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Margaret Arana

Agent

7 Recent Sales (last 12 months)

Real estate agent (14 years experience)

Specialties:
Buyer's Agent,
Listing Agent,
Relocation,
Short-Sale

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Hi!

I became a Realtor in 2001 after toying with the idea for several  years because I have always loved real estate and have been a homeowner since my twenties.

I was born and raised in Los Angeles, in the suburb of Downey. I graduated from UCLA with a degree in English and from there I worked for several travel magazines and music public relations firms. All the while, though, I was interested in real estate and thought about becoming a Realtor. I bought my first property, a condo in Hollywood, when I was 25 and I must admit the experience was not a great one. I felt that the Realtors I came across only cared about getting me into "something" as fast as possible, and did not seem concerned about my happiness, nor did they listen to my likes and dislikes. I remember one Realtor turned icy when I didn't buy something the first day. The next day she took me out she said "I hope you're a buyer, and not just a SHOPPER!"

From that experience, I decided that I wanted to be a Realtor who would not fit into that stereotype of the pushy, self-interested, salesperson. Many times clients have asked me "Margaret, would you buy this house"? Believe it or not, many times I say "No, I think we can do better." If a client can't trust me to tell them the truth, what's the point of being a Realtor?

I represent both sellers and buyers and I pride myself with knowing that they will get great service and not only my knowledge as a Realtor, but my knowledge of owning property in Los Angeles since 1983. I have personally experienced several up and down cycles in LA real estate history and can relay that experience to my clients.

A majority of my buyers are first-time buyers and I get tremendous satisfaction when I play a part in getting a long-time renter into a home. I help them up with a mortgage broker who can help them improve their credit if necessary; I help them with the physical inspection of the house; and all the steps and negotiations that occur during the escrow period. After escrow closes, I'm still there for my clients, whether they need a referral, some advice, or they just want to say hi!

My office is based in Hollywood and I work in this area, as well as most areas within a 20-mile radius – including Hollywood Hills, Los Feliz, Silver Lake, Mt. Washington, Echo Park, Highland Park, Eagle Rock, Glassell Park, Glendale, Burbank, Pasadena, North Hollywood, the San Fernando Valley and others. 

I love it when a buyer didn't think they could afford a house, and they actually do it with my help and guidance. This is what I became a Realtor to do. I sincerely believe that homeownership is the only way to obtain financial and personal freedom. And what better place to buy than Los Angeles, where there is always more people arriving than leaving?

For me, being a Realtor is one of the best jobs in the world. I get to meet great people, and help them with the biggest and best financial decision of their lives. Buying and holding onto real estate in Los Angeles is the best thing a person can do for a financially-secure future. Let me help you get there!

Margaret

For more info. on me and some easy-to-use property searches, please visit my website www.laeastsider.com

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About Margaret Arana: <br/><br/>Hi!<br/><br/>I became a Realtor in 2001 after toying with the idea for several&nbsp; years because I have always loved real estate and have been a homeowner&nbsp;since my twenties.<br/><br/>I&nbsp;was born and raised in Los Angeles, in the suburb of Downey. I graduated from UCLA with a degree in English and from there I worked for several travel magazines and music public relations firms. All the while, though, I was interested in real estate and thought about becoming a Realtor. I bought my first property, a condo in Hollywood, when I was 25 and I must admit the experience was not a great one. I felt that the Realtors I came across only cared about getting me into "something" as fast as possible, and did not seem concerned about my happiness, nor did they listen to my likes and dislikes. I remember one Realtor turned icy when I didn't buy something the first day. The next day she took me out she said "I hope you're a buyer, and not just a SHOPPER!" <p>From that experience, I decided that I wanted to be a Realtor who would not fit into that stereotype of the pushy, self-interested, salesperson. Many times clients have asked me "Margaret, would you buy this house"? Believe it or not, many times I say "No, I think we can do better." If a client can't trust me to tell them the truth, what's the point of being a Realtor?</p><p>I represent both sellers and buyers and I pride myself with knowing that they will get great service and not only my knowledge as a Realtor, but my knowledge of owning property in Los Angeles since 1983. I have personally experienced several up and down cycles in LA real estate history and can relay that experience to my clients.</p><p>A majority of my buyers are first-time buyers and I get tremendous satisfaction when I play a part in getting a long-time renter into a home. I help them up with a mortgage broker who can help them improve their credit if necessary; I help them with the physical inspection of the house; and all the steps and negotiations that occur during the escrow period. After escrow closes, I'm still there for my clients, whether they need a referral, some advice, or they just want to say hi!</p><p>My office is based in Hollywood and I work in this area, as well as most areas within a 20-mile radius &ndash; including Hollywood Hills, Los Feliz, Silver Lake, Mt. Washington, Echo Park, Highland Park, Eagle Rock, Glassell Park, Glendale, Burbank, Pasadena, North Hollywood, the San Fernando Valley&nbsp;and others.&nbsp;<br/><br/>I love it when a buyer didn't think they could afford a house, and they actually do it with my help and guidance. This is what I became a Realtor to do. I sincerely believe that homeownership is the only way to obtain&nbsp;financial and personal freedom. And what better place to buy than Los Angeles, where there is always more people arriving than leaving?</p><p>For me, being a Realtor is one of the best jobs in the world. I get to meet great people, and help them with the biggest and best financial decision of their lives. Buying and holding onto real estate in Los Angeles is the best thing a person can do for a financially-secure future. Let me help you get there!</p><!-- end .post --><p class="nocomments">Margaret<br/><br/>For more info. on me and some easy-to-use property searches, please visit my website&nbsp;<a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.laeastsider.com">www.laeastsider.com</a></p><!--end #respond--><!-- Previous/Next page navigation --><div class="widget widget-1 widget-single Social_Widget">&nbsp;</div>

