Bed bug addendum is required to all existing tenants by end of 2018

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We recently attended an event on bed bugs and wanted to pass this information on to you. 

There are some things in life that we would rather sweep under the carpet than have to deal with (pun intended). This is especially true when it comes to bed bugs. I recently attended a seminar on bed bug prevention, hosted by the Los Angeles Orkin team. It is high time I bring this matter to light and share my findings with everyone in my sphere. 

Bed bugs have become an ever present and nasty reality in many people’s lives. These parasites do not pick and choose their hosts according to any specific demographic. We are all collectively at risk of attack, at any moment, in any location, day or night. Think about it, first time homebuyers, apartment dwellers, landlords, Airbnb hosts and guests, travelers, if you are human, you are a target. As such, let’s tackle this problem together by first removing any stigma associated with bed bugs and start our first line of attack by talking openly and educating one another.

Here are a few facts about bed bugs:

  • Bed bugs can last for one year without feeding and can travel 100 feet per day for food.

  • Female bed bugs lay eggs along the path they travel and can infest a multi-unit complex one floor at a time. They lay an average of 1-2 eggs per day, which take a week to hatch, depending on the temperature (typically warmer between 70 to 100 degrees)

  • There are only four ways to kill bed bugs...heat, chemicals, tenting, and squashing.

  • Bed bugs are hitchhikers and can be picked up anywhere. Any place humans go, they will go. Hallways, movie theaters, backpacks, doctor’s office, automobiles, and public transportation, just to name a few.

An ounce of prevention is worth a lifetime of cure:

  • Orkin offers a unique program to detect the presence of bed bugs. They have a skilled team of search dogs and handlers that will visit your space to sniff out live bed bugs. $150 is the average cost for a 2-3 bedroom unit. $250 is the average cost for a 5 unit building.

  • You will receive a written report after the investigation is complete. Keep this for your record as evidence of compliance if an issue arises with a tenant.

  • The best time to have an inspection is once a unit is vacated, before you apply fresh paint and/or carpet. However, an inspection can be done while the tenant is still occupying the unit.

  • If treatment is required, do not choose over-the-counter chemicals to treat these pests. Most are ineffective and will only lead to more problems once the bed bugs return.

  • After treatment, Orkin will send in their dog team, two weeks post treatment, to ensure success.

  • Landlords, be sure to protect yourselves and provide all units with a copy of AB551. This is a mandatory, state mandated addendum to the current lease agreement. You will need to provide this before the year’s end in 2018.

Darren, Joe & Andrea

20-second Survey - Help Us Help You - Connecting More

We are not ones to predict the market. However, you may have read recent stories in the media concerning a shifting market. These stories cite a combination of rising interest rates, tight inventory, a decrease in sales, homes staying on the market longer, and buyer fatigue.

No matter what, there is always your personal market. Where are you on the spectrum of buying and selling? How can we help? In our effort to help we have made a short 20-second survey - 

https://urbanhillsides.com/helping-people

Would you please fill it out? It will help us understand you better and perhaps help you now or later. Thanks!

Always feel free to call us for more discussion about this market and how it may or may not affect you. 323-489-6810

We want to connect more with not only you, but your network of friends, family and associates that may need our help.
How to do it? This video explains it briefly and puts it in perspective:

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Spacious and private luxury condo with one of the most convenient locations in the building. West facing and single story with only one common wall. Living room with built-ins, plantation shutters, wood floors and balcony. Generous master suite with balcony, walk-in closet and well-appointed bathroom. Kitchen with oak cabinets, granite countertops and laundry in the unit. Beautiful grounds with gym, community room, separate pool, spa and sauna. A short walk or drive to Ventura Boulevard amenities.           MLS 18-363994

$565,000

More info at:
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5216 Yarmouth Ave., #107
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A Fixer for Kristin and Jack - Congrats

  Jack and Kristin in front of their Burbank fixer

Jack and Kristin in front of their Burbank fixer

A huge congratulations to our clients Kristin and Jack Stein on their first home purchase!
It was a long journey filled with ups and downs, but they came out victorious. Granted, this
2/1 PLUS 1/1 back cottage will need some work, but we're already in the process of planning and starting remodel work. First projects are landscaping, kitchen, bathroom along with refinishing the hardwood floors and painting. There's also a new HVAC system being installed. Back cottage remodel will come later. That's another budget for another time. 

The good news? Their house is in a neighborhood of higher comps reaching
into the low millions. Once completed, they'll have a great value. They paid $690,000.

"... we couldn’t ask for better agents and partners to work with." - Jack Stein

Thanks, guys. We're grateful and honored to help you two on this next step of life.

Introducing Fausta Pasqualini, Our New Intern

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An overdue introduction of Fausta Pasqualini, from the exotic isle of Corsica. Fausta has been with us for a month now and has been a true help in this multi-layered challenge called real estate. As a business student from France, she has been studying at UCLA and will be off to Singapore next for her studies. In the meantime, we are happy to have her as our intern. Her interests are in marketing, but we've also discovered she has a sharp mind for numbers. All of 20, she is out to conquer the world. Welcome to our team, Fausta.

New Listing: West Hollywood Condo - Great Location

List: $435,000

Great location–walk to everything! Great price! This one bedroom plus den acts like a two bedroom unit. Lots of upside potential–upgrades needed throughout. Unit has a large master bedroom with good closet space and bathroom with double sinks. There is also a small patio. The building has an indoor pool, laundry room, a roof top deck, gathering room, personal storage space. One parking space provided. Property delivered with tenant in possession and MAR in place–no exceptions. Email agent to request details. MLS# 18-353138

1110 Hacienda Pl., #202
West Hollywood, CA 90069


Open Schedule:
Tuesday, 6/12, 11 AM-1 PM
Sunday, 6/17, 2-4 PM

Note: Please try to make the open house times as private showings will be limited and must be arranged with 48-hour notice.

Email for showings: team@urbanhillsides.com

Thanks.