Saturday, March 27, 2010

Open House on Sunday 3/28/2010

Sunday from 12 noon to 3 pm. Come preview this nice family home.

Oops the Link expired... for currently running Postlets.

House no longer on the market...

House and Guest House in the Culver City Zip on the Mar Vista boarder.

Great upgrades to the home make made it a very good deal.



Monday, March 22, 2010

Going Green around your home

Safe Spring Cleaning for Your Home and Family...

Many parts of the country are already warming up to spring...and that means spring cleaning. But have you ever considered what you're using to clean your home...and if it's really safe for your family? The problem with cleaning products is that there is very little regulation and virtually no labeling requirements.

"A lot of cleaning products contain toxic ingredients that aren't properly regulated, disclosed, or in some cases even tested," said Sara Mohs, co-founder of simplyneutral™, a company that promotes sustainable living through non-toxic cleaners.

In fact, most household cleaners are produced using a petroleum-based formula. That's right, petroleum! In addition, they typically include chemicals, fragrances, and dyes that can be irritating to your eyes, skin, and respiratory tract. In light of last week's Poison Prevention Week, here's a list of natural alternatives that work great and are probably already in your pantry:

Baking soda - We all know that baking soda absorbs odors, especially in refrigerators, but did you know it's also a simple and effective cleaner? Just mix baking soda with warm water for an inexpensive cleaner comparable to commercial "abrasive" cleaners.

Vinegar - White vinegar is actually a deodorizer and a disinfectant...making it a great all-purpose cleaner. Avoid using vinegar solutions on marble or grout, but it's perfect for all of the other surfaces in the kitchen and bathroom.

Lemon juice - Use lemon juice on hard-water stains, soap scum, even rust stains in the shower, tub, and toilet. Mix lemon juice with salt to remove stubborn stains from coffee pots. Or you can mix lemon juice with baking soda for a softer, paste-like cleaning solution. Add a little to olive oil for an effective wood polish. Blend it with water to make a potent air freshener.

Cornstarch - Cornstarch makes an effective glass and surface cleaner. Plus, you can combine 2 tbsp of cornstarch with 3/4 cup of baking soda for an inexpensive carpet freshener.

Borax - Also known as sodium borate, borax is best known as a hard-water laundry soap, but it also cleans wallpaper, painted walls, and other painted surfaces.

In addition to these natural ingredients, there are also a number of non-toxic cleaners that can be bought in stores. But make sure you consider a couple of points before making your purchase.

First, read the label carefully. "Although a cleaner may contain natural ingredients, it may also include dyes, fragrances, or synthetic preservatives," Mohs said. "For example, if the label says fragrances are
added, it may contain up to 150 synthetic chemicals." Second, you may want to take a quick look at the company itself to see if it is serious about producing natural cleaners that are safe for your family, your home, and the environment.

For more information and tips about non-toxic cleaning, visit

Let me know if you want more of this type of tip posts.

Keith Lambert

Friday, March 19, 2010

3 headlines that together say something very good!

3 LA Times headlines all on page B2 send a good signal. – “Home Prices Rise 11.2% in the state” “First Time Jobless Claims Decline slightly; Inflation Remains in Check” and “30 year Fixed Rates Edge Up” – Now that looks like the light at the end of the tunnel I was hoping to see. This is the combination that signals a good move in the real estate marketplace.

If enough people see the light at the end of the tunnel then it will happen. We will all feel the relief of the market slowly recovering. I feel that the interest rates need to rise just a little to make the buyers get off the fence and get the cheaper money before it drays up or gets more expensive to borrow.


Keith Lambert