Agoura Horse Property - Custom & Equestrian Real Estate by Nona Green

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Invitation from Ride On
You are invited to the Ride On Hoofprints and Heartbeats Cocktail Reception which will be held on Saturday April 20th at Mitch and Lynda Jacobs beautiful home in Hidden Hills. Please join us from 5pm onwards at the Spring Valley Arena for some exciting and inspiring equine demonstrations including performances by some very talented Ride On students. From 6pm onwards we will be enjoying a cocktail reception at Mitch and Lynda's home. There will also be an exciting live art event during the reception. Award winning artists Kiar Mesko and Linda Shaner will create and complete equine original Art within 60 minutes while guests watch. Silent bids may be placed on the art during the creative process - upon completion, the art will be framed and ready to take home by whomever places the highest bid!
We are very excited to announce that Honorary Chairs for the event are Harrison Ford and Councilmember Mitchell Englander - we are honored that they are supporting Ride On. Tickets for the reception are $75 each. To download an invitation for the event please click here. RSVP's are required - Please contact for more information or call

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Friday, March 22, 2013
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The real estate market is sizzling. Woe the customer who needs financing to buy a home, who has to compete with cash buyers.

If sellers had a heart and wanted to give equal opportunity to someone who is actually going to live in the property, versus a cash investor, things would not look so bleak for buyers who need financing. Not all cash buyers are investors, yet they are often able to negotiate a price discount. There is a downside to an increase in tenant occupied homes in a given neighborhood. Government owned properties are, at least initially, offered exclusively to buyer's who intend to live in the home. Yet sellers whose properties are non-conforming may not have a choice. Non-permitted additions and upgrades may render their properties unfriendly so far as lenders are concerned.

So what can a buyer do? They can write "clean" offers.

  • Forget contingencies to sell another home - that is so 2011 - buyer need to sell their current home first and move twice if necessary.
  • Shorten inspection times - the Calif. Assoc. of Realtors boilerplate contract allows 17 days. A qualified inspector can be scheduled within a day or two. Especially if the home appears to be well maintained, a seller may think a 17 day period is an unreasonable amount of time for their property to be tied up under contract. 10 days are usually more than enough time for inspections.
  • Keep the options to a minimum. If the seller is offering to include their refrigerator, fine. A buyer shouldn't ask for personal items unless there was a prior discussion about the inclusion of such items. Don't ask for the seller's family heirlooms.
  • ]Include a "pre-approval'' (not a pre-qualification) from the actual underwriter. When comparing offers, the seller will consider a pre-qual from a mortgage broker just a cursory notion that a buyer has a chance of getting a loan. An actual approval from an underwriter is stronger.
  • By all means, provide a verification of funds needed for the down-payment plus closing costs.

That's for starters. It helps for a buyer to work with an agent who has years of experience who can best represent their strengths. I am always amazed when I see offers without a cover letter written by the buyer's agent. An agent who has previously sold in the neighborhood where the property is located can project confidence about the price the buyer is offering in relation to the comparable sales. Happy hunting!

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Friday, March 08, 2013

Do you recall ever having received one of the "Clean Water, Clean Beaches" notices in the mail? If so, you may recall it appeared to look more like a newsletter—rather than a notice for you to file a protest to a new fee on your property tax bill. The LA County Department of Public Works sent these notices to all 2.3 million property owners in LA County to inform them about their proposed Clean Water, Clean Beaches Measure to provide dedicated funding through a NEW FEE (or tax) to reduce pollution in storm water runoff that affects beaches, waterways, and groundwater.

When I looked up the tax for my property on Chesebro Rd. in Agoura Hills I learned that I would be paying $83 per year. This would be well worth insuring that the Malibu coast I frequent will stay clean.

Property owners were originally given until January 15, 2013 to submit their protest form or attend the Public Hearing to verbally express their protest. However, due to the obscurity of the notice, it was voted to continue the public hearing for 60 days, which means the deadline to submit a protest has been extended to March 12, 2013.

This proposed measure would affect all property owners—including commercial, industrial, residential, and government—who will pay a fee at different rates based on the size of their parcel(s). There are about 2.3 million properties affected.

You may view the proposed fee for your parcel here:

Opponants of the bill say that there is no accountability provision to ensure that projects performed under this measure are meeting intended clean water goals. The proposed "fee" is indefinite with no "sunset" clause that would stop it once goals are met or after a certain period of time. Specific projects that the fee will cover have yet to be identified.

Heal the Bay and other environment group are supporting the measure, lauding it as important and necessary to save our beaches in light of State budget cuts.

A public hearing will be held on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 9:30 a.m. in the Hearing Room of the Board of Supervisors at the Hall of Administration - 500 W. Temple Street, Los Angeles, 90012 (corner of Temple Street & Grand Avenue) - (213) 974-1311.

If the Board has not received protests against the fee by a majority of property owners at the end of the Public Hearing on March 12, the Board may choose to proceed to the second step in the Proposition 218 process—an election to approve the proposed Clean Water Fee.

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Saturday, March 02, 2013


Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station will be hosting its monthly Parental Resource Program. Due to the overwhelming response and feedback from local parents, the program will also cover Teen Driver and School Safety issues. This is a great opportunity to learn about trending problems challenging today’s youth and how the Juvenile Intervention Team is addressing them. The program will take place on March 2, 2013, at the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station in the downstairs assembly room from 9am to 11:30am. Space is limited so please RSVP via email to Deputy Alicia Kohno at

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office protects our communities by taking dangerous criminals off the street. The best way to combat crime, however, is to prevent it from happening in the first place. To that end, the District Attorney’s Office is firmly committed to working with the community, businesses, and other agencies to prevent crime and to intervene early when wayward young people need guidance most.

Crime in the Conejo Valley communities of Hidden Hills, Agoura, Calabasas, Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Malibu, etc. is rare compared to the rest of California. Needless to say, crime is not non-existant.

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