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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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Join Sylmar’s National Night Out on August 4, Sylmar Park, 6 pm

On Tuesday, August 4, Sylmar and other communities across the Southland will participate in National Night Out, a time when neighbors can come together in solidarity to demonstrate to drug lords and other criminals that “we’re mad as hell and we’re not going to take it any more.”

More than 37 million people in 15,000 communities participated last year, according to the event’s organizers, the National Association of Town Watch. Here in Sylmar the event will be held at 6 p.m. at Sylmar Park, 13109 Borden Ave (at Polk), and will be hosted by the Sylmar Neighborhood Council. Continue reading

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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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Coyotes are Out & About in the Sylmar Foothills

Small pet animals — cats and dogs especially — can be tasty morsels for the wild coyotes roaming our foothills. You can hear them at midnight yipping their song. When a pack roams, they often sing together, creating a scary, blood curdling sound that even brave, curious humans should stay away from.

Several times this week in the early morning hours (1 to 2 a.m.), I’ve heard coyotes above in the Sylmar foothills. They are hunting. They are hungry. Their natural prey got burned out in the last big fires. So, be careful and as wary of them as they are of you. They usually run away when humans are near, but hunger does strange things to wild creatures, like making them bolder.

In fact, I’ve seen a bold mama loping along many hours after dawn, and I have also seen her at 2 in the afternoon. Trash collection days may bring the coyotes out, the sweet smell of garbage wafting irresistibly in the near-springtime air. They are scavengers, after all.

Learn more about co-existing with coyotes in the urban landscape:

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What’s Stimulus Got to Do with Sylmar…

The newly passed $787.2 billion stimulus package will have an effect on Sylmar real estate in several ways. According to the California Association of Realtors, the legislation resets the conforming loan limit cap in Los Angeles County to $729,750, up from $625,500, and this will now be effective until December 31, 2009. This is good news for move up buyers in Sylmar.

Also, the first-time home buyer credit has increased from $7,500 to $8,000, and there is now no repayment requirement if the buyer lives in the home for at least three years. The first-time home buyer credit has also been extended from July 1 to Dec. 1, 2009. (Buyers must purchase a home between Jan. 1 and Dec. 1, 2009 to be eligible.) This is great news for renters in Sylmar who are interested in buying their first home.

If you are currently renting an apartment, condo or house in Sylmar, you owe it to yourself to explore the great possibilities available to you for buying a home of your own.

Right now in Sylmar and the San Fernando Valley, we have:
– Excellent selection of homes!
– Historically low interest rates!
– Amazing prices!

Put your money to work for YOU instead of your landlord!

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Sylmar Home Prices Slide with LA County, So It’s a Great Time to Buy

Not what anyone selling a home really wants to hear in Sylmar, the San Fernando Valley or Los Angeles County for that matter…. Word came in today from the numbers-crunching MDA DataQuick real estate research firm that home prices in Southern California have reached 2003 price levels. (A great time to buy!)

As published in the Los Angeles Times, the news item reports the December median sales price was $278,000 for all Southern California homes sold, which is 35% lower than December 2007.  (A great time to buy!)

The primary reason for the price drops has been the number of foreclosed properties on the market, which represents approximately 56% of the current homes for sale in Southern California, the L.A. Times article says. (A great time to buy!)

However, the silver lining is that home sales activity has increase 51% over the same period a year ago, driven by low-cost home purchases.  Read the entire L.A. Times article: Southern California home prices close out 2008 down 35%

Like I said, it’s a great time to buy real estate in Sylmar!

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