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DEAR SELLER:
Real Estate Love Letters from Los Angeles

Arriving Summer 2018
Foreword by D.J. Waldie

"The transactions of homebuyers and sellers may seem like just business, but along with the sales brochures and Sunday walk-throughs come daydreams..."


Shopping for a home? It’s a sellers’ market, especially in major metropolises such as Los Angeles, where real estate is in high demand and no shortage of money is thrown sellers’ way. It’s competitive, it’s fierce, but it’s not always the highest bidder who comes out on top. 

 

Dear Seller: Real Estate Love Letters from Los Angeles will feature memorable letters by those who attempted to win the hearts of home sellers with their words and stories in order to win the bidding war for the home of their dreams.


Each letter paints a portrait of its author—her or his family, background, and values (economic and personal), as well as future aspirations—using social capital as well as actual capital in the effort to be selected. Here narrative becomes the currency. 


Our aim with this collection is to share the diverse voices of everyday Angelenos writing from the heart (versus simply their bank accounts), while also offering a colorful look at the interesting architecture of the city—and a peek at what lies beyond our neighbors' doors.


Special thanks to the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles, and Center for Cultural Innovation's Creative Economic Development Fund for supporting this endeavor. A portion of the proceeds from the book will go to an organization that works to prevent and end homelessness. 


Photos by Alexandra Weiss


House proof courtesy of Lili Barsha and permissions courtesy Dion Neutra, Architect © and Richard and Dion Neutra Papers, Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.