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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Congratulations to All the Winners

This week, the team at CENTURY 21 Adams & Barnes celebrated its annual awards banquet in Monrovia.

The evening was a joyous celebration of the 2008-09 production year and an opportunity to acknowledge the successes of the brokerage's top producers and rising stars.

Monrovia Office Top Sales Agents for the 2008-2009 year are:

10. Beverly Firth, REALTOR
9. Isabella Cappucci, Associate
8. Dave Decker, REALTOR
7. John Pentecost, REALTOR
6. Craig McKenzie, REALTOR
5. Linda Vidov, REALTOR
4. Dan Bacani, REALTOR
3. Joe Garcia, REALTOR
2. Karen-Taylor Straley, REALTOR
1. Linda Jo Pyle, REALTOR

Top Sales Team for the 2008-2009 year is:
Baker and Snider REALTORS

Glendora Office Top Sales Agents for the 2008-2009 year are:

10. Pam Ganas, Associate
9. Karolin Kazma, REALTOR
8. Clare Eubanks, Associate
7. Renee Gant, REALTOR
6. Debbie Bush, REALTOR
5. Patti Tris, REALTOR
4. Luis Campos, REALTOR
3. Jackie Riley, REALTOR
2. Margaret Ellis, REALTOR
1. Tia Byrne, REALTOR

Monrovia Office Top Listing Agents for the 2008-2009 year are:

10. Lucy Williams, REALTOR
9. Anne Kee, REALTOR
8. Beverly Firth, REALTOR
7. Cassandra Meyer, REALTOR
5. Dan Bacani, REALTOR
4. John Pentecost, REALTOR
3. Linda Jo Pyle, REALTOR
1. Karen Taylor-Straley, REALTOR

Glendora Office Top Listing Agents for the 2008-2009 year are:

10. Jackie Riley, REALTOR
9. Clare Eubanks, REALTOR
8. Alfred Williams, REALTOR
7. Lisa Mendoza, REALTOR
6. Jay Rutnam, REALTOR
5. Ron Gillen, REALTOR
4. Margaret Ellis, REALTOR
3. Tia Byrne, REALTOR
2. Debbie Bush, REALTOR
1. Karolin Kazma, REALTOR

Congratulations to all the winners and we look forward to another great year at CENTURY 21 Adams & Barnes.

Friday, April 24, 2009

The Friday Report - April 24, 2009

Open Houses Available for Pre-View this Weekend

1. 748 Crescent Drive, Monrovia - Sunday 1 - 4 pm / Listed at $998,000
2. 341 Oakcliff Avenue, Monrovia - Saturday 12 pm to 3 pm / Listed at $709,000
3. 2612 Glenrose Avenue, Altadena - Sat. & Sun. 1 - 5 pm / Listed at $359,300
4. 226-228 Heliotrope Avenue, Monrovia - Sunday 1 - 4 pm / Listed at $399,000
5. 2595 Rochelle Avenue, Monrovia - Sunday 1 - 4 pm / Listed at $595,000

Thursday, April 23, 2009

A New Reason to Green Your Home

The stimulus package recently adopted by Congress is putting more money into consumers’ pockets via the expansion of tax credits available for those who make energy-efficient improvements to their homes.

Making your home more energy-efficient is obviously good for the environment and helps you save money on water and energy bills. But now the new tax credits will make such home upgrades even more affordable, providing a financial incentive for homeowners who go green on their renovation projects in 2009 and 2010.

Under Internal Revenue Code section 25C, tax credits for existing homes expired at the end of 2007. These credits were reinstated by the Bush Administration as part of its economic rescue package passed last fall. Those credits rewarded homeowners who installed energy-efficient windows, doors, roofs, insulation, furnaces, air conditioners and heat pumps.

But that credit was equal to only 10 percent of the cost of each product, with a lifetime cap of $500, and it wasn’t strong enough to encourage homeowners to act.

