Beverly Hills, CA Real Estate News

By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
Lately people have been frequently asking my take on the where housing prices are now. Are we in the “housing bubble”? The question can be phrased in different ways, but the message is the same. Buyers, sellers, economists, media personalities – you name it - are all concerned.I can’t help but find it ironic that Realtors’ brains are being picked on this topic because there has been an on-going attempt over the past 20 years by the large tech platforms to eliminate Realtors. We are the “unnecessary cost” in a Real Estate transaction from many of the pundits. Yet, they seek and value our perspective. I have always closely watched how the Commercial Real Estate market fares particularly in comparison to residential estate. In the past, residential real estate had a short-term herd mentali...
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By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
A Beverly  Hills International Realtor in action: check it out!The international buyer and seller is highly active in Beverly Hills and the surrounding vicinity;  a successful realtor knows that it is important  to reach out to them and work with them.As an example,  I am currently in escrow with a seller who lives in London, one who is in Italy, and one  who lives in  Budapest, Hungary. Next week, I am closing on an escrow with a  buyer who lives in Canada. Last week, I was negotiating a property where the buyer is from Taiwan. Needless to say,  these are all vacant lots spanning the greater Los Angeles area.My best advice to potential buyers and sellers who do not live in the U.S. is that they find a seasoned Realtor who understands their wants and needs and can guide them to a succes...
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By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
Observations about Social Media Engagement by Endre Barath, Jr. a Beverly Hills real estate agent We all want to engage with people on social media platforms, not just ActiveRain. Otherwise, why be on a social media platform? It’s a great way to connect with like-minded individuals as we share ideas and experiences that can even broaden our thoughts and teach us some tips and wisdom. Used to be if you interact and support other’s posts, you will share in the reciprocity. Now that seems to be the “old school” philosophy, as engagements become more, rather than less, challenging. You may ask why this is. Well, I saw a rather bothersome statistic the other day stating that less than 20% of your posts are actually being seen by your friends and followers. As Active Rain and other social med...
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By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
How do we navigate the future? A challenging question and most of us have our own ideas. We live in the information age where a lot of good and bad data is at our fingertips, literally, at the touch of our laptop or computer. We just need to filter through it to determine what is good and what is bad.People of different professions have different perspectives and concerns on this question too, be it psychiatrists, economists, commercial property owners, small and large business owners, landlords, and even Realtors. And let us not forget the politicians whose perspectives and agenda can largely be driven by which side of the aisle they are on.I always try to look at things objectively and take the positive approach, no matter how difficult and complicated that might be. Let’s consider th...
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By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
How to buy vacant land in the greater Los Angeles area? Or should I say how to buy vacant land  in California? Advice from a Vacant Land Specialist in Los Angeles, CA. Most importantly it is critical to be able to buy land and do well with the purchase.(keep in mind very few vacant lots look like the one above, most are either upsloped lots or down sloped lots)These are important question to address, as more and more people in California are opting to buy land. Why is this? Well, the answer is simple, this is purely because of the astronomical entry price points to buy a home in the greater Los Angeles area reached critical mass.  Affordability or should I say the  lack of is the primary reason.  This simple economic principle is fueling the land purchase momentum.( a home of this size ...
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By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
How did I get here: A Pet friendly Beverly Hills Realtor for 26+ years?          “….someday you will be old enough to start reading fairytales again…”  C.S. Lewis  I thought this quote would be perfect to sum up my post in the submission to this fun  Active Rain Challenge.  Thank you, Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP , for nudging and inspiring me to participate.Seriously everything in this post is true, even if it sounds like a fairytale. It is about my life, and I can prove it with pictures and if I am not mistaken that is the purpose of this challenge to do some photo journaling. Keeping in mind I have always used photos trying to break up my monotonous blog posts, where I tended to drone on. Now with that said, let me begin: There was a little boy who lived the first ten years of ...
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By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
Almost every year I write a blog post similar to this one: What is Memorial Day & the Weekend all about? Well the answer is so easy:  it is a time to remember and honor our fallen heroes. That is this weekend is all the soldiers in all four branches of the military who gave the ultimate sacrifice so we could enjoy our freedom.After almost fifteen months of social distancing, our lives have changed dramatically. Many people liked and got accustomed to gathering virtually to commemorate events like Christmas, New Years and the list goes on and on. I never did, I just appreciated that we could not have Open Houses and all buyers had to send me a PEAD and proof of funds to show that they were real buyers. I always disliked Zoom, I was perfectly fine with sending emails, text and talking to ...
