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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!

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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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Have You Made the Right Plans?

The Box

The Box

You're invited: January 24, 2009. 2 pm, Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock, 2225 Colorado Blvd., LA 90041.

Iku Kiriyama presents "The Box: How to do the Most Important Planning of Your Life" Smoothing the transition for those who are still here after you pass on.

It is a major act of love to prepare our affairs in the event we should pass away. Yet we avoid, rationalize and delay preparing for the inevitable. The greatest gift you can give those you leave behind is to plan for what you know will happen sooner or later.

Really, none of us gets out of here alive.

Ms. Kiriyama shows us what is in the box she wished she had when her husband passed away.

The presentation lasts about an hour, with time for questions afterward. Light refreshments will be served.

The event is free to the public and we invite you to bring a friend or five. Please RSVP so we can have enough chairs and treats. We are considering providing child care, so please ask if you need it.

Sponsored by "The Avon Walk Four" -- Tracy King, Paula Walker, Kendyl Young, Liz Johnson

Thanks to the Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock for the generous donation of the hall.
RSVP to Tracy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 626-844-2256 anytime.

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Scam Alert: Property Tax Reassessment

I received a letter today from this company which says they will file for your property tax reduction for a fee of $179 per property. Folks, you might as well flush $179.00 down the toilet! My letter said the deadline to reply is January 7, 2009. According to the real Los Angeles County Tax Assessor's form RP-87 (the real official form to use, not this bogus letter) - This form MUST be filed by December 31, 2008. Applications received after that date will not be processed. For assistance, please call 213.974.3211 or 1.888.807.2111.

The bogus letter looks very official, but if you read the fine print on the backside, it says that "Property Tax Reassessment is not a government agency and at no time should the service fee be construed as mandatory unless you wish Property Tax Reassessment to perform services on your behalf." Interestingly, they say if you don't pay by January 7, you will owe $209.00. That makes it look official, doesn't it?

Don't be fooled. If you are one of the property owners whose market value is now less than your assessed value, you can file for the reduction yourself, or contact me and I will help you for FREE. But the deadline is December 31, 2008, which means you should mail the application by December 29. So you need to start on this right away or ask me now if you want my help. I gave you complete instructions in a previous blog post. It's not difficult if you know what to do, which I do.

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