Author Archives: Nancy Valentine

Nancy has been licensed to sell real estate since 1991. This includes sales experience in residential, land and investment properties. Due to her vast experience and expertise in the handling of complicated real estate transaction, she as the chosen as the Official Real Estate Sponsor of the Pasadena Bar Association for 5 years. Nancy approaches each home sale as a new work that will be given a glorious Premiere! The staging, set design, and presentation all result in her listings being the “buzz” all over town. Nancy harnesses the power of the Internet to give her listings a competitive edge. She sees the Web as the most valuable way to respond to the constantly changing real estate climate. Nancy has the experience, knowledge and flexibility to harness the power of the Web in real estate transactions to get her sellers’ properties the best exposure, worldwide. Like most people in this field, Nancy had another career before entering real estate. After graduating from Northwestern University School of Music, she attended the Juilliard School. Nancy went to Europe for the summer to continue her vocal training and stayed for 12 years! She sang professionally as a lyric soprano soloist in Austria, Switzerland, and Germany. Nancy is fluent in German and has a very good ear for languages! Her years of living abroad have given her a deep understanding of Buyers and Sellers from varying cultures and traditions. This experience is a valuable tool in understanding client needs and translates into a superb skill in negotiating on behalf of her clients. The experience of living in Europe as well as recent trips to visit family in Asia, she has a deep understanding of varying architectural and decorating styles.
Afraid of Selling Your Home Too Soon—and Missing Out on Tons of Cash? Consider This

If you sold your home at a good price, you’d be thrilled, right? But what if, a year or two later, or in the current market just six months later,  you check in on your old home by idly punching your former address into Realtor.com or Zillow and discover that its value has shot up even higher? In other words, had you only held onto this property a little longer, you could have made even more.

Welcome to home seller’s remorse—a rampant feeling among home sellers. It can hit at any point after a home sale. Sellers are stressed with fears that they’ve sold the home too soon, thus losing out on tons of money. Home seller’s remorse is now common among sellers just pondering a sale, stressing those who are thinking of selling but are worrying that they should wait a bit longer so as not to miss out on the additional windfall. How much is enough? just a little bit more…..

Sometimes sellers also have sold but then  opted for a replacement that seemed good at the time but after living there for 6-12 months, they don’t like their new abode. Enter seller-turned-buyer remorse. This one is become more noticeable now that COVID’s restrictions have eased and it’s time to get back to “Normal”. Now that they are no longer trapped at home, they miss where they were living before.

Enter coulda-shoulda-woulda….

Sound painfully familiar? In the strong seller’s market we have now, where prices are rising across the country, it’s commonplace.

Sellers, it’s time to  time to stop second-guessing and make peace with what you sold your home for. It was top dollar at the time. Here are some reasons you should never worry whether you’re selling your home too soon.

Reason 1: You can’t time the housing market
Have you ever heard how you can’t time the stock market? The same sage advice applies when selling a house. The cystal ball or special powers to time the market really don’t exist.  When Sellers ask: so what home prices will do next; even economists and real estate agents wouldn’t dare make predictions with any level of certainty. Trends are based on facts and facts in real estate are sold properties. It’s a trailing indicator.  Hindsight of course is 20/20.

To snap yourself out of this mindset, remind yourself that home prices could also drop—in which case you will be thanking your lucky stars that you sold when you did.  So if home prices do indeed rise a year or two later, it can help to take a step back and consider the long-term perspective.

Reason 2: If you wait, the price of homes you’re buying could rise, too
Remember you bought a replacement property and if all prices have gone up, then you’ve made money on the purchase.  Many clients are accomplishing more than just cashing in: maybe downsizing from a large house or moving to a different location played a part in the decision. So keep those other things in mind.

Reason 3: Chances are the thought of selling is not all about the money
When talking about a primary residence, there’s more emotion involved.  A home is not like stocks, where the only thing that matters is the price. Homes are a reflection of your current needs and as such, change as do your life circumstances. Do you still really need four bedrooms and a huge yard with a pool when it’s just the two of you? Do you really want a 2 story home as you age? Are you still commuting to your same office location? What about family members: do you want to be closer to them. Did you have a COVID baby and want to be in a more suburban location or closer to the grandparents?

