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What’s Your Next Big Home Improvement?

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Before you convert your garage into the Rock ‘n’ Roll studio you always wanted…make sure to take everything into consideration – including how it may affect your home’s resale value.
Looking to add a “little something fresh” to your home? Maybe you’re contemplating upgraded appliances, a vibrant accent wall, or perhaps an entire bedroom remodel. Not So Fast… There are certain outcomes which you may want to consider before doing a major home improvement. While particular projects may increase your resale value, others may have an adverse effect on the sale price.
Take a look at the top improvements that can help increase your home’s resale value.

1. Kitchens – Time to replace those rusty countertops with a clean look!

2. Bathrooms – Modernize the restroom with some bright tiled floors!

3. Curb Appeal– The exterior is the first impression – Dress to Impress!

4. Roofs and Windows – No one likes an old roof. Improving these assets insures a safer home!

These home enhancements can quickly turn people away from your home…

1. Color Enthusia – Even though ‘every color’ might be your favorite color (like myself), this doesn’t mean they all belong in every room.

2. Swimming Pool – Many potential buyers with young children see pools as a safety hazard. ‘nuff said.

3. Garage Conversion – Maybe you want a place to get the old band started again – don’t do it! Not only will your neighbors hate you, but many buyers actually like having garages.

4. DIY Home Improvements – Unless you really know what you’re doing, you should probably hire someone to install a new feature into your home. Many home inspectors will be able to immediately differentiate between a professional job versus a home project.

Overall…Be thoughtful with your home improvements – and be sure it really is an improvement if your wish is to add to your resale value!

When in doubt…        
          Give me a shout out…
  Laurie Woolner, Realtor

No one will work harder or smarter for you.

 (310) 699-0980laurie@woolnergroup.com

Need Help Cleaning Up…

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Are you one of those people who clean up after your family over the weekend but by Tuesday the house is a mess again? It’s a baffling situation that you’ve basically come to accept at this point. Well, if it makes you feel any better, maintaining a city is a lot more work and requires much more manpower. Thankfully, the Venice and Mar Vista neighborhoods have a collection of reliable and hardworking organizations that help keep the city clean with a variety of different services.

Graffiti Clean Up –

Even though these neighborhoods that make up West LA are one Los Angeles’s safest areas (in terms of lowest crime rate) according to the LA Times – Mapping LA Project, it’s also one of the most artistic cities in the country (according to Forbes). With that being said, graffiti happens, and as a long-time resident of Venice, I’m grateful for our city’s dependable maintenance crew.

Who to Contact:   Operation Clean Sweep is an organization that will clean up graffiti and assist in preventing future occurrences.                        Phone Number: (213) 473- 3231 or Dial 311                        E-mail: ocs@bpw.lacity.org

Curbside Pick Up –

Do you have a broken piece of furniture you’d like to throw away? The Bureau of Sanitation will come to your curbside and pick up any unwanted or bulky items. You may also use this service for a deceased pet.

Who to Contact: To arrange for a sidewalk pickup, you can call: 1-800-773-2489 or email: san.callcenter@lacity.org.

Neighborhood Watch Program –

The Los Angeles Police Department has a program that offers discussions about crime and how to build a safer neighborhood. The select police officers will supply specific information about crime rates if you’re interested in organizing a neighborhood watch program in a designated area.

Who to Contact: If you are thinking about forming a neighborhood watch program in the Venice or Mar Vista neighborhood, contact: (213)-486-6000

Street Services –

Got a pothole you hit every morning when exiting the driveway? The Bureau of Street Services takes in requests for street maintenance such as potholes, tree emergencies, and street sweeping schedules. You may also apply for tree planting or trimming, or any construction-related permits.

Who to Contact: Contact the Bureau of Street Services at: (800) 996-2489

Of course we hope to never encounter any of the emergencies listed here, but you never know when you might need to contact your neighborhood’s maintenance and safety crew for a request. When that time comes, you can count on the Laurie Woolner for all the information about our neighborhood.

