so-spooky Halloween at Boo at the L.A. Zoo! This annual event takes place on Saturday and Sunday, October 30 -31 from 10am to 4pm. The zoo is transformed into themed areas for trick-or-treaters with performances, pumpkin carving, crafts and more.  Your kids will love it! The Eucalyptus Grove is transformed into a Pumpkin Patch. There will be pumpkin carving demonstrations, arts and crafts for the kids and lots of photo opportunities.  In the zoo's Australian section, kids can trick-or-treat through the ghostly graveyard, get their faces painted and learn about extinct animals. If...

Third Annual Halloween Dog costume pageant returns to Silver Lake Dog Park

Who says Halloween is just for kids? The Silver Lake Dog Park is once again the place to be for the annual "Howl-o-Ween Doggie Costume Pageant.  This will be the third year our own Silver Lake Neighborhood Council will be hosting the event.  Dress up your pup and show up at the small dog section of the Silver Lake dog Park on Sunday, October 31st to register your dog between 3 and 4pm.  The pageant takes place from 4-5pm and all entries will receive prices. All dogs are welcome so dress ‘em up and bring them to the park for some fun. As usual there should be a good number of entries and lots of fun for dog owners and non-owners alike.  Who can resist a dog in a costume, seriously?! 3r annual silver lake Halloween dog costume pageant The Silver Lake dog...

Los Angeles Haunted Hayride Takes place in Los Feliz this Year

The Los Angeles Haunted Hayride was a favorite Halloween attraction last year.  It has moved from its previous location at Kng Gillette Ranch in Calabasa to our own Griffith Park in Los Feliz. That's right,  Griffith Park's Old Zoo was chosen for the new location for the Haunted Hayride- close to home and perfect for the right ambiance! Like last year, a tractor will pull a trailer full of visitors through a variety of scary haunts, populated by a mixed back of loonies, monster and other menaces.  Since riders are at the mercy of the tractor driver, they are unable to avoid or run from the monsters, adding to the scare factor. This year the makeup is extraordinarily good and ghoulish! Haunted Hayride at Griffith Park's old zoo...

Two great new listings in Silver Lake's coveted Ivanhoe School District

For a while, we were not seeing a lot of interesting new listings in the Moreno Highlands area of Silver Lake. This week I'm pleased to say that I saw TWO houses just yesterday that are going to make some Silver Lake families very happy! 2423 Lanterman Terrace is a 1957 mid-century that want re-imagined and modernized in 2005 by Tony Unhruh. 1000 sq ft were added to the original floorplan at that time. You'll find 3 bedrooms, 3 baths plus a den with a great post and beam ceilings.  Walls of glass and decks provide an expansive view making the rooms feel even larger than they are. I love the big, nicely landscaped back yard too.  Listed with Sotheby's for $1,499,000- it's a treat to say the least.Moreno Highlands re imagined post and beam...

Short Sales and Los Angeles Short Sale Alternatives

When the real estate bubble burst, a lot of homeowners found themselves on the losing side in terms of property ownership. There are a lot of people with monthly mortgage payments that exceeded their monthly net income. In combination with the drop in property values, a lot of folks have been left not knowing what to do. It is due to this dismal situation that the short sale became a household name. Realize, that if your property has enough equity in it, you can sell it through conventional channels. If the amount owed on your property is more than what is is currently worth, you might be a perfect candidate for a short sale.  I've written previous posts about short sale and you can click on any of these links for more information.

The Complete Los Angeles Moving Resource Guide

Being born and raised in Los Angeles and having the passion for helping people, it only comes natural to me to want to lend a hand for future home owners and sellers who want to move from, or to what I consider the most magical city in the world. This guide covers everything, from moving to and from L.A., finding the most charming neighborhood for you and your family, purchasing your dream home you’ve been dying to move into, and more! You can find all of this information right here!

Moving To or From Los Angeles

The Los Angeles International airport (commonly known as LAX) offers the most accessible means to travel to and from Los Angeles. I would recommend using highly regarded travel websites such as Expedia.com...
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