So let’s step back and look at the big picture. Really ponder what you want in your next home and stop worrying about timing the market”.

If you do that, you’ll sell at just the right time.

The Real Estate market is moving forward aggressively

Wow!

People have learned a lot about their housing needs from Shelter-in-place. The home they have just doesn’t work for them anymore: they need more space, they want a different layout, they want to be in a neighborhood where they can walk, they want a yard where they can stretch out and relax. In many cases, they can now live further away from their place of work because the working at home situation is going to become permanent. Some homeowners who weren’t thinking about selling are now considering it.  Other sellers who were thinking of downsizing now realize they want to stay put because they need the space.

The buyers and sellers in this market, those willing to put up with all the precautions put in place, are very motivated. The buyers are aggressive. The properties move quickly. The prices are holding or going up. No sign of a downturn in real estate!!!

Inspiring quotes for Mother’s Day
In honor of all Mothers

To the world you are a mother, but to your family you are the world. Unknown

Nothing is really lost until your mom can’t find it.  Unknown

A mother understands what a child does not say. Jewish proverb

Life doesn’t come with a manual, it comes with a mother. Unknown

All that I am, or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother. Abraham Lincoln

A mother’s arms are made of tenderness and children sleep soundly in them. Victor Hugo

A mother is she who can take the place of all others but whose place no one else can take.                           Cardinal Mermillod

There is no role in life that is more essential than that of motherhood. Elder M. Russell Ballard

The loveliest masterpiece of the heart of God is the heart of a mother. St. Therese of Lisieux

Mothers and their children are in a category all their own. There’s no bond so strong in the entire world. No love so instantaneous and forgiving. Gail Tsukiyama

Moms are like buttons—they hold everything together. Unknown

A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts. Washington Irving

When you are a mother you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always thinks twice, once for herself and once for her child. Sophia Loren

Mother love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible.Marion C. Garretty

Youth fades; love droops; the leaves of friendship fall; A mother’s secret hope outlives them all.                    Oliver Wendell Holmes

The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new. Rajneesh

The art of mothering is to teach the art of living to children. Elaine Heffner

Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother. Oprah Winfrey

It’s not easy being a mother. If it were, fathers would do it. The Golden Girls

Mothers can look through a child’s eyes and see tomorrow. Reed Markham

Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever. Unknown

Only mothers can think of the future because they give birth to it in their children.Maxim Grosky

Mother’s love is peace. It need not be acquired, it need not be deserved. Erich Fromm

Of all the rights of women, the greatest is to be a mother. Lin Yutang

Being a mother is learning about strengths you didn’t know you had. Linda Wooten

Children are the anchors of a mother’s life. Sophocles

My mother is my root, my foundation. She planted the seed that I base my life on, and that is the belief that the ability to achieve starts in your mind. Michael Jordan

A mother is your first friend, your best friend, your forever friend. Unknown

There is no influence so powerful as that of the mother. Sara Josepha Hale

Mothers are like glue.Even when you can’t see them, they’re still holding the family together.   Susan Gale

A mother’s love is everything. It is what brings a child into this world. It is what molds their entire being. When a mother sees her child in danger, she is literally capable of anything. Mothers have lifted cars off of their children and destroyed entire dynasties. A mother’s love is the strongest energy known to man.  Jamie McGuire

 

In honor of all the women who have made a difference in my life.
Selected and complied by Nancy Valentine

 

541 Foothill

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Nestled against the picturesque foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, Sierra Madre is beloved for the quaint atmosphere and charming town center. Close to wonderful hiking trails, the city offers access to the best of the natural wonders of the region.

Retro Split Level in an idyllic setting on a quiet cul-de-sac. The practical design offers staggered living on three levels, suitable for many different lifestyles. The
low-pitched roof and deep-set eaves give the home an asymmetrical façade.

3 Bedrooms  |  2 Bathrooms  |  1,641 sqft  |  7,868 sqft lot

427 Barbados – Before/After

Property transformation a quick case-study:

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Homes Reimagined Modern Living, and Remain Relevant Today

On a Friday afternoon in the spring, a small group wandered below a canopy of towering eucalyptus trees in an idyllic and sun dappled Southern California yard. The Pacific Ocean below sparkled a dazzling shade of blue, birds chirped and sang overhead, and cheerful bright orange poppies blanketed a nearby hillside embankment.

