Posted on November 7, 2017 - 12:42 PM
by James Ebert
Many home sales & refinances are threatened by the 1 in 5 mortgage appraisals that are coming back lower than the purchase price. This can destroy all the hard work, and the hopes and dreams of the buyers. Click on this video to hear about ways to prevent this alarming trend. Let us know what you think.
Posted on October 13, 2017 - 04:04 PM
by James Ebert
Oak Park CA 3 Bedroom on quiet Cul-de-sac, walk to all three schools.
Upgraded kitchen with Viking and Fisher/Paykel appliances.
Master suite with private bath overlooks cozy back yard.
Fireplace in Living Room, Attached 2 car garage.
But the Schools! Top ranked Oak Park school district.
Come move in before Christmas and join the local families who put on the annual Oak Park Boat parade! Join the crowds supporting the team at school. Your kids will join the choir and go sing at Carnegie Hall! Text/call James for private showing 805.372.1749
Posted on September 5, 2017 - 10:26 AM
by James Ebert
How Much is your home worth in Oak Park, California? If you are planning on selling your home, that is a question you need answered. As your Local Oak Park Real Estate Expert, I can help you to learn the answer to that question. I will personally do the research on your behalf and provide you with a detailed Free Market Analysis. Please feel free to take a few moments to complete the basic information below and I will go straight to work for you. Or, if you prefer, please feel free to give me a call directly at 805-372-1749.
Posted on August 31, 2017 - 09:39 PM
by James Ebert
Stop by to visit this Upgraded View Home at 3070 Blazing Star Dr, Thousand Oaks 91362.
This home located on a quiet cul-de-sac, has 4 bedrooms plus a bonus room, and three full baths.
Granite kitchen that overlooks the back yard and covered patio area.
The views are amazing, almost 180 degrees, from hillsides to city lights to the mountains in the distance.
Fireplace in warm friendly family room.
Master suite has 2 way fireplace, and adjacent master bath with spa tub oversized shower, and cedar-lined closet.
One of the best features, is that this neighborhood feeds into the highly regarded( score of 10) Lang Ranch Elementary school, where your kiddos will excel and start their fast track for success in life and at Westlake High School.
Come by to see this wonderful home Saturday at 12:00 Noon, or call for a private preview, any time at 805 372 1749.
Listing courtesy of generous Debbie Blumenthal, a top ranked sterling agent at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Realty.
Within the gated community of Eagle Ridge, call for gate code at 805.372.1749
The dividends on the investment you make in sharpening your communication skills will pay off for the rest of your career. Don't take my word for it. Listen to billionaire Warren Buffett's advice to a class of business students at Columbia University back in 2009:
"Right now, I would pay $100,000 for 10 percent of the future earnings of any of you, so if you're interested, see me after class."
After the laughter subsided, he turned serious.
"Now, you can improve your value by 50 percent just by learning communication skills--public speaking. If that's the case, see me after class and I'll pay you $150,000."
Buffett's point is that mastering the art of public speaking is the single greatest skill to boost your career.
You might be thinking, "That's great, but I have a fear of public speaking." That's OK. Buffett was actually terrified too.
Overcoming your fear
As a young stock adviser, Buffett took a Dale Carnegie public-speaking course to overcome his fear. It's a little known fact, but Buffett dropped out of the course on his first try, because he was afraid he'd be asked to speak up. He worked up his courage a second time and today proudly displays his Dale Carnegie certificate in his office.
According to TED curator Chris Anderson, public speaking matters more than ever. In his book TED Talks, Anderson writes: "As a leader--or as an advocate--public speaking is the key to unlocking empathy, stirring excitement, sharing knowledge and insights, and promoting a shared dream."
Isn't that what you're trying to accomplish as an entrepreneur pitching an idea or a small-business owner pitching a potential customer?
