The cost of a Busy Street

Greenbrier vs Clark Avenue

I was recently doing an appraisal of a house on Greenbrier Road in zip code 90815. This street runs paralell to Clark Avenue. Clark is a busy north/south 4 lane road, and Greenbrier is just to the east.

I went back to 2000 and pulled all the sales between Atheron and Stearns and plotted them on a chart. What is shows is a linear difference of about $60,000 from Clark to Greenbrier. Doing an appraisal, I would have to make a location adjustment for any comparable on Clark Avenue vs an interior location.

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September 8, 2011   No Comments

How zoning can Ruin a Neighborhood.

How can Zoning Ruin a Neighborhood?

 This is what I was think as I was driving around Long Beach doing an Appraisal. As I was driving the street it was painfully easy to see how improper zoning had destroyed what was once a nice neighborhood.

 Let me catch some of you up. Back in the late 1980’s to early 1990’s there was a boom of 4,6 and 8 unit apartments being built on lots, that previously had older single family homes or duplexes. These new apartments were typically one level of garages with two levels of apartments on top. These sprouted up all over Long Beach, but are most prevalent between Anaheim Street and PCH.

 Neighborhood density immediately grew as new tenants filled the apartments. The streets became over crowed with cars due to the lack of parking in the new apartments. Crime also increased during this time.

 Had the city had some foresight and not been so shortsighted and seeing short term revenue, they could have changed the zoning to only allow duplexes. The area could have been saved and perhaps the values would different then they are now. The city recently converted one of these into a condo in hopes that it will promote more pride and responsibility for the area.

 So, know your zoning!

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July 6, 2011   No Comments

Appraisal Pictures

 

They say a picture is worth a 1000 words. This is true for appraisals also. I had a conversation with a client the other day. She was telling me about an appraisal she received and how bad the pictures were in the report.

My first thought to myself was, “the appraiser inspected the property, he saw everything, does it matter how good the pictures are?” After a second, I said “yes”. An appraisal is a report, and someone, in some other location who has never been to that house and does not know the neighborhood, is going to rely on your report. They are going to look at the pictures in your report, so why not take the best pictures you can? I am not talking about learning to be a professional Architectural Photographer, just know how to take a good picture that accurately represents the home, room or condition.

 Here are a few tips:

  1.  Know the direction of light. Try not to shoot into the light.
  2. Use a wide angle or fisheye lens. How hard is it to get those interior photos, a wide angle lens can capture an entire room.
  3. Depth, try and get as much of the yard, house and pool as possible. Step back, but be careful of those “yard bombs”.
  4. Try and center what you are taking a picture of.

 Let me know what you think?

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March 30, 2011   No Comments