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By Bobby LehmKuhl | Broker in 90265
  • 5 Things To Do Every Day For Success

    Posted Under: Quality of Life in Malibu  |  October 10, 2011 9:32 AM  |  573 views  |  No comments


    1. Wake up early. For the next week, get up a half an hour earlier that you normally do--and get going. If you get a few more things done, then get up even earlier the next week. Early in the morning is a great time to get work done because most of your associates have not started emailing, tweeting, IMing, or posting yet.

    2. Read the headlines and watch the news. Not only should you know what is going on in the world, you will also be the first to recognize opportunities (if you followed #1) for you and your business--long before the competition has even had their first cup of coffee.

    3. Send something to one person who can hire you or buy your product--something you promised to follow-up with, a quick email with a link to something relevant or a "Hey, just checking in to see how thing are going" email.

    4. Touch base with an old friend or associate you haven't talked to in ages. Ask how they are, what are they working on and ask or suggest how you might help. You'll make their day.

    5. Write a handwritten note to someone. Seriously. It is a lost art and makes quite an impression. There is always someone you can send a thank you note to--or you aren't doing things correctly.

     

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    Malibu California Real Estate  ׀ Malibu Homes for Sale & Lease ׀ Malibu Land

    22967 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA 90265

    O 310.456.3655 ׀  F 310.218.2117

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  • Housing survey finds job loss a top concern for American workers


    Posted Under: Quality of Life in Malibu, Rent vs Buy in Malibu  |  August 21, 2011 4:25 PM  |  1,228 views  |  No comments


    Concerns about job loss and increasing consumer pessimism reveal that 64 percent of Americans surveyed during the second quarter say the economy is on the wrong track, according to Fannie Mae's latest quarterly National Housing Survey.

    The monthly survey found that 70 percent of respondents now believe the economy is on the wrong track, and just 23 percent say the economy is heading in the right direction.

    More than a quarter (26 percent) of American workers reported being concerned about losing their job in the next year. While 44 percent of concerned American workers reported having a home mortgage (compared with 42 percent of all Americans), just 33 percent of them perceive their savings to be sufficient (versus 49 percent of those workers not concerned about losing their job).

    Forty-four percent of these workers say their household expenses have increased significantly over the past year, compared with 35 percent of workers not concerned about losing their job.

    Nearly three-fourths (73 percent) of single-family renters say it would be difficult to get a home mortgage, with 33 percent citing their credit history as the biggest obstacle to getting a home mortgage (versus 20 percent of multifamily renters), according to the survey. 


     

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    4 Malibu Real Estate Partners, Inc.

    Malibu California Real Estate  ׀ Malibu Homes for Sale & Lease ׀ Malibu Land

    22967 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA 90265

    O 310.456.3655 ׀  F 310.218.2117

    www.4Malibu.com


  • Planning Commission Approves Extended Hours for Malibu Inn - www.4Malibu.com

    Posted Under: General Area in Malibu, Quality of Life in Malibu, In My Neighborhood in Malibu  |  August 3, 2011 9:02 AM  |  647 views  |  No comments


    Article from the Malibu Patch:

    Rejecting the arguments of nearby residents, a majority of the Planning Commission on Tuesday night determined the Malibu Inn is meeting the demands of its conditional use permit from the city, and should be allowed to stay open until 2 a.m. all week. The restaurant/bar, which reopened in April, has only been allowed to operate until 2 a.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday as well as Sunday when the following Monday is a federal holiday. It has been forced to close at 12 a.m. on other days.

    A group of residents living directly west of theMalibu Pier, which is located on the other side of Pacific Coast Highway from the Malibu Inn, said there is much noise coming from the facility. They said they would appeal the commission's decision to the City Council.

    Alex Hakim, who bought the venue with his brother Steven in a 2009 foreclosure auction, said he did not expect the facility to operate until 2 a.m. every night, but he wanted the opportunity to stay open that late when it is needed. Hakim noted that nearby venues are allowed to operate past midnight, including BeauRivage (2 a.m.), Moonshadows (1 a.m.) and the former PierView and Windsail restaurants that are currently under construction (2 a.m.).

    "We have proven ourselves as a respectable, first-class business like we set out to do," said Hakim, who called the revamped Malibu Inn "a food-first establishment and a live entertainment venue second."

    He continued, "And at this time, we would like an opportunity to be at the same even-playing field as the other restaurants as well as have an opportunity to recoup our investment."

    This argument persuaded Commissioner Joan House, who said she did not like having what she called "a two-tier system" in Malibu.

    "For some reason that smacks as very undemocratic to me," she said.