Your goal is to create empathy, a bond of trust between you and your listener. Your goal is to stir excitement, share knowledge, and promote a shared dream. Effective public speaking is the one skill that can help you achieve all of these results.
Learning the skills
Anderson calls the ability to captivate an audience "presentation literacy," a superpower to pitch your ideas, sell products, and accomplish your dreams. The good news is that Anderson believes the skill is teachable.
Thanks to broadband connections, YouTube, and TED.com, anyone with a computer, phone, or mobile device has the world's top business speakers at their fingertips.
For entrepreneurs and small-business owners, I suggest starting with YouTube videos of the greatest presenter in business history--Steve Jobs.
Nearly every public presentation Steve Jobs ever gave--as far back as the original Macintosh product launch in 1984--is available for streaming. A mesmerizing example of a product launch is Jobs's 2007 introduction of the first iPhone.
Pay particular attention to:
The simple, visual, and engaging slides that Jobs used to complement the message.
How Jobs delivered the presentation without a teleprompter or visible notes. He simply had bullet points of the messages he wanted to cover discreetly tucked behind the computer he used for the demos.
The fun that Jobs had delivering the presentation. He placed a crank call to a nearby Starbucks store to demonstrate the maps feature of the new phone.
The clever way Jobs packaged the content. He fooled the audience into thinking he was introducing three new products. They were surprised when he revealed that all three products were rolled into one--the new iPhone.
In the iPhone launch, Steve Jobs reminds us that today's audiences want more than to sit through yet another boring presentation. They crave visually appealing slides. They want to be informed and inspired, enlightened and entertained, all in the same presentation.
Yes, the skills are teachable--Steve Jobs was not a natural; he worked at it--but mobile video has made it a lot easier to teach yourself, through watching the world's greatest entrepreneurs and business legends work their craft.
As an entrepreneur or small-business owner, you are only as valuable as your ideas. If you cannot persuade others to buy into your ideas, then they don't matter very much.
Your ideas deserve to be heard. Make a commitment this year to sharpen the one skill that can change your life and the direction of your business, and raise your value by 50 percent almost immediately.
Posted on August 22, 2017 - 10:26 AM
by James Ebert
Have you ever considered moving to beautiful Oak Park, California? Oak Park is a desirable community & great location. Oak Park, California boasts a variety of local landmarks, excellent schools, parks and much much more. Take a look at some of the most popular searches in Oak Park, California and the surrounding areas.
Not quite the location that you are looking for? That is okay. Through my website you can search for the exact home you are looking for in the exact city, county or community you are looking for. Search for your perfect home, in the perfect location by taking advantage of my Advanced Search tool built directly into this website.
Posted on August 19, 2017 - 01:42 PM
by James Ebert
The Value of Appraisers
With over 20 years of valuing homes lots, condos and other properties, our wide range of experience is helpful when buying or selling a home.
- Before you list your home: Mis-price your home too low, and lose money. Price it too high, and miss the urgency of a competitive market, and multiple bids, to drive the sale price up.
- After it goes into escrow: An independent appraiser can take more time and selecte the very best comparables to support the sale, while the bank appraiser may not be able to do much more than a minimum job on it.
- When buying a home, an appraiser can run a quick check of sales, to see if you are paying too much or not.
- An appraiser can also help with now folks moving into town, in a relocation, to determine the best school districts, and best neighborhoods for investment,
- Check on most effective neighborhoods for a first time home buyer
Posted on August 13, 2017 - 09:19 AM
by James Ebert
Take a look at these single story homesin Westlake Village, Thousand Oaks, Agoura, and Oak Park. Let me know which ones you might like to see. Give me a call, and we can set up a convenient time. James Ebert 805 372 1749
Posted on August 11, 2017 - 07:12 AM
by James Ebert
Wonderful Turn Key Single Story Tuscan home, central to all of Conejo Valley.
3,356 sf of elegant comfort, with unique floor plan, centered around a charming courtyard entry. Imagine your guests and family joining you here for a easy breezy afternoon barbecue or morning tea!
