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3rd Annual Home Buyer’s Fair

March 4, 2010

It is that time of year again:

LOS ANGELES  – The CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) and the Los Angeles Times are sponsoring the third annual Southern California Home Buyer’s Fair at the Los Angeles Convention Center March 13 and 14.

Time: Sat. 10-5 pm, sun. 11-4 pm. Concourse Hall, 1201 S. Figueroa St, LA, 90015

For more info visit:

It’s free, but pay to park.

Culver City Garden Club

March 28, 2009

Culver City Garden Club Will Hold a Potluck Tuesday, April 7, 2009 at 7:00 PM in the Garden Room of the Culver City Veterans’ Building Plant “Show, Tell & Ask” & Raffle Table It’s time to look around your garden to discover plants for entry in the Show or to donate for Club sales. Remember that to enter a plant in the Show; you must have had it in your possession before April 1! Our President, Willie Tarver, is bringing BBQ Ribs from his BBQ Pit for us! For Our Cinco de Mayo (May 5) Meeting: “Edible Landscaping: Vegetable, Fruit & Herb Gardening”, with our own Deni Friese from Custom Landscaping. Don’t forget that the Club voted to start a HomeHarvest program. If you’ve got too many vegetables or fruits at one time, let us know and we’ll put together a harvest party. We’ll donate the results to local food banks, etc. Also remember we’re donating small gifts (ie. baskets with a coffee mug, small plant or fruit to Club supporters and need gift items.

There is an annual show.

Annual membership: $10.00/person or $18.00 for 2 people.

cid_image610Donna Benton


Short Sales

March 18, 2009


I am presently involved in two short sales.  I am changing the name to Long Sales.  From the time you put it on the market to closing could be 4-6 months, sometimes longer.


What is a short sale/long sale?  This event occurs when an owner of a property is unable to continue with their mortgage payments due to a financial hardship.  They have exhausted other avenues such as a loan modification with their existing lender or lenders, and the property is worth less than the mortgage amount.  Owners can contact HUD for assistance-800-569-4287; contact their lender and their Realtor®. After all avenues have been exhausted, the owner can place their home on the market with their Realtor®.  It is always best to work with an agent that has experience with short sales.  Realtors® do not charge any upfront fees to the seller, we are only paid once the transaction finalizes.


Typically, a seller would be responsible for paying all fees associated with the sale of their home.  With short sales the lender will pay the expenses.   A short sale can prevent foreclosure of the property, and can have less of a detrimental effect on your credit report.  Some lenders may require that the owner sign an unsecured loan to pay back some of the fees.  This can be triggered when there is a second mortgage on the property. 


Owners are advised to begin the process as early. 


                                  Donna Benton

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Happy Saint Patrick’s Day/Home Buyer’s Fair

March 17, 2009


Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!


Aren’t we all a little Irish?


It is known that St. Patrick was born in Britain to wealthy parents near the end of the fourth century. He is believed to have died on March 17, around 460 A.D. Although his father was a Christian deacon, it has been suggested that he probably took on the role because of tax incentives and there is no evidence that Patrick came from a particularly religious family. At the age of sixteen, Patrick was taken prisoner by a group of Irish raiders who were attacking his family’s estate. They transported him to Ireland where he spent six years in captivity. (There is some dispute over where this captivity took place. Although many believe he was taken to live in Mount Slemish in County Antrim, it is more likely that he was held in County Mayo near Killala.) During this time, he worked as a shepherd, outdoors and away from people. Lonely and afraid, he turned to his religion for solace, becoming a devout Christian. (It is also believed that Patrick first began to dream of converting the Irish people to Christianity during his captivity.)

After more than six years as a prisoner, Patrick escaped. According to his writing, a voice-which he believed to be God’s-spoke to him in a dream, telling him it was time to leave Ireland.

To do so, Patrick walked nearly 200 miles from County Mayo, where it is believed he was held, to the Irish coast. After escaping to Britain, Patrick reported that he experienced a second revelation-an angel in a dream tells him to return to Ireland as a missionary. Soon after, Patrick began religious training, a course of study that lasted more than fifteen years. After his ordination as a priest, he was sent to Ireland with a dual mission-to minister to Christians already living in Ireland and to begin to convert the Irish. (Interestingly, this mission contradicts the widely held notion that Patrick introduced Christianity to Ireland.) 

This was taken from the website.




Mark your calendars, April 18th and 19th, for the Home Buyers Fair at the Los Angeles Convention Center sponsored by The California Association of Realtors® and the Los Angeles Times.


Saturday, April 18, 10-5

Sunday, April 19, 11-4


Dozens of seminars and loads of exhibitors.  It is informative for first time home buyers, investors, and anyone interested in buying a new home.


Did I mention, it’s free?  Except for parking.




Donna Benton