Notes of Praise
We love our clients, and some of them even love us back! We welcome the opportunity to earn yours!
Alyssa was like a wizard and guru and friend. She led us through
uncharted territory, teaching with patience and guiding with grace. She
made magic happen, mostly due to her vast experience and deep well of
knowledge. And perhaps secret powers. I witnessed how she treated
vendors and buyers with respect and kindness, while also advocating
strongly on our behalf. Even when faced with the unexpected, those
challenges beyond our control, she remained steadfast and solid,
allowing us to emerge from it all with an amazing sale. I’m grateful for
Alyssa, and her entire team at The Local.
Alyssa is a true gem. Warm, professional, creative and dogged when she needs to be. She helped us buy our first home in Silver Lake and we felt supported every step of the way. (Via Zillow)Laura L
We had the best experience possible in buying and selling our house thanks to The Local. Everybody knows that the process of buying and selling is one of the most stressful experiences in life; they minimized that aspect for us by being so knowledgeable, patient, helpful, and supportive.
I can safely say they were the reason we landed our dream home, in a very competitive market, and they also sold our home for wayyyy more than we expected. During the buying process they were extremely patient and gracious with their time. Their relationship with the selling agent and negotiating skills resulted in our offer on our new home being accepted amidst many others. In turn, their marketing skills led to us receiving SIX offers over list on our prior home on the first day we began accepting offers. It sold very quickly at more than 10% over list.
In addition, they are generous with recommendations for contractors and just about any other homeowner advice you might need. On top of all of that professional ability, they are super people to work with and hang with too! Highest recommendation!Nik & Jenny H
Eugene’s extensive knowledge of the market area and connections allowed him to time the listing and sale of our house expertly–with multiple offers well over asking and exceeding our expectations. He’s a skillful negotiator that you want on your side! We first met the Local team while looking for our house in northeast LA two years ago. We loved a number of their properties but, because they get so many offers, we lost out. We eventually found a home we’ve loved for the past few years. When we realized COVID-19 meant we weren’t going to be going back to the office anytime soon and we had the freedom to go wherever we pleased, we contacted The Local. We knew we wanted them on our side this time!
Kurt and Eugene hopped on a call with me to talk about the market, then came to our house to give us an honest assessment of our options and expectations.
As soon as we decided we were ready to sell, Eugene and their designer, Jane, determined what we needed to do and sent an awesome handyman to do to the few repairs. Jane, Eugene, and the
photographer created stellar marketing materials and all we had to do was not mess it up for the showings.
Eugene scheduled showings, with very little interruption to us, garning numerous offers. Eugene had met and spent time with almost everyone who looked at our house and guided us through picking the best offer, well above listing price and exceeding our expectations. With Eugene and Steve handling the closing, it was a breeze. What could have been a major derailment was handled quickly and competently.
We’ll be calling The Local when we return to LA!Shay R
Ok. Alyssa Valentine is an angel sent from Real Estate heaven. She calculated every single step with precision, kindness, patience and also a great bedside manner and sense of humor! She staged our house into oblivion, when I posted pictures of Alyssa’s staging, people whom had been to our house many times said “Wait. That’s your house?” She pulled off a miracle in our modest home and helped us make over 200k over what we bought it for! Insane! She is collaborative (but trust me this woman knows best) and made a very nerve-wracking process actually enjoyable. She stayed positive, kept us updated on offers, issues, what she thought we should take seriously, what we should move on from. I am not kidding when I say she is one of the best relators in California. From soup to nuts. (do people still use that phrase) Anyway, if you use Alyssa Valentine, your dreams will come true. We were able to get into the house of our dreams because of her. Call her if you want the best of the best! (Via Zillow)Jilly B
As soon as I reached out to Eugene he immediately made himself available and helped us every step of the way, knowing full well he and his team was managing other properties as well. I had reached out to another agent prior to Eugene and I just wasn’t feeling it. I knew Eugene as he sold us our house back in 2019. I remembered his calm, but friendly and professional manner and knew he would be what we needed to sell our home. Their team was amazing and treated us like long time friends. They even provided to us free partial staging items since we were still living in our house and didn’t want a full stage. During the sale we were also purchasing another home. Eugene went out of his way to assist us and protect our interests on the new property even when it was not required or expected of him as he was not representing the second property. Eugene is experienced, professional, makes you feel at ease (which is big for me and difficult to do), and is a pro multi-tasker. We would recommend him to anyone looking to sell their home.Crista R
