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15 Reasons I’m the Rancho Palos Verdes, Palos Verdes Estates, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates, Manhattan Beach, and Hermosa Beach Real Estate Agent for You!

 
  • I have a total commitment to providing excellent service throughout the real estate transaction.
  • I have exceptional knowledge of the local Rancho Palos Verdes, Palos Verdes Estates, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach and surrounding Los Angeles County, CA areas real estate market.
  • As a real estate professional, I will be committed to negotiating on your behalf to help meet your specific goals and objectives.
  • I will engage in a comprehensive networking strategy to assist in the purchase or sale of your home.
  • I will go the extra mile for you to make sure your next real estate transaction is a smooth one.
  • I take pride in providing personalized service which means that I will be highly involved in the actual purchase or sale or your home.
  • I will utilize technology to better meet your specific real estate needs, whether you are buying or selling.
  • I will take on the difficult tasks to make moving an easy process.
  • I will assist you in finding the related services that are necessary to buy or sell a home or other property.
  • I will keep you apprised of current local real estate market conditions that can impact the purchase or sale of your home.
  • I engage in a corporate level of marketing to make sure that your home gets as much exposure as possible if you are a seller and that you find the perfect home if you are a buyer.
  • I work as a full time real estate professional which means you will have the pinnacle of support throughout your real estate transaction.
  • I will utilize my experience both in and out of real estate to let you attend to your family while I do the work making sure your real estate transaction is processed in the most trouble free manner possible.
  • I will respect your time and work with you so your busy schedule is not interrupted.
  • I will uphold the highest moral and ethical standards throughout any real estate transaction I am involved in.
 

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Do you need professional real estate representation in order to find a home in Rancho Palos Verdes, Palos Verdes Estates, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach or in another CA area? Are you thinking about selling your home in Rancho Palos Verdes, Palos Verdes Estates, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates, Manhattan Beach, or Hermosa Beach? If so, I can help meet all of your real estate needs. Whether you have residential real estate needs, commercial real estate needs, leasing needs, or income property needs, please fill out the following brief real estate quick request form describing how I can be of service. This form will help me provide you with outstanding real estate service. Thanks again.

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Movers Hold Home Owners’ Items Hostage?

It has been said that, next to divorce and the death of a family member, moving is among the most stressful experiences many people will have in their lifetime. Dealing with a bad moving company makes matters worse.

Federal lawmakers are cracking down on moving companies who try to hold home owners’ belongings hostage during a move — a scam that’s more common than many realize. Home owners will soon have more protection against this increasingly reported rip-off in the moving industry.

It usually involves a moving company providing a home owner with a lowball quote for a move. The mover then packs up the home owner’s belongings onto a truck and refuses to unload it until a higher fee is paid. Some unscrupulous moving companies are notorious for underestimating the weight of items they’ve been hired to transport and even resorting to extreme measures to squeeze a few extra dollars out of their customers — including holding everything a customer owns and cherishes essentially for ransom.

“Aside from being extorted for money, they may even damage your goods,” said Ada Vassilovski, vice president of online marketing and product management for Imagitas in Waltham, Mass., which operates MyMove.com, a resource offering advice for stress-free moves. “If you hire a mover to transport your goods across state lines and they hold your personal property hostage, you can appeal to the Department of Transportation and it now has the power to enforce fines,” she told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

President Barack Obama signed a law last month that will benefit people who think they have been scammed by a moving company. Beginning in October, movers who hold home owners’ items hostage can be fined by up to $10,000 a day, according to new rules imposed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, an agency of the Department of Transportation. Starting in October 2014, new moving company owners will be mandated to pass tests on consumer protection and moving-cost estimates, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. 

“We are finally seeing recognition that movers holding people’s possessions hostage is a problem,” Vassilovski says. “I don’t think many people are aware of this being a problem, so it’s great this legislation is shining a light on it.”

The Better Business Bureau reports that among the 4,790 industries it monitors, moving companies are No. 10 on the list of those receiving the most consumer complaints. In 2011, the bureau received 1.2 million inquires and complaints against movers. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, on the other hand, received 2,851 complaints that year. The federal agency only counts interstate moves, whereas the BBB data includes both interstate and intrastate moves. Movers used to be regulated by the Interstate Commerce Commission, but in an effort to balance the federal budget, Congress eliminated that agency in 1995.

