SCAM ALERT: Property Grant Deed & Assessment Scams

This was sent to one of our buyers shortly after they moved in.

This was sent to one of our buyers shortly after they moved in.

When you purchase and move into a home you will experience an influx in mail, invitations and solicitations. There will be many important documents that will arrive in your mailbox, along with welcome solicitations such as the local grocery store, and unfortunately the shadier operators in our society are also out to make a few bucks off of your good fortune.

These scams have been common over the past few years. The general traits all highlight the importance of owning your property's grant deed and some form of assessment. In the past years they have all requested a range between $79 to $89 for this 'service.'

Fact is, your grant deed is mailed to you free after the close of escrow and if or for some reason you needed a copy - the county clark's office can produce this for you for a small processing fee. The property assessment and valuation was done by the appraiser your lender hired and again by the county accessor after you closed escrow. Should you wish to have a current valuation, our team is always happy to update you on your home's expected value based on current market conditions.

In this particular case, the service fee was $86 for the 'service,' while it may not be a whole lot considering the living index of Silicon Valley - it's $86 our clients did not have to spend. Make sure not to get suckered into this common scam, and make sure to tell a friend or family about it so they don't either.

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Content LAB: Wood + Water, July 8, 2017

We're sponsoring a Content LAB in conjunction with Content Magazine and Bay Maples! It's this Saturday, July 8, 2017 and the main topic of the evening is gray water systems, and how to adapt your environment to a more eco-friendly and sustainable lifestyle without sacrificing the comforts you currently call home. As a perk, it should also lower your water bill!

Dinner, Drinks and Entertainment provided. 

Limited seating. Buy your tickets early!

Behind the Scenes.

One of the things we continue to do here at METIS is to improve our product. This means streamlining the process, a continuous investment into technology - both hardware and software, and most importantly hiring talent. An area we've been anxiously wanting to grow is our in-house videography. This means not just stitching together photos and passing that off as a 'video tour' but to get into story telling, A-rolls with B-rolls, sound editing and post production. The end goal is to not just have an in-house marketing department that services our clientele, but an in-house media production department.

This reel was done freehand utilizing a Sony A7R, Carl Zeiss lens, and a Rode shotgun mic. It was also above 100°F out and our CEO was clearly feeling the heat. However, we wanted to show you a bit of what goes behind the scenes and the multiple trials and errors of our process before something makes it to the production stage and to where we're comfortable offering it to our clientele. 

Thanks for your support!

SOLD - 4396 Laird Circle

A big congrats and many thanks to Janice Chua and Ian Chan on selling their Rivermark home.

This was the cleanest original Rivermark home we have ever seen. It showed like a new build inside and was evident that both of them lived very light. In the property preparation phase of this property all we had to do was thoroughly clean, stage, and replace the cooktop as the ignitors ceased working.

Then we went on market Mother's Day weekend which was a week earlier than originally scheduled. While we experienced excited buyers and a flood of visitors we opted to hold the property on the market for an additional week and a second weekend of open homes as many buyers expressed frustration of them needing to choose their mothers or their potential new house. We felt allowing all potential buyers the opportunity to tour the home was in everyone's best interest. 

As the second open house weekend wrapped up we set an offer date that following Wednesday. After reviewing all offers we selected a very clean, above asking offer and our clients were able to transition to the next chapter of their lives in Singapore. 

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This sale meant a lot to our team. For one, Janice was one of METIS' earliest supporters and one of the very few who knew about METIS before we publicly launched. Where as start ups of yesteryear (HP, Intel, Apple, Google, etc.) were often associated with garages, many of today's start ups got their start in coffee shops. Janice and Ian owned Bitter+Sweet Cafe in Cupertino where we often met and worked on METIS, it was practically a second office for us. 

Thus, when Janice inquired about the sale of her property, we were honored. 

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Many Thanks Janice & Ian! We hope to see you in Singapore!

- METIS

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Content LAB: Wood + Water, July 8, 2017

METIS is proud to team up with Content Magazine and Bay Maples to put on one of Content's infamous LAB's. On Saturday, July 8, 2018 we have speakers lined up to educate a limited audience on gray water systems, eco friendly living, and green construction. Attendees will also participate in interactive entertainment, exclusive access to panelists, along with dinner and an open bar. 

$75 General Admission
$45 Content Subscriber
$30 Students

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METIS Real Estate x Vesta Residential

Two pillars that we have always believed in at METIS are collaboration and talent acquisition. This means that we are always open to possibilities, new ideas, and run our business more like a practice where we tirelessly innovate, improve, adapt, and strive to be better. In doing so we keep our ears to the ground and scout out individuals that are clearly outstanding or we believe can contribute something beneficial to the team. 

