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Looking to network with other agents? Don't forget to look in your own back yard....... - 08/30/11 10:50 AM
Looking to network with other agents? Don't forget to look in your own back yard....... Many of us are here on ActiveRain to not only post our blog entries, but to network with other agents in other regions and states. I can testify first hand that I've received several referral clients through ActiveRain that I have closed successfully (plug, plug....) But I just want to remind everyone not to forget your own backyard. I.E. - what have you done lately for the other agents at your office? Have you reminded them of your comaraderie as a fellow agent with the same (3 comments)
“Lea’s Corner” Day for Kids Carnival in Santa Clarita, California! - 08/26/11 01:33 PM
One of my favorite times of the year, besides all of my favorite holidays, is in September! Every year the Boys and Girls Club Organization hosts its “Free Day for Kids Carnival” in September at the local park here in the Santa Clarita Valley. This year the “Free Day for Kids Carnival” will be held on September 17, 2011 at the Newhall Park in the Santa Clarita Valley. There will be free food, snow cones, cotton candy, fun games for everyone, carnival rides, raffles and so much more! This awesome event has become one our favorite traditions in my family! I (2 comments)
If you are looking for something to do this Saturday night, why not get your party on at the Chinatown Summer Nights Festival in Los Angeles, California! The Chinatown Summer Nights Festival will be held Saturday, August 27, 2011 from 5 pm-midnight in Chinatown between the Central and West Plaza located between Broadway and Yale Street in Los Angeles, California. The best part of this awesome event is that it is free to enter! There will be delicious food, live music, outdoor video projectors, Chinese beer and so much more. Chinatown Summer Nights is a major hot spot for those (1 comments)
So you have a hankering for a nice juicy steak and not sure where to get one, then get yourself down to Mastro’s Steakhouse in Beverly Hills, California! The Mastro’s Steakhouse is located at 246 North Canon Drive in Beverly Hills, California. The Mastro’s Steakhouse offers so many delectable dishes that will make a grown man cry, but the steak speaks to you and makes you want to sink your teeth right in! The Mastro’s Steakhouse is well known for its world class service and its exquisite cuisine that symbolizes fine dining at its finest. If you have a (1 comments)
If you are looking for a luxurious hotel to stay at and not sure where to stay, then be sure to book your next hotel stay at the Peninsula Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, California! The Peninsula Beverly Hills Hotel is located at 9882 South Santa Monica Boulevard in Beverly Hills. The Peninsula Beverly Hills Hotel offers the most luxurious rooms, suites and private villas that are surrounded by beautiful lush gardens. This gorgeous hotel has been described as an “Exclusive oasis with a prestigious address” and that is not an exaggeration! The Peninsula Beverly Hills (1 comments)
If you are a big Tim Burton fan, then you will not want to miss out on the Tim Burton’s Free Film Screening this Friday night in Los Angeles, California! The Tim Burton’s Free Film Screening will be held this Friday, August, 26 2011 at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art from 8 pm-10pm located at 5905 Wilshire Boulevard in the Los Angeles area. The screening will be held in the Dorothy Collins Brown Amphitheater in the park behind the museum. The Tim Burton’s Free Film Screening will be featuring “Alice in Wonderland” starring Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham (0 comments)
I got someone 30% off of their bill - Pay It Forward - 08/24/11 01:05 PM
I got someone 30% off of their bill - Pay It Forward This week, while I was in line at the checkout at Kohl's there was a mother and her daughter buying back to school clothes in line in front of me. I noticed that they were buying quite a few items. I had one of the best discount coupons that Kohls offers - 30% off, and it was the last day of the sale. The daughter seemed so excited about her new school clothes, and I know clothes are expensive for young girls. So I politelly stepped in and told (0 comments)
If you are a big Hollywood buff and love the history that made Hollywood famous, then a day trip to the Hollywood Museum in Los Angeles, California is just what the doctor ordered! The Hollywood Museum is located in the historic Max Factor Building located at 1660 N. Highland Avenue in the City of Angels. The Hollywood Museum houses over 10,000 Hollywood treasures and has the most extensive collection of Hollywood memorabilia in the world. This really cool museum has four floors of Hollywood memorabilia exhibits for every one of all ages to enjoy and step back into (3 comments)
