Deasy Penner Podley Welcomes Partner Lamar Bontrager

deasypennerpodley is excited to announce Lamar Bontrager as a new agent to our Pasadena family.

Lamar started his real estate career in South Carolina, soon after purchasing his third home. It was then when he saw the need for well-informed real estate agents who have experience in construction and home remodeling. After achieving his real estate license he quickly became successful with selling over 100 properties in his first 3 years as an agent. He thrives on helping buyers and sellers with the purchase or sale of their home, walking alongside them, and sharing the information that he has learned through his experience of selling and buying many properties.

My goal as an agent is to be honest, work with integrity, and build relationships with my clients and treat them like family. I reside in Pasadena with my wife, two daughters, and dog.

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Deasy Penner Podley Welcomes Partner Samuel Vaden

deasypennerpodley is excited to announce Samuel Vaden as a new agent to our Santa Monica family.

A second-generation real estate professional, Samuel Vaden brings more than a decade’s worth of experience to his clients interested in buying or selling luxury residential properties, pied-à-terres and design-centric, architecturally-significant estates.

Samuel brings an unconventional approach to the real estate industry. He is a published writer and poet, an artist, and a former advertising technology entrepreneur. Samuel studies yoga, meditation and mindfulness, bringing those valuable lessons and insights into his daily interactions with his clients and colleagues. He has traveled to 6 of the 7 continents, translating the cultural education he’s received into his real estate business. Samuel attributes the success he’s had in real estate to showing up each and everyday with a positive, passionate mindset and takes a composed, balanced approach to communication, research and negotiation.

He is a dual-coast real estate broker, serving clientele between Los Angeles & Miami. In California, he has represented clients throughout Beverly Hills, Holmby Hills, Wilshire Corridor and throughout numerous Westside neighborhoods including: Santa Monica, Brentwood, Malibu, West LA and Venice. In Florida, he has closed transactions throughout the luxury condominium towers in the SoFi neighborhood of Miami Beach, as well as luxury waterfront properties throughout the Venetian Islands, Surfside, Bal Harbour and Sunny Isles. He quickly differentiated himself by advising the same clientele on investment opportunities throughout the streets of Miami’s Wynwood Arts District. His two-coast (and international) presence increases marketing exposure for his clients’ listings, as well as allows Samuel to better identify and facilitate an increased number of off-market properties.

His philanthropic passions include: The Body Positive, Project HEAL, the National YoungArts Foundation, Street Poets Inc. and the Center for Mindful Living. Samuel earned his MBA degree from American University in Washington D.C. and his BBA from Roanoke College in Salem, VA.

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House Hunting in LA: Stylish & Functional Kitchens

13014 Brentwood Terrace 395A7829-Edit

With stay at home orders in effect, many Californians are cooking and baking up a storm at home. They say the kitchen is the heart of a home, and this week we have a fresh crop of new listings with both stylish and functional cooking areas. Whether it’s a state of the art cook’s kitchen in an updated Brentwood traditional or a renovated kitchen with glass fronted cabinetry in an Altadena abode, there’s a little something for every aspiring chef out there.

13014 Brentwood Terrace 395A7792

Brentwood | Updated Traditional

13014 Brentwood Terrace | $3,175,000

Wonderful opportunity to purchase a tastefully updated, smartly designed Westside house centrally located in Brentwood on the cusp of Santa Monica, a stones throw from the Brentwood Country Mart. This comfortable, elegant remodeled home offers a spacious state of the art cooks kitchen placed adjacent to all the public areas including the formal living room, indoor and outdoor dining areas, the garage/flex space that all lead to the grand gardens and outdoor areas. The luxurious master bedroom suite includes a steam shower and is perched above the grounds allowing for rejuvenation from the day while in close proximity to the other two bedrooms. The house includes all the desired COVID amenities at the most affordable price in the area with ample parking plus lots of room for a pool.

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What Does Prop 19 Mean For You?

There’s a lot to love in California’s newly passed Proposition 19. Here’s a broad look at some of the ins and outs.

Expanded Tax Base Portability

The new rule expands tax base portability for California homeowners who are 55 or older, severely disabled, and/or victims of a wildfire or natural disaster.

In short, this means any eligible homeowner may transfer the taxable value of their current home to a replacement home anywhere in the state.

If the replacement home is of greater value than their previous home, the homeowner will retain their previous home’s tax base up to the value of their previous home. Any value above and beyond that will be taxed at the fair market value rate.

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