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Complaint Review: Bolin Development | Ripoff Report Verified™ …businesses you can trust. Don Bolin, Arline Bolin, Bolin Estates, Bolin Real Estate Development constructing projects of all sizes & scales. Skilled in solving complex problems relating to estate design & construction management. Don Bolin’s extensive construction expertise enables him to oversee projects delivering them on schedule & within budget.

  • Submitted: Thu, December 26, 2013
  • Updated: Tue, May 20, 2014

  • Reported By: ED Magedson - Founder, Ripoff Report — Tempe Arizona
Bolin Development | Ripoff Report Verified™ …businesses you can trust. Don Bolin, Arline Bolin, Bolin Estates, Bolin Real Estate Development constructing projects of all sizes & scales. Skilled in solving complex problems relating to estate design & construction management. Don Bolin’s extensive construction expertise enables him to oversee projects delivering them on schedule & within budget.
PO Box 6629 Woodland Hills, California USA

Bolin Development REVIEW: Don Bolin, Bolin Estates Arline Bolin Dedicated to 100% customer satisfaction. Offers real estate development & construction projects of all sizes to customers, providing great opportunities for achieving real estate ambitions which can be challenging in a recovering economy as the landscape shifts. Bolin Development / Don Bolin / Bolin Estates/ Arline Bolin provides the drive needed to build your future home, development and construction projects of all sizes and scales. With a deep understanding of  industry enabling Bolin Development to assist customers to seize opportunities & overcome obstacles in achieving real estate goals & objectives.

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Ripoff Report REVIEW / Bolin Development / Don Bolin / Bolin Estates/ Arline Bolin Commitment to Customer Satisfaction

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Bolin Development / Don Bolin / Bolin Estates/ Arline Bolin approached Ripoff Report with the intent of wanting to resolve any customer issues and reports posted on Ripoff Report. As a Part of the Corporate Advocacy Program the member business allows Ripoff Report to send an email to all of those who filed a complaint in the past, letting the customer know, the member business wanted to make things right with them, .. whatever it takes to do so. Ripoff Report always monitors these emails to insure the member business does what they agreed to. The people at Bolin Development / Don Bolin / Bolin Estates/ Arline Bolin did just that. Bolin Development / Don Bolin / Bolin Estates/ Arline Bolin has gone to great lengths to make sure they try and resolve any and all customer issues. Bolin Development / Don Bolin / Bolin Estates/ Arline Bolin has joined the Corporate Advocacy Program because they want customers to know they will resolve any and all customer issues. They never want their customers to feel like they weren’t taken care of.

Bolin Development / Don Bolin / Bolin Estates/ Arline Bolin CONTINUES TO CLARIFY WHO THEY ARE AND WHAT THEY CAN DO FOR CLIENTS

"Under the management of Don Bolin, Bolin Development is one of the finest real estate development firms in Southern California. His unique skills in solving complex problems relating to estate design and construction management are unmatched. He is a true professional. Behind Bolin Development's sustained growth and success is Don's skill as a deeply experienced builder with expertise in construction, finance, land use, design, and marketing. Arline Bolin is real estate agent who personally conducts her own showings, open houses and public relations. She never takes a listing unless she can personally be available from the moment an appointment is scheduled to all aspects of the offer, escrow and closing. She is not an inventory agent who passes the work on to assistants after obtaining a listing. She takes great pride in fulfilling the commitment she makes to each seller. Arline is the top producing agent in Bel Air. She has worked in the community with the custom home sites since its inception in 1990. She has sold the first custom home in the community and has consistently sold homes at the highest sale levels and re-sales among all other agents. She has consistently broken records in bringing in top prices to the neighborhood. She is well known in the brokerage community and the agents call her when they are looking for homes in the area.


