New design, lifestyle store DeKor & Co. debuts in Ojai

The latest addition to the new cluster of upscale, design-wise shops peppering the heart of Ojai is home and lifestyle boutique DeKor & Co. from Swedish-born interior designer and landscaper Isabelle Dahlin, owner of interiors store DeKor in Echo Park, in partnership with beauty and travel writer Rachel Marlowe, a...

Advice for Millennial Home Buyers

In previous generations, many people bought ‘starter’ homes while in their 20s or 30s. The world moved at a much slower pace then. People tended to stay put in the cities where they grew up. They wanted ‘roots’ and the status that homeownership afforded. But times have definitely changed. In...

Best Things to Do in Santa Monica

Santa Monica Pier (open 365 days) Established in 1909 with it’s historic carousel, arcades, amusement park, restaurants and summer outdoor concerts. Fun for every member of the family. Santa Monica Pier celebrated its 100 year anniversary September 9, 2009. Santa Monica 100 years ago was not noted for its prestigious...

Santa Monica Real Estate Report: More million dollar homes sold in California in 2012

California's high-end real estate market reclaimed some of its luster last year, according to a report released Wednesday by DataQuick.Sales of homes costing $1 million or more hit their highest level since 2007 and a record number of buyers paid all-cash, the market tracker said.Last year sales of California homes costing...

10 Good reasons to sell your Home During the Holidays

People looking are more serious about buying. Serious buyers have fewer houses to choose from, less inventory available, so you have less competition. Houses tend to "show better" with holiday decor After the holidays the supply of listings increases substantially which lowers the demand for your home. Buyers can be...

I’m Proud to Announce My New Position at Rodeo Realty, Brentwood

It's with great pleasure that I announce my new position as Estates Director of the new Rodeo Realty office in Brentwood. Twenty-five years ago, real estate agent/broker Syd Leibovitch envisioned a boutique real estate company that would provide clients with exceptional, personalized service and, at the same time, give agents...

FICO reveals behaviors behind sterling credit scores

I just came across an interesting article about how tight mortgage lending standards have dashed the hopes of many would-be homebuyers. Thee developers of the most popular credit risk score today revealed some habits and behaviors of "high achievers" with FICO scores above 785. More than 50 million people -- about...

Masked, Armed Men Rob Jewelers From Hong Kong

SCARY! -- Armed robbers made off with possibly hundreds of thousands of dollars in jewels Tuesday when they held up two men on 17th Street near Marguerita Avenue in Santa Monica's North of Montana neighborhood, police estimated. The victims were jewelry distributors from Hong Kong, according to the Santa Monica...