Dream Homes By Sophia
SOLD – 4004 Pacheco Dr.,
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
Get ready to be wowed by this Spectacular Modern New Construction!
This impressive 4,197 sq. ft. home features 4 bd, with massive Italian closets (separate his and hers), 7 bathrooms w/ an amazing spa-like bath that includes a fireplace in the master bath which is shared with the master bedroom, a private Theater room, and a Gym. Equipped with high-end gadgets, such as smart control w/ voice recognition and enough security cameras to let you monitor the entire home.
It also has top quality design features like custom glasswork, custom hardwood flooring, including top of the line MIELE appliances, a wine cooler, a wine room, a dumbwaiter which delivers your groceries right from your two car garage into your kitchen pantry: you name it – this home has it.
The backyard has privacy like no other and includes a zero-edge pool with fire inserts
and three waterfalls, as well as a beautiful BBQ area.
The entire house is walled-in and gated to protect your privacy.
This home with views is a gem!
SQUARE FEET 4,197 4.0 BEDROOMS 7.0 BATHROOMS
Sophia Abikzer Mentioned in the LA Times as Listing Agent in Sale of Sherman Oaks Home
Sophia Abikzer was mentioned in the LA times as the listing agent in the sale of a newly-built Sherman Oaks home to R&B singer-songwirter Ne-Yo.
SOLD – 14920 Addison Street, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
A Cape Cod masterpiece like no other!
Breathtaking brand new construction designed with every detail taken into consideration using only finest materials and high end finishes.
No expense was spared.
This warm and inviting smart home has 5 bedrooms, 5 ½ bathrooms and an additional office.
It is designed with an open floor plan, beautiful custom oak floors, high ceilings and an abundance of natural light.
The first level features an en-suite guest bedroom, an office, a formal living and dining room, and gourmet kitchen featuring Thermador Appliances, a climate controlled glass wine cellar, a center island with Carrera marble countertop and bar seating, and a butler’s pantry. The adjacent family room opens to the outdoor area which will transform your home into the ultimate indoor/outdoor experience.
On the second level, as you retreat into the Master Suite, you will find a beautiful fireplace, extraordinaire custom walk in closets and a large private balcony. On that same level you
will find three other bedrooms, one laundry room and an additional very large balcony.
Each bedroom features its own bath and walk-in closet and all balconies and the patio have glass sliding doors.
Equipped with a control for smart home, and nest temperature controls, built-in surround sound systems, cameras, alarm and pre-wired for all your high tech needs. Stunning pool with custom-made tile and three waterfalls, spa & outdoor cooking area with full BBQ & sitting area.
Right in the heart of Sherman Oaks, this home is truly one-of-a-kind – Luxury living at its best!
Sophia Abikzer was mentioned in the LA times as the listing agent in the sale of a newly-built Sherman Oaks home to R&B singer-songwriter Ne-Yo. You can read more about it here:
SOLD – 3329 Adina Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90068
3 Bedrooms 4 Bathrooms 1,904 sqft.
Beautiful three story home in Hollywood Hills situated in an amazing location, near the 101 and 134 freeway, just minutes away from Hollywood Bowl and Universal, close to the Valley and Hollywood area.
The home is located on a quiet street surrounded by tall trees and creates a forest like atmosphere. It features beautiful dark cherry wood kitchen cabinetry, stainless steal appliances, separate dining area, travertine fireplace, recessed lighting throughout the house, oak wood floors.
The master bedroom has a walk in closet and spacious master bathroom with Jacuzzi tub.
The living room opens to a spacious patio surrounded by fruit trees and there are two balconies on the third floor that allows outside seating with gorgeous treetop views.
The home features a large two-car garage attached to a bedroom that is used as a gym.
Want to sell your house? Follow the
6-steps and you will succeed
1. Prepare to sell
2. Find a trustworthy, reliable and knowledgeable real estate agent
3. Discuss and set a price
4. Advertise and market the house
5. Sell it
6. Closing and moving
The above image shows that the US is one of the most mobile countries in the world. Different statistics from the past have shown that Americans move at least once every five years: within the city, from one city to another, from one county to another, or from one state to another.
The reasons for that vary; a new job opportunity comes up, children switch to private school
and families want to live closer to their educational institution, or the home becomes too
small or too big, changes in marital status, and the list goes on.
As we can see we move quite a lot during our life time and when moving involves buying and selling of real estate it is important that we have the support we need. A reliable and knowledgeable agent will help and guide you but the following steps will help you succeed.
Even before a property hits the market there are many things that need to be taken care of and prepared. First of all, we need to make the house appealing to the eye which means the whole property should be cleaned up and organized. In addition to that, there might be rooms that need to be painted or parts of the house to be repaired or replaced. Buyers always like spacious and bright homes; moving furniture around, tossing things away, etc. might help. Think about home improvements – small changes might make a big difference in the value of the house.
