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.


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


101 Ways to Protect Your Home


From burglars to fires to stampeding buffaloes, you never know what kind of situations your home may have to deal with. That’s why it’s so important to prepare in advance, especially since doing so can save a lot of money and headache in the long run. While many people think that there’s a handful of things they can do to ensure their home is protected, the reality is that there are dozens and more. That’s why we’ve compiled this handy guide to protecting your home on a budget.

1. Stay in touch with your neighbors.

Many people are too shy to call the police when they see suspicious activity. Ask your neighbors to keep an eye out on your property, and they can prove to be the best alarm system there is.

2. Scout the perimeter and find weaknesses.

No one knows your property better than you do. Take some time to scope it out from the outside and you’ll likely find a few ways to make it easier to protect.

3. Keep the plants and shrubs located around your doors trimmed.

They can often provide cover while a thief works on getting through your door. Plus, shrubs generally look nicer when they’re trimmed!

4. Plant thorny plants by your windows.

Windows are a popular way to get into people’s homes, but no robber wants to sit in a thorny, painful bush.

 5. Put up a fence around your property.

This decreases visibility and makes it more difficult to access your property. It also lets your dog roam outside, if you have one.

6. Don’t leave expensive items outside.

This includes bikes, grills, and yes, even cars. Your garage is the perfect place to put things away, and that way crooks won’t be enticed by your possessions.

7. Keep your cats away from windows when you’re out of town.

Burglars know that your cat is by the window because it has nothing else to do and is waiting on you. Try putting plants or other objects on your windowsill instead.

8. Don’t assume your small dog will offer any security.

Most seasoned robbers won’t be deterred by a small dog. In fact, there’s a good chance it will get stolen as well since they often fetch a good price.

9. Do assume a big dog is better for home security.

Simply put, the look more intimidating. A Rottweiler or pit bull can stop crooks before they even step onto your property.

10. Make sure your door and frame are made out of the same material.

If one is metal and the other is made of wood, it makes it easier for robbers to kick the door in. However, using the same material for both makes the door stronger.

11. Don’t forget to close your windows.

Sure, sounds simple, but there can be a lot of windows in a house. Some robbers will not feel comfortable with smashing one open.

12. Double-check the bathroom window.

It is often the most likely to be open because homeowners like to leave this one open in order to air out the bathroom. Robbers know this.

13. Keep an eye on the cable guy.

Some crooks work with cable technicians and other workers that visit people’s homes to get insider information, like access codes and what kind of valuable can be found in the residence.

14. Change your access codes regularly.

If you give out an access code for your garage or back door, make sure to change it up regularly. This is especially helpful for those who have had laborers visit their home, or for Airbnb renters.

15. Install deadbolts on your doors.

The deadbolt is tougher to break or pick than other locks. This is especially true for a deadbolt that needs to be opened with a key from both sides.

16. Use a Simlock on your deadbolt.

A Simlock attaches to one side of your deadbolt, rendering it nearly un-pickable. It prevents the deadbolt knob from turning, which means even a locksmith can’t pick the lock.

17. Reinforce your door’s strike plate.

The strike plate is the metal plate that is attached to your door jamb, which the deadbolt slides into. Check that the screws reinforcing the strike plate are 3 inches long, which will make it much sturdier.

18. Add a track lock to your patio door.

The patio door is usually easier to pick. By adding an additional foot lock, which fastens to the bottom of the door and bolts into a grommet in the door track, you can make it much more secure.

19. Make a homemade security bar for your patio door.

Simply take a length of wood, cut it down to size, and make sure it fits snugly in your patio door’s track so that it can’t slide open. This is an effective and inexpensive way to keep your door secure.

20. Install cheap, noisy door and window alarms.

Usually battery powered, these alarms simply give off a loud noise when a door or window opens and the alarm unit’s magnetic strip breaks contact with the frame. They are widely available at home stores.

21. Use curtains.

This will help hide your valuables from any crooks that may be trying to look into your residence. A robber’s job is easier If they know what’s inside.

22. Don’t forget about basement and garage windows.

You can install curtains on these too. Garages and basements are often stocked with valuables.

23. Don’t leave tools or ladders outside.

Tools can be used to break into your own home, and the ladder can make it easier to access the upper floors.