Recently, we had to re-locate from San Francisco to Los Angeles without having any knowledge of the area. We were fortunate to have been referred to Geoff, and without a doubt he made this transition something to look forward to. His expertise and professionalism in all aspects of his work helped us navigate through the ins and outs of finding a place to live. His familiarity to the area proved invaluable in helping us to quickly narrow down where and how we could see ourselves living. Knowing how busy he was, we appreciated his quick responses and ability to make us feel well taken care of and our concerns listened to – before, during and after our move. We were so pleased to have made the connection, and feel lucky to have found exactly what we were looking for with Geoff’s help. We would (& have) recommend Geoff to anyone looking for a place!Miraan Sa & Philippe D
The Local are way more than just realtors. I can’t tell you how helpful it is working with realtors who have been through multiple renovations and who own rental property. They helped me to estimate costs, they offered to share super helpful contacts, and they also have excellent taste, so came up with amazing, creative solutions to help paint a picture of what a potential property could become. On top of all of this, they are truly experts in their field. I may not have always listened to their advice, but let me tell you, it was always spot-on. They also didn’t hesitate to leverage their resources to help me get in a home. I am certain no other realtors would have been able to get me the perfect place I ended up with.
I was constantly impressed by how above and beyond they went, but was just amazed after I closed and imagined their job was done, yet the help kept on coming. The Local was instrumental in helping me become a first time landlady. Did I mention I was a VERY picky client and they never once made me feel like the pain in the butt I know I was? I really can’t say enough great things these guys!Makisha B
We had an excellent experience working with Alyssa– she is a true professional! Alyssa is an expert in her field that knows the market extremely well, plus she’s highly detail-oriented, dependable, and possesses strong & clear communication skill. In the end, our sale price and overall working experience with Alyssa, well-overdelivered our expectations and made selling our home stress-free. Would highly recommend working with Alyssa; she’s exceptional. (Via Zillow)Sellers of 3608 Roseview
My wife and I had such an awesome experience purchasing our first home through Kevin Brennan of The Local Real Estate Team! Kevin was so supportive and was definitely in our corner throughout the entire process – always being available to answer silly first-time buyer questions and guiding us through this rollercoaster of a market. He’s also just the nicest guy and very knowledgeable on the areas that we were looking in. Would highly recommend Kevin and the entire Local Real Estate Team if you’re in the market to purchase or sell a home in LA.Sean C
This letter is being written in whole-hearted support of The Local. We moved in to a home in our dream neighborhood towards the end of November, and that reality would never have been realized without their unending dedication, innovation, and hard work.
When we met The Local, we were frustrated and discouraged—we had been searching for an affordable (first-time owners) and yet comfortable home in a very specific location for several months, and had been beat out on several offers. Our realtor at the time was pleasant but disinterested, and we felt as if were doing much of the footwork ourselves. What a contrast The Local were! From the moment we started working with them it was clear that they had a firm mission in mind, and that mission was to find (and successfully buy) the home we wanted. They were incredibly knowledgeable about the housing market, the neighborhood we were looking in, and the ins and outs of home ownership. Through the ups and downs of the home search they were consistently positive, encouraging, and yet realistic—they always seemed several steps ahead of the game and had a well-formulated plan for how to achieve our goals. And their energy was incredible!
We can’t say enough about what a positive experience we had working with Kurt and The Local. They will do an excellent job for anyone in a position to either sell or purchase real estate, because they understand what is involved, have an incredible work ethic, and—more importantly—actually care about what the client is going through. It’s like having really good friends find you a home—or sell your house.
We would be more than happy to speak with anyone considering The Local as realtors; we are so grateful for the excellent job they did and for their support and friendship.
