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Strange Daze

Santa Monica Dirt Summer 2018 I have heard from a few colleagues that their business is slow and that their listings are not selling. In an effort to reassure, I often remind agents that unless a home is really priced carefully (read – under market value) the chances of a sale in the summer are a little dicier than Spring and Fall. This is …

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Battle of the Birds!

Have you noticed the new “Lime” scooters alongside the notorious Birds? Of course you have. They are on nearly every street and corner of the City. The company, LimeBike, dropped the “bike” and is now (also) in the electric scooter transportation business. The competition is yet another hit to Bird’s business after a $300k legal battle over allegations that Bird failed secure a business …

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The Dirt On Airbnb

Another round of litigation between the Santa Monica and the AirBnB/HomeAway legal team ended badly for the short-term rental online platform. AirBnb & HomeAway recently attempted to challenge the March ruling that sided with Santa Monica. The lawsuit was an attempt to remove the city’s ability to penalize the online platforms for aiding & facilitating locally unlawful business transactions violating the Home Sharing Ordinance. …

6 Fun Things To Do In Santa Monica This Summer

6 Fun Things to do In Santa Monica This Summer Whether you’re staying local this summer or planning to entertain visitors, there are quite a few events to help keep the adults and children occupied. Here are 6 fun things to do right here in our own backyard.   Candytopia If you and/or your family have ever dreamt of walking around a real-life Candyland …

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Silicon Beach Dirt

Silicon Beach Dirt   When I was a kid growing up in Venice we called all the area around us Venice. Even at my middle school, ironically named Marina Del Rey Middle School, it seemed that my friends either lived in Venice or Mar Vista. You only lived in the Marina if you lived aboard a boat – in the Marina. Now there are …

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STRAIGHT UP REAL ESTATE DIRT

The North of Montana Avenue real estate market has moved a bit since my last report a few weeks ago. Notable sales include 1 that sold for nearly 20% over list price. Notable new listings include a near new home listed for over $1,354 per sq ft and an 8,949 sq ft development site (land and plans) listed for $525 per sq ft (no …

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The Dirt On Smart Home Tech

First… In real estate news, there are 7 new listings! 144 Adelaide Drive- Listed at $11,999,000. This is a really special house and piece of land! 1907 Craftsman with incredible views on a huge 20,000+ sqft lot. Park-like grounds surround the 5,500 sqft 5 bedroom house. Properties like this do not come on the market often. Last sold in 1997 for $3,075,000. 1427 Georgina …

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The Dirt On Digital Marketing

Last month I offered some perspective on why Pence Hathorn Silver still values print advertising in selling real estate. Our marketing efforts don’t stop there though, here are 5 reasons why we also utilize digital marketing. Millennials are not the only ones glued to their smart phone. You may be surprised to hear that the use of smart phones, by seniors, has doubled since …

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