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Keeping It Real Estate – October Issue

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Rancho Cucamonga Halloween Events

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Victoria Gardens Is All Treats, No Tricks, for Its Spook-Tacular Halloween Bash!

Saturday, Oct 27, 2012 10:00a to 12:00p

On Saturday 10/27, join the Victoria Gardens Kidz Club for the ‘Spooky Town Square Bash’ from 10:00 am-12:00 pm in Chaffey Town Square. This free event will celebrate the season with activities for everyone, including a pumpkin patch, a maze & other Halloween-themed games. The first 300 kids (ages 2-10) will receive a free mini-pumpkin to decorate at the pumpkin decorating station. The bash will also include a balloon artist, Halloween music, prizes, & a face painter to give spooky makeovers.

Hope Halloween

Friday, Oct 26, 2012 5:00p to 9:00p
Hope IncRancho Cucamonga, CA

Hope Inc in Rancho Cucamonga, Ca is having their annual Halloween Event on October 26th from 5 pm – 9 pm. This event provides a safe environment where children can celebrate. This event is free. Come out and enjoy:

-Free Food
-Trick or Treating
-3 Bounce & Obstacle Houses
-Dunk Tank
-Carpet Bowling
-Awesome Raffle w/Many Prozes
-Music
-Themed Rooms
This will be a night to remember. Address for event is 10777 Civic Center Dr. Rancho Cucamonga, Ca 91730. Friday October 26th 5 pm – 9 pm.

Rancho Cucamonga Are you Ready for 2012 Big Bear’s Octoberfest?

Welcome to the 42nd Annual Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest!

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Enjoy one of the country’s most top rated Oktoberfest’s. Nestled high in the San Bernardino mountains, we pride ourselves in throwing one of the best German celebrations this side of Munich.

You’ve arrived . . . now what?

Come on in, grab yourself a seat and get comfortable for a full day of fun.

Big Bear Lake Convention Center
42900 Big Bear Blvd.
Big Bear Lake, CA 92315

The Convention Center is located on the corner of Division Drive and Big Bear Blvd.

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Dance, Sing, Eat and Be Merry.

You can’t help but participate in the fun at Oktoberfest.
Put on your dancing shoes, because you’ll definitely want to do the Chicken Dance or Circle Dance. Grab one of our Gaudi’s (Hostesses/Hosts) and learn to polka.

Enter one of our free contests. Saw a log, hold stein, or slam an O’Doul’s

After a few rounds of polkas, Macarana’s, Chicken dances, etc., get outside and take a big breath of fresh mountain air. Take a stroll down the Budenstrasse (Avenue of the Booths). The outside vendor and game area features everything from antique slot machines for purchase, to handmade jewelry and candies. Have your palm read or simply enjoy an Italian Ice.

Little Oktoberfest fans will enjoy the Kinder Garten complete with bounce houses, petting zoo, pony rides, face painting, airbrush tattoos and carnival games.

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Getting Hungry

We serve up a German feast fit for a king. All the favorites from Brats, to Sauerbraten, to pretzels, to pickled pig feets.

And, if you’re looking for something more than German food, we offer that too. Cafe Americana serves grilled 1/2 pd. burgers, monster nachos, chicken tacos, chicken strips, chili, fries, onion rings and a variety of other festival-type fare!

TICKETS,TICKETS, WHO HAS THE TICKETS?

All German food and alcoholic beverages are purchased with tickets. There are four convenient ticket booth locations within the building to purchase tickets. Ticket types include: Dinner, Sandwich, Beer, Wine and Burgermeister Bucks. Burgermeister Bucks can be used for both food and alcohol and can be purchased individually or in books of $60.00. Save time and enjoy Oktoberfest as you walk through the doors, by pre-purchasing Burgermeister Books or Ten-pack Beer booklets on line.

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Getting Thirsty

The Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest proudly pours both German and American bier & wine, as well as a variety of soft drinks, water, coffee and sports drinks.

