Marina del Rey, CA Real Estate News

By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
Wordless Wednesday: Diane & Chachi! Wishing all my friends and readers a Happy Thanksgiving!     If you are considering buying or selling a luxury home, or an ultra luxury home, or luxury investment real estate, or luxury vacation homes, or luxury beach properties in Southern California, Los Angeles, Century City, Westwood, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Marina Del Rey, Venice or Malibu. Feel Free to give me a call at 310.486.1002 or email me at homes@endrebarath.com or visit one of my websites at http://www.endrebarath.com        I am a Pet Friendly Realtor and I contribute a portion of my commissions to local animal rescue organizations.         
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By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
Thanksgiving Day is only eleven days away:  Have you started planning for it?       Thanksgiving is right around the corner and over the years I have written quite a few Thanksgiving Posts since it is one of my favorite holidays. Today I will provide the links to some of them here for your convenience, in case you missed them. At the same time this is a good way to take the stress out of this year’s planning phase. All you have to do is read my blog posts and modify to your liking.  This post was about the planning phase (20 days and counting post http://actvra.in/KTh) so if you read this post with the enclosed link above, then  you know where I will be two days before ThanksgivingJ. Interestingly we are only eleven days away from the Thanksgiving Day Festivities.   Speaking of planning...
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By Lisa Friedman, 30 Years of Real Estate Experience!
(Great American Dream Realty)
For this month’s contest, Which Three Active Rainers Would You Like to Meet in Person, I would love to meet my friend Endre Barath from Marina Del Rey, California. Endre and I have developed a friendship based on our love of animals, books, baseball, real estate, great wine and good food (not necessarily in that order). Most recently, Endre and I watched the World Series together ‘virtually’ sending about 180 texts back and forth commenting on the games together, cheering, making funny comments, etc.  Although we were 3,000 miles apart, it felt almost as though he were sitting right here in my living room with me with our casual camaraderie joking back and forth. Endre lives in Marina Del Rey, California with the love of his life, Diane. Endre and Diane recently celebrated their 19 year...
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By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
What do you love about your home and why?   This question is always included when I go on a Listing Appointments:  What do you love about your home and why? The answers vary from home owner to home owner. One would think that the answers would me more uniform. Some homeowners show me their kitchen, others show me their bathrooms and then there are others who show me their back or front yards. I could go on and on. There are some home owners who like to show me their Media Room, their Gym, their Library or their Wine Cellar. Needless to say there is one common theme: There is clearly a love affair with their home or a specific part of their home. After I listen to their response, then I have the hardest follow up question to ask: Why do you want to leave your home? In other words why sel...
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By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
  Fall in Marina Del Rey, CA : Jack & Dougy in front of the Fireplace!   As most of you who read my blog know that, not only am I a Pet friendly Realtor, who lives in Marina Del Rey, CA, but I am also a huge fan of the Fall Season. The temperatures cool down to the point where I can cook comfortably and use the oven to bake without causing the entire place warm up to the point that one cannot enjoy dinner.   Needless to say it would not be Fall Season without our cats laying in front of the fireplace on a lazy Sunday afternoon. I knew it was time to turn it on a few days ago, when Dougy placed himself in front of the Fireplace. He was giving me a subtle hint, just like when he sits in front of the TV. I get it; it is time to turn on the FireplaceJ!   So with that said I hope everyone el...
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By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
 The VU in the Jamaica Bay Inn, is the Restaurant in Marina Del Rey, CA  where we decided to celebrate Diane's 19th Anniversary. In Marina Del Rey, the investors of a recently rebuilt small seaside hotel called the Jamaica Bay Inn had opened a new restaurant called the VU. I was watching the first year with mild curiosity, and then I heard that the Chef who opened the Restaurant called the VU had been replaced by Chef Allyson Thurber. Now my interests were immediately peaked.   Chef Allyson Thurber was a name I was familiar with, she was the Chef at “Water Grill” downtown Los Angeles (one of my favorite restaurants downtown).  I have been following her with great interest where she was moving. Then I heard she went on and re-mastered “the Lobster” at the Santa Monica Pier. Again my curi...
