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How To Identify An LA Flip-House In 14 Easy Steps

Did someone say 30-year mortgage? I think so...

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In Los Angeles, it's not uncommon to hear about the ever increasing "up and coming" neighborhoods that are being err, umm...renovated and gentrified (by way of working-class regional genocide)

The homes in these neighborhoods that have been bought up and "flipped" are very easy to spot if you just follow this simple guide:

1. Horizontal, unfinished wood fences

Nothing screams "buy me and put your kids/Prius in me" like a barrier of elegant 2x4s surrounding a property

Nothing screams "buy me and put your kids/Prius in me" like a barrier of elegant 2x4s surrounding a property

2. Rustic, repurposed furniture

You know you've arrived when your end table used to be a fuel barrel on a barge

You know you've arrived when your end table used to be a fuel barrel on a barge

3. White painted accents

They really make the BEHR-brand paint from Home Depot POP, don't they?

They really make the BEHR-brand paint from Home Depot POP, don't they?

4. A front yard with mulch. And 5-7 grass plants

It's like a desert oasis for you and your family (+ throbbing ethnic music until 3am)

It's like a desert oasis for you and your family (+ throbbing ethnic music until 3am)

5. Him

"This second bedroom would be great as a workshop for the belts I've been making and selling on Etsy"

"This second bedroom would be great as a workshop for the belts I've been making and selling on Etsy"

6. A rock garden with succulents. Lots of succulents

Drought-tolerant?? More like FUN tolerant!

Drought-tolerant?? More like FUN tolerant!

7. A red front door

It's a little like the Fritz Lang's 'M' of the Southern California real estate world

It's a little like the Fritz Lang's 'M' of the Southern California real estate world

8. Stepping stone/gravel combo

Every crunch of those rocks under your feet is god's way of saying "you've earned it"

Every crunch of those rocks under your feet is god's way of saying "you've earned it"

9. A stunning view of at LEAST 2 palm trees

Looks good from the top, don't it?

Looks good from the top, don't it?

10. Filament bulbs for DAYS

The energy in the house isn't the only thing that's electric

The energy in the house isn't the only thing that's electric

11. A paint color that doesn't know whether it's gray or brown

The house color can't commit but the buyer sure can!

The house color can't commit but the buyer sure can!

12. The most charming mailbox you've ever seen

Now I actually LIKE getting water contamination warnings every week

Now I actually LIKE getting water contamination warnings every week

13. Neighbors' houses that look like this

...but that probably still sell for $600,000 because someone just opened up a cute bakery nearby

...but that probably still sell for $600,000 because someone just opened up a cute bakery nearby

14. ...and this family

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