Category Archives: Buyers

Homes for Sale Los Angeles

homes-for-sale-los-angelesOur data feed is now coming in for all of Los Angeles. You can see all houses for sale in Los Angeles with beautiful photos and key information. In our view, its all the about the listings. Why? Because that is what you want. From West LA to Hollywood and beyond, the listings are here for you.

If searching for homes for sale in Los Angeles is what you are looking for without the hassle, we hope you have come to the right place. You can find homes for sale, homes that have recently been sold, homes for lease and homes that have just been rented as you can do your homework and start planning your next move.

MLS Listings and MLS Search

Search the MLSMLS Listings, MLS Search which site? I just want to see great photos… 

What is the best way for consumers to search for real estate?

On occasion our clients ask us how they can search the MLS. Other clients ask us what does MLS mean? That is Major League Soccer right? We too often use our acronyms and industry lingo thinking everybody knows that the heck we are talking about.

What is a comp? I have to do my AVID. You have to fill out this TDS. By the way would you mind signing the AD form? The HVAC works well. Do you want ALTA title insurance? I have to do a BPO (this is not a body function), Did you read the CCRs? I am going to double side this one. He’s going FSBO. They are chasing the market down. What’s the LVR on that loan? You need PMI on that deal. Did you pay your CAR dues (nothing to do with automobiles). That is owned by a REIT. It just needs a little TLC. It’s a dog with fleas (OK not this one).

What language is all this? Sorry everybody. We will try to speak English from now on.

The MLS means the multiple listing service of course. I guess that means some kind of service that provides at least more than one listing. Most of these MLS’s have a public portal where you can search even if you are not a real estate agent or Realtor (there I go again with an acronym again. Sorry.

By the way, a Realtor is just an agent that has joined a board of .. Realtors. But that is another blog I may never write because that is boring. Anyway back to the MLS thing.

Most of these MLS consumer portals are very clunky. That is being kind to them. Many of these portals work in quirky ways which makes searching confusing to consumers.

You think it is confusing just for you on occasion? The Ventura County MLS for agents has a commonly used search feature by tract code which all agents use all the time but in reality there are listings in those tract searches that don’t show up if those listings where inputted by agents out of the immediate area. Here is the acronym for that glitch. Search Sucks. That means that agents think they are seeing all the listings that could interest their buyer but they are not. There is a way around it if you know about this glitch, which most agents do not. You can’t rely on the integrity of their data when you are searching for a buyer. Nice going MLS. A shot and a goal!!! Not.

As most of you know the MLS is the exchange where agents upload their new listings and buyer’s search for homes for their clients. It is how real estate sells for the most part.

So where do Trulia, Zillow and fit in exactly you ask? They are aggregators of MLS listings for the most part. And they sell a lot of ads to make money … and not so much in some cases. They will even give you an estimate of value. Cool huh? Not really. See for the scoop on that deal.

Home buyers and sellers should not really be concerned about an “MLS Search” per se, they just want to easily see all the homes on the market and look at lots of photographs and know the most important details. So after many years doing real estate transactions we went off an a mission to create a more pure search experience for you; clean, simple, map based with great photos. Not much else is needed. Maybe we will add a feature or two in the future but not too much. Less is more in my view. Maybe you agree.

Thrive Launches Home Listing Search Website

Thrive Homes and Estates has launched its new website, Thrive.US,  which features a “pure search” experience for home buyers and sellers. The site is built with the intention of providing the best search experience on the Internet for people interested in searching for homes that are on the market in Southern California.

What do people want when they search for homes? It’s all about the listings. Devoid of clutter, countless ads and confusing features, the Thrive Search Experience™ offers a clean map-based user experience focused on pure search, and of course lots beautiful photos of fabulous homes.

Whether you are looking to buy a home or find out the asking or sold prices in your neighborhood, the Thrive Search Experience is fast and powerful and the star of the show is the property front and center.

Thrive founder Scott Farrell commented: “While there are countless search sites, a great search experience is rare. I could not find vendors that could provide Thrive with what we envisioned as the ultimate search experience for consumers so we designed it myself. To make that vision a reality, we had to hire a talented team of developers and build it from scratch, writing our own code

The Thrive Search Experience covers a large section of Southern California from Ventura County east to the inland desert areas and from north of Los Angeles to Orange County.  Start your search at the home page of