Apr 19

Open House’s April 20, 21 & 22 From The L3 Real Estate Team

2737 Cardinal, Costa Mesa
2737 Cardinal, Costa Mesa
Sat & Sun 1-4 PM

2064 Phalarope, Costa Mesa
2064 Phalarope, Costa Mesa
Fri 11-2, Sat & Sun 1-4 PM

2021 West Place Drive, Costa Mesa
2021 West Place Drive, Costa Mesa
Sat & Sun 1-4 PM

8221 Kingfisher, Huntington Beach
8221 Kingfisher, Huntington Beach
Fri 11-2, Sat & Sun 1-4 PM

1184 Paularino, Costa Mesa
1184 Paularino, Huntington Beach
Sat & Sun 1-4 PM

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

Apr 17

Selling Your Costa Mesa House: It’s No Time for Secrets

If you’ve learned to skip past onscreen click-me’s with hyperlinks reading, “Top 10 Secrets” or “Best Kept Secrets of the Pros,” you can usually rest assured that you’ve saved yourself some time. No matter whether the long-hidden secrets deal with diet tips, shopping discounts, or travel destinations, nine times out of ten the real secret turns out to be the agenda of whoever is promising the “secrets.”
When it comes to selling a house—here in Costa Mesa or elsewhere—let’s face it: there aren’t a lot of secrets left out there. Since selling a house is the professional focus of more than a million of us REALTORS® (and since we’re a communicative bunch), it’s hard to believe that many sure-fire selling gambits have eluded discovery.
That’s why, when I stumbled upon a cable channel website’s “10 Best-Kept Secrets for Selling Your Home,” I was more than a little startled that there were ten of them left.
The countdown’s initial secret (#10: “pricing it right”) confirmed my (and probably everybody else’s) suspicion that the remaining nine would offer few surprises—but in the spirit of discovery, I clicked onward, anyway. Soon more secrets, like maximizing area lighting; hiring the right agent, and avoiding expensive remodeling projects had seen the light of day. The rest of the secrets are so well known I needn’t go into them—but there was one with phrasing I hadn’t heard before. It was Selling Secret #1: “The first impression is the only impression.”
The text explained that if the exterior of your property isn’t an immediate hit, “no matter how good the interior of your home looks,” your goose is cooked “because you never have a second chance to make a first impression.”
Sure, it’s happened that buyers who have been put off at first by some facet of a home’s exterior have gone on to fall in love with an inviting interior. Experienced Costa Mesa agents know that first impressions are sometimes countermanded by stronger second impressions.
However, in the vast majority of cases, there will be no second chance. First impressions matter, and unless the home is priced and marketed as a “fixer” or other “upside potential”-styled listing, it will be well worth the effort for the seller to focus efforts on all the sensory aspects that go toward creating that first impression.
In the meantime, if you plan on selling your own Jamestown house in the upcoming months, it’s out in the open that the right agent will be one whose “secret” is a wide-reaching marketing plan combined with organization and persistent effort. Give us a call to discuss your goals!

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

Apr 02

Surprise and Compromise in Costa Mesa House Hunting


A couple of weeks ago the REALTOR website ran a 90-second video about How to Buy with a core
message that could be helpful to anyone who has set about house hunting in Costa Mesa. The theme was

about the value of compromise—not insisting on a rigid checklist of predetermined criteria to be the be-
all/end-all for house hunting ventures. That’s practical advice to keep house hunting budgets in line with

reality. The four requirements for which flexibility was advised were:

-Location
-Space (square footage)
-Yard size
-Architectural style

Although too much flexibility for all four would leave shoppers without a place to start, it’s a list
that could be useful tool for Costa Mesa house hunting expeditions—once you decide on an order of
importance you attach to each one.
In another way, too, it’s a valuable list to think about: I’d call it the basis for “dream house”
searches. Real estate literature often speaks of “finding the house of your dreams” as if that’s how most
buyers frame their search—but unless price is literally no object, that’s not actually what most people
expect.

For the here and now, the majority of Costa Mesa house hunting ventures are a lot more reality-
based. Today’s buyers are more likely to set out hoping to find what might better be thought of as a

“surprise house.” That would be one that has everything they need, most of what they want, and
something else: some feature or features that they hadn’t anticipated. It might be an outdoor hot tub or a
two-faced fireplace. It could be a one-of-a-kind water feature in the backyard, or kids’ tree house.
Sometimes that large or small unlooked-for extra feature turns out to define the property.
House hunting is simply unlike any other kind of shopping expedition—and one that remains an
ever-fascinating activity. One of the best parts of our profession is accompanying my Costa Mesa clients
as they make their own discoveries and arrive at their final decisions. Call me whenever you decide to get
started!

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