Tuesday, November 25, 2008

California Realtors Support "Green" Movement

Our California Association of Realtors® has started a website - At home with green™

The homepage states "Our goal of this Web site is to provide information to homeowners, REALTORS® and the general public on how to green their living spaces. Our sections provide insight into how to green your home, your office and your life...The CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® is doing its part to become a more environmentally friendly organization and will lead the way toward a greener world."

Check it out ... and let us know if other Realtor groups have a green program/website! If not, let them know about this one and get them started!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

California October Home Sales Up and Prices Down

DQNews.com has reported that the number of sales of new and existing homes in California during the month of October, 2008 was up from September, but the median price was down for the same period.

Home and condo sales of 42,293 were up " ...4.9 percent from 40,371 in September and up 63.7 percent from 25,832 for October last year."

As for prices, "The median price paid for a home last month was $278,000, down 1.8 percent from $283,000 for the month before, and down 34.4 percent from $424,000 for October a year ago. Around half the drop in median is due to depreciation, the other half due to shifts in the types of homes selling, and how those homes are financed."

DQNews is a good reference source, and it posts a monthly chart of home sale averages, listed by city.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Altadena Golf Course

If you golf and you are in the Los Angeles area, you might want to check out the Altadena Golf Course. It's a 9-hole public course. Green fees are very reasonable, and the course has wide fairways, some trees ... it's not too tough. You can play it as 9 holes, or 18.

The facilities include a pro shop, practice putting green, chipping area, driving range and a great "coffee shop - diner". There are indoor and outdoor dining tables. There are lovely mountain views, nice people. There is additional information on the web here.

If you live in Los Angeles, and are looking to discover a new community, check out Altadena (the Altadena Chamber of Commerce website is here) . The "bedroom" community offers hiking trails, a quaint atmosphere and is adjacent to Pasadena - all-in-all, a very convenient location. We think it is one of the undiscovered treasures of Los Angeles.
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Monday, November 17, 2008

Southern California Fires - Insurance

If you need contact and claims information for insurance carriers, the Insurance Information Network of California has the information here.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

September 2008 Home Sales

The September 2008 numbers for Southern California show that foreclosures are up, prices down ... but buyers are buying!

Read more here: DQNews.com

Friday, November 14, 2008

National Recycling Day

Did you know that November 15 is America Recycles Day? The official website is here

Looking for a recycling center? Use this online tool - to find a recycling center for many different items. Find a recycling center