The Southern California Conundrum: Rain vs. Drought...

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The Southern California Conundrum: Drought vs. Rain, a Los Angeles Vacant Land Realtor’s perspective.

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We have been enjoying the long overdue rain for the past 30 days in Los Angeles. Our sprinklers have been turned off and we were watching how our grass has turned from brown scorched grass masquerading as a lawn to green. Every day I was thrilled at the progress of the front yard’s transition from brown to green, until this morning.

News outlets have been tracking and bragging about how we are getting out of the longest drought California has endured for the past four years or so. Northern California was the first to go in the “green” and it started looking good for the Greater Los Angeles area as well.

My mantra has been, that every drop of rain is “good for the grass” it is good for our “citrus trees”. Diane has been thrilled from a home owner’s perspective, that the water bill will be good this billing cycle.

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Then here comes the bad news. Diane called me this morning from the road, that   historic “Laurel Canyon” is closed. Not one to have the news on, I was unaware. I immediately cancelled two showings on my vacant lot in the heart of Laurel Canyon with fantastic city views (that is another story).

There is a Conundrum here, since’ Droughts’ cause a multitude of problems in the greater Los Angeles area, sadly so does ‘Rain’. What to cheer for and what not to be excited about.

Some of you might have heard on the news, that a retaining wall slid down from the hills with mud and rocks onto Laurel Canyon Blvd. For those unfamiliar with, historic Laurel Canyon, it is famous for many of the original Rock Musicians living and starting out their road to fame in Laurel Canyon. Hence it has been a magnet for the “new Rock Musicians” as well.

Just to be clear, the older homes are mostly “rental homes” and are slowly being replaced by “new construction” that are built to current code. From viewing the photos, this home looks like one of the older ones built in the late forty’s early fifties.

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I have been in Escrow on many a similar home, where the Structural Engineer and the Geologist came out during the investigation period and advised my buyers, that the only way they would live there if the entire house was torn down and rebuilt to current code. Hence, I was not surprised to hear the news and seeing the style and type of home that this happened to. I can still hear the Structural Engineer and the Geologist saying ‘…I would not move in this home with my family….’ Keep in mind this is not what a Realtor wants to hear, when the buyer is all excited to want to buy, but I am digressing.

Of course, I advised my buyers to get out of the transaction and look for another home, different style, different built, anyway you get the idea.  When it comes to inherent Structural Problems, I would not want any of my clients buying a home like that, unless their intent is to tear it down and build a new home.

The current Hillside Ordinance requires that the Caissons go to bedrock and strong building codes are intended on preventing such situations as it happened. Most people grouse that the requirements are so strict, this is an example why it is to everyone’s benefit. I am enclosing the News Article, for your reading. If you do not want to read it let me give you the good news, no one got hurt!

Laurel Cyn Patio & Retaining Wall failure

Now if you are looking for a Realtor who will give you good advice in bringing out ethical Structural Engineers and Geologists in your next home or land purchase, please reach out to me directly.

 

 If you are considering buying or selling a home, a luxury home, luxury investment real estate, luxury vacation homes, or luxury beach properties in Southern California, Los Angeles, Century City, Westwood, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Marina Del Rey, Venice or Malibu, feel free to contact me at 310.486.1002 (m) or homes@endrebarath.com or visit one of my websites at  http://www.endrebarath.com.  I am a Pet Friendly Realtor and I contribute a portion of my commission to local animal rescue organizations.

 

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Rainmaker
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Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
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Debbie Laity  especially where there were fires we call it the "burn areas" and generally they are the target for mudslides first....Endre

Jan 12, 2017 06:10 PM #13
Rainmaker
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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George Souto  we are famous for extremes on all levels:)) Endre

Jan 12, 2017 06:11 PM #14
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Lou Ludwig
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Endre

The rain is much needed in California . . . . and with the rain come some issues.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Jan 12, 2017 06:52 PM #15
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Debbie Reynolds
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I have been hearing  about the rain and the mud slides. Thanks for explaining the problems with the older homes and their construction.

Jan 12, 2017 07:51 PM #16
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Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
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We also had some record rainfalls over the winter ( wait, it's still winter!) but it made for some great oranges and lemons... as I just blogged about.

Jan 12, 2017 07:53 PM #17
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Grant Schneider
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Hi Endre - I was just thinking about the mud slides.  That has happened before but we are still thankful that you have the rain.

Jan 12, 2017 08:36 PM #18
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Endre Barath, Jr. - Your rain is our massive snow storm!  The question of massive snow versus the drought and all of the problems that are coming from this mega winter storm - it is a blessing and is creating a lot of problems.  Great post - Stay safe!

Jan 12, 2017 09:12 PM #19
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Ed Silva  totally agree with you, not worth the consequences...Endre

Jan 12, 2017 11:25 PM #20
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Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
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Patricia Feager  I look at your point as if someone wanted to do Open Heart Surgery on themselves, or representing themselves in Court about a murder case... both very large and probably once in a life time experiences... just like selling a home...why represent one self... Endre

Jan 12, 2017 11:28 PM #21
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Lou Ludwig  indeed there are consequences, Endre

Jan 12, 2017 11:36 PM #22
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Debbie Reynolds  the caissons were not as big in Radius as they are now, as well as they are closer to each other than before....Endre

Jan 12, 2017 11:37 PM #23
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089  I had no idea but it was one of those gut feelings why our citrus was not as good this year compared to last year....Endre

Jan 12, 2017 11:39 PM #24
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Grant Schneider  yes over the past 20+ years we had a few of the mudslides... and we were grousing about it than as well...Endre

Jan 12, 2017 11:41 PM #25
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Laura Allen, Lake Tahoe - Truckee Real Estate for Sale www.TahoeLauraLuxuryHomes.com  you as well, Endre

Jan 12, 2017 11:41 PM #26
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Hella Mitschke Rothwell
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You would hope that there would be a happy medium, wouldn't you? But, no, there is either NO rain or TOO MUCH of it. And then so much of it just runs into the ocean. On the bright side, our reservoirs are filling up.

Jan 13, 2017 01:39 AM #27
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Sheila Anderson
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Good morning Endre. This is very telling. I have been seeing these scenes on the news.

Jan 13, 2017 06:05 AM #28
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Michael Jacobs
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Hi Endre -- I heard the news about Laurel Canyon while driving.  Many of our Los Angeles roads are in poor condition and when combined with some of the devastation that can(and obviously has) occurred, makes navigating in our now much but likely temporarily greener city a bit more treacherous.  Slow down. Keep safe.  Stay dry.   

Jan 13, 2017 06:56 AM #29
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Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
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Sorry to hear this about the mud slids. Los Angeles buyers needs a Realtor that provides the best advice in bringing out ethical Structural Engineers and Geologists to their home or when purchasing land... that would, of course, be Endre Barath, Jr.

Jan 13, 2017 07:20 AM #30
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Robert Bob Gilbert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties - Katy, TX
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Endre, The rain is like the good, the bad and the ugly for LA. Still you folks needed the rain. It is unfortunate there has been collateral damage. 

Jan 13, 2017 02:13 PM #31
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You guys just can't win in Southern Cali, can you, Endre Barath, Jr.!  10 more days and you'll need an ARK!

Seriously, you do advise your clients to terminate - as well you should!  Like you, I just hate it when they have their hearts set on something and the SE says, "I wouldn't move in here!"  Not music to anyone's ears!

Hopefully all of these 40's and 50's homes will soon all be rebuilt to code and the SE will not have anything to say to talk a buyer out of their dream home!

Jan 13, 2017 09:56 PM #32
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