How to Get an Extra Hundred Thousand Dollars when Selling a Southern California Home

Sell It For More!  How to Maximize the Selling Price of a Home

sell-home-higher-price-1806300008

What makes one property sell fast for $100,000 above the comparable nearby recently sold prices while another home sits on the market for a long time, and then sells for a paltry $30,000 below the comparables?  To help prospective home sellers avoid common mistakes and receive as much money as possible from a home sale, let’s compare and contrast two recent transactions. One performed way above all expectations while the other sold for far less than expected. #homeprice

Let’s start with the loser of the two.  An SB Grand live-work loft in Downtown’s Historic Core across from Pershing square offered an excellent opportunity to sell a fixer for top dollar, but the seller did not take advantage of all of the opportunities.  The loft did suffer from a lack of natural light and no views, but had a great open space, industrial character, high ceilings, private balcony and was a great canvas that could have conveyed one stunning pad. The unit was instead presented as a dumbed-down man cave only used by the seller for sleeping and work at home.  The unit was plain, with little or no thought put into beautifying it.  The owner was offered the opportunity to have the loft unit professionally fixed up by a top-notch interior decorator, beautifying it and masking all of the flaws for less than $2,500.  But, the owner declined to have the loft beautified, and instead believed that he could instead simply change a few things, a new rug, clean up a bit, and move some furniture around.  It was not nearly enough. #homevalue

The unit was only partially decluttered. There was still clutter in the main area, more in the kitchen and bath.  Personal items were visible everywhere.  A wardrobe cabinet was bursting open with a massive number of shirts protruding, giving the indication that the unit lacked sufficient storage.  Family photos and personal objects gave the impression that the seller was not ready to sell. They clearly communicated reality.

The unit needed dozens of items to be beautified and rectified.  The listing agent did bring in some string lights and flowers to turn the dismally dark light well into a somewhat of a romantic setting, he showed it to 50 prospective buyers, and even brought in 4 offers, including a cash offer.  The offers were all well below the seller’s desired selling price, and below the price of recently sold lofts in the building.

A stunning interior could have made some buyers forget that there was no view. A well-decorated space could have attracted the eye to the interior.  An OMG stunning ceiling lamp and brilliant sconces could have made buyers forget that there is not enough natural light.  The seller failed to take most of the steps available to increase the attractiveness and value. If the seller had invested just $2,500 to beautify, spruce up, decorate, brighten up and boost the unit to the “WOW” luxury loft that it should have been, the seller would have gained approximately $30,000 more. An opportunity lost.

And The Winner Is

As we can easily tell from the first story, beauty and attractiveness have a lot to do with these two properties. Making up for faults is the other big factor.  The loser mentioned above had big issues with that needed to be dramatically addressed.  The seller of a luckier house two hours away in Palm Springs had plenty of faults and many details that required attention, and they got the attention they required.

While the successful Movie Colony neighborhood home and the Downtown loser loft were in different areas, and suffered from different problems, they both had things in common.  Both areas attract more single buyers and investors and fewer permanent families with children.  Both areas are sought after by AirBNB investors, and both properties have swimming pools and substantial tourism.  They both had defects that needed to be remedied, covered up or made up for.  The Palm Springs house ended up selling for well over $100,000 above the comps, and surpassed expectations because the seller invested the time and a modest amount of money to make the home into the attractive stunner that attracted top dollar from buyers.

Artist interior decorator Brother Andy gives his rundown on how he helped the seller to get $100,000 more:  Curb appeal is just the beginning. A house must also have interior home appeal, as well as back yard appeal.

How to get more money from a home sale
How to get more money from a home sale

When asked how he helped sell the home for $685,000 in a neighborhood that recently sells for around $500,000, Andy started of by giving lot of credit to the real estate agent’s beautiful presentation packaging that honed in on a specific type of client.  Everything was presented in a way that was geared to a lifestyle.  Even the marketing materials, the pictures and paper quality was tangible with expensive flyers that conveyed superior quality.

Of course the superior presentation must be all about a superior product.  The house was adorned with candles, showings accompanied by music, freshly baked cookies, and high-end Starbucks coffee.  Andy made sure everything was decluttered to make it look like as much space as possible. He left nothing indicating problems.  Everything was in its place, all clutter and personal effects completely removed or hidden so that there was indication of a storage issue or lack of closet space. No trash cans were visible —  No indication of effort or dirt. It looked like there was no need for an owner to ever do any yard work or housework. Andy made it look like a resort: towels out by the pool, a barbecue could be easily started at any second. The home was geared for pleasure, easy for anyone to enjoy  —  No indicator of any problem.  Andy even hides the soap because soap is a mental indicator of the possibility of dirt and toil. He put away everything instead of leaving things out.  Andy acts as the eyes and ears of the buyer, informing the seller of what turns buyers off and on. No garden hoses are to be seen.  The home looks like a fantasy.  Buyers offer more money.

After the home sold for so much, the seller said she could not have done it by herself because she needed an objective eye. Sellers can be emotional about the home and its details.  Andy the interior designer was looking factually at what was happening.  Andy knows that attracting extra money comes from going above and beyond, with fresh cut flowers and all the rest.

The successful home seems like it is right out of a magazine.  Think Martha Stuart.  All of Southern California has lots of nice places, but only a few like Disneyland.  The less successful sellers, the cheaper selling home sellers are largely just getting by with the obvious.  The successful home seller had the right idea when she wanted someone to fall in love with house. Prospective home buyers can look at 10 houses in a day. They will remember the one that is above and beyond.

The successful seller respected the Spanish revivalist architecture and stayed true.  She did not try to impose another style on top. The furniture placement was not for the seller’s use, but instead balanced for the buyer’s eye. Nobody is looking into the back end of a couch when the front door is opened.  The furniture is optimized for traffic flow, scale, color and texture.

Andy says it’s also about knowing what looks cheap and what looks high end.  In the back yard, the outdoor table is set up fully with 8 place settings. Every day the seller and Andy dusted, wiped off silverware, glasses and dishes. This was done daily for weeks until the home sold for top dollar. They invested the time hosing the ground and everything off to make it wet, fresh and clean.  A perfectly profitable home sale is not necessarily a piece of cake.  The seller and Andy spent sometimes 15 hours a day for up to 6 weeks.

Most sellers don’t go the extra mile. They leave the toilet wand in view, make buyers think about cleaning. The buyer subconsciously thinks of shit!  Dirty toilets and having to clean it!  Buyers are not going to pay much for that crap.

The stand-out sellers know that buyers in Movie Colony and Downtown Los Angeles both are not interested in mowing lawns.  The successful seller documented her gardener, maid, window cleaner, all services listed to be handed over along with the keys.

The laws of attraction were all implemented to garner top dollar for the house. The staging and maintenance were just one part.  The law of attraction was used to begin with years ago to find the worst house on block — torn up. The seller removed all of the Home Depot crap and the seller fixed up house the way it was designed to be seen.  The seller knew that she needed to dress up the house pretty enough to look like a million to ensure that she could get $685,000.

The disenchanted DTLA loft seller tried to get by with the basics, while the desert champion seller was going for the gold.  Their disparate results were in the cards from the beginning.

Here are 6 ways to improve the final sale price of a home, provided by the interior designer artist:

Aggressive Real Estate Staging Can Garner High Financial Rewards
By Brother Andy

Sellers may realize their property could use “a little help” and will accept the suggestion from a helpful agent to “stage” what the client is offering as part of an over-all marketing plan. In the whirl-wind LA and Palm Springs real estate markets, full of ever-changing trends, determining a potential buyer profile exactly and what they are looking for specifically can be difficult to access. An out-right investment in staging can be a gamble which can pay-off many times over — if done right. The goal is to aid the potential buyer’s imagination of owning the property, direct attention to what the buyer’s dollar is actually purchasing, and present the property’s valuable best qualities by matching marketing strategies to the potential buyer’s expectation.

