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Posted by John Hathorn on August 3, 2012
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Santa Monica Dirt by John Hathorn August 3rd, 2012

Mold can be a dirty word for some especially if you have your house on the market for sale.  Living close to the Ocean is particularly difficult since mold feeds on moisture. It’s invisible to the eye and floats through the air, looking for wet surfaces. It is expensive to excavate and may cause health problems.  Dry conditions are best for battling the environmental headache.

If you find areas of water damage, clean and dry the area within 24-48 hrs in order to prevent growth and fix all leaks immediately.  If the damaged materials are absorbent such as carpets, they must be replaced.  Use a bathroom and kitchen fan to ventilate the room for less chance of moisture to build and mold to grow.  Keep doors open for proper air circulation to all areas of the home.  Musky odors, water stains and standing water are all areas to check for signs of mold.

During the process of selling your home, most buyers will opt for a mold inspection.  They are not cheap and are very high-tech, producing immediate results.  Early prevention is absolutely crucial.  Here are 10 ways to prevent costly mold damage to your home.

Here is your real estate news:

Active/ Available New Listings

311 23rd St. –   4bd + 3ba.  $2,995,000.  Beautifully remodeled in 2006, charming and private Country English.  Three family bedrooms upstairs.  There is an original 4th bedroom currently used as a family room/ convertible den/ office.   Amazing location in the Franklin School District.

365 23rd St. –   4bd + 4.5ba.  $3,425,000.  Gated Spanish with old world charm and original details throughout. North of Montana Ave.  Bonus detached guest room + den. Impeccably restored and updated.

230 21st Pl. –   5bd + 5.5ba.  $4,380,000.  Dramatic custom home.  Three bedroom suites upstairs.  Bonus area behind the garage.

2528 La Mesa Way –   6bd + 6.5ba.  $5,595,000.  Fabulous location on prestigious La Mesa Way.  Perfect layout,  Four bedrooms up + maid’s and guest down.

Please call 310.924.4014 for an appointment to see this home.

New Sales (Now In Escrow/ Sale Pending)

428 21st Pl. –   5bd + 4.5ba.  $3,675,000.  Three bedrooms upstairs & maid’s room downstairs.  This property was listed with a few various agents in 2009, and eventually sold in November 2009 for $3,250,000.

Sold/ Closed

422 22nd St. –   5bd + 4.5ba.  $2,770,000.   Very unique home on an apx. 7,500 sq. ft. lot.

369 22nd St. –   5bd + 4.5ba.  $3,350,000.   English style,  apx. 3,800 sq. ft. on a 50×151, apx. 7,550 sq. ft. lot. This house was built in 1934 but significantly updated and remodeled over the years.

515 24th St. –   6bd + 6.5ba.  $4,985,000.   This home’s construction was completed a little over a year ago, was sold for $4.5 million.  6 bedrooms, 6.5baths, full basement and pool.

Pence Hathorn Silver Active Properties:

101 17th St. – 6bd + 8.5ba – $6,750,000

145 Ocean Avenue Ext. – 5bd + 5.5ba – $5,549,000

635 20th St. – 4bd + 5.5ba – $4,250,000

825 Berkeley St. – 4bd + 5.5ba – $3,995,000

239 21st Pl. – 6bd + 5.5ba – $3,795,000

343 14th St. – 4bd + 4.5ba – $3,650,000

1550 Old Oak Rd. – 3bd + 2.5ba – $3,650,000

401 18th St. – 4bd + 4.5ba – $3,325,000

307 21st St. – 5bd + 4.75ba – $3,095,000

551 Lincoln Blvd. – 5bd + 4.5ba – $2,998,000

311 23rd St. – 4bd + 3ba – $2,995,000

745 19th St. – 3bd + 2ba – $1,995,000

2060 Benedict Canyon Dr – 3bd + 2.5ba – $1,199,000

Search for more homes, see real time analytics and learn about the North Santa Monica / North of Montana Ave community on our North of Montana blog.

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And please call me at (310) 458-4024 with any questions.

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