“This legislation will educate people that there is a problem,” Ms. Vassilovski said. “But if you are moving you need to do your homework to select a mover that is reputable and not chose one based on price alone.”

Article from http://realestate.glozal.com/profiles/blogs/movers-hold-home-owners-items-hostage?xg_source=msg_mes_network

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Hello fellow bloggers and blog readers,

I just want to take this time to tell you a little bit about my self, my name is Tuba and I am a Real Estate Consultant with RE/MAX Palos Verdes Realty. I have been an agent for over 25 years, I am also a member of the exclusive RE/MAX Hall of Fame, as well as the prestigious Platinum Club. I rank in the top 1% of agents in the business and my sales record will prove it. So if you are looking for a realtor you have found the right one. I am here to service all of your real estate needs so feel free to comment on this blog post if you are looking to buy or sell a home. :)

Enjoy this amazing pasta salad recipe and dont forget my service is almost as good as this salad!!!

1 12 tbsps white sugar
1 tsp salt (taste)
1 12 tsps black pepper (ground)
1 tsp onion powder
1 12 tsps dijon mustard
2 cloves chopped garlic
1 12 cups fresh basil (chopped)
12 cup fresh oregano (chopped)
14 cup fresh cilantro (chopped)
2 tsps hot pepper sauce (g tabasco)
13 cup red wine vinegar
12 cup olive oil
1 tsp lemon juice
4 ozs grated parmesan cheese
4 plum tomatoes (roma, chopped)
6 green onions (chopped)
4 ozs black olives (minced)
16 ozs bow tie pasta (farfalle)
12 cup pine nuts
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Directions: 1. In a large bowl, whisk together the sugar, salt, pepper, onion powder, mustard, garlic, basil, oregano, cilantro, hot pepper sauce, red wine vinegar, olive oil, lemon juice, and Parmesan cheese. Add the tomatoes, green onions and olives to the bowl, and stir to coat. Refrigerate.

2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add the pasta, and cook for 7 minutes, or until tender. Drain, and rinse with cold water to cool. Add pasta to the bowl of dressing, and mix well. Top with mozzarella cheese and pine nuts. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.

For renters, buying a home pays off after three years on average!!!

Home buying versus renting

Real estate website Zillow has a provocative data point for every renter thinking about buying these days: That move pays off after just three years on average nationwide.

The company, which lists for-sale and for-rent information on its site, has released a new analysis of what it calls the “break-even horizon,” comparing what it would cost to buy or rent the same home in a number of U.S. markets over time.

The rent-or-buy calculus varies widely depending on where you live.

In the combined Los Angeles and Orange counties, the magic number is 4.3 years, assuming the buyer has made a 20% down payment. Buying wins out after only 1.6 year in the desert community of Banning. But Newport Beach residents must wait 14 years for buying to make more financial sense than renting.

The analysis takes into account a host of factors potential buyers should think about when considering the leap, including the down payment, mortgage and rental payments, buying and selling costs, property taxes, utilities, maintenance costs and tax deductions. The analysis adjusts for inflation and forecasts home value and rental price appreciation.

Zillow senior economist Svenja Gudell said the data should help homeowners get a rough and immediate sense of whether buying makes sense in a particular area in relation to their financial situation.

“For a home buyer out there, it is really tough to get a good grip on the buy-versus-rent decision,” Gudell said. Although buying a home is a deeply personal decision, she said, the analysis gives consumers “a sense for ‘Am I ready to make this decision?’”

The new take on the classic rent-versus-buy debate comes at a tenuous moment for the housing market. Many analysts believe that a housing bottom has been reached but don’t expect a return to the heady days of the real estate bubble. There is already some concern about the strength of the recovery, with home sales slowing in June as inventory remained tight and buyers paid higher prices.

At the same time, rents are rising, housing affordability is at record levels, and mortgage interest rates remain very low. These factors are prompting many renters to consider homeownership.

Stuart Gabriel, director of UCLA’s Ziman Center for Real Estate, noted that the main lesson from the subprime mortgage debacle and the housing bust was that homeownership shouldn’t be pushed at all costs. Federal policy has been adjusted to support this new point of view.

“One of the things we have learned in recent years is, obviously, house prices don’t always go up, and even over the very long term in certain markets homeownership may only offer a minimal return,” Gabriel said.