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By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
Almost Speechless Sunday: a gift from a friend, Diane had one of her friends over the other day.... needless to say it was a book discussion so I had to chime in as well... when she was leaving I realized she bought Diane a gift.... turns out it was for the both of us....   If you never had this Chocolate, let me share with you, they are the Best Chocolates in Switzerland... if that is too far to go get a batch, feel free to come to Beverly Hills they have a local outlet here:).... On a side note you do not know how much willpower it takes not to eat the rest while Diane is sleeping:))) OK one more picture and tell me if you are not salivating?:))  Wishing you a safe and healthy life and I look forward to your comments. If you are looking for a knowledgeable, focused and goal-oriented R...
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By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
Beverly Hills, CA  the city with the world famous 90210 zip code needs no introduction! The city consists of less than six square miles and many tourist have probably walked only about two square miles of it. Not wanting to bore you but when you think of Luxury Shopping  Rodeo Drive comes to everyone's mind. Thanks to movies, thanks to the entertainment industry and the Tourist the stree  is World Renown. Amazingly enough for the past  20+ years I have had the pleasure of working  as a Realtor in Beverly Hills.  I have had three different addresses One on Canon Dr, one on Wilshire Blvd. and  on Rodeo Dr. How lucky am I? People from all over the Globe come to see this wonderful city and I work in it.If you have never been to Beverly Hills, please allow me to  share with you the neighbori...
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By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
Almost Speechless Sunday: The wisdom of Madame Bollinger... as most of you know I have been cleaning out my home office and here is another box that needed to go into recycle:)) The words had to be saved and shared! Loved the message and almost as much as I loved the Champaigne:))  Wishing you a safe and healthy life and I look forward to your comments. If you are looking for a knowledgeable, focused and goal-oriented Realtor in the Beverly Hills area who will help you achieve your Real Estate goals, please reach out to me directly! If you are looking for a pet friendly Beverly Hills Realtor who can handle and sell the most difficult properties that no one else could, please reach out to me directly!! If you are considering buying or selling a home, a luxury home, luxury investment real...
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By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
Not only homes increase in value in Los Angeles or anywhere in the United States, but so do Shun Knives....As most of you know I have a wide berth when it comes to cooking, I have always believed having the proper equipment makes a huge difference in prepping and cooking meals.Hence about 24 plus years ago I went to my favorite Chef's Store in Los Angeles..(.sadly due to the pandemic it went out of business). So I am at 'Surface' and I am looking for quality knives. The person I worked with talked me out of the German name brand you know the Twins:)!  Every one knows that is a good Chef this is not the knives to buy  and  he went further and said to me:  get these Japanese knives you will never regret it. Hence I got the Shun knives. Diane could not believe the amount of money I spent o...
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By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
Having attended some of Berkshire Hathaway’s Virtual Convention which was held the last week of March, I wanted to share Convention's motto with you - "We are Unstoppable".  Our CEO shared his belief and observation:  Take care of your clients and then everything will fall in place. You will get commissions and referrals from clients . The primary goal is to take care of them and not focus on the commission. (This has been my concept for the past 26+ years that I have been practicing real estate.)   Chris Stewart calls agents who focus primarily on commissions as 'transactionally focused' vs. ‘relationship focused’.  Those are the agents that are always chasing after the next deal while missing out on the bigger picture of building relationships and loyalty. (Small minds, small approach...
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By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
UNSTOPPABLE: Sales Convention 2021 for Berkshire Hathaway HS just finished. First time ever the Sales Convention was Virtual. It would be totally unheard of three years ago that we would have the Convention Virtually!Who would have guessed that we would have in the General Session featuring Gino Blefari, Chris Stuart and of course Warren Buffet making a guest appearance as well!Needless to say having General Sessions, Exhibitor Showcases, University Training and Invitation Only Zoom Links to various Virtual events, such as Wine Tasting and the list goes on and on.Everyone tried to make the most of it and we are looking forward to the future that this should be the one and only time a Sales Convention should be or would Virtual. So my take is we were making not only history but lemonade ...
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By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
Fellow Classmate West Point Class of 1977 : Arne Owens so glad I was a class mate of yours at G-4 I am honored to have gotten to know you! Congratulations well done Arne!!!What an incredible, classmate and what an incredible man!!!What an honor to have known and interacted with you. Congratulations Arne well deserved!! Well done Arne!!I am grateful that we are healthy and living  and working comfortably from our home. Wishing you all a Healthy & Prosperous 2021! Thank you for reading.Wishing you a safe and healthy life and I look forward to your comments. If you are looking for a knowledgeable, focused and goal-oriented Realtor in the Beverly Hills area who will help you achieve your Real Estate goals, please reach out to me directly! If you are looking for a pet friendly Beverly Hills ...