24. Talk to your neighborhood association or local representative about improving lighting on your street.

A well-lit street can scare off burglars, who prefer to work in the shadows.

25. Consider forming a neighborhood watch.

Watchful neighbors are an excellent deterrent to robbers. And when an entire neighborhood is organized and knows what to watch out for, it can really improve the safety of the area.

26. Trim tree branches that can reach your second-story windows.

Though it’s riskier than a ladder, a tree branch can still provide a bold thief with a way into your home.

27. Keep fences and gates locked.

It can be easy to forget about these, but locking these can present another hurdle for crooks.

28. Don’t leave a spare key in and obvious place.

Many people leave a spare key under the doormat or on the door frame. These are obvious places. Get more creative about your hiding spot.

29. Use a spare key lockbox.

Even better than a hiding spot, an exterior lock box will keep your spare key secure.

30. Better yet, leave your spare key with a neighbor.

A key lock box is tough to break into, but it’s possible.

31. Put large, reflective numbers on your mailbox and house.

This will make it easier for the police to find your house should you or a neighbor call them about a possible disturbance or robbery.

 32. Make sure your window locks are strong.

Especially on older windows, some locks can be jiggly and flimsy.

33. Secure your car.

Preferably, you should keep your car secure inside your garage. If that’s not an option, make sure all the doors are locked and the windows are rolled up. Crooks can take valuables from your car or use the tools in your trunk.

34. Don’t keep spare keys in your wallet.

If you lose it, a robber gets the keys to your home and also the address from your personal ID.

35. Change the locks when moving into a new residence.

You never know who else has keys to your home, unless you’ve installed the locks yourself.

36. Add privacy films to exterior-door windows.

Some doors have glass that makes it easy for robbers to take a peek through. Privacy film will make windows blurry and stop robbers them from scoping out your residence.

37. Install metal bars on windows.

This may be an extreme step for some, but it adds a lot of security, especially for basement and garden-apartment windows.

38. Install motion-sensor lights.

These can deter anyone from snooping around your residence at night, especially if you’re not home.

39. Consider installing exterior flood lights.

These are more powerful than standard bulbs and will add more lighting to the exterior of your home.

40. Have a neighbor collect your mail.

When on vacation or gone for business, a stuffed mailbox is a dead giveaway that no one is home.

41. Schedule regular lawn maintenance.

Another way crooks know you’re away on a trip is if your yard looks unkempt. A neighbor or landscaping company can keep your property looking sharp.

42. Install a safe.

This is likely the safest place to put your valuables. Safes can be installed in several ways, including by being bolted to the ground or by pouring concrete around it.

43. Install a peephole.

It’s a great way to see who is on the other side of your door. You won’t have to open your door to any strangers.

44. Consider buying a security mailbox.

With online theft more common than ever, a security mailbox is a great way to protect the checks, credit cards, and other sensitive information that arrives through the mail.

45. Use a key chain garage opener.

Thieves can get into your garage or home if they get access to the garage opener inside your car. A garage opener attached to your keys minimizes the risk.

46. Padlock your garage door.

Many garage-door locks are flimsy, so putting a padlock on the track of your garage door is a great way to beef up security from the inside. If there’s no hole on the track, you can also drill one in.

47. Install a door reinforcement kit.

–Many burglars won’t pick a lock, they’ll just simply kick the door in. A reinforcement kit adds a steel plate that wraps around your door, making sure the locks and door are sturdier.

48. Get creative with your hiding spots.

Thieves don’t have all day to look through your house, and a creative hiding spot can save your valuables from being stolen. Try hiding them inside your vacuum cleaner, or inside an old jar or food container in your refrigerator.

49. Put timers on lights.

This is especially helpful if you’ll be getting home late or if you’re on vacation. Lights can confuse robbers, making them think someone is home.

50. Leave the radio on.

Another simple way to confuse robber when you won’t be home for a while. They might think that someone is home.

51. If you have an answering machine, don’t advertise your vacation.

If thieves somehow get your phone number, they can find out if you’re out of town or not.

52. Secure air conditioners.

In-window air conditioners can be easily taken out unless they’re bolted down.

53. Make sure your pet door can be locked.

If you have a big enough dog, someone can slip through your pet door. Make sure you have one that can be locked when you’re not around.

