My dear Kelly Laule Larnard –My Angel !
May 20 – Surrounded by overflowing boxes, messy piles for huge garage sale,, adding notes below 6/7 subcontractors –repairs, replacements, refinements…painting…planting … preparing to list my Eichler in August. .
My visiting son asked if you would come by for a chat.
And then you brought your contractor and landscaper with their happy and cheerful crews to complete all work at costs below several of my quotes.
And then YOU took all responsibility for workmanship, scheduling, oversight, new selections – schlepping, schlepping to my home.
SHEER LUXURY !...after 40 years as go-to-person for matters large and small and emergencies…in my career as architectural planner and interior designer.
Without lifting a finger other than polishing my sink and making my bed, within seven days I had an astonishing offer for my beloved original Eichler, no pool, from a solid buyer. You said he has been shopping Eichlers with you for several years.
And then you brought Two More Angels – lovable, caring Lesa and Henry Jara of Go Mod Retro. So savvy about four generations of “stuff”.
Photographed everything, forwarded to 1200 dealers and followers, some of whom travelled from LA. Brought art appraiser to price my fine art. Ten long days and they cleared my cluttered museum of a home, packed garage, et al. For 10% LESS than commissions from three other estate sale dealers.
YOU KELLY, My Angel, expedited all this for me at considerable savings – based on my experience of like projects.
Sixty stressless days for farewells, packing treasured books, clothes, 40 pair of shoes. One Computer, one kitty. Off to Richmond, VA.
As you know, loved my days in CA, all my treasures, but So OVER IT.
No Novice am I regarding the perils and stress endured by some clients. Prepping, Listing, endless Open-Houses, multiple negotiations.
Thank you Again, Kelly my Angel.
You Go Girl !
You'd be hard pressed to find a better company to deal with then Better Living Socal. If you're looking to buy or sell in the Orange County area, do yourself a favor and contact Kelly Laule and Stephen Meade.
Lara, Long Beach
Stephen and Kelly's knowledge and direct experience with midcentury homes was critical to our decision to go with them. Stephen was very attentive to our needs. Overall we would recommend the team including Jenna to any of our friends. They are extremely nice people and a pleasure to work with. We had a very difficult sales process and they made it as easy as feasibly possible.
Stephen and his team has been very professional throughout the selling process. They exceeded our expectations in every aspect of the sale. We couldn't have asked for a better team to market our home.
Darrell Wall, Washington Square
I would recommend Kelly & Victoria & Jenna to anyone I come across, they truly made the experience feel personal. I didn't feel like I was merely a commission, I was family.
Kelly Larnard is an extraordinary real estate agent which my husband and I would highly recommend to anyone. We were looking for a very specific type of home, one in which Kelly specializes in (Eichlers), when I reached out to here via email, within an hour (on Mother's Day) called me back and got the ball started. We were on a very tight time frame and worked really hard at making sure the house we were purchasing went thru escrow on time and closed in time for us to move in. Kelly was our purchasing agent and when it was time to get the deal made she was smart, tough and got us through a very difficult purchase, which is why we appreciate Kelly so much
Kelly worked with me for months to find an appropriate house while I was moving across country. She was rather helpful, very personable, and responsive, and uncovered residences not yet on the market. Given the cross-country move and fluctuating real-estate market in 2008, it was a stressful experience, and I was quite relieved to find Kelly and acquire her services. I would recommend her without reservation
Kym Bashford, Orange
We worked with Stephen and Kelly for over two years before selling our home in Long Beach and relocating to Orange. We had a variety of obstacles that they helped us overcome. We are so blessed that they not only found us our dream home, they made our dream a reality. I can honestly say we could never have done it without Stephen and Kelly's creativity and determination! Also, a special thanks to their assistant, Jenna. She's awesome!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
We first met Kelly after taking a random stab at finding our dream home with a quick search online for Eichler homes. From the get go she was great. Very easy to talk to, clear and concise with advice, and incredibly helpful in understanding our needs and making time to fit appointments into our schedule. In the end she did indeed help us find what we were looking for and the experience as a first time home buyer, although turbulent, was made that much easier because of her.
