What’s at stake? With the passage of Senate Bills 9 and 10, the...

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What’s at stake? With the passage of Senate Bills 9 and 10, the landscape of the single-family neighborhood in California will be forever changed.  

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Let me give you a little background. For the past 24 years, I have been observing the building approval process in greater Los Angeles.  I’ve been watching this not as a casual observer, but rather as a vacant land specialist, a Realtor, who has been working with and representing individual land buyers and small developers. 

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When I sold my first land listing, the Hillside approval process in Los Angeles would take about 7 to 8 months depending on where you were considering building.  For example, it might have taken a bit longer if there was a second jurisdiction involved such as the Coastal Commission if the land was within 1.5 miles from the Pacific Ocean.  If you were considering building on either side of Mulholland Drive, then the Mulholland Scenic Review Board would get involved, adding another 3 months to the process.  You get the idea.   Fast forward to today when the routine approval process now could take 18-24 months; add an additional 6 to 12 months if you’re adding that second jurisdiction I mentioned. 

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Hence when Senate Bills 9 and 10 take effect on January 1, 2022, it is not about easing the approval process and helping the housing crisis; rather, it is all about changing the family neighborhoods everywhere in California.  While I can only speak for Los Angeles, I see it clearly as affecting all of the various ethnic neighborhoods and groups, particularly the middle to lower economic areas, the areas where you see parents walking with their children and dogs. In Los Angeles that is basically the south of $2 million dollar homes neighborhoods.  Small apartment complexes will be built in residential pockets, replacing the family feel.  

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This is yet another way for politicians to blatantly divide Californians based on Socio-Economic standing. If you live in Westchester, California (the 90045-zip code) where I call home, neighbors say hello to each other as they walk their children, their dogs, or pull into their driveway next door and across the street.  When I lived in Marina Del Rey which is largely housed by apartment homes and complexes,  the  neighborhood had a completely different feel and a very high tenant turnover, it unless you lived by the Strand where the beach is your back yard or in the small pocket of two-story  homes. 

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I am confident the landscape will not change in the super-affluent gated communities off Mulholland Drive or in the Flats of Beverly Hills or any other neighborhoods that start in the $10 million price point. 

If the politicians  truly wanted to help the housing shortage, they would shorten the approval process or should I say the permit process to build homes. Why is it that in other parts of the country, you can get approvals to build new construction homes under 100 days? If politicians would concentrate on shortening the permit approval timelines, not only would there be less of a housing shortage but even the price of homes would be normalized to a much more attainable level for people trying to buy a home.  Why don’t the CA politicians want to fix this? The answer is easy:  they would have less control and less opportunities to take bribes and favors.  

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What lies ahead? More of the family-oriented neighborhoods will be replaced with mixed-use areas and places like Candy Cane Lane that I am sure you have seen on TV will go to the wayside. 

 

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 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) homes@endrebarath.com or visit one of my websites at https://www.endrebarath.com I contribute a portion of my commission to local animal rescue organizations. Endre Barath,Jr. Realtor at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties DRE#01238708

 

 

Comments (49)

Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Dorie Dillard Austin TX  it is a shame I have been here 24+ years and it was not like this when we came here....Endre

Oct 05, 2021 10:47 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Bob "RealMan" Timm  since I have been around many decades, I find that undoing things is virtually impossible... there are two or three presidents that tried and failed and I have been watching since the 1960's Endre

Oct 05, 2021 10:49 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Endre - the politicans don't live in the same world as you and me.  They are above it all.

Oct 06, 2021 05:16 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate Brokered by Real - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

The politicians and celebrity neighborhoods will remain untouched, unlike the working class Endre. This is not for the reasons they are purporting either, otherwise, more affordable housing would be built in the downtown areas where everything is accessible like transit, grocery stores, medical facilities, schools, jobs, etc.

I empathize and am lucky to live where I do!

