St Francis Festival 2012 “Its Outta This World” in Sherman Oaks

May 4, May 5 & May 6, 2012


The annual Festival weekend at Sherman Oaks own St. Francis De Sales is just around the corner. 

Come for “The Biggest Little Fair in the Valley”.  Enjoy a Great Family atomosphere with Carnival rides and Games, Fireworks, an exciting Live Auction as well as the always enticing Silent Auction.  Great Food, Great Games and Live Entertainment.   Local food vendors make the culinary appeal unique.  All proceeds are used to cover education programs at the St. Francis De Sales k-8 school.  Admission is free as well as free Parking.  This is a local Sherman Oaks tradition drawing community members from all around. 


The theme for this years festival is “It’s Outta This World”

VNSO Park Fair in Sherman Oaks April 2012

Starting April 27, 2012 there will be a fair and carnival in the VNSO park.  The proceeds will be used to directly benefit the park and recreation center and to support the many programs that are offered there.  There will be carnival type rides, food trucks, live music and many other family fun type events.  It takes place near the east parking lot off Hazeltine just south of Magnolia.  The hours of the carnival at Van Nuys Sherman Oaks Memorial Park are Friday April 25, 5 pm to 10 pm then Saturday April 26 and Sunday April 27 from 12 noon until 10 pm.

Tickets are going to be per ride or you can purchase day passes for $20 in advance or $25.  Be sure to come out and support all the great things that the park does at the pool, the tennis courts, the soccer and baseball fields as well as the fully accessible Shanes Inspiration Playground as well as the gym spaces and East Valley Senior Citizens Center.

The VNSO park is a great place to exercise in just about any way you desire.

Realtor, Blair Thompson, spend many hours at this Sherman Oaks park himself rubbing shoulder with the local residents in his neighborhood.  His home is close to the park so he loves being in the midst of his community. He hopes to see you there this weekend.


Local Sherman Oaks Information

As a Realtor and homeowner in the Sherman Oaks area it is important for me to keep informed about the most pertinent and current local news and happenings.  I find that one of the best sources I have found for the local flavor is the Sherman Oaks Patch .  This site seems to be a nice combination of newspaper, blogsite as well as a local resident forum to desiminate information.  I am signed up to receive certain email alerts that they issue as well as a daily summary.  I often find that they notify me of newsworthy events before the radio or TV news as they take input from community members.  I also find that they have other realtor open houses listed on their site.  There is some kind of affiliation among the other communites that have similar “Patch” sites for Studio City, as well as Encino.

Status of Sherman Oaks Housing Market

The #1 question that I, as a realtor am asked, is how is the local Sherman Oaks housing market.  The simple answer is “mixed”.

Some indicators show that foreclosures, shortpays, and other distressed homes for sale are pulling down the value of standard home sales.  However, there are other factors such as a very low inventory, short marketing times, and historically low interest rates which point to a sellers market. Continue reading

BOA Pilot Program May come to Sherman Oaks

These are some of my favorite video bloggers that have a daily blog covering mortgage and real estate related content.  They can be very wacky but they take some pretty dry content and make it interesting.  This particular post talks about a pilot program that Bank of America (BOA) started a while ago.  It has gone so well that I hear from several different reliable sources that they are going to expand it into a full blown program and particularly here in the Southland.  And the rumor is that many other lending institutions will follow suit. Watch the video then read my thoughts below! (you can jump to about 40 seconds in for the meat of the video)

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The only change I have heard to their description is that BOA plans to hold on to the properties rather than selling them in bulk.  This would make it so that they get their treasury dollars based on todays deflated value, and then would sell it to the then renters in   3 years for a higher price when the market has stabilized.   Continue reading

CicLAvia: A Sherman Oaks Residents View

On April 15, 2012 at about 1:00 pm I got to experience downtown LA from a different perspective than ever before.  On 2 wheels, traveling at about 5 miles per hour, without the constant fear of vehicular interruption, and with about 100,000 of my closest friends.  CicLAvia

The most striking element of the event was the quietness and peacefulness we in the megalopolis of

Los Angeles and Sherman Oaks in particular ever get to experience.  A very close second was the sense of safety riding a bicycle on a public street.  Being a lifelong casual biker, I don’t often feel comfortable traveling the streets on 2 wheels, even on designated bike lanes or bike paths.  The constant threat of a car infringing on my space creating a dangerous situation is just too much to allow full enjoyment.  But this was not the case on Sunday. Continue reading

VNSO Park E-Waste Pick Up in Sherman Oaks

On April 20, 2012 in the VNSO Park neighborhood of Sherman Oaks Blair Thompson will be picking up from your home old Electronics.  Collected items will be given to a registered electronics waste recycler & reused, recycled or disposed of in the most efficient, environmentally sensitive manner. (did you know these items are not allowed to be put in your household trash?) Continue reading

Is it Buyers or Sellers Market in Sherman Oaks

There are many conflicting indicators in the Sherman Oaks housing market currently.

On balance it would seem that it is a sellers market.  But ask any seller if they feel that the value of their home indicates a sellers market and you will get a resounding “NO”!  This is largely due to the devastation on home values over the past few years.  A fair, “correct” answer to the question needs to give less importance to the current values than the average homeowner would like to see given. Continue reading

Home Schooling In Sherman Oaks – Part I

As the parent of an 11th grader and a 7th grader we have tried several different school options including homeschooling and online schooling at home.  In Sherman Oaks and the surrounding areas there are many great options for your kids.  Our son is currently in 11th grade at a virtual home charter school that is based in San Juan Capistrano that we administer in

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