Providing real estate services for the Palos Verdes Peninsula and the South Bay of Los Angeles. I work tirelessly to help buyers and sellers of real estate meet their goals. Let me help you!
Get to know Maureen Megowan
Make sure and go to my web blog at http://mmegowan.activerain.com . Also check out my website at http://www.maureenmegowan.com which has extensive information on buying or selling a home on the Palos Verdes Peninsula or the South Bay beach communities. I am among the top producing agents in Remax Palos Verdes Realty, and a member of the Remax Platinum club. I really listen to my clients and strive to get to know them and their families; to learn what their goals are and what is most important to them. I work hard to be the Best Palos Verdes Peninsula and Best South Bay Realtor possible!
I work as both a Seller's Listing Agent as well as a Buyer's Real Estate Agent. Working for both Sellers as well as Buyers makes for a better informed agent. I have five specialist certifications; Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist, Certified Palos Verdes Specialist , Seniors Real Estate Specialist, Certified Distressed Property Expert, and e-pro certification as an internet specialist.
The Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist (CLHMS) designation assures affluent buyers and sellers that the agents who have earned it have the knowledge, experience, competence, and confidence they require and have successfully demonstrated their expertise in the luxury home and estate market. I am also a member of the CLHMS Million Dollar Guild. Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialists whose documented performance includes multiple sales of properties in the top 10% of sales prices in their market areas are recognized as members of the prestigious Million Dollar Guild.The Certified Palos Verdes Specialist designation assures you that I have the specialized knowledge of the Palos Verdes Peninsula to ensure that you purchase the perfect home. The Seniors Real Etate Specialist designation indicates that I have extensive knowledge of the specialized needs of our Senior Citizens in helping them meet their financial goals. The Certified Distressed Property Expert designation demonstrates that I have the specialized knowledge to advise homeowners on how best to deal with home loan delinquency issues, foreclosures, and short sales. The e-pro certification issued by the National Association of Realtors is specifically desinged to provide real estate professionals with the technology tools needed to assist consumers in the purchase or sale of a home.
I also have a bachelors degree from California State University - Chico, as well as an advanced degree in fashion design from the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. My eye for design is especially useful in helping a seller stage their home for maximum sales appeal. I have lived in Palos Verdes Estates for over 25 years, and have raised 3 boys here, and have been actively involved in community organizations.
My clients know that no one would work harder for them in either helping them locate their perfect home, or in helping them sell their home. I am totally dedicated to providing the best service available, and a lot of that comes from good communication. I treat my clients as I do my friends, and many of them have become good friends.
My website http://www.maureenmegowan.com has been designed to provide someone new to our area all of the information that they would need to make an informed decision about buying a home in our wondeerful community. That is why I work with many relocation clients.
Here are some excerpts of testimonials I have received from my clients ( full testimonials may be read at the end of my profile);
"Our experience with Maureen was more than just exceptional"
"Maureen did a fantastic job marketing our property"
"Maureen is really an exceptional agent. She gives 110% for her clients. She is dedicated, honest, patient, smart, and makes her clients feel like family. Even your mother wouldn't give you this much attention if she was your real estate agent . No one will ever give you the service that Maureen will"
"I highly recommend Maureen to anyone searching for real estate, especially if you are new to the area. . . She is an excellent Realtor and has become a great friend!"
Why do People Move to the Palos Verdes Peninsula ?
I have had numerous clients that were considering job transfers to the Los Angeles area, and after considering many different possible locations in the Los Angeles area decided to buy a home on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. The following are the key reasons in their decisions:
1. Quality of Local School System :The Palos Verdes Unified School System is one of the best in the State, and our schools consistently rank among the top in standardized test scores. These can be verified at the following link on my seb site : Palos Verdes Peninsula School Information. People recognize the value of having strong local public schools and the cost savings that can be achieved when they don't have to send their kids to private schools.
2. Rural Atmosphere : The foresight of the city planners of the 4 cities on the Palos Verdes Peninsula to insure the preservation of open space has made the Palos Verdes Peninsula an island of tranquility in the urban jungle that is Los Angeles County. In additon, the maintenance of equestrian oiented trails and rights of way have preserved this rural way of life for all of us.
