Mary Cummins, Real Estate Appraiser, Animal Advocates, Los Angeles, California

Mary Cummins, Real Estate Appraiser, Animal Advocates, Los Angeles, California
Mary Cummins, Real Estate Appraiser, Animal Advocates, Los Angeles, California

Friday, September 4, 2020

Whitley Heights, H.J. Whitley personal residence on Whitley Terrace, by Mary Cummins real estate appraiser

Whitley Heights, Mary Cummins, real estate appraiser, Los Angeles, California, H J Whitley, personal residence, home, 6643 Whitley Terrace, 90068, real estate, appraisal, appraiser, lawsuit, complaint
Whitley Heights, Mary Cummins, real estate appraiser, Los Angeles, California, H J Whitley, personal residence, home, 6643 Whitley Terrace, 90068, real estate, appraisal, appraiser, lawsuit, complaint

Los Angeles home development Whitley Heights was built in the 1920's by H. J. Whitley aka Hobart Johnstone Whitley. Whitley designed the hilly development with curvy streets, walkways and stairways. The homes were generally Spanish or Mediterranean in style on custom upslope and downslope lots with mountain, city and some even had ocean views. 

Whitley Heights, Mary Cummins, real estate appraiser, Los Angeles, California, H J Whitley, personal residence, home, 6643 Whitley Terrace, 90068, real estate, appraisal, appraiser, lawsuit, complaint

Whitley's personal residence above was at 6643 Whitley Terrace alternate address 2073 S Grace Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90068. It's a street to street property. The home was built in 1919 at a cost of $12,000. The architect was E. C. Wiseman. Contractor was A. S. Barnes who was the architect and designer of most of the homes in Whitley Heights. The home is 43' x 39', eight rooms, six bedrooms, four baths, 3,342 on 9,384 sf site. 

From the Historical home listing, "Italian Villa, two stories, stucco, Mission tile roof, French windows and doors, Palladian entrance on Whitley Terrace with urns and statuary. Arched colonnaded facade, lower columns Corinthian capitals — upper floor Ionic capitals. Acanthus detail in plaster cornice. Arched plaster friezes over French doors, curved colonnades on terrace. Stained glass window." 

Whitley died June 1931 and his wife sold the home in 1938. It was listed for sale at $25,000. It has been owned by Geoffrey Purdy, Amanda Helena Purdy, the Purdy family since that time. Below is the newspaper ad advertising it for sale in 1937. 

Whitley Heights, Mary Cummins, real estate appraiser, Los Angeles, California, H J Whitley, personal residence, home, 6643 Whitley Terrace, 90068, real estate, appraisal, appraiser, lawsuit, complaint
Whitley Heights, Mary Cummins, real estate appraiser, Los Angeles, California, H J Whitley, personal residence, home, 6643 Whitley Terrace, 90068, real estate, appraisal, appraiser, lawsuit, complaint


Below is the Google map street view of the home in case you want to check it out. 


Below is the plat map.

Whitley Heights, Mary Cummins, real estate appraiser, Los Angeles, California, H J Whitley, personal residence, home, 6643 Whitley Terrace, 90068, real estate, appraisal, appraiser, lawsuit, complaint
Whitley Heights, Mary Cummins, real estate appraiser, Los Angeles, California, H J Whitley, personal residence, home, 6643 Whitley Terrace, 90068, real estate, appraisal, appraiser, lawsuit, complaint


Below is the original permit.

Whitley Heights, Mary Cummins, real estate appraiser, Los Angeles, California, H J Whitley, personal residence, home, 6643 Whitley Terrace, 90068, real estate, appraisal, appraiser, lawsuit, complaint
Whitley Heights, Mary Cummins, real estate appraiser, Los Angeles, California, H J Whitley, personal residence, home, 6643 Whitley Terrace, 90068, real estate, appraisal, appraiser, lawsuit, complaint

Whitley Heights, Mary Cummins, real estate appraiser, Los Angeles, California, H J Whitley, personal residence, home, 6643 Whitley Terrace, 90068, real estate, appraisal, appraiser, lawsuit, complaint
Whitley Heights, Mary Cummins, real estate appraiser, Los Angeles, California, H J Whitley, personal residence, home, 6643 Whitley Terrace, 90068, real estate, appraisal, appraiser, lawsuit, complaint

More about Whitley Heights. Below are some photos of Whitley Heights homes which have sold within the last five years. 

"Whitley Heights is a residential neighborhood and historic preservation overlay zone in the Hollywood Hills neighborhood of Central Los Angeles, California. Known as a residential area for actors and other people in the motion-picture industry, it is divided between a hillside single-family district and an apartment area. It is notable for an attempt by its homeowners' group and the city to close off public streets to outside traffic, an effort that was ruled illegal by the courts.

