About Berman Kandel

Debra Berman and Pat Kandel's names are synonymous with real estate partnerships. They were pioneers in this real estate team concept starting in 1985, when the team of Berman-Kandel was established. Debra and Pat were both top producing agents for the Jon Douglas Company, which later was merged and became Coldwell Banker Co. They were often in competition for the same clients, so they decided to join forces and "conquer the real estate world"! They were ahead of the crowd, and spent many years, establishing the Berman Kandel brand and teaching other agents around the country, how their partnership worked. Their main thrust was to have a partnership based on commitment, professionalism and service to their clients. This full service luxury Real Estate team, pride themselves in diligence and hard work, along with constant communication with their clients. Berman Kandel have established a tremendous network of other professionals, who are ready to help their clients with loans, staging, repairs, both minor and major, all with the goal of making the home buying or selling process as effortless as possible. Prior to real estate, Pat was the director of Sales and Catering of a hotel chain and Debra was an elementary school teacher. They are both married to husbands, named Stan, have children and grandchildren they adore, and live in Playa del Rey. They have been active in many charitable organizations, from Venice Boys and Girls Club, Otis College, Santa Monica College and LACMA. Pat is a member of California Yacht Club and Debra is a member of Del Rey Yacht Club. Both Debra and Pat love traveling and have seen many parts of the world. Helping our clients with the complex landscape of buying and selling property is what makes our profession still exciting and worthwhile. Our pledge to you, our valued client, is to make you our top priority and make the process of buying and selling as smooth and memorable as possible. Debra and Pat have been active in the local real estate community for over 38 years. They have been with Re/Max for the past 3 years.

Playa del Rey’s Hottest Listing

DSC_7350-Edit.jpgDO NOT miss the listing of a lifetime in the heart of Playa del Rey. With 4 bedrooms and 3 baths comprised of over 2,690 square feet all on one level, this Penthouse unit is sure to blow your mind. As soon as you enter the grand foyer there is a sense of peace and tranquility. Walk through, to the dining, kitchen, and living area which are connected with an open-floor plan perfect for family time or entertaining. Not to mention the absolute ravishing views of the ocean from all spaces except one bedroom. The pictures and videos do not do justice. You have to be standing inside seeing and hearing for yourself to even half-way take in what I am describing. Wow. Have a look.




Marina’s Bike Path UNCOVERED




Information obtained by a brochure that is published by: Marina del Rey Convention & Visitor’s Bureau with generous support from L.A. County Department of Beaches and Harbors.

Top 10 Keys to Attracting More Clients

Every business wants “more clients”. While there are lots of strategies for getting clients, from Advertising to Networking meetings to seminars, one of the best (and fastest) is to be the type of person and provide the quality service that draws clients to you like flies to honey!
The following Top 10 Principles for Attracting Great Clients are borrowed from material originally developed by Thomas Leonard for Attraction University. I am a certified instructor at AU, and created the following list especially for readers of TIP’s.
  1. Become incredibly selfish! Yes, it’s ironic, but as you take care of yourself, manage your time, your space and your life well, you have more to give and more to share. If you want more clients, take extremely good care of Client #1.
  2. Over-respond to every event! This is the opposite of over-reacting. Respond immediately to phone calls, answer questions in full, take your time and thoughtfully and creatively go the extra mile.
  3. Add value just for the joy of it! Do more, provide more, go further than you are paid for. Caution: Don’t just give more stuff, give more stuff that people really want and appreciate.
  4. Market your talents shamelessly! Have fun with your marketing, be proud of what you do. Laugh and joke and yell and whisper, but tell everybody! If you aren’t excited, proud and energized by what you do, find another job!
  5. Affect others profoundly. Abandon the roles and job descriptions we all have. Connect with people, question, respond, be silly, get “outside the box”. Whatever it takes, make an impact on your world.
  6. Eliminate delay. Time is expensive, and wasting it is unattractive and irritating.Think and plan carefully, but in the end, only action counts!
  7. Thrive on the details. Pay attention to the subtleties, the small things. It’s the little extras that build you up, and little slips that bring you down.
  8. Tolerate nothing! Clean up all the irritations, the daily frustrations and predictable annoyances of your life once and for all! Don’t just fix the problem, re-design your routine so those predictable irritations never bother you again!
  9. Orient life around your values. When you spend your days living in harmony with your values, you become incredibly energized, peaceful, focused and attractive!
  10. Develop more character than you need!Beyond being good at your job, and living with integrity, become very good at being YOU! Be a “real character”, the unique, gifted, complex and unforgettable individual that you were born to be.
Have fun with this list, poke holes in it, expand it, even criticize it, but think about the idea that your professional relationship with a client must begin with a good personal relationship.
When your clients experience you as a balanced, open, excited person who they enjoy being with…they’ll tell their friends!
Count on it!
Have a great week, and have some fun!
All information provided by Matt Goeglein with Fidelity Title. 317250_grandcanal5_134_r.jpg