3. Larger Lot Sizes and Set back Requirements: Compared to most of the local beach communities, our city governments on the hill have maintained building standards to limit the "mansionation" of homes here. Most of our cities have limitations on the size of the foundation of a home as well as strict neighborhood compatability regulations to make sure that new homes do not sit on top of each other and give all of us breathing room.
4. Our Beautiful Views and Proximity to the Ocean: We are so fortunate to enjoy the spectacular views along our coastline, as well as the magnificent city views that we also have. People who are looking to relocate here are absolutely blown away by the beauty and spectacular views that many of the homes here have. Even if you do not have a view from your home, we all enjoy the spectacular setting that we live in just when we are driving around the Peninsula. I have lived here for 24 years, and have never taken the beauty of this area for granted.
5. The Weather: Because of the moderating influence of the ocean, our weather varies very little from month to month compared to most areas of the Los Angeles basin. The cool ocean breezes cool us during the summer, and the ocean also tends to moderate cold temperatures in the winter. I live in Lunada Bay and I don't think that our high tempertures vary by more than about 10 degrees for most of the year. Most of the older homes on the Peninsula that are near the ocean do not even have air conditioning.
6. Our Sense of Community: My husband and I have raised 3 boys in the Lunada Bay area of Palos Verdes Estates, and we have made so many friends over the years through other parents participation with their children in their school programs and sports programs. Our boys played for many years in the baseball leagues, basketball leagues, and soccer programs on the Hill, and we have found most of the people that we have met to be friendly and non-pretentious. We have had some relocation clients comment to us that in the well off areas that they are moving from that people tend to treat their homes as status symbols, but I believe that most of the residents on the Hill see their houses as truly their homes.
Please call me at 310-259-7124 if you would like help in finding the perfect home on the Palos Verdes Peninsula or in one of the other beautiful South Bay beach communities.
PalosVerdes Estates is one of the most beautiful cities in the world to live. The Palos Verdes Peninsula is also one of the wealthiest communities in the country, as described in the Los Angeles Business Journal. Palos Verdes Estates has an extremely interesting history and it is one of the best examples of city planning and controlled growth of any small to medium sized city in the United States. Palos Verdes has only a limited number of entrances to the city, and many of the streets end at the city limits.Over 25% of the city's 4.75 square miles is zoned as permanent park land and is maintained in its natural state. Much of this parkland is scattered throughout the city and provide natural areas between different clusters of homes. Although there are some areas of the city with horse trails, none of the homes are zoned to maintain horses, and horses must be stabled at the Palos Verdes Stables or other privately owned stables in the area.
For detailed information on the other cities on the Palos Verdes Peninsula and the South Bay beach communities, click on South Bay Information.
Maureen Megowan's Blog Posts
I work extensively with relocation clients who are looking to relocate to the area. My website, http://www.maureenmegowan.com has been designed to provide all the information a prospective buyer of real estate would want to know when relocating their home from another part of the country, and they are not familiar with the area.
My award winning website has far more information than any other realtor in the South Bay of Los Angeles. Because of this, it is also highly rated with the internet search engines, which also provides me with an excellent tool for helping my clients sell and market their home.
I work in all price ranges of real estate, from condos and townhomes, to luxury estates throughout the South Bay of Los Angeles, particularly on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, and I have assisted clients in selling and buying homes in numerous cities including Palos Verdes Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills Estates, Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach, Torrance, and San Pedro.
Renovation and Stagin a Home to Sell:
I also have a unique ability among real estate agents to help my clients complete significant renovations and updating of their homes in preparation for sale. Within the last year, I have managed the renovation/remodeling of two of my client's homes which both sold from $1.45 to $1.7 million. Both renovations were in the $60,000 to $70,000 range and included remodeling and updating bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchens as well as exterior improvements and painting. I have a group of contractors that I work with that do a terrific job at reasonable prices and in a short time frame, and I relieve the homeowner of the nightmare of trying to manage the process of putting their home in the best possible condition for sale. See the following page on my website: Home Improvements
Because of my fashion design background, I also have the ability to work with the homeowner to "stage" their home so that it makes the best first impression possible to a potential buyer. See the following link on my website: Staging Your Home
I have four specialist certifications; Certified Palos Verdes Specialist , Seniors Real Estate Specialist, Certified Distressed Property Expert, and e-pro certification as an internet specialist.