There are two main inside bars and two outside bier gardens – the Warsteiner Bier Garten and the Sports Garten. Looking for the best deal on beer?
Nothing better than having a great time and saving a little too! Buy a stein. The beer cup sizes are 14 oz. and 32 oz. Our steins sizes start at 16.9 oz. and increase to
33.1 oz. You do the math. We also offer mini kegs, which are 5 liter cans. Mini kegs are $48.00 and pour 11+ 14 oz. cups. And finally, we offer Beer Booklets which consist of 10 beer tickets for $58.00 (a $2.00 savings).

Treasure a Memory

Be sure to stop by the Oktoberfest Shoppe and pick-up an Oktoberfest souvenir. We offer everything from Sweatshirts, to T-shirts, to hair wreaths, to magnets, to steins and much more.

Auf Wiedersehen

After a full day of Oktoberfest fun, leave the driving to us. Catch a ride on the O’Doul’s complimentary shuttle. The shuttles begin running at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday evenings and will take you door-to-door anywhere in the Big Bear Valley. The shuttles continue to operate until the last Oktoberfest fan is out of the building! Please note: The shuttle will NOT take you to any other establishment that sells alcoholic beverages.

Rancho Cucamonga: Boost Your Homes Curb Appeal

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Rancho Cucamonga, The Mother.Daughter.Duo Wishes you Smiles :)

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HAPPY FRIDAY EVERYONE! MAY YOU ALL HAVE A WONDERFUL AND SAFE WEEKEND. SMILE LIFE IS TOO SHORT. LOVE YOU ALL

<3,

CHRISTY & MELISSA

MOTHER.DAUGHTER.DUO

Rancho Cucamonga Real Estate / Bank Of America Offering $2,500 – 30,000 in Relocation Assistance

CALABASAS, Calif. – Adding to its foreclosure prevention initiatives, Bank of America has launched a nationwide program that offers delinquent mortgage customers increased assistance with relocation expenses – between $2,500 and $30,000 – at the completion of a qualifying short sale.

 

“Bank of America is committed to providing alternatives to foreclosure whenever possible,” said Bob Hora, home transition services executive for Bank of America. “This program can help customers make a planned transition from ownership when home retention options have been exhausted or they have made a decision not to keep the home.”

 

The short sale relocation assistance program builds on the bank’s already robust short sale initiatives, which led to 200,000 completed short sales in the last two years and another 30,000 in the first quarter of 2012. This program is based on a similar incentive offer that Bank of America tested in Florida last year.

 

To qualify for the enhanced relocation assistance payments under the new program, the seller must work proactively with the bank to obtain a preapproved sales price prior to submitting a purchase offer to the bank. A short sale must be initiated by the end of this year and close by September 26, 2013, to be eligible for the payment. Qualifying short sales that have already been started but have not closed may be eligible for the relocation assistance.

 

The amount of assistance provided under the new program will be determined on a case-by-case basis using a calculation that includes the value of the home, amount owed and other considerations.

 

Initially, the program will be offered on mortgages that are owned and serviced by Bank of America.

 

While available nationally, Bank of America anticipates greatest response to the program will come from borrowers in California, Nevada, Arizona, Florida and other states hardest hit by the economic downturn and falling property values.

Call Melissa and Christy to see if you qualify !

909.222.0124

909.562.5757

MelissaRealEstate@gmail.com

Rancho Cucamonga Community News/Updates “Do you smell that smell?”

 

The source of a foul odor wafting through the Inland area has yet to be found, but officials are sniffing it out. Andrew Schlange, interim general manager of the Salton Sea Authority, said it could be biological in nature. Meanwhile, reports from further locations keep coming in.

A mail carrier in San Bernardino said it smelled like rotten eggs. A woman in Rancho Cucamonga blamed it on dairy cows in Chino. A man in Rialto said he couldn’t smell it at all. And about 60 miles west in Los Angeles, curious callers in the north end of the San Fernando Valley were calling the Fire Department seeking answers.

They were among thousands across the Southland on Monday to catch a whiff of what officials said was the result of biological decay, possibly from the Salton Sea, and an unusual wind that pushed it west.

Fontana resident Walter Martinez, 33, may have best described the foul odor wafting through the Inland area.

