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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 !




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



Want To Sell Your Home? The first step is letting go emotionally…..

There are many decisions and plans that have to be made prior to putting your home up for sale.  Many of these decisions are based upon the logistics of your life:  Why do you want to move?  Where do you want to move?  What is the mathematical equation that is present for you?

In my experience as an agent assisting homeowners in making some of these decisions, I’ve found that there is one critical aspect that must be completed as a foundation to making your goals happen:

In order to make the decision to sell your home and find a buyer to purchase it, you must recognize that your property is going to be a NEW HOME FOR SOMEONE ELSE.

You must pave the way for your home to become somone else’s home.

Do not become offended when people come into your home and are not fond of your choice of decor.  Do not become offended when people come into your home and look through rooms and closets to figure out how their life could possibly transcend into this home.  Do not become offended when a potential buyer wants to remodel what took you years to create.


All of the memories you’ve created in this home will be yours forever.  In your own mind.  With your own set of photographs and home movies.  In the minds and memories of your family and friends.

THAT is the most important part of the life you’ve created in this home.  NOT the structure of wood, metal, stucco that is called a house.  This home is just a temporary shell for that life experience that can be claimed by no one else but yourself, regardless of who dwells in this structure in the future.

It is time for someone else to start creating their own memories in this home, and you must submit to that if there’s any chance at all with you completing your goal of selling this home and creating a life in another home.

If you cannot emotionally dis-attach yourself from the home, not only will it show, but the energy you’ll be putting out there will prohibit the sale of your home.  It will inhibit those around you that you’ve hired to be part of the team that will assist you with getting from point A to point B from doing their job.

It will show in how the home viewings are conducted, it will show in your negotiations, and it will show in many places that are critical to creating an environment conducive to successfully selling your home.

You must keep your eye on the prize at all times:  A new life that you’re wanting to create for yourself that involves selling this home.

Once you’ve emotionally let go of the property, then you’re home-free (no pun intended).  Everything else is details.

Labor Day ?


The first Monday in September. It is a holiday honoring working people and it observed throughout the United States.

“Labor Day differs in every essential way from other holidays of the year in any country,” said Samuel Gompers founder and longtime president of the American Federation of Labor. “All other holidays are in a more or less degree connect with conflicts and battles of man’s prowess over man, of strife and discord for greed and power, of glories achieved by one nation over another. Labor Day…is devoted to no man, living or dead, to no sct, race, or nation.

In 1884, the Knights of Labor adopted a resolution that the first Monday in September should be considered Labor Day. Many states liked the idea, and adopted it.

In 1887, Oregon become the first state to make Labor Day a legal holiday.

In 1894, President Grover Cleveland signed a bill making Labor Day a national holiday.

Cucamonga Canyon – “Sapphire Falls” – Rancho Cucamonga Community Updates

Cucamonga Canyon – “Sapphire Falls”
Enjoy your time in the canyon while following some advice
Map of approved trail to Cucamonga Canyon

If you are visiting Cucamonga Canyon you will most likely enter through the City of Rancho Cucamonga. The only legal way to enter or leave the canyon is on Skyline Road. Skyline Road is located at the top of Sapphire Road and runs north from Almond Street. All of the land to the west of Skyline Road and south of the second forestry gate (including the wash) is private property. If you utilize private property to enter or exit the canyon, you are subject to arrest or citation for trespassing. The police department is working in the canyon every weekend to enforce all laws.

The City of Rancho Cucamonga wants you to enjoy your time in the canyon, but offers the following advice.

  1. Stay on the main trail (Skyline Road).
  2. Remember; if you leave the main trail you must have a way to get back. Many of the routes to Sapphire Falls are easy to get down, but nearly impossible to get back up.
  3. Stay away from steep rocky trails to avoid injury.
  4. Take water and wear appropriate hiking shoes.
  5. Park only in legal areas to avoid parking citations.

The City of Rancho Cucamonga understands your desire to hike and enjoy the canyon. The city promotes healthy activities such as hiking, but must also protect the rights of property owners in and around the canyon. Trespassing, illegal parking, littering and graffiti are just a few of the problems common to the canyon. Let’s all work together and make the canyon a safe and fun place to visit.

Rancho Cucamonga Police
(909) 477-2800

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