Vesta Residential is just one of those companies. They have something really great going on, and are hyper focused in one particular niche, meaning they are specialists at what they do. We started out as listing specialists, but a we grew and expanded we acquired specialists in multiple areas and thus as a company have become generalists. METIS is able to fill a void that Vesta Residential needed. A partnership is mutually beneficial, but more importantly it allows both of us to better serve Silicon Valley clientele. As a result, between Vesta Residential, METIS Real Estate, and Prive Luxury - Silicon Valley has never had more choice and expertise before.

More info about Vesta Residential at: vesta.re
More info about METIS Real Estate at: metisre.com
More info about PRIVÉ Luxury at: prive.com

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PENDING - 4396 Laird Circle

While most of our listings accept an offer within 7 days this year, we intentionally held off on accepting offers for 4396 Laird Circle to get in two weekends of open homes. The first weekend was Mother's Day weekend and we had many potential buyers express the desire to view the property, but had to travel for their mother's. We thought this was the right thing to do, and gave everyone of them an opportunity to tour this fantastic property the following week.  

Selling your home? We can sell your's too.

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Garage Unlimited - Monterey

Set in Ryan Ranch, just minutes between Monterey and Laguna Seca is Garage Unlimited. We were invited to an advanced preview and to Matterport the space. 46 exclusive build to suit units for both storage and business. Every unit is spacious and this is proving to be one of the most prestigious storage facilities in Monterey. 

Monterey Car Week is coming up fast! If this is something you must have, then inquire today!

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The Sevens - Hancock Park

The Sevens is set within a protected park-like locale amid cosmopolitan L.A., adjoining the city’s most famous street address, Wilshire Boulevard, with Rimpau Boulevard.

Thoughtfully sited, the homes are freestanding but organized in a uniform north-south orientation, basking in year-round Southern California sun and warmth of the day’s book ends. The stunning architecture of The Sevens complements the stylistic significance of the surrounding neighborhood, each residence comprised of three different floor plans featuring 3 and 4 bedrooms, a direct two-car garage, and a rooftop terrace boasting panoramic mountain and city vistas. Classic brownstones, synonymous with a bygone era of New York, merge effortlessly with a clean modern aesthetic — an elegantly agreeable architectural crossroads at the front door of Hancock Park. With both traditional and contemporary grace, The Sevens adjoins a historic neighborhood with the inspired future landscape of Los Angeles.

Arriving Summer 2017

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Getty Villa - Pacific Palisades

Many Angelenos will spend a lifetime living in this city without experiencing some of the sites that tourists flock to when they visit Los Angeles.  This summer, take advantage of some of the great sites our city has to offer.  The Getty Villa in the Pacific Palisades is the perfect place to spend a summer afternoon with your friends, loved ones or family. You can enjoy the ever changing art collections, wonder through the gardens, or enjoy a picnic with a cool ocean breeze. This summer, they will be featuring Roman Mosaics across the Empire.  Best of all, entrance to the Getty Villa is free!  Tickets are required for entry and can be ordered online here http://www.getty.edu/visit/villa/plan/hours.html

Luis Rhee
VP METIS Los Angeles

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PENDING - 7100 Rainbow Dr. #32

Offer accepted in just 6 days. Congrats to Mimi Goh for a tour de force effort in getting this property prepped, listed and shown in less than a week. Sellers are incredibly happy and this allows them to purchase their next move-up house.

Contact us today to learn how to sell, then purchase in this competitive market.

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Introducing Mimi Goh

It's a rare moment where I'm excited by talent. Mimi has proven herself to be our ideal goal getter, solution solver, and a perfect fit for METIS. In fact, I had her represent a personal property of mine. After being on the METIS team for 3 months she has displayed incredible selfless work ethic, a steady focus on client experience and result driven. 

Mimi was properly licensed on Monday, listed my property on Friday, had an exceptional open house weekend and here we are less than 7 days after listing and accepted an above asking, super clean offer. 

While our team is composed of extraordinary talent, Mimi is just that - exceptional. 

Wallace Chane
Founder / CEO METIS

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Congratulations Rob & Laurie!

After renting for over a decade, Rob & Laurie took matters into their own hands and made the decision to purchase a house. Their lease was ending in a matter of 30 days, and as a result we had to search fast and write strong offers. We were able to get them in just as soon as their lease ended and their very next payment went to their personal equity rather than lining another landlord's pockets. Congratulations you two, and Mahalo!

Tired of renting? Work with one of our Buyer Specialists today:

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Wingtip SF: Kentucky Derby Social

Many thanks to Wingtip SF for hosting us at their annual Kentucky Derby Social sponsored by Blade and Bow, and Garden & Gun magazine. We cheered for the one-eyed wonder Patch, but at the end watched Always Dreaming cross the line with a definitive finish. 

As a few members have mentioned, this is one of the best dressed parties of the year and this year did not disappoint. We look forward to seeing everyone at the next social!

SOLD - 631 Redwood Road

We had a riot selling 631 Redwood Road in Felton, CA. While unlike any of the properties we typically represent, this was one our social media accounts with the hashtag #CABINGOALS

We wish the new owners a charmed ownership, and plenty of memories in this Instagram-worthy home amongst the Santa Cruz Mountain Redwoods.

