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Westside Food Bank’s 24th Annual 5K Hunger Walk

by Deborah Silverstein October 24, 2014 Local Events and Happenings
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The Westside Food Bank’s annual walk-a-thon and kick-off for our holiday food drive attracts hundreds of participants from companies, churches, schools, non-profit agencies and the community at large. There will be food & drinks, games, raffle prizes and much more. Date(s): 10/26/2014 Times: 11:30 a.m. / Walk begins at 1:30 p.m. Location: Ocean View Park, 2701 […]

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9th Annual Dusk-To-Dawn Horrorthon

by Deborah Silverstein October 23, 2014 Local Events and Happenings
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Spend all night at the Aero Theatre’s ninth annual Horrorthon! Complete with between-film free food, giveaways, trailers, crazy shorts and surprises! Movies include Creepshow, Gargoyles, The Thing, The Night of a Thousand Cats, The Deadly Spawn, Basket Case and Zombie Holocaust. Coffee courtesy of Pete’s Coffee, Monster Energy Drink courtesy of Hansen’s Beverage and prizes […]

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Testing on Expo Line to the Beach Starts in Just a Few Months

by Deborah Silverstein October 22, 2014 Latest News
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The Expo Line light rail extension from Culver City to Santa Monica is now 70 percent complete, the Expo Line Construction Authority announced at a community meeting this week. The line’s seven stations are 63 percent finished; of the Santa Monica stations, the Twenty-Sixth Street/Bergamot station is farthest along. The platforms have been poured for […]

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30-Year Fixed Mortgage Rates Fall Below 4 Percent

by Deborah Silverstein October 21, 2014 How's The Market
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Mortgage rates for 30-year fixed mortgages fell this week, with the current rate borrowers were quoted on Zillow Mortgages at 3.96 percent, down from 4.08 percent at this same time last week. The 30-year fixed mortgage rate spiked to 4.30 percent on Wednesday, then hovered around 4.06 percent for most of the week before falling to […]

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Council to Consider Fred Segal Replacement Development

by Deborah Silverstein October 20, 2014 Latest News
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BROADWAY — A plot currently occupied by the shell of a mini-mall and a parking lot could be replaced by a 7-story, 330,000-square-foot mixed-use development project. Many businesses inside the Fred Segal building on the corner of Broadway and Fifth Street were asked to leave in May. City Council will take its first look at […]

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Advice for Millennial Home Buyers

by Deborah Silverstein October 17, 2014 Featured
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In previous generations, many people bought ‘starter’ homes while in their 20s or 30s. The world moved at a much slower pace then. People tended to stay put in the cities where they grew up. They wanted ‘roots’ and the status that homeownership afforded. But times have definitely changed. In the next generation of real […]

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No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating at Santa Monica Farmers Market

by Deborah Silverstein October 16, 2014 Local Events and Happenings
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Come out to the No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating events at Santa Monica Farmers Market this weekend. Free for kids, limit one pumpkin per child while supplies last. Date(s): 10/18/2014 – 10/19/2014 Recurring daily Times: Saturday 9am-1pm; Sunday 10am-1pm Location: Saturday: Pico Farmers Market in Virginia Avenue Park; Sunday: Main Street Farmers Market in Heritage Square Phone: […]

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How to Protect Your Home Office

by Deborah Silverstein October 15, 2014 Latest News
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By Katherine Wood, Zillow Blog Today’s home offices far surpass their predecessors. No longer simply furnished with desks, file cabinets and sticky notes, modern home offices often serve as extensions of a jobsite workspace, complete with expensive computers, monitors, scanners and printers. The number of full-time, home-based workers has grown in the U.S. In 2010, 5.8 […]

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Mapping Which of Your Neighbors Have Ridiculously Low Property Taxes

by Deborah Silverstein October 14, 2014 How's The Market
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-from Curbed LA PropertyShark has put together ultimate nosy neighbor map, showing property tax rates for every parcel in Los Angeles. (Dark blue means rates are below $1.00 per square foot, dark red means rates are more than $10.00 per square foot, with gradations in between; the full legend is below.) California’s Prop. 13, which […]