Here is a great example of an insightful, sophisticated seller who risked an assertive “eye candy” staging strategy to justify a higher price, more than the flat, unexciting square footage comps might initially indicate. The seller succeeded at getting full asking price that included contents, within a week on the market, by building upon proven staging/marketing/advertising techniques. Here is what the seller did right:

1. Reality Check
The seller, at first hesitant to place the property for sale at all, started by analyzing the surrounding area (historic Movie Colony East in Palm Springs, California), the architectural style of her house (a 1930’s Spanish-Revivalist “cottage”), and the environment’s “vacation/tourist lifestyle” (plus AirBnBs, the recent changes in International economics such as the Canadian dollar exchange, County regulations on selling properties, up-to-the-minute MLS comps, demographics, how many property improvements were made, sought lawyer/financial advice, etc.). Creating a list of the “property detriments”, such as smaller square footage size in comparison to comps and a frustrating lack of closets, easily dictated staging — what to emphasize, what to compensate for, and what to ignore in the marketing presentation. The seller began with the hard-hitting, black-and-white, bottom-line business aspects of the property before working backwards toward the heart-tugging “pretty flourishes”, thus saving time, money and foreseeable hassles.

2. Hired Professionals
The seller found a talented, experienced photographer, knowledgeable in real estate, who captured outstanding images of the property both during the day and in the evening. The results were a limited number presentation of warm, inviting, homey pictures of a manicured, well-cared-for treasure.

No run-of-the-mill grainy one-sheet Staples fliers with cheesy head-shots of the agents here. This seller’s printed brochure was impressive: artistic, high-quality, detailed, calendar-sized on slick stock worthy of a magazine spread, even worthy of framing. Charm equals cash. Sexy sells.

The seller was open to hard-to-hear, blunt input from a trusted expert — meaning Brother Andy. The seller needed a fresh view point with a sensitive nose (Any odd odors?) to confirm and/or question whether the message of who the seller was talking to (the buyer), what the seller was saying (this property is chalk-full of character for a particular client to fall in love with), and what the seller wanted the buyer to do (fall in love…then accept the terms of the offer…ASAP). You have one chance to make a first impression and I was happy to supply my reactions as a mirror to what potential buyers might think. A good staging plan doesn’t place flashy furnishings and frou-frou flowers randomly, but address “the why” behind the decision-making process and the psychological “feelings” evoked by the space.

The smart seller also hired a professional cleaning crew who made every surface impeccably clean. The gardener worked conscientiously on the yard as well — not a rock, leaf or flower out of place.

An old garage turned into a lovely casita
An old garage turned into a lovely casita

3. A Buyer Beauty
In the “Vacation Second Home” market milieu, this seller wisely concentrated on a “one-stop shopping” approach by offering the furnishings (down to the silverware, towels, bedding, art, etc.), aimed at busy women with families and gay men, both of whom appreciate the value of a finished “designer house”.

Printed materials and staging emphasized the property’s “fun” elements (the bar-b-q, fireplaces, pool, televisions, etc.), even placing tea servings on lawn furniture. The purposes of the “fun” aspects were as clearly defined as “living room”, “Master bedroom”, and so on, were.

The “Marketing An Alternative” plan in a neighborhood of “boxy, impersonal Modernist Ranch style” older homes was structured around the “vintage charm” uniqueness of the house. This was done with antiques, candles, wood burning in the fireplaces, all lights turned on, curtains opened, TVs on, books, flowers, hand towels, and tables set with brightly-colored hand-painted china as though a party were happening. This refined tact also inevitably “alternative marketed” the property for a buyer seeking a retirement home, a rental property, or an equity-building investment. Coming onto the property, one could not help but want to sit down, sit back, relax, and picture a future of owning the place — even if you weren’t in the market for buying.

4. “When” Is As Important As “Where”
The old adage in real estate is: location, location, location. That may be Rule #1 but few sellers consider the importance of “when” optimal buying can occur. The time of year is vital to results when selling a property deemed a “vacation destination”. This seller consciously listed the property on the MLS when the Palm Springs weather wasn’t insufferably hot or rainy or cold, and the plants were the greenest of the year.

The light-and-bright, “cheery” property was ready during the Holiday season when many buyers, programmed to shop for almost anything and everything, are easily influenced by “family and friends gatherings” and have a limited time to find a retreat for the summer season. Most sellers aren’t interested in selling/moving during the Holidays, which cuts down competition. Many upper-middle class buyers need to buy property before January 1 for tax purposes. This seller took advantage of the “de-cluttered luxury hotel” veneer of the property precisely when her potential buyer would likely be staying at a “de-cluttered luxury hotel”.

The right touch turns ugly and cheap into beautiful and valuable

5. No Guts, No Glory
This savvy seller didn’t listen to those who tried to dissuade her due to what others saw as obvious risks by not “playing it safe”. In a business primarily selling “space”, the seller chose another route — charm and love. Instead of doing what everyone else did and getting the same results, this seller gave no reason not to buy by pushing the boundaries of tradition real estate business and going the extra mile. The seller’s “educated guess” — instinct — proved right.

6. Sincerity Sells
Buyers can smell a contrived hard-sell a mile away. Over-selling is just as much a “turn off” as underselling, making buyers suspicious “something is wrong” from too much “show”. Buyers can also sense when a seller loves the property and wants them to love it to. The seller, in this case, was confident about the value of the property because the seller was once the buyer of that very property.

Get a free quote for home interior design by artist Brother Andy. Fill out the online form:

Which of these costly homeseller mistakes will you make when you sell your Southern California home?  

Greater Los Angeles Area – A new report has just been released which reveals 7 costly mistakes that most homeowners make when selling their home, and a 9 Step System that can help you sell your home fast and for the most amount of money.
This industry report shows clearly how the traditional ways of selling homes have become increasingly less and less effective in today’s market. The fact of the matter is that fully three quarters of homesellers don’t get what they want for their homes and become disillusioned and – worse – financially disadvantaged when they put their homes on the market.
As this report uncovers, most homesellers make 7 deadly mistakes that cost them literally thousands of dollars. The good news is that each and every one of these mistakes is entirely preventable. In answer to this issue, industry insiders have prepared a free special report entitled “The 9 Step System to Get Your Home Sold Fast and For Top Dollar”.
To order a FREE Special Report, visit www.SellerMistake.com or to hear a brief recorded message about how to order your FREE copy of this report call toll-free 1-844-837-3308 and enter 1000. You can call any time, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Get your free special report NOW to find out how you can get the most money for your home.

This report is courtesy of Corey Chambers Realty Source Inc BRE01889449. Not intended to solicit buyers or sellers currently under contract.

 

An old shed of a garage turned into valuable real estate

Copyright © This free information provided courtesy L.A. Loft Blog and LAcondoInfo.com with information provided by Corey Chambers, Realty Source Inc, BRE#01889449 We are not associated with the homeowner’s association or developer. For more information, contact (213) 880-9910 or visit LAcondoInfo.com  Licensed in California. All information provided is deemed reliable but is not guaranteed and should be independently verified. Properties subject to prior sale or rental. This is not a solicitation if buyer or seller is already under contract with another broker.

Corey Chambers SoCal Home Real Estate Newsletter July

Corey Chambers SoCal Home Newsletter New Year 2018 Jimmy Kimmel and Baby Billy
Corey Chambers SoCal Home Newsletter July 2018   |   More Than Real Estate News

Celebrate ‘Your’ Independence… TOO!

July 4th, 1776 is a momentous day in history for all FREE countries across the globe – AND so is the day we buy our own home!!! Owning Real Estate, especially your own home, is a sure fire Celebration of Independence. In today’s market, many home owners really want to make a move, but are finding themselves in a catch 22 – whether
to sell first or buy first. They don’t want to end up getting stuck owning two
homes or none at all. I am sure you will join me in saying we can’t blame them. I also believe that you agree with me on this; home ownership is good for ALL. The more who can buy a home, the more who can sell a home, the more our economy benefits. And as John F. Kennedy said, “a rising tide lifts all boats.”   |   PDF

Thank you to everyone who came out to join the event to help raise money for Children’s Hospital !!  #coreychambers #chla

In This Issue:  Vol 4, Issue 6  July 2018
— Independence Day is for people like you
— Special LIFE TIME Guarantee you can share
— How Your Referrals Help the Kids
— And More!!

Fortunately, I have a special program for Home Owners wanting to move and Buyers wanting to buy in Today’s market that turns the tables on this CATCH 22.

Corey Chambers -- Your Home Sold GUARANTEED or I'll Buy It*

Over the last 20+ years of marketing and selling real estate, I have been able to develop and successfully implement a program that allows me to guarantee the sale of a property. Yep, you read that right. Actually guarantee in writing the sale of a home. Obviously a program like this gives sellers GREAT PEACE OF MIND (a true celebration of independence from fear). I guarantee, up front and in writing, that if their home does not sell at their price and within their time frame – I will step in and buy it myself.