OFFERS DUE - 7100 Rainbow Dr. #32

Thanks to all of you took time out of Mother's Day weekend to visit us at 7100Rainbow.co 

We've discussed terms with our seller and have set an offer date of Thursday, May 18, 2017 by 2pm. Talk to your agent, or contact one of our buyer specialists and let's get you a new home!

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Los Angeles: First Quarter Condo Heat Map

We crunched the numbers this week, and bring you the heat map for first quarter Condo & Co-Op sales volume in Los Angeles. The market enjoyed some sizable improvements this past quarter – with 26 areas of growth, 14 areas of decline, and 11 areas with insufficient data. The top five hottest areas this quarter are:

  1. Silver Lake – Echo Park (17 more listings sold, 278% increase) – The home of the world-famous man-made lake, Silver Lake – Echo Park was the shining star of the first quarter, more than tripling the amount of listings sold (8 in Q1-2016 to 25 in Q1-2017).

  2. Metropolitan South (2 more listings sold, 260% increase) – The southern neighbor of DTLA caught a break this past quarter, but keep in mind that it went from 1 listing sold in Q-2016 to 3 listings sold in Q1-2017.
     
  3. Park Hills Heights (17 more listings sold, 203% increase) – Park Hills Heights made a drastic quantitative growth, climbing to 29 listings sold in Q1-2017 versus 12 listings sold in Q1-2016.
     
  4. Ladera Heights (1 more listing sold, 128% increase) – Ladera Heights broke into the top 5 as well, but is another area with very few listings sold, growing from 1 listing sold in Q1-2016 to 2 listings sold in Q1-2017.
     
  5. Sunset Strip – Hollywood Hills West (3 more listings sold, 113% increase) – The tourist hotspot has persisted in selling a decent number of condos & co-ops, growing from 28 listings sold in Q1-2016 to 31 listings sold in Q2-2017.

Contact our Luis Rhee, VP of METIS Los Angeles for additional details.

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Congratulations Uland Liao!

Years ago Uland took a giant leap of faith and purchased his first property, a 2 bed / 2 bath condo off of North First Street in North San Jose. Coming right out of college and just getting his footing in Silicon Valley this was a big commitment. Uland made improvements to the property and when it was time to sale he solicited our experts. He was nervous through the entire process, a 'worry wort' in his words, but things couldn't have gone smoother. During his ownership this area in North San Jose exploded and the demand for housing skyrocketed. We were able not to only achieve top dollar for his property, but accepted an offer in less than 7 days and scheduled everything to parallel with his purchase - a 4 bed / 3 bath single family home.

Here's Uland talking with our CEO Wallace Chane on moving day:

Congrats Uland! Thanks for working with METIS!

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LEASED - Silver Lake Loft

Our client needed their first home rented, we were able to successfully find multiple tenants in just 48 hours and in 7 short days approved and accepted a qualified and eager tenant. 

If you need a high-impact, experienced team to handle your real estate needs in Silver Lake, Los Feliz, Echo Park or anywhere in the Greater Los Angeles area - contact our Los Angeles team today!

Luis Rhee, VP METIS Los Angeles: (424) 260-7620 luis@metisre.com

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7100 Rainbow Dr. #32 - Open This Weekend!

This highly anticipated unit in the Cupertino Creekside development is finally on the market. Cupertino Creekside has been very popular and in high demand due to it's exceptional top tier Cupertino School District and more recently the proximity to Silicon Valley campuses - specifically Apple (both AC1 and AC2). 

Unit 32 has been under the same ownership since 1999 and has been remodeled twice. The most recent renovation was about 1.5 years ago and its owners have opted for higher end and designer finishes throughout. As you walk in you will notice the contemporary paint scheme, everything was coated in top of the line Benjamin Moore Aura paint and the easy to maintain low-pile gray wall-to-wall carpet defines the primary level. The kitchen has been entirely updated with fresh over-sized quartz countertops, stainless appliances, and subway tile. You will also notice energy efficient recessed LEDs, Restoration Hardware drum light in the dining area and a West Elm barn light over the counter extension. 

On the main living area the paint scheme continues and in lieu of carpet, there is high-quality laminate wood flooring with Rejuvenation flush mounts in the hall with designer bulbs. Each room is spacious and comfortable. Both bathrooms have updated toilets, and Restoration Hardware fixtures. In-Unit Washer & Dryer (full size), and tile flooring in the entry, kitchen, both bathrooms and laundry room. 

Plenty of storage throughout. Single space in a gated parking structure, a storage unit in the same structure, and set in an open and park like community. Make sure to visit this one.

Additional details at: 7100RAINBOW.co

Open Schedule:
Saturday, May 13, 2017 1:30-4:30p
Sunday, May 14, 2017 1:30-4:30p

Represented and hosted by:
Mimi Goh (818) 625-4554 / mimi@metisre.com

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