Oct 06, 2021 07:56 AM
Curtis Van Carter
Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group - Yountville, CA
Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire

Endre

WOW great post that generated so many comments, I had to read this twice. Same here in the Napa Valley as to way too long for approval. Add to this the fire hardening, insurance issue and given recent events, not the Golden State any more. Now the fire orange, wait a year or two state, cheers cvc

Oct 06, 2021 01:06 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!  you are so right it only impacts the working class...sadly Diane is at the point in life does not want to make another move...Endre

Oct 06, 2021 10:28 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Grant Schneider  we are on the same page, they live in a different world, Endre

Oct 06, 2021 10:29 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Curtis Van Carter  you make a great point and I have not even mentioned the Fire Hardening..... Endre

Oct 06, 2021 10:30 PM
Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727
Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty - Love our Great City - Love our Clients! Buckhead - Midtown - Westside - Atlanta, GA
Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers

Endre Barath, Jr. 
Permitting in Atlanta takes so long that there are PERMITTING CONSULTANTS one hires just to get the plans approved. Really absurd. One problem is the regulation that all responses must be completed within 15 days. So the city sends a new question out to applicant when actually JUST NOT FINISHED. Then they BOTH comply with 15-day response AND manage to delay thorough and complete approval. Catch-22. Hope you are well. Lynn

Oct 07, 2021 06:47 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Oct 09, 2021 06:21 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727  here we call them expeditors another word for people who are in the front lines of passing the envalope or have lunch with the powers to be and make donations to the campaign:)Endre

Oct 09, 2021 07:33 PM
Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727

Endre Barath, Jr. Not "donation" level workers here in ATL unless you mean they are passing along money from applicant. Hope you are well. L

Oct 09, 2021 09:24 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Kathy Streib  thank you for the Feature much appreciated, Endre

Oct 09, 2021 07:34 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Endre. Chicago stepped up its downward trend when "one bribe at a time" gave way to "come one, come all"! Greed trumps common sense. And California seems to be following us. Such a shame. Enjoy your day.

Oct 10, 2021 04:26 AM
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
Carolina Life RealEstate & Relocation 919-602-8489

Permits here take about 30 days. In a typical market, homes can be built in 5-6 months. In this market it is taking 9-12 months for an average home. It is primarily because of material shortages, labor shortages, and the builders are spread too thin.

As for building multi-family complexes in neighborhoods, I think that is a terrible idea and it will negatively affect home values. I see lawsuits coming. I've noticed people who want to purchase property and "homestead" so they can decide what happens with the land around them. That will certainly separate the haves from the have nots.

Oct 10, 2021 06:16 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Born and raised in California .. been here a lot longer than 25 years (LOL) Endre Barath, Jr. 

I look forward to the day I pack up and leave the state to my retirement home.  

Oct 10, 2021 02:29 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

WOW! What a masterful job you did on explaining what is at stake here, Endre. 

I can tell you, no such discussion has been heard in our area and I am VERY active with city planning, etc. and if it was, my commentary would be, "Only in California!" This is ludicrous and I hope more intelligent minds prevail in CA, Endre.

Oct 10, 2021 09:32 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727  feel free to Google City Council member Jose Huizar and you will understand my point about expediters...Endre

Oct 10, 2021 11:01 PM
Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727

Endre Barath, Jr. 
"402 overt [illegal] acts that Huizar & his co-conspirators ..."
Yes, that could be quite upsetting - not really facilitators - really crooks. In Atlanta, the people who walk one's plans through are [supposedly] honestly doing a job. No one I know was asked to pay "under the table" to get the permits. Just had to add another expense by hiring the Permit Consultant. Lynn

Oct 29, 2021 12:42 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Wayne Martin  usually California Leads the pack but you have an advantage Chicago has been well let's just remember the first Dick Daily mayor of the 1930's:)Endre

Oct 10, 2021 11:03 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Carla Freund  yes my point exactly 30 days and you can start building... that is the secret of fixing the home shortages in my market too but that is not what it is about...Endre

Oct 10, 2021 11:05 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist  I am unable to convince Diane to pack up:)) so I will be here for a little longer:)Endre

Oct 10, 2021 11:06 PM