The conditions are simple: the seller and I must agree on price and possession date. Buyers benefit too, because we are able to ensure they get the home they want and back up their purchase with a satisfaction guarantee: if they are not happy with the home, we will buy it back. This obviously is a win-win for all involved.

This is where you come in.

Your friends, neighbors, work associates and family members who may be considering a move can now do so and celebrate true independence from the fear of getting stuck with two homes or none at all.

And remember… Your referrals help the Children…

As I share with you each month, we are on a mission to raise $25,000 for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Helping Hands Fund. We do this by donating a portion of our income. Children’s does great work in helping kids overcome cancer and other life threatening diseases. In fact Kids under their care are 300% more likely to enter into remission IF they can get into the recovery center. BUT the Recovery Center depends on Sponsorships and Donations to keep rolling. So, YOUR REFERRALS REALLY DO HELP THE KIDS…

Who do you know considering buying or selling a home you could refer to my real estate sales team?

Not only will they benefit from our award winning service, but we donate a portion of our income on every home sale to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Helping Hands Fund.

I want to make it easy to refer your friends, neighbors, associates or family members considering making a move, so here are your options:
1.  You can go to www.ReferralsHelpKids.com and enter their contact info on line or forward the link to who you know considering a move.
2. Of course you can always call me direct as well at 888-240-2500.

You and your referrals mean more than ever to my team and I. As we move forward in this new season, please know we are extremely thankful for you and your being a special part of our business

Supporting_CHLA_logoWith all my appreciation

 

 

P.S. The story of this young person enclosed may cause you to look at your loved ones differently. It did me.
Check it out.

It’s easy to refer those you know considering buying or selling a home.
Here are the Options Again:

  1. You can go to www.ReferralsHelpKids.com and enter their contact info on line or forward the link to who you know considering a move.
  2. Call me direct or pass my number on: 888-240-2500.

IMPACTFUL REAL ESTATE NEWS
Why I Support Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles I grew up right here in Los Angeles. Born right nearby at St. Francis Hospital. I remember when I first heard about a young person close to our family suffering from a nasty disease and getting treated for that at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. It was then that I began to pay closer attention to the work they do at that hospital. Since then, I have learned that it is a collection of hard working health care professionals, most making their home right here in the Los Angeles area, all coming together for a common cause. That cause is to help young people over come unfortunate health issues that life sometimes throws our way. Being a Los Angeles area, California native, I take pride in supporting in any way that I can the good work these people do at Children’s. My team rallys around our annual goal of raising money and donating portions of our income to help Children’s in their quest to heal young people when they need healing. My team and I are committed to providing outstanding results for buyers and sellers referred to us by our past clients. I have discovered that Children’s Hospital Los Angeles shares similar commitments to their patients. And since their services survive on sponsorships and donations we are happy to contribute and proud to support them. Sincerely, Corey Chambers 213-880-9910

Why I Support Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles

I grew up right here in Los Angeles. Born right nearby at St. Francis Hospital. I remember when I first heard about a young person close to our family suffering from a nasty disease and getting treated for that at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. It was then that I began to pay closer attention to the work they do at that hospital. Since then, I have learned that it is a collection of hard working health care professionals, most making their home right here in the Los Angeles area, all coming together for a common cause. That cause is to help young people over come unfortunate health issues that life sometimes throws our way. Being a Los Angeles area, California native, I take pride in supporting in any way that I can the good work these people do at Children’s. My team rallys around our annual goal of raising money and donating portions of our income to help Children’s in their quest to heal young people when they need healing. My team and I are committed to providing outstanding results for buyers and sellers referred to us by our past clients. I have discovered that Children’s Hospital Los Angeles shares similar commitments to their patients. And since their services survive on sponsorships and donations we are happy to contribute and proud to support them.

Sincerely,
Corey

 

 

Corey Chambers 213-880-9910


Contact Us

Your Home Sold GUARANTEED or I’ll Buy It*
Corey Chambers Team
200 N San Fernando Rd #119
Los Angeles, CA 90031
888-240-2500
coreychambers@yahoo.com
Visit us on the web at www.ReferralsHelpKids.com


Billy Becerra and the Unbearable Lightness of Grieving

In the wake of the first anniversary of his newborn son’s passing, a father finds solace in skydiving and triathlon training, making sure to never be far from the loss.

“Have you ever jumped out of an airplane?”

You got the wrong guy, buddy. Any points for parasailing?

No, none, Billy Becerra says. “That’s nothing compared to skydiving. It’s more like flying. When you’re falling, you can actually fly. You can move forward and back, and left and right. You can fly all over the sky.”

His first jump was with his wife, Elisha, several years ago. He got hooked, then certified, and now runs a side business leasing parachutes to other jumpers.

“It changed my perspective on life,” he says. “Life is pretty fragile, but at the same time, you just did something pretty cool, right? And my life has been pretty good. I have a really good job that I’ve had since I was 18 years old, and that has afforded me a lifestyle where I can buy a house. My wife’s dad’s a rock star and we get to travel all over the world. I have nothing to complain about. My life has been awesome! When I started skydiving, I became grateful for all that.”

He decided he would release his son’s ashes on a jump. He and Elisha would go to Hawaii on Rex Becerra’s first birthday, dive from a plane together, and cast Rex’s remains into the sky. Rex’s first birthday passed in March.

“I couldn’t,” Becerra says. “Couldn’t do it yet. Just wasn’t ready.”

Man plans, and God laughs

You know that one? Man plans, and God laughs?

“No, but I get it,” he says. “I wish I’d heard that long ago.”

In March 2017, Becerra had things all plotted out. He was getting back to his three hobbies. He was going to grab his drum kit and get his band, Rotus, back together, ramp up his skydiving, and play a lot more golf. He would get to all that right after polishing off his first L.A. Marathon in what he hoped would be under four hours.

“Google says that four hours is the breakpoint between runners and bucket listers,” he says. “If you’re under four hours, you’re a runner. If you’re over four hours, you’re a bucket lister.”

He checked off the first piece of the plan, finishing the marathon in three hours, 50 minutes. The race path took him right past Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. “Literally, on foot, ran right down it.”

The next evening he would return to CHLA in an ambulance, his newborn son’s life imperiled.

Several hours earlier, on March 20, 2017, Rex was born at a community hospital, near Becerra’s home in Monrovia. He looked ill from the outset. His legs were purple, while his upper body was pink. The pediatrician who examined him heard a worrisome murmur in Rex’s heart and had him transferred to the neonatal intensive care unit at a nearby center, where he was seen by pediatric interventional cardiologist John Ho, MD.

Ho found that Rex had an incompetent aortic valve, too small to pump blood out to the aorta and on to the body, which explained the discoloration in his legs. Unable to flow outward, blood was jamming up inside Rex’s left atrium, causing it to swell like a water balloon.

Ho had Rex transported to CHLA. Once there, Ho performed an emergency catheterization procedure to forge a hole between the left and right sides of Rex’s heart, enabling blood flow between the two and deflating the swollen left atrium.

But the procedure was a stopgap measure. Rex needed an intricate open-heart surgery known as a Ross procedure to address his aorta’s structural defects. The surgery removes the diseased aortic valve and in its place is sewn in the pulmonary valve, borrowed from the opposite side of the heart, where it ushers blood into the lungs. A donor pulmonary valve is then implanted to take over for the original.

“I told Billy, on a scale of 1 to 10, this is pretty much an 8 or a 9,” Ho says. “This is about as complicated and as difficult of a surgery as you can get.”

Cardiothoracic surgeon Vaughn Starnes, MD, co-director of CHLA’s Heart Institute, would operate on Rex, and he is widely known for his expertise in the procedure, shared by few other surgeons, Ho says. But Becerra saw a drawback in Starnes’ participation.

“I would hope they could say, ‘We got Joe the intern over here and he can do this on the back of his hand,’” he says, “than to know I’ve got such a serious condition that I have to have the best in the world.”

Mechanically, the surgery was a success, the valves replaced and the aorta opened. But even with its anatomy repaired, Rex’s heart was unable to perform on its own, having been so stressed in those initial 24 hours after birth. It never managed to regain the strength to sustain Rex’s life, and he passed away April 4, 2017.

