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How did you become "The Land Man" in the greater Los Angeles area?...

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How did you become "The Land Man" in the greater Los Angeles area?

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This series of posts consist of three separate posts.  As always, many members give me inspiration and in this case I was also asked to participate.  With that said, I offer my first contribution. Thank you Dr. Paula McDonald  & Kathy Streib  for this inspiration.

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When it comes to buying or selling vacant land in the greater Los Angeles area, there are only a handful of Realtors whose names pop up for buyers and sellers.  For the past 26 years, I have been one of those Realtors.  Agents who do not have vacant land as their niche market often refer their clients to me knowing that their clients will be in good hands.  I've often been asked, “So, Endre, how did you get into this niche of selling vacant land?”  When we relocated from Boston, MA, I began my CA real estate career in the Hollywood Hills Sunset Strip office of Fred Sands.  My then manager, Robbie Sedway, asked me if I had any friends or family here in Los Angeles? My answer was a resounding NO.  Next he asked if I had any money (keep in mind he had just seen me step out of a leased Honda Prelude).  My answer of "No" yet again led him to the reply that "You will be the Land Man."  As you can imagine, this is not what I had in mind as I was looking out the window at the famed Sunset Strip.  So I sheepishly replied, “Well I don't know anything about land” to which he said "Very few Realtors do, so you will learn and you will become an expert." 

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 And learn I did! My first listing was on a street where the neighbors of the lot I was showing would come out to be the fly in the ointment and did their best to ruin the sale.   The buyer was an architect and had a partner who was an investor, hence the neighbors didn't want their views obstructed by having another house in proximity.  Ultimately, I figured out the schedule of the biggest problem neighbor and would show my listing when that person wouldn't be around.  Lesson one learned!  Keep in mind, however, that was back in the day when you could get building permits and approvals on an average of about 8 months in the Los Angeles Hillside. 

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With that bit of information, my second post will cover the ins and outs of the approval process in the greater Los Angeles area.

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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

 

Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA
Realtor

My mentor referred a mobile home sale to me when I first started.  I tried to get out of it, but she was persistent and told me that it would be good for me.  It was and I had several sales before I knew it.  It seemed like those that bought and sold mobile home properties actually most needed an agent.  I learned a lot and I still get people calling me from my first mobile home post on ActiveRain.  The last one was less than a month ago.  I did transition away from them after a few years.  They sold for so little during and just after the Great Recession that it was tough to make a reasonable living.  

Sep 18, 2023 04:15 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Laura Cerrano  thank you and there is a tad of perseverance too:)Endre

Sep 18, 2023 04:38 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Wayne Martin  thank you for your kind words, it is very much appreciated, Endre

Sep 18, 2023 04:39 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Nina Hollander, Broker  glad you learned a small bit more about me:)Endre

Sep 18, 2023 04:40 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Brian England  yes you heard it before:)))Endre

Sep 18, 2023 04:41 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Kat Palmiotti  yes it was a fun phone call way back when, clearly you did not take my advice:)))))) and here you are the Land Maven in Kalispell Montana:))Endre

Sep 18, 2023 04:43 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Carol Williams  you are so right, and I have the gray hair to prove it:)Endre

Sep 18, 2023 04:44 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400  now you know the answer without having to ask:)Endre

Sep 18, 2023 09:49 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Dorie Dillard Austin TX  the funny part is I should share a story about Robbie Sedway his background and history is truly noteworthy, Endre

Sep 18, 2023 09:50 PM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
The Grit and Gratitude Agent

Endre Barath, Jr. great story and isn't it to be good to have those referrals? Not everyone understands all the complexities of selling vacant land or what I prefer it "dirt."

Sep 23, 2023 10:41 AM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Reading your posts backwards has been interesting!  Really appreciate how you got started. I have a similar start, "I don't know but I'm a quick learner! "   Good for you.  Finding that niche and becoming an expert has served you well!  

Sep 23, 2023 11:21 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist  thank you for your comment, Endre

Sep 23, 2023 02:08 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Sheri Sperry - MCNE®  I keep telling the buyers if you follow the Ordinance they can not stop you meaning the neighbors, Endre

Sep 23, 2023 02:09 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Debe Maxwell, CRS  ironically the neighbor got his license a few years later:) and I had to smile went with a Brokerage whose business plan was low commission and went out of business during the great recession:) there is more for another time:)Endre

Sep 23, 2023 02:11 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Jeff Dowler, CRS  thank you know you know:))Endre

Sep 23, 2023 02:12 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Anna "Banana" Kruchten  when I was in a different profession before Real Estate my nick name was "the Doctor" will tell you off line why:))Endre

Sep 23, 2023 02:14 PM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten

I look forward to hearing that story!!

Sep 23, 2023 08:26 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.

Anna "Banana" Kruchten  sounds like a phone call:)Endre

Sep 23, 2023 08:27 PM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten

Yup!  Gary's out walking them and I need to shut down and go get their food out!  You know the deal....our jobs are never done with pet duty!! I look forward to chatting with you.

Sep 23, 2023 08:29 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

George Souto  Robbie was a very smart guy, need to do another post about him :) Endre

Sep 23, 2023 02:16 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Ray Henson  I augment my  land sales with Codo listings and Single Family listings as much as possible:)Endre

Sep 23, 2023 02:17 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Leanne Smith  yes the referrals are always welcomed adds to the regular business I generate on my own, Endre

Sep 23, 2023 02:18 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ  glad you enjoyed my series and you have a great niche' too:)Endre

Sep 23, 2023 02:19 PM