Friday, September 12, 2014

Seasonal Closet Organization

9/12/2014 Sherri Noel
Sometimes living in Southern California, seasons aren't as common as they might be in other places, so having seasonal clothing isn't always a necessity. We are lucky enough to be able to have nice weather year round but as the weather does get cooler we tend to shove our most of our summer stuff to the back of our closet to make way for the cooler weather items, thus making our closet slightly stuffed. We found 5 perfect tips to free up some space in your closet and make room for those fall items and maybe even a few new items!

Before you begin, start by narrowing down your wardrobe. If you haven't worn something in over a year, chances are you're not going to wear it again, so donate it!

Keep It Clean- Wash all your clothing according to the tag. Unwashed and dirty clothes can attract bugs which can ruin clothing.

Save $ on Storage- A great way to condense space is pack seasonal clothing in unused suitcases, this is a perfect way to save space!

Look Under Your Bed- Under your bed is actually a really great place to store sweaters or summer clothes. Its dark, cool and dry under there and they even have tons of storage items that are made specifically for under the bed. 

Hang It Up- If you prefer hanging clothing items make sure to utilize those loops on hangers to hanger bumps. NEVER hang heavy knit items unless you enjoy droopy sweaters.

Keep The Bugs Out- I personally don't like mothballs due to the order, but you can substitute them for cedar balls or even lavender 

Do you have seasonal closet organization tips for your home?

5 Staging Mistakes Sellers Think Are Awesome

9/12/2014 Sherri Noel
 Did you know that professionally staged homes sell faster than non-staged homes. While some sellers may not be able to afford professional staging so they take the do-it-yourself approach, which can be fantastic or not. Here are 5 situations in which sellers think their staging is "awesome" but buyers will beg to differ. Make sure to check out the entire article on Trulia.

1. The sellers used beat up or ugly furnishings and decor.

Great staging no matter if its DIY or professional includes choosing furniture that shows off the home in the best way possible. Sometimes this can be done using the seller's furniture or even renting furniture. One area in which budget-minded sellers like to save money on staging is by finding cheaper alternatives than renting new furniture from a staging company or store. While seller's might try to access furniture at great prices can actually be a downfall and cause potential buyers to view the home as worn-down. 

How to help your sellers:  Have a consistent message throughout the process of staging. Clean and simple typically highlight a space. Before letting sellers go to town on the staging, show them examples of a beautifully staged home and one that’s not so great. The visual examples can help get your message across better than simply talking it through.
2. They created distracting themes and scenes.
The goal is for buyers to visualize the new-and-improved versions of their lives that the home will help them realize, so some pro stagers will set up objects to communicate the lifestyle activities that a home facilitates. It’s not strange to see a breakfast table and chairs on the patio of a home with lovely views, a crib and baby gear-vignette in a small room suitable for a nursery, or a popcorn maker and recliners to show off a media room’s theater-readiness. Occasionally, though, these scenes and can get out of control and distract more than help.

3. The house is neither clean nor clutter-free.
Sometimes for various reasons homes can take time to sell. If a client is living in the home while its on the market, it can be extremely challenging to make sure the home is clean and perfect at all times. Even the little messes that a family accumulates daily can be perceived by buyers as distracting or even disgusting. 

How to help your sellers:  Make sure your clients really understand that you know how challenging the situation can be. Empathize with them, but also consider working out a referral coupon or discount with a local cleaning service. A weekly cleaning during the 30-60 day showing period, especially with a generous discount, can be well worth the cost, and show sellers that you get it, and you’re on their side.

4. There are glaring gaps.
Sometimes a home’s staging leaves a glaring gap, an elephant in the room house, so to speak. This often happens when sellers run out of time and money to prepare a place, but it can be avoided through smart advance planning and budgeting for the pre-listing property preparation.

How to help your sellers: Rooms—Listen, I personally live in a house that is beautiful everywhere until you poke your head into my young adult son’s room. So I can relate to these sellers. This situation might be okay to live with, but it’s a real home staging fail for a property that’s on the market. Remind sellers not to let there be one or two rooms that it looks like the stager—or house cleaner—missed. And this goes for the garage, closets, cupboards and drawers, too. Buyers like to look inside these areas to see how much space they have—if they are crammed full of junk, it creates the impression that the house lacks storage and order.

5. The seller lacked a neutral, expert eye.
Decorating and staging a home are two completely different things. When a owner decorates a home, they customize it with their own specific taste which may not appeal to all buyer. Stagers goal is to neutralize the home's look and feel so it appeals to more buyers and doesn’t have turn-off potential.

Have you or someone you know ever made a staging mistake. Comment below and let us know!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Just Listed: Spacious and Gracious Home in Mar Vista with Ocean Views

9/11/2014 Sherri Noel
12224 Lawler Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90066
 5 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms
2,828 Sq. Ft. House | 6,318 Sq. Ft. Lot
 This well designed home has five bedrooms, two upstairs and three downstairs. The open floor plan and ample amount of windows floods the entire home with light. There are hardwood floors throughout with great spaces for entertaining and a nice indoor-outdoor feel. Ascend to the second level and find ocean views from the entire top floor. This cul-de-sac location at the top of the hill is one of the most desirable spots in Mar Vista for it's quiet and serene atmosphere. One would also be able to use the respected Mar Vista Elementary School and stroll to the Little League field and Farmers Market. Watch the sunsets and enjoy the good life from the second you move in!