If you are in the mood for delicious cuisine and not sure where to go, then a trip to the Pacific Dining Car in Los Angeles, California is a must! The Pacific Dining Car is located at 1310 W. 6th Street in Los Angeles, California. The Pacific Dining Car has been around since 1921 and owned by Fred and Grace Cook. Their vision was to have their restaurant stand for quality not quantity. Now with the restaurant being owned by four generations of Cooks, the name and restaurant still represents quality and fine dining at its finest. The (1 comments)
This week, I've decided to start a neighborhood safety program for our block - Pay It Forward - 08/21/11 11:54 PM
This week, I've decided to start a neighborhood safety program for our block - Pay It Forward Not only is it for safety reasons, but after we thought about it, we do have some residents on our block that are older and may need help in an emergency, and we have many residents who have pets. If there is a fire or earthquake, we all need to be prepared to be able to not only help each other, but to help each other's pets if our neighbors become incapacitated for whatever reason. Some residents may want to give keys to those (10 comments)
Thank you SO much to the group members of our ActiveRain Masterminds monthly challenge! - 08/20/11 10:16 AM
Thank you SO much to the group members of our ActiveRain Masterminds monthly challenge! Each month, the group members and team members of our ActiveRain Masterminds challenge step up to the plate and collaborate with their team members to come up with solutions to the issues we post in the challenge each month. The quality of experience and insight to some of these solutions is probably some of the best reading on ActiveRain. As the founder of the group, I have pushed to have the amount of bonus points for ALL participants (not just the winners) be worthy of the time (10 comments)
It seems that in our tightening economy we are hearing more and more about real estate scams. People posing as owners/landlords creating fraudulent leases robbing people of their deposit, even some owners with a foreclosure sale set on their property. And so many of us agents have had our listings hijacked online by people like these. What can we do to help (32 comments)
If you are looking for a really nice restaurant with a view that will knock your socks off, then a trip to the Soho House in West Hollywood, California is a must see and eat! The Soho House is located at 9200 Sunset Boulevard in the West Hollywood area. The Soho House opened its doors in West Hollywood in the spring of 2010 and is their second American House that occupies two stories of the 14 story building. The Soho House offers so many delectable dishes as well as scrumptious cocktails that will make you a loyal customer (1 comments)
So you are in the mood to see the stars, no not the celestial stars, I mean the stars in Hollywood! Take a tour on the Starline Tour Bus located at 6925 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California. As a tourist on the Starline Tour Bus, you will get a close-up tour of your favorite Celebrities beachfront homes as well as other iconic landmarks that made Hollywood, California famous today! Visitors from all over the world flock to Hollywood all year long, in hopes of getting a glimpse of their favorite movies stars, while visiting Hollywood’s famous and unforgettable landmarks (1 comments)
Well it’s me again, here to give you some tips on how to create your own at home day spa with the ingredients right in your own kitchen! I was feeling kind of blah this last week and decided to give myself a day at the spa or in my case, a spa day at home. It has been a crazy but good week that called for a little rejuvenation for my skin and soul. Oh yeah! I wanted to use natural ingredients that I could mix up and use from my own kitchen, so I started Googling for (4 comments)
As the summer season comes to an end and all the kiddies are back in school, why not have one last day of summer fun at the Family Day at the Autry Event in Los Angeles, California! The Family Day at the Autry Event will be held at the Autry National Center on Sunday, August 21, 2011 from 11 am-5 pm located at 4700 Western Heritage Way in the City of Angels. At the Family Day at the Autry Event children of all ages will have the chance to see and play with the toys and games that children (3 comments)
If you are looking for something to do tonight through Saturday, then get yourself to the 8th Annual Artivist Film Festival in Hollywood, California! The 8th Annual Artivist Film Festival will be held at the Grauman Egyptian Theater starting tonight, Thursday-Saturday, August 18-20, 2011 located at 6712 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood. The 8th Annual Artivist Film Festival is the only film festival that brings artists and activists together to raise awareness for children’s advocacy, environmental preservation as well as human and animal rights. Enjoy this week’s screenings with over 41 narrative and documentary international films. For more information regarding (2 comments)