54. Avoid doors with a lot of glass.

Glass doors can be broken, and so can small windows on doors. Robbers can reach through and access the doorknob.

55. Don’t advertise expensive items in your trash.

A big box for a flat screen TV is a dead giveaway that you have expensive items inside. Fold or cut up the box and then dispose of it.

56. Use home-alarm stickers.

For most robbers, it’s not worth it breaking into a home with an alarm, even if you haven’t installed one yet. (They don’t know that.)

57. Get a “Beware of Dog” sign

Even if you don’t have a dog, it can make a thief think twice about coming on your property.

58. Keep up with the Joneses.

Find out what kind of security measures your neighbors are using. You don’t want your house to be the easiest one on the block to rob.

59. Install inexpensive window break alarms.

These battery-powered gadgets are especially useful when paired with magnetic-strip alarms that sound off when windows are opened.

60. Use a door brace.

You’ll need to be home to use this one, but it’s one of the best ways to secure your door. It’s a bar that secures your doorknob against the floor, making the door difficult to kick in.

61. Get insurance.

Sometimes things happen that are out of your control. Even renters can get insurance just in case your possessions get stolen.

62. Consider installing multiple locks.

A door with three locks looks more intimidating than one with a single lock. It takes longer to pick and it’s harder to kick in.

63. Don’t skimp on door locks.

The difference between a cheap lock and a quality one can be just a few bucks, but it can save you a ton of money in the long run.

64. Have a friend try to “break” into your home.

They can often spot a weak spot that homeowners can’t.

65. Secure your home even if you’re not leaving for long.

A trip to the grocery store can leave plenty of time for a seasoned thief to break into your home.

66. Check if your local police department offers inspections.

Some local departments are more than happy to look over your property. As an added bonus, you’ll meet the local police.

67. Consider upgrading your doors.

Steel doors and door frames are stronger than wood.

68. Pay attention to local police alerts.

If there have been recent break-ins in the neighborhood, you should be on high alert and keep your eyes open.

69. Use a paper shredder.

Sensitive information that you throw out in your garbage can be more valuable than anything you have in your home. Shred all important mail and documents before throwing them out.

70. Don’t leave your portable GPS unit in your car.

Many GPS units are programmed to show where home is. If your car ever gets stolen at the airport or hotel parking lot, it can show the robber exactly where your unattended house is.

71. Hire a house sitter.

It’s fairly obvious but very effective. When you’re away, a house sitter can take out your trash, collect your mail, and make sure the house looks lived-in.

72. Make sure you have lights all around your house.

Flood lights and motion-sensor lights are great, but if you leave one side of the house unlit, burglars will just stick to that side.

73. Make sure your outdoor shed is secure.

Just like a garage, a shed can have many tools that aid in break-ins. Even if the shed is locked, make sure it’s structurally strong enough so it can’t easily be accessed.

74. Destroy old computers before throwing them out.

Hard drives can store a treasure trove of information. A common way to destroy hard drives is to use a power drill.

75. Never leave notes on your door.

Even if you’re away on vacation, notes to neighbors or the mailman can signal that you’re away.

76. Make sure everyone in your household is educated on home security.

If you always lock the doors, but your roommate or family don’t, then your residence won’t be very secure.

77. Consider installing a safety door.

Like a beefed-up screen door, a safety door protects your front door from the outside. It’s made of sturdy materials and adds a lot of security.

78. Have your security improvements installed by a professional.

Strong locks and doors are a great idea, but if they’re installed improperly, they may prove to be ineffective.

79. Consider purchasing a smart doorbell.

Because it’s connected to the Internet, it can send an alert and even an image of the person ringing to your smartphone.

80. Don’t forget about the linking door.

This is the door that connects your garage to your home. Even if burglars get in your garage, if the linking door is sturdy, they may just leave.

81. Secure your Wi-Fi network.

As cyber criminals become more common, your sensitive information becomes more likely to get stolen through the Internet.

82. Install a professional home-security system.

It’ll cost a pretty penny, but it’s one of the best ways to secure your home and belongings.

83. Keep a record of your valuables.

If you have insurance, and you do get burglarized, it’ll help replace your belongings. Store it in a secure location, like a safe.

