915 S Dodson Ave. | $709,000

This is a custom-built home on a beautiful tree-lined street with views of the harbor, ocean and coastline. Features include a new kitchen with quartz counters, all new custom cabinets with soft-close hardware, new appliances and a walk-in pantry. The half bath has also been updated. Central air was installed in June 2016; ducting and heating unit are about 5 years old. There are hardwood floors throughout. New windows throughout half the house and a new water heater were installed about one year ago. In addition, a new electrical panel and wiring were installed in 2012. There is a large family and pet-friendly enclosed backyard, new professionally designed terraced landscaping in the front yard with sprinklers in both the front and backyard. This property also includes a 2-car detached garage and a basement bonus room with an adjacent large storage area

San Pedro Condo 3 Bed/2 Bath | PENDING

956 9thBeautiful 3 bedroom 2 bath condo. The unit has all newer Millgard dual pane windows and slider professionally installed, fresh paint on the interior, smooth ceilings, crown molding, recessed lighting, Laminate flooring in the dining room kitchen and hallway.
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Essential Tips For The First Time Home Buyer

When you are buying your first home, expect to feel a mix of emotions. You will feel excited, confused, elated, and stressed. Sometimes these emotions will come all at once, and at other times they will be spread throughout your home buying experience. Buying your first home is so emotional because it is so important. This is very likely one of the most important buying decisions you will ever make, and it shouldn’t be taken lightly. In this article, we will discuss some first time home buyer tips that everyone should explore.

First and foremost, understand that you need to hire a Realtor. A Realtor is your personal expert in the home buying field. They can provide you with valuable information, indispensable resources, and time saving efforts. If you try to buy alone, especially as a first time buyer, you will very likely make some huge mistakes. Prevent these mistakes by hiring a great Realtor. It will save you time, money, and prevent needless anxiety.

A second step in the buying process is having a clear cut understanding of what you can afford. This will help you to narrow down the selection of homes you will be looking at, and keep your budget in check too. Take some time to sit down and look at what you can afford. Be realistic when setting your price, and evaluate your decisions with your spouse or significant other. You will thank yourself when you find a house that you can truly afford.

After you have a budget in mind, it’s time to get pre-approved. The pre-approval process involves visiting a lender and seeing if you can qualify for the amount you think you would like to spend. This will help you to know that you can afford the home of your dreams when you do find it. A pre-approval letter is also a valuable tool that can serve you well when it comes to making an offer.

Now that you have your Realtor hired, and your pre-approval is under wraps, it’s time to visit houses. Visit LOTS of houses! You want to see as many properties as you can in order to determine which one is really best for you. Even if you fall in love with the first house you see, take some time to look at a few others. This can help you to accurately gauge how your beloved house really stacks up against the competition.

After you have found the home of your dreams, remember the importance of an inspection. An inspection can help you to find problems that may not be seen by the naked eye. Finding these problems before you buy the home can save you from unexpected costs after a purchase is made. Find a quality inspector and be present on the day of inspection, if at all possible. Make sure to fully read the inspection report that you are given and discuss any concerns with your Realtor. You might be able to get the seller to make important repairs before the sale is complete.

Your first home buying experience is a mixed bag of emotions, and an exciting time in your life. Taking some time to make the right decisions before purchasing your home can make this experience that much better for everyone involved. In this article, we have provided some important tips that can help any first time buyer. We hope you will take our advice to heart, and we wish you the best of luck in your home buying experience.

Sink Hole San Pedro

Mark Spector Real Estate InvestingWill Paeso delMar ever be the same? From these recent pictures I don’t think so? What have you heard? The Daily Breeze stated that local business like the Corner Store and the new Ace Hardware are feeling the effects.

 

 

 

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Utility Poles In White Point Nature Preserve | San Pedro

Paseo del Mar Mark SpectorInstallation of utility poles inside the White Point Nature Preserve began today. L.A. Department of Water & Power (LADWP) crews started this morning and have been instructed to try and keep the noise level down as much as possible.
The plan is to get all the poles installed on/near the northern footpath first so the K-rail will be removed to gain access. After that is done, the crews will be moving the poles that are lying on the ground into the Nature Preserve. Installing these poles should take 4 to 7 days of work. After this is complete, the LADWP will focus on the utility poles going by the Nature Preserve building.