They also helped us move into our place two days before Thanksgiving and helped us hire painters who got the job done before company showed up – who does that?
I could not recommend this team enough. From start to finish this was the most pleasant experience imaginable.
As first time buyers, Kevin Brennan was our shepherd as we navigated through the arduous task of buying in Los Angeles during this market. Step by step he laid out all of the options for us and was extremely prompt and caring when it came to any of our concerns. He was able to break everything down for us in a way that it didn’t become overwhelming or frustrating. He managed our expectations and took the time to walk us through every scenario that pertained (and could’ve pertained) to us.
Together we found the perfect house that checked all our boxes but to our surprise it didn’t end there.
Kevin and his team not only held our hand during the escrow process taking care of all of the finer details but they had our best interest and facilitated professionals that were trustworthy and experienced when it came to any of our concerns. Buying a postwar modern home was always a dream for us and there are many aspects of it that aren’t necessarily turnkey, so his list of contacts to help us after the move-in has been invaluable.
We couldn’t imagine a more perfect situation leading up to the purchase, during, and after. The level of attention, patience and care is one that I’ve rarely seen in ANY industry and we can’t show enough gratitude for feeling like someone really had our back. It’s something that can’t easily be described and can only be experienced.
Thank you Kevin and the Local Group team for making our dreams come true, we can’t wait to host you at our new house!Michael P
Alyssa Valentine of The Local Real Estate Group is an absolutely FANTASTIC agent. I cannot recommend her highly enough. Patient, thorough and responsive, she is also kind. And savvy. Completely prepared with comps and a deep knowledge of the intricacies of the LA market, she was ready to act as soon as we were. Also, Alyssa was available at last minute notice, and immediately responsive, even on a weekend, when we needed info fast. Absolutely an excellent choice! (Via Zillow)Holly R
My husband & I had been in our home for 26 years & thinking of moving to a condo. Eugene helped us from day one; going over every detail of the process from timing, marketing, what we needed to do to present our home in the best light, realistic pricing, & advising us on updated housing codes we needed to follow. After about 6 weeks on the market, we had 13 valid offers for well over asking price. We could not have been happier with Eugene and his handling of the whole experience. He worked with us to make sure we felt comfortable each step of the way & was always available to answer our endless questions. He also helped us find a fantastic condo to purchase.The Furlongs
We would like to thank you both very much for all of your hard work and how smooth you two made this process. Anytime we had questions or concerns you both were there to assist! We learned so much from this process and working with you guys and your knowledge! One thing we really liked was that we never felt pushed or rushed into buying a place, you guys knew what we liked and found the perfect home! We also appreciate that even though escrow has closed, you are both still here with the answers to our questions, no matter how small they are!
Thank you both very much for making this home buying process fun, and easy! We can’t wait to work with you again on our next purchase!
Again, thank you both so much for this amazing experience!Matthias B & Ricky D
For me, selling my home meant saying goodbye to a book of memories and it wasn’t easy to let go. But Geoff’s presence and professionalism made the process far easier to take the next step. He understood my emotional attachments and honored those feelings. For most real estate agents, it’s about for sale signs, the bottom line and numbers. But Geoff treated the process with compassion, follow-through and dedication to the task that went beyond the mere qualifications. Thanks for everything!Sophie-Charlotte B
Fantastic! Anselm was spectacular. From the very beginning, he was professional, personable, encouraging, and thorough. Most importantly, Anselm told the truth and never set false expectations. Home buying can feel overwhelming – this was my first home purchase, and Anselm helped walk me through the nature and steps of the deal from initial offer and inspections until we closed. No matter what happened, I knew I was working with a straight shooter who would not put me at risk of making a bad decision. He was especially helpful with my counter, as our many inspections yielded surprising finds that we tried to work into my budget. Mission accomplished. I will be recommending to all of my friends.Charlie M
Being a first-time buyer in this crazy market was daunting, but Rosemery Portillo helped me every step of the way. She answered all of my questions and cared about my needs, I felt like a valued client regardless of my budget. Rosemery helped me find the perfect condo and led me to the neighborhood I now call home. Can’t recommend her and The Local Real Estate enough!Sarah S
When my partner and I finally decided it was time to move into a home with more space, we already knew exactly who to turn to for help. We owned a home in Atwater Village, and were hoping to find something new in the same surrounding areas – The Local were at the top of our list. Having met them personally from their many listings in our neighborhood, we knew them to be extremely knowledgeable and familiar with our neighborhoods of choice, and knew we could count on them to find a buyer for our existing home.
