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Griffith Park Becomes Historic-Cultural Monument #942

January 31, 2009
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On January 27, the Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved Historic-Cultural Monument status for Griffith Park. Councilmember Tom LaBonge expressed strong support for the designation, publicly recognizing the Griffith J. Griffith Trust and a broad coalition of park advocates and community organizations that supported the nomination. The Park will become the City’s Historic-Cultural Monument #942.

While many other City parks and park buildings have been designated as Historic-Cultural Monuments — including Echo Park, MacArthur Park, Wattles Park, and Barnsdall Art Park, the complexity, significance and sheer size of Griffith Park have made its designation a significant milestone for preservation in Los Angeles.

Established in 1896, this 4,218-acre City of Los Angeles park is one of the largest urban parks in the nation. The proposed Griffith Park historic monument was formed in 1896 by the donation of private land owned by Colonel Griffith J. Griffith and his wife to the City of Los Angeles as a gift for use as parkland. Griffith Van Griffith, Col. Griffith’s great-grandson, helped lead the effort for historic designation, commissioning the nomination on behalf of the Griffith J. Griffith Trust and speaking at multiple public hearings.

Excerpt from City of Los Angeles/Dept.of City Planning Newsletter

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Keller Williams Realty Inc. is beating the odds, outperforming the national market.

January 29, 2009

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Austin Kilgore | 01.28.09

Despite a housing crisis that has sent foreclosures up, prices down, and the nation’s economy in a tailspin, Austin, Texas-based Keller Williams Realty Inc. is beating the odds, outperforming the national market.

The country’s fourth largest real estate firm said while existing homes sales in the country decreased 17 percent through November of 2008 compared to the same time in 2007, Keller Williams said it will only see a 7 percent decrease, beating the average by 10 percent.

While the National Association of Realtors saw a 10 percent decline in membership, Keller Williams said it had a far fewer decrease in its agent base.

Keller Williams CEO Mark Willis said, “Our strategy is no secret. We faithfully follow the sound financial model of leading with revenue – the same model our market centers follow. As we watch companies throughout the country take on billions of dollars of debt, we are proud to say that our company has not one dollar of financing debt and we remain strong and financially sound. It is our joy to be able to give back to our agents during these times.”

The company also boasts no debt on its balance sheet, and gave back than $30 million in profits to its agents.

To help its agents weather the storm, the company published two books, both written by Gary Keller, co-founder and chairman of the board of Keller Williams Realty that are meant to keep agents on the top of their game.

Mary Tennant, Keller Williams president and COO said, “Keller Williams was founded 25 years ago during one of the toughest markets on record – when interest rates were higher than 18 percent. We continue to urge our agents to zero in on lead generation and reducing expenses so they can thrive during this market. We admire our agents’ spirit, tenacity, and dedication to their businesses. They just keep powering forward.”

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GREAT DEAL JUST REDUCED $49K DUPLEX MT. WASHINGTON 14,000 SQ.FT LOT PRICE NOW $550,000

January 25, 2009

Karen Numme | Keller Williams Realty LF | 323 8042008
1733 Winmar Dr., Los Angeles, CA
Charming orig.detail california bungalow w/buildable lot, 2 1bd units-Mt.Washington quiet street
2BR/2BA Multi-Family, 2 units
offered at $550,000
Year Built 1921
Sq Footage 1,695
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 2 full, 0 partial
Floors 1
Parking 2 Car garage
Lot Size 7,275 sqft
HOA/Maint $0 per month

DESCRIPTION

OPEN HOUSE 1/25/09 SUNDAY 1-4pm
Charming Bungalow Duplex in Mt.Washington on quiet end of road street includes build able adjoining lot. 2/1bd.units. Smaller unit w/large fenced in private deck for relaxing ,larger unit with bonus rm/office.1920’s original detailing throughout both units & wood floors. Fabulous upper level yard for parties & gardening & patio for dining at lower level.2 car garage. Larger unit is owner occupied & will be vacant at close of escrow..
see additional photos below
PROPERTY FEATURES