WHY Bolin Development / Don Bolin / Bolin Estates/ Arline Bolin IS BETTER THAN THEIR COMPETITORS

With respect to building projects, Don Bolin maintains a strong focus on budget, schedule management, design, code compliance, subcontractor management, and detailed project documentation through project close-out. His projects require a proven and professional team to find creative solutions in an increasingly challenging market and Bolin Development delivers this on a continuous basis with each individual property he builds being positioned at the top of its class. Because of her experience and specialties within her business, Arline Bolin has become a boutique real estate agent. She takes on only a few listings and works them personally and sees 100% of them close. No other agent who works the 4 to 25 million dollar market can say they have such a successful closing rate. The broker community knows her dealings with new construction and they can attest to the fact that she has always managed to get what they perceive as above market value. For the bulk of her career she has been pushing the market above the comparables. She has many years of experience with new construction of custom homes.

Bolin Development / Don Bolin / Bolin Estates/ Arline Bolin Statements from the owner.

"My name is Don Bolin and I am of owner of Bolin Development . I would like to thank you for taking the time to review Bolin Development. We provide real estate opportunities to those seeking new custom homes. Our personalized service keeps us at the head of our industry as developers.”


Don's experienced development team has the problem-solving skills and determination to overcome physical, geographic challenges unique to each development project. His expertise and creative solutions have earned a strong reputation of integrity among his peers, business associates and the communities he serves. Don has extensive experience working with architects and successfully managing costs associated with outside consultants. His extensive construction expertise enables him to oversee projects and deliver them on schedule and within budget. Bolin Development's innovative design solutions include expansive estate spaces with creative parking solutions. Working in concert with local communities, he delivers high quality end-products in both a cost and time efficient manner. Arline knows that clients trying to juggle the entire homebuying procedure can be a stressful experience. Clients need the assistance of a trained and knowledgeable realtor who has the expertise to lead them through the required steps, including representing the best interests of prospective buyers and sellers respectively, selecting the best mortgage terms and conditions, helping them to complete the necessary documents, and inspecting the property along with them to identify any major flaws. She is an agent who is willing to function as team captain to protect their interests.

"If you want the best, hire the best” ~ Arline Bolin



As stated above, Bolin Development/ Arline Bolin/ Don Bolin is dedicated to 100% customer satisfaction and has made every possible effort to ensure that all customers have a positive experience while at their business. After speaking with the management at Bolin Development / Don Bolin / Arline Bolin and emailing anyone who filed a complaint in the past, Ripoff Report is proud to give Bolin Development / Don Bolin / Arline Bolin a positive Rating. Bolin Development / Don Bolin / Arline Bolin made efforts to ensure that all customers were satisfied and Don Bolin has assured Ripoff Report that the business has an improved business model that features customer satisfaction as the top priority.

"We are the solution to every design and development you need.” ~ Don Bolin


Arline Bolin Explains  the Real Estate Market of Bel Air 

About the Author

Arline Bolin is a top-producing agent in the Bel Air Crest Community of custom homes and gated communities. Certified in the Luxury Home Market, Arline specializes in high-end custom home construction and has years of experience in new construction; from finding the ideal home site to the sale of the completed homes at record breaking prices.She has over 20 years of experience selling real estate to a wide range of clientele including: A-List Hollywood stars, sports agents, CEO’s of Fortune 500 Companies, Grammy-winning musicians and Mega-mansion Developers. She has the proven ability to work confidentially through complex transactions to close escrow representing buyers or the sellers.The real estate market today is challenging and sheis the agent who understands the industry and anticipates the direction of the market.

What to Know Before Buying a House in Bel Air

  • What Makes Bel Air Unique

Alphonso Bell founded Bel Air in 1923 and developed the ranch lands into a magnificent community. He built a development and sales center which is now at the location of the beautiful Hotel Bel Air. His wife chose the Italian names for the streets. Bel Air today is part of the prestigious pocket of Los Angeles known as the Golden Triangle, which also includes Bel Air’s Holmby Hills and Beverly Hills. One enters Bel Air’s wealthy community through the palatial West and East Gates off Sunset. The area stretches to Beverly Glen, south Mulholland and east of Sepulveda. 

