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The Dirt on the Promenade Part 2:
Patrolling Downto...

There is a turf war waging in Santa Monica’s downtown Promenade and it’s not between rival gang members (this time anyway!). Rather, it is between the Promenade’s business owners and the Mayor of Santa Monica. John Alle is a property owner suing the City of Santa Monica over the maintenance of the Promenade, or lack thereof. For months, he has complained to city officials… Continue Reading The Dirt on the Promenade Part 2:
Patrolling Downtown Santa Monica

The Dirt on SB9 and SB10

California’s severe shortage of housing is driving a couple of Senate bills that have neighborhood associations on edge. Proponents for the bill SB9 believe the housing shortage problem stems from it being illegal to build more middle-income housing in 70% of the state. They believe SB9 is the key to fixing this as SB9 makes two important changes to state law: It allows homeowners… Continue Reading The Dirt on SB9 and SB10

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North Santa Monica Real Estate Update: Higher Sales Va...

In the 90402 zip code (North of Montana Ave), there have only been 34 total single-family home sales from January 2013 to the end of May, compared to 75 total sales in the second half of last year.  Last October, I accurately predicted that December would be one of the busiest Decembers in the previous years. There were: 22 sales in December 2012, which… Continue Reading North Santa Monica Real Estate Update: Higher Sales Values, Fast Sales, Low Inventory

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Something is Happening Right Before Our Eyes

Have you noticed? I study real estate and prices every day and have noticed some subtle changes in the market that might have a huge impact on the 2nd half of this year. I am seeing a gentle shift of investors and speculators pulling back ever so slightly and some Buyers are deciding to wait out this run-up in prices and interest rates. This… Continue Reading Something is Happening Right Before Our Eyes

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The Dirt On The Best Real Estate Agent

I suppose the question “Who is the best” in any profession can cause more questions than answers. For example, in the real estate sales business, if asking about individual agents (not the entire brokerage company), one might consider one or a combination of the following: The number of transactions the agent has completed – over his or her career, or in the past year; … Continue Reading The Dirt On The Best Real Estate Agent

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TENNIS ANYONE?

You probably know that there are very few tennis court properties in Santa Monica. A few on north of San Vicente, a few on La Mesa, a few in the Palisades Tract (west of 7th, east of Ocean Ave) and a few in the numbered streets. One that we sold a few years ago now has a 5,000 sq ft, LEED certified home where… Continue Reading TENNIS ANYONE?

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Santa Monica Dirt

New Listings this Week 645 Adelaide Dr. Our 645 Adelaide re-launched this week and we are excited to have this home available. The Style is Tuscan Villa and it is situated on one of Santa Monica’s premier streets surrounded by breathtaking ocean, mountain and canyon views. This home is owned by the “House of Rock” owner/curator and like her La Mesa home  (listed for… Continue Reading Santa Monica Dirt

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Santa Barbara Dirt

The average sales price in the North of Montana area in 2012 was $3.3 million. Since the only consistent area that comes to mind when our clients move away from Santa Monica is the Santa Barbara area, I thought it might be fun to show readers what $3.3 million buys you just a few hours up the coast. Right now in Santa Barbara you… Continue Reading Santa Barbara Dirt

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