Pacific Palisades, CA Real Estate News

HOW TO RAISE YOUR CREDIT SCORE 100 POINTS IN 45 DAYS Sound too good to be true? Not as much as you’d think. Try out these five simple steps to improving your own credit score…you could see dramatic results! 1. PAY YOUR PAST DUE ACCOUNTS. Yes, this sounds obvious, but understand that credit scoring software severely penalizes you for having accounts with a past due balance. Making sure all of your accounts are current, and paying the amount that shows as being past due on the credit report can increase your credit score by a significant amount. 2. TRY TO “GET RID” OF YOUR LATE PAYMENTS. Contact all creditors that have reported late payments on your credit and request a good faith adjustment that actually removes the record of late payments reported on your account. Be persistent, if the...
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By Dom Naidoo, Malibu to the Marina Real Estate
(Westside Properties)
From Luxury Real Estate - Malibu, Beverly Hills, Pacific Palisades, Santa Monica, BrentwoodI have been reading report after report in regards to “tips to smart remodeling”. Most homeowners overweigh the value of their remodeling ideas and expectations.Here are some things to think about:No Guarantee on Payback - Certain projects, in certain hot markets, may produce a profit — in other words, you may recoup more than you spent on the remodel when it’s time to sell the house. The average homeowner should expect to recoup no more than 80 cents on the dollar for any project, according to remodeling online’s “Cost vs. Value Report“– and again, that’s if the house is sold within a year. Wait longer, and the value of your remodel drops(makes me think of the value of a new car dropping once you...
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Troy Corsby Thomas, 45, is alleged to have been the brains behind more than 150 daring break-ins in 3 years. The thieves hauled away more than $10 million worth of valuables and cash. According to police, the Hillside Burglars usually wore black clothes, ski masks and gloves when breaking into homes in Bel-Air, Beverly Hills and Holmby Hills, the so-called Platinum Triangle, Pacific Palisades Brentwood, Hollywood Hills and the hills above Encino and Sherman Oaks. The lists of Thomas's victims are the rich and famous: homes of Hollywood celebrities, professional athletes, studio bosses, corporate titans and multimillionaires such as country music stars Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, former Paramount Pictures CEO Sherry Lansing, Max Factor heir Davis Factor, Paris Hilton and Duran Duran guita...
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By Joshua Barré
(LA West Real Estate)
According to EAS, Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) mortgage applications fell by 9.8% during the week ended January 16 to 1,195.3, reversing about 2/3 of the prior week's jump of 15.8%. The Purchase Index climbed by 2.5% to 303.1. Despite the recent decline in mortgage rates, purchase activity is still 31.1% below its year-ago level. The Refinance Index dropped by 12.4% to 6,491.8. Refinancing activity now accounts for nearly 85% of all new mortgage activity and its 55.4% above its year ago level. Contract Mortgage Rates jumped last week. The 30-year fixed rate increased by 35 bps to 5.24% while the 15-year fixed rates increased by 36 bps to 4.99%. 1-year Treasury ARMs was unchanged at 5.89%. Despite this week's increase, mortgage rate has declined substantially over the past 2 months...
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By Joshua Barré
(LA West Real Estate)
Housing starts measure initial construction of residential units (single-family and multi-family) each month. According to EAS, it plunged by 15.5% in December to a record low of 550K. This was their lowest level since record keeping began in 1959. Housing starts have declined by 45% over in 2008 following a nearly 40% decline in 2007. Starts are now 75.8% below their January 2006 peak level. Single-family starts are 48.9% below their year ago level after falling by 37.6% in 2007 and now 78.2% below their January 2006 peak level. Substantial declines in single family starts over the past 2 years have helped more builders bring down inventories of unsold new homes significantly. With declining sales, weak credit market and tight lending standards, single family housing starts will remain...
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By Joshua Barré
(LA West Real Estate)
The salmonella outbreak has led to 474 reported illnesses and may have caused six deaths. Federal health officials say the salmonella recall now involves about 31 million pounds of peanut butter and peanut paste. The following is the list of Peanut Butter Recall product. Please take your time to review the list. If you have purchased the following product, please take it back to the store. Most companies will offer refunds for recalled items, but you will need to contact them directly and should have your product handy for its identification code. For Kellogg's, call (877) 869-5633, and for Little Debbie, call (800) 522-4499 http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/peanutbutterrecall/index.cfm Candy Product Recalls    Blanton's     Hy-Vee     Landies     South Bend Chocolate Company     We...