And with rates so low, and lenders standing by... Have you heard how easy it is to get a very low rate on an adjustable 7.1 ARM? Check with our Home Loan Magician Kelly McKinney (805) 446-8700, or Robert Bartolomea (818) 917-5839!
Posted on August 6, 2017 - 08:52 PM
by James Ebert
1 in 5 appraisals these days, is coming back low, and threatening the sale of the property. This is due to the time and cost pressures faced by the bank AMC appraisers. But our system prevents over half of these from ever jeopardizing your deal. Follow the steps given in the flyer, and please send me your thoughts and results. Each deal is too precious to allow this process to fall into the wrong hands.
Posted on August 1, 2017 - 10:26 AM
by James Ebert
There are so many different kinds of homes out there for families to choose from. Do I want to live in Oak Park? Or maybe you want to find a home in Oak Park. How many bedrooms and bathrooms do you need? Do you need a large back yard? A small backyard? Do I even need, or want, a yard at all? Don’t even get me started on the front yard and curb appeal. Hardwood floors, tile, carpet. There are so many things to consider when looking for your dream home. How, then, do you find the right home for you?
The answer is to put me to work for you. That is what I do for my clients. Completing my basic Dream Home Finder I can immediately go to work for you. Of course you can take advantage of my Quick Search and my Advanced Search tools to surf through all the homes for sale in Oak Park, California or the surrounding areas. By completing the Dream Home Finder, I can use additional resources at my disposal to locate homes for sale that may not be available in the public view. In addition you are a busy individual and my passion is to work for you to find that dream home and schedule tours for you. By working together as a team with your dreams and my resources, finding that dream home is only one tour away. It is my passion to find you that one right tour.
8.5% Increase in Average Market Sale Price over Last Year!
While doing some home buying research for a buyer in the Westlake Village area, I compared a small band of property sales in the first 6 months of 2017, compared to the same period in 2016. Amazingly, this sub-market had an average increase of 8.5% in "price per square foot.
What this means to all of us, is if planning to buy a home, don't wait. You might think you are playing too much, but over the near term, your purchase will prove to be a wise decision. And, if thinking of selling, and then buying another home or easy-care condo, it will be better to do it now, than wait, as interest rates and the related costs of moving will certainly rise.
I just wish my index funds and mutual funds could grow at that rate!!!
Was called into West Los Angeles, and Brentwood, by a client, last week. Could not believe the cars, the delays, the crowded atmosphere. Some areas seemed to be as gridlocked as Tokyo or New York. Really found that I was relaxing more as I drove back through Tarzana and Woodland Hills, and saw the surrounding hills with new eyes.
What a nice region to raise a family in, and take off on a cycling ride through the local Santa Monica Mountains. Then to stop at Stonehaus, or Bean Scene with friends. We are truly blessed!
We have two investors ready to buy your home, if you are thinking of selling in the next 12 months. Call me to arrange a preview tour and more details at 805.372.1749.
Good Buyers Use Experts to Win out over Other Offers
With so few homes on the market, buyers need expert help to find them the right home, to avoid going crazy driving around to Open Houses all week end. Packing up the kids and driving around, following signs, is fun for about one day.
But it is not as easy as it used to be. With a normal market having “6 months supply”, we now have only “1 Month’s Supply”. That explains it!
Homes in the right neighborhoods get multiple offers. What Can You Do? Call 805.372.1749 and Trust James to help you find your home, at no cost to you! The Sellers pay his fee. Terrific system!
With James, he helps you build a better strategy to win that home. The successful home finders have found you need to have a creative and tireless agent on your home-finding team. James Ebert of Berkshire Hathaway in Westlake Village – Thousand Oaks – Oak Park has over 20 years of experience finding the right homes. Plus, he has successfully closed 4 recent sales in this difficult market. And his expertise costs you nothing! The seller pays!