The Local are highly personable, very professional and extremely helpful with all aspects of selling and buying a home. We hired them to find us a new home as well as sell our existing home. They listened to our needs, were in constant contact with us throughout the process, answered all our questions without hesitation, and were so helpful with anything we needed. They made what can typically be a very stressful process run smooth and without incident.
They were so patient as we looked and looked at MANY homes until we found the one perfect for us. When we listed our home, we had multiple offers within days! We are so happy in our new home and we thank The Local for helping us on this adventure. When or if I ever need to sell or buy again, I will hire The Local in a second!!Cary M & Ken K
This is THE team to have on your side for all your real estate needs.
If you are looking to buy, call Kevin Brennan and he will expertly guide you through the process. He has the relationships and know how to get deals done, even in this crazy competitive market. And he is patient, level-headed, and provides sound advice from offer to counter to close. Most importantly, he keeps you optimistic in what can be a rollercoaster of ups and downs. And when he said we were close and not to give up, he was right. I wake up every day in my beautiful new home and still can’t believe it’s mine. We truly could not have done it without him!!
Another shout out to Mark Grimes from The Local RE team who helped us get our duplex rented at lightening fast speed, and for over asking. He brought so many quality applicants to the table it was almost impossible to pick. So happy with the results and confident we found the perfect tenants.
I highly recommend these guys! Good people + great results.Heather D
My husband and I are forever grateful to Susie Park at The Local, who helped us purchase our first home in the intimidating LA market. Six months later we are still so thrilled with our home and know we never could have done it without her.
Susie has a perfect calm energy; I am the type to ask 9,000 questions about every little thing and she was able to clearly explain every piece of the process along the way to quell my anxiety. She always had our backs and stuck up for us on more than a few occasions. I can’t say enough good things about her!!
Without a doubt the next time we have any realtor needs we’ll be running back to her, would work with her again in a heartbeat.Amie J
Alyssa is smart, savvy, polite, considerate, nice, knowledgable and exceedingly professional. Working with Alyssa was not work at all for me and with everything that goes into selling a house I couldn’t have asked for a better agent. Alyssa was on top of everything and handled it all beautifully — I didn’t have to worry about a thing. I felt I was I could relax (as much as you can when selling and moving) and I knew I was in good hands with Alyssa. It was also reassuring that she knows the neighborhood like the back of her hand and could speak to anything that came up by potential buyers. And an added plus is Alyssa’s impeccable design sensibility. It would be an understatement to say she made my house standout from the rest. If I weren’t moving out of state I’d use Alyssa again and again and again. She’s by far the agent you want handling the sale of your house in today’s market.Simon L
What an awesome team!! Every single person that Kurt brought on to help us in our sale made the process efficient and graceful. We felt that we were in good hands from start to finish, photos and staging to final sale. Every person on this team is outstanding at what they do, focused, reachable with ease and personable. We’re so grateful to this team and highly recommend them. They bring elegance to an at times challenging process!Mara T
Kurt and The Local are the best in the business. Every step of the way in our home purchase was met with professionalism, care and candor. They listened carefully to our “wish list” and after months of follow up and negotiation on one home in particular, defeated the odds and secured the win for us. Considering the specific and rare situation with the seller (an investment company), combined with the crazy market we find ourselves in, this was no easy feat. Nonetheless, they succeeded we have our dream home.
I don’t know that you can find a better set of real estate professionals than Courtney Smith and Kurt Wisner. Aside from their incredible market instincts and neighborhood knowledge, they possess a rare blend of intelligence and honest enthusiasm.