San Pedro | Sinkhole Closes Paseo del Mar

Paseo del Mar Mark SpectorPaseo del Mar may be closed between Western Avenue and Weymouth for quite a while as city engineers try to find the cause of the sinkhole that started this summer.
From the Daily Breeze:
“We’ve been monitoring it since early July,” said Lawrence Cuaresma, district engineer with the Los Angeles Public Works Department.
On Monday, officials determined a sinkhole did exist.
Underneath the 2-by-3-foot, bowl-like depression in the street, Cuaresma said, a hole “expands outward” below the roadway. The area is just west of Weymouth Avenue near Fromhold Field.
Both sides of the street in the section generally between Weymouth and Western avenues will be closed pending further investigation and repairs.
“We’re in the investigating mode,” Cuaresma said.
The cause has not been determined, he said. But there could be multiple potential sources of the problem, as there are two storm drains, a sewer line and a water line that run beneath the road that takes traffic along the southern ocean cliffs between San Pedro and the Palos Verdes Peninsula.
The water line has been turned off, he said, with area water being routed through other lines.
Underground cameras and other equipment will be used to try to pinpoint the problem, he said.

New Home Owners Problems & Soluctions

So you got that dream home you have been trying to buy for years, you get all moved in and the boxes are unpacked, the kids have started their new schools and everything seem to be going fine. Of course you have a list of a few things you would like to change in your new home but money is tight and you start a list of “To Do’s” so as your savings accounts start to recover you will know right where to start.

But as you will find out as a home owner, something will breakdown and need repairing. This will always happen at the worst time, when you just don’t have time to deal with the problem or when your funds are still low and the last thing you need is a BIG repair bill. Well with any luck your Realtor made sure before you closed escrow a “Home Warranty” was bought for your first 12 months of ownership. This warranty will cover most of your standard systems in your home like Heating, Plumbing, Garbage Disposal, Oven/Range/Cook-top, Electrical Systems etc. Now I typically use Suzy Pelshaw with Fidelity National Home Warranty and with her company the home owner only pays a $55 service fee and they will come out and do the repair. But their are many companies out there.

Suzy and I have put together a nice booklet about some basic Problems And Solutions that will help homeowners with problems like the Refrigerator isn’t working – the Dishwasher will not turn on – the Garbage Disposal Drains Slowly – my Forced Air Heater will not turn on…

You can download the book for HERE

Greening Your Kitchen

Kitchen Remodeling: Six Steps to a Green Kitchen

1005 S. Walker, San Pedro CA. 90731

CLASSIC 1929 SPANISH LANDMARK ESTATE……. Nestled in the prestigious Vista Del Oro section of San Pedro, this Spanish masterpiece sits high above on a 14,200 SQ. FT. double lot. The incredible grounds that surround the home have mature trees, selected grass areas, numerous colorful plants and flowers that tie the early 1900’s theme. Double gates greet you as you enter the property. The tower entrance opens to a formal entry and living room,balanced with a vintage fireplace and newly refinished hardwood floors. The dining area with coved ceilings opens to a circular breakfast nook. New gourmet kitchen with Viking stove and custom cabinets. Lush granite bath with separate tub and shower. Huge family room with private entrance. The park like rear grounds enjoy numerous sitting areas a meditation area with bubbling fountain. The grounds include a spacious cabana with BBQ. We consider this home to be the best of Southern California living.

Listing Price: $1,398,000
Address: 1005 S. Walker Ave
City: San Pedro
State: CA
ZIP: 90731
MLS # (if any): V10000194
Square Feet: 2,391
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 1.75
Basement (full, 1/2, finished, unfinished):


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If you are thinking of buying or selling a home, condo or investment property call me Mark Spector 310-430-0633