“What we have all learned is to treat homeownership as a bit of a dangerous animal. You know it’s not always good, and it’s not good for everyone.”

Things to consider when buying, particularly in an slowly appreciating market, include how mobile will you be, your financial situation, marital status, career goals and personality, Gabriel said.

Richard Green, director of the USC Lusk Center for Real Estate, added that in many regions buying has become increasingly attractive compared with renting. There are also non-financial reasons for buying.

“I can enjoy living in this house for the rest of my life, and nobody can throw me out of it,” he said. “You are consuming something, and you have control over it, and control has some value.”

Zillow’s analysis, which covered more than 200 metropolitan areas and 7,500 U.S. cities, found that buying is a better financial decision than renting in the Riverside-San Bernardino area if you live in the home for at least two years. That rises to 3.2 years in the area including Oxnard, Thousand Oaks and Ventura.

The San Francisco metropolitan area’s break-even score of 5.9 years encompasses a range from two years to 24.3 years.

Top 10 Cities for ‘Social Seekers’

 

Coldwell Banker is kicking off a five-part Best Places to Live series, which ranks cities on various lifestyle categories, such as best cities for social seekers, suburbanites, adventurers, and more. 

“As our previous research shows, Americans believe that their home is a reflection of their identity and that clearly goes beyond the property line and into the communities where they live,” says Budge Huskey, CEO of Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. “By ranking the best places to live by lifestyle interests and personalities, we’re able to get to the heart of what makes individual cities and towns so special.”

For its first survey, Coldwell Banker lists the top spots for “social seekers,” that is the perfect places “for the hip, trendy and fun at heart — those who would rather go out than stay home any night of the week.” To compile its list, Coldwell Banker factored in access to public transportation, number of bars and restaurants, nightlife, and entertainment. 

According to the survey, the top 10 places for social seekers are: 

  1. Manhattan, N.Y.
  2. San Francisco
  3. Chicago
  4. Los Angeles
  5. Seattle, Wash.
  6. Brookline, Mass. 
  7. Arlington, Va.
  8. San Diego
  9. Portland, Ore.
  10. Mountain View, Calif. 

Article from http://realestate.glozal.com/profiles/blogs/top-10-cities-for-social-seekers

Celebrities Lose Their Star Power With Housing!!!

Celebrities are increasingly finding that having a famous name doesn’t always help them sell real estate, even though those famous names may help them move movie or music tickets, perfumes, or other products. 

Several celebrities who have tried to sell their homes recently have had to reduce their asking prices or have found their big-priced homes linger on the market waiting for a buyer. 

In the last year, for example, actors like Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell have had to reduce the asking price for their $11.2 million Malibu beach home by $3.5 million. Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne sold their Malibu home for 21 percent less than their original asking price at $7.9 million. Actress Meg Ryan has relisted her Bel Air mansion at $11.4 million, a 42 percent price reduction since she first listed it in 2008.  

“In the art world, there is this notion of provenance — that who owns something can detract or add to the value,” says Elizabeth Currid-Halkett, author of Starstruck: The Business of Celebrity. “But it does not seem to translate to celebrity homes.”

However, celebrities do tend to draw extra attention for their for-sale homes. But real estate pros say that celebrities just shouldn’t equate that with a “sold” sign or a boost in sales price.  

“The value of a house has more to do with the individual stamp the person puts on the property, real estate experts say, than a famous autograph on the sales contract,” according to a recent Los Angeles Times article.

Article from http://realestate.glozal.com/profiles/blogs/celebrities-lose-their-star-power-with-housing?xg_source=msg_mes_network

Rolling Hills Estates City Council Approves Skate Park!!!!

The Rolling Hills Estates City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to allocate land for a permanent skate part at Ernie Howlett Park as part of its master use plan.

“This is the culmination of three years of work by Skatepark PV Inc.,” said an elated Ellen November, founder and director of the nonprofit organization. “From the beginning, with the inclusion of BeachSports skateboard camps, RHE has been open to a new active recreation outlet for its residents.”

Skateboarding is a multibillion-dollar business, and a legion of local kids skate. The problem is, the cities on the Hill do not provide a place for them to skateboard safely.

November started Skatepark PV three years ago after witnessing kids flip over concrete curbs, slide down steel handrails in front of stores and schools, speed down hills and jump homemade ramps. November felt it was the community’s duty to keep kids out of harm’s way and provide them with a proper place to skate.