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Home Sales Pick Up Pace in September

by Deborah Silverstein October 13, 2014 How's The Market
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Led by gains in Los Angeles County, sales in the six-county Southland grew 1.2% in September compared with the same month last year, according to CoreLogic DataQuick, while price gains continued to moderate. It’s the latest sign of a housing market that’s reaching equilibrium after years of big swings. Real estate agents and other market watchers […]

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Santa Monica 90402 Real Estate Market Report – September 2014

by Deborah Silverstein September 8, 2014 Latest News
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Take a look at the latest market activity report for the Santa Monica 90402 neighborhood. Median price continues to fall as more lot values are selling. Buyers would rather buy a lot and build themselves than pay spec developers a premium for a finished new construction house. Contact Deborah Silverstein today for all your real […]

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Equity credit lines are making a comeback as home prices rise

by Deborah Silverstein September 4, 2014 Latest News
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New data provided by national credit bureau Experian and researchers at the Oliver Wyman consulting organization suggest that a rebound boom in equity-tapping is underway. Owners have pulled out $120 billion in new home equity credit lines in the last 12 months, a 27% increase in volume over the year earlier. In many cases these […]

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Third Street Promenade Turns 25

by Deborah Silverstein September 3, 2014 Latest News
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To kick off this exciting milestone, Downtown Santa Monica exclusively hooked us up with photos of the Promenade’s history in pictures, from opening day with a white tux-wearing Mayor Denny Zane to a look at the center’s oft-photographed foliage dinosaurs before they were filled with greenery. Travel back in time after the jump, and join […]

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Shakespeare on the Tennis Courts at Reed Park

by Deborah Silverstein September 3, 2014 Latest News
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Shakespeare Santa Monica’s 11th season presents As You Like It and The Comedy of Errors. It will take place outdoors at Reed Memorial Park, on the corner of 7th St. & Wilshire Blvd. on Tournament Tennis Court #1. As You Like It – Aug. 21, 22, 23, 24, 30, 31 Sept. 6, 7, 13, 14. […]

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Santa Monica 90403 Real Estate Market Report – September 2014

by Deborah Silverstein September 3, 2014 Latest News
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Take a look at the latest market activity report for the Santa Monica 90403 neighborhood. In stark contrast to neighboring 90402, the 90403 neighborhood of Santa Monica has seen a sharp rise in median sales price. Contact Deborah Silverstein today for all your real estate needs.

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Heal One World Free Yoga in Santa Monica

by Deborah Silverstein August 11, 2014 Local Events and Happenings
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Heal One World was formed to help connect people in need particularly children and adults with chronic illnesses with preventative health care, non-traditional/complementary modalities, natural non-invasive treatments, and guidance in learning self-help techniques that are generally not covered by insurance. The access to this help is offered on a sliding scale, free or donation basis. […]

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Cinema on the Streets Fridays in Santa Monica

by Deborah Silverstein August 8, 2014 Entertainment
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Break out the blankets and beach chairs, but check those umbrellas at the door… the outdoor screening series Cinema on the Street returns to the corner of Third Street and Wilshire on Third Street Promenade with a full slate of films across the genre spectrum. In celebration of Third Street Promenade’s 25th Anniversary, the series […]

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Jazz on the Lawn Returns to Santa Monica Every Sunday in August

by Deborah Silverstein August 7, 2014 Entertainment
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Santa Monica Cultural Affairs presents the 9th annual Jazz on the Lawn summer concert series. Bring a picnic, blanket, beach chair, and family and friends of all ages for a sampling of jazz each Sunday in August – and this year that means 5 concerts! In addition to dessert trucks, for the first time Jazz […]

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Back-to-School Home Search Tips

by Deborah Silverstein August 6, 2014 Latest News
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It’s that time of year when families consider moving to get their children into a good school district. At realtor.com we recently conducted a back-to-school survey to see how much weight schools have in the home-buying decision. The results show that school-district boundaries do impact the buying decision for more than 60 percent of realtor.com […]

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Highest Priced Homes in Santa Monica

by Deborah Silverstein August 5, 2014 How's The Market
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Santa Monica is undoubtedly one of the most desirable areas to reside in Southern California. Take a look at some of the highest valued homes on the open market in Santa Monica:

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