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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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Once Again Torrance Recieves High Marks

Torrance has been named as one of the most livable midsize cites in the United States. It came in Number 32.

The South Bay’s largest community received the rating from a survey of cities with populations of 20,000 to 350,000 conducted by the website livability.com.

Torrance received high marks for the quality of education available and amenities such as parks and climate, but surprisingly low grades for health-care facilities.

I do not understand that when we have Torrance Memorial Medical Center, Little Company of Mary Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente Medical Offices plus Kaiser Medical Center just a few blocks from the city boundaries,

Mayor Scotto said, “Rated 32nd in the United States is a pretty big deal, I think, all in all, people would say Torrance is a great place to live.”
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DEL AMO SHOPPING CENTER TO UNDERGO TRANSFORMATION

A 21 month project to rebuild the north end of the Del Amo Fashion Center is about to begin. According to Tim Magill, a partner in Hollywood based 5+ design, the project’s architect, the food court represents the most amazing transformation of the shopping center and will be a sneak peak of what the rest of it will look like once completed in the fall of 2015. Parts of the transformation will be complete this year in the food court area. The total costs for the entire mall revamp is expected to be at least $200M.
The 2.4 million square foot mall, once the nations largest remains the second busiest in the nation in terms of foot traffic. For the the full story go to http://www.dailybreeze.com/article/zz/20130704/NEWS/130709036 Continue reading

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Banks are Foreclosing — Does this mean MORE inventory?

I just read this great article… 7 Banks Foreclosing on the Most Mortgages Most banks are servicing loans.  This list includes the percentage of underwater loans the bank has in FORECLOSED properties portfolio.  Check out this article to see who … Continue reading

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The Worst Colors to Use in a Home

If you are thinking of selling your home and wanting to repaint to attract buyers, then you’ll want to know what colors to avoid. Check out these great tips from Realtor Magazine The Worst Colors to Use in a Home On … Continue reading

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Are you ready to become GREEN in 2013?

Is GREEN POWER on your 2013 New Year Resolutions List? Learn more about being GREEN in 2013! Start the New Year GREEN! Join me and representatives from the South Coast Air Quality Management District and JPy Magazine for a presentation … Continue reading

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AES Power Plant – YES OR NO?

In March 2013, the residents of Redondo Beach, get to vote on an initiative — Anti-Power Plant Initiative Qualifies for March Ballot The Power Plant Phase-Out Initiative which would disallow power generation on the AES property on Harbor Drive. Bill … Continue reading

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DEL AMO FASHION CENTER TO UPDATE AND MODERIZE MALL AND ADD NORDSTROM TO THE LINE UP IN 2015

FLASH As we speak Redondo Beach is filing suit to block Nordstrom from moving to Torrance.

Center of Controversy

Announced recently are plans to renovate and further develop the north and west sides of Del Amo Fashion Center beginning in 2013. The owners of the mall; Simon Property Group and J.P. Morgan announced their plans on December 11th along with Torrance Mayor Scotto. Nordstrom will be moving into the mall when all renovations are completed between 2013 and 2017.. Nordstrom will be moving from their present location in the South Bay Galleria. The exterior of the mall will be remodeled and re designed, the food court will be completely renovated into a garden environment, many parking spaces added along with other improvements. The older buildings on the west side of the mall will be torn down and replaced with the new home for Nordstrom. The goal is to return the mall to its former title of the biggest shopping center in the nation. The new mall is expected to add an additional $2-$3M in revenues for the city of Torrance when completed. Continue reading

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A FEW SIMPLE WAYS TO SAVE ENERGY

Here are some surprising ways to save energy around your South Bay home:

1 If you place lamps in the corners of your rooms, the walls help to reflect light out into the room.
2 Use a laptop computer instead of a desktop. A laptop uses 1/3 less energy.
3 Dont switch to a plasma flat screen it uses much more energy than an LCD.
4 Put a blanket on your water heater and turn down the temperature a little. A water heater blanket can save anywhere from 4% to almost 10% on the average water heating bill.
5 Using an electric stove? Turn off the burner before your finished cooking as the burner stays hot for awhile after you shut it off.
6 Spin laundry more. Let your washer spin the water out of the laundry, even if you have to spin it twice, it will save energy use in the dryer. Some new washers can cut energy in half by eliminating the time required for the dryer to run.
7 Shut off your refrigerators ice maker and use an ice tray or two. A refrigerator ice maker increases your energy consumption up to 20%. When you use ice trays, there is no increase in energy use or costs.
8 Use your dishwasher, it uses 1/3 of the hot water that you would use if you washed your dishes by hand. Continue reading

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