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Navy / Fleet Week in San Pedro

After driving around the hill in Palos Verdes to catch a glimpse of the old lighthouse and to see Donald Trumps new golf course where Marineland used to be, I decided to go visit San Pedro and go onto some of the navy ships that are visiting San Pedro for ‘Navy Week’.
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What a great idea and great success it turned out to be. Thousands of people came and went onto the ships to see our great battleships and our first line of defense. It took hours to get here for those who are not lucky enough to live in the South Bay. Even with the frustrated delays, it was worth every minute we all had to wait. Continue reading

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Luxury Buyers have Choices in the South Bay

Luxury Homes in the South Bay area of Southern California are available. Continue reading

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Can I Get a Mortgage Loan with Some Bad Credit History ?

I have held the same Job for 25 years, but I have some negative payment history. Can I still purchase a home in the South Bay.

Employment status or employment history has nothing to do with your credit score, but some lenders may review it to determine if you are stable enough to repay a loan.
Your income has nothing to do with credit scores. Your savings has nothing to do with your FICO’s credit scoring equation. However, some lenders may consider these factors to determine the likelihood that you will default on a loan.
I cannot get a loan due to poor credit. This is not true. There are many lenders who give loans for bad credit but charge high interest rates.
Bad Credit never goes away. With sound debt-management practices, the negative marks will eventually vanish. Late payments, bankruptcies, foreclosures and collections typically remain on your credit report for seven years. (The exceptions are Chapter 7 bankruptcies and tax liens, which remain for 10 years and indefinitely, respectively.)
All Credit scores are created equal. Each of the three major credit bureaus produces a FICO score based on the information it has about your credit history. Continue reading

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Manhattan Beach Leads in Luxury Sales

Manhattan Beach lead the strong rebound in California’s luxury housing market in 2013 as sales of homes costing $1 million or more soared 45% to their highest level in six years. ayres-manhattan-beachAccording to La Jolla based DataQuick, 39,175 homes costing $1 million or more were purchased. Manhattan Beach recorded 439 million plus sales, the most in the state in 2013. Even some undeveloped lots sold for $900,000. Malibu had the most expensive sale in 2013, $74.5 million for an 8 bedroom, 14 bath beachfront estate on almost 5 acres. This was also the most expensive sale in the U.S. at the time and a record for Malibu. In some communities, including Santa Monica, all of the sales last year were $1 million or more according to DataQuick. Continue reading

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Check Your Credit Report BEFORE Buying Your Next Home!

If your credit report is not good, you will not be able to get a loan or your interest rate and fees will be high. Continue reading

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Manhattan Beach – $1Million Homes are Selling like Hotcakes!

It’s official … Manhattan Beach had the most $1,000,000 + homes sold in 2013 per Gregory Wilcox, Daily Breeze writer.  Manhattan Beach recorded 439 million-plus sales — the most in the state in 2013 — edging out Hillsborough in Northern … Continue reading

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Real Estate Sales Up in 2013

According to the National Association of Realtors homes sales in 2013 were the highest level in seven years.

Sales totaled 5.09 million, the best performance since 2006, when sales totaled 6.48 million. The median price of an existing home rose 11.5 percent last year to $197,100, the highest in eight years.

This is more proof that our real estate market is on the upswing and all is getting healthy once more. Continue reading

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Let’s Update That Kitchen

Sometimes when we purchase a home, we do so knowing that the kitchen needs some updating or at least some TLC. The challenge is then is find the money to make some changes. Well there are many small inexpensive way to give jazz up a space without breaking the bank.

I suggest as your first step, check ut some magazines for ideas you can duplicate inexpensively. Here are some of my suggestions for you to consider.

1. Change up your walls: Choose neutral like beige or gray.

2. Brighten up the kitchen: Use mirrors. This can be very effective if you put the mirror across from a window. This also gives the illusion of a larger space. carol-mirrors

3. Make seasonal changes: Try removing pieces of furniture and decorations for a lighter feel.

4. Use slipcovers: Try using slipcovers over your dining chairs. carol2-chair covers

5. Cookbook Display: Align them in graduating sizes. Or color is another option.

This is a great Idea from Juniper Books
This is a great Idea from Juniper Books

6. Warm it up with rugs: Area rugs can add a splash of color and can hide a multitude of flooring problems.

7. Bring the outdoors inside: Plants are always in. They soften a space and make your room warm. carol3-plants
8. Change your look with accessories: A few new accessories can change your kitchen to dramatic!

9. Change the cabinet pulls: There are so many different styles of cabinet pulls these days. You can install. This can make your cabinets look new. carol1-pulls
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Torrance Theatre Company presents Three Plays

We have a terrific Theater group here in Torrance Called the Torrance Theatre Company. Take advantage of the great entertainment right here in The South Bay by attending the plays being presented for the rest of this theater season.
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Let’s Bring Hollywood Back to the Beach

San Pedro along with other South Bay cites is making a new effort to entice “Hollywood” to bring their film making back to the South Bay. We have a long history of films being shot in our community because of the diverseness of the area, but less and less are now being filmed here.

San Pedro has always been great for the harbor shots. With its old buildings and warehouses that can look like the east coast and now with the Battleship Iowa docked, the possibilities are endless.

Our beaches can take on a look of Miami Beach, for instance, just study the scenes in Miami CSI. This series was shot here in Manhattan and Redondo Beaches. We have historic Elem entry and High schools such as Fern Elementary and Torrance High School which are both circa 1920s and are national historic building. These schools have been used on numerous occasions. Or how about using the beautiful old Library building at Veterans Park in Redondo Beach?

So we have the venues needed now we need to put our heads together and come up with create ways to lure ”Hollywood” back. Certainly we need to petition Sacramento to give more monetary incentives to the filmmakers. What the general public does not understand is that a city, private business or even private individuals get paid when their property is used. In fact many a church have fattened thir coffers in this manner.

Something is very wrong when it is more cost effective to film across the country, moving crews, equipments and personnel than filming right here in Hollywood’s back yard.

San Pedro along with other South Bay cites is making a new effort to entice “Hollywood” to bring their film making back to the South Bay. We have a long history of films being shot in our community because of the diverseness of the area, but less and less are now being filmed here.

San Pedro has always been great for the harbor shots. With its old buildings and warehouses that can look like the east coast and now with the Battleship Iowa docked, the possibilities are endless.

Our beaches can take on a look of Miami Beach, for instance, just study the scenes in Miami CSI. This series was shot here in Manhattan and Redondo Beaches. We have historic Elem entry and High schools such as Fern Elementary and Torrance High School which are both circa 1920s and are national historic building. These schools have been used on numerous occasions. Or how about using the beautiful old Library building at Veterans Park in Redondo Beach?

So we have the venues needed now we need to put our heads together and come up with create ways to lure ”Hollywood” back. Certainly we need to petition Sacramento to give more monetary incentives to the filmmakers. What the general public does not understand is that a city, private business or even private individuals get paid when their property is used. In fact many a church have fattened theri coffers in this manner.

Something is very wrong when it is more cost effective to film across the country, moving crews, equipments and personnel than filming right here in Hollywood’s back yard.

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