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

Monday, April 28, 2014

Segregation in 2014? In the Conejo Valley? Really?

60 years after Jim Crow Laws were outlawed, student population in each Conejo Valley school is either predominantly white, or dramatically diverse in comparison. 83% versus 60% white in each of two schools that are less than 2 miles away from each other.
In 2000, the federal government decided that anti-segregation laws were no longer needed. In this short period of time, the educational system in many towns across the country is completely separate, and definitely not equal. This article in the April issue of The Atlantic, sheds light on this phenomenon.
Accelerating the return of segregation, is the accessibility of city and school ethnic data on the internet. Real estate information websites that offer MLS data, also provide links to the racial composition of the neighborhood, and school information sites like show the racial composition of the schools. As a real estate agent, by law, how many whites, blacks, hispanics, jews or gays live in an particular area is none of my business. Meanwhile, the websites do a fine job of steering people to one area over another.
This past weekend, I overheard one white mother talking to another about her pre-schooler, "you are lucky if can keep your kid out of Sumac Elementary* - it's heavily Hispanic".
The response from the pre-schooler's monther: "Well I definitely would worry about my kid being ignored while his teachers are attempting to translate lessons into Spanish."
In a school that has embraced dual language immersion and the L-STEM program, has extraordinarily high average test scores and an excellent reputation with parents, is white flight happening?
Please read the Atlantic article and then share your thoughts on the subject. Thank you from Agoura Horse Property, Inc.
*Sumac Elementary, located in Agoura Hills, is a school within the Las Virgenes Unified School District.
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Friday, April 18, 2014

Home Warranty Companies grew as a cottage industry in the mid 1970's. The 3rd Party Warranties were a listing tool originally, as real estate companies campaigned "list with us and we will pay for a home warranty". Over the years, the policies became a standard application for all residential real estate transactions and realtors were afraid to NOT recommend to a buyer that a warranty is in place. Deductables rose, and the quality of service declined. That was when you can get service: often the warranty companies would declare a defect to be a pre-existing condition, and thus decline the claim. If a homeowner submitted one too many claims, the Warranty Company would typically cancel the policy.

When the claim is not honored, the client may be frustrated that they wasted time getting nowhere. The agent may become a scapegoat.

The lawsuit alleges conspiracy by the Home Warranty Companies with contractors to do the least expensive repair rather than good industry standard service or replacement.

Some companies do deliver, and sometimes whether a claim is honored depends on the sales representatives relationship with the real estate agent who ordered the policy on behalf of their client.

In some transactions, such as a short sale or bank owned property, the seller won't pay for a home warranty. The buyer must decide whether they want to come up with another $500-$1000 for a policy. It may be better to put that money aside to hangle any repairs that may be needed after the escrow closes.

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Thursday, April 03, 2014

"Well little lady..." Save the Date: Saturday April 12, 2014 12-4PM

Ranching and Riding in the Santa Monica Mountains

Before it was parkland, the Santa Monica Mountains was home to farms and ranches. Two presentations (starting at 12:30 and 2PM) will explain and demonstrate the rich ranching histories of King Gillette Ranch and Malibu Creek State Park (formerly known for decades as the 20th Century Ranch). Meet the horses and a Mounted Volunteer Patrol team that help keep our parks safe today. View restored carriages from the 1800's. Bring your camera!

Santa Monica Mountain Interagency Visitor Center Park Store is operated by Western National Parks Association, a nonprofet partner of the National Park Service. Your purchases help support national parks across the West. For more information call 805 370-2302 or email is promoting this event and Equestrian Trails Inc Coral 36 is the sponsor and organizer for the Western National Parks Association.

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