Historic – Downtown Los Angeles is home to many historic buildings that are significant in importance due to their rare artistic beauty and their bestowing of lessons from the past. Several of the lofts for sale can provide the opportunity for special tax savings. The Mills Act can bring potentially huge savings off of Los Angeles County property taxes.
Where are the most amazing lofts at the best prices? And how does it all work? The answers to these all-important questions are changing every day as the pace of new technology accelerates. The L.A. Loft Blog is always among the first authoritative media to discuss the changes in the real estate industry, especially those rare, valuable and challenging insights that some prefer not to think about.
There’s more money than ever at stake in Downtown Los Angeles housing. The astute observers pay close attention while the movers and shakers benefit from these major changes in the housing market. Compare the number of Google searches of real estate, AirBNB and Zillow:
Homes now sell faster when the buyer’s agent receives less commission. Yes, the property actually has fewer days on market and a quicker sale transaction when the buyer’s licensed real estate professional is offered less of the shared percentage, while homes are now really selling slower when that commission is higher. This is one of several indicators that point to the fact that Zillow, Trulia and other major online real estate websites have home search functions that are diminishing the needs for a buyer’s agent. Zillow is blowing away real estate agents. #airbnb #zillow #realestate
Nobody has really ever been particularly interested in real estate agents. They seem to show up sooner or later as the home buyers or sellers kind of know that they still need one to make sure that all of the buyers see all of the appropriate homes, and agents help negotiate the best price and terms, while helping take care of the massive stack of paperwork that is required in litigation-crazy California.
Just as it is clear the AirBNB is beginning to nibble at the hotel pie (average AirBNB stay is 4 days, compared to average hotel state of 2 days), Zillow is now slurping down huge pools of cash from what was once the grips of buyer’s agents. More than 20% of real estate investors are now seeking properties that can easily be rented out on AirBNB. Most Downtown condo lofts are not efficient for AirBNB because of strict HOA homeowners rules that do not permit such short rentals.
There are some sectors of real estate that Zillow and Trulia do not compete well. Those are the ultra-local, specialized markets like Downtown Los Angeles lofts such as historic Mills Act lofts with property tax benefits, L.A. Adaptive Re-Use Ordinance buildings with lofts for lease, 2-story lofts, live/work lofts and industrial buildings.
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As the average Downtown home price surpasses $600,000, it can be a daunting task to find a good deal in the most exciting place on earth. The LA Loft Blog is helping by showing the amazing lofts that are in the most affordable price range, listed with the biggest and best bargains on top. #downtownla #lofts #bargains
In today’s market, serious buyers often find that they are outbid by other buyers, especially when trying to pick up a beautiful home that is listed at an excellent price. Prospective home owners can beat out other buyers to the best deals by getting them first, and also getting the unlisted lofts, pocket listings and the best deals that are not on the internet.
Top Investments and Best Deal Types in Downtown L.A. Condominiums #dtla #bestdeals #investments
The best deals go quickly. That’s why smart home buyers are looking for better ways find special deals that offer more amazing lofts, condos and houses at lower prices and with higher return on investment. Buyers often look at only agent listings and the internet. Buyers miss out on the hard-to-find deals, and therefore risk missing out on just the right home. Here are some of the best solutions:
Best Deals – Types of Distressed Properties and Other Bargains
New Construction Homes – New build homes often provide a superior deal because they are newer, with the latest technology and highest construction quality at very competitive prices.
Mills Act Homes – The state of California, along with counties and cities, provides a big discount on property taxes to owners of qualified historic lofts and buildings to help maintain the character of the structures.
Distress Sale – When a seller needs to sell quickly for any reason, or when the seller is having difficulty selling due to physical or legal condition of the property, it opens up the possibility of better negotiating power for the buyer, along with a lower price.
Bank Owned – When a home owner cannot pay the mortgage on time, the bank takes over the property, then sells it for whatever the market will bear, often at a very low price.
For Sale By Owner ( FSBO ) – Some owners prefer to sell their home themselves rather than using a listing agent. This can create a great opportunity for buyers to negotiate a lower price.
Expired – When a home is listed for sale but does not sell within the expected timeframe, it creates an opportunity to offer a lower price.
Foreclosures – When a home was not paid for on time, the property is taken over by another party, who often sells it quickly at a lower price.
REO – Real Estate Owned is a class of property owned by a lender, typically a bank, government agency, or government loan insurer, after an unsuccessful sale at a foreclosure auction.
Company Owned – Refers to a bank-owned or lender-owned property that has been taken over due to a foreclosure or similar action.
Estate Sale – When a homeowner passes away, the family or other heirs inherit and sell the property to distribute to the funds fairly to the new owners.
Probate Sale – When a homeowner passes away without a proper trust, a judge must oversee the transfer and sale of the property.
