North Of Montana (Santa Monica, CA)
By Kim & Kristine Halverson, Sisters, Realtors
(Compass)
We Live In Santa Monica, Should We Stage Our Home When Selling? If you own a home in Santa Monica chances are you know how many people love this beach city.  Chances are you were one of them before moving to Santa Monica.  When selling your home you may know that it's desirable due to the location.  So you might not be aware that there a few things you can do to attract buyers, and get even more money for your Santa Monica home when selling.  A big one is home staging.  We just had a wonderful sale in Santa Monica.  Because the seller did staging they had multiple offers and made five times their money on the cost of staging.  It really works for all homes large and small.  The stager knows how to position your home for a buyer.  A professional home stager will go through every detail o...
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By Kim & Kristine Halverson, Sisters, Realtors
(Compass)
  The L.A. Marathon will take place on Sunday, March 17th, starting from Dodger Stadium in the morning, going through Downtown L.A., & west through Hollywood & Beverly Hills to Santa Monica. While eastern areas should be clear by 1pm, streets along the route from West Hollywood to Santa Monica may still be closed. Mainly the Northern part of Santa Monica to Ocean Ave.  See Course Closures to the right, for each city affected Street by Street. Click below for a more detailed map of street and freeway closures with times.http://www.lamarathon.com/community/street-closures/
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By Kim & Kristine Halverson, Sisters, Realtors
(Compass)
Good Treats In Santa Monica For The Holiday’s...Amelia’s Homemade Polenta Cake, Amelia's is on Santa Monica's Main Street at 2645 Main Street. It's a cute little cafe in front of the Seashore Motel. Amelia, her husband Ralph and son Gianni are there every day serving fresh eats and treats. My favorite deserts are the one's made by Amelia. They have a strong coffee and decadent tea. Milo & Olive’s Apricot & Raspberry Divine, This is to most dangerous for me since I can walk to it from my office. It's located North of Wilshire at 2723 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica 90403. They have a good selection of baked goods even a few gluteen free. My favorite is coffee is their Vanilla Latte, and any tea since it's Art of Tea. Primo Passo's Goddess Green Tea & Scone, Newest addition to the trendy Mont...
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By Kim & Kristine Halverson, Sisters, Realtors
(Compass)
Santa Monica Homes Previewed by Kim Sept 18, 2012 This week in Santa Monica I previewed great new listings North and South of Montana inlcuding a one bedroom condo on Franklin, a hillside home in Mar Vista and a fixer in Santa Monica Canyon. Take a look with the link below, and let me know if any interest you. Here is the link for all the details, addresses, and pictures: Santa Monica Homes Previewed by Kim Sept 18, 2012 For more information about buying and selling a home in Santa Monica; Contact Kim Halverson of Prudential CA Realty at 310-737-8173    
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By Kim & Kristine Halverson, Sisters, Realtors
(Compass)
We are seeing more first time home sellers now then ever. First time ever selling their home, and homes on the market for the first time in 30+ years. More often than not, homeowners preparing to sell their home in Santa Monica, and Los Angeles ask us what they need to know about the tax benefits of selling their home in Santa Monica. As always, please contact your tax professional to determine exactly how they apply to you. One item that people are likely to forget, if you received the first-time homebuyer credit and within 36 months of the date of purchase the property is no longer used as your principal residence, you are required to repay the credit. Repayment of the full credit is due with the income tax return for the year the home ceased to be your principal residence, using Form...
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By Kim & Kristine Halverson, Sisters, Realtors
(Compass)
Santa Monica Real Estate, What Buyers & Sellers Need To Know Dear Santa Monica Home Buyers and Sellers, We feel very strongly that if we properly counsel you about your real estate transaction, we will avoid most problems and dispell any false expectations. First, if you are a home or condo buyer, do not to use or open any new credit after an escrow is opened.  That new credit may negatively affect your chance to get a loan and therefore make your deal harder to close.  This advice was emphasized to me later in the week when a Santa Monica buyer’s agent who had this very problem. After opening an escrow, the buyer then went out and bought a new car.  Of course, that purchase was financed and, when the mortgage lender found out about the car loan, problems arose.  The only way the buyer ...
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By Kim & Kristine Halverson, Sisters, Realtors
(Compass)
Santa Monica’s most desirable neighborhood is called North of Montana in the 90402 zip code.  The boundaries of this neighborhood are Montana Ave, starting on the North side all the way to Adelaide Drive.  The East boundary is 26th St. and West is past Ocean Ave and the bluff to Pacific Coast Highway.  They have an incorporated neighborhood association called North of Montana Association.This area has mainly larger single family homes and larger lots.  Most of the condo’s are high rise buidlings lining Ocean Ave to capture the ocean views.  I’m sure you are wondering how much does it cost to own a home in this neighborhood?  As of January 1st, 2012 through June 25, 2012, basically a six month analysis.  There have been 55 homes sales.  The average days on the market are 49.  The Lowest ...
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