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Santa Monica Residents Who Need Temporary Parking Permits for Holiday Parties

by Deborah Silverstein December 18, 2014 Latest News

Are you having a big holiday shindig this season and worried about what you are going to do about guest parking? Visit the Santa Monica guest permit parking application website. This site allows current preferential parking permit account holders to request and print one-day temporary permits. Before you proceed, please note the following: You must […]

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Is Winter the Best Time to List Your Home for Sale?

by Deborah Silverstein December 17, 2014 How's The Market
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You’ve begun thinking about selling your house and you figure: Let’s wait until the spring or early summer before listing…the yard will look its best and potential buyers will be out in force. And everybody knows that winter is dead time for real estate! WRONG! National statistical studies suggest it’s not necessarily the case. Winter […]

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Winter Venice Art Crawl returns Thursday, Dec. 18

by Deborah Silverstein December 17, 2014 Local Events and Happenings
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Enjoy a Winter Wonderland in Venice in one week on Thursday, Dec. 18, along with Santa and his elves and hundreds of visitors coming together in one of LA..’s most iconic neighborhoods for an evening of art, projections, snow, design, and entertainment: The Venice Art Crawl (VAC). This historical beach community becomes a showplace for […]

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Los Angeles Housing Prices Have Gone Up More Than Anywhere Else in the Last 14 Years

by Deborah Silverstein December 15, 2014 How's The Market
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We often look at quarterly housing prices, or monthly housing prices, but a new report out from UCLA Anderson Forecast takes the much longer view, looking at housing prices since 2000. It finds that Los Angeles prices have shot up 121 percent—more than in any other metro in the nation, says KPCC. Washington DC and […]

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Experience ICE in Downtown Santa Monica

by Deborah Silverstein December 12, 2014 Local Events and Happenings
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Every holiday season, Downtown Santa Monica brings a little ice skating to the beachside community and transforms the corner of 5th Street and Arizona Avenue into ICE at Santa Monica, a premier outdoor ice skating rink. The 8,000 square foot rink by the beach offers residents and visitors a little taste of winter without the […]

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Average 30-Year Mortgage Rate Increases Slightly

by Deborah Silverstein December 12, 2014 How's The Market
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Average U.S. long-term mortgage rates edged higher this week after four weeks of declines, but they remained at historically low levels that could entice potential homebuyers. Mortgage company Freddie Mac said Thursday that the nationwide average for a 30-year mortgage rose to 3.93% this week from 3.89% last week. It is now at its lowest […]

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North of Montana Market Update

by Deborah Silverstein December 11, 2014 How's The Market
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Here is your North of Montana real estate market info: There were no new listings this week to report North of Montana. One home went under contract. The number of total homes sold this year stands at 62. __________________________________________________________________________________________________ New Listings this Week Zero. New Sales this Week Zero. Search for more homes, see real […]

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Google Purchases 12 Acres in Playa Vista

by Deborah Silverstein December 11, 2014 Latest News
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Google Inc. is making a bold move to expand in Southern California, the nation’s nexus of technology and entertainment. The tech titan has spent nearly $120 million on 12 vacant acres next to a historic hangar where aviator Howard Hughes built his famous “Spruce Goose” airplane in the Playa Vista neighborhood near Marina del Rey. […]

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Happy Thanksgiving

by Deborah Silverstein November 27, 2014 Latest News
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Happy Thanksgiving. May the good things in life be yours in abundance!

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Black Friday – Tech Specials

by Deborah Silverstein November 27, 2014 Latest News
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Black Friday is upon us Word is that more retailers will relent to public pressure – I mean do the right thing for their employees – and close on Thanksgiving Day this year. But that won’t prevent them from going all out online, where much is automated and the workers are less prominent. Here are […]

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10 Most Expensive Listings in Santa Monica

by Deborah Silverstein November 26, 2014 North of Montana

Check out the 10 highest priced listings in L.A.’s most desirable beach city. Call 310.395.0113 for more information or to schedule a showing.

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10 Most Expensive Listings in Brentwood

by Deborah Silverstein November 26, 2014 Latest News

Check out these meg-listings in Los Angeles’ posh Brentwood community. Call 310.395.0113 for further information or the schedule a showing.

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10 Most Expensive Listings in the Pacific Palisades

by Deborah Silverstein November 26, 2014 Latest News

See the biggest and best listings in Pacific Palisades. Call 310.395.0113 for more information to schedule showings.

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Video Interlude: Watch a Stunt Driver Do Donuts Around Everything in LA

by Deborah Silverstein November 25, 2014 Latest News

What do LA’s cars dream of when they’re in the garage at night? Probably speeding through Los Angeles, doing tricks and never having to worry about cops. In the latest from gifted driver Ken Block, Gymkhana 7, viewers are invited to see what that might look like. Watch with a twinge of envy as a […]

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Freddie Mac: 30-year mortgage rate average dips below 4%

by Deborah Silverstein November 24, 2014 Latest News
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Fixed mortgage rates edged lower this week, with Freddie Mac’s survey of lenders showing an average of just below 4% for 30-year fixed home loans. Lenders told Freddie they were offering 30-year loans to solid borrowers at an average of 3.99%, down from 4.01% last week and 4.22% a year ago. Fifteen-year fixed mortgages averaged […]

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Pro athletes prefer newer homes in guard-gated communities

by Deborah Silverstein November 21, 2014 Latest News
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Professional athletes gravitate to newer properties that have home theaters and are located in guard-gated communities, real estate brokers who cater to sports figures say. Sports-related amenities such as basketball and tennis courts not so much. Close proximity to Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo is a main reason why the South Bay is an […]

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Just Sold: Pocket Listing North of Montana

by Deborah Silverstein November 20, 2014 North of Montana
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516 23rd Street, Santa Monica 2nd highest sale North of Montana this year. For more information, call Deborah Silverstein or fill out the contact form below:  

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Gillette Regent Square Lot with Plans to Build 5,200 Square Foot Home

by Deborah Silverstein November 20, 2014 Just Listed
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740 18th Street, Santa Monica – North of Montana $3,550,000 Incredible and unique opportunity to build your dream home on a great Gillettes Regent Square lot North of Montana. 60×149 lot with a West facing backyard.The sale includes APPROVED architectural plans by John Andrews AIA. Fully cleared lot, soils, survey, environmental and all fees paid […]

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Cool Map Thing: Map: Where You’re Most Likely to Get Your Bike Stolen in LA

by Deborah Silverstein November 8, 2014 Latest News

Ever notice there are a lot more bike lanes and events like CicLAvia around these days? Those are good reminders that there are a lot of Angelenos who bike for some or all of their transportation (and recreation) needs. But with bikes comes bike theft and they’re a lot more common in some areas—like parts […]

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Bikeification: SaMo Doesn’t Want to Wait on Metro For Bike Share Program

by Deborah Silverstein November 7, 2014 Latest News
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The proposed fees would have riders paying $2 per 20 minutes of cycle time, with monthly memberships available for $15 to $25 a month. If things move quickly, the bike share could be ready by the time the Expo Line extension to downtown Santa Monica opens next year. It’s estimated that 370,000 trips would be […]

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