84. Install a surveillance system.

This option is on the pricier side, but it can definitely give piece of mind. Additionally, modern systems are Internet connected, allowing you to check cameras from your phone while you’re away.

85. Get fake cameras.

Can’t afford an entire surveillance system? Fake cameras are relatively cheap and look just like the real thing.

86. Turn your phone ringer down.

When you’re not home, and the burglar somehow has gotten a hold of your phone number, they can dial it while outside your door. If it keeps ringing off the hook, they know no one’s inside.

87. Make sure your door hinges are tamper resistant if they are located outside.

Some older doors have their hinges outside the home, rather than inside. Tamper resistant hinges require special tools to disassemble that most thieves will not carry.

88. Consider installing fence spikes.

This one is a bit extreme, but especially if you’re living in an urban area, you can install spike strips on top of your fence.

89. Install a letter cage.

Have a letter slot in your door? Some burglars like to use a long stick or similar device to fish your nearby keys off a table and through the letter slit. A cage on the inside of your door not only collects mail but prevents this.

90. Avoid stashing valuables in your bedroom.

It’s the most common place that burglars look for cash and jewelry.

91. Consider stashing some valuables in your attic.

While not it’s not as safe as a safe, hiding valuables in the attic is much safer than a bedroom. Generally, burglars don’t want to go into the attic because if someone comes home, they’d be trapped.

92. Store extra suitcases and bags in the attic.

Burglars often use these to haul away your belongings. If you leave them up in the loft, they may end up taking fewer items.

93. Always shut your front gate.

This won’t stop every burglar, but it is a psychological barrier. Burglars look for low-hanging fruit and prefer a property with an open gate.

94. Don’t assume lightning only strikes once.

If your home has been broken into, then someone knows its weak points and may do it again. Prepare for the worst.

95. Invest in motion-sensor security devices.

Don’t have pets? Devices such as the Nest Cam will track any motion inside your home and alert your phone if anything happens, complete with photos.

96. Make sure you have working smoke alarms.

Not all threats to your home come from the outside. Fires and electrical problems can happen when you least expect them.

97. Add a carbon monoxide detector.

Carbon monoxide is a silent killer and can occur without smoke.

98. Use surge protectors.

They protect your valuable appliances and decrease the chances of an electrical fire.

99. Make sure you have a working fire extinguisher.

Or two. Fires are usually unexpected and you have to react fast to put them out.

100. Use a fireplace screen.

Have a fireplace? A fireplace screen can keep popping wood bits from shooting out of the fireplace, and kids’ hands away from the fire.

101. Consider installing a fire-sprinkler system.

Though expensive, it’s a very effective way to fight fires at home.


All information provided to us via email from:

