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Moving in Los Angeles : Real Estate Advice

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Fri Dec 1, 2017
Alexandra Cmpean answered:
I want to mention that I am from Romania .And I want to move in LA with my boyfriend.The problem is that when we arrive we will have no money,no place where we can stay.We will have just a job,because we are going with a labor contract visa.We thought about working as a nanny with live in,or to rent a room in someone’s apartment .But then we want to buy a house,but obviously we won’t have enough money for a down payment.Any suggestions? ... more
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Wed Nov 8, 2017
Julieclipboard asked:
Patient .refusing to move out.new owners ready to demolish.how to do this quickly .no time for eviction.can the county remove her .
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Mon Nov 6, 2017
Frank S. answered:
Hello Sheabullen27, most agents do not show rentals. We assist renters with the rental listings to study and compare with purchase and decide. Los Angeles is a big city so you need to narrow it down to where you want to live.

If you figure out what cities/zip codes you are considering, minimum number of bedrooms and the maximum payment/price you are looking to achieve you can be emailed listings to fit your search criteria.

You should study RENT vs BUY listings to compare payments and qualifications. Rent to own usually want 10-15% down which is non refundable. Do you have 10-15% down payment?

You may already qualify for FHA financing. If you have lower scores between 500-579 you may consider 10% down FHA and minimum 580 may consider 3.5% down FHA. If you have a minimum 620 fico score you may consider 3% down conventional. You may consider down payment and closing cost assistance programs from a minimum 640 fico score.

Check out the web reference link below...
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Sun Oct 23, 2016
Riccn.ondirt asked:
On my RCA Voyager so I have less than a week I need no credit check Grand and I need to move immediately I've been in my place for 8 years Section 8 slumlord
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Thu Jan 28, 2016
Lezlie Brazil answered:
Hi Maria,

My kids are ages 10 & 11 so I know exactly what you mean. I think I have researched almost every elementary and middle school out there!

I am a Los Angeles based real estate agent and I have experience with corporate relocation and I'd be happy to assist you and your family. Let me know your schedule and we'll go on some appointments and tours.

Lezlie Brazil
Keller Williams Realty
lezlie@lezliebrazil.com
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Fri Nov 6, 2015
Smithkathie3 answered:
Recently I was involved in a scam with a company pretending to be a loan company that went in search of a lender that would lend money to people with bad credit. To make a really long story short I was naive and ended up wiring a total of $13000.00 to Nigeria,Ghana,Malaysia and Singapore.The worst part of this whole thing is that I did my research like I was supposed to, the company was listed in the phone book in MA, and I also checked them out!!! Everything checked out fine and when the money never came in the company said that they were going to refund my money and when the money never came in I tried to call the company and the recording now says Thank you Goodbye and hangs up on you. I was Lucky to get in Contact with Dennis Hopkins Finance Home that offered me a loan of $500.000. i will refer anyone in need of financial Help to http://www.dennishopkinsfinancehome.com/ or dennishopkins_financehome@live.com. Tel: USA +12404374240 Tel:UK +44750954609 Skype Id:roger.n.william I had a wonderful experience with them. Dennis Hopkins Finance Home is a legitimate Money Lender ... more
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Sat May 3, 2014
Brad Korb answered:
Hi Chika,

Google the zip codes & put in apartments for rent , you should be able to find quite a few options .Good Luck !
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Tue Dec 10, 2013
Alex Montelongo Real Estate Group answered:
This is an old post... but I am responding to find out if you ever made a purchase and where you ended up. If you haven't made a purchase or are looking to move again, please call me. My area of expertise is the Greater Long Beach Area.

Let me know,

Alex Montelongo/Broker
Coldwell Banker Star Realty
562-810-7387 Cell
BRE Lic#01456982
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Tue May 7, 2013
Mark Zecca answered:
The best area for you is to rent in the BeverlyCenter-North Miracle Mile area. That is the mid-point between your two locales. The area encompasses Beverly Blvd. Between LaBrea Avenue andFairfax Avenue. There are upscale shops and restaurants such as THE GROVE. Perfectly walkable and the neighborhoods are full of nice architecture that remind us of old Los Angeles. Are You looking for an apt. or home to rent? ... more
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Sun Dec 18, 2011
Ron Escobar - Local Expert answered:
Zip Codes 90019, 90018, 90016 are very near downtown Los Angeles and have tons of multi-family Spanish places full of character... usually built in the 1920's and 1930's... as a foreigner you could qualify for a mortgage, but you would likely have to find a "turn-key" property (one that is perfectly ready) for the bank to consider a mortgage... as a cash buyer you could buy a fixer upper and have fun restoring it...