Becerra says he was determined not to disintegrate from the loss. His perspective was framed by the two weeks he spent residing in his son’s hospital room.

“You get humbled really quick when you sit in that room and there are 30 other rooms on the floor, and there are 30 other families who are going through the same thing. I had seen people fall apart, and there was no way I was going to let that happen.”

He says that looking after his daughter, Nina, who turns 3 in June, has kept him occupied and centered.

“If I keep myself busy, then I don’t have time to have a breakdown. I can’t break down—I’m the father of the family. I’ve been a tough guy my whole life. There’s no way I’m going to let something crush me. There’s just no way.”

An open wound

“I’m not really a tough guy,” he says, quieting. He played football in high school, a wide receiver on a team whose offense struggled. He mostly served as a tackling dummy for opponents to get in their licks.

“I was the small guy on the team. I got crushed. The only way I could play was if I was dumb enough to take hit after hit after hit. There might’ve been a guy who was bigger, stronger, faster than me, but he didn’t want to get hit.”

He keeps his pain close now, afraid to part from it as if it were a material possession. He has chased it through nuisances like rain and heat, pursued it in ocean swims, run after it up mountain trails.

To keep Rex’s memory burnished and present, Becerra has dedicated himself to triathloning. In the first year since Rex’s death, he competed in five races, with a sixth up ahead, the Nautica Malibu Triathlon, a fundraising event for CHLA, offering Becerra another avenue to support the hospital. (He and his wife are also participating in Walk and Play L.A. on June 2. They were the top fundraisers at last year’s event, fueled by donations from fans of Van Halen, Elisha’s father’s former band. See sidebar below.)

Becerra has found his own course for grieving. The physical suffering of training straps him to the emotional anguish over his son’s passing, which he never wants to let far from his thoughts, lest one day he can’t recall it.

“I don’t want it to go away, you know?” he says. “I had a dog that I really loved, and my dog died. I’ve had two dead dogs, and that doesn’t bother me at all now. I do not want to ever feel that way about my son. That’s why I like to tell his story, because it keeps the pain real. I’m afraid the wound will heal.”

Training forces the wound open. He exhorts himself to bear up because his son endured far more. “When you’re thinking, man, I’m getting tired, it’s really easy to think back. Like, this is nothing.”

He increased his race distance as the triathlons became too easy. In April, Becerra did the Ironman 70.3 in Oceanside, the number signifying the full length of the race in miles. “I had to take the next step,” he says. “I can push harder, I can run faster, I can go further.”

When he’s not training, he still makes sure the pain doesn’t get far from view. He looks off to his right and starts to mime an illustration of the inside of his home.

“We’ve got these three shelves that go right into the corner of the wall. On the top shelf is him, his ashes, in a box that I made for him. I pack my own parachute; there’s no way I’m going to let someone else make an urn for my son, right? It’s four pieces of wood that are nailed together, but I made it, right? So. I made it. We baptized him in the hospital, so we have the holy water from that. Then the next shelf down is a picture of him in a frame that somebody gave us, I think it was my sister, that says, ‘You were here for a moment, but you left an effect on the world forever.’

“And then there’s a little bowl. My wife and my daughter once a week change out the flowers. My daughter loves that part.”

It didn’t happen this year, but there will be an April 4 when Becerra steps to the open door of an airplane, checks to see he has his wife alongside, and leaps, and then spreads Rex’s ashes in every direction, left and right, forward and back, trusting his pain to a sky that’s wide enough to hold it.

‘I Wanted There to Be Purpose to His Life, and There Was’

Billy and Elisha Becerra figured they could use last year’s Walk L.A. event on behalf of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles as a “platform for therapy,” Billy says. They signed up for the walk while their son, Rex, was receiving critical care at CHLA for a congenital heart defect.

“We thought, regardless of what happens here, we see good things happening and we want to support the hospital,” Billy says. “The only way really to do that is to help raise money.”

After Rex passed away, they planned a low-key walk together. Billy named the team Rex and the Heartbeaters and set up a website to accept donations. It began seeing more activity than he ever anticipated. A remarkable $50,000 came in from family and friends. His employer, a civil construction company, pitched in another $5,000.

The total then surged after a social media post by Elisha’s father, Michael Anthony, former bass player for Van Halen. Donations began appearing from Van Halen fans, in small increments of $5 and $10. “Like $30,000 from people all over the country,” Billy says. “I could never tell you who they were.”

Sammy Hagar, Van Halen’s former lead singer who remains close friends with Anthony, contributed a few thousand as well. And then one morning contributions jumped $10,000. “We just woke up one day,” Elisha says, “and were like, ‘What? $10,000? From who?’

The source turned out to be Hagar’s Van Halen predecessor, David Lee Roth, whom Anthony hadn’t seen since the two were in the band together. “That was out of the blue,” Elisha says. “It was amazing. My dad hasn’t talked to him in probably 16 years.”

In all, Rex and the Heartbreakers raised just under $107,000, more than a quarter of the event’s overall fundraising take.

The breadth of Becerra supporters cut quite a presence at the walk. “I think we made up more than half of the people there,” Billy says. “It went all the way down to friends of cousins.”

The entourage included a former employee of Anthony’s who drove in from Bakersfield. If you’re browsing through pictures from the walk, he’s the one in the Buzz Lightyear costume riding an inflatable dinosaur.

The entire group was powered by Rex, Billy says. “I wanted there to be purpose to his life, and there was. His struggle is what got everybody to open their wallet and donate to the hospital. It was a memorial for Rex; it was his funeral. Since he didn’t have a normal life, he didn’t have a normal funeral.

“If there’s a benefactor to his memorial, it would be Children’s Hospital. They did everything they could to save his life.”

He and Elisha will be at this year’s event, refashioned as Walk and Play L.A., on June 2. They don’t expect the same level of fundraising, but there will be no dip in their ongoing commitment to supporting CHLA patients.

“Our story didn’t end very well,” Elisha says, “but there are kids out there, their story is going to continue, and we want in any way we can to help it continue.”

To donate to Walk and Play L.A., or to sign up for the event, visit www.WalkandPlayLA.org

Courtesy Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

How you can help:

Refer your friends, neighbors, associates or family members considering making a move:

www.ReferralsHelpKids.com or call Corey at 888-240-2500.


LOFT & CONDO LISTINGS DOWNTOWN LA [MAP]

  Lofts For Sale     Map Homes For Sale Los Angeles

SEARCH LOFTS FOR SALE Affordable | PopularLuxury
Browse by   Building   |   Neighborhood   |   Size   |   Bedrooms   |   Pets   |   Parking

Copyright © This free information provided courtesy L.A. Loft Blog and LAcondoInfo.com with information provided by Corey Chambers, Realty Source Inc, BRE#01889449 We are not associated with the homeowner’s association or developer. For more information, contact (213) 880-9910 or visit LAcondoInfo.com Licensed in California. All information provided is deemed reliable but is not guaranteed and should be independently verified. Properties subject to prior sale or rental. This is not a solicitation if buyer or seller is already under contract with another broker.  |  PDF

Corey Chambers SoCal Home Newsletter July 2018

Need A Fast Home Offer?

We Buy Houses
We Buy Houses

 

Do you want to sell your house quickly and with no hassle?

You are in the right place! We buy Home in any condition. A local investor in your area will contact you and make you a cash offer for your home. We buy houses quickly so you are done with the hassles. We will make you a fast, fair offer on your Home and provide you with a number of options to meet your real estate needs.

Fast, Easy & Free!

Selling your Home in any condition has never been easier! With our program you could have your Loft sold in 9 days or LESS! In some cases we have bought Lofts the very same day! Contact us now for a fast home offer! We will buy your Home fast.   #homes #forsale

 We contacted Fast Home Offers in a desperate hope to sell our home as soon as possible. Their team made us an offer within hours and closed in 7 days! Fast Home Offers lived up to their promise. Thank you for your help!
Jason & Mary // Lewisville, TX

Fast Home Offers is the largest network of no obligation cash home buyers anywhere in the world. We have helped over 300,000 home owners in the United States and Canada over the past 4 years! Do not be fooled by fly by night real estate investment companies that are here today and gone tomorrow. Fast Home Offers has stood the test of time and will continue to provide the highest level of service and commitment to integrity in the industry.get a list of the recently sold Southern California homes fill out the online form.