When you are ready to sell your house, it is important to discuss together with your realtor the listing price. Most likely your agent will prepare a comparative market analysis (CMA) where several houses in the neighborhood of similar style get compared in order to understand for how much your house could list or sell for. Of course, we all want to make the most when selling a house but it is important to price it reasonable otherwise it might sit on the market forever.
After setting a price, the next step is to market the house. Taking pictures, videos, and staging the house, doing Open Houses, and having maximum exposure to attract the most potential buyers. Your realtor will have a marketing plan such as advertising online, door-knocking, direct mailing, or reaching out to other real estate professionals.
Depending on the price and the current market situation, you will receive offers sooner or later. It is absolutely normal that not every offer will be immediately acceptable.
When an offer comes in it usually is less than the asking price. Your agent will start negotiating with the buyers and their agent by responding with a counter offer. Also, your agent need to
find out if the buyers are even qualified, such as having a pre-approval letter from a lender,
and a proof of sufficient funds.
After having a signed contract, seller and buyer come up with contingencies. It can impact
the seller, such as making the house available for the home inspection, termite inspection, appraisal, etc. If you sold your house but need more time to move out you may be able to
ask the buyer for “rent back” which allows to stay a little longer by paying rent to the buyer. After providing funds, and transferring title, signing settlement papers, transferring house
keys, the sale is completed.
Tired of renting… now what?
What you need to know as a first time home buyer!
Many of us get tired of paying rent. Especially in Los Angeles where prices for housing goes up and up and up…For month and month we are paying for something that first of all isn’t even ours. Second, isn’t owning a home the great American dream? And third, when owning a home no landlord can kick you out!
In the city of Los Angeles where according to the LA Times the average rent for a one bedroom apartment is $1,610.28 we have to ask ourselves can we afford to continue renting
a place? Most areas do not have rent control, meaning year after year we are paying more
and more for the same apartment we live in.
As a matter of fact, rent prices have been increasing and according to the Los Angeles Daily News are projected to increase up to 10% by the beginning of 2016. Also, those who are renting are spending between 31% and 50% of their income on rent whereas those who
own are spending no more than 30% on housing.
We could blame those statistics on the group of people who are actually renting such as younger people with less income. Or people who simply believe they can’t afford a home
Rent prices go up and you may say so does prices of homes; however, we need to understand that when buying a home we are really building wealth and securing our future.
Moreover, unlike rent a fixed mortgage can’t go up even if the cost of everything else does.
In addition, mortgage rates have fallen below 4% for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage.
Another bonus of owning is, that home ownership gives you the ability of tax benefits: deducting mortgage interest rates, and other expenses such as energy efficient home improvements.
Overall, it is important to understand that when you rent, you are really just paying someone else’s mortgage. Now, are you convinced of buying a home in 2015?
Great, let’s look at the steps you need to take in order to make it happen.
1.) You have to hire an agent. A great agent will ask you many questions to find out where you want to live, what you are looking for regarding style, size, and price. It is very important to
find an agent you feel comfortable with as he or she will be the one who represents your
2.) Get a pre-approval letter. Most agents will ask you to speak to a lender first before they go out to look for a home for you. Feel free to ask your agent for a lender they can refer or you can chose your own one. Getting pre-approved, having knowledge of your credit report and
fix mistakes if necessary, and determining how much you will need to put as a down payment are important steps when buying a home. Simply getting your finances straight is one step closer to your new home.
3.) After your agent found a home you like it is time to write a purchase offer. It is important to look closely at the current market and discuss with your agent what price to chose in order for the seller to accept or counter. Most likely, the seller will get back with a counter-offer or will request full price and that’s when your agent will start negotiating.
4.) If it comes to an acceptance of the offer then it is time to make an earnest money deposit. Some brokers accept a check; however, most likely they will ask for a wire transfer.
Also, write contingencies in your offer in case you will have to cancel the contract and can request your money back.
5.) Time to open escrow. Either the listing agent or your agent will open escrow and title.
6.) Get in touch with the lender to order appraisal.
7.) Watch your spending. Nowadays, most of us use their credit cards for pretty much
anything but at the time of home buying DON’T.
At least don’t buy any expensive furniture, cars, etc. when considering of buying a home.
8.) Together with your agent go over every document and clarify questions you may have
and approve seller disclosures.
9.) Start getting home owner’s insurance, have the home inspected, and issue a request for repair. It’s important to stay reasonable. Don’t worry about chopped off wall paper but rather consider things that need replacement for example.
10.) Remove contingencies! Your contract states that you have 17 days to do so.
Check with your lender first to make sure the loan is firm.
11.) Together with your agent do a final walk through to make sure your new home is in the same condition as when you agreed to buy it.
12.) Sign the loan.
13.) That’s it! After the close of escrow the property is yours! Congratulations.
As you can see when buying real estate there are a lot of steps involved that can be overwhelming for somebody who has never purchased real estate before.
That is why it is important to find a knowledgeable and trustworthy, honest and
reliable agent who will support you with all required transactions.