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I recently visited the Los Angeles City East Valley Animal Shelter and learned quite a bit about Pets in Rental Housing for Landlords. Furry friends in a rental can be an area of tension between tenants and landlords, but it doesn’t have to be! As a landlord, you can quickly fill vacancies, gain a little extra income from pet fees, and tenant who own pets tend to stay longer in the same rental (an average of 18 months in LA). Alongside the pros, you may run into some cons. Under the unfortunate circumstances of your tenants having nuisance pets, here are some tips for taking care of the issues:   

  1. Act quickly! A landlord who waits too long to take action may forfeit their right to object.
  2. Refer to the lease agreement your tenant
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On my recent visit to the Los Angeles City East Valley Animal Shelter I learned quite a bit from their meeting on Pets in Rental Housing. Furry friends in a rental can be an area of tension between tenants and landlords, but it doesn’t have to be! Landlords can quickly fill vacancies and gain a little extra income from pet fees, while the responsible pet owners get to live happily with their companions. It’s a win-win situation. Here's how you can land your dream apartment, and bring your dog or cat along!


  1. Provide your prospective landlord with a resume for your pet (see example below). Write a nice cover letter, and tag on a letter of recommendation from your neighbors or previous landlords as

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Many of you may remember the horrific damage done by the 6.7 magnitude earthquake that shook Northridge, CA in 1994, or maybe even Loma Prieta during 1989. Thankfully, Los Angelenos haven’t been hit that hard since, but there is still much work to be done.


What many considered long overdue, on November 22, 2015, the Los Angeles City Council put into effect the Earthquake Hazard Reduction Ordinance, establishing mandatory standards to reduce earthquake hazards and damage. The law determines that seismic retrofitting on soft story buildings is an effective method of work that benefits the structural integrity and safety of the whole building. It protects the safety of Los Angeles residents and properties alike. The City has

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ATTN: Low Interest (2%) Loans available to Los Angeles County homeowners to make simple home energy efficient improvements are going to be discontinued December 31st 2012!!

  follow these links for more details  http://ow.ly/fGUbr http://ow.ly/d/VCZ     If you have ever considered doing any upgrading of your home you should take advantage of these loans that go up to $50k   Your property has to be enrolled in specific energy upgrade programs.  If you need more information on how to get your property enrolled contact me via e-mail (do not call office).  
 
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 Guidelines for the 2010 Tax Credit for New & First Time Home Buyers have been officially posted on the California Franchise Tax Boards website:

http://www.ftb.ca.gov/individuals/new_home_credit.shtml

 

Highligts:

  • Max $10,000
  • Starts for escrows closed after May 1st, 2010 and before January 2011
  • Total amount of allocated tax credit for all taxpayers may not exceed $100 million for the New Home Credit and $100 million for the First-Time Buyer Credit
  • State will allocate money for the tax credits on a first-come, first-served basis
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www.yele.org 

www.google.com/haitiearthquake

unicef.org

redcross.org

doctorswithoutborders.org

The following organizations are accepting SMS donations in the US only:

  • SMS text “HAITI” to 90999 to donate $10 to Red Cross relief efforts
  • SMS text "YELE" to 501501 to Donate $5 to Yele Haiti’s Earthquake Relief efforts

 

Prisons have collapsed, prisoners have escaped.  Country had minimal infrastructure before earthquake.  Early Estimates are reporting that the death toll could be > 100,000.  To put this number into perspective, less than 4,000 people died in the horrible attacks that took place September 11th 2001 in New York, so the death toll is on a magnitude nearly 30x greater.  After shocks have been reported between 5.5-6.0 on the

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Unfortunately in the real world, there are bad people and unethical business owners.  In tough economic times, laziness and ethical absence can combine with desperation and lead to some really ugly situations.  The Loan Modification industry is a perfect example of a service that should have helped but went drastically wrong some where.

Here are the top 10 steps you can take to try and avoid getting burnt by forming any sort of relationship with a Real Estate Service related business online.

  1. Look for verifiable Contact Information:
    • Does the company provide their physical address?  Can you verify the address for their legal entity with the secretary of state?  (i.e.- if the business is in California they should be registered with the California
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What is DocuSign?
Anyone who has purchased a home in Los Angeles can tell you about the crazy amount of paperwork involved. Purchasing Los Angeles Real Estate can be a great investment but the paperwork part and coordinating time schedules for signings, fighting through traffic and traveling to and from a realtor’s office after work to sign documents…not so great. Well with DocuSign technology, the days of physically signing a 2-inch stack of papers and wasting time and gas driving to and from the realtor’s office are fast fading. DocuSign, a state of the art electronic signing technology in use since 2004, is now available and has been already used in hundreds of thousands of transactions. Instead of commuting back and forth to sign papers, you can now

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I think the fact the IOC wanted to do something avant garde and choose an exotic destination for the Olympics where the game has never been held before is a great idea.  Rio De Janeiro is an unbelieveable city, personally I would love to be in Rio for the games I'm sure the experience would be something special.  In the 2008 China games there was that very unfortunate event where the parents of an american was stabbed randomly.  I gurauntee the violence, robbery, kidnapping and extortion that will take place in 2016 will be 20X worse.  Rio is a beautiful city but very rough and very dangerous.  While the Cariocas will be on their best behavior for the Olympics so will the the street thugs, kidnappers, drug dealers, and theives.  Good luck to anyone who

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