In my, over 15 years, as a Real Estate Licensed Salesperson, in the State of New York, I have witnessed, many real estate attorneys, and, how, some, harm the process/ deal (get in the way), while others, are, extremely valuable, to the successful process! I always, suggest, one choose a lawyer, who, specializes, in real estate law, so he is familiar with as many of the potential nuances, as possible, in this transaction period! Ideally, the individual, you choose, will protect your interests, but, be part of the solution, instead of, get, in the way, of the deal, by refusing to consider options, and alternatives, to achieve the objective. With, that in mind, this article will attempt to, briefly, consider, examine, review, and discuss, 5 things, you should demand, from the individual, you hire, to represent your interests (whether, buying or selling), because, for most of us, the value of their house, represents, their single – largest, financial asset.
1. Effective listening: If, you are searching, for the right person, it makes sense, to ask for a few recommendations, from people, who have been satisfied, by theirs! Briefly, interview, a few attorneys, and observe, whether the individual, is willing to effectively listen, to you, in order to better understand your true, personal needs, etc.
2. Hand – holding: There are, often, several stresses, and challenges, during the course of the transaction period! Seek a lawyer, who is, not, only, technically, knowledgable, but, will hold – your – hand, throughout the entire, transaction process. Wouldn’t you, prefer, making this period, the least, stressful, as possible?
3. Protect you, but not, get in the way: While, is in, an attorney’s duty and responsibility, to protect you, and your interests, in an ethical, honest way, the person, you choose, should not, create challenges, which aren’t helpful, and/ or, needed! Discuss, thoroughly, what you seek and want, how much flexibility, you are willing to take, and, looks, to achieve these things, without, screwing – up, a deal, you wish, to take!
4. Thorough explanation: There should be no question, and/ or, concern, you have, which your attorney, won’t attempt, to thoroughly, answer, and explain, to your satisfaction (not, merely, his)! It should be his duty, to ensure, this process, goes, as smoothly, as possible!
5. Professionalism/ excellence: Don’t accept good – enough! Demand (because you deserve, and need), the highest degree of quality, professionalism, and true, excellence!
Carefully, choose the individual, who will best serve your interests, when selecting a real estate attorney! Doing so, often, saves you time, effort, and unnecessary challenges!
Richard has owned businesses, been a COO, CEO, Director of Development, consultant, professionally run events, consulted to thousands, conducted personal development seminars, for 4 decades, and a RE Licensed Salesperson, for 15+ years. Rich has written three books and thousands of articles
NELA home architectural styles vary widely: Modern, Art Deco, Victorian, Tudors, and others. But perhaps the Craftsman residences get the most attention.
Craftsman homes are among the most sought after real estate in Northeast Los Angeles neighborhoods. One of the many reasons why homes for sale in Pasadena, Eagle Rock, Hermon and elsewhere have become hot commodities is a renewed interest in so-called “character homes”. But Craftsman homes come in significant variations, sizes, and conditions – opening up opportunities for homebuyers in a range of prices.
The high value – i.e., prices ranging from $400,000 on past $2 million – being placed on Craftsman homes in NELA is an interesting turn of historical events. These solid structures were originally designed for the advent of middle class home ownership in the late 19th and early 20th century. Gone were the features of Victorian homes that included butler’s quarters and kitchens only used by household staff. Instead, the family prepared their own meals while some features of kitchens blended with dining rooms – which are why there are those built-in, glass-front cabinets for dishware that was previously stowed out of sight from formal dining rooms.
The characteristics of Craftsman homes range from low-pitched roofs to deep eaves, exposed rafters (usually with distinctive decorative knee braces), dormers, one- to one-and-a-half stories, large fireplaces (often flanked by built-in cabinetry), and double-hung windows. Outside, Craftsman bungalows had large porches that welcomed newcomers to the California lifestyle, which offered a longer outdoor season for people arriving from the Northeast and Midwest.
Note that Bungalow and Craftsman style homes are often – but not always- the same thing; Bungalows always have that front porch (“veranda” if you prefer), while Craftsman sometimes do not. (If looking at homes for sale in Glassell Park, Garvanza or Mt. Washington, you might nerd out with your realtor by looking for the distinction.)
A further distinction might be made between Craftsman homes designed by certain architects (Greene & Greene built the trend-setting larger versions, which drew from Spanish mission and Japanese aesthetics), while Craftsman-style homes had a lower cost and were more modest in proportions and features. Craftsman-style homes may have shipped by train in a kit (e.g., “Sears homes”) or been a much-replicated design used by 1920s developers who knew a popular style when they saw one.
What made Craftsmans so popular when first built is what makes them equally popular today. These solid buildings have a relaxed style, one that accommodates an easy flow between rooms and activities. Mothers and fathers making meals in the kitchen can take a break to help children with their homework while keeping an eye on something cooking on the stove. Throw a party on the veranda but some guests might easily drift inside to admire the Arts & Crafts detailing of the cabinetry, fireplace surround,