John DL Arendsen, Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & RE Developer (CREST "BACKYARD' HOMES, ON THE LEVEL General & Manufactured Home Contractor, TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments)

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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

This could be a good thing, unless some regulator mucks it up, do you have any of those down there in SoCal?

Jan 05, 2020 11:00 PM
Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate
Kelly Right Real Estate - Hood River, OR
Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs

In Oregon, ADU's are becoming an acceptable solution to address the affordable housing crisis. It will be interesting to see how much it accepted once the neighborhoods become denser with parking shortages due to streets not being designed for the add'l residents.

Jan 06, 2020 01:00 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Could possible be a good thing.

Jan 06, 2020 04:09 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Like so many things in and away from California, time will tell...

Jan 06, 2020 04:07 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Properly done, a good idea!

Jan 06, 2020 04:04 AM
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
Carolina Life RealEstate & Relocation 919-602-8489

We don't see those. Just curious, How are you giving value on a resale?

Jan 06, 2020 05:31 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

What!!!??? You mean you aren't telling those of us not from California not to bother responding? What a novel concept, John!

Jan 06, 2020 04:54 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

We have lots of affordable housing, no parking issues. Small rural areas tackle other problems.

Jan 06, 2020 02:56 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Have a good year!

Jan 06, 2020 05:14 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I was reading a review of the new ADU rules.  Not a fan of some of them, unless they are implemented correctly by the city/county.  Not a fan at all of the "can be 16 feet tall, even if it blocks someone's view" rule.


Still, would be nice if the brainless zombies that are ruining this state would actually focus on fixing the problem, instead of creating bandaids that can cause more harm than good (such as eliminating single-family zoning).

  • Reduce red tape
  • Eliminate costly studies
  • Let some endangered species die
  • Reduce taxes and fees
  • Offer builder incentives (aka reduced taxes)
  • Control the unchecked immigration

Or just keep on creating more anti-business and welfare state policies and watch another million people leave the state.  No wonder they didn't want a citizenship question on the census, they're going to lose seats in Congress!

Jan 06, 2020 08:26 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

I'm totally clueless as to what you are asking John DL Arendsen 

Jan 06, 2020 05:54 AM
Greg Cremia
Shore Realty of the Outer Banks - Nags Head, NC

Now that they have tripled the occupancy rate for most of the properties did they make plans for the accompanying infrastructure?

Where will the human waste go?

Where will the trash go?

What will they do with the additional rain water runoff created by the additional lot coverage? Will they funnel it into the ocean or do they have plans so it can soak into the ground to replenish the aquifer?

Will those who do not max out their occupancy have to subsidize those who do?

The list goes on with schools, roads, police, fire protection and everything needed for people. Is this a well though out plan or just politicians buckling to lobbyists pressure?


Jan 06, 2020 07:53 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

What a great idea coming from California.

Yep, double the occupancy or even triple it and like magic, places to park those cars will appear. The right to enjoy ones property in peace may be eroding for their neighbors.

Let's make every community a BNB short stay opportunity!  I know of some 400SF places that generate sufficient revenue to pay the mortgage on the primary house. Opps, there goes the 'affordability' argument.

The good news is, retirement plan for most Americans is in the children they brought into the world. Having this housing option easily accessible is a solution and resource for demonstrating family values via multi-generational living.

Jan 06, 2020 06:46 AM
Eva B. Liland Century 21 Doug Anderson
Century 21 Doug Anderson - Lancaster, CA
Glad to be of Service 661-714-1643

You kind of lost me there John DL Arendsen , not sure what my answer is supposed to be. Rent control in California? Check. Section 8 forced acceptance? Check. What else?

Jan 06, 2020 06:16 AM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Great post!

Jan 06, 2020 09:35 AM
David Gibson CNE, 719-304-4684 ~ Colorado Springs Relocation
Colorado Real Estate Advisers LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Relocation, Luxury & Lifestyle residential

My family owns an Orange County home on a corner, with a large covered patio (continuous roof line of the house) and a two car garage with a two car driveway.

It is an ideal candidate for converting the existing patio or garage into habitable space. With a crane, we could also drop a modular in the back yard.

We are looking to sell the property and have had contractors bid to expand our habitable space.

So far, the numbers don’t work.

It would cost more than it would increase the value of the property.

I’m sure many ADU’s will be completed but it isn’t a quick, easy thing to do.

One issue many people overlook is parking.

In many parts of the OC parking is at a premium.

If you have to park your cars “down the block” you are just inviting them to be broken into.

We’ll see how this shakes out.

Jan 06, 2020 08:36 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

This is the way to go for the future for everyones sake...I may be contacting you for details if you have or are actually doing this

Jan 06, 2020 07:01 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

I am all in favor of this housing option, as Wayne Martin said, done properly... in the right locations for the right reasons.   

Jan 06, 2020 07:00 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty Evolution - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

I hope that trend stays in California. Is this because housing is priced so high?

Jan 06, 2020 06:46 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

BOY! Given the state from which this came, I'm shocked that they aren't demanding huge penalties and/or total destruction! Happy to see that they are clamping down on this though. Willy nilly is never good!

You know I'm a fan and hope to get mine before Charlotte comes down on ADUs here!

Jan 06, 2020 09:57 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate Brokered by Real - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

Do you have a general price for new units John and also, can you give an idea about the amount of yearly taxes?

Jan 06, 2020 07:57 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

What's up? Not inventory, so hopefully ADUs catch on in a big way!

Jan 06, 2020 06:47 AM
Rose Mary Justice
Synergy Realty Pros - Dandridge, TN
Synergy Realty Pros

It may be the answer for affordable housing in the area.

Jan 06, 2020 06:32 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What can I say?  It is the California way...A

Jan 06, 2020 01:35 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Good job! 

Jan 08, 2020 01:38 PM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

John DL Arendsen some people support ADUs, while others oppose it.

Jan 07, 2020 07:55 PM
Tom Bailey
Margaret Rudd & Associates Inc. - Oak Island, NC

Just glad I don't live there

Jan 06, 2020 08:25 PM
John DL Arendsen
CREST "BACKYARD' HOMES, ON THE LEVEL General & Manufactured Home Contractor, TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments - Leucadia, CA
Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & RE Developer

I hear you on the OZ thing. If we didn't have such a huge fam we'd be tempted to move as well Kathleen Daniels 

Jan 06, 2020 01:29 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

The Land of Oz has been my home since I was born.  I look forward to the day I retire and move out of the state.  

Jan 06, 2020 01:22 PM