The crowd was here to take a self-guided tour of the Eames House, an architectural marvel of glass and steel, built by Charles Eames and his wife, Ray, in the late-1940s. The couple moved into the property on Christmas Eve 1949, and continued to live and work there for more than a quarter century until their deaths. In 2004, the couple’s step-daughter, who then owned the house, gave it as a gift to the non-profit Eames Foundation, which she founded in part to protect it. In 2006, it was declared a National Historic Landmark.

The house, situated on a Pacific Palisades bluff, north of Santa Monica and south of Malibu, is “unselfconscious,” “created in its own little world, screened all around by trees, foliage and hills,” which serve as a “shock absorber,” according to the description of the property in the December 1945 issue of Arts & Architecture magazine. It was here that the Eames House was introduced as part of the magazine’s famed Case Study Houses program, for which publisher John Entenza commissioned major architects of the day to design and build affordable and efficient model homes meant to address the mid-century housing boom and serve as a template for how returning GIs and their families wanted to live after World War II.

Between 1945 and 1966, 36 homes were designed and 25 were built—most of them in Los Angeles. The Eames House—Case Study House #8—is one of two that has nonprofit status, and is eagerly toured by architecture buffs from around the world. The other is Pierre Koening’s iconic Stahl House—Case Study House #22—which overlooks the city’s expanse from a point of remove in the Hollywood Hills.

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14 offers in 5 days…..

427 Barbados: 14 offers in 5 days…..

This was NOT a pocket listing.

Are you or someone you know thinking about selling?  Thinking of selling “ Off-market”

Before you do, please click here to see my video on what it really means: https://nancyvalentine.com/pocket-listing/

 

427 BARBADOS DRIVE

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$650,000 – 3 beds, 2 baths, 1,520sqft, 7,317sf lot This lovely single-level home on a quiet cul-de-sac has been updated with all new flooring, newer windows and is freshly painted with decorator colors. The formal entry opens to the great room that boasts a Spanish-influenced fireplace, flanked by windows. The adjacent kitchen is flooded with natural light. It opens to the fully enclosed private backyard, which features fruit trees and plenty of space for the kids to play. The large eating area opens to the covered porch, perfect for alfresco dining. The master suite is large with an updated bathroom, featuring marble floors and a walk-in shower. Don’t miss the hidden vanity table! The two additional bedrooms are on a separate wing and share a hallway bathroom.

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Frank Lloyd Wright’s Stunning Final House Will Go Up for Auction

I have a great appreciation of architecture and my favorite style is Prairie. Here in Los Angeles it’s unusual to find a home in this style made famous by Frank Lloyd Wright in Oak Park, Illinois. There is a stunning example of this architectural style, designed by architect Dave DeAngelis and built only three years ago. Located behind gates on a hilltop setting in La Canada Flintridge, this is truly worth a look. Listed by Janice McGlashan of Coldwell Banker, I would love to show you this beautiful home.

 

Listed by Janice McGlashan of Coldwell Banker for $ 10.995 million.

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1248 Inverness Drive La Canada Flintridge, CA 91011

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Frank Lloyd Wright inspired Prairie style estate constructed to take full advantage of the panoramic San Gabriel mountain views. Designed by Dave DeAngelis and perched on an over 60,000 square foot lot, the secluded architectural estate features ultimate privacy, open plan layout & modern amenities. Expansive glass and full-height sliding doors foster indoor-to-outdoor transparency & connections between living spaces. Exquisite wood materials were carefully selected to provide lasting elegance. The open kitchen, dining and living areas form the heart of the home. The inviting master retreat on the main level features sliding doors to the backyard, 2 walk-in closets & a luxurious master bathroom with double shower & vanities. A 3,000 square foot covered patio with massive fire pit creates outdoor living space for dining, relaxation & play. Elegant interior finishes complement the home’s clean lines & comfortable spaces, providing a serene environment for living. The upper level boasts 4 bedroom suites with walk-in closets & built-in desks, family room, second laundry room & oversized terrace with spectacular views. Award winning La Canada Schools.