What comes through is that they care about each and every project. For two people with such a refined sense of style, they are incredibly down to earth and eager to be involved in every step of the process. Whether it’s dealing with a legal issue or a drainage issue, The Local are right by your side and loving it.
The truth is it’s fun to do business with The Local. It’s easy to have fun when you have such great trust in your partners. And that’s what The Local are, partners. Our family feels very fortunate to have them in our lives.
We also got a lot of help from others at the Local Real Estate Group. Carla managed the house prep and helped transform the house into something so special we reconsidered keeping it! Steve helped guide us through the documents and disclosures. Truly a team effort.
We have no regrets in choosing to go with the Local Real Estate Group and would definitely look to them in the future for any other real estate needs.
Working in the real estate industry means that I come across a lot of different agents every day. After linking up with The Local Real Estate through a networking group, I think that it’s safe to say that I’ve found one of the great ones. Their social media marketing is stellar, they incorporate “takeover Tuesdays” on their Instagram stories and have an amazing aesthetic to their look. I look forward to working together with them on referral deals in the future.Jason C
Ok. Alyssa Valentine from The Local Real Estate group is an angel sent from Real Estate heaven. She calculated every single step with precision, kindness, patience and also a great bedside manner and sense of humor! She staged our house into oblivion, when I posted pictures of Alyssa’s staging, people whom had been to our house many times said “Wait. That’s your house?” She pulled off a miracle in our modest home and helped us make over 200k over what we bought it for! Insane! She is collaborative (but trust me this woman knows best) and made a very nerve-wracking process actually enjoyable. She stayed positive, kept us updated on offers, issues, what she thought we should take seriously, what we should move on from. I am not kidding when I say she is one of the best relators in California. From soup to nuts. (do people still use that phrase) Anyway, if you use Alyssa Valentine, your dreams will come true. We were able to get into the house of our dreams because of her. Call her if you want the best of the best!J.B.
The Local and Kurt Wisner sold our home in Silver Lake – they made it easy, quick and fun – that’s right, fun! It’s the first time we ever sold a house and they were patient with our many questions, easing our anxiety about the process. They were a joy and a pleasure to work with and at times we even forgot we were selling a house – they did everything for us without putting us through any daily drama – which I’m sure they took the brunt of for us. We live in San Francisco and The Local made selling a home “long distance” easy and seamless. They took on all the details, sent us regular updates and everything was submitted on time and with ease. They even handled the details of finalizing the lease with our tenants that were moving out. I wish we had another home we needed to sell just so we could still have regular conference calls with these guys. The Local offer first class service with a laid back attitude – a combination that works like a charm when showing a home. Because The Local know the area so well they priced our home perfectly – generating interest and capturing serious buyers. After getting multiple great offers, we ended up finding the perfect buyers for our home. The Local knew exactly how to spruce up the home, stage it and market it — and we ended up with a win-win for all parties involved.Kathleen & Kurt S
The Local have a well rounded, knowledgeable dream team!
My fiancé, Vince and I have always dreamed of flipping houses. We scrimped and saved to do our first flip project not knowing much about the business. Our agents, Alyssa + Anselm found us a great deal on a cute but distressed Spanish style house and guided us through a quick close all cash purchase process, which was a completely new world for us. Kurt + Alyssa also walked through the property during the renovation to advise us on what would add the most value to the property. Once the house was completed the team at The Local listed the house and within 10 days we had 11 offers, YES I said 11 OFFERS (we couldn’t believe it either)! AND… most of the offers were well above ask. We ended up selling our first flip project at a neighborhood record breaking price!!
We are now working on our second project, which the team at The Local also found for us… so I guess in someways The Local are helping to make our dreams come true!Florence S & Vince M
I had the BEST experience with Karina Del Toro of The Local’s team. She was recommended to me through my mortgage broker and I am so so so incredibly glad she was. I was a first time home
buyer, completely clueless and needed extra guidance and help to make sure I was doing everything “right. ” Karina was so informative. Helpful, never shaming especially when I would ask my “rookie” questions.