Bel Air’s proximity to Century City, UCLA and the freeway means you’re right down from Sunset, mainly Beverly Hills and the studios all the way to the beach. People live in Bel Air because it’s close to everything, but is extremely exclusive. Exclusive enclaves include the Bel Air Country Club and the movie moguls meet at the Bel Air hotel. There are streets like St. Pierre that are being developed and different areas where existing homes are being torn down and rebuilt into mega mansions. There are certain gated communities that have a special exclusivity not available in other areas. In addition, people come to Bel Air to enjoy the outdoors, from hiking to just enjoying the beautiful setting and open space. 

  • Weather

The main reason why people come to Bel Air is because you do not have the extreme heat of the valley or marine layer of Santa Monica, so it is much more mild and non-severe than other areas of Los Angeles.

  • Schools

Bel Air is part of the Los Angeles Unified School District.  Some of the most distinguished private schools in the nation are located in Bel Air.

  • Sense of Community

Prime Bel Air is the lower Bel Air you see from Sunset to the 405, which is Sepulveda. As a result, there are no sidewalks; this was done on purpose to keep the estate feeling. Prime Bel Air is not a walking neighborhood and people have their guarded gates. For the most part, you can hardly see homes from the streets because of the foliage, creating mystique and privacy.

There are other neighborhoods in Bel Air besides lower Bel Air.There are a couple of gated communities named Moraga Drive and Bel Air Crest. In particular, Bel Air Crest is a new gated community in Bel Air that has a complete sense of community, located next to the private schools. You also have people seeking to live behind the gates, like Bel Air Crest, because they want to keep their privacy. I sold a house in Bel Air Crest to Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, because they wanted to have some privacy from the paparazzi. 

  • My Buying Expertise

I’ve been working exclusively in Bel Air since 1990. I got established in the area working with developers. A lot of developers at that time were building in the gated communities, like Moraga Drive and in Bel Air Crest. Those areas have all been built out, so land is extremely valuable in Bel Air. For any new project, the developers have to come in and find a piece of property with an existing house on it, tear it down and rebuild, because there aren’t any more gated communities being developed due to concerns for the environment and open space.

I have an ease when working with first-time homebuyers, because there are areas in Bel Air where you can buy something for $600,000 and you can turn around and buy something above $25 million, up to practically $100 million. I have the most ease working with someone who is just looking to get into Bel Air, or working on someone who wants to build a mega mansion. Helping them find a project or first-time home is what I do best. 

The market trends are different as the market changes and I know the market. Currently, prices are going up, so people have to actually educate themselves on what the values are because they’re not the same as they were a year and a half ago. I find out if a client is looking for a family home,if they want somewhere they can walk or if they are looking to be near schools. Are they looking for an entertainment professional that may want to be closer down toward Beverly Hills? Do they want to be near UCLA in order to attend school? There are a lot of different areas of Bel Air that fit different people’s needs. 

  • Common Buyer Questions

Buyers often ask me these questions when looking in Bel Air:

  • What is the price difference in the various areas of Bel Air? For the most part, when you see movies about Bel Air, like Fresh Prince of Bel Air, they’re speaking about lower Bel Air. This area is closest to UCLA and the east gate and the west gate. That is the original part of Bel Air, where the land really dictates the price of the homes. I explain to people that there’s lower Bel Air, which is very expensive and very prime. You’re going to spend maybe $9 million just for an acre, up to $18 million to $20 million dollars for maybe two acres. Then there’s upper Bel Air, where the prices are more reasonable and you can even find properties that are $600,000. 

It all depends on the location and the land value. There are a lot of thoroughfares that go through Bel Air, including Beverly Glen, Roscomare and Sunset. A lot of the price variations depend upon the noise factor, the windy streets, how you get to the property, how new the property is and how many repairs it needs. It is important to define what clients want when purchasing a home. 

