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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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South Bay Pride: The Grand Prix

Whether you are a Car race fan or not the Excitement is in the air as the 40th annual Long Beach Grand Prix has arrived.

Gates open at 7 a.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 13.
Tickets starts from $28 for a Friday general admission to $135 for a three-day pass that includes reserved seating in grandstand upper levels on Saturday and Sunday.

So much more tan the races themselves. You will find exhibits, awards and destinations all over the venue. Worth traveling to for a family day or even a weekend of fun and adventure. Continue reading

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South Torrance, Ca 90505

What’s the real estate market doing in SOUTH TORRANCE, 90505? Continue reading

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I Am Thinking of Remodeling My Mid Century Torrance Home. Where Do I Start?

Ask these questions:

Why am I remodeling?
How much do I want to spend?
Is the remodeling for my pleasure or to upgrade for reselling?

Make out a budget following these guidelines:
On a $400,000 Home, You will want to cap at $60,000 for remodeling using the following percentages.
Finished attic account for 10-15%
½ bath= 5%, bathrooms,
Full bath: 5-10%
Kitchen 10-15% of the property value.

Photo courtesy of DIY Network
Photo courtesy of DIY Network

Once you have devised a budget, interview General contractors, asking for copies of their licenses and insurances, including workman’s comp. Make your choice, sign the contract and you are on your way to a beautiful like new Torrance home. Continue reading

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Stuffed Animal Collection in honor of Kelsey Potts

This Saturday March 14, Kelsey Faith Potts of San Pedro, who would have turned 14. Tragically Kelsey died last fall from complications caused by a respiratory virus.

She will be remembered tomorrow by family and friends this weekend as they take up a collection of stuffed animals in her honor for the organization Stuffed Animals for Emergencies (SAFE).BUNNY

You may take your donations near the southwest corner of Averill Park in San Pedro (at 14th and Dodson streets) from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday. 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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A Break For South Bay Real Estate

Good news for the South Bay Real Estate Market. Well Fargo has lowered its FICO score standards from 640 to 600. This means that more people can qualify for mortgage loans that do not have perfect credit. You can be pretty sure that other lending institutions will follow the lead of Wells Fargo.

“The goal is to increase access to credit, especially for low- and moderate- income borrowers and first-time home buyers,” said Tom Goyda, a bank spokesman. “These are fully underwritten, fully documented loans, consistent with FHA program guidelines and responsible lending principles.” Continue reading

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Redondo Beach Wilderness Park

One of the best kept secrets in the South Bay is Redondo Beach’s Hopkins Wilderness WILDERNESS PARK2Park. This eleven acre camping, picnic and study park is located just where Sepulveda becomes Camino Real in Redondo Beach(see our Map below). It sits high upon the El Segundo Sand Hills. You will find meadows, water streams and ponds housing turtles, crayfish and bullfrogs, Wilderness Park welcomes visitors as well as day and overnight campers (reservation required). WILDERNESS PARK-map

There is no entrance fee for day visitors with the park being open six days a week (closed Wednesday) from 10:00a.m. – 4:30 p.m. daily.

This is a great place to take the children to introduce them to Nature. You can even camp over night if you wish. But if you are not that ambition they have wonderful camp site for picnics.
It is worth a trip just to see what is offered at this unique city park and once you do see it , I guarantee you will be back. Continue reading

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Southern California Drought … How to Save Water in Your Garden

Right here in the South Bay,  is California’s State Historic Landmark No 152 …  it’s the Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum in the Rancho Dominguez area of Carson. National Register of Historic Places The mission of the Friends of Rancho San … Continue reading

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