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By Randy Kistler
(Remax Grand Central)
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A FREE SEMINAR, BUYING FORECLOSURES is scheduled to be held in the Community Hall at St Luke Lutheran Church at 5312 Comercio Way in Woodland Hills, Wednesday evening, November 16th at 7:00 PM.  This informative seminar is being conducted by Randy Kistler, a successful Real Estate Broker in the San Fernando Valley since 1977.  The format and the content is intended to explain the process and vocabulary associated with foreclosure.  Those currently facing foreclosure will better understand the proceedure and where they stand in the process. The first time buyer or small investor will be introduced to the different buying opportunities afforded with each stage of the foreclosure process.  Many terms such as SHORT SALE, TRUSTEE'S SALE, and REO will be defined and explained.  The different ...
By Damion Alexander, Real Estate Sales and Service
(Westbridge Realty)
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First of all, I would like to wish myself a happy birthday! I also would like to thank everyone that wished me a Happy Birthday. And as much as I would love to take the day off, I still have business to take care of and clients to follow up with. So I will accomplish my tasks early on and try to relax the rest of the day. Happy Birthday to ME!
By Damion Alexander, Real Estate Sales and Service
(Westbridge Realty)
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Even though I didn't get a chance to make it to any parades today, I still took the time to thank several people for their service on my daily commute through woodland hills, ca. They deserve to be thanked and treated special anytime you see them, not just on Veterans Day. I also took the time to recognize and thank those that are overworked and under-appreciated. Appreciation goes a long way, and a helping hand compliments it. 
By Randy Kistler
(Remax Grand Central)
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SLOW DOWN WHEN PASSING TAFT HIGH SCHOOL is some of the best advice I can give to drivers headed East along Ventura Blvd in Woodland Hills.  Passing over the crest of Chalk Hill it is easy for vehicles to rapidly accelerate as they head down the grade towards Winnetka Ave. Safety of course is the first issue.  Almost any time of day numerous pedestrians cross  Ventura Blvd frequenting the many little shops and restaurants that line the corner.  Students are almost always present especially between 7-9 AM and 3-5 PM.  In addition, cars are slowing down to enter the large parking lot for the Ralphs Market.  Even staying within the speed limit it often becomes necessary to aggressively apply the brakes. Another reason known to many of us familiar with the daily route is that it is frequentl...
By Randy Kistler
(Remax Grand Central)
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Cables Restaurant, a Woodland Hills landmark just west of the corner of Ventura and Desoto has been one of my favorites since moving to Woodland Hills in 1987.  Cables Restaurant maintained an old fashioned country diner atmosphere while providing an ever changing, and in later years, more health conscious menu.  I was concerned recently to find that my old hangout had been sold to the Lamplighter Restaurant chain.  Flatscreen TV's appeared on the wall, the plants were taken away, and the pies in the case behind the counter were replaced by a presentation of assorted exotic beers and wines now available.  I miss the atmosphere of thee old Cables Restaurant, but after having dinner there last week, I am happy to report that the food is as fresh and well prepared as ever and there remains...
By Damion Alexander, Real Estate Sales and Service
(Westbridge Realty)
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I guess we all know by now that it rains in Southern California. The good thing is we can always look forward to sunshine afterwards. Point being, don't let your plans and goals for the day get rained on. Rain is temporary, so continue to shine! Have a great weekend!
By Damion Alexander, Real Estate Sales and Service
(Westbridge Realty)
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I went on my very first caravan today with a few people from my real estate office. It was a great experience and we had a chance to bounce ideas off each other and work as a team as we toured the open houses. I also got the opportunity to learn some of their styles and techniques, as well as finding some new areas to farm. And at the end of the caravan, lunch was provided at an open house by another agent which was a great addition. I thanked everyone for the opportunity and decided to commit myself to caravans more often.
By Damion Alexander, Real Estate Sales and Service
(Westbridge Realty)
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If you plan to be in the Woodland Hills, CA area M-F, then I have a great food suggestion for you. Flemings on Victory and Topanga has an happy hour special, and their $6 prime burger is an excellent choice. They also have other appetizers for $6 but I like this one the most. Enjoy and have a great weekend!
By Damion Alexander, Real Estate Sales and Service
(Westbridge Realty)
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You can always tell when it's the fall in Woodland Hills, California. Well for starters, the leaves begin to change colors and local business decorate with holiday colors. Also, an outdoor winter ice rink is built on the parking lot of the Westfield Promenade Mall. It is a great experience for families, organizations and for events. Enjoy your fall season! 