Now, the tax credit has been tripled—to 30 percent—and the lifetime cap has been lifted to $1,500. Plus, the list of eligible improvements has been expanded. So homeowners opting to make their homes more energy-efficient will be financially rewarded for doing so.

For more information about tax credits or greening your home, give our office a call.

Happy Birthday Jim Gupton - Facilities Manager at CENTURY 21 Adams & Barnes

Our team at CENTURY 21 Adams & Barnes wishes our Facilities Manager Jim Gupton a Happy 75th Birthday.

Jim, you keep the offices in great shape and always make us smile with your poem's at office meeting.

Happy Birthday

Wednesday, April 22, 2009


Earth Day is here (April 22) and our team at CENTURY 21 Adams & Barnes is happy to promote awareness and appreciation of the Earth's environment. With our offices located at the base of the San Gabriel Valley Foothills, we have a special respect for nature's beauty which hugs our neighborhoods.

So in the spirit of this Earth Day and our pressing need to conserve water, we provide you the following tips from
  • Look for the WaterSense label to identify water-efficient products and programs. The WaterSense label indicates that these products and programs meet water-efficiency and performance criteria. WaterSense labeled products will perform well, help save money, and encourage innovation in manufacturing. (
  • Don't let the water run while shaving or brushing teeth.
  • Take short showers instead of tub baths.
  • Keep drinking water in the refrigerator instead of letting the faucet run until the water is cool.
  • Scrape, rather than rinse, dishes before loading into the dishwasher; wash only full loads.
    Wash only full loads of laundry or use the appropriate water level or load size selection on the washing machine.
  • Buy high-efficient plumbing fixtures & appliances.
  • Repair all leaks (a leaky toilet can waste 200 gallons a day).
  • Water the lawn or garden during the coolest part of the day (early morning is best).
  • Water plants differently according to what they need. Check with your local extension service or nurseries for advice.
  • Set sprinklers to water the lawn or garden only – not the street or sidewalk.
  • Use soaker hoses or trickle irrigation systems for trees and shrubs.
  • Keep your yard healthy - dethatch, use mulch, etc.
  • Sweep outside instead of using a hose.
  • Learn how to plant trees, build a pond, compost, and more from the Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service

Thursday, April 16, 2009

CENTURY 21 Real Estate First-Time Home Buyer Survey Reveals Increasing Demand Despite Concerns About the Economy

Century 21 Real Estate LLC, the franchisor of the world’s largest residential real estate sales organization today announced the results of its recently commissioned first-time home buyer survey. The survey found that more than three-quarters (78 percent) of potential first-time home buyers say that now is a good time to buy a home, despite widespread concern about the economy. Out of the 1,000 prospective U.S. first-time home buyers surveyed in early March for the CENTURY 21 First-Time Home Buyer Survey, 68 percent think now is a better time to buy than six months ago.

Prices are the driving motivation for potential first-time home buyers with more than eight of ten first-time home buyers (85 percent) saying they consider current home prices affordable and 73 percent citing that taking advantage of current prices is a major factor in their decision to buy. Interestingly, potential first-time buyers are still split between "being willing to consider an offer now" (42 percent) and "waiting for prices to go down before they seriously consider making a purchase" (48 percent).

"Current pricing, rates and incentives, such as the First Time Homebuyer Tax Credit, provide tremendous opportunities for first-time home buyers to get into the market," said Tom Kunz, Century 21 Real Estate president and CEO. "Our research shows that while consumers still have concerns about the future of the economy, many are actively considering their options as we move into the spring selling season."

Among the survey’s other key findings:

Bargains in the marketplace are providing additional options for buyers to consider. 56 percent of potential first-time home buyers are considering purchasing a foreclosed or short sale home, and 63 percent are open to purchasing either a "fixer-upper" or "as-is" home.

When asked to rate the features that they look for when choosing a home, price is the primary consideration with 87 percent saying this feature is "very important," followed closely by neighborhood safety (80 percent) and the condition of the home (71 percent).

Having enough money for a down payment is a top concern of potential first-time home buyers as nearly half (46 percent) said they are "very worried" about the issue.

