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Long Beach State - Dirtbags Hosting NCAA Playoffs

After winning its first Big West championship since 2008, Long Beach State has earned the right to host an NCAA Regional at Blair Field. The NCAA revealed its 16 host sites for the upcoming Division I Baseball Championships on Sunday, and Long Beach has been selected as one of the locations for the opening round of the postseason tournament.

Long Beach State just completed a 37-17-1 regular season with an impressive 20-4 record in Big West play. It’s the first time the Beach has won 20 conference games in a season since 1998, and the Dirtbags won the conference title by an impressive four games over Cal Poly. The Dirtbags are also ranked as high as No. 7 in the nation by Baseball America, and are nearly a consensus Top 10 team in the nation.

This is the first time Long Beach State will be hosting a regional since the 2008 season, when LBSU hosted San Diego, California and eventual national champion Fresno State. It also marks the third NCAA Regional appearance in four seasons for the Dirtbags, after LBSU went to the Gainesville Regional in 2014 and the Coral Gables Regional in 2016.

The complete field of 64 teams will be announced on Monday morning at 9 a.m. PT on the NCAA Selection Show. The official watch party will be at Legends on 2nd Street, where you can watch along with the Dirtbags to find out which three teams are coming to Long Beach this year. You can also watch the selection show live on ESPN 2.

All-session passes for the Long Beach Regional are currently available for purchase at LongBeachState.com/baseballregionals. Individual game tickets will go on sale Wednesday at 9 a.m. online and at 10 a.m. through the Long Beach State ticket office. Starting Wednesday, you can call to purchase single game tickets at (562) 985-4949. 

4 Landscaping Trends for 2017

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With warmer weather and longer days on the horizon, now is the perfect time to get your yard in shape for summer. Keep this year's top five landscaping trends (according to the National Association of Landscape Professionals) in mind as you get started.

1. Going green (the color)

Combine different textures and shades of green for a more dramatic lawn. Think of mixing leaves of different size and shape as well as plants with a variety of verdant hues.

2. Going green (the earth-friendly strategy)

More sustainable landscape designs have been becoming more popular over the past few years. Why? They're better for the planet and can reduce maintenance costs. For example, more homeowners are planting "smart" lawns – varieties of grass bred to stay green with less water.

3. Giving bees a chance

With bee populations in trouble, people are actually starting to welcome the stingers in their yard by planting native plants that provide the nectar they feast on. The efforts to save vital pollinators is another sign of consumers seeking more green, sustainable practices for their yards.

4. Going Danish

The Danish concept of hygge is about creating an atmosphere of coziness by embracing life's simple pleasures. How do you implement hygge in your yard? Add features that promote mindfulness, such as water fountains or aromatic flowers, and arrange seating in a way that encourages conversation. And don't forget to include spaces that inspire play – for kids and adults. The experts at Gardendesign.com note an uptick in requests for things like bocce courts, fireplaces and hammocks, features to help home owners relax and play outdoors.

Looking for a new home with space for a bocce court? Talk to a RE/MAX agent.

Top 4 Financial Tips for Buyers from the RE/MAX Blog

Getting ready to buy a house? Before you head out on your first home tour with your agent, arm yourself with the following advice.

1. Double check your credit

If you're thinking about buying, you should already be "keeping score." Know your credit score, and make sure to rectify any credit reporting errors before lenders take a look. Read more in 4 Ways to Set Yourself Up for Success.

2. Understand the added cost of certain features

As you make your list of "must-have" home features, be sure you consider the added expenses that may come with them. Your math should include things like the cost of landscaping maintenance for extra acreage and energy costs that come with added square footage. Read more in 3 Home Features That May Not Be Worth the Work (or Expense).

3. Discover where your dollars go

Get up close and personal with your monthly budget and track every single thing you purchase over 30 days. Review your credit card and bank statements to categorize where you spent each dollar (e.g., entertainment, food, clothing). Several online sites and software programs can help you track and categorize spending. This will help you identify where you can cut back to put more money toward a monthly mortgage payment. Read more in 6 Budgeting Tips to Help You Save for a Down Payment.

4. Research mortgage options

You don't always need to invest a 20 percent down payment. Explore your options, like a Conventional 97 from Fannie Mae. Just 3 percent down is enough to help you qualify for this program, as long as it's for a fixed-rate mortgage on a single-family home for under $417,000. Read more in First-time homebuyers: You're closer to a down payment than you think.

If you're ready to buy a home, an experienced agent can help you calculate how much house you can afford, then find a home you'll love within your budget. Find an agent to work with here.

Timelessly Modern - EPLA Homes Blog

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Liberty Village, a micro community in Manhattan Beach has witnessed more and more development over the past few years. Home to Polliwog Park, families love Liberty Village not only for its summer concerts, but also the underlying feeling of community away from the hustle and bustle. It is here you can slow down and enjoy. With new construction coming to the area, it is no doubt that the community is rising in value as a result. One New Construction property just hit the market and truly brings new meaning to the modern family home incorporating smart home technology.

