My wife and I recently sold our home of 38 years in Los Angeles. In the months prior to doing so, I met with several real estate agents in order to identify the person I wanted to represent my home. We selected Portia Park and Kirk Frieden as our agents for several reasons: They were very familiar with the neighborhood of Miracle Mile, they were informed about the recently voted in Historical Preservation Overlay Zone (HPOZ) which imposes certain restrictions on homeowners, they were aware of market trends in the neighborhood, and they truly appreciated the older homes such as ours. We felt comfortable with their analysis of the real estate market in the area and their strategy for selling our property.
Kirk and Portia led us through the steps of preparing our home for sale. They provided a timetable and helped us find the resources we needed for staging our home and presenting it in the most favorable way. The listing and advertising were top drawer with coverage in local newspapers as well as in the regional papers and MLS. They created a website that was outstanding and provided social media with details and images of the home that created considerable interest. The net result of their efforts led to an extremely well attended public “Open House” and an equally popular agents’ viewing. In the end we had several offers over asking price. From start to finish, Kirk and Portia were always available for discussion and help.
Portia and Kirk guided us carefully as we evaluated the offers and provided us with helpful suggestions for selecting the best offer that matched our needs (contingencies, length of escrow, etc.). On more than one occasion, they brought to our attention issues or considerations we had not anticipated. Once we had accepted the offer, Portia and Kirk remained available and were present at all inspections and provided updates and schedules as needed.
We truly enjoyed and appreciated working with Kirk and Portia throughout the selling process. They are serious and dedicated professionals. They treated us with respect and, I believe, responded to our concerns with our best interest in mind. We also believe that having them as a team worked out very well. At the busy open house, the two were able to meet more people and answer more questions than would be possible by a single agent. Moreover, on the rare occasion that one was unavailable, the other would quickly respond. We never felt “abandoned” by our agent.
We would select Kirk and Portia to represent us again if we were to sell another house in Los Angeles. However, since we moved to New England, that is not possible! We would certainly and without hesitation recommend them to anyone considering selling their property in Los Angeles. They are a delightful and extraordinary team.
Kevin M, Ph.D., Professor (emeritus), UCLA School of Medicine April 24, 2018