Most respondents (86 percent) are in the market for single family homes.

Available Government Incentives

In addition to affordable home prices and mortgage rates, the survey also showed strong interest in taking advantage of the recent government stimulus. More than three-quarters (77 percent) of potential first-time home buyers say they are more likely to buy a home in the next six months because of the $8,000 first-time home buyer tax credit offered in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Affordable Mortgage Rates

Perception about the lending market is a key concern for prospective first-time home buyers. Current mortgage rates are considered to be affordable by approximately three-quarters (72 percent) of respondents and 62 percent recognize that rates are lower than a year ago. However, 75 percent of potential first-time home buyers believe it is difficult to get a home loan right now and 74 percent think it is harder to get a loan than the same time last year.

"Traditional mortgage investors, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, FHA and VA are receiving significant financial backing from the federal government, keeping interest rates low and mortgage funds available for qualified buyers," said Marshall Gayden, senior vice president of Century 21 Mortgage¨. "Home buyers who have a stable job history of at least two years, solid credit (620 and above) and down payment money that can be documented (3.5% on FHA loans) are well positioned to secure a mortgage in today’s credit environment."

Understanding the Buying Process

Prospective first-time home buyers also indicate that there is a real need for someone who can provide accurate and reliable information while they look for a home. When asked about the real estate transaction process, more than half (59 percent) of potential buyers rated their understanding of the process as only "fair" or "poor."

"Between home loans, the closing process and understanding the new government stimulus, real estate professionals play a vital role in working with first-time home buyers to help them navigate the current market," said Kunz. "Every individual situation is different, and consumers should use their Realtor as a trusted advisor to seek opportunities, get educated on the process and make informed decisions."

In addition, the survey asked potential buyers which factors are most relevant in their decision to choose a home:

First-Time Home Buyers’ Top Reasons for Buying / (% saying major factor)
Taking advantage of current housing prices / 3
Moving to a bigger living space / 60
Having a more suitable place to start or raise family / 56
Buying a home as an investment / 47
Moving to a better neighborhood / 44
Moving to better location for work / 28

MethodologyPenn, Schoen & Berland Associates conducted an online poll on behalf of Century 21 Real Estate LLC with 1,000 prospective first time home buyers that indicated they were likely to buy their first home in the next two years. The survey fielded from March 2-7, 2009, and has a margin of error of ± 3.1%.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

C.A.R. Launches Mortgage Protection Program for First-Time Home Buyers

Quick Facts
  • C.A.R. is the first statewide association in the nation to offer a mortgage protection plan for consumers.
  • Approximately 3,000 households expected to receive assistance in first year.
  • C.A.R.’s Housing Affordability Fund is dedicating $1 million toward program

LOS ANGELES (April 2) – The CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) today launched the C.A.R. Housing Affordability Fund Mortgage Protection Program (C.A.R.H.A.F. MPP) for first-time home buyers.

Through the Housing Affordability Fund Mortgage Protection Program, first-time home buyers who lose their jobs due to layoffs may be eligible to receive up to $1,500 per month, for six months, to help make their mortgage payments. A qualified co-buyer also can participate in the program, and receive a monthly benefit of $750 per month for up to six months. Program benefits also include coverage for accidental disability and a $10,000 death benefit.

C.A.R.’s Housing Affordability Fund is dedicating $1 million toward its Mortgage Protection Program, and estimates that as many as 3,000 families will benefit from the program this year.

“The Mortgage Protection Program was developed to help ease the anxiety of consumers who are concerned about potential job loss and its impact on their ability to pay their mortgage should they purchase a home,” said C.A.R. President James Liptak. “It also provides peace of mind to those buyers who are actively searching for a home.”

To qualify for the Mortgage Protection Program, applicants must:.

Be a first-time home buyer – someone who has not owned a home in three or more years.

Open escrow April 2, 2009, or later, and close on or before Dec. 31, 2009.

Use a California REALTOR® in the transaction.

Purchase the property in California.

