Take a Self-Guided Tour of Residential Gardens in La Mirada E-mail
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Friday, 17 May 2013 18:04

La Mirada~The Arts Colony of La Mirada is proud to present their 2013 “Art in the Garden Tour,” Sunday May 19th from 1:00-4:00 p.m.

The starting point is at the last remaining original olive grove in La Mirada located on the southwestern edge of the Biola University campus.

From there, guests may purchase a ticket for $10 and will receive a map to continue their self-drive tour of residential gardens in La Mirada.

Light refreshments will be served and artwork will be on display and available for purchase at each garden site.

For more information call (562) 941-4116 or (714) 522-8157.

The Arts Colony of La Mirada is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization supporting the visual arts in La Mirada since 1963.

La Mirada SeniorNet Helps Keep Everyone Up to Speed on the Web E-mail
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La Mirada~SeniorNet's dedicated group of volunteers are at the heart of the La Mirada SeniorNet Learning Center Program; instructing, coaching, and always working in the background.

SeniorNet was started in 1986 as a research project and has grown to over 80 learning centers worldwide. Each center helps adults age 50+ enter the "Information Age.”

At the La Mirada SeniorNet Learning Center, each student will use a desktop computer, a flat screen monitor, and an optical mouse. Students receive help as needed. Our classes are small and taught by volunteer instructors and coaches (usually 50+).

Our comfortable, well lit classroom uses an overhead projection system with an 8'x 8' screen and a sound amplification system. Please note that enrollment is subject to certain prerequisites.

Specialized programs offered by La Mirada SeniorNet include:

WORKSHOP-“Personalize Your Computer” Learn simple changes to your PC to make it easier to use and make it look the way you like it.

WORKSHOP-“Find Your Stuff” Learn the difference between files and folders and how to create them. Organize your information so you can find it when you need it. You will also learn how to drag and drop files and folders from one location to another.

SEMINAR-“Tablets and E-Readers” This 2-hour seminar will provide an overview of the types of tablets on the market and the types of e-readers. An Android tablet, Kindle e-reader, and an Ipad all will be demonstrated.

The next registration opportunity is Friday, May 31st, 2013.

For more information call (562) 902-3177 and leave a message or visit the La Mirada Activity Center, La Mirada Blvd., 13700 La Mirada, CA 90638 and pick up a brochure or visit

MAY REAL ESTATE REPORT: Low Inventory of Homes for Sale in La Mirada E-mail
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Written by Noel Jaimes   
Monday, 13 May 2013 16:12


Looking at the last three years, 494 homes sold in 2012, 424 sold in 2011 and 439 sold in 2010.

Prior to the financial melt down that lead to this recession, one could expect an average of 610 properties selling each year to new home owners-about 50 homes sold per month.

Today, we are down to 35 homes per month.

We have a tad over 15,000 homes in the city. With the exception of the Hillsborough homes on the East side of town. Most homes were built in the late 50’s and early 60’s.

I want to share this basic information about the city housing units because unlike the media that is basically ignoring and/or trying to put a positive spin on the National and Southern California real estate market, the reality is that the old real estate adage “Location, Location and Location” is still the best base-line to determine what is happening to property values.

The Median household income in La Mirada is about $83,000, while the State’s median income is just under $59,000 dollars. I mention this because in reviewing the foreclosure activity for this report, I discovered that there are more foreclosures in the Hillsborough part of town than in the Foster Park area where the average median income level is much lower.

Since the beginning of the year, a full 28% of La Mirada homes have been sold due to a financial crisis (foreclosure). It is interesting to note that the Hillsborough area has seen more foreclosures than the Foster Park area.

Currently there are 93 properties in some stage of the foreclosure process. Again, Hillsborough leads the foreclosure activity with 14 foreclosures compared to the Foster Park area with only 10 Foreclosures. This should easily reveal to all residents that the economic recession is hitting the high income earners as well.

The most expensive property so far to be closed in La Mirada is on Placid Dr., which sold at a foreclosure auction on March 28, 2013 for $1,108,622 dollars.

Finally, 73 properties are pending sales in La Mirada and 20 properties have been canceled.