There is always something fun going on in Marina del Rey. Especially on Sundays. Check out this cool list of things to keep you and the family entertained while staying in the hottest vacation spot it the world! Enjoy



Head to L.A.’s Marina for Sunday Funday every weekend in August and September. Want to play? Enjoy the sparkling Marina waters by kayak, paddleboard, harbor cruise, or boat rental. Or, kick back at a hotel pool party or waterfront restaurant with musical entertainment.




Take in some Southern California sunshine on the top deck of a Hornblower cruise in Marina del Rey. Brunch cruises on Saturdays and Sundays come with bottomless mimosas or sparkling cider, a buffet style brunch spread, and live jazz music. Reference code MDRCVB15P to save 15 percent on your brunch cruise; valid for up to 6 adults; does not apply on holidays; find full terms and conditions on the Hornblower website. 310-301-9900.



Ask for the “Marina Sundays Special” and get $5 off your stand-up paddleboard or kayak rental plus a free Pro SUP hat (while supplies last). Find the rental truck on the far side of the parking lot of Jamaica Bay Inn, 4175 Admiralty Way. 310-989-4350.



Reference “Marina Sundays” at the time of booking to receive a complimentary hot stone upgrade to a 60-minute classic massage or a scalp massage added to your 60-minute facial at no additional cost. 310-574-4356.



Get $10 off a full fare ticket for Whale Watching or Open Party Fishing excursions on Sundays with Marina del Rey Sportfishing. Click below to get a printable coupon, which you will need to bring to the boat. Reserve your excursion by phone, 310-822-3625.



Mention “Marina Sundays” to your server at The Ritz-Carlton’s signature restaurant to receive a 10 percent discount on your restaurant bill (excluding alcohol). Discount is valid 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Also enjoy live acoustic guitar during brunch, 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. 310-574-4333.



Head to this popular gathering place for Sunday breakfast or brunch on the patio or in the dining room and add bottomless mimosas for just $15, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Two-hour time limit. 310-823-4534.



Enjoy live musical accompaniment by cellist Hitoshi Suzuki during Sunday brunch hours at this premier waterfront restaurant. Enjoy a three-course brunch with bottomless mimosas, sparkling wine, or Bloody Marys for $44. Or, order a la carte and add a bottomless beverage package for $22. Brunch begins at 10:30 a.m., and last reservation is at 2:15 p.m. 310-823-6395.



The Marina’s premier shopping center will offer live music on the plaza from 3 to 6 p.m. on Sundays. Enjoy a changing lineup of performers from jazz to contemporary pop covers in between browsing retail shops including Sephora, William B, M. Fredric, and Paper Source. Or, enjoy tunes with a meal outdoors from such eateries as Mendocino Farms, Mainland Poke, and Sugarfish.



Dance to free live music on the plaza every Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. Genres range from blues and jazz-funk to salsa and reggae. Click below for the latest lineup.



Dig in to seafood favorites at this iconic Marina del Rey restaurant. Sunday happy hour runs 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., then again from 10 p.m. till midnight. Specials on food and select beers, wines, and a cocktail of the day. Check out the happy hour menu online. 310-578-2293.



Savor Eastern European comfort food at this delightful cafe located in a nondescript corner of the Marina Marketplace, near the post office and Pavilions grocery. Doma Kitchen will offer live music from various artists on Sundays during brunch or dinner hours. Reservations are recommended. 310-301-0582.



Dine at the hotel’s on-site restaurant, Beachside, and get 10 percent off bottles of wine on Sundays. A weekend staycation at this tropical oasis will set you right for the next work week. Guests can enjoy free beach yoga on Sundays, as well as onsite bike rentals, a heated waterfront pool, and stand-up paddleboard rentals nearby. Book direct to save 20 percent on your Saturday or Sunday stay. 310-823-5333.



The hotel pool is open to the public on Sundays all summer, noon till 6 p.m. – no cover charge! Food and beverages for purchase, luxury cabana rentals, games, themed events, DJ entertainment, and more. Book direct and save 20 percent on Saturday and Sunday stays. 310-301-1000.



The WaterBus operates from 11 a.m. till 8 p.m. on Sundays (click link for full schedule). These boats pick up from 8 stops in the Marina and cost just $1 each trip.