    While Hakim as well as Malibu Inn associates and supporters that addressed the commission said that much was being done to be cooperative with residents, including making the building soundproof, the neighbors painted a different picture.

    "Having lived across the street, I can tell you there is a massive game of cat and mouse going on," resident Jonathan Roth said. "The operator, when we walk across the street and complain that the doors are open and we can hear the music, they close them for about 30 seconds, and then they open again. And as a resident and a homeowner, it gets a bit tiring doing that."

    According to the city staff report, no complaints were made from when the business opened in April until June. There have been three complaints since that time, including one from the Malibu Inn when it needed help to get rid of a person who management said had arrived intoxicated.  

    Commission Chair Jeff Jennings said when forced to determine who was correct between the residents and city/sheriff's officials, he went with the latter. He said sheriff's officials would not hesitate to say there were problems if they existed.

    Robert J. Allan, who lives near the Malibu Inn, said after the meeting that he would provide evidence at the City Council hearing that Malibu Inn management was violating the permit. He said with its decision, the commission had chosen "money over public safety."

    "[The Malibu Inn is] generating money," Allan said. "The city is broke. So they take the money over the public safety. It's as simple that."

    Whether the city could be considered "broke" is a matter of opinion. Go here to see the 2011-12 city budget.

    Hakim said after the meeting that he believed the criticism of the Malibu Inn was based on how the previous owner operated the venue.

    "The previous owner might not have operated the place correctly, and they're scared that we are going to be similar to the previous owner," Hakim said. "And we've made every attempt to prove ourselves, and I think we have proven ourselves."

    Commissioner John Mazza was the lone vote against extending the Malibu Inn's hours. He wanted to wait until January to vote on this, so that there could be more time to assess the Malibu Inn's operation.

    "I used to party there 20, 30 years ago," Mazza said. "I know how obnoxious I was, so I have to consider that there is probably some reality to [the neighbors' complaints]. We don't have enough information to know what exactly is happening to the residents of the neighborhood."

    The commission is expected to review a report of the Malibu Inn's compliance with its conditional use permit in November.

    ****Come see 4 Malibu Real Estate Partners new office at the Malibu Inn!

      


    4 Malibu Real Estate Partners, Inc.

    Malibu California Real Estate  ׀ Malibu Homes for Sale & Lease ׀ Malibu Land

    23805 Stuart Ranch Rd., Suite 150, Malibu, CA 90265

    O 310.456.3655 ׀  F 310.218.2117

    www.4Malibu.com



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  • No Malibu Beaches on Heal the Bay's 'Bummer List' - www.4Malibu.com

    Posted Under: General Area in Malibu, Quality of Life in Malibu, In My Neighborhood in Malibu  |  May 26, 2011 12:17 PM  |  711 views  |  No comments


    For the second consecutive year, Malibu has no beaches appearing on Heal the Bay's Beach Bummer List, which includes the 10 most-polluted beaches in the state based on bacteria measurements. The water quality watchdog released the bummer list along with grades for the other beaches in California, Oregon and Washington Wednesday morning in the 21st annual Beach Report Card.

    Among the highlights of the report were setbacks for Paradise Cove and Marie Canyon. Both had received B grades in last year's report for the important measurement period from April to October required by AB 411, a 1999 state law mandating beach health standards. They received Ds for that period in this year's report.

    Regarding Paradise Cove, the report states Heal the Bay found algae and other organic material near the discharge pipe of the recently installed runoff treatment facility.

    The world-famous surfing spot Surfrider Beach received a B for the AB 411 period. But it earned an F for the period from November to March as well as in the overall year-round categories.

    Topanga State Beach, located just outside Malibu, was a complete failure, receiving an F in every category and making an appearance on the Beach Bummer List for the first time in five years. That area is the focus of a pilot program to determine the pollution sources, according to the report.

    The report included positive features for the Malibu area. The following beaches received an A+ or A in all categories: Nicholas, El Pescador, El Matador, Walnut Creek, Puerco Beach at 24822 Malibu Road and Las Tunas.


    4 Malibu Real Estate Partners, Inc.

    Malibu California Real Estate ×€ Malibu Homes for Sale & Lease ×€ Malibu Land

    23805 Stuart Ranch Rd., Suite 150, Malibu, CA 90265

    O 310.456.3655 ×€ F 310.218.2117

    www.4Malibu.com


      Twitter@4_Malibu


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    •· Malibu Beach Homes for Sale

    •· Malibu Condos for Sale

    •· Malibu Land for Sale

    •· Malibu Rentals

    •· Malibu Leasing Department (Representing Landlords & Tenants)

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    •· About Malibu

  • Malibu Remains a Rural City 20 Years After Incorporation - www.4Malibu.com

    Posted Under: General Area in Malibu, Quality of Life in Malibu, In My Neighborhood in Malibu  |  March 27, 2011 12:19 PM  |  733 views  |  No comments

    Residents voted for incorporation to prevent a sewer system and big development from coming to Malibu.