“It’s kind of funky,” he said. “If I go outside and take a breath, I cough. I feel an air irritation.”

Air quality officials from around the region fielded phone calls throughout the day from residents concerned about the smell.

Field inspectors with the South Coast Air Quality Management District in Diamond Bar spent the day investigating the possible causes of what they described as “widespread sulfur odors.”

“Fish kills, algae blooms and other biologic conditions in lakes can cause strong odors,” said spokesman Sam Atwood, in a news release. “Industrial facilities such as wastewater plants also can cause sulfur odors. At this time AQMD hasn’t confirmed any source as the cause of the widespread odor.”

Those who smelled it had their own theories.

“It’s awful,” said Roberta Marroquin, a 52-year-old Rancho Cucamonga resident. “You know what, I think it’s the cows from Chino.”

Some experts said the Salton Sea – about 100 miles southeast of San Bernardino – may be to blame.

“It’s an unusual wind pattern that sent the Salton Sea smell pattern north,” said Jack Crayon, an environmental scientist with the California Department of Fish and Game in Bermuda Dunes.

Crayon said the odor occurs when there’s an “upwelling” of the waters in the shallow sea, bringing with it the smell of bacteria that has broken down without oxygen.

“It’s anaerobic,” he said. “Bacteria produce gasses as things break down. They stay in the lower level of the lake and build up over time. As those lower layers come up, they are releasing gasses from decompositions that have been gathering from weeks at a time. That’s what the smell is.”

Andrew Schlange, interim general manager of the Salton Sea Authority, said the shallow body of water, which reaches 60 feet at its deepest, experienced a recent fish die-off and the high winds may have turned over material in the bottom of the sea.

“If this odor is coming from the Salton Sea – and I stress if – that would probably be what happened at the sea from the winds last night,” Schlange said.

Marroquin wasn’t thrilled with the explanation.

“That’s awful, because then you’re breathing it,” she said.

Residents in San Bernardino apparently bombarded the Police Department early in the day with phone calls about the odor.

“It was like every other phone call was about the smell,” said Michael Fox, dispatch supervisor. “Gas leaks is what we heard. The other thing was maybe drug labs.”

Fox said the department directed callers to the AQMD for accurate information. When some called in about asthma problems, the department directed them to stay indoors and avoid exercise, he said.

The Los Angeles Fire Department reportedly started receiving phone calls early Monday morning, mostly from the Foothill and north Valley areas of the city.

Because the source of the smell was unidentified, there was nothing for firefighters to check out, said spokesman Brian Humphrey.

John Bradford, a 69-year-old Rialto resident, said he didn’t smell the odor. He was more concerned about local drinking water, which he described as tasting like “dirty socks and underwear.”

“Taxpayers should get better water for their dime,” Bradford said. “I’m not saying add a room on to everybody’s house, with a Jacuzzi and BMW. Just get us some good drinking water.”

 

Landlord / Tenant Issues…Put it in Writing – Rancho Cucamonga Real Estate Tips and Tricks

I was listening to the local news a few days ago, a portion of the broadcast was dedicated to a call in for “landlord/tenant” issues.

Local tenants could call in and get free advice to help resolve issues. The top two rental disputes between a landlord and a tenant? Security deposit and repairs.

The top statement that tenants use to try and get the landlords attention? I’m calling an attorney.

The top question your attorney will ask? Have you talked to your landlord and put it in writing? With all landlord tenant disputes – the number one thing a tenant needs to do is “know the law” (same applies to landlords) and the law states, “It must be in writing.” Whatever “it” is.

 

But the best thing to do is resolve the issues before “it” gets to that point:

Talk – communicate – face to face is best.

Be reasonable – for example, you have a rule that repairs will be done within 24-48 hours. but if the AC breaks in Arizona – that needs to be fixed right away. On the same issue, if you are a tenant, understand that it might take a few hours to get a repair person to the house to fix the AC. Take responsibility – usually responsibility falls on both sides if there is a dispute or problem.

Compromise. If you can’t do any of the above – get a mediator to help resolve the issues.

Put all of the above in writing

 

 

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