The Agency’s David Parnes talks L.A.’s pandemic-fueled market and

Obsessed with the online real estate listing-craze of the COVID-19 pandemic?

Bravo’s “Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles” star David Parnes of The Agency is behind a new bookmark-worthy site.

Dubbed, it offers a free, searchable platform for properties up to three days before they appear on the Multiple Listing Service at online third-party sites. It was originally a membership-based, off-market listing forum exclusive to agents — created by The Agency’s top-selling agent Christopher Dyson, along with co-founding partners Mauricio Umansky (the CEO and founder of The Agency), James Harris (Parnes’ business partner and “Million Dollar Listing” co-star) and Parnes — in 2017.

But Parnes, the dapper 38-year-old Londoner, said they “decided to take the site down and rebuild it so our agents could use in a 100% compliant manner” with the National Association of Realtors’ Clear Cooperation policy. That policy requires brokers to enter listings in the MLS within one business day of publicly marketing a property and up to three days if marketed on a Friday or face potential fines.

The new site, which has been up and running since mid-January, is free for the public to use.

“Buyers are able to access properties on first, before they appear anywhere else, including Zillow. And for the first time anywhere, potential sellers can search for which agent has the best-matched buyer for their home and connect directly with that agent,” Parnes said in an email follow-up to an early phone interview when we asked him about the pandemic’s effect on the L.A. luxury real estate market.

Q: How has business changed for L.A.’s luxury real estate market since the pandemic?

A: It’s actually stronger than ever.

Q: Why do you suppose?

A: I think the reason for that is the lifestyle that Los Angeles affords. The weather is nicer. More people live in Los Angeles houses versus New York, Chicago, Miami and London even. And I think that is a big deal because, in a post-COVID world, people value their space more.

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Moreover, more people work from home now. So, the house has become more and more important. As such, we see a lot of demand from first-time home buyers and buyers in general for Los Angeles because it’s such a good environment to live in under the circumstances.

You couple that with low borrowing rates — especially for first-time home buyers — and you see demand really go through the roof, which is what’s happened.

Q: What price bracket are we talking about here when we talk about borrowers?

A: I would say $10 million and below is when you typically see a loan and a mortgage. And that will incorporate virtually all first-time homebuyers for sure.

Q: Who are these first-time homebuyers?

A: Typically, they’re couples or single people in their 20s and 30s and from all industries. They can lock-in this cheap debt right now for the long term. So, it’s an incredible opportunity.

Q: Do low rates offer any benefits to the super-rich?

A: For them, I think it’s more opportunity cost. If someone with a lot of money has their money sitting in …read more

Source:: Los Angeles Daily News

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