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By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
The other day I saw a post being Featured on how to behave on Active Rain. While I  appreciate those members,  who participated and were kind enough to give it a like or a praise, I am not in agreement.  I am very selective in who I will send referrals; in a nutshell, it is someone who has the same work ethic as I do, it does not matter to me if  that person is an Ambassador on Active Rain. It is not about the points., rather it is about who will deliver the high bar of customer service that do.  Over the past 15 plus years I have been on Active Rain, quite a few agents have received referrals from me.Now let us talk about how to support other members:     Make a comment and make the comment be kind and supportive of the post. I do not mean the robo commenter who only wants to get point...
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By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
Speechless Sundays: The other day I made a Salmon Pasta dish and I never noticed this before... what a powerful message. Most of us successful Realtors get this concept.... never the less I thought I would share for inspiration!!    I am grateful that we are healthy and living  and working comfortably from our home. Wishing you all a Healthy & Prosperous 2021! Thank you for reading. Wishing you a safe and healthy life and I look forward to your comments. If you are looking for a knowledgeable, focused and goal-oriented Realtor in the Beverly Hills area who will help you achieve your Real Estate goals, please reach out to me directly! If you are looking for a pet friendly Beverly Hills Realtor who can handle and sell the most difficult properties that no one else could, please reach out ...
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By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
  Some post and some comments just get my attention. I loved this post by my Manager on FB. How spot on is this to our Real Estate Market!!!   I am grateful that we are healthy and living  and working comfortably from our home. Wishing you all a Healthy & Prosperous 2021! Thank you for reading.Wishing you a safe and healthy life and I look forward to your comments. If you are looking for a knowledgeable, focused and goal-oriented Realtor in the Beverly Hills area who will help you achieve your Real Estate goals, please reach out to me directly! If you are looking for a pet friendly Beverly Hills Realtor who can handle and sell the most difficult properties that no one else could, please reach out to me directly!! If you are considering buying or selling a home, a luxury home, luxury inv...
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By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
Happy 250th Birthday Ludwig van Beethoven!! Yes in December 1770, Ludwig van Beethoven was born in Bonn, Germany.When I visited Germany for the first time they just celebrated his 202nd Birthday. I was thrilled to visit one of my favorite composer's birthplace. The memory is still as fresh today as it was then. Seeing his hearing aids, his handwritten notes. Then to see some of his composition was very memorable. I would recomend anyone who loves classical music to play his 5th & 9th Symphonies to honor his birthday! Wishing you a safe and healthy life and I look forward to your comments. If you are looking for a knowledgeable, focused and goal-oriented Realtor in the Beverly Hills area who will help you achieve your Real Estate goals, please reach out to me directly! If you are looking...
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By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
Congratulations to the West Point Football team aka. the United States Military Academy Football Team. They  decisively whipped out the United States Naval Academy's Football Team!President Trump arrived to loud cheers from the USMA Cadets and attendies cheering USA USA .... anyway you get the idea here is a link in case you do not believe mehttps://twitter.com/thehill/status/1337852772490878977Now if you did not watch the game the Military Academy  aka USMA just obliterated the Naval Academy Midshipmen's team. GO ARMY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Again if you do not believe me see for your self!! Congratulations the the US ARMY West Point Football Team!!!Wishing you a safe and healthy life and I look forward to your comments. If you are looking for a knowledgeable, focused and goal-oriented Real...
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By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
‘Unbroken’, by Laura Hillenbrand a Book Review by Endre Barath, Jr.Yet another book Diane has been nudging and suggesting for me to read, this one only took me 10 years to add to my ‘read’ pile. If I may add, I thought this would be another “COVID lock-down appropriate” book to read.Without too much fanfare, allow me a quick background in case you have not read or seen the movie (I have not seen the movie). The book is about Louis Silvie Zamperini, son of Italian Immigrants who settled in Torrance, CA.  Louie was an out of control terror of a child who ended up becoming an Olympic Runner with tremendous potential. He took part in the 1936 Olympics in the 5000-meter run, met Adolf Hitler and was determined to break the world record in the “one mile” event at the 1940 Tokyo Olympics (the ...
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