Santa Monica, CA Real Estate News

By Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
Yesterday evening I had the pleasure of watching Lisa Hilton, world-renowned solo pianist/composer/producer and bandleader preform live at the Santa Monica College in an intimate concert.She beautifully and effortlessly played allowing the audience a much needed break from the outside world that is full of drama. Before playing at the Santa Monica collage, she preformed at Carnegie Hall in New York City. When in your home town, she is not to be missed. 
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By Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
Certified Feng Shui Expert and CEO of Feng Shui Manhattan, Laura Cerrano provided a Feng Shui workshop to a full house at the Montana Branch Library in Santa Monica, CA. The attendees were fully engaged leaving the event full of new information that was easy to understand and utilize the very next day.  Here is what some of the attendees shared after attending the workshop: Thank you again for allowing me the opportunity to broaden your community on the teachings of Feng Shui. I look forward to seeing you all again in the near future! 
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By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
The Santa Monica, CA Single Family Market Trend Report is published...The Inventory has decreased and for us this has been a problem for some time, as you can see it has not improved. IF we compare it to 2015 yes there is improvement, but if we compare it to 2016 the graph tells a different story. There is some good news in spite of the fewer listings we still managed to have some fantastic closed sales compared to the previous two years.  Now I know I do not need to show the next graph you can already guess the Days On Market (DOM) will show you how fast the Single Family Homes are selling in Santa Monica, CA  As you can see as soon as the property hits the market it is virtually gone instantly. Now with that said if we look at the SOLD prices no one will be surprised based on the abov...
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By Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
Certified Feng Shui Expert Laura Cerrano is traveling to California starting February 5th - 22nd, providing Feng Shui on-site consultations throughout Los Angeles, CA and two Feng Shui workshops for the Santa Monica, CA Library System.  February 9th, 2017"Feng Shui for Your Home." Santa Monica Public Library. 2601 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405. Time: 7pm - 8:30pm. FREE.  February 10th, 2017 "Feng Shui for your Home." 1704 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403. Time: 1pm - 2:30pm. FREE
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By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
The Santa Monica, CA Condominium Market Trends for January 2017 are published....As you can see the January Median Sales Price has been increasing compared to the past two years.   The Days on Market is another tell tale sign of the speed of the market as well as a justification for price increases. The simple economics of Supply & Demand confirm these numbers: Looking at the inventory, we can clearly see that there will remain an upward pressure on the prices for Condominiums in Santa Monica, CA. until inventory increases to the level of demand or new condominium buildings come on line. Now if you are considering buying or selling a condominium you can see that it is a Seller's Market and buyers need to have their best game strategy on if they do not want to miss out on a property they...
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By Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
Certified Feng Shui Expert Laura Cerrano is traveling to California starting February 5th - 22nd, providing Feng Shui on-site consultations throughout Los Angeles, CA and two Feng Shui workshops for the Santa Monica, CA Library System.  February 9th, 2017"Feng Shui for Your Home." Santa Monica Public Library. 2601 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405. Time: 7pm - 8:30pm. FREE.  February 10th, 2017 "Feng Shui for your Home." 1704 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403. Time: 1pm - 2:30pm. FREE
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By Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
Certified Feng Shui Expert Laura Cerrano is traveling to California starting February 5th - 22nd, providing Feng Shui on-site consultations throughout Los Angeles, CA and two Feng Shui classes for the Santa Monica, CA Library System.  February 9th, 2017"Feng Shui for Your Home." Santa Monica Public Library. 2601 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405. Time: 7pm - 8:30pm. FREE.  February 10th, 2017 "Feng Shui for your Home." 1704 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403. Time: 1pm - 2:30pm. FREE
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By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
Santa Monica Canine Surfer Dude  Before we moved to Carlsbad we used to visit our daughter, who was at USC in LA, several times a year, and a popular hangout was the 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica. Lots of shopping, a variety of restaurants, and some terrific people watching incuding the many street performers made it a fun and entertaining place to visit for an afternoon. The tradition of visiting the 3rd Street Promenade continued after we moved to Carlsbad, and when visiting our daughter in LA in 2007 we spied this Chihuahua all dressed up and ready to hang ten at the nearby beach in Santa Monica.
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By Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
I am working with a client from Santa Monica, CA who is in the process of Feng Shui-ing his bedroom. It's usually suggested to use pink in the bedroom because it associates with the energy of "partnership." It's important to note my client's bedroom is also located in the wealth section of his home. This creates a double connection between partnership and wealth. Using the suggested accent colors to address wealth was no problem, but using pink to acknowledge partnership did not fit his aesthetics. Taking this into consideration we came up with flexible remedies.Accent colors of purples, greens, golds, silvers (metallics in general), touches of blues and/or splashes of red help honor the life section of wealth. Each color relates to an element that nurtures the growth of wealth which in...
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By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
Living in a world with abbreviations. First in fairness to disclosure, one of my pet peeves is carrying on communications peppered with abbreviations in writing emails or in blog posts or just in conversation, I find it ‘rude’, ‘condescending’ and most of all ‘annoying’.Every profession has their ‘short cuts’, Real Estate has more than its share. Here in California we have so many forms that I find it is in bad form when people constantly communicate in abbreviations. I am not going to bore you with all of them, rather I will use just use one as an example.“…Please return the SVLQF completed so the buyer and his agent can read and execute…”  The proper way to communicate with abbreviations is First state the form: Seller’s Vacant Land Questionnaire Form (SVLQF) then in parenthesis use t...