In Escrow – Many prospective home buyers give up when they hear that a desirable property is already in escrow with another buyer. Rather than giving up, the buyer can and should take steps to be an official back-up buyer.
Under Contract – A residential purchase agreement has already been signed, but the agreement may be canceled. Buyers can put in a back-up offer to take advantage of canceled contracts.
On Hold – The seller has decided not to sell the property for a certain period of time. The seller is likely making preparations to sell, and smart buyers will place an offer and then follow up frequently to get a great deal.
Vacant – Nobody is living at the property, so the seller could be paying mortgage and losing a lot of money. The seller might drop the price drastically, giving the buyer an excellent deal.
Divorce Sale – One of the fastest growing deal types, divorces are commonplace in Southern California, and create an opportunity where the property must sell more quickly, often at a lower price.
Auction – The property sells to the highest bidder, often at a below-market price. The auction process is often used for unsold new homes, foreclosures and bank-owned homes.
Pre-auction – When a home owner is late in mortgage payments, the property gets listed first as a pre-auction. Most auction listings are actually pre-auctions that will never go to auction, but offer a great chance to put in a profitable offer to the owner even if the unit is not listed for sale.
Pre-foreclosure – Before going into foreclosure, the property owner is often open to considering unsolicited offers, an excellent opportunity for savvy home buyers.
Raw Lofts – Loft developers sometimes do not complete every unit in a loft conversion condominium development. These raw lofts often sell at a lower price similar to other unfinished construction homes.
Off Market – Any property that is not listed on the MLS as Active is an off-market property. These reduced-visibility listings and unlisted homes offer superior opportunities to get a lower price when other buyers do not see them.
Private Listings – Some home sellers do not want the general public (or tenant) to know that they are selling their home, so the seller chooses to keep the listing private and only offer to show it to buyers who are qualified.
Unlisted – Properties that are not listed on the real estate professionals MLS Multiple Listing Service. With less competition, buyers can get a better deal and an easier negotiating process.
Pocket Listings – When a listing agent does not make the property information available to all other agents, the buyer can often get a better deal due to reduced competition.
Need To Sell Now – Homes that need to be sold immediately provide an excellent deal for buyers who are fully prepared and ready to grab a bargain.
Short Sales – When a home seller owes more than the property it’s worth, the seller can sell the property with the lender’s permission in a short sale. Short sales take longer and require twice as much negotiations, with the seller and also with the seller’s lender.
Unclaimed Homes – Any home that has not yet closed escrow can present a super deal for the buyer when the buyer implements superior search, bargaining and negotiating strategies.
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Industrial Style Condominium High Ceilings SB Grand Lofts 312 W 5th St
OPEN HOUSE SATURDAY – Enjoy Downtown life in a spacious historic open floor plan. 860 Sq Ft Modern open loft with fantastic NYC-like character on Broadway and Historic Core. Private balcony facing original brick light well. Modern kitchen with stainless steel appliances open to the living area. Beautiful wood floors. Washer and dryer in unit. Large soaking bath tub. Open and airy living space with vaulted high ceilings of concrete character, A/C and heat. #sb #lofts #dtla
Excellent downtown location near Farmers Market, Grand Central market. Minutes to Whole Foods, Ralph’s and great shopping and dining. This happy historic building features 24-hr security front desk concierge, fitness room, rooftop sun deck, pool, hot tub with panoramic views of the Downtown Los Angeles skyline. Wired for cable and Internet. Low HOA dues. Pets okay. Great for Downtown live/work! Parking in building available. By Metro station, Pershing Square concerts in Summer and ice skating Winter. Stroll through the renaissance of Broadway, with coming street car as part of the Bringing Back Broadway project. Call Corey (213) 880-9910.
The hottest trend in urban real estate today is historic live/work lofts. #millsact #dtla
Because many of the historic buildings, such as the Eckardt Building in Downtown Los Angeles, qualify for Mills Act tax benefits, living in an open space with high ceilings can pay dividends year after year in the form of dramatically reduced annual county property taxes. Most Mills Act home owners report usual savings around 66%, so they only pay about 1/3 of the property taxes. That’s around $5,000 per year less taxes paid for the average downtown Mills Act loft. While the savings may vary, as home values go up, the benefits go up, giving the average qualified Downtown historic loft owner a potential savings of well over $200,000 over a 30 year mortgage term. One cool Mills Act loft in the booming Historic Core neighborhood has a roomy balcony and is under $450,000. PHOTOS
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NEW LOFTS DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES – Plans have changed several times regarding the renovation of the Downtown LA Jewelry District’s historic Foreman and Clark building into new lofts for sale or for lease. #foremanclark #millsact
REAL ESTATE NEWS – The developer had previously planned to create a mixed-use conversion and and/or a hotel. New homes: The latest construction plans filed with the City of Los Angeles planning department state that the Canadian developer Bonnis Properties intends to convert the 1929 building into residential use with 8,500 square feet of retail space on the ground floor. It is not clear yet if the new lofts will be for sale or for lease, but making loft apartments for lease is more likely based on what most other developers have decided to do recently. They are making a pretty penny on the high rents, and the big developers obviously believe that rents will continue their upward trajectory for loft conversion rentals. Prospective home owners can get onto the New Homes Interest List at no cost.