So you are in the mood for something scrumptious and not sure where to go, well then get yourself to the Café Bizou in Sherman Oaks, California! The Café Bizou is located at 14016 Ventura Boulevard in Sherman oaks and has locations in Pasadena as well as in Santa Monica for your ultimate dining experience. The Café Bizou offers so many delicious dishes for every one with all different tastes and preferences for a decent price for every budget. Let your taste buds enjoy a delicious entrée in a warm and friendly atmosphere with family and friends! The Café (7 comments)
So you are not a coffee drinker and are looking for a great place to enjoy a nice cup of tea, then a trip to the Bird Pick Tea and Herb Shop in Pasadena, California is a must! The Bird Pick Tea and Herb Shop, is located at 10 S. De Lacey Avenue in the beautiful town of Pasadena. You can relax in a nice friendly atmosphere and enjoy a delicious cup of tea hot or cold as well as many other beverages and delicious healthy foods of your choice! The Bird Pick Tea and Herb Shop have many (0 comments)
If you are looking for some fun tonight and not sure where to go, then get yourself down to the Melting Pot’s final wine tasting event for the summer in Pasadena, California! The Melting Pot's Wine Tasting Event will be held tonight Tuesday, August 16, 2011 from 6:30-8:30 pm located at 88 W. Colorado Boulevard in beautiful Pasadena. There will be savory appetizers that will blend in beautifully with the four selected wines that this amazing event has to offer. Kick back and listen to live Jazz music played by John Evans in a casual and relaxed atmosphere! Not (7 comments)
I took a good friend of mine out to lunch as a surprise this week - Pay It Forward - 08/14/11 11:42 PM
I took a good friend of mine out to lunch as a surprise this week - Pay It Forward A good friend of mine works in an area that I had a seminar at this week. So I decided to surprise him and show up unexpectedly and invite him out to lunch. Of course, he was very busy at the time, but he was actually glad to get away for a while. I love doing that kind of stuff.
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Take a day trip before the summer season comes to an end to the Malibu Bluffs Park in Malibu, California! The Malibu Bluffs Park is located at 24250 Pacific Coast Highway in gorgeous Malibu. The Malibu Bluffs Park is a great place to picnic, go hiking or toss a Frisbee with your best fur friend and so much more! The Malibu Bluffs Park is a gorgeous park of six acres that overlooks the Pacific Ocean and is conveniently located at the intersection of the Pacific Coast Highway. This awesome park is unique because not only does it have baseball fields, (6 comments)
Two Truths and A Lie: Guess which one is the Lie?! This week's featured member - Jerry Newman - 08/12/11 06:23 PM
Welcome to Ralph's Weekly Feature: Two Truths and a Lie: Guess Which One Is The Lie? Each week, I'm going to feature one Active Rain Member, with their photo, and what they are going to do is tell you 2 Truths about them and 1 Lie. The object of the game is to guess which of the 3 bits of trivia about them is a lie. Each new game will be posted on Friday, and then the answer will be revealed by the featured member a week later on the following Friday. It's a great way to get to know your (59 comments)
“Lea’s Corner” Tips for the first week “Back to School” morning blues! - 08/12/11 05:56 PM
Well it is officially that time of year again for our kids to go back to school! I don’t know about you guys but I have mixed emotions. I am both happy and sad because the summer season is slowly coming to an end and the homework and schedule blues will creep up on us soon enough! Lucky for me, I have a young man who will be a senior in high school this year and a little one who will start preschool as well. So that is not so bad because my youngest will not be starting Kindergarten until the (1 comments)
I am feeling a need to become one with nature today, so that is why I am blogging about nature centers here in the Los Angeles County. Another piece of paradise, not far from the concrete jungle is the Eaton Canyon Park and Nature Center in Pasadena, California. The Eaton Canyon Park and Nature Center is located at 1750 North Altadena Drive in beautiful historical Pasadena. The Eaton Canyon Park and Nature Center is a 190 acre paradise and preserve, for wildlife of all sorts at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains. The Eaton Canyon Park and Nature (3 comments)
So you need a break from the city and not sure where to go, then become one with nature at the El Dorado Nature Center in Long Beach, California! The El Dorado Nature Center is located at 7550 East Spring Street in Long Beach. The El Dorado Nature Center is a great place to relax and gain that inner peace back from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The El Dorado Nature Center is an oasis of pure beauty with over 100 acres that provide sanctuary for over 150 different species of birds as well as other little (3 comments)
The ActiveRain Masterminds monthly challenge for July is complete, and the judges scores for each team are in! - 08/11/11 03:16 PM