The Free Ride provides free, on-demand transportation around the Marina daily from noon to 9 p.m. If you see one of the Free Ride cars, just wave down the driver and hop in. Or, TEXT 323-435-5000 (no calls, please) with your pick-up location, destination, and passenger count. Please allow 10-15 minutes for pick-up. Gratuity for your driver is appreciated.

The Beach Shuttle offers free transportation on weekends and holidays on a set loop from Playa Vista, through Marina del Rey, and to the Venice Pier.

Public Parking Lots are located throughout the Marina. If an attendant is not present, use the pay-and-display kiosks, which take $1 and $5 bills as well as Visa & Mastercard.



Marina del Rey has tons of on-the-water fun. Try a yoga class on a stand-up paddleboard, explore on a kayak, rent a duffy boat and picnic on the water, or charter a skippered yacht.




With waterfront views, year-round outdoor dining, and award-winning restaurants, Marina del Rey is poised to become the next culinary hotspot in Los Angeles.




The Marina’s hotels each offer stunning views of the harbor and picture-perfect sunsets, plus easy access to on-the-water attractions.


All information obtained by http://www.visitmarinadelrey.com/events/marina-sundays/?utm_source=Direct&utm_campaign=MarinaSundays. Please refer to their website for more information.

Spend Time, Not Money at These 28 Free August Events in LA

Summer Jazz Nights August

August 1, 8, 7:00 PM — 9:00 PM

Hollywood & Highland Center

Hollywood & Highland hosts this weekly outdoor concert series featuring live music; this month will feature Josh Johnson (8/1) and Bria Skonberg (8/8).


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#NationalGirlfriendsDay w/Milk Jar Cookies

August 01, 5:30 PM — 7:30 PM


Call your girlfriends and head to Williams Sonoma for a free #NationalGirlfriendsDay party with Milk Jar Cookies and Le Grand Courtage bubbly.


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Sound Off Silent Disco

August 02, 7:00 PM — 10:00 PM

Sherman Oaks Galleria

Grab your wireless headphones and get your groove on for this choose-your-own-channel dance party in Sherman Oaks.


Snapback Noho

Aug 03, 10:00 PM — Aug 04, 2:00 AM

The Federal Bar

Get your nostalgia on and get your groove back at this Thursday-night old school hip hop and r&b throwback series in North Hollywood.


Society6 Art Quarterly Magazine Launch Party

August 03, 7:00 PM — 10:00 PM


The next issue of Society6’s Art Quarterly magazine edition is being released, and they’re is celebrating with food, drinks, music, and tons of great art for sale.



Amplifier Pop-Up Studio

August 03, 12:00 PM — 4:00 PM

Amplifier Pop-Up Studio

Stop into the activist design lab Amplifier’s LA pop-up shop to pick up free art, share your American identity story, and explore the art of resistance from more than 100 U.S.-based artists.


August Concerts on the Redondo Pier

Thursdays & Saturdays, August 03-31, 6:00 PM — 8:00 PM

Redondo Beach Pier

Bring a blanket and hit the pier for Thursday and Saturday night shows all month long, including performances by King Chris (8/3), Living Cover (8/17), and Like Zeppelin (8/26).


Marina del Rey Summer Concert Series

Aug 03, 7:00 PM — Aug 26, 12:00 AM

Burton Chace Park

Catch Matthew Morrison (8/3), Yo La Tengo (8/12), Giuseppe Verdi’s Aida (8/17), and Arturo Sandoval (8/26) live (and free!) by the water in Marina del Rey this August.


Launch of BOLD

August 03, 7:00 PM

Beverly Hills

Go BOLD for the launch of the month-long Beverly Hills Open Later Days, with fireworks, extended shopping hours, live entertainment, fashion influencer events, and restaurant specials.



August 04, 11, 18 & 25, 4:00 PM


Every Friday this August, catch live shows from Tuxedo (8/4), Hanni El Khatib (8/11), Sinkane (8/18), and Quetzal (825) as part of the FIGat7th Downtown Festival.


1LIFE Thank You Party

Aug 05, 10:00 PM — Aug 06, 4:00 AM

The Belasco Theater

The 4th annual 1LIFE Thank You Party returns with a six-hour solo set from DJ/Producer ALEXANDER at The Belasco Theater.


Marina Movie Nights

August 05, 19, 8:00 PM — 10:00 PM

Burton Chace Park

Bring the whole family along to Marina del Rey’s Burton Chace Park for two August screenings: Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (8/5) and Swiss Family Robinson (8/19).