You can reach James at 805.372.1749.
Turn your week-ends back into family time, by sharing your goals for 15 minute with James of Berkshire Hathaway. He will get to work immediately, using his custom resources to find homes that will work for you and your family, within your budget. His team can plan a successful strategy that save hours and avoid week-ends of frustration. Let James assemble a small number of homes that work within your budget. Call James at 805.372 1749.
You are not alone. This recent article is from the Wall Street Journal “Property Buyers Face Hard Spring”: “Ms. Manthie, a 33-year-old is 41 weeks pregnant, but she and her husband are still trudging to open houses most weekends in search of a four-bedroom home in the $700,000 range—up from $400,000 when they started. “It’s shocking. The house near my mother-in-law went in three hours,” she said.
“This year’s spring selling season promises to be the toughest for buyers in a decade, economists said, making it harder than any time since the 1990′s. Nela Richardson, chief economist at Redfin, found that homes are selling eight days faster than last year.”
The magical thinking of Behr Browers Architects, Westlake Village, has unveiled the new designs for the Oak Park Mae Boyar Pavilion. Take a look, and tell me what you think?
Check out their Website- amazing! http://www.behrbrowers.com/
Open on Sunday 1-4:00! 5 Bedroom, 4 bath Oak Park Home with 1st floor bed and bath. Call – text 805.372.1749 for tour. 3,400 sf with 11,000 sf Lot, large private spa & waterfall, 3 car garage. Excellent Oak Park schools, Walk to shopping, restaurants, hiking trails, 2 miles to Costco, Staples, Target, etc. Contact James Ebert 805.372.1749 for personal private tour.
Open Sunday 1-4 only. Come out Sunday to see 5 Bedrooms, 4 baths, 3400 sf perfect Oak Park family home Privacy at end of quiet cul-de-sac Sterling Oaks Ranch cul-de-sac home!
Largest model boasting 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, and over 3,400 sq ft. This home features a formal dining area, 3-car attached garage, a downstairs bedroom and bathroom. The updated kitchen has a center island that opens to the family room with wood-burning fireplace.
Upstairs are four additional bedrooms and three bathrooms. The master bedroom suite has a large walk-in closet with an additional closet.
Relax and unwind in the low maintenance yard with an over-sized spa and waterfall. Backing to open space and greenbelt, you will enjoy the peaceful nature of your own backyard. Close to desirable Oak Park schools, parks, and hiking trails. Listing courtesy of Deborah Fagan, BHHS. Call./Text James for private tour at 805 372 1749.
Exceptional single story 3 bedroom jewel box close to Westlake Lake. 2144 Waterby St, Westlake Village, CA 91361 is a delightful home with cathedral ceiling, light from all sides – and no stairs! Join your friends & family in central Westlake Village, and live the good life. Call 805.372.1749 for info. and private tour.
The floor plan opens for family celebrations. Skylights open the interior with warm inviting light. Many upgrades over the years.
Kitchen has Sub-Zero refrigerator and slide-through windows to the outside back breakfast bar. Call/Text James for private tour at 805 372 1749.
Relax in the private yard, with fresh citrus fruit trees, and newer privacy fencing. Easy care, low maintenance, family friendly.
Master suite opens to back patio. Garage has laundry. Upgraded Dual Pane windows for energy savings, Upgraded Air Conditioning, Community Pool, Spa, Club House just 3 blocks away,
Live the easygoing lifestyle you have dreamed about in this charming quiet neighborhood with great schools, community pool & rec center.
Just 30 minutes to Malibu & Zuma Beach.
Shares common driveway with nice neighbors. 3 rd Bedroom opened up as video room, easy to close back off.
By Appointment Only. Agent will be Open: Friday, Saturday, Sunday 12-5 Call/text James at 805 372 1749 for access, give 2 hours please. Priced to Sell quickly at $799,000.
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