For More Information and News about Real Estate, Visit www.WoolnerGroup.com

Or Call Laurie Woolner: (310) 313-7217

Mar Vista & Penmar Park Community Yard Sales

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The reviews are in… Both the Mar Vista & Penmar Park Community Yard Sales Were A Success!

Thank you so much for organizing this yard sale event. Yesterday there were quite a few people that showed up, and I managed to clean up my garage and cleared some spaces after the sale.
You are great!
-Kathy on Courtland, Venice

I just wanted to write a short note thanking you for putting such a great idea into a reality. You made this so easy and it was really fun. When I’m ready to list my home, you will be my agent.
-Linda on Superior, Venice

Thank you for making our first annual yard sale so great. Please don’t hesitate to contact me for any
community-related needs… or to learn more about how you can take advantage of this hot real estate market.


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A few safety tips from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Remove anything that could be an obstacle from lawns, steps and porches.
Candlelit jack-o’-lanterns should be kept away from landings and doorsteps where costumes could brush against the flame.
Indoor jack-o’-lanterns should be kept away from curtains, decorations, and other furnishings that could be ignited.

Wait until you get home so that you have a chance to inspect your candy. Toss out any candy with opened or damaged wrappers

Pick brightly colored costumes. If you want to wear dark colors, stick some reflective tape on the costumes or bags to make them more noticeable.
Make sure all clothes, wigs, beards, etc are labeled Flame Resistant.
Avoid costumes made with flimsy materials or that have big baggy sleeves or billowing skirts. Avoid tripping by making sure costumes are not too long.
If a mask is used, make sure it fits securely and eyeholes are large enough to allow for full vision.
Swords, knives, and similar costume accessories should be made of soft and flexible material.

Carry a flashlight
Young children should always be accompanied by an adult
Please WALK, don’t run from house to house. Use the sidewalk if available, rather than walk in the street.
Choose homes where the residents are known and have outside lights on as a sign of welcome.
Children should not enter homes or apartments unless accompanied by an adult.

Halloween can be frightening enough. Don’t let real estate be scary, too.

For more safety tips or to discuss any of your real estate needs, call Laurie today.


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602 Victoria Ave, Venice, CA 90291

1778 Total Living Space | 3998 sq ft lot | Offered at $1,300,000

Live, Work & Play! If you are looking for a totally hip and cool property, look no further. Completely private and nondescript from the street, this property offers many options and could easily be converted into a fabulous single family home, if one so desires. The owner’s unit is a 3 bed + 2 bath 1200 sq ft house featuring an open and light living concept, concrete floors, cook’s kitchen with Wolfe Range and Sub Zero fridge with wood burning fireplace, lots of skylights and French doors leading to a private entertainer’s yard.

The 1 bedroom 578 sq ft unit with office has its own entrance with yard and is currently rented at $2300 a month. Parking west of Lincoln? No problem in your 2 car private garage off the alley with 3 additional guest spots. And the location is the crème de la crème: large R2 4000 sq ft private corner lot just one block E of Abbot Kinney in the hot area known as “Presidents Row” in the Couer d’Alene school district.

Why not experience Venice lifestyle at its best?

Please do not hesitate to contact me for any community related needs you would like to promote, or to learn more about this home – or to discuss how you can take advantage of this “Hot Real Estate Market.”

Venice Yard Sale an EPIC SUCCESS!

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As Featured on the Yo Venice!

Epic Yard Sale Weekend
May 2nd, 2014 by Eric

If you like yard sales, this weekend is going to be epic for you. Sunday is the second annual Huge Venice Yard Sale (when we last heard from organizer Laurie Woolner, there were 67 73 homes on the map and more coming).

Huge Venice Yard Sale – 50+ Homes May 4th 9-3pm East of Lincoln – W of Walgrove – S of Rose – N of Zanja Hosted by local Real Estate agent Laurie Woolner aka “Tiny…but Mighty”. Lots of families & lots of good stuff! Starting point for maps, etc. 2136 Walnut Ave. Directional signs & maps will be posted throughout the neighborhood. More info or call 310.699.0980


Also featured on: Venice Paparazzi Blog