We Buy Fast
Sold Fast and all Packed

 

Copyright © This free information provided courtesy SoCal Home Blog with information provided by Corey Chambers, Realty Source Inc, BRE#01889449  Not associated with the homeowner’s association, seller or developer. For more information, contact (714) 455-6777 or visit CoreyChambers.com  Licensed in California. All information provided is deemed reliable but is not guaranteed and should be independently verified. Properties subject to prior sale or rental. This is not a solicitation if buyer or seller is already under contract with another broker.

Sell and Buy House Same Day

For home sellers who want to sell and buy a home at the same time, they often wonder exactly how they can sell and buy a house on the same day. Here’s a special report on how it can all go smoothly.

How to Avoid Getting Stuck With Two Homes

Sell and Buy House Same DayThe Solution

We’ve all heard the old saying about being caught between a rock and a hard place. Well, unfortunately, that’s where most homeowners find themselves when they decide to move from one home to another.

The Real Estate Catch 22

Sell and Buy Home Same TimeYou see, if you buy before selling, you could run the risk of owning two homes. Or, just as bad, if you sell first, you could end up homeless. That’s what is known as the Real Estate Catch 22, and for thousands of homeowners, it’s an extremely stressful position they find themselves in.



“ If you buy before selling, you could run the risk of owning two homes . . .”

How to Avoid The Real Estate Catch 22

“ . . . or just as bad, if you sell first, you could end up homeless”

This financial and emotional tightrope is one many homeowners feel they have to walk alone. However, you should seek out agents offering specialized programs that can eliminate the stress and worry associated with selling and buying another home.

The Solution

 

THE DILEMMA

The biggest dilemma when considering purchasing another home is deciding whether to buy first or sell first. Either way is risky because you could end up owning two homes or no home at all. Let’s face it, the real estate market has become a tough environment for buyers and sellers alike. The fact is that it’s more difficult to get homes sold today and therefore it’s essential that real estate agents look for new and innovative ways to meet the demands of the market.

THE SOLUTION A new and innovative program that some agents offer actually guarantees the sale of your home and takes away all of the worry and stress associated with selling and buying another home.

HERE’S HOW IT WORKS

❶ Your agent will prepare a total market analysis including a computerized print-out of all comparable home sales and listings in your area.

❷ With this information you and your agent can determine a market value for your home.

❸ This establishes your guaranteed price and list price which you will receive up front (in writing) before your home is marketed.

❹ You are doubly protected because you know that your home will sell for the guaranteed price. However if you receive an offer from an outside buyer for more than the guarantee price you get the higher offer.

❺ You can confidently look for your next home and immediately place a firm cash offer (not a conditional one) when you find a home you like because you know the minimum that your home will sell for and when you can expect to receive the money from it’s sale.

❻ This service eliminates the usual stress and worry (the emotional roller coaster ride) of whether to buy first or sell first so you can avoid the risk of getting stuck with two homes or no home at all.

Remember, not all agents are alike and you should consider only those that can offer you the most innovative marketing plan available to ensure that your needs are completely and properly met.

Not intended to solicit property currently listed for sale Copyright© Craig Proctor Productions 1998

Fullerton Homes For Sale

TheFullertonHome.com

FULLERTON HOMES FOR SALE   |   NEW HOMES   |   UNLISTED HOMES

Fullerton Homes For Sale
Fullerton Homes For Sale

Fullerton, California is the city in North Orange County known for its residential communities of single family homes neighboring California State University Fullerton, Fullerton City College, a law school, a medical school and two public libraries.  Many of the homes were built during the 20’s, 60’s and 70’s.  #fullerton #homes #forsale

Convenient to Amtrak and Metrolink commuter trains, Fullerton is also home to a small but diverse theater scene, including Fullerton College theater and Fullerton High School’s Academy of the Arts. There are also several storefront theaters, including the Maverick Theater, Stages Theater and the Hunger Artists Theatre Company.

Fullerton maintains more than 50 city parks, including an Arboretum equestrian center, trails, two golf courses, a tennis center and swim complex.

The city has attracted plenty of business, including large facilities of Raytheon, and Albertsons Vons headquarters.

Fullerton, CA
Fullerton’s Hillcrest Park

Fullerton has five public high schools, including an Academy of the Arts magnet program, a magnet school and continuation schools. Three public junior high schools teach grades 7-8, two public elementary schools K-8, and fifteen more public elementary schools enrolling grades K-6. Fullerton’s four Catholic schools are affiliated with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange. Fullerton is home to five other private schools as well.

Get a free list of new homes for sale in Fullerton. Fill out the online form:

FULLERTON HOMES FOR SALE   |   NEW HOMES   |   UNLISTED HOMES

Fullerton, California
The City of Fullerton, California

Copyright © This free information provided courtesy SoCal Home Blog with information provided by Corey Chambers, Realty Source Inc, BRE#01889449 We are not associated with the homeowner’s association or developer. For more information, contact 888-240-2500 or visit CoreyChambers.com Licensed in California. All information provided is deemed reliable but is not guaranteed and should be independently verified. Properties subject to prior sale or rental. This is not a solicitation if buyer or seller is already under contract with another broker.

Corey Chambers Real Estate Los Angeles

Los Angeles Real Estate Information
www.coreychambers.com/
Real estate info for the L.A. Area  —  Get direct access to the latest properties for sale in Los Angeles, along with community information, consumer links, school info, free reports and answers to frequently asked questions. #chla

LOS ANGELES HOMES FOR SALE   |   NEW HOMES  |   UNLISTED HOMES

Corey Chambers Childhood Home in Los Angeles
Corey Chambers Childhood Home in Los Angeles

Corey Chambers Real Estate Agent on realtor.com®
https://www.realtor.com/realestateagents/Corey-Chambers___1568429_825874428

Corey Chambers – Real Estate Agent in Los Angeles, CA – Reviews
https://www.zillow.com › California › Los Angeles
Visit real estate professional Corey Chambers’ profile on Zillow to find ratings and reviews. Find Corey Chambers of Realty Source Inc. Los Angeles, CA on Zillow.

Corey Chambers – Real Estate Broker – LA Loft Blog | LinkedIn
https://www.linkedin.com/in/coreycchambers
Los Angeles, California – ‎Real Estate Broker – ‎LA Loft Blog
View Corey Chambers’ profile on LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional community.

Corey Chambers, Real Estate Agent in Los Angeles | Trulia
https://www.trulia.com/profile/corey-chambers-agent-los-angeles-ca-zg3xxgtk/
Rating: 5
Corey Chambers’s Real Estate Agent profile on Trulia. Corey Chambers works in Los Angeles, CA.

corey chambers – LA Loft Blog
https://laloftblog.com/tag/corey-chambers/
Corey Chambers – Is me, the publisher of the L.A. Loft Blog, Realtor Corey Chambers. I’m a Broker Associate with Realty Source Inc.

Corey Chambers | U.S. Green Building Council
https://www.usgbc.org/people/corey-chambers/0010917540
Your Home Sold GUARANTEED or I’ll Buy It*  NO Gimmicks! For information on my exclusive Guaranteed Sale Program, order a Free Report by visiting: http://www.GuaranteedSaleSoCal.com. Call Corey Chambers (213) 880-9910 and start packing! Corey is a Realtor® with Double Platinum award-winning team.

Corey Chambers | Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/corey.chambers
With your referrals, you are helping Children’s Hospital ensure that critical life- saving care is available to every child they treat. http://www.ReferralsHelpKids.com

Your Home GUARANTEED or Corey Chambers Will Buy It*  Realtor® with Double Platinum award-winning team, experienced, successful real estate professional, now serving all of Greater Los Angeles and Southern California. #referralshelpkids

Get a free list of off-marketing homes, pocket listing and other unlisted homes for sale in your favorite Southern California neighborhoods. #la

Fill out the online form:

LOS ANGELES HOMES FOR SALE   |   NEW HOMES  |   UNLISTED HOMES

Corey Chambers supporting Children's Hospital Los Angeles
Corey Chambers supporting Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Corey Chambers Ratings and Reviews SoCal Real Estate

Please rate Corey Chambers Team real estate service to buyers, sellers, renters and landlords for purchase or sale of homes in Southern California: #coreychambers #realestate

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Corey goes above and beyond. He is friendly and always professional.

Adam Stuart

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Corey is just a super agent! He thinks of everything and pulls out all the stops!