She was available to.me via phone or text whenever I needed her and we had a LOT of fun on our outing to find the right place. She fought for me with the offers I made and we found my
home, my happy place and she had EVERYTHING to do with it. I will be using her for any of my future real estate needs and will be referring her whenever I can. Thank you Karina!!!!
I don’t believe that I would be in such a great place without the help of Anselm, Alyssa and the rest of their team. I was pleased to find out that Anselm was a straight shooter–he wouldn’t BS me or waste my time. The process is never easy but Anselm was quick to anticipate my needs, be available for any questions/concerns and keep my best interests in mind. As a FORMER first time home buyer with little knowledge of real estate, I highly recommend Anselm, Alyssa and their team.John C
I have great things to say about Eugene, Kevin, Kurt, Compass, and The Local. The team was with us every step of the way as we prepared to buy a new home as well as sell our current home. Everyone was extremely communicative and responsive via text and email. We always felt that the team had our best interests in mind. They helped walk us through every step and detail along the way. All my questions and concerns were met with positive reinforcement and clear explanations. I highly recommend Eugene and his group to anyone hoping to buy or sell a home. Although the market seemed to be shifting, Eugene and his team were confident that we could achieve our goals. That positivity sincerely helped with the stresses of moving and buying a new home. I’m so happy we chose The Local!Barry D
Eugene was exactly who I needed to get a complicated sale accomplished. His kindness and patience and local knowledge were impeccable. Thank you to everyone at The Local, and especially to Eugene Ridenour who made an impossible situation so much less stressful.Jen B
We feel lucky that we found such a great real estate team! The Local are professional and just simply a good group of people. We bought our first home in Glassell Park with The Local almost five years ago. Blake got us such a good deal that we knew we wanted Kurt’s team to help us sell and buy a new home again. Kurt instantly responded to our request and got on a zoom call with Eugene and Kevin. Our biggest concern was timing as we were wanting to buy and sell at the same time. They talked through their strategy to
help us prepare for multiple scenarios. We knew that we were in good hands.
Kevin was amazing and immediately hit the ground running. He really understood what we were looking for and had such a positive attitude. He is pro-active, responsive, provided realistic guidance throughout the process, and was always patient with us! Eugene was fantastic and brings a depth of knowledge in real estate. He has an extensive network in the area, and found us a buyer who put in an offer within 2 weeks since our first meeting!
Concurrently, we found a home we loved in South Pasadena with Kevin, put in an offer, got accepted, and went into escrow just a day apart from our selling home! Everything worked out perfectly and there was clear communication between everyone throughout the process. We felt very fortunate that all things aligned in a timely manner, but knew that this wouldn’t have been possible without the support of the entire The Local team. Steve helped us through our escrow documents, answering all our questions promptly and clearly. Melissa was thorough and
professional when evaluating our house.
They really take care of you beyond the big transactions, and they are so organized! They help prep the house, provide great resources and vendor recommendations, and would literally help with
anything else you need! They are also not gone after closing, and both Kevin and Eugene made sure we were well settled in the new home.
We love the Local team and would highly recommend to anyone looking to buy or sell a property!Suejin P.
We are the kind of couple who will search far and wide for a review or testimonial before we do just about anything. We want to hear the truth about other’s experiences to know what we’re getting into – and if we want to get into it.
But for us to actually sit down and share our own opinion on a service, it takes something pretty special. That’s where The Local come in. This is a team that redefines special. We often found ourselves wondering how we could possibly let more people know about them, and about our incredibly positive and fun experience working with them to find our very first house. A house we never would have discovered without their help. A house we love.
When it comes to all things real estate, The Local are not only smart and organized and insightful, they’re also honest and creative. To us, what makes them stand out above the rest is that they’re genuine, sincere, and real. They will never put the sell over the human experience. They offer guidance along with friendship, and are an absolute blast to be around. A lot of laughs were had by all! And they listen. They work within needs and hopes, they don’t try to change them.
