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

Monday, May 20, 2013

While the so called Springs fire burn scar affected primarily mountainous brush, that didn't stop at least one shameless ambulance chasing attorney from sending out letters as far as Agoura Hills.

The letter said the recipient property owner is in a contamination zone and included pictures of ash and soot magnified 10000 times. At that magnification, the most innocuous particle will look monstrous. The attorney promised to win a claim against the property owner's insurance company for things like replacing all the insulation in the home. A representative for the attorney admitted that any microscopic ash or soot particles on the insulation is of no consequence, yet it is a covered peril under some policies.
It's true that some areas are affected by smoke damage in the aftermath of the fire. Yet if a property owner is simply trying to cash in by collecting a monetary award for items they have no intention of repairing, he or she should consider the possible consequences of having a public record of the claim stay with the property for at least 5 years.
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Friday, May 17, 2013

Home with view, horse facilities and BEEHIVE. You betcha: a beehive, like solar panels, or new windows, is absolutely a selling point.

When Ralph and Annie moved into their Old Agoura home 18 years ago, their attempts to grow various vegetables and flowers were met with frustration. They thought that possibly the soil was deficient or that the sun was not hitting their yard for the optimal length of time. A few years later, a honey bee hive moved into the hollow of a pepper tree in their front yard. Viola! The garden began to EXPLODE with color. Fruits and vegetable were plentiful after the bees took residence.
Ralph says that in the 12 years since the hive settled into the pepper tree, he has never been stung. He occasionally prunes back the suckers that block the entrance to the hollow, and the bees flutter about his hands. Ralph and Annie's dogs occasionally try to nab a mouthful of bee; the dogs have never been bothered by them either.
Ralph and Annie know for certain that without the hive, their garden would decline. Their hive disappeared for two years and the blooms and produce with it. Luckily, the bees returned. No pesticides or weed killers, which are harmful to bees, are used in their garden.
Bee numbers are dwindling across the country, reducing crop production in some areas. Without bees, we would have zero produce to eat. There are a few theories about what is affecting the bee population. Pesticides may be a primary culprit. A documentary about the subject can be viewed HERE.

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Friday, May 10, 2013

To the general populace, Los Angeles is the epitome of an urban environment. Hence, 'Los Angeles county rural properties' is an oxymoron. Appraising property in the custom and equestrian neighborhoods of Old Agoura, Cornell, Triunfo and Lobo Canyons, Malibu Lakeside, and others is something NOT familiar to all appraisers in Los Angeles county. Often, appraisers in these areas are unable to find comparable sales to justify the purchase price of the property because they are adhering to guidelines that do not apply to rural properties. In order to do a fair evaluation, the appraiser will need to be cognizant that the guidelines used to evaluate 'rural' property are a departure from those for suburban guidelines. Sometimes, the appraiser just needs to identify the subject property as a rural property.

What makes rural property different from suburban homes so far as Freddie/Fannie/FHA/HUD is concerned?

1) Rural neighborhoods generally have larger geographic boundaries.

2) It is not unusual for rural neighborhoods to have slower growth rates

than urban properties.
3) It is often acceptable for rural neighborhoods to have longer marketing times.
4) It is common for mixed uses (especially agricultural) to be present in
rural neighborhoods.
5) The geographic boundaries for rural properties may be
much larger than those associated with urban and suburban locations.
It is this last difference (5) that allows appriasers to use comparable sales outside the immediate neighborhood - and this fact will sometimes save the day in a market where there is a shortage of sold inventory.
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Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Officials estimate the cost of the Malibu Canyon (Springs) fire to be $10M. 28000 acres of chapparal were scorched and numerous structures were damaged. This is a time when hikers, bikers and riders can typically enjoy lush wildflowers and fauna of Pt. Magu State Park. Instead, the Sycamore Canyon trail will be closed for a few weeks while Park and Recreation staff, with the help of an arborist, will assess the damage and remove any safety threats.

Craig S. Sap, State Park District Superintendent, says that replacement of the public bathrooms is a priority. "The public rates the park based only on the cleanliness of the bathroom," says Sap. Unfortunately, a $25,000 bathroom will cost the taxpayers $250,000 by the time all the government requirements are met.

The coastal park is prized for it's relatively cool climate, even in the summer months.

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Friday, May 03, 2013
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Smoke and ash filled the air as a result of the fire that started in Camarillo Springs yesterday morning. Strong winds blew the fire south east to Malibu Canyon. The National Park service has closed Cheeseboro Canyon due to the threat of the fire spreading to open space there.

Several Malibu Canyon evacuees called their Agoura neighbors, seeking refuge. The Old Agoura Park equestrian arena has been used as a staging area for evacuation in the past. 28 horses filled the arena when the Bell Canyon fire spread to Cheeseboro Canyon in 2009. The arena manager, Ron Troncatty, recommended that evacuees travel to designated horse evacuation centers at Pierce College or Ventura County Fairgrounds. It doesn't make sense, says Troncatty, for horses to be moved from south of the freeway in Malibu Canyon, to north of the freeway in Agoura Hills, when both areas are in the path of the same fire.

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