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Local Education Kehillat Israel Early Childhood Center: Parent Panel Thu, Jan 29, 7 pm - Kehillat Israel16019 W. Sunset Blvd., Pacific Palisades A panel of our current parents will answer questions posed by potential parents about our preschool program and community. Please RSVP to diane@kehillatisrael.org by Jan 27. ***Applications now being accepted for the 2009-10 school year for the ECC. Enrollment of new students begins on Mon, Feb 2.***The winter session of our Infant/Toddler program at Kehillat Israel still has spaces available in our Mon or Wed classes for parents and their children ages 4-22 mos.    Children's Nature Institute Presents Tykes on Trails Wed, Jan 21, & 28, 10 am-12 pm - Temescal Canyon15601 Sunset Boulevard, Pacific Palisades Join Tykes on Trails for children 2-4 ...
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By Joshua Barré
(LA West Real Estate)
A girl friend of mine sent me this link. Apparently a lot of department lost the lawsuit on over charging consumers for many years and now the lawsuit is settle to give away $175 million worth of free cosmetics for 7 days. A lot of you may already know about this and today is the 2nd day. So go while supply last!!! http://www.cosmeticssettlement.com/   Welcome to the Information Website for theIn re Cosmetics Cases(Azizian, et al. v. Federated Department Stores, Inc., et al.,Docket No. 4:03-CV-03359-SBA) (updated as of December 1, 2008) As part of a class action settlement, $175 million worth of free cosmetics products will be distributed to members of the class (see below to determine whether you are a member of the class) for a maximum of seven days, while supplies last, on a first co...
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By Joshua Barré
(LA West Real Estate)
Being present rather than Absentminded Absentmindedness means what it says: Your mind is absent from where you are in the present. Don't expect to remember what you were doing if your mind was elsewhere. No doubt you're like most people who've misplaced their car keys or forgotten what they were going to buy after they arrived at the store. Tips: Live your days with your mind in gear. Pay attention to little things in life. It will help in cases like misplacing the car keys. It's like leaving yourself clues and be able to put together pieces of information to locate your car keys again. Even though you don't remember exactly where did you put your keys at, you can trace back to what were you doing or where were you at before putting down the keys at certain place. This is how I find my ...
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By Joshua Barré
(LA West Real Estate)
I was browsing through articles and the word "trillion" caught my eyes. The word "trillion" doesn't show up often and there's no way I can related to that word. "There is a sense that when numbers are too big or too small, the brain just shuts off. People either don't think about it at all or there is fear, an exaggerated reaction." said Colin Camerer, a professor of behavioral economic at the California Institute of Technology. However, we should all be familiar to "trillion" now because President Obama said US deficit appears on track to hit $1 trillion soon. "Potentially we've got trillion-dollar deficits for years to come, even with the economic recovery that we are working on." The actual figure should be $1.2 trillion this year. So let's break down a "trillion", a little number ex...
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So I got this email from a friend and can't wait to share it with everyone. I'm always big on natural remedies and this is great!! Honey and Cinnamon are very easy to access and mixture of two can cure lots of diseases. Why not give it a try. It was in a PowerPoint format but I can only copy and paste the content. Please be patient and read through them. It could be a life changing habbit for a better health!! ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Honey and Cinnamon A MIXTURE FOR CURES INTRODUCTION • It is found that a mixture of Honey and Cinnamon cures most diseases. • Honey is produced in most of the countries of the world. • Ayurvedic, as well as Yunani medicine, have been using honey as a vital medicin...
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According to Associated Press, Obama would devote $40 billion to $100 billion from the financial sector bailout fund to help homeowners avoid defaulting on their mortgages and extend loans to small businesses, consumers, homeowners and local governments. The legislation now limits on what financial institutions can do with bailout money and restrictions on executive pay and sets aside money for foreclosure mitigation. Such a commitment is the most specific glimpse at what Obama would do with the remaining $350 billion of the Troubled Asset Relief Program. Congress built in a safeguard by requiring that after the first $350 billion was spent; Congress could reject spending the second half. Republicans generally opposed the $700 billion bailout program when Congress first voted for it in...
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By Joshua Barré
(LA West Real Estate)
A study by Finnish and Swedish researchers shows middle-aged people who drink moderate amounts of coffee significantly reduce their risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. Middle-aged people who drank between three to five cups of coffee a day lowered their risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer's disease by between 60% and 65% later in life. The study, which was also conducted in cooperation with the National Public Health Institute in Helsinki and which was published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease this month was based on repeated interviews with 1,409 people in Finland over more than two decades. It remained unclear exactly how moderate coffee drinking helped delay or avoid the onset of dementia, but pointed out that coffee contains strong antioxidants which are know to coun...