The 13 story historic Foreman and Clark building at 7th and Hill Streets was originally designed by Curlett & Beelman Architects. The structure was once home to the flagship store for men’s clothing retailer Foreman and Clark on its second through fourth floors. The clothier moved out of this location in the 1960s.
The Art Deco Gothic building is a city Historic-Cultural Landmark for its architectural elements, and because it exemplified the expansion of the early Broadway shopping district according to its application for landmark status.
A bar and restaurants may or may not be the anchors of the future renovation, depending on who you ask and when. We have also been told that it is actually 165 units that are slated to be created for residential use.
It is also said that the developer intends to fill out the 1920s Foreman and Clark building with 124 market-rate apartments (meaning none will be set aside for low-income tenants), with sizes ranging from 470 to 1,075 square feet. The loft redevelopment will also include two penthouses, which will be converted from space that was historically used as mechanical rooms. Hopefully the developer will keep . The penthouses measure about 1,300 and 2,600 square feet, respectively, with the larger penthouse being a prized two-story luxury condominium unit.
The Foreman and Clark building, which sits at the corner of 7th and Hill streets, is rectangular for the first four floors, but then it splits into a U-shaped structure, meaning that on top of the 4th floor, there is open space to be made into communal space for residents.
There will be no parking on site. The building’s never had parking, says Bartolo, and there are no plans to add any.
Bonnis is applying tax credits under the Mills Act right now and also seeking permits. Construction is scheduled to start some time in the next 12 to 15 months. The architect is Los Angeles-based OKB Architects.
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The loft conversion boom reads like an obituary: #LA #Historic
Downtown Los Angeles — Loft boom (2003 to 2013), died three years ago at the age of 10. The large number of conversions was part of the transformation and renaissance of Downtown Los Angeles from a place of blight to a prosperous, rapidly growing area of urban renewal, attracting the middle class and wealthy to return to the Downtown area. The loft conversion boom died at the end of 2013 after the birth of its last child, Barker Block Warehouse One
From 2003 to 2013, many old LA buildings were converted to live/work lofts under the City of Los Angeles Adaptive Re-use Ordinance. Since then, one developer attempted to go condo with an already converted loft rental historic building called The Title Guarantee Building by Pershing Square. The loft condominium sale was abruptly called off just hours before Downtown agents were schedule to meet for its launch briefing. The Downtown specialist agents and brokers were bummed because selling conversions accounts for up to half of their incomes. While the developer would not provide a reason for the sale cancellation, the rationale is clear… like other loft conversions before it, the developer planned to sell the units as condos, but later crunched the numbers and realized that the long-term big money is in renting out the units, not selling them. Title Guarantee was not alone in being built for sale but then never selling; Chapman Flats, The Brockman and others were designed to be condos, and may still go condo when the time is right.
As Downtown rents skyrocket, increasing on average more than $400 per month in less than 3 years, landlords and rental building owners have profited handsomely. With now more than 500,000 jobs, Downtown LA is a boomtown of employment and rentals. Of course, most DTLA condo owners are doing well, sitting pretty on loads of equity, and able to lease out their units at higher-than-expected rent amounts. Many new apartments are being built recently, as well as a few new high-rise condo buildings such as Metropolis and Ten50. As renters continue to flood into Downtown, the rental boom is expected to continue for many years, while those who prefer to own a historic loft are left with a very dwindling inventory and pricey choices. Many Downtown home buyers now end up buying homes outside of Downtown, such as the new homes on the LA River.
The death of the conversion boom is not necessarily all bad. The lack of new conversions creates scarcity and higher prices, thus leads to more value and equity for those who own a historic Downtown loft.
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The Mills Act can give a tremendous tax savings to owners of properties in the approved converted historic loft condominium buildings of Downtown Los Angeles and throughout the state of California.
The tax law encourages the owners and developers of historic buildings to maintain the historic exterior appearance such as original facade and big window frames by giving up to about 2/3 off of annual property taxes. Here’s today’s list of Mills Act approved loft buildings Downtown Los Angeles by address:
It remains the quickest, easiest way to find more character while paying much less property tax. While Downtown Los Angeles has the largest collection of Mills Act properties in Los Angeles, areas such as Pasadena, Hollywood and other Los Angeles neighborhoods also have some beautiful historic Mills Act condos for sale.