Sunday, February 28, 2010

Station Fire La Canada Flintridge - Reforestation Volunteers Needed

You can help repair the damage to the Angeles Forest caused by the Station Fire.

The US Forest Service has estimated that over 11,000 acres of the 168,000 that burned in the Station Fire will not regenerate naturally, and will have to be replanted. And, it is important that proper plantings be used.

TreePeople and the US Forest Service have formed a joint effort in this regard, offering training classes for volunteers who would like to help in the reforestation effort. The Refestation Supervisor Training class is next weekend. It's a one day class offered on either Saturday, March 6 or Sunday, March 7 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm the San Bernardino National Forest.

Actual planting will begin in Spring of 2011. The Forest Service website states "TreePeople will recruit, train, and lead crews of volunteers in planting thousands of seedlings in the 2011 and 2012 planting seasons, as part of a comprehensive ecosystem restoration effort in the burned area."

Information about the March classes is here: Reforestation Supervisor Training

More information from the US Forest Service is here: Angeles National Forest - Volunteering

Press release: TreePeople to Coordinate Volunteer Tree Planting in Station Fire Burn Area

Your generous donation of time and energy will make a difference for generations to come.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Home Buyer Tax Credit Spurs Home Sales

The home buyer tax credit appears to be helping the real estate market across the United States. Real estate agents from coast to coast are reporting increased buyer interest, in part due to the home buyer tax credit. Continued low mortgage interest rates is another reason cited for buyers to "get off the fence".

Realtors from California, Utah, North Carolina, and New Mexico share their thoughts and experience in this article:

Home Buyers Tax Credit Helps Real Estate Sales Across the US

Saturday, February 06, 2010

Economy: What's the 2010 housing market outlook?

CBS Channel 2 in Los Angeles has a one hour special on this Sunday that will air after the Super Bowl (at approximately 8 pm). Titled "2010: New Decade, New Hope", it explores what this new decade may look like and how it will affect our lives.

As part of that timely special report, we were asked to sit down for an interview with veteran news anchor Paul Magers. Spending an afternoon with Paul and the skilled CBS 2 technical team, we covered many aspects of real estate --- sharing personal stories, and thoughts on real estate today, and in the future.

You can view and read the segment online here:
Economy: Is The Housing Crisis Coming To An End?

There's a web-extra 17+ minutes of interview - Paul Magers discussing the housing market for buyers and sellers with Fran and Rowena - online here:
Web Extra: Realtors Discuss Local Real Estate Market

It was an interesting discussion, to become part of a bigger picture on the economy. The hour-long special on Sunday should have thoughtful insights into what's ahead for all of us. With the economy weighing so heavily on us all, this program is a "must see".

So - set your TiVo, program your VCRs, hit the "record" button ... or just watch along with us on Sunday after the Super Bowl, around 8 pm on CBS 2 Los Angeles.

Paul Magers with realtors Fran and Rowena