Lee Trotman has been in the digital marketing and e-commerce space since his days at Southern California Edison. At SCE, he created digital marketing campaigns and e-commerce platforms to enhance the lives of 6.5 million customers. Then he joined Natrol Incorporated, the third largest manufacturer of nutritional supplements in the nation as the Director of Digital Marketing and E-commerce, where he created industry-specific digital campaigns designed to enhance the lives of millions of customers. With his IT background, Lee Trotman designs, redesigns and overhauls websites to optimize transactions and increase sales exponentially. His list of clients range from consumer products to energy services and solutions, and everything else in between.


In what city/state was your first house located and approximately what year did you buy it?

Los Angeles and 1993, so roughly 23 years ago.


What was your living situation prior to buying your first house? Where/with whom/etc?

I lived alone in an apartment in Los Angeles. It wasn’t so bad.


What motivated you to purchase your first house?

Wanted my own property because I got fed up with not having a place to call my own.


How did you go about getting the money together to buy it?

Saved enough for a down payment. It’s still one of my best decisions.


When you purchased, were you thinking of it as an investment or as a place to start a family?

To be honest I was considering both options. I bought at the bottom of the market in 1993 and was planning to start a family at the same time.


What are 3 things you liked most about the house?

Location the most because it was in the district for good schools. It was also in a very safe neighborhood.


Was there anything you didn’t like about it?

I didn’t like that it was a greater distance from Los Angeles and my friends.


Did you make any improvements or major renovations to the house?

Mostly interior technology improvements. Not much to note about with the design of the home.


Please share 1-2 of your fondest/funniest memories from living there.

My dog Storm lived there with me for three years. I loved buying the biggest Christmas tree I could find and watching her smell the pines. And watching her sleep with her paws in the air on the cool kitchen tile.


Do you still live there or did you sell it or renting it?

I still live in the same house.


What advice would you give other first time home buyers?

Pick something you like because you might stay there for 30 years.