Kelly is a gem. She has a detailed knowledge of the market, and she knows how to get a house in tip-top shape, and get top dollar. She also has the outstanding interpersonal skills to work with all kinds of sellers and buyers.
Kelly helped me get into my first Eichler (rental) and has been great at keeping me up to date with properties as they become available. When the time is right, Kelly will be the right person to get me into the Eichler, or other Mid-Century Modern, of my dreams.
Kelly helped my sister and I find a renter for the family home (the profits of which we use to support a dependent sibling) in a timely and thorough way. Her enthusiasm and understanding of both the Eichler homes and the real estate market, make her a dynamic partner in transactions.
Kelly understood what kind of house we wanted and delivered. We were first time home buyers and Kelly took the time to explain the process and addressed all of our concerns. I highly recommend her work and would work with her again in the future.
Kelly does more than just paperwork. She makes deals happen. I never thought I would be in an Eichler, but Kelly found a way to make it work. She is an expert in her field, passionate about helping people and a pleasure to do business with. I would not hesitate to do business with her again or to recommend her to others.
Martin & Angel Roach
"Words can't describe working with Kelly, but I'll still try. I've worked with the same realtor for 3 house purchases and sales, but when it came to buying an Eichler, you need an Eichler specialist, that's when I reached out to Kelly. Not only did she take the time to educate us in the three neighborhoods with Eichlers, but she also took the time to show us what each neighborhood had to offer (restaurants, stores, etc.) She was able to show us several homes that were on the market and even one that wasn't. She has a great presence in the Eichler market, knowing who might want to sell and who might want to buy. Needless to say she knew what we wanted and needed even before we knew. She doesn't want to "sell" you a home, she wants to sell you the "right home". Now saying she's an Eichler specialist is not fair because when it came to selling our Eastside Costa Mesa home (beach bungalow) we were blown away. She created a lifestyle marketing strategy that set our home apart from the 5 other homes that were for sale at the same time around the same price. Those "other homes" stayed on the market almost 4-5 weeks and had to have price reductions whereas our sold after the first open house with multiple offers including 1 at full asking price. See why she's not just an Eichler specialist? Don't take my word for it, give her a call, you'll see what I'm talking about!"
Kelly worked magic to sell my house!
Kelly provided me a process that got me some responsible tenants. Every rental owner understands the value of a decent tenant.
Jack Toledo, Costa Mesa
Looking for a potential home to buy is both scary and extremely exciting. All of the information being thrown at you is foreign and raises a ton of questions... Stephen was completely transparent and courteous through our entire search and selection of our new home. He made sure to tell us just enough to keep us comfortable while shouldering all of the heavy lifting as to not overwhelm us. He empowered us as the buyers and fought hard to help us find a middle ground with the sellers. Such an intense and amazing process made as easy as it possibly could be by a true pro!
Austin Holley, Orange CA
Two words; DREAM TEAM! Kelly, Jenna, and the team at Better Living Socal are what real estate dreams are made of!! They provided us a smoother experience then we could have ever hoped for, and an outcome that is still hard to believe. No joke, clients for life!
T.J. Hatch, Tustin
Kelly was great to work with. We have been looking for a home for almost 2 years with no success. Kelly made it happen for us! From start to finish Kelly and Jenna made this a very easy process. We are first time buyers so we had no idea of the process and they were very patient and communicated well with my wife and I. Every detail of the process was seamless because of the work they did for us. We are now in the home of our dreams but are still asking questions and Kelly and Jenna are still quick to respond to our questions!.
"Kelly Laule's knowledge of the Eichler Homes and her positive personality were the primary reasons we selected her as our broker. We previously looked at Eichler Homes 8 years ago but ended up purchasing another home. I think if we had met Kelly then we would have been owners of an Eichler home sooner.
Kelly Laule's attention to every detail of the transaction was amazing. She asked us to trust her with the details and told us to enjoy the process of getting to own an Eichler home and that is exactly what happened. Kelly took care of everything imaginable.
We cannot say enough about how professional and amazing the whole Better Living SoCal team was during the purchase and after the purchase of our home. Can we rate them with an EXCELLENT ++++?