The ActiveRain Masterminds monthly challenge for July is complete, and the judges scores for each team are in! If you missed this months challenge, you can read each teams entry here: http://activerain.com/blogsview/2411905/activerain-masterminds-challenge-july-2011-tenant-occupied-short-sales-which-is-the-best-approach-to-take- If you are new to the ActiveRain MasterMinds and want to learn what the monthly challenge is all about, you can click here about how to join and what the rules are: http://activerain.com/groups/ActiveRainMasterMinds Put your own team together and be part of the Creative Mindshare to coming up with solutions to issues in our industry! Each month, the members of the winning team will receive BONUS POINTS, and everyone (23 comments)
2 Truths and A Lie - Congratulations to our July Winner: - 1,500 Bonus Points! - 08/11/11 11:34 AM
Congratulations to our Winner for July: Dee Mayers Dee guessed ALL FOUR weekly featured members correctly! 1,500 Bonus Points!! This month's "Liar" posts were from featured members:Barbara HansleySusan GouldingGayle Rich-BoxmanStacey Smith To join the group, click here: http://activerain.com/groups/2truthsandaliegame Each month if there is one member who has the most correct guesses, they will receive 1,500 bonus points. If there is a tie, each member who ties will receive 1,000 bonus points each. Once again, thank you Praful Thakkar for your assistance with the tabulation. Check out our current post of "2 Truths and A Lie"!! If you haven't played yet, (8 comments)
I bet you are starving right about now for lunch and not sure where or what to eat, in that case get yourself in the sushi mood and eat at Ajisai Japanese Restaurant in West Hollywood, California! The Ajisai Japanese Restaurant is located at 809 Palm Avenue in West Hollywood. You have to try the Ajisai Japanese Restaurant at least once in your lifetime because they offer so many wonderful delectable dishes, especially the sushi that will make your taste buds beg for more! Enjoy great lunch deals all decked out in your Bento Box that your lunch is (4 comments)
If you want a delicious breakfast and not sure where to go, then get yourself down to Jinky’s Café in Sherman Oaks, California! Jinky’s Café is located at 14120 Ventura Boulevard, Suite C in the beautiful Sherman Oaks area. Jinky’s Café has so many scrumptious delicious meals to offer all of their customers with all different tastes and preferences, at a delicious price to boot. Jinky’s Café has other convenient locations in Agoura Hills, Studio City and in Santa Monica. You can enjoy a delicious meal while catching up with friends and family in a relaxed atmosphere. For more (2 comments)
Bring the kids and sit by the campfire at Vista Hermosa Natural Park in Los Angeles, California! The Vista Hermosa Natural Park is hosting a free Community Campfire on Wednesday, August 10, 2011 from 7:00 pm-8:30pm and will be located at 100 North Toluca Street in Los Angeles. The evening will be filled with wonderful nature stories, fun activities, roasting marshmallows, interactive campfire songs and so much more! The Vista Hermosa Natural Park is great place to go walking, toss the Frisbee with your best friend, picnics, listening to the streams and so much more! Enjoy the views and (4 comments)
If you are looking for something to do on a Sunday and not sure where to go, then get yourself down to the Melrose Trading Post in Los Angeles, California! The Melrose Trading Post is held at the Fairfax High School on Sundays located at 7850 Melrose Avenue in the City of Angels. If you love eclectic treasures and rare items, the Melrose Trading post is great place to find them at great prices to boot! You can get everything from eclectic clothes and jewelry to vintage furniture and cameras. How cool is that! I love places like the (0 comments)
If you love a little entertainment while you are eating a fabulous meal, then a trip to the Sgt. Pepper’s Dueling Piano Café in Long Beach, California is an order! The Sgt. Pepper’s Dueling Piano Café is located at 91 South Pine Avenue at The Pike in gorgeous Long Beach. When you step inside this awesome place, the first thing you will hear is the calling of a roaring song and happy campers as two awesome piano players duel into action and lead everyone into a sing-along as well as a fantastic time! Don’t miss out on Happy Hour (3 comments)
Pay It Forward - At the grocery store checkout - 08/07/11 11:58 PM
Pay It Forward - At the grocery store checkout Whenever I'm checking out at the grocery store using the card swiper at Pavillions, they usually have another screen that comes out asking for a donation to a well-known charity. I almost always decline because this type of thing seems so impersonal to me. It just seems like it goes out into cyberspace and I don't really know what happens with the money. Well, for some reason this time I decided to hit the "yes" button and made a small donation to the Muscular Dystrophy Foundation. I hope my Cyber Dollars have (7 comments)
