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Using Content Curation sites to Address your Audience - 12/23/11 06:22 PM
I havd "known" Gerry since I signed up on Active Rain, and followed his real estate career until he "disappeared" about a year ago. He had indicated that he was on greener pastures and he sure was. He has come back as a strong Social Media expert. His knowledge of the real estate field together with his expertise in the evolving SM market makes for a powerful resource for we realtors who are still struggling with where to focuse our efforts. I spoke with Gerry today. He is excited about what he does and knows of what he speaks. Via Gerry Michaels (37 comments)
Los Angeles Homeowners, Here is an Incentive to Get Earthquake Insurance - 12/23/11 05:20 PM
After the devastating Northridge earthquake in 1994 which cost $44 billion in losses, insurance companies restricted the issuance of policies to cover earthquakes for fear of not being able to pay out again. In 1996 the state established the California Earthquake Authority (CEA) to fill the gap. It is non-profit, publicly funded and privately managed, and it allows insurers to offer an earthquake policy to its customers, with some financial contributions. Today the CEO covers 820,000 homes in California. However, in addition to the CEA-covered customers there are only approximately 340,000 additional homes covered with earthquake insurance, leaving 90% of California homeowners uncovered. Given that we (15 comments)
When Buying a Los Angeles Home Always Inspect, Even if it is New Construction - 12/22/11 02:31 PM
I am working with a first-time Los Angeles home buyer who is in the process of purchasing a brand new construction home. The home is a stand-alone condominium, one of four on the lot. It would seem tempting to waive the inspection on a brand new home, because after all what could be wrong! There are building codes to be met and one would think even a visual inspection by the builder would catch the odd mistake. The California real estate purchase contract requires that a home buyer conduct an inspection or waive the right to do so. As I mention above, the temptation would be to waive (35 comments)
What Color is your Blogging Belt? - 12/19/11 09:18 PM
It's that time of year again. Yes, I am thinking.What am I thinking you may ask yourself, or not, whatever takes your fancy? Well, it suddendly struck me that there has to be some kind of a blogging level at which you arrive in your blogging career where you can actually sit awhile, relax, and enjoy the view, because you know you have arrived.It hit me that it would seem that we can never do that. There are days where I just don't feel like blogging. Or I have not one idea in my head. But I feel driven to write (107 comments)
Los Angeles Realtor®'s 2011 Overview - 12/18/11 11:36 PM
I don't generally post my leases and sales, so I thought I would just take a moment to take stock of what turned out to quite a healthy 2011 in the Los Angeles real estate market. This Los Angeles Realtor® started off the year very slowly. Then the stone started rolling down the hill and gained momentum. Anyway, here is an overview of my Los Angeles real estate sales and rentals this year: Purchases: 880 W. 1st St. #804, Los Angeles 90012 (Downtown) (foreclosure) – June 2011 – $270,000 10580 Wilshire Blvd. #8SW, Los Angeles 90024 (The Wilshire)( pocket listing) – October 2011 – $1,600,000 10982 Roebling (11 comments)
What You Need to Know when Renting a Los Angeles Home - 12/15/11 01:51 PM
If you are looking for a Los Angeles rental property, you are in a lot of competition. The better prepared you are to make an offer on the property you love, the better the chance you are of getting it, because the good ones go quickly. So, what do you need to know? As soon as your realtor sends you a property close to your needs and desires, be prepared to go see it. Believe me, you are not the only person looking for Los Angeles rental properties right now and generally it is a first-come first-served situation. Most leases are for a (28 comments)
Friends of L.A. Animal Shelter and L.A. Love & Leashes Comes to Westside Pavilion - 12/14/11 02:26 PM
Los Angeles has been hit hard by the economic downturn and Animal Services is one of the many departments whose financial resources have been severely cut. Friends of L.A. Animal Shelters, a volunteer-run 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to helping L.A.’s city animal shelters raises funds to provide veterinary care and innovative adoption programs for which the city shelters do not have funding. Their goal is to increase the live save rate of L.A.’s city animal shelters. L.A. Love & Leashes is the first pet store that’s 100% dedicated to saving the lives of orphaned animals in Los Angeles city shelters. L.A. Love & Leashes is located in (18 comments)
Let it Sparkle. Christmas on Rodeo Drive Beverly Hills - 12/10/11 02:14 PM
Every year, world-renowned Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills puts on its best show for holiday season. In 2004 they decorated with $1 million worth of Baccarat crystal chandeliers. This year, together with Harrods in London and Takashimaya stores in Tokyon and Singapore, Swarovsky holds sway with Sparkle 90210. Swarovsky Elements have installed Swarovsky crystals along the median of Rodeo Drive featuring a helix-shaped sculpture with embedded LED lights which scrolls people’s holiday messages ticker-tape style. If you wish to be included Tweet your message to #letitsparkle or text 877877. Today, and on December 15 and 16 you can see snow and sparkle effects together with (20 comments)
Cirque du Soleil's Ovo Comes to Santa Monica, January 2012 - 12/06/11 01:38 PM
The always entertaining Cirque du Soleil is bringing its latest production, Ovo to Santa Monica, on January 20, 2012. The them of Ovo is set in the world of insects. Just like us, they are looking for love, and the quest is satisfied when an egg appears delivering an insect who falls in love with a beautiful lady bug. The music for this productions is a Brazilian theme, that alone should make it a must-see. And, as usual, the show gets rave reviews, highlighting the fact that, as usual, Cirque du Soleil makes you believe the unbelievable. Check showtimes and tickets Buying or Selling Los Angeles Real Estate Buying or selling a Los (28 comments)
Los Angeles Communities - About Brentwood - 12/04/11 08:32 PM
Brentwood is a wealthy community at the foot of the Santa Monica Mountains. Stroll along trendy San Vicente Blvd. with its fine dining, boutique shopping and frequent art fairs and farmers’ market.
Brentwood borders the east end of Santa Monica and the west end of Westwood. With approximately 42,000 residents, Brentwood, 90049, has many diverse areas. San Vicente Blvd. is the main walking street with shops and upscale restaurants. This area is densely populated with many apartment and condominium complexes with a mix of students, professionals and families. Brentwood borders Santa Monica on the East and is at the foot of the the Santa Monica Mountains. It is one (5 comments)
Santa Monica Approves Bike Action Plan - 12/01/11 06:08 PM
Santa Monica City Council unanimously approved the Bike Action Plan, 20 years in the making, which is an effort to get people out of their cars and onto bikes. $2.5 million will be spent over the next two years to make 30 miles of streets bike friendly, starting with 14 miles of bike lanes and 17 miles of green buffered lanes along Broadway, Main St., 2nd St. and Ocean Park Blvd. An additional 2,500 bike parking spaces will be available in the next five years. Also opening in the next few months will be the first beachside bicycle campus with City Hall (26 comments)
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