It's easy to fall in love with Topanga's charm, its quirkiness. But with that, come unique real estate challenges. I help navigate those.

By the Numbers

31
years in Topanga

and very much at home

18
years in real estate

learned a thing or two

What Elaine's Clients say

Made my house look amazing!

In the selection for my broker I wanted someone who understood me and the market where my house was for sale. I wanted them to be able to answer both myself and the buyer honestly. I needed someone to make the process... | continue reading...

J. Hoover

Andy Sachs & The Around Town Team
2019-01-31T08:25:28-08:00

J. Hoover

In the selection for my broker I wanted someone who understood me and the market where my house was for sale. I wanted them to be able to answer both myself and the buyer honestly. I needed someone to make the process easy, it all seemed a bit overwhelming and I don't like paperwork! It was important to have a broker that would put my house out there for people to see. Elaine Hanson couldn't have been any better. She knows what she is doing and I would highly recommend her. She cared about me and my house and made it look amazing with a few suggestions and helpful hints. I sold my house with Elaine and asked her to help me find a new house which she did both transactions very professionally. If I ever need to sell or buy again she will be the first person I call.

Sold in under a week!

Elaine Hansen was absolutely terrific -- sold my house in less than a week on the market. much of that was due to her valuable expertise in how best to prepare the house for market, price it appropriately, and target the right... | continue reading...

L. Michaelson

Andy Sachs & The Around Town Team
2019-01-31T08:27:00-08:00

L. Michaelson

Elaine Hansen was absolutely terrific -- sold my house in less than a week on the market. much of that was due to her valuable expertise in how best to prepare the house for market, price it appropriately, and target the right kind of buyer for the place, which happened to be a fixer. She was patient and understanding about the process of separating from a home we'd raised our child in and owned for more than 20 years without losing her own objectivity. Besides all that, she's an absolute pleasure to deal with. I'd recommend her to anybody!

My interests were protected

Elaine and I worked together to sell a difficult property in Topanga. It took us over a year, but she finally found the perfect buyers to take on the project. I first met Elaine when interviewing agents for the listing, and was... | continue reading...

C. Von Ludwig

Andy Sachs & The Around Town Team
2019-01-31T08:29:03-08:00

C. Von Ludwig

Elaine and I worked together to sell a difficult property in Topanga. It took us over a year, but she finally found the perfect buyers to take on the project. I first met Elaine when interviewing agents for the listing, and was immediately struck by her candidness and honesty -- atypical attributes of a real estate agent. She believes in doing the right thing, always, because in the end, that's what is best for everyone involved. Working with someone so genuine, level-headed, and fair was a huge comfort to me during the challenging sale of the property (in which she ended up handling both sides of the deal, despite her normal inclination to avoid that situation). I felt that my interests were still protected, even though she was also representing the buyers. Elaine is intelligent, thoughtful, and easy to communicate with; she is incredibly knowledgeable about property, especially in Topanga, and I would trust no one else to represent me on either side of the deal. If anyone is looking to buy property in Topanga, be aware of the fact that there are many houses with unpermitted additions in that area, and unscrupulous agents might try to hide this fact; Elaine will not let someone enter into a situation without full disclosure, whether she's representing the buyer or the seller.

Very responsive and patient

Elaine was very responsive and patient with us, and always followed through on her promises. She knows the area and the kinds of buyers it attracts. She gave us a lot of good advice on preparing the house for sale and what... | continue reading...

A. Schneider

Andy Sachs & The Around Town Team
2019-01-31T08:32:46-08:00

A. Schneider

Elaine was very responsive and patient with us, and always followed through on her promises. She knows the area and the kinds of buyers it attracts. She gave us a lot of good advice on preparing the house for sale and what upgrades were cost-effective. Elaine was very helpful in our obtaining an easement we needed in order to sell the house and worked with the escrow company to make that happen smoothly. She participated actively in the photography and staging of the interior and exterior of the house. The photographs, internet and print ads turned out great, and the house sold quickly at a good price. We highly recommend her.

Only regret that I didn’t hire her earlier

Elaine was the third realtor I engaged to sell my beloved Topanga single family residence, so I have a basis for comparison. Elaine did what the others did not do, and she did it with honesty and tenacity. There was no bait... | continue reading...

D. Gil

Andy Sachs & The Around Town Team
2019-01-31T08:35:45-08:00

D. Gil

Elaine was the third realtor I engaged to sell my beloved Topanga single family residence, so I have a basis for comparison. Elaine did what the others did not do, and she did it with honesty and tenacity. There was no bait and switch, luring me in with a price I would want to hear. We made an honest assessment, and she made it happen, by really pounding the pavement. She did far more than what was required, and really helped me out with a difficult sale with a good deal of issues. She was recommended by a reliable friend. My only regret? That I didn't get that recommendation two years earlier. She's trustworthy, capable and super hard-working. And I like her too. What else do you want?

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How we help you reach your goals

Preparation and Pricing

My goal is to work with you to properly price and present your property in its best light to attract offers from eager home buyers. I invest in professional photography and marketing media in order to ensure your property does not linger on the market, but rather elicits an immediate buzz from both agents and buyers. From my 18 years of experience, I know that the best chance a property has of selling for the highest price is when it first hits the market. My job is to make sure your property stands out from similarly priced homes. That your property is the one prospective buyers remember the most. The one that feels just right for them.

Here is a brief list of what I do to achieve that:

  • Market data review and strategic pricing consultation
  • Professional photography
  • Staging consultation and recommendations
  • Enticing advertising and marketing copy
  • Concierge list of contractors/service providers
  • Preview exposure via exclusive Compass “Coming Soon” Program
  • Print advertising tailored to the property’s buyer audience
  • Worldwide advertising on home search portals
  • A marketing website designed specifically to promote the property.
  • Internal marketing to the national Compass Agent Network
  • Networking with Over 5,000 of the top L.A. area real estate agents
  • Targeted marketing by Compass on FaceBook and Instagram
  • Appointment only showings

Preparing, marketing, and showing your property is only the beginning of the process. What’s next?

Offers, Inspections, and Escrow – Oh my!

The many forms and disclosures of the sale process can seem overwhelming. I will not only walk you through each step, but I will also:

  • Help you complete your seller disclosures
  • Present and discuss the terms of each offer
  • Negotiate any counter offers
  • Attend buyer inspections and property appraisal
  • Keep updated with your escrow officer and the buyer’s lender
  • Keep the lines of communication open with the buyer’s agent

I’m happy to answer any questions you have along the way and get you the information you need. I’ll work with you and communicate with you throughout the process using whatever technology or methods you’re comfortable with. We can text, call, email or have coffee or a cocktail. My goal is to make your transaction as smooth as possible so that you can reach your goal and move on to your next adventure.

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