Jeff Lewis

Jeff Lewis dishes on the infamous Zoila portrait!

on Jun 26, 2008

In this episode, I closed the door on Courtney and the Hancock Park project and was immediately introduced to and subsequently hired by the Lassners. It was a different world working with the Lassners compared with Courtney, whose intense fear of making a mistake had paralyzed her. Courtney just couldn't make a decision, which ironically turned out to be the worst mistake of all. When she asked me to hire a sewer contractor and then dumped her anger on me concerning his estimate, I realized she was simply unable to get out of her own way or to get her unrealistic expectations under control. I refused to continue being treated badly or becoming her fall guy, so I quit and moved on -- a great decision on my part.

While I began a satisfying remodel for the Lassners, it was time to let go of the Ben Lomond house. I listed the pros and cons of holding the property as I grappled with my disappointment at having passed up two very good offers. I realized that I'd missed the window for making a profit on that house, so I decided to sell it at a loss and use the equity to invest in another income property. There are times when cutting your losses and making them up on the next home is a scary but logical decision.