Beverly Hills Farmers’ Market Picklefest

August 06, 9:00 AM — 1:00 PM

Beverly Hills Farmers Market

This August, get in a pickle with the Beverly Hills Farmers’ Market’s curated contest featuring two categories: “Best Dill Pickle in Beverly Hills” and “I Can Pickle That!”


Jerk Fest LA

August 06, 4:00 PM — 7:00 PM

UNION Night Club

Celebrate Jamaica’s 55th Independence Celebration with this festival and dancehall party at UNION.


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Family Day at Smorgasburg

August 06, 10:00 AM — 4:00 PM


Bring the whole family along for the August edition of Smorgasburg’s family day, featuring live music, cotton candy, and balloon creations.


Whole Foods Market 365 Opening Preview

August 07, 6:00 PM — 8:00 PM

Whole Foods Market 365 Santa Monica

Get a first look at the new Whole Foods 365 in Santa Monica, with samples, a live DJ, and patio games.


All information obtained from:  https://www.eventbrite.com/rally/los-angeles/free-la-events-august-2017/?utm_term=cta_art4&aff=ebriterally20170803_la&ref=ebriterally20170803_la

10 Projects To Tackle Before Selling A House

All information obtained from: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/77194581092348546/

June Gloom’s Over, Heat Wave To Hit Marina Del Rey

An “extended period of hot and dry weather conditions” will affect the Southland through early next week, forecasters said.


LOS ANGELES, CA — A heat wave will begin washing over the Southland on Tuesday, raising fears of wildfires and heat-related illnesses and promising to send temperatures into triple-digit territory in valley areas later this week, National Weather Service forecasters said.

An “extended period of hot and dry weather conditions” will affect areas away from the coast “through at least early next week,” with temperatures rising daily because of a weak offshore flow, according to an NWS statement.

“While there may be some cooling near the coast over the weekend due to an increase in onshore flow, interior sections are expected to remain hot and dry,” it warned, adding that overnight temperatures will be high as well.

“The extended period of hot and dry conditions along with drying fuels (vegetation) will bring elevated fire danger to interior sections of southwest California through at least early next week,” according to the statement. “Increased grass fire ignition with rapid spread potential will be the main fire weather threat.”

The statement added that “this prolonged heat wave will likely bring moderate heat risk to those sensitive to heat, especially those without effective cooling or adequate hydration.”

In fact, “the heat wave could magnify early next week, bringing the potential for critical warning level heat across portions of the (San Gabriel) mountains and Antelope Valley,” it said.

Forecasters urged Southland residents to reduce the length of time they spend in the sun, drink plenty of water, keep themselves and their children cool, check on friends and neighbors — especially seniors — and never, ever leave kids, seniors or pets in parked cars with the windows closed.

The NWS forecast sunny skies Tuesday and highs of 73 at LAX; 74 in Avalon; 76 on Mount Wilson; 79 in Long Beach; 80 in Downtown L.A.; 83 in San Gabriel and Burbank; 84 in Pasadena; 86 in Saugus; 87 in Lancaster; 88 in Palmdale; and 90 in Woodland Hills. Temperatures will increase daily, surpassing the 100 mark in the San Fernando and Antelope valleys on Friday.

Sunny skies were also forecast in Orange County, along with highs of 68 in Laguna Beach and San Clemente; 71 in Newport Beach; 83 in Irvine; 84 in Anaheim and Mission Viejo;and 86 in Fullerton and Yorba Linda. Temperatures will reach 90 in Yorba Linda Wednesday and the low 90s in other Orange County communities on Thursday.

City News Service, photo via Shutterstock

Originally published June 13, 2017.
ALL information obtained from Patch.com. For more info. visit https://patch.com/california/marinadelrey/june-glooms-over-heat-wave-hit-marina-del-rey

This is great news for residents!

Community Corner

Vista Del Mar’s Safety Makeover Nearly Complete

The redesigned street also has pockets to make U-turn so that drivers don’t have to make unsafe and illegal turns.

Vista Del Mar under the went the makeover to slow down cars, accommodate bicycles and eliminate a dangerous crossing for beachgoers, according to Daily Breeze.

“This will make the street safer, create more parking inventory, reduce speeding, and curb the use of Playa del Rey as a short-cut from the South Bay to points north,” City Councilman Mike Bonin, who represents the area, wrote in a recent letter to constituents.

The redesigned street also has pockets to make U-turn so that drivers don’t have to make unsafe and illegal turns, according to the Daily Breeze.

For more on this story, visit the Daily Breeze.

Photo via Shutterstock
All information obtained from patch.com. https://patch.com/california/marinadelrey/vista-del-mars-safety-makeover-nearly-complete