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Norm Kerner is the only real estate agent presently working in Los Angeles who specializes in properties with recording studios that can back up his claim with decades of hands-on experience. Norm has designed, built and operated three world class recording studios and has helped in the design and implementation of many others. The latest of his big three, Perfect Sound in the Hollywood Hills, has quickly become legendary in Southern California (www.perfectsoundstudios.com) for its unique design and great sounding rooms. He has produced and engineered dozens of records for every major label, composed and arranged for TV and film, and done session work as a guitarist on many records.
If you are a buyer who wants a home or warehouse (Norm does both residential and commercial real estate) with a recording studio onsite, he will show you any and all properties currently on the market that have existing studios as well as properties that he has scouted that, in his not so humble opinion, would be best for putting a studio in. He will sit down with you and work up potential designs for your studio that will make certain properties stand out as potential candidates to complement your specific production or composition style and needs. If you are looking to sell a property with an existing studio, he will make sure that your property is seen by any music industry professionals who might be looking for just what you have. How? Because after his 30 years in the music and recording businesses, he knows everyone. Norm has worked with and made records for everyone from Rick Rubin to Don Was to T-Bone Burnett to everyone else.
Do not make the mistake of making critical financial decisions without being advised and represented by an agent who has the studio expertise. Any agent can do an MLS search and find you a property with a studio on site. But can they tell you whether a studio makes sense there or what you would need to do to modify it? Can they tell you what that would cost? Can they represent your studio property to bring you the best chance of having a buyer value all prior to your hard work in designing and building your studio? The lenders and appraisers for the sale surely won’t value it. They’ll ask about the “tear out cost.” Let Norm sell your property to someone who will understand what you did to create it and will pay accordingly.
“Every week I speak to another person who expresses regret that they did not work with or at least confer with me before buying the property they bought in the hopes of putting a studio in, says Norm. “Too late, they find out the truth about noise, clean power, zoning, costs, permits, neighbors and all the rest that goes into such an important decision. Work with someone who can help with every aspect of the process, including well after the close of escrow.”
Oh, and by the way, Norm is an incredible Realtor as well. He was top 10 at Coldwell Banker for years and was at Berkshire Hathaway Los Feliz before joining Sotheby’s International Realty.