Nov 16

Costa Mesa Moving Days are Priceless Opportunities

Buying or selling any Costa Mesa home is, on one hand, a highly technical matter. The full complement of California rules guarantee that the transaction cannot be challenged. The volumes of paperwork we execute at the closing table literally seal the deal.

But there’s also “on the other hand”—the human aspect that follows closing. In the hectic melee that often accompanies moving day—once the moving van has driven off—it’s time to say goodbye to the house. It is a landmark juncture—the moment when your “home” again becomes simply a “house,” as you and the family move on to the next.

This is a moment that’s likely to be overlooked until it’s at hand, on top of you. And then it has passed; in the rearview mirror; gone forever. But rather than allowing moving day to become a time when something irreplaceable is lost, a couple of simple preparations can turn the occasion around:

Be a Historian. As you assemble the cartons to pack for the move, set one out in a central place as a repository for the family history. It will serve as a receptacle for the snapshots, mementos and bits and pieces that have collected in drawers and shelves through the years. They’re likely to be discarded as ‘junk’—but in later years will trigger memories that are otherwise bound to be forgotten altogether. You might turn them into an invaluable scrapbook—literally, they are the “scraps” of history! More likely, in future family reunions, they will inspire the kind of lively, hilarious flashbacks that make for hilarious get-togethers.

Bring the Costa Mesa House with You. Even before your Costa Mesa moving day arrives, make sure you have at least one photograph that can stand for all time as the way “the Costa Mesa house” looked when you lived there. Today it’s newly inexpensive to have a good digital photograph transformed into a frameable portrait. Plan to have it grace a wall in the new house—somewhere where everyone will pass it daily. Every once in a while, they’ll pause to remember, connecting past to present. It’s said that that wisdom accumulates where memory flourishes.

When we are tapped to serve as your Costa Mesa real estate team, we do our best to make your buying and selling a rich and rewarding experience. Call us!

We are built on a philosophy of Heritage & Hustle L3 is a full service real estate agency with a regional office located in the heart of #CostaMesa, offering a wide-array of custom services to meet their clients’ needs with roots in the community since 1976. It’s L3 mission to provide trusted, convenient, responsive service to ensure clients enjoy their real estate experience. L3 was originally formed to offer personal, concierge-level service as an alternative to the large, nationally based real estate companies. From its small beginnings of only two employees, L3 has grown to a full staff of 20 serving over 300 clients a year. L3 is not limited to serving just its clients; it is also committed to serving the community. Not only has L3 donated hundreds of hours to many area charities, they have also received the prestige of being named one of the #toprealestatecompaniesinCostaMesa If you’re interested in #buyingorsellinginOrangeCounty, turn to the experts. Turn to L3 and let them help you make your real estate buying or selling dreams come true. For more information or to get started on finding or selling your home contact L3 today at 714-444-4663 or email us at info@thel3.com

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Nov 09

Lottery Winner’s Surprise Real Estate Story


“A $180 Million Lotto Winner’s Massive Mountain Estate” was the headline in the Wall Street Journal’s “Real Estate” section. The photo above the headline really did look to be many millions of dollars’ worth of breathtaking. The panorama behind the stone-and-brick estate, perched on a California mountainside, provided an unobstructed 180-degree view of the valley far below. The lush landscaping around the mansion’s acreage was the very definition of “pristine” (literally, since the forest of trees was definitely newly-planted, lottery-winner style).

The surprise for Costa Mesa readers is that the article was not another expected retelling about a big lottery winner who lost it all. The former roofing company employee and Mega Millions winner was not, in fact, wallowing in debt and crushed relationships. In fact, the story was about accomplishing the kind of real estate coup that usually plays out only in daydreams.

Rick Knudsen used to look up from the front porch of his 4-bedroom home to view the progress of an enormous house being constructed on the side of distant Little San Gorgonio mountain. Then he bought the lottery ticket, won, retired, and plunked down $5.5 million for the not-yet-completed mansion. Then, “just bam bam bam…within three months, I owned it all,” he says, recounting how he added an adjoining 155-acre buffalo ranch and its accompanying steakhouse and saloon; then (why not?) another 640-acre parcel. And a home for each of his 5 kids.

The best part of this lottery/real estate story lies not with the details of the 16,000 square feet of living space in the new digs, nor the elevator, car collector’s garage, gym, wine cellar, the 5 ½ mile hiking and driving trail, stocked fishing pond, nor the 17-seat movie theater. It’s not in how the 45 grass-and-apple fed buffalo are served at the steakhouse, nor that, all in, he spent just $11.5 million for the entire domain—purchases all “driven by feeling” rather than investment returns.
The best part might be that he hooked up with the right financial manager, so he’s worth more today than when he won the lottery. Or it might be what comprises a second, less luck-driven windfall, since he’s just listed the entire assemblage for a not unrealistic $26 million. The reason he’s selling? Because assembling the domain was so much fun, he’s eager to tackle another challenge.

If you are ready to open the book on your own Costa Mesa real estate story, luck doesn’t need to play a leading role. Just give us a call!

We are built on a philosophy of Heritage & Hustle L3 is a full service real estate agency with a regional office located in the heart of #CostaMesa, offering a wide-array of custom services to meet their clients’ needs with roots in the community since 1976. It’s L3 mission to provide trusted, convenient, responsive service to ensure clients enjoy their real estate experience. L3 was originally formed to offer personal, concierge-level service as an alternative to the large, nationally based real estate companies. From its small beginnings of only two employees, L3 has grown to a full staff of 20 serving over 300 clients a year. L3 is not limited to serving just its clients; it is also committed to serving the community. Not only has L3 donated hundreds of hours to many area charities, they have also received the prestige of being named one of the #toprealestatecompaniesinCostaMesa If you’re interested in #buyingorsellinginOrangeCounty, turn to the experts. Turn to L3 and let them help you make your real estate buying or selling dreams come true. For more information or to get started on finding or selling your home contact L3 today at 714-444-4663 or email us at info@thel3.com

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