The Certified Palos Verdes Specialist designation assures you that I have the specialized knowledge of the Palos Verdes Peninsula to ensure that yo purchase the perfect home.
The Certified Distressed Property Expert designation demonstrates that I have the specialized knowledge to advise homeowners on how best to deal with home loan delinquency issues, foreclosures, and short sales.
The Certified Palos Verdes Specialist designation assures you that I have the specialized knowledge of the Palos Verdes Peninsula to ensure that yo purchase the perfect home.
The Seniors Real Etate Specialist designation indicates that I have extensive knowledge of the specialized needs of our Senior Citizens in helping them meet their financial goals.
My current awards are... Remax Platinum Club, Remax 100% Club, Remax Hall of Fame
My skills are... Home Marketing, Preparation and Renovation of Homes for Sale, Assisting Buyers to buy their perfect home
Testimonials for Maureen Megowan
We located Maureen through the internet before we moved to California and found the website, her emails, phone calls, and listings so helpful. She helped our transition moving across country and eased my fears about finding the perfect house as quickly as possible. From the first day we met, Maureen was so hospitable and really went the extra mile to show us every property and community possible in our price range. What really stands out about Maureen is how she really took us under her wing, paid so much attention to us, really made us feel comfortable and like we had a great friend in a state so far away from our friends and family.
Throughout the whole process, Maureen was diligent, thorough, and really helped us through the process of finding the right home - through all of the ups and downs. Overall, she made the transition so easy and helped us settle into the perfect home.
Maureen was always there to answer our questions, push for more repairs and ensure that everything was done right and running smoothly. She has kept in contact with us since we have moved in and has been wonderful with checking in, referring stores and contractors to help us create the perfect home.
I highly recommend Maureen to anyone searching for real estate, especially if you are new to the area and really want someone who knows what is out there. She is an excellent Realtor and has become a great friend.
DAVE AND CONNIE LUZAN05/23/2013
Maureen is an excellent realtor. We discussed our situation with her and gave her the parameters of what we were trying to accomplish with the purchase of a new home and she truly "did the rest" in a very professional manner.
Her ability to understand and process our needs with respect to the current reality of the local real estate market in the area we had defined, lead us to relevent properties quickly.
She knows all aspects of the real estate business, whether it be a short sale, forclosure, rental, renter, etc. and gave invaluable information on how to deal with each situation.
Maureen's follow-up after you enter escrow is second to none. She guided us through the entire process and interfaced with the escrow company on our behalf, as well, when needed. She also guided us through the appraisal and inspection process, and put us in touch with local service companies as required.
Her after-sale documentation to her clients is also outstanding. She truly is a "full service" real estate agent.
JON AND MARISSA TIERNEY04/18/2013
Maureen was wonderful to work with and she helped us purchase our first home. She walked us through every step of the home buying process and explained everything very thoroughly. She is extremely knowledgable and she listened to us and offered great insight and advice during our search. Then when we were in escrow she fought hard to see that all of our needs were met and went above and beyond her call of duty.We highly recommend Maureen as a realtor, she made our home buying process as smooth and enjoyable as possible.
DAVID AND INEZ GAGLIANO04/12/2013
It was great to work with Maureen. Her wisdom, competence and professionalism made all the difference in selling our condo. We highly recommend Maureen for anyone selling a home or condo in Palos Verdes. She is very knowledgeable about the real estate market there and will help you get the right price for your property and get it done. Thank you Maureen for all your hard work and your friendship as well.
Its funny how great things can happen by accident. I really got to know Maureen when she was representing the buyer for the property next door to my home, and we started to chat when she was at the property.