Interested in viewing this property?
Stop by our Open House this Sunday 9/14 from 2-5 pm

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

New Listing: East Coast WOW in West LA

9/10/2014 Sherri Noel
2591 Armacost Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90064
The gated front yard with white picket fence and roses sets the scene. Enjoy all the benefits of living in a well-designed and spacious three bedroom two and a half bath home. Step into the formal living room with wood floors, shuttered windows and a built-in book shelf, which lend to the charm of this traditional home. The kitchen with breakfast area, crisp white cabinets and leaded glass windows give a classic look to the updated space. Each bedroom is spacious and the master retreat is totally private. The backyard has paver stones, a dining area and is gated and secure. The garage would make a wonderful playroom or office and there is even a covered carport for your use. If you are looking for special then you have just found it.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Just Listed: Imagine the Possibilities

9/04/2014 Sherri Noel
11540 Clover Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90066
3 Bedroom | 2 Bathroom | 1,995 Sq. Ft.
If you have been looking for a home in the Westdale/Trousdale area of Mar Vista with a good footprint and large lot, then you have found it! Make your mark by updating and enhancing the current home or build your dream home. Close to Mar Vista Elementary School, the park and a short stroll from Whole Foods and Starbucks. These opportunities go quickly in this neighborhood, so it is best to act quickly.
Interested in viewing this property?
Stop by our Open House this Sunday 9/7 from 2-5 pm

Just Listed: Gracious Traditional Home in Mar Vista

9/04/2014 Sherri Noel
3048 Inglewood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90066
3 Bedroom | 2.5 Bathrooms |  2,120 Sq. Ft. House

This lovely two-story home has three bedrooms, two and a half baths and a finished garage. Enter to find new French Oak floors and be impressed by the private yard with numerous fruit trees and old growth trees. There is a fireplace in the living room and a spacious master suite with walk in closets. Close to shopping and Mar Vista Elementary School. Start making memories today!
Interested in viewing this property?
Stop by our Open House this Sunday 9/7 from 2-5 pm

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Happy Labor Day Weekend from The Noel Team

8/28/2014 Sherri Noel
Can you believe summer is coming to a close and it's already Labor Day Weekend? We have put together a list of fun things to do this unofficial last weekend of summer all around the Los Angeles area! The Noel Team wants to wish you and your family a safe and fun Labor Day Weekend! Make sure to stop by our open house at 3021 Barry Ave this Sunday from 2-5 pm!

Budweiser "Made in America" Music Festival
8/29 - 8/31
Aug. 30-31. Jay Z curates this bicoastal Labor Day weekend music festival. Listen to music from Imagine Dragons, John Mayer, Steve Aoki and Weezer. You can also grab food from food trucks like  Kogi BBQ, Grilled Cheese Truck and other top food vendors. 

Los Angeles County Fair
8/29 - 9/28
The LA Fair is here and its a must see event! Cheer on a racing pig, learn about farming, take a spin on the Ferris wheel, watch a concert and dine on plenty of deep-fried food. They will be open on Labor Day Monday but are normally closed on Monday and Tuesdays!

Fiesta Hermosa
10 am - 6 pm
Check out one of the largest arts and crafts fairs in the country at the 42nd annual “Fiesta Hermosa” in downtown Hermosa Beach. The event features more than 300 artisans including painters, photographers, jewelers, sculptors and more, in addition to live music on two stages, kiddie carnival with pony rides and petting zoo, an international selection of food to eat, beer, wine and more. 

The Taste
8/29 -  8/31
Times vary
The Los Angeles Times’ annual food and wine fest offers an authentic look at what’s hot in the city’s vibrant food and cocktail culture. Tickets start at $25 and its a must see events for all the foodies out there!

Pharaohs Festival
8/29 - 8/31 
4 pm - 10 pm
The Pacific meets the Nile Labor Day weekend, as the Pharaohs Festival takes over Third Street Promenade with Egyptian food and entertainment, children's activities, educational booths, henna and threading, and a chance to take photos with "pharaohs." Families can learn hieroglyphics, dress like Cleopatra, and shop the Pharaoh's Bazaar.
Between Arizona Ave and Wilshire Blvd

65th Annual Long Beach Greek Festival
8/29 - 9/1 
12 pm - 9 pm
The Long Beach Greek Festival celebrates the Mediterranean nation's culture with ethnic food and pastries, traditional music and dance performances, vendor booths, and more. Tickets start at $3 

Labor Day Clambake & Cookout at Whiskey Red’s Marina Del Rey
1 pm - 8 pm
Celebrate the end of summer with a seaside soiree on the largest waterfront patio in Marina del Rey. Dine on an all-you-can-eat seafood buffet piled high with clams, mussels, crab legs, shrimp, sausage, corn on the cob, and more, including make your own s’mores, all to the tune of live bands and DJs. Tickets

Have a fantastic weekend!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Kesha Is Venice's Newest Resident

8/27/2014 Sherri Noel
all photos credit The Los Angeles Times

We all may hate to admit it but Kesha's songs are pretty catchy! We just found out she is now Venice's newest resident! She snagged up a a Spanish style bungalow complete with a recording studio for $1.65 million. The house is three bedrooms and two bathrooms and has a spa and fireplace outside. The detached one car garage is converted into an artist studio. Take a look at Venice's latest  celeb resident! 

Friday, August 22, 2014

The Noel Team & The Mar Vista Community Fall Festival 2014

8/22/2014 Sherri Noel
We are so excited to be a Festival Partner this year for the Mar Vista Community Fall Festival. We will be there on October 18th joining in on all the fun from 10 am - 4 pm so make sure to stop by our booth and say hi! You can also view the Mar Vista Fall Festival blog for all the sponsors including a feature on The Noel Team! Hope to see everyone there!
Have a great weekend!