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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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Alleged Gunman Escapes Arcadia Police Standoff

On the evening of June 21, the Arcadia Police Department responded to an urgent 911 call reporting a gunman in an Arcadia home, only to discover after a seven-hour standoff that the alleged suspect had already vacated the premises. Around 10:50 p.m. Sunday, police received a call from a resident of the 1700 block of…

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Arcadia Municipal Workers Reduce City Budget Deficit

In response to the city’s concerning budget shortfall, Arcadia’s police officers, firefighters, and other municipal employees have conceded to reduce their annual salaries and forgo certain health benefits, a move that city officials hope will significantly reduce the deficit. Arcadia is not the first city to implement such a policy. In light of the state’s…

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Buying REOs with Repairs Needed

Using the FHA 203k loan By Steve Aranda If you’re out shopping for a home today, chances are you’ve had to learn some insider jargon that you would never have heard of two years ago. Terms like Short-Sale and REO seem to be the words of the day in today’s real estate market.  And if…

APD Adds To Thin Blue Line
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APD Adds To Thin Blue Line

Friends, family, and future co-workers gathered in Arcadia Council Chambers on Thursday, June 11, 2009 to observe the swearing in and badge pinning ceremony of two new officers to the Arcadia Police Department. Though the department is operating under a hiring freeze, due to City budget cuts, natural attrition sometimes necessitates hiring replacements to maintain…

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