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In My Neighborhood in Malibu : Real Estate Advice

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Thu Jul 18, 2013
Chris Sweeney answered:
Being a resident of the Santa Monica Mountains and a real estate broker I believe buyers should be concerned to the extent that such concerns causes homeowners to be vigilant and responsible but not paranoid or panic-sticken. The latter two conditions I find unproductive and can cloud ones judgement.

Personally and from what the fire dept. (Station 67) told me creating a defensible space is half the battle but not a sure fix or guarantee that your home won't burn. The fire dept. explained that many structures burn once the front of the fire has passed and embers continue to blow and land under decks, eves, etc. The fire dept. said they often move with the front and other hot spots and managing burning embers is impossible. However, they did advise that many homeowners that stay behind do save their homes buy extinguishing embers at their property after the front has passed. Now, they certainly did not recommend staying behind and not evacuate but simply made this point.

At the end of the day creating a generous defensible area around your home, taking other precautionary measures (see link) and having quality insurance on your property is really the best you can do. But, like our immediate neighbor who burned in the last major Malibu fire, embers can come and that's when insurance kicks in.

By the way, the speed and success of the fire dept. resources is truly amazing. We have had a few small fires this summer and they are extinguished within minutes with crews, trucks, helicopters and planes. It's quite impressive.

Chris Sweeney, MBA
Emerald Real Estate Inc.
DRE License #01783091
888-407-8808 cell
760-284-7747 fax
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Sat May 18, 2013
Kathryn Alesandrini answered:
Southern California IS prone to earthquakes but Malibu may be one of the safer areas within Southern California. Scientists predict that someday the so-called "big one" will occur in the Southland: a predicted 8.3 earthquake on the southern San Andreas fault. However, Malibu will sustain minimal damage from the shaking according to a 128-page report from the State Dept of Conservation ("Earthquake Planning Scenario for a Magnitude 8.3 Earthquake on the San Andreas Fault in Southern California"). That report is full of maps that show the anticipated impact and damage from the quake across the entire region. Malibu has the lowest possible rating for the intensity of shaking that will be felt, a rating that signifies "no significant damage." One more reason to make Malibu your home! ... more
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Sat May 18, 2013
Kathryn Alesandrini answered:
Malibu is a wonderful community for kids. The schools are top rated and the community provides many activities for children. The climate allows outdoor activity year around and your children actually give you entre to the local social scene. Kids' birthday parties are huge social events in Malibu! ... more
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Sat Mar 9, 2013
James Wiebe answered:
When the last owners of the 17,000 acre Malibu Rancho decided to market and sell property in Malibu to raise cash spent fighting to keep roads and the railroad out of Malibu, One of the major marketing focuses was that it is cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.

The climate in Malibu is exemplary!

There are many very private properties with incredible private beaches. There is awesome large beach estates that have no access except through private gates, roads and very difficult for anyone from the public to ever see the property.

The crime rate in Malibu is very very low. It has been a safe place to raise my kids and the schools are top notch.

Jim Wiebe
direct (310) 589-8469
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Sun Mar 3, 2013
Brian Goldberg answered:
Activity is way up, inventory is way down, and prices are starting to climb.
If you are still looking to buy, now is the time, while prices and interest rates are low.

Brian Goldberg, CDPE
Broker Associate, Realtor®
Coldwell Banker Malibu Colony
23676 Malibu Road
Malibu, CA 90265
P: (310) 403-4623
F: (310) 356-4901
CA DRE #01900604
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Mon Jan 9, 2012
Michael Morabito answered:
Thank you all the responses.

I have been looking with a client who owns a Rottweiler. It has been frustrating because we will view places where other owners have large pets and when we analyze the Pet Policy it has been quite different from the reality of the community and what we have been told. ... more
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