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Looting Aftermath

It is really is disappointing that Santa Monica PD did not do more to protect people and property during the looting a few weeks ago. If you were downtown (or glued to the TV) two weeks ago, you watched protesters on Ocean Avenue surrounded and corralled by large numbers of police while droves of looters descended on our city – completely unchecked. It was …

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Virtual Santa Monica Dirt

If you have been wondering what a “virtual open house” or “VR tours” might be, here you go: It used to be that Virtual Reality meant video games and other techy sorts of things but with the pandemic and stay at home orders, VR in real estate has become necessary and widespread. Pence Hathorn Silver has had success with 3D virtual tours well before …

Covid-19 – part 3

  A quick story about a recent sale of mine on 17th Street and why I might never return to my pre Covid-19 business practices.   Just after the lock-down last month, I received a call from a woman that knew of me from my sales success in-and-around the North of Montana Ave marketplace. She was looking to sell her deceased mother’s home.   …

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Testing 1, 2, 3?

You’ve probably already read that Wuhan emerged from its 76-day lockdown last week, implementing mass testing as one of the most important elements to recovery. Across China, officials are simplifying and speeding up the process to obtain a nucleic acid test, even though questions persist about its accuracy. So far, I personally know only one person on the Westside that has tested positive for …

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Covid-19 Dirt – Part 2

Reports show that real estate sales are up in China. What this might mean for Westside real estate sales is not yet clear but the new report by Knight Frank, says the number of real estate sales across China’s 30 largest cities reached 5,976 on March 31st, representing approximately 200 more transactions than in February. New Covid-19 cases in China peaked on February 17th …

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Socially Distant Edition

Clearly this crisis is not only a health crisis but unfortunately, a financial crisis as well. Of course, financial crises have the nasty habit of becoming problematic for real estate sales.   Although many of my clients expect me to predict the future, I am sorry to remind you - I cannot. However, this is not my first time navigating turbulent real estate climates. In my short ...

Fighting Over Dirt

According to a recent Harris Poll survey – 77% of home buyers and 71% of home sellers say they’ve argued with a loved one during the process. That seems like an accurate stat to me. I wonder if Lauren Sanchez and Jeff Bezos got into it when he paid $165,000,000 for his new Beverly Hills pad a few weeks ago. The house cost him …

Super Fresh 2020 Dirt

To all my loyal and faithful Dirt readers; Happy New Year! Did you miss me? I took a few weeks off from writing in the last part of 2019. Ok, maybe it was more than a few weeks. A vocal few of you have successfully shamed into resuming my semi-regular Santa Monica Dirt ramblings so here we go…. First off, if one more person …

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