By Donne Knudsen, CalState Realty Services
(Los Angeles & Ventura Counties in CA)
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  This years FrightFair ScreamPark is for those looking for something more extreme because the Halloween Harvest Festival takes on a more sinister persona after dark as the festival comes to life, featuring: both the "Factory of Nightmares" Haunted House, and our "Creatures of the Corn" Haunted Trail - is Not for the easily startled!!! The hours for the Haunted House & Trail hours are weekdays dusk to 10pm and weekends dusk to midnight.  The Haunted House and Trail will be open on the days highlighted in green.  Tickets start at $13 and there is also a $2 off coupon available on the website.                       FrightFair ScreamPark is held at Pierce College located at 20800 Victory Blvd. in Woodland Hills.  For directions to the college from outlining areas, please check out the maps...
By Dana Alexander, San Fernando Valley CA
(RedFin )
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Usually in the San Fernando Valley especially, in Woodland Hills it is always 10+ degrees hotter than any other part of LA.  We woke up to a morning rain but beautiful afternoon.  Today it was around 75 outside with just enough sun and warmth to enjoy sitting out on the patio grilling.  My husband and I really enjoyed the nice break in weather and having our dinner outside today! It was so peaceful to sit outside and write out our real estate to do list for the weekend!
By Esperanza Butler® 818 926 5425, Homes For Sale in West Hills, Ca (818) 926-5425
(Century 21 Peak )
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Woodland Hills Ca- Real Estate / Homes for Sale / Finding Your New Home – What Features are “Must Have’s?”    Mr. Buyer                 One of the most important things you can do to streamline your home search is to make two lists: One that lists the features you must have and one that lists the features it would be nice to have.               Please use the attached “buyer checklist” to get yourself thinking about what is or isn’t important in your new home. If there are features you really need or want that aren’t listed, write them in.               Using your “must have” list I can eliminate homes that clearly won’t fit your needs. For instance, if you need 4 bedrooms and a home has only 2, it will be eliminated from the list. If your life will be sour without room for a vegetable ...
By Bandele Oguntomilade, Top REALTOR, Your Woodland Hills Real Estate Agent 818-825-6996
(Bogun Realty and Luxury Homes)
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 On July 15, 2011, Governor Jerry Brown signed a new law, SB 458, which wipes out outstanding loan balances on all mortgage loans when a California homeowner “short sells” their home.  This new law is a huge victory for homeowners who find themselves with mortgage debts that are bigger than the value of their home – typically referred to as being “upside-down”.  These “upside-down” homeowners’ previous attempts to short-sell their homes and unburden themselves from enormous weight of their mortgage debt was thwarted when lenders chose to pursue the homeowners for outstanding loan balances after the short sale transaction was completed.   A prior 2010 California law, SB 931, had attempted to address the situation, by prohibiting first mortgage lenders from pursuing homeowners who short s...
By Esperanza Butler® 818 926 5425, Homes For Sale in West Hills, Ca (818) 926-5425
(Century 21 Peak )
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  Woodland  Hills CA / Real Estate / Homes for Sale / Finding Your New Home – Focusing on What’s Most Important               Dear  Mr. Mrs. Buyer               Now that you have your pre-approval letter in hand and know the price range that suits you, it’s time to get serious about finding your new home. You have two things to consider:   ·        The benefits and features of the home ·        The location.               While the benefits and features are definitely important to your future happiness, it might be best to settle on the location first.               Again, there are two considerations. The first is the neighborhood makeup. You want to feel comfortable in your surroundings.   The second is the distance to work, school, shopping, friends, relatives, and recreation. Settli...
By Esperanza Butler® 818 926 5425, Homes For Sale in West Hills, Ca (818) 926-5425
(Century 21 Peak )
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Woodland Hills CA. / Real Estate / Homes for Sale / Why Mortgage Loan Pre-Approval is Vital to Your Home Search                                      Why Mortgage Loan Pre-Approval is Vital to Your Home Search     Dear Mr.& Mrs. Buyer,               Not too many years ago, becoming pre-approved before searching for a home was unimportant. Now, it’s almost mandatory.               That’s because a few years ago almost anyone could get a mortgage loan. Now that the banks have tightened up on their regulations, it isn’t so easy.   In addition, thousands of consumers who had high credit scores lost that status when the credit card companies suddenly slashed credit lines. Since 30% of a credit score is based on how much credit you use compared to how much you have, credit scores plummeted ove...
