Let’s Talk Argentina and Beyond

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Having just returned from two weeks in Argentina. I wanted to share some beautiful imagery of this most incredible landscape.

Buenos Aires was a thrilling adventure. The city is packed with history, architecture, and its people are warm, welcoming, jocular and charming.

Tango – that’s a whole world into itself!

Patagonia is a vast and exquisite landscape experience entirely into itself.

We explored the vineyards of Mendoza, it’s incredible compelling wine industry and then lakes further South in Villa Angostura.

The mesmerizing Andes we’re covered with ash as well and snow and made a formidable and lasting impression emblazoned in my hearts anamnesis.

Next up I’m off to Las Vegas for my annual Remax convention where over 5000 of the best Remax agents in the world meet to network, and hone their real estate tools to be the best that the industry has to offer.

As always I am fully contactable and I am at your disposal if you need me via email and text and phone.

I remain passionate about property, and serving your Real Estate needs.

A

Alison Clay-Duboff, BRE # 01786922
+1 310.200.3037
RE/MAX Estate Properties Manhattan Beach

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Let’s Talk First Love, First Kiss, First HOME

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Love affair with my first time buyers, they are SO cute

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Do you  remember the feeling of tingly excitement mixed with  anticipation and a dash of spicy fear of your first kiss, or falling in love for the first time?  There’s nothing quite like it, and once experienced, it can never be replicated.

Buying your first home can’t really be compared to your first kiss or your first love however buying your first home is usually equally emotional, exciting and dizzying.

It’s an extraordinary adventure and one that I never tire of sharing with my first time buyer clients.

There is something so poignant, sweet and endearing watching my first time buyers sit in my office with their notes, their lists of questions and their trepidation laced enthusiasm.

Upon my experienced shoulders  the first time buyer places a gigantic dose of trust. As I  guide them to the  right investment that matches their goals, both financial and lifestyle,  I must conjure…

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Let’s Talk 2015 with a Culinary Tear

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If you love food, read on…..

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We finally made it to ‪#‎maisonakira‬  We’ve been trying to get there for some time but living in the South Bay and various life incidents kept us away.

We decided to go for our 12 year wedding anniversary and boo hoo, I have to say I was disappointed.

I had the tasting menu and the message of Chef Akira is a good one, but the execution was lacking. The food presentation was sloppy, seemingly hurried and tired…..I was so looking forward to being wowed but this did not happen.
I have been spoiled by the world’s greatest chefs, but still I know how to appreciate simply good, well constructed food with creativity. Sad to say, it’s a pass here in Pasadena….The meat dishes were tastey and the Soufflé was a nice way to finish but the inbetween was, well for lack of a better word, tepidly sad and worn out.

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Let’s Talk 2015 with a Culinary Tear

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We finally made it to ‪#‎maisonakira‬  We’ve been trying to get there for some time but living in the South Bay and various life incidents kept us away.

We decided to go for our 12 year wedding anniversary and boo hoo, I have to say I was disappointed.

I had the tasting menu and the message of Chef Akira is a good one, but the execution was lacking. The food presentation was sloppy, seemingly hurried and tired…..I was so looking forward to being wowed but this did not happen.
I have been spoiled by the world’s greatest chefs, but still I know how to appreciate simply good, well constructed food with creativity. Sad to say, it’s a pass here in Pasadena….The meat dishes were tastey and the Soufflé was a nice way to finish but the inbetween was, well for lack of a better word, tepidly sad and worn out.

Our waiter was lovely, understood that the table’s bread was God awful. Their supplier was no longer supplying for some reason. I would rather have had little radiches instead.

the Oyster flan was “nice”, but the amuse bouche was dried up on the edges  was not amusing nor for the eyes or tastebuds.

I think they’ve got the right idea but someone needs to shake the place up. Wake up the quality control quard who is asleep at the helm.

Let’s Talk Stress and the Real Meaning of the Holidays

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Let’s Talk Stress and the Real Meaning of the Holidays

Most of us live in a fast passed world crammed with deadlines, responsibilities, burdens and worries, and then comes the Holidays.

Holidays. What does it mean to you? Whatever and however you celebrate or whatever are your beliefs, isn’t in this a time of year, (for those so fortunate) for family, feasting and giving to others?
So why does the media insist on reinforcing the notion that the Holidays are nothing but a stressed filled rush to the finish line? At what point did Black Friday become more important than Uncle Fred across town, alone and needing a poorly but lovingly hand knitted muffler and a visit? When did toys and deals supersede the pure joy of BEING with family, cooking together, laughing together, and playing traditional family games together?
I want to boycott this idea of the stressful holidays. I want to inspire a collective deep Yoga breath to let in the positive and exhale out the negative. If little Johnny doesn’t get every item from his long list of entitled wishes, so be it! Give him an hour of exclusive time and read to him. Dust off that old Scrabble box and work on his brain power – together.

