'Westside Green Realtor®' Susan Klos joins Preferred Properties LA
We are excited to announce a new addition to the Preferred Properties LA Team: Susan Klos! She brings a wealth of knowledge in the area of green, eco-friendly real estate on the Westside of Los Angeles and has been a resident of Mar Vista for 18 years. She embodies the Preferred Properties LA mission of not only helping clients buy or sell homes, but helping build better communities in Los Angeles and beyond. Please take a moment to learn more about her background below and join us in welcoming Susan to the team!
A believer in sustainability and environmental stewardship, Susan Klos has a Green Realtor® designation from the National Association of Realtors®. As a Green Realtor, she brings expertise on green values and eco-friendly solutions such as sustainable home retrofitting and environmental improvements including solar panels, insulation, use of recycled and repurposed materials, water-efficient landscaping, non toxic pest control and the use of eco-friendly paints, carpets and finishes. Susan can provide expertise on how to “green” a home either before or after a sale, helping to evaluate the retrofitting, financing and potential rebates and tax credits available to “green” homeowners.
“Green homes often sell faster and for more money than the average home,” says Susan. “I’m not only knowledgeable in California real estate practices, but my NAR Green designation gives me additional expertise to market a home’s green features or help a client find or create the perfect eco-friendly residence.”
Susan not only talks the green talk, she walks the green walk, having incorporated many eco-friendly features into her Mar Vista home of 18 years. She specializes in all residential and multifamily home sales with a focus on Mar Vista, Palms, Venice, and the Pacific Palisades.
Susan came from New York to Los Angeles in 1975 to attend the American Film Institute and eventually formed Big Time Picture Company, Inc., one of L.A.’s first independent post production facilities for studio, independent and documentary feature films. Big Time’s West L.A. facility grew to include 40 office/editorial suites, a professional 35mm/digital screening room, equipment rentals and sales, and digital post production technical support and consulting.
During that time, she negotiated leases for Big Time’s suites and screening room, which fueled her interest in real estate while honing her negotiating skills. This business sense, coupled with Susan’s contacts in the entertainment business and talent for marketing, have resulted in a successful transition to real estate.
One of her current projects is creating Family Centered Permanent Supportive Housing opportunities in conjunction with the Santa Monica non-profit, Step Up On Second.
Susan is a member of the Mar Vista Community Council’s Green Committee and a founding member of the Mar Vista Chamber of Commerce. She is also involved with global projects, volunteering in the economically depressed southern region of Belize teaching business and marketing skills to Mayan people to help develop eco-tourism, and assisting with a micro-finance empowerment project in Nepal.
CA BRE License # 01915651
Meet Susan and tour her garden during the Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase!
The 7th Annual Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase is Saturday, April 25, 2015.
This Earth Day celebration, presented by the Mar Vista Community Council, seeks to empower Angelenos to adopt environmentally conscious living solutions. With many people walking or biking their tours, there is a tremendous sense of community as garden enthusiasts from throughout Southern California join our neighbors to celebrate our shared vision for a greener life.
Susan's home (in tour Cluster 2E) is SHOWCASE CENTRAL for the Garden Showcase - you can pick up maps here, sign up for notification for next year's tour and get tips for taking the tour! Click here to learn more about her garden >
Her is a “Do-it-yourself” garden, practically a farm and a permaculture paradise! Pinwheels, colorful Nepalese flags, solar path lights, wind chimes, trellises, seating areas including tables, chairs and a patio swing, and a fire pit all make the yards more inviting.