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House Hunters Share Tales of Courtship and Chance in Dear Seller: Real Estate Love Letters From Los Angeles

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Narrated Objects 8 x 10 • SOFTCOVER • 156 PAGES • $38.00 • ISBN: 978-0-9991670-1-4
Angelenos use the power of prose to vie for the home of their dreams

LOS ANGELES - Oct. 12, 2018 - Rezul -- Shopping for a home in L.A.? It's a sellers' market. It's competitive, it's fierce, but it's not always the highest bidder who comes out on top. Sometimes it's the emotional connection developed between the seller and the potential buyer that can really tip the scales, and this is often sparked by a personal offer letter.

Where else but L.A. would real estate solicit such passionate correspondence for the residential gems found in Dear Seller. The writings of the prospective consumers, coupled with the objects of their desire, provide a colorful document of those elusive domiciles that beckon beyond the palm-ringed streets in the city of angels. —Jim Heimann, author of Los Angeles: Portrait of a City and California Crazy.

This November, publishing collective Narrated Objects will release Dear Seller: Real Estate Love Letters from Los Angeles, a collection of heartwarming true stories of Angelenos from different walks of life—from a former Green Beret to a New York Times best-selling author—searching for the home of their dreams. Acclaimed L.A. writer D. J. Waldie pens the book's foreword with a moving reflection on home and "the allure and discontents" of the city.

At the center of each tale is the potential buyer's personal offer letter, accompanied by his or her account of the courtship that ensued after first laying eyes on "the one." These letters paint portraits of the homeseekers: their families, backgrounds, and values, as they couple social capital with financial capital to be selected by the seller. We learn of their life circumstances, their professions and hobbies, hopes and dreams, fears and insecurities. The accompanying stories also reveal poignant details about the sellers: the children they raised, loved ones they lost, and the legacies that were left behind. When facets of the buyers' and sellers' lives intersect and coincide, dreams are realized and new life chapters begin.

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Interwoven between these accounts are more than 100 beautiful images of the homes each contributor fell in love with. They run the gamut of L.A. architectural styles and eras—Craftsman, mid-century post and beam, mission, ranch, and more—including a modernist home by Jock Peters. With each story, the reader is transported to different L.A. neighborhoods, from the hipster dwellings of Los Feliz, Eagle Rock, and Highland Park to the more suburban enclaves of San Rafael Hills, Monterey Park, and Sierra Madre.

Dear Seller is a reminder of the traditional concepts of home ownership, neighborhood, and community—long before the days of flipping—when houses were thought of as "forever homes," not just as financial investments. It provides a unique perspective on the L.A. real estate market that, even where cash is generally king, buyers' personal narratives can still play a pivotal role in the bidding process. The book also serves as a commentary on the allure of L.A. and is an honest exploration of the lives of diverse families who reside in the sprawling metropolis and the topics that weigh heavily on their minds: rising housing costs, public education, race, gentrification, mansionization, and crime.

Dear Seller would be a perfect addition for the book collections of real estate watchers, DIYers, interior design and architecture fans, as well as L.A. historians and conservationists.


Narrated Objects is composed of writers, editors, designers, and artists united in the collective's mission: to provide individuals with an outlet to share their diverse experiences and talents, to enrich people's lives through unique multimedia stories, and to partner with organizations doing good to raise awareness of important issues facing the city.

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Their debut publication, We Heart P-22: A Coloring Book Celebrating L.A.'s Most Famous Mountain Lion, is part of the collection of LA Original, an initiative by the Mayor's Fund of Los Angeles to showcase L.A. makers. Their board game from the book, Adventures of P-22, will appear in the upcoming exhibit "Investigating Griffith Park" at the Autry Museum of the American West this fall.

Dear Seller is made possible in part by the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles, and the Center for Cultural Innovation's Creative Economic Development Fund grant, with support from the Roy & Patricia Disney Family Foundation and the Surdna Foundation, as well as the generosity and support of friends of Narrated Objects. A percentage of the proceeds from the book will go the arts organization Piece by Piece.

Teena Apeles

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Filed Under: Real Estate, Lifestyle

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