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By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
Weihenstephan: The Oldest Brewery in the World!The other day I was walking in Santa Monica, CA and on my way to my car and there were a few eye-catching signs which caught my attention. When I saw this sign, great memories flashed back to me from my days of living in Germany.First, I thought how interesting that the inviting Billboard was written in German rather than in English. Then I remembered when I lived in Germany, that the Breweries used to compete in updating or remodeling the various local Restaurants. In turn they wanted to have their wares prominently featured. Some proprietors would only allow them to provide them with signs others went with mirrors, light fixtures all the way to a total remodel.Since I was busy I did not have time to stop in, instead this will now be on my...
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By Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
 Join Certified NY Feng Shui Expert, Laura Cerrano in Santa Monica California for an introduction to Feng Shui and Design Workshop. Students will learn the basics of Feng Shui, how to incorporate the Five Natural Elements into your conceptual design process and how the colors we chose can have a profound impact on our environments. Begin creating spaces that promote balance, harmony, productivity and prosperity. Feburary 9th, 2017Santa Monica Public Library. 2601 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405. Time: 7pm - 8:30pm. FREE.  Feburary 10th, 2017Santa Monica Public Library. 1704 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403. Time: 1pm - 2:30pm. FREE. 
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By Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
Next year has a great line up for Feng Shui workshops in various venues throughout New York and in California. Being that I have two offices in the United States, New York and California allows me the wonderful opportunity to teach Feng Shui in both regions.Click on the link Feng Shui Mahattan Workshops in 2017
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By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
Wordless Wednesdays: The Greasy Wiener. Needless to say I have a lot to say, but I will hold my  tongue until the comments...  If you are considering buying or selling a home, a luxury home, luxury investment real estate, luxury vacation homes, or luxury beach properties in Southern California, Los Angeles, Century City, Westwood, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Marina Del Rey, Venice or Malibu, feel free to contact me at310.486.1002 (m) or homes@endrebarath.com or visit one of my websites at  http://www.endrebarath.com.  I am a Pet Friendly Realtor and I contribute a portion of my commission to local animal rescue organizations.          
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By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
The Santa Monica, CA Condominium Market Trend Report is published. There has been a great deal of interest how the market fares in Santa Monica, CA partly because there is Rent Control and for a number of Renters it seemed like there was no incentive to buy a Condominium. As time went by the rents remained artificially low but the price of Condominiums has increased a great deal.This is a very interesting Trend it is polar opposite to the rest of the Greater Los Angeles Median Sales Price Trends. We have seen a decrease and my assessment is that is has a great deal to do with the fact that Renters do not see the need to purchase a Condominium.  Inventory is relatively stable and in line with the rest of the greater Los Angeles Condominiums. There is a shortage of inventory, but we have ...
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By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
Santa Monica, CA Single Family Market Trend Report. Most people think of Santa  Monica and they associate it with a large population of Renters and Condominium dwellers. Needless to say there are some extraordinary homes as well as modest homes in Santa Monica, CA.Now with that said let's look at the Median Sale Price Trends:Most Realtors and Buyers are looking at the inventory very closely, since for the past three years that is where the biggest challenge we had to face and handle.  The issue of Shortage of Inventory and how to help the potential buyers achieve their goal of home ownership in Santa Monica, CA:In addition to these critical numbers we look just as closely the Median Days on Market. This truly inconjuction with the above two numbers determine what type of buying and sell...
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By Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
Visiting Santa Monica Beaches in October is a great treat. Many of the tourists have gone home, allowing for a more intimate connection with the landscape. Just be sure to bundle up during the evening hours as it does have a slight chill in the air.  Breif History of Santa Monica:In 1886 the city of Santa Monica was incorporated. ... Piers were a great attraction for coastal cities – at one time Santa Monica had five. The current pier, built in 1909 and 1916, showcasing a historic landmark carousel, is the last remaining amusement pier on the west coast
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By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
 The Santa Monica, CA Condominium Market Trend Report is Published... Santa Monica,CA had relatively more condominiums on the market compared to the other communities. Most people who looked as much as they liked the close proximity to the Pacific Ocean chose other communities due to the living square feet per dollar value. Hence even though there were more to choose from sales were still few. Well here it is see for yourself. In addition to the size per square foot per dollar statistics,the affordability index which measures what people can afford dictated the fewer sales as well. Needless to say Santa Monica CA remains very desirable and with the influx of the High Tech Buyers this will not slow the Real Estate Market down rather it will increase it.Well see for your self the Closed S...
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By Jane Peters, Los Angeles real estate concierge services
(Home Jane Realty)
You have probably heard about the severe shortage of inventory in the Los Angeles area and are probably wondering how is the Santa Monica real estate market doing?  Let’s take a look. All Homes Sold:  291. This is a drop of 66 sold over the same period the previous year.Median Price:  $1,260,000. This is only a 0.8% increase over the same period the previous year.Sold vs List:  39.52% sold at 103.38% of list within 30 days. This was also close to the average days on the market.Active Listings:  118. Single Family Sold:  91Median Price:  $2,500,000Sold vs List:  47.25% sold at 103.66 of list within 30 days. Average days on the market was 49Active Listings:  50 Condo Sold:  200Median Price:  $998,000Sold vs List:  36% sold at 103.21% of list within 30 days. Average days on the market was...
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By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
Fuddruckers: in Santa Monica, CA 90403??  Wow a blast from the past (for me). When I lived in Boston, MA, which was about 20 years ago or so, there was this great Hamburger Place that once in a while I would frequent and was called Fuddruckers. Once we re-located to Los Angeles I have not seen one here.  Hence I wrote it off as a Regional Burger Establishment I will miss and will have to find another one, which will be similar or better.Needless to say I have found a handful of them over the years and have been enjoying eating at them, on the rare occasion that I indulge in a Hamburger.Anyway, the other day I was driving in Santa Monica and I looked to my left and noticed the sign:FUDDRUCKERS, Wow blast from the past. Clearly I will have to stop in nothing else for nostalgia’s sake.Here...
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