We truly feel that The Local give new meaning to the term “above and beyond,” because we asked them 1 million questions. They had 1 million answers, as well as 1 million pounds of patience and kindness and humor to give. So in short, this is a partnership you want to get into. We are so grateful that we did, and that now we get to kick up our heels, look at one another, and say with smiles, “welcome home.”Eric & Katya F
If you’re buying or selling a home, you need to do it with the Local team. We worked primarily with Alyssa Valentine to sell our home, and she was fantastic. The Local handymen got our house in tip-top shape, and we went to market very quickly. Alyssa’s marketing materials were excellent, and we were so happy to have her charming husband, Anselm, run our open houses. Alyssa scheduled a two-week viewing window followed by an offer deadline, and the strategy was stellar. We had a half-dozen offers, countered all, and ended up with an incredible accepted offer in the second round. Alyssa’s strategy was savvy and effective; she’s exactly the listing agent you want to get the best price on your home. She was in touch throughout escrow, which closed without any complications.Jonathan S & Blair H
We were experienced home buyers when we started looking for a second home in LA so we set the bar high on our performance expectations from our realtors. The Local sailed right over the bar. Blake Hood patiently took us to over 60 houses over 2&1/2 months (we lived in Santa Barbara so it took a while) and answered all questions and followed through on many, many detailed requests with great poise and humor. He had great inspectors who guided us through problems on the first 3 houses we were in escrow on; we subsequently pulled out of those 3 deals. Kurt was terrific in both strategy planning for offers and evaluating properties in terms of inspection issues. But the real test came with a complex Title issue that would have stumped any realtor we’d ever met. We had only about 10 days to complete the short escrow and the Title came back with the property listed as a duplex even though we were buying it as a Single Family Residence (SFR). The Local, with all their experience, was able to pull old city records showing that it had been listed as an SFR, and proved this to the Bank’s appraiser. Consequently, we were able to save thousands of dollars on our loan (much lower interest rate, etc. for an SFR vs. a Duplex).
We can’t say enough about how great The Local, Blake and Kurt were. Would use them again in a second. No shortcomings.Laurence D & Antonia R
The Local came to me highly recommended by someone who had seen their work in the neighborhood. I had previously listed my house with another real estate firm for several months with poor results that led to offers that were well under my asking price. By the time I met the Local team I was on the edge. At my first meeting with them, I was filled with hope again. They have an infectious energy and loads of charisma.
Alyssa Valentine was my listing agent and helped me ready my home with her team of
contractors. She eased my concerns, kept costs low and the renovation on time. The Local also extended some extra help in renovating my house and knew just what to do to appeal to buyers at minimal cost and they have excellent taste. They offered those little touches no one notices like the way they block parking in front of your house so they can take the best pictures without interference. My experience with them was a vast improvement over my earlier listing. No detail was overlooked.
They prepped my house for one week which included renovation, staging, skillful ad
placement with a schedule of open houses accompanied with beautifully printed marketing materials. Within fourteen days I accepted an offer that was far above my asking price and my expectations. There were also solid back-up offers. During escrow, Alyssa fought tirelessly to meet any demands put forth by the buyer. The process is a roller coaster ride but they were prepared for all of the surprises that surface during escrow.
The Local team are skillful negotiators, they know the area and the market, and they know how to sell a house. I am so glad I found them. I wouldn’t think of using anyone else.Caroline P
Alyssa Valentine is a terrific real estate agent. We have bought and sold a number of houses over the years. We have worked with a lot of agents. When we decided to sell our Silverlake home after eight years, we interviewed a number of top agents. We went with Alyssa, mostly because she was highly recommended by our former agent, who had moved away. Alyssa did a spectacular job: she knew exactly how to make the house look better for selling. And she had terrific help both from her building coordinator Mike Park, who expertly supervised over $20,000 worth of mostly cosmetic remodeling, and her visual consultant Carla Toutz, who helped in multiple aspects of the sale. Alyssa was always on top of things, small and large. And most importantly, when negotiating with the buyer, she was extremely skillful – knowing just how much pressure to apply to get our desired goal. If the family sells our other house in Silverlake, she will be at the top of our list.Lawrence D
I’ve worked with this team for two home purchases and one home sale now, and I’ve been thrilled with the process and outcome each time. Kevin Brennan is smart, patient, helpful, and has absolutely the best taste. I’d give him, and the whole Local Group for that matter, 10 stars if that was an option!Gabe L
We wanted to be sure to say a HUGE thank you for everything you have done to help Adam and I buy our first home. From the first meetings with you back in February, to the last of dropping off the keys, you have both been incredibly positive, supportive, helpful, and reassuring that we would find something fitting, and didn’t try to convince us at any point that we were being unrealistic.