Frank L.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Corey is effective and efficient. Great communication skills and marketing tools that really benefitted the sale of my home. It all went quickly and easily.  I highly recommend Corey and his team!

Anna

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Corey was very helpful in understanding the neighborhood inventory and comps. As a local, he knows a lot about this area. Communication was fast and clear, no issues with reply time. He was on time for meetings and there were no issues or delays in person.

JB

⭐⭐⭐⭐

Support was pretty good.

Ralph Iverdon

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Corey Chambers helped us to sell our home for 101% of asking price, all cash, 24% faster than the average sale in the building. Corey then helped us to find a larger home and to negotiate a fair price with repairs included. He was very responsive to calls and if he didn’t know the answer to a question that we had, he always found the answer out in a timely manner. We plan to use Corey again in future real estate transactions and highly recommend him to others.

tammy johnson and mike barker

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Corey is the best realtor I have worked with by far. He is the most intelligent, intuitive, resourceful and creative realtor I have ever encountered. I will recommend him to everyone I know without any hesitation. He has been so patient with me which I really appreciate and has always listened to me. He had real conversations with me weighing the pros and cons of different options. He never once lost patience or got frustrated. I wish we could have made a sale for him instead of a rental. But hopefully when we are ready to put it on the market again he will still be in the business and still want to work with us. I am so happy to have found Corey. Please keep up the good work and I know you will be rewarded for your kindness and generosity and patience.

Lauren Han

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

The experience of selling my home was great and went very smoothly. I was told what to expect up front so there were no surprises.

Joyce Yeich

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Always direct and clear, Corey was an excellent guide in the daunting process of buying a first property. He helped me to understand the real estate market, and he was responsive and fast when it came to seeing properties and submitting offers. After almost two years of living in the property, I’m still very pleased with my purchase, and feel lucky to have had a trustworthy realtor on my side.

T.C.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Corey was prompt and professional throughout the buying process. He returned calls and answered all questions. A true pro in the business. Would use again and highly recommend.

Michael Frey

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Amazing. Corey is the most professional and capable real estate broker and deliver on the dime. best experience ever.

Saul

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Called and got immediate response and action. With 2 weeks we found what I was looking for. They help negotiate my lease terms and success. Very professional and helpful.

Michael Rocchio

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Corey, was equally professional and personable. My roommate and I truly enjoyed the experience, and would recommend Corey to anyone looking to find their next home.

Miller McCormick

 

Corey Chambers Update (pdf) 

Rate any business, service or property with the ENTAR universal rating and review tool. Fill out the online form.

.

 

 

Your Home Sold GUARANTEED or I’ll Buy It*

Corey Chambers, REALTOR®
(213) 880-9910
coreychambers@yahoo.com
http://www.laloftblog.com/

Your Referrals Help the Kids. For every referral I receive, I donate a portion to the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. With your referrals, you are helping Children’s Hospital ensure that critical life-saving care is available to every child they treat. http://www.ReferralsHelpKids.com

Copyright © This free information provided courtesy SoCal Home Blog with information provided by Corey Chambers, Realty Source Inc, BRE#01889449  Not associated with the homeowner’s association, seller or developer. For more information, contact (714) 455-6777 or visit CoreyChambers.com  Licensed in California. All information provided is deemed reliable but is not guaranteed and should be independently verified. Properties subject to prior sale or rental. This is not a solicitation if buyer or seller is already under contract with another broker.

#coreychambers #reviews #rating

*seller and Corey must agree on price and time of possession – details and conditions visit coreychambers.com

Marina Del Rey Homes For Sale

MARINA DEL REY HOMES FOR SALE   |   NEW HOMES   |   UNLISTED HOMES

Marina Del Rey Homes For Sale
Marina Del Rey Homes For Sale

MarinaDelReyForSale.com  

Known for its stunning ocean views, Marina Del Rey is always steps away from a quick getaway to some smooth sailing.  Residents of the area’s luxury homes enjoy a fine coastal lifestyle, the always fresh breeze and close proximity to wetlands nature and wildlife at Oxford Lagoon Estuary & Bird Sanctuary.

Marina del Rey is an unincorporated seaside community in Los Angeles County, next to the City of Los Angeles. Boating and sailing are close to LAX, dynamic and progressive businesses of Silicon Beach and fine sandy beaches with gentle waves in an ideal climate.This neighborhood encapsulates the very essence of inspiring, full service, high rise living. Outstanding amenities and world class services; close to everything worth having near. For discriminating home owners who recognize the value of a tremendous, one-of-a kind trophy asset.   |   HOMES FOR SALE

Fisherman’s Village offers a view of Marina del Rey’s dominant feature, the Marina, the world’s largest man-made small craft harbor with eight basins having a capacity for 5,300 boats and is home port to approximately 6,500 boats. The harbor is perhaps the county’s most valuable resource. This area also features marina access, world famous beaches, Abbott Kinney, bike paths, dog walk, shops, restaurants, movie theaters, 405 freeway, LAX & more!  #marinadelrey #mdr #homesforsale

Sections include Marina Peninsula, Via Dolce and Via Marina. Bordering neighborhoods include: Venice, Playa Vista, Playa Del Rey and Culver City.

The marina itself, a specially designed harbor with moorings for pleasure craft and small boats, is surrounded by high-rise condos, hotels, apartments, shops, and restaurants. The area also includes the University of Southern California Information Sciences Institute and the UCLA Marina Aquatic Center.

Neighborhood Amenities:
Fisherman’s Village
Chace Park—the Marina del Rey Summer Concert Series is held here on Thursdays and Saturdays from June to August.
Pacific Mariners Yacht Club
California Yacht Club
UCLA Marina Aquatic Center
Ballona Wetlands
Lloyd Taber Marina del Rey Library
Marina del Rey High School
Parks and recreation
Marina del Rey has two main parks: Chace Park and Yvonne B. Burke Park, renamed from the original Admiralty Park in 2009 to honor long-time Los Angeles County Supervisor Yvonne Brathwaite Burke

The County of Los Angeles Public Library operates the Lloyd Taber-Marina del Rey Library. The library has a nautical collection to serve small boaters in the area.

MARINA DEL REY HOMES FOR SALE   |   NEW HOMES   |   UNLISTED HOMES

Get a free list of new homes under construction. Fill out the online form:

Marina Del Rey For Sale
Marina Del Rey For Sale

Copyright © This free information provided courtesy L.A. Loft Blog and LAcondoInfo.com with information provided by Corey Chambers, Realty Source Inc, BRE#01889449 We are not associated with the homeowner’s association or developer. For more information, contact (213) 880-9910 or visit LAcondoInfo.com  Licensed in California. All information provided is deemed reliable but is not guaranteed and should be independently verified. Properties subject to prior sale or rental. This is not a solicitation if buyer or seller is already under contract with another broker.

Indio Homes for Sale

INDIO HOMES FOR SALE   |   NEW HOMES   |   UNLISTED HOMES FOR SALE

IndioForSale.com
Indio (the Spanish word for Indian) is a city in Riverside County, located in the Coachella Valley 23 miles east of Palm Springs, and 127 miles east of Los Angeles.  The City of Indio grew into existence, starting in 1876, because of the need for a halfway point between Yuma, Arizona and Los Angeles where the Southern Pacific Railroad could refill its engines with water.  The first permanent building in Indio was the Southern Pacific Depot station and hotel.

Although Indio started as a railroad town, the local economy later revolved around agriculture. Today, real estate is among the largest of Indio’s industries.  #indio #homes #forsale

Homes for Sale, Indio CA

Indio developments and neighborhoods include: Bella Vida, Desert Collection, Desert Trace, Foxstone, Fred Waring, Generations, Haciendas, Indio Blvd, Indio Blvd / Jackson Street, Las Brisas, Miles-Clinton, Montecello II, Mountain Estates, North Indio, Pallazo, Paradiso, RCB Resort,  Regency Park, Sandhurst Cove, Shadow Hills, Shadow Hills Villas, Shadow Ranch, Silverwood, Sonora Wells, Sun City, Sun Gold, Sun Gold Park, Talavera andTerralago,

The USDA built the “Date Station” in Indio in 1907 and performed scientific research on the fruit that grew to be a major part of Indio culture.  This research helped turn the Coachella Valley into the leader of date production with exports shipped all the way to the middle east- the County Fair became known for its theme featuring dates and Middle Eastern styles.