Hardwood floor Living room Bonus/Rec room
Laundry area – inside Balcony, Deck, or Patio Yard

OTHER SPECIAL FEATURES

huge backyard & patio area-view
includes adjoining build able lot
ADDITIONAL PHOTOS

Seller contact info:
Karen Numme
Keller Williams Realty LF
323 8042008
For sale by agent/broker

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Posted: Jan 23, 2009, 11:52am PST

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Great News Mortgage rates remain below 5%

January 21, 2009
if you’ve  been fantasizing about owning a “Grand Home”
there is no time like the present-the odds are on your side
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Daily Real Estate News | January 20, 2009 |

Mortgage Rates Remain Below 5%
The weekly average rate borrowers were quoted on Zillow for 30-year mortgages rose slightly last week to 4.96 percent, up from 4.92 percent the week prior, according to the Zillow Mortgage Rate Monitor.

Meanwhile, rates for 15-year fixed mortgages increased to 4.72 percent, up from 4.58 percent and 5-1 adjustable rate mortgages decreased to 5.22 percent from 5.35 percent.

Rates for 30-year fixed mortgages rose slightly on Monday evening, with the average rate on Zillow Mortgage Marketplace at 5.01 percent.

At a state level, the 30-year fixed rate in Michigan was the only rate decrease recorded, dropping from 5.05 percent to 5 percent. Rates on 30-year fixed mortgages were lowest in the states of Oregon (4.87 percent) and Florida (4.88 percent), while Colorado (5.06 percent) and Tennessee (5.06 percent) had the highest rates.

The Zillow Mortgage Rate Monitor is compiled each week using thousands of mortgage rates quoted on Zillow Mortgage Marketplace by mortgage lenders to borrowers who have submitted loan requests. Zillow Mortgage Marketplace is a lending marketplace where borrowers can anonymously receive mortgage quotes directly from lenders.

zillow.com

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walk score los angeles & other cities

January 11, 2009
TO ALL OF YOU NAYSAYERS BELIEVE IT OR NOT
LOS ANGELES IS RATED THE 9TH WALKABLE CITY
ON “WALK SCORE”.
Friends in New York were shocked that I was leaving New York for “car city”. But in my gut I knew LA was starting to think more progressively. Times have definitely changed and I’m elated. You have to check out walk score and see where LA and other cities stand
in the ranking.Say hello or smile at me as I walk my dog on the streets of Silver Lake.

Walk Score

Find a Walkable Place to Live.

LOS ANGELES’ MOST

Car-Dependent

Score: 0-49 Somewhat Walkable

Score: 50-69 Very Walkable

Score: 70-89 Walkers’ Paradise

Score: 90-100 NeighborhoodScore

Explore Los Angeles’ Most Walkable Neighborhoods

The top 2 neighborhoods in Los Angeles are Walkers’ Paradises. 47% of Los Angeles residents have a Walk Score of 70 or above. 84% have a Walk Score of at least 50—and 16% live in Car-Dependent neighborhoods.

Walking Oasis in an Unwalkable City

Even the least walkable cities have very walkable places. Take a tour of these walking oases.

City Score Most Walkable Neighborhoods
9Los Angeles67Mid City West, Downtown, Hollywood

Los Angeles photo by Jon Rawlinson

Los Angeles Celebrity Locations

excerpt from walk score website

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Check the walkability of these famous locations:
Choose a location The Kodak Theater The Ivy Hollywood Sign Beverly Hills Hotel Rodeo Drive J. Paul Getty Estate Universal Studios Ozzie and Harriet’s House Venice Beach Brady Bunch House Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt (pre-breakup) Six Feet Under Housing

Let me know if you are surprised to see LA’s walking score!!!

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January 5, 2009

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Playing For Change: Song Around the World “Stand By Me”

January 3, 2009


From the award-winning documentary, “Playing For Change: Peace Through Music”, comes the first of many “songs around the world” being released independently. Featured is a cover of the Ben E. King classic by musicians around the world adding their part to the song as it travelled the globe. This and other songs such as “One Love” will be released as digital downloads soon; followed by the film soundtrack and DVD early next year.