Debbie  Reynolds debbie@theafterschoolcenter.org

Source link is https://www.alarms.org/101-ways-to-protect-your-home/


California Proposition 60 and 90: Your Complete Guide

If you live in California and are over the age of 55 you can effectively reduce your property taxes when buying a new home.
In California when you buy a new home your new property is subject to reappraisal and therefore a new base tax value. Since real estate historically appreciates over time, your new base tax value will increase and therefore your property taxes will also increase.
Especially for older people whose income either diminishes or becomes fixed, this makes it difficult to buy new property because of new higher property tax burdens. It was in this spirit that Proposition 60 was passed in 1986 and Proposition 90 followed in 1988.
New Higher Property Tax Burdens Make It Difficult to Move
For example, imagine you bought a property 20 years ago at $200,000. At an estimated 1.25% effective tax rate your property taxes were $2,500 annually, an affordable amount at the time. Click here for details about
Proposition 13 allows the county assessor to increase the assessed value of your property by no more than 2% annually. Assuming they do, your current assessed value today would be $291,362 thereby making your current tax burden $3,642 annually.
Now, let’s say you decide to sell your property which is now worth $650,000 and downgrade to a new property at $500,000. Your new home would be subject to reappraisal and your new property taxes would now increase to $6,250 from $3,642!
For many, the new tax burden makes it nearly impossible to move later in life when income is no longer growing.
Proposition 60 Is Here to Help!
Proposition 60 allows you to transfer your current property’s assessed value into a new replacement property. In other words, you would be able to buy a new property, yet still pay the same property taxes you pay on your current property.
This tax benefit results in thousands of dollars of savings; but not everyone will qualify.
Proposition 60 Requirements
While Proposition 60 allows you to sell your current property and transfer its current assessed value into a new property, there are conditions you need to be aware of:
  1. You or your spouse must be at least 55 years of age when the original property was sold.
  2. The original property and new property must be within the same county.
  3. You can only use the transfer once in a lifetime.
  4. The new replacement property must be of equal or lessor value than the original property sold.
  5. The replacement property must be built or bought within 2 years of selling the original property.
  6. Your original property must be your primary residence and have been eligible for the homeowners’ exemption or disabled veterans’ exemption.
  7. Your replacement property must be your primary residence and must be eligible for the homeowners’ exemption or disabled veterans’ exemption.
Proposition 90 Expands Proposition 60
Proposition 60 only allows you to transfer your base tax value within the same county (intra-county).
Proposition 90 allows you to transfer your base tax value from one county to another (inter-county), however only at the discretion of each county.
As of November 20, 2014 only ten counties have an ordinance allowing for inter-county transfers:
1. Alameda
2. El Dorado
3. Los Angeles
4. Orange
5. Riverside
6. San Bernardino
7. San Diego
8. San Mateo
9. Santa Clara
10. Ventura
Ordinances can be updated by counties from time to time. Be sure to check with your county for the most current information.
Proposition 60 Can Only Be Used One Time, But…
As a person over the age of 55, you can only use the benefits of Proposition 60 and 90 once in a lifetime. However, there is one exception via  Proposition 110 which says if you received relief for age and subsequently became severely or permanently disabled and have to move because of the disability, you may exercise this relief a second time for disability.
Be aware that you cannot use Proposition 110 in reverse, meaning if you received relief for disability, you cannot later receive relief for age.
What Does Equal or Lessor Value Actually Mean?
Generally speaking, the market value of your new replacement property as of the date of purchase must be equal or less than the market value of your original property on the date of the sale.
It also depends on when you purchase the replacement property. Equal or lessor means:
  • 100% or less of the market value of the original property if the replacement property was purchased or newly constructed before the sale of the original property.
  • 105% or less of the market value of the original property if the replacement property was purchased or newly constructed within 1 year after the sale of the original property.
  • 110% or less of the market value of the original property if the replacement property was purchased or newly constructed within 2 years after the sale of the original property.
Market Value Is Not Always the Purchase Price
It’s important to note that market value is not necessarily the same as the sale or purchase price. Instead, the assessor will determine the market value of each property.
According to California’s Board of Equalization, property tax laws typically presume that the purchase price is the market value unless there is evidence that the property would have sold for another price in an open market transaction.
If the market value of your replacement property exceeds the market value of your original property as determined by the assessor, you will not receive relief.
Where to Get More Information About Proposition 60 and 90?
As you can see, Proposition 60 and 90 can grant California homeowners tremendous property tax relief; however there are many requirements and rules to adhere to.  Click here for additional details from the California State Board of Equalization.
By Tim Nguyen
Information provided by:
Matt Goeglein
“I’ll Just Take Care of It.”
Fidelity National Title Co.

Marina del Rey’s Weekend Summer Beach Shuttle To Operate Year-Round

MARINA DEL REY, CA — A free weekend beach shuttle that circles Marina del Rey and Playa Vista during the summer months will now operate year-round, Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn announced Wednesday.

The shuttle began its traditional summer service early this year on March 31, but the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a new contract that will keep the buses running throughout the year.

“Our beaches operate year-round, why shouldn’t our beach shuttle?” Hahn said. “I encourage everyone to jump on board the beach shuttle next time you’re in the Marina Del Rey area. It’s fast, it’s free and it will take you where you need to go.”

The shuttles run roughly every 30 minutes on a circular route from Playa Vista, around the marina to the Washington Boulevard pier. The service runs from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays and holidays.

The Marina del Rey Waterbus will continue to operate only during summer months, running Thursday through Sunday. This year’s service is scheduled to begin June 22 and end Sept. 4.

City News Service, photo via Shutterstock

All information obtained from https://patch.com/california/marinadelrey/marina-del-reys-weekend-summer-beach-shuttle-operate-year-round