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

Sunday, August 24, 2014

I'm asking Nick, the State Licensed Pest Control operator who is Green Properties pest control operator, whether he notes "active infestation" of bedbugs when looking for termites or dry rot. Nick consistently notes rodent droppings when he finds them in the basement or attic. My guess is that he would probably not notice bedbugs, and until I have the conversation with him, he's not looking for them. My guess is that there is NOOOOOOO way he would ever examine someone's sheets and lingerie.

It's no longer an East Coast Thing. Los Angeles County is experiencing a pandemic outbreak. I became aware of the problem when talking to a client who owns apartment complexes. He's battling his insurance company to pay a $30,000 bill to rid the building of termites. Those bugs take a big bite out of the wallet.

-When I Googled "bedbugs Los Angeles" local outlets for major media posted three unrelated articles about outbreaks in different locations of LA.

-It's a bad sign when there is a page full of paid ads for bedbug lawyers, err bedbug litigation experts.

So I would be remiss if I didn't include a wiki-link to learn about bedbugs, which make me now leery of a student bringing home dorm furniture:

Detection dogs are the best way to inspect and find bedbugs. Eradication is a multi-step approach and involves heat and pesticides.

To help prevent bed bugs from entering your home, pack clothing in sealable plastic bags before a business trip or vacation. Upon returning home, unpack those items outside in the garage and give your suitcase, backpack or briefcase a good once-over and cleaning.

The same applies for backpacks, gym bags and laundry brought home by college students. Give these items a good cleaning and immediately wash clothes and bedding in hot water. If an item cannot be washed, you can place it in the dryer at the highest setting for 10 minutes.

Bedbug infestation can cause rashes and allergic reactions, and a bit of creepy crawler paranoia.

The evolution of a Real Estate Company's local disclosure is as follows: A homeowner has a bedbug infestation and sells his home to an unsuspecting buyer. The buyer sues and wins damages against the seller. The broker gets dragged into the suit - because they always do. BINGO - the next incarnation of the Area Disclosure and the Buyer's Inspection Advisory says the seller should disclose, and the buyer should inspect for bedbugs. Currently, they mention wood destroying pests and wildlife, but we can count on bedbugs having their special section, due to the money involved in eradication.

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Monday, August 18, 2014
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I don't normally pitch products, but I really use this one everyday.

Shawn O'shine wash wand.

I took this thing for granted until I broke the one I've had for 10 years. It woundn't have broke except that I screwed it on so tight to the end of a hose, that I over torque'd it trying to get it off. I called West Valley Feed, where I purchased the thing, and Sharon said they not only don't carry it, they thought it was no longer made.

Luckily, the label was still legible and I googled the name Shawn O'shine (goofy name - maybe the inventor was named Shawn?) and viola! I found the website for the horse wash wand AND the facebook page.

What a relief! I swear this thing saves time, water, and my horse's patience while I wash him head to hoof. He is 16.1 hands and I'm barely 5 foot 3 inches, so the long wand let's me get his forehead and behind the ears, even when he imitates a giraffe. There is a valve where you can adjust the pressure, and even turn it off without going to the hose-bib.

I'm glad I don't have to live without my Shawn O'shine horse wash wand. The dogs get the treatment too, and I can wash them and rinse completely in a few minutes.

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Saturday, August 09, 2014

READ THIS letter from the Conejo Valley Association of Realtors. This is a game changer for the residents of Agoura, Agoura Hills, Calabasas, Cornell, and Westlake Village. These areas are served by Realtors who may be associated with only one Board of Realtors, in which case those Realtors may not be exposing thier clients property to real estate agents in the entire region.

Luckily, and Nona Green has been and will continue to be members of all THREE area Board of Realtors, gauranteeing maximum exposure for our clientele.

August 8, 2014

Dear CSMAR [Conejo Simi Moorpark] Brokers and Agents,

As you may be aware, the California Regional Multiple Listing Service, Inc. (CRMLS) will be leaving the CARETS data exchange group next week. Due to this departure, the Ventura County Regional Datashare (VCRDS), which is comprised of the CSMAR and VCCAR Associations, will no longer have access to CRMLS listings, and CRMLS will no longer have access to VCRDS listings.

VCRDS will continue to share listing data with SRAR’s CRISNet MLS, the iTech MLS, and theMLS/CLAW (Combined LA, Westside).

At the request of CMRLS, all CRMLS listings, agents, and listing history will begin to be removed from the VCRDS MLS system late in the day on Monday, August 11th. Removals will continue through Wednesday, August 13th.

Please make sure to PRINT or SAVE any CRMLS Listings you may need for your files or reference, including listings on which you were the Selling agent. This information will NOT BE RECOVERABLE following the completion of the data removal.

The likely effects of this data removal include:

  • Saved searches, hotsheets, and statistics may return fewer results.
  • DOM/CDOM numbers may change, as the calculations may lose reference listings.
  • Listings may disappear from Carts, including Autoprospecting and Client Portal carts.
  • CRMLS Agents will be removed from our Agent search, and may disappear from the Co-Agent section of listings, and the Selling Agent portion of Sold or Leased listings.
  • A delay in listing updates from the iTech MLS from 6:00PM on 8/10 to 10:00PM on 8/11.

Best Regards,

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