This immaculate, beach plantation inspired new construction from Onyx Homes brings a chic, but timeless feel to our wonderful Liberty Village neighborhood. With 4 large beds up and 1 down, this house is built for the modern family yet created for the most lavish forms of entertaining. The home’s hand-picked finishes and meticulous design will leave you speechless.

As you step into the home you’ll notice the abundance of natural light, beautiful oak flooring throughout and expert craftsmanship in every detail. The open floor plan naturally brings you to the kitchen which is equipped with Thermador appliances, beautiful marble counters and walk-in pantry. The living space, complimented by the beautiful fireplace, flows naturally into the backyard with Panoramic doors. Last but not least, a serene master suite with soaking tub, over-sized shower and fireplace

 

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More Families Opt to Rent

 

With high price tags, especially in beach towns like Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach and South Redondo, more and more people are choosing to rent. It’s no surprise then that we have seen a growing community of renters in the last few years. Especially in the past two years, a significant number are opting to live in these beautiful beachy cities.

We aren’t simply talking about singles or young couples, but families too. Our data shows that from January 1, 2016 through December 8, 2016 (the day this post was published), 191 homes were successfully leased. We can assume the majority of these leases were for families, as our search criteria was limited to single family residences with at least 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. That number is 31% more than the amount of properties leased in 2012, during the same timeframe with the same criteria! Check out the table at the end of the post with all of the data findings.*

With more families considering renting, here are two top-notch family friendly homes in great locations of the Beach Cities and one that is coming soon!

32 Annual RE/MAX Award Ceremony

 

Our 32nd annual RE/MAX Estate Properties Awards Banquet recently took place at the beginning of February and we would like to again thank all of those who attended, showing their support, and of course congratulate all those who were recognized for their achievements! Awards were given out to those who had an exceptional year during 2016 and to those who earned lifetime achievement titles, celebrating their long term success.

It takes incredible drive to attain what these individuals have earned and their work ethic is simply unparalleled. We know how hard each one of our Associates works to earn such titles and it has been incredibly satisfying to witness their success transform their careers. The event was beautiful and the room was entirely packed. We’re inspired to work that much harder this year and look forward to booking an even bigger event room for the next ceremony!

RE/MAX Casino Night & Silent Auction

 

March 17th ( St. Patricks Day)

Casino Night and Silent Auction is a fundraising event for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Over 120 Realtors, guests and affilitates join together to raise money for the local CMNH. This event raised $14,300 surpassing last years's Casino Night by 63%!!! Re/MAX Estate Properties has set a new goal to donate $150,000 in 2017.

Living Trust

 

I am always encouraging clients to put their assets into a trust. The main advantage to a trust is to avoid probate which may involve court proceedings and could generate contested claims. A living trust is a written declaration and contract in which you state that you as grantor are transferring your property in to a living trust for the benefit of yourself during your lifetime and then for the benefit of your heirs or beneficiaries. It means you have complete control of your living assets. The successor trustee you name will take control over your living trust in case of your death in case of your death or incapacity. In addition, you will have the power to change amend or revoke your living trust at any time during your lifetime. I always suggest that you open a separate account as well with its own TIN or trust identification number essentially a different tax ID number. I have an excellent referral to a respected local attorney I can forward to you upon request.

 

NEW CALIFORNIA LAW

 

 

As of January 1st 2017 California law requires property owners  (for properties built before 1994) to install water conserving plumbing fixtures for single family properties.  It is currently not a point of sale issue but for realtors/owners it is a check box on disclosures.  As sellers/landlords you will need to disclose whether the property is in compliance. So a definition of a water conserving plumbing fixture means any fixture that is in compliance with current building standards.  Toilets will have to be the ones that use less than 1.6 gallons per flush, any shower head must have a flow capacity of less than 2.5 gallons per minute and any interior faucet should have less than 2.2 gallons of water per minute.  There are a lot of nuances to the new law so feel free to contact me and I will forward you a good Q & A.  Remember, this has been required along with seismic shut off valves for gas meters in LA cities, not LA County.  This will be a point of sale sooner than later.  

Childrens Miracle Network Award 2016

 

Since 1992. RE/MAX Agents and offices have raised more than $138 million for Children's Miracle Netwrok Hospitals: this helps to ensure that the finest medical care is available to children when they need it most. From broken bones to cancer treatments to heart transplants, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals are deovted to saving and improving the lives of children. 

 

Children's Miracle Network Hopitals recognized RE/MAX Agents and offices each year, for their support of children's hospital. The criteria to become a Miracle Agent or Miracle Office in 2016.

 

- Miracle Agent - Total donation by individual agent of at least $500 during the calender year.

- Miracle Office - Total contributions from agent donations or events of at least $2,000 during a calender year. 

 

I am honored to work with the Children's Miracle Network and now be on the board. 