  • Where is the nearest shopping?In Bel Air, we don’t have commercial business. Apartments and shopping centers aren’t part of Bel Air, so residents do have to go outside the area. There are a few markets, but actual shopping is outside of Bel Air. You have to go to Century City, Brentwood or Beverly Hills to shop.
  • Who is living nearby? People are interested in what people are living in Bel Air and where. People name drop and want to know where the celebrities, international billionaires or movie producers live. They also are interested in the history of the homes. There are homes previously owned by the Reagans, Elizabeth Taylor or where Michael Jackson lived when he passed. 
  • Getting a Negotiating Edge

A cash offer is critical to getting the winning offer. A buyer also has to have strong financials. If financing, they have to be prequalified for a mortgage. They have to have knowledge of the prices and someone who can negotiate these deals. A buyer has to understand the difference in pricing in the various areas and also consider resale value. You want to settle in an area where your investment could easily be resold. 

  • The Golden Rules of Buying

There are a lot of things you cannot see from the street. It is important be prequalified and then, preview the homes from the Internet. A lot of homes you can drive by, but you cannot see what you are going to be viewing, but you can view them online. A lot of the homes in Bel Air have been built in the forties and in the fifties and buyers have to have knowledge of either the architectural significance or how to remodel or upgrade. If buying something new, they need to understand new construction and how to do investigate home warranties. 

What to Know Before Selling a House in Bel Air

  • Pricing

The average sales price in Bel Air is still around the $2 million price range.You can probably find something around $550,000 at the lowest end or you can spend up to $100 million. Price per square foot still averages around $500 a square foot, but could go up to $2,000 per square foot. All of the appreciation in Bel Air is similar to what’s happening in the rest of Santa Monica, Brentwood and Beverly Hills. It has appreciated. The main thing to compare is the land value. A lot of houses are being sold for their location, then their land value and finally, the house. Some of the houses might even be teardowns. Ultimately, the land value and location drives pricing.

  • Seller Challenges

 Even with the exclusivity of Bel Air, sellers can face challenges, including:

  • There are a lot of well-known historical houses in Bel Air. They are historical in the sense of who built them and also who lived in them. The location is extremely desirable, but the land might have older homes on them and they are lacking today’s modern conveniences. This is why people will look at homes and they may want to purchase, but they don’t necessarily want to remodel or lose the historical significance of the architecture. That is different from the Newport Coast, where everything would be somewhat new. In Bel Air buyers have to realize that either they are going to rebuild, remodel or update the historical significance of the existing home.  
  • There are a lot of busy streets that go through Bel Air. There’s Beverly Glen, Roscomare, Sunset, and the closeness of the 405. The homes that might have residual noise, especially with Sunset, do go for lower prices. The ones that are private and quiet are obviously more desirable. 
  • Agents have to qualify clients before appointments. Many of the houses are not open for open houses so your agent has to rely on other agents to qualify the clients before they can actually see the homes.
  • Another challenge is competitive agents with varying price points. With the market turning and the importance of land value, agents have different opinions on what the house should be priced at. You have to price it correctly for the market, but still know that there are going to be several opinions on the price. 
  • People come from all over the world come to Bel Air. They come to Beverly Hills, they come to other areas, but in Bel Air, you have to work with different sports managers or agents that may have a lot of buyers from China, for example. This is necessarily a negative, but it is more challenging to make sure the buying agent understands the market. You need to educate them a little more on the differences in values based on shopping, proximity, etc.
  • My Selling Expertise

I’ve been here since 1990, so I’ve been working Bel Air for a lot of years. When you are working for a lot of years, you develop of relationships with agents. Those agents may have uniqueclients like pro athletes or international business managers. I work on name recognition also. A lot of times, Iof a lot of homes that aren’t on the market. I can often find clients, or agents that have clients,who I can match up with a house even before it comes on the market. Working open houses and websites allows me to have first hand contact with local and international buyers who make inquiries toward home purchases in the Bel Air area.

Everyone can connect to the internet that exposes homes all over the world. Despite this access, your agent needs to work in real estate as a full-time career. In my case, I do more of a boutique business where I can control a lot of aspects of the sale. I don’t have a large team that I turn things over to once I get a listing. It helps me negotiate a sale when I have talked to the person, met them and seen them completely through the deal. My motto is to work with sellers as a team to get their home sold, keeping communication alive thru the whole process.

