In Honor of Conner 2012 VNSO Park

imageThe second annual 5k Walk/Run fundraiser wil take place on October 14, 2012 in VNSO Park, Sherman Oaks.  This walk is staged to honor the memory of Connor Lynch and to raise awareness and promote the safety of runners, pedestrians, cyclists and young drivers.  Last years event was a huge success.  Join your freinds, neighbors and the local community in this great cause.

On October 19, 2010, Conor Lynch was killed by a hit-and-run driver while training with his cross country team. He was 16 years old.  Conor was an incredible son, brother, student, athlete, and friend.

Get more information at http://www.inhonorofconnor or http:www.active.com .

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

Earth Hour 2012 Sherman Oaks

8:30-9:30 pm March 30, 2012 PST in Sherman Oaks California is the Earth Hour. The goal is to switch off as much electricity as possible during this one hour. During Earth Hour use candles, sit by a campfire or just meditate in the dark.  The objective is to use as little power from the grid as possible.  For more details: http://www.earthhour.org  Blair Thompson will be observing Earth Hour with his family at home, talking around the fireplace.

Zillow, Trulia, Realtor.com, Bane or Bust – part 3

In Part 1, and Part 2 of this series I covered marketing and evaluation.  Part 3 investigates the positives and negatives of syndicating listings from the real estate

agents standpoint.  Let me start with the conclusion.  “NO”.  I believe that the future will find fewer and fewer agents “sharing’ their listings with syndicating sites.  An agents’ first obligation is to their client and do the best to market and sell the house they have listed.  As explored in part 1, the agent who is contacted by an interested buyer needs to personally know the house being asked about.   Continue reading

Zillow, Trulia, Realtor.com, Bane or Bust Part 2 – Marketing

In Part One, Blair Thompson, spoke about the possibility of these syndicated models of evaluation being effective on homes everywhere as well as Sherman Oaks.  This part will analyse some of the factors in determining if an agent should be “buying” into the syndication of their listings.  This can be divided into 2 parts – 1) is it good for the client, the home seller 2) is it a good thing for the agent?

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Zillow, Trulia, Realtor.com, Bane or Bust Part 1 – Evaluation Effectivenss

The attached article addresses the most current trends in thinking when it comes to so called “syndication” of an agents listings to every website, search engine, and agent on the web.  MSN.Money  In Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, California and pretty much the whole nation the fundamental problem with any kind of syndication is that Real Estate is a Local Business dictated by very individual tastes and preferences.  This is not a generic business such as Airline tickets that can be packaged and simplified into easily quantifiable factors  of timing, location, and price.  Continue reading

14848 Greenleaf Street – Sherman Oaks – Distressed Short Sale

SOLD in January 2012 as a Short Sale for $850,000

For Current Rehabbed “For Sale” Listing go to www.14848Greenleaf.com

5 Bedroom
5 Bath
4,000 sqft House
14,998 sfqt Lot

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This house is a contractors special.  Cash Only offers it has great bones and is ready to become an oasis.  Oversized overhangs lend themselves to wraparound patio.  The house sits on a grand Sweeping Lot with a large yard and Mature Growth.  Dark wood and old world charm highlight this house.  This is a short sale that is subject to the approval of the seller and the lender.

Blair Thompson of Wish Sotheby’s International Realty in Sherman Oaks Represented the Buyer in this January 2012 transaction


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