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Simultaneous Clothes

It’s hard to keep covered against the chill winds of the market sometimes.  Perhaps it’s possible to get a nice, thick sheepskin warming the front half of your body, but investors, builders and developers are increasingly finding their backsides completely exposed to the elements . . . brrrr! If you’re a real estate investor, investing…

Obituary – David Whitney Small
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Obituary – David Whitney Small

David Whitney Small passed away peacefully Saturday, June 27, 2009 in his Atascadero, California home with hospice care.  He was born in Massachusetts, November 16, 1925.  His parents were Nancy Sophia Brigham and Irving Wheeler Small, who was captain of the US Olympic Hockey Team and won the Silver Medal in 1924 in Paris. David…

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First Annual Peacock Relays Coming to Arcadia

The first annual Peacock Relays will be taking place on July 11 at the Arcadia County Park. It begins at 3 pm, and all kids aged 13 and under and their parents are welcome to attend a free day of recreational relays, including water balloon tosses and wheelbarrow races. The purpose of the event is…

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Rattlesnake Season is Here: Message from the Arcadia Fire Dept.

Rattlesnake season is here and anyone living or walking in the hilly areas should be extra careful of these poisonous snakes. Rattlesnakes are easily identified by their broad, triangular heads, narrow necks, relatively heavy bodies and multiple bands of rattles on their tails. Like all cold-blooded animals, rattlesnakes prefer cool and shady places. They are…

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Dancing Around Default

Is there hope for the real estate market? Yes, and she called me the other day. Hope and her husband bought an ‘architecturally significant’ home near the top of the market as a rehab investment a couple of years ago. Current market value is $775,000 (down from $1,000,000), and escrow is not closing, even after…

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Rabies in the Park

Have you noticed the banners across Las Tunas between Kauffman and Golden West? There are two, side-by-side: ‘Wednesday Concerts in the Park,’ and ‘Rabies Clinic.’ Isn’t it great that you can go to the park and get bitten by some random rabid dog on Wednesday, and then go for your rabies shot on Saturday? That…

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Think Outside the Boring, White Box

We’ve all been faced with the dilemma of choosing a paint color for a small room. Whether it’s a bedroom, a den, or even the living room, the challenge seems to be brought on by the desire to make a room feel larger. Common theories on making a small room seem roomier have brought many…

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Seller Financing on Steroids

Does seller financing give you the willies? There are usually a couple of reasons the average seller (or even real estate professional) is uncomfortable when it comes to seller financing. In fact, many react as if the concept is not only marginal, but borderline illegal.  I’m always a bit confused by this, as seller financing…

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When Even 'Free and Clear' is Too Much

I recently received this email: “Dear Dawn, I saw your recommendations in the Tribune article on waiting for Recovery. My question to you is should we sell our home now or next year? We bought this home 7/2007 for $950,000.  We have spent $150,000 plus. The last project is to have the outside of the…

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