Spanish is my favorite style... look at a magazine called Casa Campo it has tons of ideas...

My advise is to consider the financing situation first, then also the type of property and then based on that budget shop in the areas that fit you...
We areboth a real estate brokerage and a General contractor service... we also manage muti-family properties and arrange for financing... so we may be able to help you if you contact us directly...

Below is a link to a Spanish house we re-did in Santa Monica.. it has nice pictures of before and after... but that project is around the $900K price point because the area...

Also in terms of lot size.. you should not consider anything less than 5,000 sq foot.
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Sat Dec 17, 2011
David Chiles answered:
I recommend Santa Monica. Craigslist, is a great resource for short term housing.
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Sat Dec 17, 2011
Dorene Slavitz answered:
I have used Public Storage and found them to be both reasonable and professional. They have great hours as well so you can access your stored property when you need to.
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Fri Dec 16, 2011
Dorene Slavitz answered:
Dear Tiffany,

People of every race live in every area of Los Angeles, that's the beauty of L.A. You take your pick of what you like in an area,i.e. hip and beachy, deserty areas, hip cosmo, Hollywood edgy, elegant and exclusive, Hollywood Hills, the subburbs, etc... and you can buy there. It just depends on YOU and what you enjoy.
I would strongly advise a trip down and a good tour of Los Angeles to make a decision! It's a great city and you will love it. There are many many New York transplants in Los Angeles.
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Wed Jan 5, 2011
Zaza Pasori answered:
I would contact the landlord and tenant affairs of my jurisdiction if I were you. Sounds like you guys may NOT do the swap.

Regards,
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Mon Aug 3, 2009
Judith Gottesfeld answered:
Dear Chichi,

I searched a couple of sources for you to review the statistics. You are welcome to click (or copy and paste as the case may be) on the links to go directly to the information. As a real estate professional I do not personally track these stastics but do rely on other sources for the information.

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/metro.nr0.htm

http://www.google.com/publicdata?ds=usunemployment&met=unemployment_rate&idim=county:CN060370&q=los+angeles+unemployment+rate

http://articles.latimes.com/2009/apr/18/business/fi-caljobs18

Good luck,
Judith Gottesfeld
Gibson International
JG4RealEstate@yahoo.com
310-622-7441
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Tue Jul 1, 2008
John answered:
Cameron,
I am enjoying this debate. Again, I am only willing to buy at a price that cushions the upcoming loss of equity in prime Los Angeles areas.
As to your points:
1) Recession. I don't care what the government numbers say. It's an election year and it is in the best interests of the powers that be to fudge the numbers a little. Don't believe me, how about asking this Warren Buffett guy?
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/25371792/

2) Great point about market value. But it doesn't matter who is under duress. If several foreclosed homes in Malibu sell for let's say, $200/sq foot, then any comparable home in that vicinity is going to have difficulty competing for a higher price. If this were an isolated incident, and there were just one foreclosure in a prime area, then I would concede that the home under duress would not be indicative of a trend. I am under the assumption that the tsunami of resetting ARMs over the next two years is going to destroy market values in all prime Los Angeles neighborhoods. My thesis may be right or wrong, but the folks who bet on these numbers on the futures markets agree with me. Look up the futures market for home prices in Southern California. The people who bet futures overwhelmingly believe home prices are going to crumble in Southern Cal. Soon, everyone will be able to bet on this as well:
http://seekingalpha.com/article/81244-macroshares-to-launch-levered-up-down-housing-price-etfs?source=d_email

3) I have no personal feelings toward the market. The free market is the free market. It will sort itself out. I am happy to lend unbiased advice to Ambrose. She can read the CEPR report and make her own decision.

John
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