Coachella and Thermal became larger cities than Indio for a time, but Indio retained the name as the “Hub of the Valley”, and by the 1930’s it was a thriving city which outpaced its neighbors and incorporated.  On September 6, 1930, storekeeper Fred Kohler received the first official business license from the city.  Visiting soldiers from Patton’s training grounds in Chiriaco Summit located 30 miles to the east also helped the city to grow.  After the recession of the late 2000s, the local economy has rebounded and wealthier residents have moved in fueling something of a real estate boom.

High mountain ranges on three sides of the Coachella Valley contribute to its year-round warm climate, with some of warmest winters west of the Rockies.  Indio has a warm winter and hot summer climate.  Low temperatures in the winter average a mild 62°F, but summer highs can reach 120°F during the day time and night lows often stay above 82°F.  Average annual precipitation is under 4 inches with at least 348 days of sunshine per year.

Indio has its own police department.  The city contracts for fire and paramedic services with the Riverside County Fire Department through a cooperative agreement.  Indio has 4 fire stations housing 4 engine companies, 3 paramedic ambulances and 1 truck company.

Economy

County Fair and Date Festival, Indio

Year-round agriculture and tourism are the two major sources of revenue for the city with the majority of tourism between October and May.  Indio is one of Southern California’s most important agricultural regions, and still grows most of the nation’s crop of dates.  The area has seen some decline in agriculture however, as new residential development has pushed the date and citrus groves and vegetable fields to the south and southeast of the city.  Travelers from around the world still can stop by Shields Date Gardens though, where a large retail store is still maintained next to State Highway 111 in Indio.  Over the past decade, most new jobs have been in the retail and hospitality industries with many hotel and golf resorts being built in the area.  There is some light industry in the city dating back to the 1960’s with companies producing ammunition for the U.S. military, train engines for Southern Pacific, and even moon rover and computer parts for the Apollo moon landing program.

Many corporations have also located offices in indio because of the low cost and easy access to major transportation routes.  Some of the businesses include fruit packing and shipping firms, United States Filter Corporation, Guy Evans Inc., Dimare Fruit Co., West Coast Turf, Sun World Inc.; and move-in companies such as Borden, Coca-Cola, Ernie Ball, Ernst and Young, Ferguson, Fulton Distributors, Guthy-Renker, Pulte Homes, Sunrise Company, SunScape Tech and Tala Industries.

There are two Native American owned casinos in and near Indio: the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, owned by the Cabazon Band of Mission Indians, and the Spotlight 29 Casino, owned by the Twenty-Nine Palms Band.

Get a free list of New Homes in Indio, CA. Fill out the online form:

 

Arts and culture

Southwestern Art Festival

The Indio Chamber of Commerce has made the city’s official nickname “The City of Festivals” because of the many festivals and special events held there annually.  Two major annual festivals held here are the National Date Festival and the Indio International Tamale Festival.

The Riverside County Fair and National Date Festival are held each February at the fairgrounds, located on Highway 111 in the heart of Indio.  Since 1947, this festival has celebrated the the Coachella Valley date fruit crop because of its importance to the regions economy and culture.

The Tamale Festival is held each December on the streets of Old Town Indio and is one of the world’s largest tamale festivals with 120,000 in attendance for the Dec. 2000 event.  The festival also once held the record for the world’s largest tamale, over 1 foot in diameter and 40 feet in length!

The Riverside County Fairgrounds also hosts various events year round such as music concerts, 4×4 monster truck rallies, rodeos or other special events.

In 1993, Pearl Jam performed a concert at the Empire Polo Club in Indio and six years later the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival was born.  Coachella has become an annual event that brings bands and musicians known around the world to the desert, including: AC/DC, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Guns N’ Roses, Prince, Paul McCartney, Kanye West, Radiohead, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Pixies, The Cure, The White Stripes, Jay-Z, Tool, Beastie Boys, Jane’s Addiction, Roger Waters and hundreds more.  In May 2007, the promoters of Coachella started Stagecoach, a two-day country music festival held the weekend following the Coachella. Performers have included George Strait, Kenny Chesney, the Eagles, Sugarland, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood and Kid Rock.

Indio is also the site of the annual Southwest Arts Festival, the Cabazon Indian National Pow Wow, the Heritage Festival at the Coachella Valley History Museum, and many more.

Some other points of interest are the Coachella Valley History Museum on Miles Avenue in Indio which has a two-acre campus, that includes the Smiley-Tyler House, built in 1926, the 1909 Schoolhouse, and the Date Museum dedicated to the history and development of the fruit (the only date museum in the world), plus gardens and archives preserving historical artifacts of the Coachella Valley.  Visitors can also find 10 murals around the city, painted on the sides of various buildings in old town and a water reservoir tank on Monroe Street depicting the city’s history and cultural roots.

Education

Indio High School

Indio is served by two public school districts: Desert Sands Unified and on the city’s south eastern corner, Coachella Valley Unified.  Indio’s six elementary and two middle schools are highly rated under the California Distinguished Schools program. Because of Indio’s growing population and above-average number of young people with families, the two school districts are expanding, with plans on building more schools, along with remodeling the older ones with new buildings and designs.

Indio Middle School is one of 18 high-performing schools in California recognized as academically excellent, developmentally responsive, socially equitable, and structured for success.

Desert Sands Unified School District

ELEMENTARY: Carrillo Ranch, Dr. Reynaldo J. Carreon Jr. Academy, Amelia Earhart International Studies, John Adams, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Herbert Hoover, Andrew Jackson, Lyndon B. Johnson, John F. Kennedy, James Madison, James Monroe, Theodore Roosevelt, Martin Van Buren, and Horizon Elementary (independent studies).

MIDDLE/JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOLS: Colonel Mitchell Paige Middle School; La Quinta Middle; Desert Ridge Academy; Thomas Jefferson; Indio Middle; John Glenn ; and Horizon Middle (independent studies).

HIGH SCHOOLS: Indio High; La Quinta High; Shadow Hills; Amistad High, a continuation school; and Horizon High (independent studies).

ADULT SCHOOL: GED TEST preparation, ESL Beg/Int/Adv classes, Citizenship classes, a Language lab, and more.


Mills Act

Get a free list of Mills Act approved homes in your Southern California neighborhood.  Fill out the online form:


Coachella Valley Unified schools

ELEMENTARY: Mountain Vista Elementary.
MIDDLE/JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOLS: Cahuilla Desert Academy.
HIGH SCHOOLS: Coachella Valley High and Desert Mirage High School, both in Thermal.

Private schools

Grace Academy (K-8), Indio Christian Center (1-12), River Springs Charter School (K-12), Our Lady of Perpetual Help (PK-8), Trinity Lutheran Child Development Center (PK, K) and Christian School of the Desert (PK-12), located in nearby Bermuda Dunes.

Higher Education

College of the Desert commonly referred to by its initials C.O.D, is the Coachella Valley’s community college.  Riverside County has a Regional Occupational Program facility in Indio that provides vocational educational courses in the Coachella valley’s job market.

The California Desert Trial Academy School of Law was approved by the California State Bar as an unaccredited fixed facility law school in Indio and is currently holding classes in the County Law Library in Indio while plans move forward on the school constructing its own campus buildings in downtown Indio.

Homes for Sale, Indio CA

Transportation

Bermuda Dunes Airport is on the north-western border of Indio, along I-10 just west of Jefferson Street.  It serves small private planes, air carriers and commuter jets. The Jacqueline Cochran Regional Airport in Thermal just a few minutes from Indio is used for cargo planes to ship agricultural products. There is also on the four-lane California State Route 86S expressway for international traffic.  The closest airport with regularly scheduled commercial passenger service is Palm Springs International Airport, about 20 miles away.

The Greyhound and Amtrak passenger buses have a highly used bus depot in downtown Indio, where buses stop by regularly on the way to stops in Southern California, Arizona and the Mexican border. A recently approved plan for a new transportation center for Greyhound and Amtrak will provide upgraded facilities and services. The city is served by the local bus line SunLine Transit Agency (“SunBus”), which also services much of the Coachella Valley.  Highway 111 runs through the city which connects the northern end with the I-10 in Whitewater, CA to the southern end in Mexicali.