By Esperanza Butler® 818 926 5425, Homes For Sale in West Hills, Ca (818) 926-5425
(Century 21 Peak )
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   Woodland Hills Ca  Real Estate / Homes for Sale / The first step toward ownerswhip       Dear Mr. Mrs. Buyer,                 Whether you’re buying for the first time or the tenth, if you‘ve decided the time is right to become a homeowner, the first step should be to visit a mortgage lender and get pre-approved for your mortgage loan.               Choose a lender you’ve been happy with in the past, choose based on a referral from a friend or family member, or call me. I’ll be happy to give you a list of mortgage loan officers who have done well by my clients.   There is a difference between lenders and loan programs, so it pays to take a little time making your choice.                                         You want a lender who will: Give you answers in writing about what they can...
By Esperanza Butler® 818 926 5425, Homes For Sale in West Hills, Ca (818) 926-5425
(Century 21 Peak )
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Woodland Hills California/Neighborhood Boundary Map  Woodland Hills is a district in the city of Los Angeles, California, United States. Woodland Hills is located in the southwestern area of the San Fernando Valley, east of Calabasas and west of Tarzana, with Warner Center in its northern section. On the north Woodland Hills is bordered by West Hills, Canoga Park, and Winnetka, and on the south by Topanga and Malibu. Some neighborhoods are in the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains. Running east-west through the community is U.S. Route 101 (Ventura Freeway) and Ventura Boulevard, whose western terminus is at Valley Circle Boulevard in Woodland Hills.   Click the plus+  or  the  minus-  to zoom in or out  and see the neighborhood boundaries View Woodland Hills (WHLL) in a larger map ...
By Esperanza Butler® 818 926 5425, Homes For Sale in West Hills, Ca (818) 926-5425
(Century 21 Peak )
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Woodland Hills California Real Estate / Homes for Sale / Golden State Population Trends  This article reviews the shifts in California’s population during the past decade, and examines the potential impact of current migration trends on residential rentals and sales. Chart last updated 6/24/11   2011 2010 2009 CA Population 37,510,766 37,266,600 36,887,615   Chart last updated 6/24/11   Los Angeles San Diego Orange Riverside San Bernardino 2000 9,519,338 2,813,833 2,846,289 1,545,387 1,709,434 2010 9,818,605 3,095,313 3,010,232 2,189,641 2,035,210   Chart last updated 6/24/11   Santa Clara Alameda Sacramento Contra Costa Fresno 2000 1,682,585 1,443,741 1,223,499 948,816 799,407 2010 1,781,642 1,510,271 1,418,788 1,049,025 930,450 Population change: the last thirty years The first of the...
By Esperanza Butler® 818 926 5425, Homes For Sale in West Hills, Ca (818) 926-5425
(Century 21 Peak )
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Woodland Hills Real Estate/Is now really the right time to buy a home? Is now really the right time to buy a home?     Whether you’re considering buying your first home, considering buying again after a short sale, or deciding if you should buy after a relocation to Woodland Hills, the real question every buyer should ask is this one: “Is now the right time for me to buy a home.”   So let’s take a look at both sides of the question.      First the reason why now is a good time to buy:    Home prices are down. Interest rates are still at historic lows. Right now you can lock in to a 30-year mortgage with low payments that won’t go up as your income rises.   In comparison to home prices and interest rates back in 2006 or 2007, you can now buy considerably “more home” for the same money.  ...
By Bandele Oguntomilade, Top REALTOR, Your Woodland Hills Real Estate Agent 818-825-6996
(Bogun Realty and Luxury Homes)
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“Render unto Caesar what’s Caesar’s,” but no more.  It’s that time of the year for San Fernando Valley homeowners to take steps to lower their property tax bills.  The narrow window to file a “2011 Decline-in-Value Review Application” is June 1, 2011 through November 30, 2011 – i.e. right now! The window to file an Appeal with the Los Angeles County Assessment Appeals Board is July 2, 2011 through November 30, 2011.  After November 30, 2011, it will be too late to lower your property tax assessment for the 2011 year.         It is not news that property values have generally declined in San Fernando Valley, like the rest of California, in the last few years.  It is also not news that California law allows for a temporary reduction in assessed property value when a property suffers a dec...

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