Paying Off Your Home Loan Soon? CELEBRATE!

Tips For Homeowners – “So just how should you commemorate this auspicious occasion? Look no further than these ideas below”

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Paying Off Your Home Loan Soon? CELEBRATE!

Paying Off Your Home Loan | Paying Off Your Mortgage | | Steve Gaghagen

7 Constructive And Fun Ways To Celebrate Paying Off Your Mortgage!

Although it might seem like forever, the time for paying off your home loan does evenutally come about for most folks. When that time comes it’s a huge milestone … and a little celebration is in order.

Many folks handle this in different ways. Some will celebrate over a nice, cozy dinner out. Others might have a gathering of friends over to make a toast. Still others will splurge with large parties and social gatherings.

Some people, though, get creative when it comes to passing this watermark. Here is a great article by Liz Alterman that just appeared in There are some really clever … and constructive suggestions here.

7 Ways to Celebrate (Finally) Paying Off Your Mortgage |

“One of the best ways I heard was a family who decided to keep making their monthly mortgage payments, only to themselves instead of the mortgage company,” Dale Suggs, a Realtor with Coldwell Banker in Fuquay-Varina, NC. “You’d be surprised how quickly a monthly payment that stays at home grows into a large retirement sum when discipline is applied.”

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Make Paying Off Your Home Loan Work For You

Whatever you do, when you pay off your mortgage, do something that works for you. If it’s an ongoing contribution to a charity or a family member … then enjoy it. If it’s simply some friends, some champagne and a bonfire … then enjoy that. Whatever you decide to do, paying off your mortgage is a great accomplishment, and you should not let it go uncelebrated.

Tips For Homeowners.

Real Estate News: San Gabriel Valley Development & Mansionization

Real Estate News – “As cities across Southern California grapple with how to best preserve historic structures and refine outdated development standards, the debate over “mansionization” continues to take center stage.”

San Gabriel Valley Development & Mansionization

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A home in the 1600 block of Alta Oaks Drive is an example of some of the large homes built or being built in Arcadia Wednesday, May, 13, 2015. (Photo by Walt Mancini/Pasadena Star-News)

What’s Happening In Your Neighborhood?

The debate over the latest trend in real estate development, namely “mansionization”, continues to boil across the San Gabriel Valley. Year by year the character of neighborhoods is changing, in some places rapidly, and not everyone is elated.

The debate, of course, revolves around two points of view. One is that a property owner should be able to do what they want with their property as long as they remain within codes. The other is more concerned with neighborhood preservation and maintaining the original  “character” of an area.

It’s a tough call and not an easy one to make. There are many pushing for restrictions on living space relative to lot size in different areas. There are also those concerned that placing such restrictions will have a negative effect on property values in the restricted area. And, there are those who fear that the very word “mansionization” is actually a kind of coded racism.

So, what is “mansionization”, and how is it impacting our area? Today we’ll be highlighting two articles, both by Courtney Thompkins of the San Gabriel Valley Tribune. One concerns the very nature of mansionization … what it is and how it can impact a neighborhood. The other is a report on current activities by the city council in Arcadia and the critical decision they may possibly be making as early as tomorrow night.

What Is Mansionization? Real Estate Trend Debated Across San Gabriel Valley | San Gabriel Valley Tribune

San Gabriel Valley Tribune

“They have been referred to as “starter castles,” a play on the term starter home, the type of development that sprouted many cities in the San Gabriel Valley.

“The desire to preserve neighborhoods’ classic look is one of the bigger concerns voiced by residents throughout the Southland, but some say the underlying concern is the changing demographics and differing cultural aesthetics.”

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Arcadia To Decide On Economic Impact Study For Proposed Zoning Changes | San Gabriel Valley Tribune

San Gabriel Valley Tribune

ARCADIA >> Officials on Tuesday will decide whether the city should pursue an economic impact study before adopting new residential zoning regulations. The City Council had intended to review the proposed zoning code recommendations this week, but a Planning Commission vote in late February altered the course.

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San Gabriel Valley News – Metro Foothill Extension Opens – VIDEO Report

San Gabriel Valley News– VIDEO REPORT – The long-awaited Arcadia To Azusa extension of the Metro Foothill Gold Line opened to the public last Saturday, March 5th.

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Metro Foothill Extension Opens – VIDEO Report

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The new Monrovia Station of the Metro Gold Line opened to the public on March 5th as the Pasadena to Azusa extension of the line added 11 1/2 more miles to the system.

You Can Now Ride The Metro From Azusa To Downtown L.A. Will Commuters Hop Aboard?

Well, the festivities were reportedly a lot of fun over the weekend, but as the 11 1/2 mile extension of the Metro Foothill Gold Line opens, extending the reach of the system out from Pasadena to the new Azusa station, the big question still  remains: will commuters take advantage of the new trains?

Opinions on that question vary. They seem to range from “Heck yeah! No more parking problems!” to “They’ll pry my steering wheel out of my hand over my cold, dead body”! One thing is for certain, the new extension does open up the possibility of taking the train to a whole lot more people, and makes hopping from Azusa or Monrovia into the downtown and Hollywood areas a snap.

Today, we’ll cover the “goings on” through a couple of videos we’d like to share with you. The first is a report of the opening from NBC News. The second is a “point of view” video, where you can actually ride the new extension for yourself … sort of take a test run without ever leaving your screen. Enjoy!

Metro Foothill Gold Line Extends From Pasadena To Azusa | NBC News L.A.


This next video was shot by the Foothill Gold Line before the extension actually opened on March 5th. It was actually put together in 2014 just after the actual track was completed, so most of the stations were not yet done and a lot of work was still going on.

The complete trip from Arcadia to Azusa now takes about 17 minutes including stops. This video is a high-speed version that shows you the whole thing in about 6 minutes. Have fun!

Travel Along the Foothill Gold Line from Pasadena to Azusa in Just 6 Minutes! | Foothill Gold Line

Foothill Gold Line

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