Jenna Skrak was amazing. She was always very professional and went way above any expectations. If we needed anything, Jenna was just a text message or phone call away and she took care of it.
We wouldn't be living in our dream home today if it weren't for Kelly Laule. We don't consider her a real estate broker. We think of her as a dream maker."
My wife and I worked with Kelly at Eichler SoCal to help us secure a great mid-century modern house in a noted Eichler tract in Orange, CA. Kelly was a super agent, knows the full history and pedigree of every Eichler in the Southland, and she'll do what it takes to get the deal done. My highest possible recommendation!
Marty and Angel Roach
It all started with a phone call to Kelly on a Sunday evening and our journey began… My husband and I had just heard of these homes in Orange that were called Eichlers. We knew very little about them but were intrigued. A little research later on the internet and we found Kelly. Not only did she spend a good hour explaining the history of the homes and the 3 different location in Orange that had them, she offered to take us to one and show us around the city of Orange and all the different things it had to offer. It was a life style that she was introducing us to, not just selling us a home. The 3 different neighborhoods all had their pros and cons, but after meeting with us every week and taking us to all the different restaurants that we would soon come to know and love, we finally found our dream home. Kelly knew us better than we knew ourselves, the Fairmeadow location wasn’t our first choice but as always she knew better and it has now become our only choice. Through getting to know us personally she was able to anticipate our needs and find us that perfect home. As for selling the house that we were living in, boy did she deliver. It’s human nature to think you know what’s best but let me assure you Kelly knows best. We simply let Kelly tell us what to do, fix, and stage and the results speak for themselves. We received full asking after receiving three other offers simply 5 days after our very first open house. Between the behind the scenes marketing and the very clever home video selling the lifestyle of our Eastside Costa Mesa home our house not only sold so fast but for the FULL ASKING PRICE. Did I mention Kelly knows best? She also offered to take our beloved two little dogs to daycare while she had the open houses. Our experience with Kelly is beyond excellent, she not only met and exceeded our expectations, but she was also extremely thorough and thoughtful. I can go on for days, but actions speak louder than words, I would and have recommended her to anyone and everyone who is looking to buy or sell, let Kelly show you how a real professional does it and you’ll soon be singing her praise too!
Kelly made us feel like we were her only client. Very knowledgeable about Eichler homes and the unique ownership aspects. We would use her again without hesitation.
I would highly recommend Kelly without hesitation. I have known Kelly for a long time, well before she was a realtor. When she approached me to sell my home, she did so in a very professional and delicate manner. She took charge but was always careful not to push too much. She had a plan and followed through with it beautifully. She’s confident in herself and positive in what she knows. She is someone who thinks out of the box and always comes up with a solution to the many difficult challenges that arise when selling a home.
Dahlia Gold, Surfside
Doug & Linda Smith, San Clemente, CA
After dealing with another broker who clearly only wanted to show her own listings, we became concerned that we could not find an agent or house that matched our needs. We had originally decided NOT to go with Better Living Socal because my son worked them, and we want to have some autonomy. Big mistake. Our son and daughter-in-law were thrilled with the way that Stephen handled their home purchase, and we had the same experience. Stephen and his entire staff make your happiness be their goal as opposed to filling their pockets with cash.
Amanda Clark, Orange
More than ten years ago, my father told me that when I wanted to sell the family Eichler, I should use EichlerSocal. He had met Stephanie Raffel years earlier and the 2002 Eichler Directory she produced is still on my bookshelf. When Dad’s health started deteriorating, and he moved into his girlfriend’s home in Corona del Mar, I took it upon myself to prepare the home to become a rental. After the repairs had been completed, I contacted EichlerSocal and found that Stephanie had moved but that her partner, Kelly, was also a mid-century modern enthusiast and the neighborhood expert. Kelly is a bright, energetic, young woman, who immediately found us our first renter. In the 5 years I’ve known her, we have had only two renters, both of whom were model tenants. She had screened them both and did the paperwork, efficiently and effortlessly.My sister and I had inherited the property, sometime between renters, and as her health and my finances were both ailing, I determined it was time to sell, even though everyone said it was not a good time to sell.