 

 

 

Chilrens Miracle Network

 

 

Childrens Miracle Network 2016-17 CHAMPIONS

62 children enter a Children's Miracle Network Hospital for treatment every minute. Whether they suffer from common childhood afflictions like asthma and broken bones, or fight bigger challenges like birth defects or cancer, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals provide comfort, treatment and hope to millions of sick kids. In fact, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals treat one in 10 children in North America each year.
Each year, we identify a child with a remarkable medical story from each state, Washington D.C., and Puerto Rico. These “Champions” serve as the face for the millions of children treated at our hospitals every year. Our Champions and their families travel to Washington, D.C., and Orlando, Fla. on an official Ambassador Tour to highlight the vital work of children’s hospitals.

https://childrensmiraclenetworkhospitals.org/the-children/?champion=AL

OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE MOVING NEW DEL AMO MALL

22 years ago, i was the 1st patron at a New Restaruant Called Outback Steakhouse. Unfortuantely, they just lost their lease and will be relocating to the new wing of the Del Amo Mall close to Lazy Dog Cafe. 

 

I met a lot of great people and made some really great friends. I did a little bit of business there but it was mostly to socialize and talk about the important things in life like sports, politics, health and a little bit of Real Estate. I got to know each and every proprietor;5 in all.

 

The mall has really changed since I grew up in the 60's just west of the what was Sears, Penny's and Broadway. I don't know if you have been sinve the new stores have opened. New stores including their flagship Nordstrom's but it definitely changed with the times. If you're not looking to buy or window shop then put on your walking shoes and start at Sears and make your way all the the way to the new East Wing of the Mall. I think the whole walk there and back should take you about 45 minutes if you navigate through all the wings in the mall. They brought in trendier restaurants and I have tried them all. Din Tai Fung is definitely worth the wait. And the indoor/outdoor restaurant and Nordstrom's is consistently good. Long gone are I. Magnin, the Entree, Montgomery Ward's, Buffums, and Toy World replaced by LuLu Lemon, Michael Kors, Vince Camuto and Kate Spade. 

 

 

12 Reasons to Purchase a Home for the Holidays

 

 

The first reason the purchase a home for the Holidays

“A brand new home for New Year’s”

 

The second reason to purchase a home for the Holidays

“It’s a buyers market”

And a “A brand new home for New Year’s”

 

The third reason to purchase a home for the Holidays

“Mortgage Rates are low”

“It is a Buyers Market”

And a   “A brand new home for New Year’s”

 

The fourth reason to purchase a home for the Holidays

“It’s Risk Capital”

“Mortgage Rates are low”

“It ‘s a Buyers Market”

And a “A brand new home for New Year’s”

 

The fifth reason to purchase a home for the Holidays

“You’ll save on taxes”

“It’s Risk Capital”

“Mortgage Rates are low”

“It is a Buyers Market”

And a   “A brand new home for New Year’s”

 

The sixth reason to purchase a home for the Holidays

“You will get a better home”

“You’ll save on taxes”

“It’s Risk Capital”

“Mortgage Rates are low”

“It’s a Buyers  Market”

And a “A brand new home for New Year’s”

 

The seventh reason to purchase a home for the Holidays

“It offers some inflation protection”

“You will get a better home”

“You’ll save on taxes”

“It’s Risk Capital”

“Mortgage Rates are low”

“It’s a Buyers Market”

And a “A brand new home for New Year’s”

 

The eighth reason to purchase a home for the Holidays

“More homes will hit the market”

“It offers some inflation protection”

“You will get a better home”

“You’ll save on taxes”

“It’s Risk Capital”

“Mortgage Rates are low”

“It is a Buyers Market”

And a “A brand new home for New Year’s”

 

The ninth reason to purchase a home for the Holidays

“Rent prices are high”

“More homes will hit the market”

“It offers some inflation protection”

“You will get a better home”

“You’ll save on taxes”

“It’s Risk Capital”

“Mortgage Rates are low”

“It’s a Buyers Market”

And a “A brand new home for New Year’s”

 

The tenth reason to purchase a home for the Holidays

“Motivated Sellers”

“Rent prices are high”

“More homes will hit the market”

“It offers some inflation protection”

“You will get a better home”

“You’ll save on taxes”

“It’s Risk Capital”

“Mortgage Rates are low”

“It’s a Buyers Market”

And a “A brand new home for New Year’s”

 

The eleventh reason to purchase a home for the Holidays

“Better interest rates”

“Motivated Sellers”

“Rent prices are high”

“More homes will hit the market”

“It offers some inflation protection”

“You will get a better home”

“You’ll save on taxes”

“It’s Risk Capital”

“Mortgage Rates are low”

“It’s a Buyers Market”

And a “A brand new home for New Year’s”

 

The twelfth reason to purchase a home for the Holidays

“A faster closing time”

“Better interest rates”

“Motivated Sellers”

“Rent prices are high”

“More homes will hit the market”

“It offers inflation protection”

“You will get a better home”

“You’ll save on taxes”

“It’s Risk Capital”

“Mortgage Rates are low”

“It’s a buyers market”  And a “A brand new home for New Year’s”