I understand the desire to have the perfect tree, the impeccable dinner table, everyone’s favorite dish. I know you want to do it ALL on your own but step back. Let little Johnny and his sister make a pie – with guidance of course, if it’s ugly WHO CARES! If all the ingredients are correct, it’s got to turn out, well, at least edible.
Family, some you love, and some you tolerate. Take a moment while grandma rattles on and when you catch yourself rolling your eyes, ask yourself, what have I learned from this elderly person? What part of me have I gained from her life experience? Is she suffering from embarrassment because she can’t remember your fourth grade teacher’s name? Move on! Give her some more egg nog and a hug.

STOP the madness. STOP the greed. Unleash the stress to the atmosphere.
Teach your children the value of giving to others. Teach your family to give as a unit. Teach your children how wonderful it feels to give away a prized gift to someone who doesn’t have a Mom or a Dad…. Help them to realize what they’ve got that can’t be bought at Best Buy.
Try not to fall prey to pressure, usually self induced, over the holidays. Let go of a little angst. It’s good for you.

Here’s a plan that may help. It’s easy.
Look inward. Give outward.
Merry, Merry, Jolly, Jolly, and Ho Ho Ho.Bell Ringing.

Let’s Talk REAL ESTATE GEM RARE OPPORTUNITY

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I know that I am often perceived as very enthusiastic, which from where I stand is not a bad trait. My excitability is infectious and endearing I’ve been told but this time, I need to be heard and taken seriously.

SEEKING any serious buyer, who is interested in Real Estatae in Southern CA, who appreciates views, privacy and space to TAKE ME DAMN SERIOUSLY! THERE IS AN OPPORTUNITY HERE!

I sold a property some years ago for the second time. It was a love story between a family and a  home, perched high on the Peninsula. My clients fell in love with the land, the views and the home – from THOUSANDS of miles away, in the Czech Republic. I successfully negotiated them through a difficult transaction and it was indeed a true love affair of ocean and architecture.

When my clients relocated out of CA, I sold it FOR them and I could have sold it a dozen times.

What made that property so special and unique? The location, the orientation on the land, and the design.

TODAY there is a new offering on the market, just two lots to the South. Same view, same flat land, different house. BUT AMAZING opportunity to live/own on one of the most special streets in the South Bay, on top of the Palos Verdes Peninsula.

CALL ME, TRUST ME! I’m SERIOUS +1.310.200.3037

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Let’s Talk Tuesdays

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Let’s Talk Tuesdays

In the South Bay of Southern CA where I live and work, Tuesdays is the gem of the week. Many restaurants offer two for menu plans, Hennessey’s offers two for Tuesday burgers, buy one get one free! Hudson House has Tuesday Taco specials. And at the movies, well you guess it, they have a special too.

Routines are important. You would never skip brushing your teeth, along with other crucial hygiene rituals, staying hydrated on hot days, exercise or turning off the lights and locking the front door at night. I have a new routine, one that is almost as important as flossing.

I have a “Tuesday” friend who I’ve seen progress from independent woman to house- bound hostage. She doesn’t want this self induced captivity, but she can’t drive, has trouble walking- add those together and voila, she stays home.

One day I came to call on my lady friend (not on a Tuesday) and she told me how she longed to go out, out to the movies. Please take note that I’m a very busy (and successful J) Realtor, wife, mother of 3 huge dogs and a variety of adult children who seem to always need my attention. I don’t have an abundance of spare time, free time or even borrowed time. But now I make an exception and the rewards are huge.

My husband is not much of a movie go-er but my sweet British house bound honey and I escape life every Tuesday afternoon and head straight for the flicks. Rhona is her name and each Tuesday she eagerly awaits my arrival. She must be watching from the window, as my car is a stealth 100% electric so there is no way she could hear me pull up the drive. Rhona is always dressed up and cheerfully smiling from ear to ear. She told me an angel sent me to her. This melts my heart.

I have this mantra that if you don’t make a difference in someone’s life, then your own life is just a series of events. I find this to be ultimately true. Once you are gone, what mark have you left? What joy have you given? How has your time on earth made a difference, a dent in this often too cruel world?

I cannot explain the miraculous feeling of unbridled joy that bursts from my heart as I take her arm and guide her slowly and carefully to through the semi darkened theatre. Rhona gives me a squeeze as we settle into the seats that she has choosen and our routine begins. We first analyze the previews and determine which movies are worthy of our precious weekly date. Then we discuss the previous movie we saw in great detail and finally we giggle a little and settle down to watch the show.

So far we are three for three. Each movie has artistically enfolded us into its digital arms and transported us far away from our cares, fears and life’s worries. We are on a winning streak, no thumbs down yet. Each movie has been better than the previous one!

I’m not sure what will flash on the giant glowing screen and capture our attention, but I can tell you that I am addicted to that next hit of real Tuesday merriment.

 

TESSIE

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