Construction, Garage Addition & New codes, Los Angeles County CA.

Rule number one, when building anything you should always get a permit and have inspection along the way, this assures you that the work is being done the correct way and will last for many years. Danny Ramirez

L. A. COUNTY BUILDING CODE The purpose of the Building Code is to provide minimum standards to safeguard thepublic’s safety and welfare by regulating the design, construction, quality of materials, use, occupancy, location and maintenance of all dwellings, other structures, certain equipment and grading.

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Forms for Concrete Footings: Always oil or coat your forms before pouring concrete into them to make it easier to
strip the forms from the hardened concrete. You can buy prepared coatings for forms that are also surface treatments
for the concrete. They help cure, harden or seal concrete and make it easy to remove the forms. Use a light coat of
petroleum oil on footing forms. Do not over-oil the forms; a light coating that sinks into the wood leaving the surface
feeling slightly oily is just right. You don’t want forms dripping with oil. Do not allow oil to get on the surfaces of
construction joints or on reinforcing bars.
Concrete Pressures: The required plywood thickness, as well as size and spacing of framing, depends on the
maximum concrete pressure. The first step in form design is to determine the maximum concrete pressure on your
job. This is based on such things as pour rate, job temperature, concrete slump, cement type, concrete density,
method of vibration, and height of form.
Form Construction: Forms should be examined very carefully before pouring. Because of concrete pressures,
carefully inspect for defects and or weaknesses. The braces should be monitored constantly while concrete is being
poured because the pressure within the forms increases greatly as the concrete is being poured. You do not want a
form to blow out at this stage of the game.
Forms should be tight to prevent leakage of cement through the joints of the formwork. Forms that are not tight will
lose mortar, which may result in honeycombing and or sand streaking.

 

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This is why I like to invest in Apple Valley Real Estate.

APPLE VALLEY — The fastest-growing online rental marketplace website has ranked two Victor Valley municipalities in the top 100 best places in the nation to raise a young family.
Mike Lieby helps his grandchildren Blake Mergl and Cody Leathers cross a rope bridge at the Apple Valley Civic Center Park. Apple Valley and Hesperia were recently listed in a survey as among the best places to raise a family. (James Quigg, Daily Press)

According to a survey by the Webby-award winning website, ApartmentList.com, the Town of Apple Valley and the City of Hesperia made the list of 100 Best Cities for Young Families.

Using the methodology, which included safety, housing costs, school quality and child friendliness, Apple Valley took the No. 68 spot and Hesperia came in at No. 71. Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, and Green Bay, Wisconsin, are the two cities that separate the High Desert locations.

 The website, which draws over 2.5 million visitors on a monthly basis, said Fontana took the No. 51 spot, the highest spot in San Bernardino County, with Rocklin taking the top spot in California.

Located in the center of Indiana, the award-winning town of Fishers earned the No. 1 spot in the nation.

In 2011, Fishers was named the No. 1 city for families by The Learning Channel. Over the decade, the town has also received awards for best places to live and most affordable suburb.

Statistics for the methodology, which were gathered from 500 cities,  came from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, ApartmentList.com, the American Community Survey and the Department of Education.

Information on the stats included the percentage of the average income required to rent the average two bedroom apartment, the cost of housing, violent and property crimes, and high school graduation rates for public school districts.

In September, the California Exit Exam statistics showed that in Apple Valley, 94 percent of students passed from the Academy for Academic Excellence, 82 percent from AVHS and 81 percent from Granite Hills High School.

The California Department of Education stated that 79 percent of  students passed at Hesperia High School, 86 percent at Oak Hills High School and 80 percent at Sultana High School

In California, 458,297 sophomores took the math test and 85 percent of them passed, while 460,398 completed the English language arts test and 83 percent passed.

Ton Hoegerman, superintendent of the Apple Valley Unified School District said he believes that the the High Desert, in particularly Apple Valley, is a great place to raise children.

“We strive to make our schools top notch in education and we’ll continue to strive to improve.” Hoegerman said. “I’m glad the survey and data reflects our efforts.”

“Our graduation rates continue to grow and are above the county wide average,” said David McLaughlin, superintendent of the Hesperia Unified School District. “Our schools provide a quality education for all students in a safe and encouraging environment with wonderful teachers and staff.”

The exit exam is given for two subjects, math and English language arts, beginning sophomore year. Passage of the test is a state requirement to graduate from high school.

With some of the lowest apartment and homes prices in the state, Becky Otwell, president of the High Desert Association of Realtors, said

she can understand why Apple Valley and Hesperia received high marks in the survey.

Otwell said young families starting out are seeing the average price of an apartment running anywhere from $600 to $700 in the High Desert and a home at $186,500.

“The median price for a home in Apple Valley comes in at $209,000, and Hesperia at $197,000,” Otwell said. “Those are great prices and still very affordable for the area.”

