Here Come the Millennials

“This represents an ‘Oh, shift’ moment in housing,” says Jonathan Smoke, chief economist for®. Smoke’s team analyzed responses from active shoppers on our site who plan to buy a home in the spring or summer of 2017. “With so many first-time buyers in the market, competition will be even fiercer next year for affordable starter homes in the suburbs. Those looking to buy may want to consider a winter home purchase in order to avoid bidding wars and higher prices spurred by a potential increase in millennial buyers.”

Of course in order to get into a home. The home buyer must stick to some financial habits in order to get to a position that allows one to purchase a home.

“Consumers thinking about buying a home should learn the basics of property maintenance and general ‘handy habits,’ since maintenance is an ongoing effort for homeowners,” says Evan Harris, co-founder of SD Equity Partners in San Diego.

“Knowing how to fix basic home issues such as electrical shorts, repair drywall, and tackle basic plumbing problems will save thousands of dollars in the future,” he says, noting that it’s smart to learn how to fix these issues before you’re scrambling around a dark kitchen where you blew a fuse.”

Millennial shoppers cite family needs as the primary reason for entering the housing market
As millennial buyers prioritize family needs, it is no surprise that most millennials cited life events like increasing family size and getting married or moving in with a partner as their primary triggers for finding a new home. Shoppers age 35-44 are also focused on family needs. Most of this group cited better school districts or changing family circumstances as their primary reasons for purchasing a new home. Shoppers over age 45 are looking to downsize, as all age groups above 45 cited planning for retirement as their primary motive for finding a new house.

The median age of properties on in March is expected to be 68 days, which indicates that properties are selling nine days faster than this time last year. The typical spring upswing in buying and selling has come about a month earlier than usual, and the median age of for-sale listings is now 23 days less than last month.

In March the nationwide median home list price pushed above $250,000 for the first time, where it had hovered since May 2016. Now at $260,000, the median list price is 8 percent higher than one year ago.

Reflecting seasonal shifts, total inventory increased over last month, but remains substantially lower than one year ago. Even with nearly 492,000 new listings added to the market in March, inventory continues to fall short of buyer demand.

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The Torrance Rose Float Association Prepares for 2018

The Torrance Rose Float Association board members are enjoying dinner with the President Pat Shannley and Laura Seabaugh, Executive Director of the American Rose Society, before the presentation of the Torrance Rose at the Torrance City Council meeting

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Real Estate and Tax 2017


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Congress Recognizes Local High School Art

Congressional Art Competition

The Congressional Art Competition is a national competition that recognizes and encourages artistic talent in high school students. Students submit their original art piece to their representative and a panel of art professionals select the winning entry. Winners are recognized both in their congressional district and at an annual awards ceremony in Washington D. C. The winning works are displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol. More details about the competition can be found by visiting:

A 2016 winner

This competition is open to students in grades 9-12, that either attend school or reside in CA-Congressional District 33. The submission deadline for this year’s competition is April 14, 2017 at 5 pm. Art needs to be dropped off at our Wilshire or Manhattan Beach office location (if you have 10 or more entries, I can arrange for a member of my staff to pick up the art from your school prior to April 14, 2017).

CA-33 is home to some of the most gifted artist in the country and this event provides budding and established artist alike an opportunity to showcase with art and network with other artists, art professionals, and community members. Scholarships will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. Additionally, the 1st place winner will receive a trip to Washington D.C. to attend a reception (the flight will be provided by Southwest Airlines, lodging will be provided, and a travel stipend will be provided to the winner).

Students are encouraged to attend our reception, which takes place on Saturday, April 22, 2017, at the Wallis Annenberg Center for Performing Arts in Beverly Hills. At the reception, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place will be announced. Students that attend will be eligible to participate in a raffle of prizes. Educators are also invited to attend the reception. Both students and educators can RSVP here:

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Torrance Council of PTAs Presents: “What’s on Your Child’s Mind?”

The Torrance Council of PTAs is proud to sponsor a parent education workshop for parents in an effort to help them handle the emotional and social development of their children. The workshop, “What’s on Your Child’s Mind?” will address healthy ways for parents to respond to topics such as social media, academic stress, and relationships.

The workshop will be led by TUSD school counselor, Karl Jennings, and will include a panel discussion with high school student leaders. There will be two workshops, one at North High School on Monday, April 3, 2017, and the other will be held at South High School on Wednesday, April 5, 2017.

These workshops are free and open to the public.

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College Bound High Schoolers?

There is an online event coming up next week that we encourage you to check out. If students are interested, they are more than welcome to come to the College & Carer Center (Room A106) during lunch or after school to participate. Computers are available, but they must register online first in order to get “invited”. This online event takes place March 30th, from 10am-10pm, so they can definitely take advantage of this opportunity from home if they are unable to come after school. I will be in the College & Career Center until 4:30pm.

This is a GREAT Opportunity to talk to representative from the campuses that participate, especially because most of them are out of state and not locally accessible.

Jenna A. Mendoza
College-Career Counseling Coordinator
Torrance High School
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Join the Torrance Cherry Blossom Cultural Festival

The annual free Cherry Blossom Cultural Festival with entertainment. Celebration of spring.

Raga Ranjani Students

Video from 2016 Torrance Cherry Blossom Festival. Aloke Dasgupta and students from Raga Ranjani School of Music will perform again this year at 1:00pm!

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Whole Foods to Donate 5% of Sales to the Torrance Education Foundation


Torrance, CA -On Wednesday, March 8, 2017, Whole Foods Market in Torrance is holding a Community Support Day for the Torrance Education Foundation (TEF). Five percent of TOTAL sales on Wednesday, March 8th (only from the Torrance location) will be donated to TEF to provide support for the District’s educational programs. Proceeds from the Community Support Day will be used for TEF’s current project to purchase laboratory equipment, tools, and supplies for the new science labs being built at all 17 of the TUSD elementary schools.

TEF volunteers and staff will be at Whole Foods throughout the day to provide information about the organization. The Torrance Whole Foods is located at 2655 Pacific Coast Highway and store hours are 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

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South High School Back Then

Walteria Lake

1947 picture of Hollywood Riviera and Walteria Lake approximately  where South High is today. The marsh grew and shrunk depending on rain.

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Torrance Rose Float Association Celebration Dinner

I will be installed as Secretary for the TRFA 2018 year. Please join me for this event.
You can order tickets online. Go to or print out the flyer below and send it in.
Tickets are only $15 each.
I look forward to seeing you there!
Download the flyer 

Dear TRFA Decorators, Members and Supporters,

The Torrance Rose Float Association Celebration Dinner is just two weeks away! We invite you to join us for our 2017 Celebration Dinner, Annual Meeting and Installation of Officers and Board of Directors.

Here are the Event Details:

Date: Saturday, February 25, 2017
Time: 5:30PM
Location: Torrance Cultural Arts Center, Toyota Meeting Hall, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance, CA 90503
Cost: $15.00 per ticket (reservation and payment must be received by February 14, 2017)

Ticket Order and payment information are included in the attached reservation form. You can also purchase tickets online at our website

The 2017 City of Torrance “Be Your Own Knight” Float received the Tournament Volunteers’ Trophy for the “Best floral design of Parade theme under 35 feet in length.

Special Guest entertainment will be provided by Marty G Magician

The Celebration Dinner is open to all who support the Torrance Rose Float. Please feel free to pass this invitation and ticket order form along. Thank you for your support. We look forward to seeing everyone!


Torrance Rose Float Association
3031 Torrance Blvd.
Torrance, CA 90503

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