Health care

John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital is a General Acute Care Hospital in Indio with Basic Emergency Services.  One of three hospitals in the Coachella Valley, JFK expanded services in 2005 adding more surgical rooms, intensive care units and a new concrete emergency heliport.


FHA/VA

If you would like to get special updates about FHA and VA financing, fill out the online form:


Parks and recreation

The city of Indio operates 20 public parks, a community recreation center, a senior center located one block from the new teen center, and a Desert Park wildlife refuge north of 40th and 42nd Avenues.

  • City of Indio Park
  • Miles Avenue Park
  • Doug York Plaza
  • Downtown Indio Park
  • Fiesta Tamale Park
  • Indio Teen Center and Park
  • South Jackson Park with Pawley Pool facility, a soccer field, a little league baseball stadium and a YMCA/Boys & Girls club
  • North Jackson Park
  • Tingman Park
  • Dominguez Park
  • DrCarreon-Nobles Ranch Park-Playground with water tower arts mural
  • Yucca Park-Playground
  • Cahuilla Park
  • Shields/Westside Park-Playground
  • George S Patton Park
  • Hjorth Park-Playground
  • Mulligan Dog park
  • Burr(street)park

Golf Clubs / Courses

The Landmark Golf Club now known as Terra Lago, Plantation, Heritage Palms, Sun City Shadow Hills, Indian Springs, Indian Palms, and the Indio (municipal) Golf Club.

INDIO HOMES FOR SALE   |   NEW HOMES   |   UNLISTED HOMES FOR SALE

 

Corey Chambers, REALTOR®
(213) 880-9910
coreychambers@yahoo.com
http://www.laloftblog.com/

Your Referrals Help the Kids. For every referral I receive, I donate a portion to the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. With your referrals, you are helping Children’s Hospital ensure that critical life-saving care is available to every child they treat. http://www.ReferralsHelpKids.com

Copyright © This free information provided courtesy L.A. Loft Blog and LAcondoInfo.com with information provided by Corey Chambers, Realty Source Inc, BRE#01889449  Not associated with the homeowner’s association, seller or developer. For more information, contact (888) 240-9910 or visit LAcondoInfo.com  Licensed in California. All information provided is deemed reliable but is not guaranteed and should be independently verified. Properties subject to prior sale or rental. This is not a solicitation if buyer or seller is already under contract with another broker.  Display of MLS data is deemed reliable but is not guaranteed accurate by the MLS. The Broker/Agent providing the information contained herein may or may not have been the Listing and/or Selling Agent.

*seller and Corey must agree on price and time of possession – details and conditions visit coreychambers.com

#indio #homesforsale #riversidecounty #socal #southernCA

SoCal Home Blog Newsletter Feb 2018

 Love Remedies Many Wrongs

February is about Valentine’s Day, when many of us scramble to ensure that those who are close to us KNOW that we love them! After all – Love is a many splendored thing.  While love for our family and friends is the most important, I think it’s also important to express my love for helping people find a home where their heart is.  #socal #home #news

My favorite love description is: Love is patient, Love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and always perseveres.

I could go on with several more examples like – Love Your Neighbor as Yourself, even go all business on you with accolades about how much we love doing business with you, or how much we love your referrals and more – but, the point is we do love helping people to sell and to buy real estate. And those people say that we are good at it!

Also included with this month’s newsletter is a story about a very special 11 year-old boy with a 10 year-old heart!   #coreychambers


Please know that my team and I are eager to help anyone you know wanting to make a move, so much so, that we are willing to make an offer that they will LOVEANDthe Kids at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles will love too.

For the month of February, for anyone considering making a move that you refer to me, we will guarantee them in writing their home will sell or we’ll buy it at a price acceptable to them. We just need to agree on the price and possession date with the seller.

Just like we are thankful for you and your business, I am confident your referrals will be thanking you for pointing them in the right direction to getting their home sold fast!

And remember, YOUR referrals really do help Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles…

We are still on a mission to raise $25,000 for Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. We do this by donating to them a portion of our income from homes we sell. As you may know, Children’s Hospital of LA does miraculous work in helping kids fight through and survive some of the worst life threatening diseases like cancer and Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, leukemia.

BUT — they rely on Sponsorships and Donations to continue providing a uniquely supportive and healing environment. Donations also benefit families by helping to keep overall expenses as low as possible. So, YOUR REFERRALS REALLY DO HELP THESE KIDS!


Referrals help the kids at Children's Hospital Los AngelesWe are on a mission to raise $25,000 for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (we have already raised over $2,500).  Kids under the care of Children’s Hospital are more likely to survive serious diseases and cancer.  BUT, Children’s survives because of our sponsorships and donations.  So, the Corey Chamber’s Team makes it a point to donate a portion of our income from selling homes to help support the great work that they do.  Your referrals REALLY DO help the kids!

With that in mind — whom do you know that’s considering buying or selling a home?  When you refer them to my real estate sales team, not only will they benefit from our award-winning service, but we donate a substantial portion of our income on every home sale to Children’s Hospital.  It’s easy to refer your friends, neighbors, associates or family members considering making a move.  Go to www.ReferralsHelpKids.com and enter their contact info online or forward the link to those whom you know are considering a move OR you can always call me direct at 888-240-2500.

I want to make it easy for you to refer your friends, neighbors, business associates, or family members considering making a move, so here are some convenient options for you:

  1. You can go online to www.ReferralsHelpKids.com and enter their contact info and we’ll take care of contacting them
  2. Just pass along the internet address, www.ReferralsHelpKids.com, to anyone you know who might be considering a move
  3. Contact us directly at 888-240-2500

I want you to know that you and your referrals mean more than ever to my team and me.  As we take great strides in 2018, please know we are extremely thankful for you being a special part of our business.


Why I Support Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles

I grew up right here in Los Angeles. Born right nearby at St. Francis Hospital. I remember when I first heard about a young person close to our family suffering from a nasty disease and getting treated for that at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. It was then that I began to pay closer attention to the work they do at that hospital. Since then, I have learned that it is a collection of hard working health care professionals, most making their home right here in the Los Angeles area, all coming together for a common cause. That cause is to help young people overcome unfortunate health issues that life sometimes throws our way. Being a Los Angeles area native, I take pride in supporting in any way that I can the good work these people do at Children’s. My team rally’s around our annual goal of raising money and donating portions of our income to help Children’s in their quest to heal young people when they need healing. My team and I are committed to providing outstanding results for buyers and sellers referred to us by our past clients. I have discovered that Children’s Hospital Los Angeles shares similar commitments to their patients.

And since their services survive on sponsorships and donations, we are happy to contribute and proud to support them.

Remember, I want to make it easy for you to refer your friends, neighbors, business associates, or family members considering making a move, so here are those options for you again:

  1. Visit www.ReferralsHelpKids.com and enter their contact info and we’ll take care of contacting them
  2. Just pass along the internet address, www.ReferralsHelpKids.com, to anyone you know who might be considering a move
  3. Contact us directly at 888-240-2500

Thanks again!

Corey

 

 

Corey Chambers


LOFT & CONDO LISTINGS DOWNTOWN LA [MAP]

  Lofts For Sale     Map Homes For Sale Los Angeles

SEARCH LOFTS FOR SALE Affordable | PopularLuxury
Browse by   Building   |   Neighborhood   |   Size   |   Bedrooms   |   Pets   |   Parking

 

Corey Chambers Your Home Sold GUARANTEED or I'll Buy It* 888-240-2500

Your Home Sold GUARANTEED or I’ll Buy It*

Corey Chambers, REALTOR®
(213) 880-9910
coreychambers@yahoo.com
http://www.laloftblog.com/

Your Referrals Help the Kids. For every referral I receive, I donate a portion to the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. With your referrals, you’re helping Children’s Hospital ensure that critical life-saving care is available to every child they treat. http://www.ReferralsHelpKids.com

Copyright © This free information provided courtesy L.A. Loft Blog and LAcondoInfo.com with information provided by Corey Chambers, Realty Source Inc, BRE#01889449  Not associated with the homeowner’s association, seller or developer. For more info, contact (213) 880-9910 or visit LAcondoInfo.com  Licensed in California. All information provided is deemed reliable but is not guaranteed and should be independently verified. Properties subject to prior sale or rental. This is not a solicitation if buyer or seller is already under contract with another broker.

*seller and Corey must agree on price and time of possession – details and conditions visit coreychambers.com