To see the complete list of the Best Cities for Young Families, visit apartmentlist.com.

RENE RAY DE LA CRUZ
STAFF WRITER

Why You Should Be Investing Your Money In Real Estate

This is one of the articles that inspired me to start investing into real estate. J. Massey along with Mark Kohler are 2 heaver hitters to have on your side when investing into to real estate. Read blog below.

Author, Attorney, and CPAAs entrepreneurs find success with their primary business ventures, many search for the proper investments for their profits.

Of course, we can and should all start traditional tax preferred vehicles like an IRA and 401k. These are the bedrock of good ‘benefit’ planning for ourselves and our employees. I’m also convinced more entrepreneurs should consider rental real estate as an important part of their portfolio.

I realize many business owners shrug off this concept after the recent downturn in real estate values, but let me list a few reasons that may change your mind:

1. Gain more leverage. Real estate is one of the few investment vehicles where using the bank’s money couldn’t be easier. The ability to make a down payment, leverage your capital, and thus increase your overall return on investment is incredible.

2. Grow, tax-free. Buying rental property based on speculation of its value is a dangerous tactic since cash flow is the key. However, appreciation over the long-run is certainly realistic and at the least you should be considering a tax-deferred strategy. In the future, you may even consider a 1031 exchange, charitable trust, or an installment sale to lesson your tax liability further.

3. Tax free cash flow. It’s no secret that because of depreciation and mortgage interest deductions (if you leverage your capital), your cash flow should be tax-free. That’s right! The far majority of the time an investor will never pay taxes on their cash flow and can wait for capital gains on the sale of the property in the future.

4. The tax write-offs against your other income. Depending on your classification as an Active Investor or Real Estate Professional and your income level, there is a good chance your rental property will not only give you tax-free cash flow, but an overage of tax deductions you can use against your other income. With that said, this is something you want to discuss with your tax professional before investing so your expectations are realistic.

5. Increased tax deduction strategies. Rental property affords investors with another incredible opportunity to convert personal expenses to potentially valid business deductions. Don’t forget that rental real estate is a business. This means that travel expenses to check on your properties and payments to family members who manage your properties (such as students away at college) can be deductible and increase the tax benefits when it comes to cash flow and the future sale of the property.

6. Rental real estate is a forced retirement plan. Americans are terrible savers. We lack the self-discipline to put a monthly deposit into our IRA, SEP or 401k as small-business owners. However, buying a rental property is a significant commitment that you are required to commit to and maintain. You will always be grateful in the long-run when you don’t give up on it and build future cash flow and wealth.

I meet with a lot of successful entrepreneurs, and almost every one of them has taken profits from their businesses over the years to invest in rental property. Based on this fact and the list above, I have consistently urged my clients to buy one rental property a year and already have clients with rental properties earning them money they never imagined they’d have.

The far majority of us will never get rich overnight. It takes long-term investing and a diverse portfolio to build true wealth. Don’t forget real estate as an important part of the equation.

Danny Ramirez

949 204 5076 (Inquiry about real estate investing)

Home price increases accelerate in L.A. area,

Home prices in Los Angeles and Orange counties climbed 5.1% in November from a year earlier, according to a leading gauge of the housing market.

The 12-month gain, as registered by the widely followed Standard & Poor’s/ Case-Shiller index, was larger than in October, when L.A.-area prices increased 4.9%.

The pickup in L.A. and Orange counties’ prices bucked a trend seen in many big U.S. cities. The index of prices for 20 major metro areas increased 4.3% in November, the smallest gain since October 2012.

Those national numbers reflect a housing market that slowed in 2014 after home prices rose far faster than incomes in recent years. Home sales fell over the year and home price appreciation slowed. It’s unclear if Los Angeles and Orange counties’ faster appreciation in November foreshadows a return to more robust gains.

Falling mortgage rates and an improving economy have raised hopes that the pace of the housing recovery will pick up this year. On Tuesday, the Commerce Department said that newly built homes last month sold at the fastest rate in 6 1/2 years.

In the six-county Southland, sales of new and previously owned homes rose 4.3% in December from a year earlier, according to a recent report from Core-Logic DataQuick. However, the increase in demand didn’t translate into more robust price appreciation, at least according to that measure.

The region’s median price rose 5.1% from December 2013, the smallest gain since April 2012, CoreLogic DataQuick said.

The upcoming spring home-buying season should provide better insight into the market’s prospects for the year.

The Case-Shiller numbers out Tuesday lag behind other indicators such as CoreLogic’s, but they are widely considered the most reliable reading on home values.

The index, created by economists Karl E. Case and Robert J. Shiller, compares the latest sales of detached houses with previous sales and accounts for factors such as remodeling.

Home prices in San Diego increased 4.9% compared to November 2013 and rose 8.9% in San Francisco, according to the index.

By: The Los Angeles Times

Danny Ramirez

949 204 0576