Be a W-2 employee (cannot be self-employed)

To apply for the program, home buyers must request an application for the H.A.F. Mortgage Protection Program from their REALTOR®.

Leading the way...® in California real estate for more than 100 years, the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® ( is one of the largest state trade organizations in the United States, with nearly 180,000 members dedicated to the advancement of professionalism in real estate. C.A.R. is headquartered in Los Angeles.

The CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) Housing Affordability Fund (H.A.F.) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) dedicated to addressing California’s housing crisis . It receives donations primarily from REALTOR® members and REALTOR® associations committed to addressing the housing problem in California. H.A.F. raises and distributes funds and partners with other groups to promote housing and homeownership and address housing opportunities locally and statewide.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Debbie Bush & Rosie Haynes Earn Top March Sales Honors

At Glendora's office meeting this morning, REALTORS Debbie Bush and Rosie Haynes were awarded with Top production honors for the month of March 2009.

Debbie was named Top Listing agent for March while Rosie received Top Sales Agent accolades.

Both agents have been on a hot streak since the beginning of the year working with buyers looking to take advantage of the warming real estate market.

To learn more about either Debbie Bush ( and/or Rosie Haynes contact CENTURY 21 Adams & Barnes' Glendora office at 626.963.7621 or visit us on-line at

Monday, April 6, 2009

New Tax Credit Attracts Buyers on Sidelines

There’s some good news if you’re in the market to sell a home.

A tax credit enacted by Congress as part of the landmark $787 billion economic stimulus package--up to $8,000--is expected to entice first-time buyers, many of whom have been sitting on the sidelines. And since the credit only applies to those who close on homes between Jan. 1, 2009 and Nov. 30, 2009, some say that first-time buyers may move quickly to capitalize on it.

Early signs indicate the new credit has already piqued homebuyers’ interest. In February alone, a record 844,000 prospective homebuyers visited a site set up by the National Association of Home Builders ( to learn about the tax credit. And that’s great news for those who are selling homes, whether new or existing.

“Current pricing, rates and incentives, such as the First-Time Homebuyer Tax Credit, provide tremendous opportunities for first-time home buyers to get into the market,” said Tom Kunz, CENTURY 21 Real Estate president and CEO. “Our research shows that while consumers still have concerns about the future of the economy, many are actively considering their options as we move into the spring selling season.”

If you’re a current seller, talk to your CENTURY 21 Adams & Barnes REALTOR about new buyers and how to appeal to them. If you’re considering listing your home, townhome, condo, mobile home or even houseboat, now is a great time. Call our office and one WE will answer your questions and help move you along the path.

Remember to always consult a tax professional regarding real estate master and feel fre to contact our offices for additional resources.

626.358.1858 / Monrovia - 626.963.7621 / Glendora or visit us on-line at

Friday, April 3, 2009

The Friday Report - April 03, 2009

Open Houses Available for Pre-View this Weekend
  1. 341 Oakcliff Avenue, Monrovia - Saturday 10 am to 1 pm / Listed at $739,000
  2. 658 South Wabash Avenue, Glendora - Saturday 1 - 4 pm / Listed at $315,000
  3. 2612 Glenrose Avenue, Altadena - Sunday 1 - 5 pm / Listed at $359,300
  4. 2002 Bella Vista Avenue, Arcadia - Sunday 1 - 4 pm / Listed at $1,899,000
  5. 658 South Wabash Avenue, Glendora - Sunday 1 - 4 pm / Listed at $315,000
  6. 601 Sycamore Drive, San Gabriel - Sunday 1 - 4 pm / Listed at $759,000
  7. 316 Genoa Street Unit A, Monrovia - Sunday 1 - 4 pm / Listed at $339,000
  8. 4095 Fruit Street #146, La Verne - Sunday 12 - 4 pm / Listed at $67,000
  9. 4095 Fruit Street #323, La Verne - Sunday 12 - 4 pm / Listed at $67,000

To learn more about CENTURY 21's April Open House Month Drive and/or The Path to Your Dreams Sweepstakes visit us on-line at:

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