  • Common Seller Questions

Sellers often inquire about the following when deciding to sell their Bel Air property:

  • What is the appraised value and what homes have sold similar to mine? 3 to 5 homes that can be used as comparisons are presented to seller. An appraisal of the home can be done by an appraiser if it seems appropriate.
  • How long will it take to sell and how do we prepare for market?When a home comes on the market, it may immediately fit a buyer that has already been shopping and is ready to purchase so a prompt sale can take place. A home well priced will attract the greatest pool of buyers. Higher valued homes may need more time and exposure as the pool of buyers is smaller and are often international clients.A home needs to be prepped for market. For example, a buyer is going to look at the home as if he were living in the home so the less clutter the better.
  • What marketing materials and exposure will I get?Photos of the home and website are essential as most buyers now look online to view potential homes.Once a home is placed in the MLS, the home gets picked up by over 40 internet sites and exposed on the web. I offer high quality marketing material that represents the unique quality of service I offer my clients. 
  • What is the agent’s opinion on the value of my home? Sellers depend on agents viewing and their opinion on the value of their home before putting it on the market. On occasion, for an assessment of a unique home, a selection of agents will preview the home. At that time, an opinion is gathered on what number a home should be priced for the current market.
  • What is the schedule for showings and appointments? Agents are encouraged to give at least a 24 hour notice for showings. The broker’s caravan for homes is on Tuesday late mornings. Open houses are left to the discretion of the agent and seller, and offered on Sundays.
  • Getting a Selling Edge

Multiple bids come from a home well priced to the market. Buyers know the marketplace and may have even lost a bid on a home they have offered on.Some sellers would like to have their homes on the market a bit above market and will lower to the expectations of the buyers. Other sellers may wish to get multiple offers, believing the best price will come in the first few weeks on the market place.Homes under 4 million dollars have a larger pool of buyers that, if priced right, will attract multiple offers. Homes over that range will have fewer buyers to make multiple offers and homes above 10 million will have even fewer. Land value and projects for developers are getting attention because of the lack of available projects.

  • The Golden Rules of Selling

In Bel Air, the golden rules of selling are:

  • Price it correctly:  The market will overlook a home overpriced.
  • Stage and have the best photography. I tell my photographer they are the window to the first view of the home. 
  • Sellers should be aware that the home’s availability to show is a priority and it is difficult to get a buyer’s schedule coordinated.


STATED IMPROVEMENTS FROM Bolin Development / Don Bolin / Bolin Estates/ Arline Bolin

They’re new policy is to always contact all customers to gather valuable feedback so that they can continue to adapt and deliver the best customer service possible. Bolin Development / Don Bolin / Arline Bolin is willing to go beyond the call of good customer service and do what it takes to make things right with their customers. *Any consumer not receiving satisfaction from a member of Rip-off Report’s Corporate Advocacy Business Remediation and Customer Satisfaction Program should email us at EDitor@ripoffreport.com This kind of dedication to customer service means that Bolin Development / Don Bolin / Arline Bolin will do whatever it takes to make sure their customers are properly taken care off. In the future, if anyone has any complaints or concerns with Bolin Development / Don Bolin / Bolin Estates/ Arline Bolin, you are invited to contact them directly via email: bch310@gmail.com (again, please be sure to cc: EDitor@ripoffreport.com so we can keep track of the company’s response and to insure customer satisfaction). You can call Bolin Development / Don Bolin / Bolin Estates/ Arline Bolin directly at 310-625-1100, and ask for Don Bolin.

As always, Ripoff Report cannot guarantee that every customer or employee will always be 100% satisfied in every case, but we promise that if you have any concerns with Bolin Development or any of our Corporate Advocacy Program members, we will do everything we can to see that the issue is addressed quickly and that you are treated fairly and with respect. Any issues you think you cannot resolve with any member of Ripoff Report’s Corporate Advocacy Program, please contact us. EDitor@ripoffreport.com

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