If you are looking for some free fun to do with the kids this summer, then don’t miss out on the Ecosystems Exhibit Gallery at the California Science Center in Los Angeles, California! The California Science Center is located at 700 Exposition Park Drive in Los Angeles. The Ecosystems Exhibit Gallery as well as other fantastic exhibits will be held all through the summer for every one of all ages to explore and interact with, while learning about our Earth’s Ecosystem. How cool is that! Every one of all ages will be able to learn how the land and (4 comments)
No, Mr. Bank, I don't want half of a short sale, I want a WHOLE short sale............ - 08/05/11 02:34 PM
No, Mr. Bank, I don't want half of a short sale, I want a WHOLE short sale............ I recently initiated a short sale with Bank of America on Equator. I uploaded the preliminary docs. As customary with Bank of America, the borrower must phone in themselves to request whether or not they want to pursue a HAFA short sale. This morning, I received an email stating that the file had been removed from the system. I could not understand why, so I contacted BofA. They informed my that the borrower had declined the short sale. I knew something was wrong, because (56 comments)
SB 458: Is it retroactive? Should it be? Will it be? I suppose we'll find out soon..... - 08/05/11 11:25 AM
SB 458: Is it retroactive? Should it be? Will it be? I suppose we'll find out soon..... The California Senate Bill #458 that passed recently on July 15th, extends and clarifies that no pursuant of deficiency shall be allowed by any lienholder after a successful closing of a short sale. The bill was mainly drawn up because it's predecessor, SB 931, did not specifically address 2nd and junior lienholders. My question is: Is it retroactive? If you read the bill in it's entirety, it really doesn't address it one way or another. Which will probably mean one thing: The California courts (1 comments)
I really love this store called Children’s Orchard in my beautiful town of Santa Clarita, California! The Children’s Orchard is located at 26576 Bouquet Canyon Road in Santa Clarita. Children’s Orchard is a fantastic consignment store with locations all over the country, where you can get gently used clothes, furniture and toys for little ones of all ages at very fantastic prices. They even have “Fill a bag for $5.00 days” at this cool store that caters to kids. The best part of the Children’s Orchard is that you can bring in your gently used items that your little (4 comments)
So you are looking for some delicious BBQ grub and not sure where to go, well then get your BBQ on at Park’s Barbeque in Los Angeles, California! Park’s Barbeque is located at 955 S. Vermont Avenue in the Korea Town District in the Los Angeles area. At Park’s Barbeque you get to savor delicious Korean barbeque dishes of all kinds that will tantalize your taste buds and make them beg for more! Park’s Barbeque offers patrons a fun and happening environment as well as a friendly staff to give you great service with a smile. For more information (2 comments)
So you are in the mood for some good food and not sure where to go, why not enjoy a good old fashioned breakfast at the Griddle Café! The Griddle Café is located at 7916 West Sunset Boulevard in good old Los Angeles. The Griddle Café has so many yummy breakfast dishes that will make you want to come back for more! The Griddle Café whips up delicious pancakes such as the “Banana Nana” which has brown sugar and baked bananas, inside the buttermilk batter and ready when you are ready to savor the flavor! For more information regarding (1 comments)
So you are having a serious sushi craving and not sure where to go, why not catch your next Sushi Roll at Sushi Zo in Los Angeles, California! Sushi Zo is located 9824 National Boulevard in the City of Angels. Sushi Zo offers so many delectable sushi dishes, such as the Blue Crab Hand Roll as well as the yummy Sake that you can order along with your meal to tantalize your taste buds. You get the freshest food outside of Japan as well as a nice relaxing and inviting atmosphere that will make you want to come back (7 comments)
If you are looking for a healthy meal and not sure where to go, then get yourself down to the Veggie Grill in Los Angeles, California! The Veggie Grill is located at 8000 West Sunset Boulevard in awesome Los Angeles. The Veggie Grill has so many wonderful yummy vegetarian and vegan meals for all to enjoy and savor the flavor. Delicious foods like their Sweet Potato Fries, oh yeah! The atmosphere at the Veggie Grill is always relaxing and casual. The staff is awesome and always helpful. Not only is the food tasty for your tummy but the prices (5 comments)
So you are looking for some fun and not sure what to do, why not hang out with the Los Angeles Derby Dolls in Los Angeles, California! The Los Angeles Derby Dolls Roller Derby League is located at 1910 W. Temple Avenue in the City of Angels. The Los Angeles Derby Dolls is an all-female track roller derby league that was founded in 2003 by Rebecca Ninburg and Wendy Templeton. This really cool sport was resurrected in Austin, Texas and then picked up right here in the Los Angeles area as well. The Los Angeles Derby Dolls is (3 comments)
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