The preservation zone is split into two parts by the Hollywood Freeway (U.S. Highway 101) running through the Cahuenga Pass. Streets within the zone's northern part are a one-block portion of Cahuenga Boulevard, Iris Drive, and some of Whitley Avenue; it consists almost exclusively of single-family homes. The southern zone, about 80% of the original plot, embraces Fairfield Avenue, Wedgewood Place, Whitley Avenue, Cerritos Place, Hollyhill Terrace, Grace Avenue, Emmet Terrace, Las Palmas Avenue, and Milner Road, and is almost exclusively zoned for apartments. It is within walking distance of the Hollywood Bowl, and Hollywood Boulevard is nearby.

Hobart J. Whitley bought the hillside area in 1901 and 1903, and hired architect Arthur Barnes to build houses in a Mediterranean style he thought would suit Southern California's climate. Five years later, Whitley Heights was seen as a "magnificent hill of forty acres situated in the very center of Hollywood and overlooking the entire city."

As a contemporary account noted, "This hill has been one of the show places of Hollywood for some time. Here. Mr. Whitley intends erecting a handsome home at some future date, and toward this end, he has cultivated and beautified the grounds, laying them out in winding roads and planting a great variety of rare trees and shrubs, some of which were imported from the Hawaiian Islands and Mexico."

In 1918, Whitley commissioned architect A.S. Barnes to design Whitley Heights as a Mediterranean village on the steep hillsides above Hollywood Boulevard. Whitley sent Barnes to tour the Mediterranean area to study its architecture and landscaping of Italy's historic hill towns before returning to the Southland, where he designed most of the Whitley Heights houses between 1918 and 1928. The development grew during the 1920s, and it became the first Hollywood celebrity community.The streets in the development were dedicated to public use in 1920 and 1921, and they were improved by the city between 1924 and 1927. Most of them had no sidewalks, with stairways built from level to level to encourage walking.

On the evening of June 23, 1920, the residential subdivision of Whitley Heights was opened with a festive barbecue that gathered an assemblage of businessmen and politicians. "The occasion was attended with a special significance as it was the scene of a reunion of many men who were connected with Mr. Whitley in his first efforts to make the vegetable gardens into a wealthy city more than twenty years ago, men who had gathered at a similar affair in 1902 to watch the turning on of the first electric lights in Hollywood," wrote The Times. The subdivision already had several homes on the terraces that divided the hill into four grades. Three years later, in 1923, the Whitley Heights Civic Association was founded.

Preservation zone

"The hill's narrow, winding streets, paved in 1926, connected by flights of pedestrian stairs and supported by retaining walls, still serve the community . . . Electrical lines and utilities placed in underground conduits, another novel concept for the times, as well as the original street lamps, function as they did in the late 1920s." — Los Angeles Times

In 1982, Whitley Heights was made a state historic district by the California Historical Resources Commission after research done by actor Brian Moore, president of Whitley Heights Homeowners. Moore traced property titles in the area, gathered old photographs and articles, and read through the papers of Hobart J. Whitley, which were housed in the special collections library at the University of California, Los Angeles.

He was impelled to begin his research in 1981 after a bungalow was demolished by a developer who wanted to build tract homes. To qualify for the designation, an area had to be at least 50 years old and retain many of its original characteristics. At the time almost all of the homes, with their red tile roofs, balconies, and arched windows and doorways, were original. Later, the district was also made a national historic place, the first such in Hollywood. In 2004, the area was made into a Los Angeles historic preservation overlay zone."

Below are photos of some homes which sold within the last ten years on the local MLS.

Whitley Heights, Mary Cummins, real estate appraiser, Los Angeles, California, H J Whitley, personal residence, home, 6643 Whitley Terrace, 90068, real estate, appraisal, appraiser, lawsuit, complaint

Whitley Heights, Mary Cummins, real estate appraiser, Los Angeles, California, H J Whitley, personal residence, home, 6643 Whitley Terrace, 90068, real estate, appraisal, appraiser, lawsuit, complaint

Whitley Heights, Mary Cummins, real estate appraiser, Los Angeles, California, H J Whitley, personal residence, home, 6643 Whitley Terrace, 90068, real estate, appraisal, appraiser, lawsuit, complaint

Whitley Heights, Mary Cummins, real estate appraiser, Los Angeles, California, H J Whitley, personal residence, home, 6643 Whitley Terrace, 90068, real estate, appraisal, appraiser, lawsuit, complaint

Whitley Heights, Mary Cummins, real estate appraiser, Los Angeles, California, H J Whitley, personal residence, home, 6643 Whitley Terrace, 90068, real estate, appraisal, appraiser, lawsuit, complaint

Whitley Heights, Mary Cummins, real estate appraiser, Los Angeles, California, H J Whitley, personal residence, home, 6643 Whitley Terrace, 90068, real estate, appraisal, appraiser, lawsuit, complaint

Whitley Heights, Mary Cummins, real estate appraiser, Los Angeles, California, H J Whitley, personal residence, home, 6643 Whitley Terrace, 90068, real estate, appraisal, appraiser, lawsuit, complaint


Mary Cummins of Cummins Real Estate is a certified residential licensed appraiser in Los Angeles, California. Mary Cummins is licensed by the California Bureau of Real Estate appraisers and has over 35 years of experience.