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By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
Speechless Sunday: Anniversary Dinner follow upJ   Diane and I went to Dinner Friday to celebrate her19th anniversary of our being not marriedJ. It was a fantastic Restaurant of which I will blog later. Needless to say the following night the pressure was on me to create something comparable and memorable.   Let me know what you think of this mealJ           If you are considering buying or selling a luxury home, or an ultra luxury home, or luxury investment real estate, or luxury vacation homes, or luxury beach properties in Southern California, Los Angeles, Century City, Westwood, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Marina Del Rey, Venice or Malibu. Feel Free to give me a call at 310.486.1002 or email me at homes@endrebarath.com or visit one of my websites at http://www.endrebarath.com    ...
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By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
A memorial for Patrolman Harold L Edgington, Los Angeles Harbor Patrol, California  Marina Del Rey, CA.       On September 30th 1979 Officer Edington was assaulted and the severely-wounded officer was being worked on by Fire Department personnel and rushed to ER with the hopes that they could save his life. Officer Edington passed away and thirty four  years later his senseless and tragic death was memorialized by Firefighters and Law Enforcement Officers. On a side note this is such a rare occurrence in Marina Del Rey, CA never the less that is no consolation to his family and relatives and brother Police & Fire Department officers and friends who knew him. What you missed that were not in my pictures was after the memorial ceremony there was a Sheriff’s Department honor guard standing...
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By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
  Speechless Sundays: A stroll on the Channel  in Marina Del Rey, CA 90292 After a bitter sweet day Diane & I both needed to take a walk on the Channel. Some of you who read my blog post regularly have seen this picture in the day time….now you can see a night view as well.                   If you are considering buying or selling a luxury home, or an ultra luxury home, or luxury investment real estate, or luxury vacation homes, or luxury beach properties in Southern California, Los Angeles, Century City, Westwood, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Marina Del Rey, Venice or Malibu. Feel Free to give me a call at 310.486.1002 or email me at homes@endrebarath.com or visit one of my websites at http://www.endrebarath.comYour Pet Friendly Realtor. I contribute a portion of my commission to Lo...
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By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
  On these Hot Days make sure you hydrate yourself as well as your pets!    In case you have not heard:  Breaking news is that the temperatures will remain in the 100 degree range in the majority of the Greater Los Angeles area.   On these hot days make sure you have enough water to hydrate yourself as well as your four legged friend. Dogs need to drink too. So often I see people walking their dogs and the dogs tongue is hanging out and panting. This is a clear sign your pet needs some water.   As the temperatures hover over the 100 degree mark in the San Fernando Valley as well as Downtown Los Angeles, please make sure that you both have enough water to hydrate yourselves.   This post is not meant to be condescending, rather just a quick reminder from your Pet Friendly Realtor as a pub...
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By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
How long to keep certain financial records has been the age old dilemma! This post is intended to give you some guidelines as to which documents you should save that might be needed for a smoother closing and or jut to make your life simpler. The most often asked and number one question was: how long to keep tax returns? The answer is not as clear as one would expect. My answer is seven years. The reason that is, because The IRS ha a three years rule to audit your tax returns if they suspect a “good faith error”. Three year error also applies to you, if you discover a mistake in your return and decide to file an amended return to claim a refund.  The IRS also has six years to challenge your tax return if they think you under reported your gross income by 25% or more. Hence my reasoning ...
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By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
Film on the Sidewalk: Do you know what I am referring to? As I was walking out of our unit I noticed next to the sidewalk a small piece of trash, upon closer investigation, I recognized that it was a developed film. Needless to say I wanted to pick it up and look what was on itJ since we were in a rush to go somewhere that was not an option. Then after two or three steps later, I thought I should take a photo. My initial plan was to do a Speechless Sunday post. The more I thought about it, I was wondering how many people actually still know what a developed film is? Movies are Digital, Photos are Digital. The good news is I read a blog post the other day that the average Realtor in the United States is somewhere in the late ’50-‘60’s hence they would all know what this wasJ Nevertheless...
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By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
How does a home warranty benefit your seller? The answer is easy:  it is Peace of Mind! Customarily I always negotiate a “home warranty” from the sellers, when I represent the buyer. It is a great value to a new buyer and prevents potential problems down the road.  When something does not function shortly after a close of escrow, it annoys the new home owners. First they are wondering if the seller, the seller’s agent and the home inspector knew about the defect. Then once they go past that point they are aggravated about the repair costs they just incurred. Having a home warranty preempts this problem, because all they have to pay is the service call visit. Customarily that could be $35-$75 vs. if there were plumbing or electric problems that could have cost them unplanned in the thous...