Since my sister and I live in northern California, it would have been nearly impossible to complete all the repairs without Kelly’s help; she not only found us qualified, licensed contractors at competitive prices, but she coordinated all the work, met with the inspectors and other contractors and within a month, was ready to list the property. We had already contracted with a wonderful stager, Modern Mecca, thanks to Kelly, but were unable to use her services, as Kelly brought us the buyers, who now are the owners. Kelly acted as the agent for both the sellers and the buyers in a way that still baffles me. She made us feel that she was acting only on our behalf, but she also did the same for the buyers. We didn’t even have time to list the property, before we were in escrow and closed within a month.My only regret is that I have no other properties in southern California to sell or rent to have Kelly as my Agent for Life. And she did all of this while 7 months pregnant.
We were first time home buyers and we couldn't have asked for a better experience with Kelly. She was great at making sure we were clear on every aspect of the buying process. We were buying a special kind of house and new we wanted Kelly because of her expertise with Eichler homes. We hit some unexpected speed bumps along the way and she was creative in her approach and worked very hard to get us into this house. The other great thing about Kelly is that she has built an amazing network of people that understand Eichler homes. So she is a resource beyond just home buying, but really all things Eichler.
I highly recommend Kelly!!! She's great!!
Indu Alagarsamy, Murrieta
When I enlisted Stephen Meade's help, I was on a super short time frame. I was getting booted out of my rental right before Thanksgiving 2016 holidays. I also needed to find a house and move in before Jan 2017, before my business trip to Portugal. Well, Stephen came through. His willingness to setup showing appointments at the drop of a dime and making sure that he or his colleague was always available to take me to see the houses I was interested in was fantastic. Stephen is extremely knowledgable and you can count on him to make the deal that's better for you. I can highly recommend Stephen! It's hard to come across reliable people in this industry and he and his associates are truly gems.
Kelly is not only professional with excellent knowledge of Eichler homes but personable and reliable to work with. Highly recommended!!!
Robert Johnston, Fullerton
As a first time home buyer, Stephen walked me through the home buying process the entire way in a manner that gave me extreme confidence in my purchase. His office responded to any concerns I had promptly and went above and beyond in dealing with any sudden issues that arose and they were quickly resolved in favorable manner. I have already recommended Stephen to a coworker who is starting her own home search.
You need Kelly to sell (or buy) your house. She got top-dollar for our house in 2008 - during a terrible market for sellers. She is honest, hard working, and a joy to deal with. She returned every single one of my phone calls within minutes. I highly recommend Kelly.
Ludo Goarin, Laguna Niguel
The most critical factor in our decision to go with Better Living Socal was their personality and hard working attitude. We felt that we could be ourselves and ultimately communicate what we wanted and keep a good relationship throughout the process. Kelly and her team made us very comfortable from the initial steps. Kelly and her team went beyond what we could expect and we closed on our dream home in a very timely manner. They made it happen for us. Extremely satisfied.
Michael Hunter. Los Angeles CA
Kelly's knowledge of the neighborhood and market are unparalleled. There is no reason to consider working with anyone else.
Trent & Annamarie Atwood
"Better Living SoCal exceeded our expectation. My husband and I moved to California and were overwhelmed by the different towns and neighborhoods, the traffic considerations and our own expectations. In this market, we quickly realized that we needed to work with agents who responded to us immediately, had prior knowledge of homes going on the market and were ahead of the game.
Kelly and the team at Better Living SoCal did just that--they got to know us, our home desires and our neighborhood preferences. And when we put an offer on our perfect little bungalow, Kelly came up with creative ways to make us stand out to the seller. She was tireless in her communication to the seller and ensuring that we were being represented in the best way possible.
We would recommend Kelly and the team at Better Living SoCal to anyone. Don't settle when it comes to your dream home. Pick a knowledgeable, energetic team who will work for you.
Laura Rooks / Orange, Ca
Stephen and his team have a niche in Eichler homes. He was our obvious choice for a realtor when deciding to buy. He's extremely knowledgeable about the Eichler market. Stephen was able to negotiate a timeline that best fit our needs especially when our first buyers dropped out of a home we were selling. Regardless of this misstep, he was able to continue the purchase process for our new home. Stephen was very considerate, understanding, and supportive during the roller coaster process of buying. Stephen and everyone at the Better Living SoCal team are all so friendly, welcoming, and genuine to the l clients they serve.