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By Dom Naidoo, Malibu to the Marina Real Estate
(Westside Properties)
Happy Hump Day! Today has been another great day in Southern California. The weather has been very warm. Blue skies were all around and it really felt like Spring was already here. Here is the Weekly Market Hotsheet for Pacific Palisades, California 90272:     STATUS   TYPE ADDRESS   LIST PRICE BEDS BATHS   SIZE LOT AGE     SALE PRICE     CHANGE TYPE     SOLD    SFR 1730 SAN REMO DR   $16,500,000   8 10.00   11,641 49,222 2005     $14,500,000     Sold     ACTIVE    SFR 16814 BOLLINGER DR   $2,350,000   3 2.00   2,628 7,927 1951           Back On Market     ACTIVE    SFR 770 PASEO MIRAMAR   $3,250,000   3 2.50   2,620 20,952 1959           Back On Market     ACTIVE   SFR 221 BELLINO DR   $2,485,000   3 3.00   1,981 5,828 1961           Back On Market     ACTIVE    SFR 16807 VIA LA COSTA ...
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By Joshua Barré
(LA West Real Estate)
Mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will extend the suspension of foreclosure sales and eviction s from single-family homes through the end of January. They have suspended foreclosures through the holidays but were expected to resume proceedings after Jan 9. The extension will allow borrowers facing foreclosure to keep their homes as it works with mortgage servicers to find options for troubled mortgage holders under Streamlined Modification Program. Freddie and Fannie began the modification program in December, aiming to create more affordable mortgage payments for borrowers at risk of foreclosure. The program applies to borrowers who have missed 3 payments or more, own and occupy their homes and have not filed for bankruptcy. Under the problem, borrowers can reduce their intere...
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Local Youth Sports Pacific Palisades Baseball Association Evaluation/Try-out Dates are Coming! All children must attend an evaluation day to be drafted onto a team. You must be REGISTERED to attend the Evaluations/Try-outs. Sat, Jan 17, 200910 year olds: 8:30-11 am / 11 year olds: 11:30 am-2 pm12 year olds: 2-4 pm / Makeups for 7, 8, & 9: 3 pmMakeups for 13 & 14: 8:30-10 am    Children's Nature Institute Presents Tykes on Trails Wed, Jan 14, 21, & 28, 10 am-12 pm - Temescal Canyon15601 Sunset Boulevard, Pacific Palisades Join Tykes on Trails for children 2-4 years old and their parents. Enjoy hands-on discovery, stories, crafts, and walks. Children will learn about local flora and fauna while practicing early language, math and science skills. This month's themes includes: Wiggly Worms,...
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By Dom Naidoo, Malibu to the Marina Real Estate
(Westside Properties)
I would love to say it was easy and all I had to do was just throw up a ton of useless posts. But, it was not and I am very proud to say that I have accomplished 60,000 points!! To all of my family, friends, associates and readers, thank you for your continued loyalty. It means the world to me. Now it is time to get ready and head to the office for our first day of business in the new location Pacific Palisades.
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 Once again, my apologies to all of my readers, associates and clients for being MIA!! My business partner, Josh Barre, and I have been working like madmen to get our office ready for business. Although we spent all weekend working very hard, we were still delayed and could not open yesterday. Here is our new contact information: Westside Properties 881 Alma Real Drive Suite T25 Pacific Palisades, California 90272 Tel: 310.459.8191 Fax: 310.494.0169 email: info@wsprops.com Please contact us for your free professional consultation about selling your home or purchasing a home. If you are a Real Estate professional and would like to discuss working with our company, please give us a call or drop us an email. Now it's time to get ready for the big day!! I hope everyone has a safe and produc...
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By Dom Naidoo, Malibu to the Marina Real Estate
(Westside Properties)
Happy Thursday! My apologies for not posting for the past few days. I have either been in the field showing properties or working with my team to prepare for our office opening in Pacific Palisades next week.   We are also planning to become new members of the Palisades Chamber of Commerce. Next week is the January Mixer for the Chamber of Commerce. It will be hosted by Yoga Works, a local business in the town. Here is the information: Location: Yoga Works, 15327 Sunset Blvd. Time:     5:30 pm - 7:30 pm Fee:       FREE for Chamber members, $25 for non-members The Palisades Home Team will be representing Westside Properties. Please introduce yourself as we would love to meet you. Hope to see you there!
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Happy New Year!! I would love to have the time this morning to write a long blog post since it is my first blog post for 2009 BUT I have showings scheduled this morning and need to prepare. Later today, I will follow with more information. Please also look out for my 2008 Los Angeles Westside Real Estate Snapshot. Here is the 2009 Hotsheet for Malibu, Pacific Palisades, Santa Monica and Brentwood:                       Malibu HOUSE 11770 PACIFIC COAST HWY #T   $1,175,000   3 3.00   1,879 3,799 1972         Back On Market       Malibu HOUSE 20223 PIEDRA CHICA RD   $2,595,000   4 3.00   2,935 16,805 1965         Back On Market       Santa Monica HOUSE 1721 DEWEY ST   $2,099,000   4 4.00   3,374 6,700 1992         Back On Market       Malibu HOUSE 28126 PACIFIC COAST HWY   $24,000,000   9 ...
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