Real Estate in Altadena and Beyond...
Leslie Cross


Hello, friends.  If you, or anyone you know, are planning to purchase your first property, AND it has an HOA, there is a new “gift” we can claim which went into effect on December 1, 2016.  Please call me and see the attached flyer for more info.

You can claim up to $2500 in a grant to have up to 6 months of your HOA dues paid for you when you move in.  This is a great way to get a little buffer started when you begin paying HOA dues.  Then you’ll always have a cushion there when you need it.

I’d really like to help someone find a home and take advantage of this generous opportunity.
Happy House Hunting (with me!)
Best regards,
Leslie 🙂


SPRING into Action!

First day of Spring is this week!  It seems the market shifted recently into a more enthusiastic, optimistic mode.  Perhaps the anticipation of Spring had an influence.

It’s a great time to take advantage of our still-near-historically-low interest rates if you want to BUY a home.  AND, if you are thinking of selling, there are many buyers facing the challenge of finding a home right now (because of the lack of properties on the market).  I can help you match that perfect buyer with your special property. 

It’s a GREAT TIME to buy OR sell your home.  So please call me.

I’m here to help you.
Leslie Cross, CA BRE 01277174


Are HUD Homes the next fixer opportunity?

Do you want an edge on getting a distressed property?  How about considering a HUD home?  If you have tried time and again to buy a fixer or distressed property, and you’re looking for another angle, this might be it.  Only agents who are HUD Certified can submit offers on HUD homes.  So finding a HUD Certified agent can gain you access to homes other agents cannot submit offers on…  There is a certification and specific offer process that HUD requires agents to comply with.  Take us up on this offer!  It might be the difference that gets you the next deal!  If this sounds like an exciting opportunity, give me a call!  I can help.

Leslie Cross, Realtor Associate DRE #01277174


Where’s the Equity?

Well, now what do you do?  You were worried about the market, so didn’t jump in at the bottom.  You wanted to wait and see what happened.  So, here we are.  The market is on the rise again.  How long should one wait to jump on the train, jump off the fence?  I say, “Dive in!”  I still believe short sales are one place you may still find equity.  But investors are on the prowl too.  So be prepared to write several offers.  Plan on being in a multiple-offer situation.  And, be ready to act when your agent gives you time-sensitive information.  These days, waiting more than a day can leave you running behind the train!

Leslie Cross

626-399-6622 cell

Hating Short Sales???

Buyers, take note. Have you been hearing that Short Sales are the dregs of the market? Are most of you hearing that Short Sales are not worth pursuing? Well, I’m here to tell you that this mindset has created an opportunity for some. If what most people think and say is creating a surplus of “unwanted transactions”, then wouldn’t it be true that the law of supply and demand would also be at work here? I’ve been suggesting to my buyer clients that if they want to find equity in the purchase of their new home, they should consider a Short Sale. If the time to close escrow is not pressing, then you have an opportunity to wait and let the Realtors hammer out a deal for you. But be careful who you share this with. As soon as other buyers realize that “hating short sales” may cause then to miss the boat, the demand will go up and then prices will follow. In fact, if you want to jump on board, let’s keep this between us for now. Then after you move into your new home, start telling everyone how fantastic your Short Sale transaction was. And that will increase your equity even further! Come on, let’s go hunting!