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By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
The Median Sold Price in 90292 zip code also known as Marina Del Rey, CA is very telling! The Median Sold Price for Single Family Residences in the 90292 zip code, also known as Marina Del Rey, CA had a minimal increase year over year by only 4%. This clearly tells me that there is a specific buyer who is interested in buying and living in Marina Del Rey, CA. It is a buyer who wants to be very close to the ocean and is willing to give up a large back yard for the comfort of moderate temperatures and beach life.   Needless to say 4% is virtually in line with what we would expect in price increases in today’s active market. This is quite different from the overheated 90064 zip code. If you are considering buying or selling a luxury home, or an ultra luxury home, or luxury investment real ...
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By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
Wordless Wednesdays: Watermelons! When I think of summer, water, sun, beach, heat & watermelons come to mind!             If you are considering buying or selling a luxury home, or an ultra luxury home, or luxury investment real estate, or luxury vacation homes, or luxury beach properties in Southern California, Los Angeles, Century City, Westwood, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Marina Del Rey, Venice or Malibu. Feel Free to give me a call at 310.486.1002 or email me at homes@endrebarath.com or visit one of my websites at http://www.endrebarath.comYour Pet Friendly Realtor. I contribute a portion of my commission to Local Animal Rescue Organizations
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By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
Speechless Sunday: a walk on the beach in Marina Del Rey, CA  created this photo of the moment!     If you are considering buying or selling a luxury home, or an ultra luxury home, or luxury investment real estate, or luxury vacation homes, or luxury beach properties in Southern California, Los Angeles, Century City, Westwood, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Marina Del Rey, Venice or Malibu. Feel Free to give me a call at 310.486.1002 or email me at homes@endrebarath.com or visit one of my websites at http://www.endrebarath.comYour Pet Friendly Realtor. I contribute a portion of my commission to Local Animal Rescue Organizations      
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By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
 Is she in deep thought?  Or is she reflecting or is she just in pain? Or is she just resting? Looking at this picture what do you see? Someone who is thinking or is it someone just resting? Sometimes we just need to reflect about a lot of things and occurrences that happen with us, around us and not constantly talk or text or email, but rather analyze the situation. That is always the best course of action.          As I snapped this photo of the moment and  I was wondering what was she doing or thinking at that moment? The philosopher in me was wondering.   If you are considering buying or selling a luxury home, or an ultra luxury home, or luxury investment real estate, or luxury vacation homes, or luxury beach properties in Southern California, Los Angeles, Century City, Westwood, We...
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By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
Marina Del Rey Summer Concerts at Burton Chace Park: Free! As most of you know summer is a good time to enjoy and relax a bit from the everyday busy life style we lead. If you like Classical Music or Pop Music this is your opportunity to enjoy the events for free. Nowadays we have to pay for everything it is a nice change of pace to enjoy something for free. Oh BTW who does not like music? If you had an aversion to Classical Music here is your chance to try it for free. The best part is if you do not want to try it on a weekend you are in luck.  On Classical Thursday, August 22nd Rufus Choi, will be on piano performing Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov. Give it a try and for those of us who like classical music this will be a treat. Performance starts at 7pm bring a lawn chair or a blanket J...
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By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
Do you like Barbequing outdoors, but do not have a grill?  Does you condominium complex or rental complex not allow you to have a charcoal grill? Have no fear; if you live near or in Marina Del Rey, CA and know where Burton Chace Park is, then you can do some outdoor grilling J   When I saw this the other day it brought back wonderful memories of my childhood. My father used to drive to parks like this before he bought his first home. Why because the Landlord would not allow outdoor barbequing. So on the weekends we would drive and have a wonderful time.   So if you want to create great memories for your family go pack up a cooler and go to Burton Chace Park in Marina Del Rey and barbeque some great foodJ   If you are considering buying or selling a luxury home, or an ultra luxury home,...
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By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
The Helmsman Statue is located in Marina Del Rey, CA at Burton Chace Park! The Helmsman is a statue which represented the Helms Bakery’s unfaltering delivery service for many years. Then on October 6th 1971 the Helms Family generously donated this 10+ foot Statue to Marina Del Rey, CA. For many years the Statue Stood in front of the Helms Bakery on Venice Blvd in Los Angeles, CA. It represented the Trademark of the Helms Bakery. Now it has become the beloved symbol of the Marina Del Rey’s Maritime Community. If you have not been there you are missing out. Hope you will enjoy my pictures of the Helmsman! If you are considering buying or selling a luxury home, or an ultra luxury home, or luxury investment real estate, or luxury vacation homes, or luxury beach properties in Southern Califo...
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