Helen Vorobyova, Irvine CA
I am very happy, I had a contract for sale of my family nest with Stephen Meade Better Living Socal. My house was presented very well with professional pictures and advertisements. The house was very old with a lot of imperfections and without new attractive exterior, but Stephen helped me to find a very motivated buyer for the house, who was interested in schools and we got "as is" offer and closed escrow very quickly I would highly recommend Stephen Meade, who can handle all types of sales, even a very long contract is a winning contract with Kelly Laule & Stephen Meade and Better Living Socal.
Kelly is passionate about Eichler Homes and went the extra mile to make sure I was satisfied. She is dedicated and really cares about her clients.
We met Kelly at one of her open houses a good six months prior to deciding to list our home. She was friendly, informative and took the time to understand what we wanted in a new home not just what was currently available. Once we met with her one-on-one in her office, there was just no competition from other brokers ... our decision was made. Kelly Laule simply knew how to deliver on our dreams and goals and had the experience and knowledge base to back up her very impressive record working for years with buyers and sellers. Look at her resume, other sellers use her for a reason ... She knew how to deliver what we needed so we could go get our next dream home.
Buying our first house was a huge decision and filled with so many obstacles. We never thought we would qualify for the loan and we certainly didn't believe we would end up in our dream house. Kelly Laule was the strongest decision we could have made. She and her team built a protective shield around us. Inch by inch we knocked down every challenge together. When we finally walked through the front door of our new home we felt like we had slayed a dragon. We never could have done that without Kelly.
Kelly has really done her homework to learn about the Eichlers, and how to price and stage them attractively. Her marketing captures the unique qualities of each home. Kelly negotiates smartly, based on what's important to her seller. Her assistants followed up on every detail to help the process move easily and efficiently.
David Rooks – Huntington Beach
In comparison to other realtors we have met and worked with, Stephen is very professional and knows his stuff! Other members of Stephen's team including Kelly, Victoria, & Jenna were all extremely professional and great to work with.
Lynn Kouzel, Fullerton
Kelly Laule impressed me with her great personality and ability to connect with people. She is an expert in Mid Century Modern architecture and knew the marketing strategies and implemented them to attract clients. She is an excellent negotiator and successfully achieved an outcome beyond my expectations.
Eric and Shirley Banes
It was a pleasure working with Kelly and her team. We highly recommend them!
I'm not one for writing reviews, but the outstanding service and quality delivered by Kelly & her team truly merits the time and effort so I will attempt to reciprocate their 5-star (out of 5) work. So here was my experience with Kelly and her team: 1) They were exceptionally knowledgeable of the market and quickly picked up on the features of a home we were looking for! I was on the East Coast 3,000 miles away searching for a new home in Southern CA. Not only that - my transfer was going into effect one month from the date we decided "now" was the right time to buy (before even peaking at the possible homes we would live in). A timeline that was destined for disaster, right? Wrong. Kelly and her team immediately displayed the kind of homes we were looking for and within a short period of time we had narrowed down "finalists". 2) They achieved results! What I mean here is once we had identified the home we wanted to live in, they were outstanding with negotiations from front to back and kept us well abreast of key updates. We were working with a specific price-point, and considering the Southern CA market, we did not give Kelly and her squad much to work with. Despite the fine parameters to work with, they were able to identify great options for us to choose from. 3) Accessibility was key! Weekdays, weekends, in the morning, at night - it didn't matter. Kelly and her team was ready to assist. As I mentioned before, I was 3,000 with only phone/email/text/facetime to work with, so communication was essential. There was always someone from the team accessible to keep me aware of where things stood. 4) Execution was seamless. All things considered, we moved in weeks before I thought it was possible as Kelly and the team were nimble and proactive throughout the escrow process. I was impressed with the start of The Team's service only to be blown away by how attentive and detailed they were threw the closing process. Overall, I highly recommend this team!