Maureen is really an exceptional agent. I have never met anyone like her. She gives 110% to all her clients. She is dedicated, honest, patient, smart, and makes her clients feel like family. I'm telling you, even your own mother would not give you this much attention if she was your real estate agent, and although that sounds like a joke, it isn't! No one will ever give you the service Maureen will.
Maureen did a fabulous job by representing my husband and I in buying our first investment property in Rolling Hills Estates. I don't think we would have ended up with property if Maureen had not been so together and quick to act. During the transaction she helped us figure out financing, helped us to establish a fair rental value, and maintained her poise and cool when it got a little scary at the end. We got a great tenant within a couple of weeks after closing and we could not be happier or more satisfied with our purchase.
I have highly recommended Maureen to my friends, family, and even acquaintances, and I love the highly profuse thanks I get when they meet her and realize what a wonderful agent and person she is. Maureen definitely has all my business for life!
SHARON AND JOHN RIZZI10/17/2012
Maureen Megowan is hands down the most dedicated agent I have had the pleasure of working with. From our first 3 hour introductory drive getting to know the different areas and clarifying our needs as a family, to the professional business woman clinching the right house on its first day on the market. She held our hand through several inspections, even meeting with people when we were not available. If that was not enough, she drove out of PV to give advice on our then current house that would need to be sold fast. Even after closing, Maureen would call and check in on us, delivering food and milk while we were buried in boxes. In the words of my 4 year old, Maureen is so, so, sooo nice!
Maureen did a great job in selling our family home, The Vanderlip Cottage. Her knowledge of the Portuguese Bend area and its history made her the easy choice in choosing a real estate agent. Maureen went well above and beyond what one would expect of a Realtor, and her creative marketing of The Cottage received accolades from the brokerage community. I strongly recommend Maureen to anyone looking for a professional, dedicated and friendly Real Estate agent to sell your home.
Maureen did an excellent job of selling my home. A neighbor of mine had recommended Maureen to me after my property had been on the market for several months with absolutely no offers at all. I had become extremely frustrated by the fact of attention that my prior real estate agent was giving my listing, and I contacted Maureen to see if she could help. Once I had given the listing to her, Maureen jumped in with both feet, preparing excellent marketing materials such as flyers and advertisements in the local newspapers. She also immediately scheduled both broker and public open houses, and within a short period of time had attracted significant interest from a number of agents until we received a satisfactory offer after a relatively short period of time, especially considering how long our other agent had been marketing our home. During this entire time, Maureen was extremely responsive to me and I was impressed by her dedication to get my home sold so that my husband and I could move to Florida.
During the escrow period, Maureen continued to keep me informed as to the progress of the closing, and worked diligently to get the deal closed. Maureen was a godsend! I highly recommend Maureen for anyone considering selling their home!!
NICKI HELLER JACOBS08/23/2012
Getting a good price for a family home is not always easy, but we did. With Maureen's help and hard work, we were able to get our home of more than 35 years prepped for sale and looking its best within an amazingly short time. She's not kidding when she says sit back and enjoy letting her do the work... and that was really important to us because of our being out of the area. Her advertising reached all the right parties and we had well-attended open house events from the start.
The house was in escrow in 36 days and we had back-up offers in the wings. Maureen facilitated and communicated so that we knew exactly where we were throughout the whole process, step-by-step. But perhaps the single most valuable thing about dealing with Maureen is her personal integrity. Especially for us, being in town only occasionally, Maureen's honesty gave us peace of mind.
GORDON AND LIONI McDONALD05/16/2012
We started our search for a home in Los Angeles, while we were living in Connecticut and by sheer chance, found Maureen through her website. We can still not believe our luck in finding such a wonderful and knowledgeable Real Estate Agent! Maureen knows Palos Verdes and the South Bay like the palm of her hand. She is very professional, yet very personable and also has the ability to size up her clients and show them what they are looking for. She helped us to find our lovely home in Rancho Palos Verdes in just one day! The seller of our home received multiple offers at the time, and Maureen's excellent negotiation skills gave us the competitive edge to ensure that the seller accepted our offer. We did some remodeling to our home and Maureen recommended some contractors, who all did an excellent job. Maureen is a gem of a Real Estate Agent and we can not recommend her highly enough!