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Helping Hands Comes to Pioneer Cemetery April 30

As part of an annual “Mormon Helping Hands” statewide day of service, members from local congregations of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be working to beautify the historic San Fernando Pioneer Memorial Cemetery from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 30, at 14451 Bledsoe St., Sylmar, at the corner of Foothill Boulevard and Bledsoe Street.

The public is invited to join the volunteers in weeding, painting, removing damaged shrubs, and other beautification tasks in preparation for the cemetery’s annual Memorial Day Observance on May 30. Anyone interested in volunteering should bring a pair of protective work gloves.  Any other tools (if needed) will be provided, as will water and lunch for all volunteers.

The historic cemetery was established in 1874 and is currently operated by the San Fernando Valley Historical Society and supported entirely through donations.

For additional information, please call 818-365-5860 or visit www.sfvhs.com.

Directions: From the 210 Freeway, exit at Polk Street and drive south to Foothill. Turn right onto Foothill and go a half mile to the stoplight at Bledsoe.


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Buy Low, Sell High: How Investors are Keeping Capitalism Alive in America

Glad to see that real estate investors are getting the recognition they deserve in helping pull the nation out of the housing recession. I was just talking about this with my husband the other day; how real estate investors are keeping capitalism alive in America and leading us out of recession house by house.

Check out this report by ABC News’ Nightline: Real Estate Investors

Real estate investors typically buy up distressed homes from banks at low prices, fix them up, and convert them to rental properties or sell them at a profit. Sometimes they pay cash, sometimes they are able to leverage loans. Either way, real estate investors are actually helping drive the economy through their entrepreneurial spirit. Continue reading

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What Recession? Patience & Determination Will Win the Day

Recession? What recession? There is no recession in Porter Ranch, judging by the wait line for dinner at TGI Fridays last month. There apparently is no recession in Valencia, either, judging by the line at California Pizza Kitchen for late lunch two weeks ago. Or the Happy Hour participation at Chili’s in Encino last week. People were at all these locations buying and buzzing, happy to forget their troubles for a few moments.

Maybe all the eating out is just satisfying a pent up demand. Like buying a house. Right now there are multiple buyers making multiple offers on homes and getting frustrated because they can’t seem to land one.  Are you one of these people? Your real estate agent is probably frustrated, too!

You’ve done everything right — gotten loan pre-approval, saved enough for your down payment and closing costs, know where you want to live, and you are working with a professional real estate agent that you like (if not, call me). Yet, you are still “homeless!” Continue reading

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A Subtle Shift is Occurring: Sylmar and San Fernando Valley May Be Next

This week we heard that home builders in 33 of the nation’s metropolitan areas across the United States have started to build living quarters again, although ever so slightly.

This is probably the best news one can hear if you have investments in the real estate industry. (If you don’t have investments in real estate, it means you should soon.)

Some experts say home builders are the weather vane for the health of residential real estate. When home builders are building, the outlook is positive. Conversely, when home builders are not building, the outlook is negative.

In general, home builders typically do not take financial risks unless they see some reward in the future. They are a very conservative bunch, so the buying starts seen this week indicates money is flowing again from lenders to this segment of the real estate industry. And that perhaps, is the biggest, best news of all.

If you would like to know more about building permit activity in Sylmar or your specific community in the San Fernando Valley, please call me.

Ms. Jacky Walker Realtor
CA DRE License #01124140
Century 21 All Moves
11011 Balboa Blvd. Granada Hills, CA 91344

Cell: 818-970-1286

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Open Houses Reveal a Change in the Housing Market in Sylmar and the San Fernando Valley

If you have visited an open house recently in Sylmar or most areas of the San Fernando Valley, then you know that a lot of home buyers are out there looking for their first home or next home.

Sometimes open houses are so busy with people that real estate agents are not able to say hello to everyone, which is a big change from last year. That is definitely a sign that times have changed in the housing market in Sylmar and the San Fernando Valley.

If you are a visitor to an open house, please follow some basic etiquette:

– Say hello to the agent, even if you are with your Realtor

– Complete the registration card or guest register truthfully

– Be polite to other visitors and keep your children under control

– Don’t ask to use the toilet

– Realize that the agent at the open house is there to assist you

This last point is often misunderstood by visitors. Sometimes people are rude and feel the open house agent is there to intrude on their privacy. In reality, the agent knows you came to the open house for a reason (why else would you spend part of your Sunday afternoon looking around in someone else’s house?). So, please respect the fact that the agent is just trying to make a living with his or her unique knowledge of the real estate market.

For tips on how to use open houses to your advantage, please call me at 818-970-1286.

— Jacky Walker

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Sylmar’s Sayre Fire Survivors Get Just Rewards from AIG

Outstanding! The settlement reached this week by the California Department of Insurance and AIG provides additional insurance coverage to Sylmar wildfire survivors who lost their homes in the Oakridge Mobile Home Park last November.

News reports say the CDI/AIG settlement amount is reportedly between $37 million and $46 million in extra coverage, meaning the 370 AIG policyholders who lost their homes and worldly goods in the fire will be eligible to collect between $100,000 and $125,000 more from AIG (in addition to their other settlements). Continue reading

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New Real Estate Radio Show Provides Insight into Real Estate Market

Sylmar or San Fernando Valley real estate could be one of the topics discussed on a new radio show about real estate being presented by the National Association of Realtors (NAR).

The show is called Real Estate Today and airs online at http://www.retradio.com/. You can visit the website anytime to listen to programs past and current.

Satellite radio subscribers can hear Real Estate Today live on:

America’s Talk, XM Channel 158, Saturdays 5-7 p.m. EST
Talk Radio, XM Channel 165, Saturdays 1-3 p.m. EST
Stars, Sirius-XM Channel 102, Saturdays 6-8 a.m. and Sundays 9-11 a.m. EST

According to the NAR, Real Estate Today covers benefits and challenges of owning a home, plus expert advice on buying, selling, remodeling and landscaping. Information about the current market and home financing is also part of the interactive discussion.

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