    Twenty years ago this Monday, more than 600 people gathered at the Malibu Park Junior High School auditorium to witness the installation of the first Malibu City Council. It was a joyous event, and the spirits were high. This was the culmination of a long battle that began nearly three decades earlier.

    For many years, rural Malibu was ruled by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, which governed from a distance in downtown Los Angeles.  Three times the county brought proposals for sewer system before the Malibu voters in what activists said were attempts to ease the pathway for big development. Local voters rejected each of these proposals. But attempts at creating an independent city of Malibu also failed in 1964 and 1976.

    By the late 1980s, the sewer proposal was back, but the threat was stronger. This time, the county did not need the consent of the voters because it had gotten Malibu declared a health hazard. In late 1987, the Malibu Committee for Incorporation was formed, and more than enough signatures to put cityhood on the ballot were collected by early 1988. But the county continued to fight the effort.

    The county was unable to stall the process forever. In early 1990, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Dzintra Janavs ruled an election must happen, and one took place that June. The vote was almost unanimous, with 84 percent of the people choosing cityhood in an election with 67 percent voter turnout.

    Still, the county continued to fight, and managed to stall incorporation for almost another 10 months. Malibu finally became a city March 28, 1991. The festive first council meeting took place that day, which was a Thursday. A weekend celebration organized by Joan House (who went on to become Malibu's longest-serving council member, from 1992 to 2004) took place.

      


    Malibu Real Estate

    4 Malibu Real Estate Partners, Inc.

    Malibu California Real Estate  ׀ Malibu Homes for Sale & Lease ׀ Malibu Land

    23805 Stuart Ranch Rd., Suite 150, Malibu, CA 90265

    O 310.456.3655 ׀  F 310.218.2117

    www.4Malibu.com


    Follow 4 Malibu Real Estate Partners:

     Facebook     Twitter@4_Malibu


    Malibu Real Estate

    Interested in Malibu Real Estate? Click on the links below:

    •· Malibu Homes for Sale (under $3 million)

    •· Malibu Homes for Sale (over $3 million)

    •· Malibu Beach Homes for Sale

    •· Malibu Condos for Sale

    •· Malibu Land for Sale

    •· Malibu Rentals

    •· Malibu's Leasing Department (Representing Landlords & Tenants)

    •· Foreclosure Search

    •· Search for Homes Like an Agent for Free

    •· Notary Services

    •· Vendor List (Westside & San FernandoValley)

    •· Short Sales Information

    •· About Malibu

     
  • Jobs Report - March 2011 - Unemployment Rates Fall - www.4Malibu.com

    Posted Under: Quality of Life in Malibu, Market Conditions in Malibu  |  March 7, 2011 2:39 PM  |  723 views  |  No comments

    The Jobs Report showed that 192,000 jobs were created in February, with a gain of 222,000 jobs in the private sector offsetting job losses in the public sector. As expected, there were also upward revisions to the prior two months, which added 58,000 more jobs than were previously reported: another positive!
    What's more, unemployment lines were a little shorter last month as the Unemployment Rate fell to 8.9%, down from the prior month's reading of 9.0%. This represents the best reading on the Unemployment Rate in nearly two years! Remember, the Unemployment Rate is derived from the Household Survey (exactly as it sounds, from calls made to households), and is considered to be more accurate than the Current Employment Statistics or Business Survey (again as it sounds, from calls made to businesses), which is used to determine the headline jobs number.


    The one sour note within the report was the Hourly Earnings component, which showed that earnings remained flat and didn't grow. If wages don't increase, it suggests that wage based inflation is under control, but in light of the recent price increases in commodities and oil, there is a concern that people will start to demand higher wages.


    So what does all of this mean for the housing market and home loan rates? In terms of the housing market, the continued improving trend for the job market is good news, as people tend to avoid purchases when they're concerned about their job stability or prospects.


    In terms of rates, February's Jobs Report suggests that the Fed's Quantitative Easing 2 Program (or QE2, which is their plan to purchase $600 Billion in Treasuries through mid-2011) will continue through the end of June as originally planned. This is because the report was good, but not a blowout reading... and Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke said earlier last week that we need to see a long stretch of sustained job growth in order to remove the present accommodative monetary policy.