“The PV News was kind enough to run the first story on my quest,” November said. “From there, Suzy Seamans, mayor of RHE, saw the article. As a grandmother of a skater, she was aware of how popular skateboarding is and wanted to be a part of building a park in our community. She was our first board member.”

Others soon joined November: Chris Strong, father of an 8-year-old skater; Julie Turner Tisue, executive director of the San Pedro and Peninsula YMCA; Charles Crouse, manager of facilities for the Palos Verdes Library District; Liz Cotton, mother of a teen skater; and Jim Maxwell, father of a 9-year old skater.

Cat Spydell, an RHE mother who had previously tried to get a park built, introduced November to pro-skater Kenny Anderson, who lives in Palos Verdes.

“Kenny’s expertise and enthusiasm has been invaluable to the project,” November said. “Kenny has skated parks all over the world. His expertise in skate park design will be invaluable as we enter the design phase.”

Besides hosting skating events for kids, the group began talking to city officials in RHE and Rancho Palos Verdes to find a location for a park.

After three years of meeting with both cities, November said the group found Skatepark’s mission most aligned with RHE.

“Ernie Howlett Park provides all the amenities we were looking for in a venue,” November said. “They have hosted BeachSports Skateboard camps for the past few years — which has been popular and a success — providing skateboard lessons for the novice and intermediate skater.”

The next step, November said, is fundraising; the estimated cost of the project is $400,000.

Skatepark PV will pay for the design and construction of a concrete skate plaza type park, and will cover the annual maintenance costs. The city will send out a Request for Proposals for a minimum of three bids.

“We will be soliciting corporate and private donations. … We do not have a commitment from any of the cities yet on them kicking in funds,” November said, “but it is open for discussion, and this park will be for all the residents of the Hill.”

Skatepark PV is a 501(c)3 nonprofit; donations are tax-deductible. To donate for the construction of a skate park at Ernie Howlett Park, visit www.skateparkpv.org.

Article from http://www.pvnews.com/articles/2012/06/18/local_news/news1.txt

Fresh & Easy Comes to Palos Verdes!!!

Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market has plans to open a store in Palos Verdes Estates, filling a spot left empty in August by the closure of longtime local fixture Lunada Bay Market.

The new grocer, at 2201 Palos Verdes Drive West, will be one of Fresh & Easy’s new Express mini-stores, which are about 3,000 square feet. That’s much less than the company’s traditional 10,000-square-foot locations.

“It’s a great spot, intersection-wise. A lot of access,” Wonnacott said. “It was a great fit with what we are trying to do with our Express concept.”

Express stores have about half the products of a traditional Fresh & Easy, with a focus on the grocer’s trademark grab-and-go products like prepared meals. The smaller stores also have a full selection of spices, meats and produce.

The new store will have about 20 employees, 10 less than usual.

On Wednesday, the store will present a $1,000 donation to Harbor Interfaith Services.

By Wednesday, Fresh & Easy will have 199 stores in California, Nevada and Arizona, with 154 of them in the Golden State, spokesman Brendan Wonnacott said.

The company, a subsidiary of British retail giant Tesco, has not announced how many more stores it will open this year.

The El Segundo-based grocery chain has stores in Torrance, San Pedro, Harbor City, Hermosa Beach and Manhattan Beach.

The company is currently negotiating a lease to open in downtown El Segundo in the former spot of Cooke’s Market, which closed in April and left that area with no full-service grocery store.

Tesco’s ambitious venture into the hyper-competitive American grocery market has been difficult. Its Fresh & Easy unit has been bleeding money each quarter since opening its first store in 2007.

In 2010, the chain announced it would temporarily “mothball” 13 stores until economic conditions in those areas improve.

At a recent Tesco shareholders meeting, some investors demanded the company give up on its money-losing American chain and focus on its profitable core businesses. Tesco is the world’s third-largest retailer.

Fresh & Easy has repeatedly revamped its product lineup to cater to discount-minded American customers during the tough economy.

And while initially vowing to never advertise – instead depending on direct community outreach such as newsletters – the company relented and now spends extensively on ads.

Article from http://www.dailybreeze.com/news/ci_20834880/fresh-easy-store-open-at-former-lunada-bay