That’s the big picture for all of us to see. Now what does that mean to the individual home owner?

It means that the inventory of homes for sale in La Mirada is at an all time low!

As you can see from the chart, the blue line is rising and the green bar is falling. You can also see by the slope of the blue line that the gap is increasing quickly and we may have a mini-boom in property values this summer. But it will not be due to any economic recovery. It will be due to the lack of inventory of homes to sell in the city.

Banks continue to hold their REO (Real Estate Owned) inventories in their pockets or are selling them to long term investors to hold for at lest three years. La Mirada home ownership used to be over 87% it’s now down to 79% with many homes renting for over $1600/month.

How long this will go on is anyone’s guess.

New Company Provides Fashionable Service for Women E-mail
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Wednesday, 08 May 2013 20:17

A new fashion and beauty service is available for women in the comfort of their own home.

Fashionable Fete, based in La Mirada, and founded by Beauty Director Erin Benke and Creative Director Susie Mederios, is a service that hosts parties, providing beauty and fashion consulting.

Along with a third associate, Stylist Manager Caryn Valdeserri, they teach the everyday woman the importance of skincare, and techniques such as how to apply foundation properly and how to create a “smoky eye”, and so much more, but they turn the beauty lesson into a party format.

They also offer personal shopping services such as assistance with pulling complete outfits and accessories at stores and personal styling services such as creating complete outfits by assessing what the client already has in her closet.

Their goal is to have every woman leave their parties feeling beautiful, refreshed and having learned fashion and beauty tips that she can use in her everyday world.

Benke, who has years of experience in Hollywood as a personal stylist, told the La Mirada Blog that they offer the service keeping household budgets in mind, “With my years of experience in Hollywood on the red carpet and movie sets, I decided to bring my fashion and beauty expertise to the home and for a minimal fee.”

“Women deserve to be appreciated and respected. When a woman feels beautiful, she emanates happiness and she becomes more confident,” Benke said, “When a woman is more confident she gets more respect at work and at home. She is more daring and self-assured and realizes she can conquer the world-one lipstick at a time!”

There is no sales pitch at any of the parties Fashionable Fete hosts.

To schedule an appointment or to get more information on everything Fashionable Fete has to offer call (562) 896-2819, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or browse their website at

REAL ESTATE: Though the Housing Market has Improved, Families Still Struggle in La Mirada E-mail
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Written by Noel Jaimes   


Dear La Mirada Homeowner,

My name is Noel Jaimes, and I have called the City of La Mirada my home since 1975. I will be writing a weekly column here about La Mirada real estate in hopes of giving residents a general overview of what is happening in the real estate market each week.

I began my career in real estate when I was a student at Biola College, now Biola University. It is funny how 38 years later I still consider myself a tentmaker. Helping people buy their first home was an exciting job. Before the big financial crash of the last decade, people worked very hard and long to save 10 to 20 percent  for a down payment.

I remember buying my first home after getting married and then worring about making the $690 mortgage payments. Yes, I did say $690 a monthly mortgage payments. You may be smiling and wishing that this was your current mortgage payment. But the reality is it’s a matter of perspective.

When we moved into our home there was a wonderful elderly couple living at the adjacent corner of where we lived. His name was Leonard. I can’t remember his wife’s name right now. Anyway, when I shared with him how hard it was to come up with $690 a month. He just smiled and told me that it would…. “get better.”

Of course I doubted him and he could tell by the look on my face that I did not believe him.

Leonard then proceeded to tell me how after returning from France after World War II, he bought his home on Gabbett Drive for only $7,200-brand new. His payments were $72 a month and back then he was worried, wondering how they were going to make it as newlyweds.

At the time of this conversation with Leonard I was just 27 years old, just graduated from Biola College, was working part time in real estate and full time at Ralph Grocery Company and was not able to fully swallow this tall tale by a man who is my senior by at least 50 years. So guess what Leonard did?

First, he invited me to his home. Once I was there, he walked over to a cover drawer where he removed a small box. I thought he was going to get his reading glasses. But instead he opened the box and handed me something that completely shocked me.


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