    Remember: The Fed's three goals for QE2 are to boost Stock prices, lower unemployment, and create inflation. While these goals are designed to improve our economy, they can also cause home loan rates to rise, something we've seen since the program began. And while continued unrest around the world could help our Bonds and home loan rates, as Traders seek a safe haven for their money, in the long-term continued improvement in unemployment and achievement of the other goals of QE2 may cause home loan rates to rise.


    The good news is that if you have been thinking about purchasing or refinancing a home, home loan rates are still very attractive.

      


    Malibu Real Estate

    4 Malibu Real Estate Partners, Inc.

    Malibu California Real Estate  ׀ Malibu Homes for Sale & Lease ׀ Malibu Land

    23805 Stuart Ranch Rd., Suite 150, Malibu, CA 90265

    O 310.456.3655 ׀  F 310.218.2117

    www.4Malibu.com


    Follow 4 Malibu Real Estate Partners:

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    Malibu Real Estate

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    •· Malibu Homes for Sale (under $3 million)

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    •· Malibu Condos for Sale

    •· Malibu Land for Sale

    •· Malibu Rentals

    •· Malibu's Leasing Department (Representing Landlords & Tenants)

    •· Foreclosure Search

    •· Search for Homes Like an Agent for Free

    •· Notary Services

    •· Vendor List (Westside & San FernandoValley)

    •· Short Sales Information

    •· About Malibu

     
  • Paying for Wastewater Treatment Must be a Shared Responsibility - www.4Malibu.com

    Posted Under: General Area in Malibu, Quality of Life in Malibu, In My Neighborhood in Malibu  |  March 5, 2011 8:51 PM  |  651 views  |  No comments

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    Letter from: -Mike Sidley, Serra Canyon

    I am writing this letter to urge the city rethink its proposed solution to the septic ban as mandated by the Regional Water Quality Control Board.

    To address the ban, the city proposes that the residents and businesses located within the affected areas indebt themselves to pay for the required wastewater treatment facility. The cost to build such a facility as projected by the city could exceed $52 million. This, as pointed out in the press, would mean $17,000 per month per parcel for commercial property and as much as $500 per month for the residential parcels. These financial obligations presumably will continue in perpetuity.

    Let me start off by saying that this wastewater problem is one that affects our entire city.

    As a city, part of our tax base comes from sales tax revenue generated by our local businesses. Many of them-along with a host of resident-serving commercial establishments-are located within the affected areas. No business can conceivably survive and absorb these anticipated costs along with the current rents they are required to pay. If implemented as planned, our city is sure to suffer the loss of even more businesses and the badly needed sales tax revenue they generate.

    The residents of the affected areas are no different. They will be burdened by this financial obligation for no other reason than because of where they live. 

    When we became a city 20 years ago, it came with certain responsibilities. One of those responsibilities was to collectively share in the health and welfare of our entire community. We all enjoy the sales tax revenue generated by our businesses. We all enjoy clean water and clean beaches. We all pay for shared services even though many of us do not directly benefit from them. Wastewater treatment is a service no different than fire protection or police. 

    We are all affected by this mandate and we should all share in the solution. Only through shared responsibility can we be assured that the costs needed to solve this collective problem will not significantly impact our quality of life. The city must act in a manner which finds a viable and affordable solution to this significant problem. The current plan as outlined by the city demonstrates that they have ignored the true economic impacts associated with their proposed solution.

      


    Malibu Real Estate

    4 Malibu Real Estate Partners, Inc.

    Malibu California Real Estate  ׀ Malibu Homes for Sale & Lease ׀ Malibu Land

    23805 Stuart Ranch Rd., Suite 150, Malibu, CA 90265

    O 310.456.3655 ׀  F 310.218.2117

    www.4Malibu.com


    Follow 4 Malibu Real Estate Partners:

     Facebook     Twitter@4_Malibu


    Malibu Real Estate

    Interested in Malibu Real Estate? Click on the links below:

    •· Malibu Homes for Sale (under $3 million)

    •· Malibu Homes for Sale (over $3 million)

    •· Malibu Beach Homes for Sale

    •· Malibu Condos for Sale

    •· Malibu Land for Sale

    •· Malibu Rentals

    •· Malibu's Leasing Department (Representing Landlords & Tenants)

    •· Foreclosure Search

    •· Search for Homes Like an Agent for Free

    •· Notary Services

    •· Vendor List (Westside & San FernandoValley)

    •· Short Sales Information

    •· About Malibu

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