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LA Digs - Northeast LA Real Estate Blog

Welcome to LA Digs, the real estate and Northeast Los Angeles community blog written by Realtors Tracy King and Keely Myres.

Here, we share tips, market updates, and local news bits to keep you informed on what's happening in Northeast Los Angeles and the surrounding neighborhoods. Read on to learn about the latest in your neighborhood!

Fresh and Easy Donating to Local Groups

Love it or hate it, Fresh and Easy has been taking Southern California by storm.  In the last year Tesco has opened over 30 Fresh and Easy locations in the Los Angeles area offering "a simple shopping experience with everything you need right in the neighborhood."

Besides budget prices for quality products, Fresh and Easy is also billing itself as the "good neighbor," recruiting from the local area and using low-energy lighting and equipment.

As part of being a good neighbor, Fresh and Easy is offering a $1,000 donation to a group from the neighborhood where a store is being opened or celebrating its one-year anniversary.  Anyone from the neigbhorhood can nominate a group on the Fresh and Easy website, which you can reach by clicking here.  Recent donations include high school football teams, children's theater groups, and wildlife organizations.

Here is what Fresh and Easy says:

"When we first opened your store, we invited you and your neighbors to nominate a non-profit group from the local community. From these nominations, the store staff selected a charity to receive a $1,000 donation.

We do this with every store we open because we care about our neighborhoods and the people who live there.

As stores reach their one-year anniversary, we are doing it again. Anyone can nominate a local neighborhood group and the store will decide who receives another donation. It is just another way for us to say "thank you" for your support."

Do you know of a group in the Eagle Rock/Highland Park/Glassell Park area that could use $1,000?  Go online and take advantage of Fresh and Easy's good neighbor policy!

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Eagle Rock Talk

Eagle Rock CA in a podcastEagle Rock Talk is a website you should have on your desktop. Apryl Lundsten and Laurel Moglen, a couple of talented local women, have been podcasting stories about people, businesses, and newsworthy items in and around Eagle Rock since October, 2006. They have done this on their own and it's a friendly, open forum for everything you can think of around Eagle Rock. Most of the subjects they've discussed can be accessed from the site. You can listen to old podcasts, read neighborhood news, blast off your opinion on the latest business that's trying to open. Another big asset they offer is links to more and more local businesses. So far, this is as good as it is for finding out what's around Eagle Rock for retail. And this is how I found out about Orecul77.

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This is the best business model for this economy!

For the People by the People
For the People by the People

Orecul77 is a new shop in Highland Park that offers several ways to be green by recycling, reusing, and especially reimagining the clothing that we already have. Tawny Lucero's unusual boutique is now open and ready for business. In every aspect of buy local, this is a great place. Tawny is local, she deals with local craftspeople, and her shop is close to everything on the York Blvd you also love like The York Pub, Johnny's and Marty's.

Still love that gray sweater but you spilled wine on it and can't get the stain out? Tawny will figure out a way to cover it up stylishly. Still love those jeans but they are so threadbare they are about to reveal way too much? She can help you re-engineer your own clothes, or you can buy something off the rack that she has created out of other clothes. What a unique idea!

You can donate old clothes and what she doesn't use she'll take to a homeless shelter. You can also shop for other cool items that are for sale on consignment, made by local artisans. There are bags, jewelry, craft items galore. Tawny also plans to have a story telling night on January 22 starting at 7 pm. It sounds unusual, but with some "bring your own" snacks and wine, who knows what creative tales may unwind?

Check it out at Orecul77, 5159 York Blvd, Highland Park 90042. Call her at 323-254-2600 for hours and more info.

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Another Scam Alert!

When times get tough, some of the underemployed become more creative. Here is another small sting to watch out for from the Title Compliance Board, Department of Records Retrieval. For a mere $79.00, they will send you a certified copy of your deed from the County Recorder's office. Great. They probably will send it to you, but you can order it for yourself for only $6.00!

Just go to the link: LA County Recorder for complete instructions.

But the real question is, why? Your deed is on record with the County Recorder. If you decide to sell your house, the title company verifies your ownership during the escrow process. You don't need to show anyone such records. Why else might you be required to prove your ownership? After a fire or some other disaster? Your insurance company already knows you own the property. In the off chance that you don't have insurance (which is a problem you need to address), your only recourse is a Federal agency and they will verify your ownership. It's not a bad idea to have the documentation on your property, but you received it when you bought the property. If you can't find it, you can get a copy from your title company. Ask your Realtor who that was. Or ask me and I can look it up for you.

Asking for a small amount like $79 is the easiest kind of scam to succeed at. They are providing a service, they are just creating a need that isn't real for a document that is easy and cheap to obtain. It's not illegal, really, just unnecessary. I'm sure you can find something useful to spend $79 on. Or put it in your piggy bank to add to your down payment fund.

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First-ever Realtor Float in the Rose Parade!

To celebrate the 100th year of its existence, the National Association of Realtors has entered a float in the Rose Parade. So, for the first time in the 28 years I've lived near the Rose Bowl, I volunteered to help on a float. It's quite an experience and I recommend you try it sometime.

There are many organizations that enter floats that rely on volunteers to do a tremendous amount of the final work to get it ready for New Year's Day. We have the towns of South Pasadena and Sierra Madre, we have companies like Kaiser Permanente, and professional organizations like the Realtors.

It's a lot of fun, it's a great way to meet like-minded people that you might never meet otherwise, and it's an honor to participate in such an ambitious effort. These floats take a lot of money and energy to make them ready for showtime. I know the parade is going to mean more to me because I contributed even my tiny small part to it.

I hope you'll think of participating in some way yourself in years to come. Anyone over 12 years old can be put to some kind of work. Check out the Tournament of Roses for complete information on all the related events.

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