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Past Sales  

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Seller
07/08/2015
$650,000

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07/08/2015 - Seller - $650,000

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Seller
06/30/2015
$450,000

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06/30/2015 - Seller - $450,000

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03/31/2015
$1,205,000

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03/31/2015 - Seller - $1,205,000

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Seller
01/22/2015
$355,000

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01/22/2015 - Seller - $355,000

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Seller
10/24/2014
$558,000

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10/24/2014 - Seller - $558,000

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Ratings & Reviews

I bought my first house from Margaret back in 2001. After 1 year, 3 months of house hunting and 4 other real estate agents later, I saw a listing and Margaret happened to be the listing agent. I told her what I was looking for, my budget and the few areas I wanted to live in. She focused on all that and within 3 months I had found what I was looking for! She even gave me a bottle of champagne to celebrate my first home purchase! I still own the house today and Margaret and I still keep in touch. I have actually been thinking of selling the house. She came over and gave me an idea of what I needed to do to get it market ready and gave me an idea of what she would list it for. She certainly knows her stuff and is always educating herself on what the market is doing. I receive emails and articles from her about the L.A. housing market and mortgage rates which in turn educates me in the event I want to buy or sell again. Margaret is a top-notch agent!

  

07/04/2013 - user0519208
Bought a Single Family home in 2001 for approximately $200K in Mount Washington, Los Angeles, CA.

I bought my first house from Margaret back in 2001. After 1 year, 3 months of house hunting and 4 other real estate agents later, I saw a listing and Margaret happened to be the listing agent. I told her what I was looking for, my budget and the few areas I wanted to live in. She focused on all that and within 3 months I had found what I was looking for! She even gave me a bottle of champagne to celebrate my first home purchase! I still own the house today and Margaret and I still keep in touch. I have actually been thinking of selling the house. She came over and gave me an idea of what I needed to do to get it market ready and gave me an idea of what she would list it for. She certainly knows her stuff and is always educating herself on what the market is doing. I receive emails and articles from her about the L.A. housing market and mortgage rates which in turn educates me in the event I want to buy or sell again. Margaret is a top-notch agent!  More Less 

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05/23/2013 - user38476391
Bought a Single Family home in 2008 for approximately $500K in Mount Washington, Los Angeles, CA.

We worked with Margaret to buy our first home in Mt. Washington. We really wanted to work with Margaret because of her willingness to work with first time homebuyers. She was very patient, helpful, and knowledgeable with our millions of questions. We also really liked that she specialized and lived in the area we were looking at. She's owned, sold and lived in a number of homes in the Mt Washington area. I highly recommend Margaret to anyone looking to buy or sell a home.  More Less 

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05/22/2013 - johnnymoto
Sold a home in 2013 in Encino, Los Angeles, CA 91316.

Margaret's a fantastic agent that my wife and I have worked with on several home purchases and sales. Extremely patient and knowledgable. I've recommended her to other close friends who've all been very happy with their experiences. Honest, hard working, detail oriented and a pleasure to work with.

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