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Thursday, September 3, 2020

Catastrophic Disaster Area Inspection Report CDAIR, DAIR, 1004D real estate appraisal form, sample by Mary Cummins

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After every natural disaster such as wildfire, hurricane, flood, tornado, earthquake ... homes that are in the process of getting a loan must be reinspected if they are anywhere near the disaster area. The purpose is to make sure the homes still exist and were not damaged, destroyed or affected by the natural disaster. 

Appraisers can use the DAIR (Disaster Area Inspection Report), CDAIR (Catastrophic Disaster Area Inspection Report) or the 1004D form report. Some clients insist on the1004D form report i.e. "Appraisal Update and/or Completion Report" (Fannie Mae 1004D, Freddie Mac 442). Filling it out normally is pretty straight forward. Sometimes the original appraiser is too busy to reinspect the property. In that situation another appraiser is hired to inspect the property. They generally charge $150 or so to inspect the property. 

Below is a sample disaster inspection report, certification report that I have used when they insist on this form and when I'm not the original appraiser. I use the basic 1004D form then add an addendum, CDAIR form, photos (generally only front and street though they may request interior), copy of my license and my insurance. 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1vKETg6rL-UikriWlrNAy6UIKofiiSfAu/view?usp=sharing

Below is the actual text I put in the first page of the form in the Summary Appraisal Update Report" section.

"Post Disaster Inspection Report. Current appraiser has no knowledge of previous appraisal. See attached Property Condition Report and photo page for observed information about the property."

Below is the actual text I put in the first page of the form in the "Certificate of Completion" section. Don't check either box because neither apply. The important text is on the next page. 

"This section does not apply. See addendum."

Below is sample text I add in the addendum. All of this is in the form above. 

"1004D Disaster Certification

Property Condition Report

FEMA Declaration

California Bobcat Fire (FM-5374-CA) PA-B PA-H Los Angeles County

https://www.fema.gov/disaster/5374

https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7152/

Appraiser inspected subject property (date) at 12:00 pm. Subject is over 15 miles south west of the location of the Bobcat fire. The location of the Bobcat fire was 34° 14' 27.6? N, 117° 52' 4.8? W. The Bobcat fire started September 6, 2020 and was fully contained December 18, 2020. Subject structure, neighborhood, supporting facilities, transportation systems were not affected in any way by the Bobcat fire."

You can also use the CDAIR form by itself which is made specifically for disaster inspections. Here are the CDAIR and DAIR forms in one file. The CDAIR is three pages and DAIR is one page. Use one or the other. If the client insists on the 1004D form, you can add the CDAIR or DAIR to the 1004D. You could even do the report on a blank piece of paper if you add the proper text and data needed. The forms make it much easier and standardized for underwriters, lenders and others to view. 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Wz8sJV3JQpTKQTO-ZT_F5VnWUkH7IW2a/view?usp=sharing

Here's a jpg of the first page.

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disaster inspection report, disaster certification, report, fema, 1004d, dair, cdair, form, mary cummins, real estate, uad, los angeles, california, wildfire, flood, hurricane, earthquake, tornado, appraisal update and/or completion report, catastrophic disaster area inspection report, disaster area inspection report


Second page is photos. Here is the third page.

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disaster inspection report, disaster certification, report, fema, 1004d, dair, cdair, form, mary cummins, real estate, uad, los angeles, california, wildfire, flood, hurricane, earthquake, tornado, appraisal update and/or completion report, catastrophic disaster area inspection report, disaster area inspection report

Here is the one page DAIR report.

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disaster inspection report, disaster certification, report, fema, 1004d, dair, cdair, form, mary cummins, real estate, uad, los angeles, california, wildfire, flood, hurricane, earthquake, tornado, appraisal update and/or completion report, catastrophic disaster area inspection report, disaster area inspection report

Obviously if the home has been damaged, destroyed or negatively affected, don't order the report because it won't pass and you'll waste $150. You'll need to repair the property first if possible. Sometimes your property may be okay but the streets, power, supporting facilities such as transportation, government service buildings, gas stations ... were wiped out. You won't pass the inspection because the home can't really be lived in at the moment. You will have to wait until the home and neighborhood is fully functional before you can sell or refinance your home. 

Mary Cummins of Cummins Real Estate is a certified residential licensed appraiser in Los Angeles, California. Mary Cummins is licensed by the California Bureau of Real Estate appraisers and has over 35 years of experience.


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