You kindly guided us through a very daunting new experience, we now have a handle on everything from bids to escrow! Our experience with you was tremendous, thank you for always answering our persistent emails, questions, and taking the time to talk me off the ledge when needed. Even watering our new garden….big props! We will be sure to recommend you to our friends, as our experience was so great.
We are so excited to transform this little abode into our family home, and have you both over to celebrate soon.Nora C & Adam F
We had such a great experience with The Local’s team selling our house in Silver Lake. When we first met Kurt and Jenn, we immediately felt their positive outlook and confidence –
something that was missing from the other agents we interviewed. Jenn went above and beyond to prep, oversee, market, and sell our house above asking. This team really knows the east side and
the exact look and feel of homes that sell well. Also Jane was meticulous in prepping and staging our home for photos and open houses, which made all the difference. We could not be happier and feel we could not have had a better experience with anyone else. If you’re buying or selling in Silver Lake/Echo Park/Atwater, then go with The Local!
The Local = professional, patient and determined. Our agent was master negotiator Blake Hood, who got us through a quick escrow with incredible skill, tact and sense of humor. Oh, and patience! He expertly navigated us first-time homebuyers through the whole offer, counter-offer, inspection and closing processes. He provided great recommendations for inspection, plumbing and pest control services. In this competitive housing market, it was amazing to have Blake, Kurt and The Local on our side, working to get us into our new home. Very highly recommended!Kelli O.
Jen was an incredible listing agent. After interviewing 5 different realtors, we made the decision to go with Jen and Kurt at the Local. They were kind and sympathetic to our current situation. They made suggestions and recommendations, came through on them and had over 84 people at our first open house. Not only did Jen get us over asking price, but she walked us through every step of the process, explained what was happening, and helped us with the stress of closing deadlines. She and The Local had the folks in place to complete every transaction and meet every deadline. Jen, Kurt, and the whole team at The Local made our wildest dreams come true.Sherry R
Absolutely the best real estate team I have ever worked with. I’ve sold 4 properties and I wish I had found them sooner. Personable, incredibly knowledgeable, strategic and extremely professional. The advice they gave was priceless and they sold our house in 5 days at a record price WELL over asking with a bidding war! The very best agents – bar none! Still need to have that champagne!Greg & Samantha L
The Local is the super dream team! Buying a first home is a stressful experience. They were so patient, supportive, knowledgeable, and helpful.
My agent was Blake Hood. However, I scored a mega deal because both The Local were also available to help and give moral support throughout the entire process and thereafter!
As my agent, Blake was knowledgeable yet super chill and really understood my aesthetics. He handled my first-time-home-buyer anxiety like a champ and went out of his way to ensure my (very specific) demands were met. I am sitting happy in my new home thanks to Blake and his rad referrals (special shout-out to Doug from Hillhurst Mortgage).
In the future, I will choose The Local to sell and buy all of my homes without hesitation.
Kurt y El Local son los mejores en el negocio. Cada paso del camino en la compra de nuestra casa fue dirijido con profesionalismo, cuidado y franqueza. Escucharon atentamente nuestra “lista de deseos” y después de meses de seguimiento y negociación con una casa en particular, superaron las probabilidades y nos aseguraron la victoria. Teniendo en cuenta la rara y específica situación con el vendedor (una empresa de inversión), combinada con el loco mercado loco en el que nos encontramos, esta no fue una tarea fácil. No obstante, lograron que tengamos el hogar de nuestros sueños.Danielle C