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Martin Feinberg was recently awarded the “Top Team of 2017 Award” for outstanding production at the Keller Williams Santa Monica office. Martin’s team finished first place in sales production among over 200 agents in the KWSM office.

Martin is a 30 year veteran of Real Estate and has consistently been in the top 1% of Real Estate Agents nationwide for decades. He was “Rookie of the Year” his first year in real estate back in 1988 at one of the large national companies, and has continued to achieve a the highest level of performance every year since.

“I work seven days a week and make myself available directly to all my clients daily,” said Martin about his dedication to client service.

In addition to being a sales leader, Martin owns and operates a full service property management company which serves a wide range of investment property clients and single family home and condo owners.

Keller Williams’ Top Performers of 2017 Awards recognize impressive production numbers and reflect agents’ commitment to their clients. These agents are not just top performers in real estate; they are leaders in their communities.

About Martin Feinberg

Martin Feinberg has worked as a full time Realtor since 1988, serving the entire Westside of Los Angeles with emphasis on Culver City and surrounding areas. Martin has sold more homes and condos in Culver City than any other Realtor, and both buyers and sellers will receive the benefit of exceptional experience and service. Martin and his wife Kim have been married for 39 years and have a large family with children ranging in age from 22 to 35 years old. You can learn more about Martin on his website, and he can be reached on his mobile phone at (310) 729-6573.

National Walkout Protest comes to Culver City Area Schools

Image is an illustration of figures circling the globe, in blue, green, red, and orange.Today, Wednesday March 14, students from Culver City High School, Park High School, and Culver City Middle School will be participating in a national Walkout Protest. The Walkout is meant to allow students to voice their opinions about gun violence and also honor the victims of the Parkland shooting in Florida last month.

The National Walkout Protest is set to begin at 10:00 a.m. and will last 17 minutes (one minute for every Parkland victim killed). At that time students are expected to be back in class. Culver City students, however, have a slightly different Walkout protest planned.

Martin Feinberg, Culver City Realtor, notes that in Culver City, students are planning on congregating on the CCHS football field from 10:00-11:00 a.m. Students will rally and also deliver speeches expressing their opinions on different issues. Students will return to classes after the hour is over.

CCHS seniors Carolyn Dodenhoff and Cecilia Ribordy are leading the local movement. They are working closely with staff from each of the Culver City Real Estate area schools that are participating. They are also working with students, the Culver City Council, and Culver City Police Department to ensure the Walkout Protest is possible and as safe.

“The idea of going to school should not elicit my fight or flight reaction,” Dodenhoff said. “Unfortunately, it does right now. But we’re fighting this time.”

CCHS is a California Democracy School and actively “promotes and engages students to be more civically minded through the five steps of a civic inquiry and investigation process: 1) Framing a civic inquiry around an issue that is relevant to students, 2) Conducting in-depth research on the multiple perspectives and solutions surrounding the issue, 3) Engaging in civil dialogue to reveal different points of view and perspectives, 4) Communicating a conclusion that is well-researched and, 5) Taking informed action by reaching out to policymakers for effective, appropriate solutions.”

According to CCHS Principal Dr. Lisa Cooper, “The future of our democracy depends on a citizenry that is well informed and has the capacity to be thoughtful, engaged critical thinkers and problem solvers. Rather than stifle these students as they try to express their civic activism, we are working closely with them to encourage them to express their opinions on this important issue without adversely impacting the learning environment on campus.”

Martin Feinberg, Realtor, suggests contacting Dr. Carlos Valverde, Director of Activities, at for more information on this event.

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Finding A Good Professional Property Manager for your Rental Property

Image is a featureless cartoon man holding a giant magnifying glass.For rental property owners who decide to utilize a property manager, finding the right one is crucial. A good property manager is always ready, willing, and able to act for the benefit of the property owner whom he or she represents. He or she should be capable of resolving issues quickly and effectively. Also important, a professional property manager should be able to act without constant guidance or oversight from his or her clients.

Many real estate investors are wary of hiring a property manager, but a good property manager can sometimes mean the difference between a profitable real estate investment and a bad one.

One of the best ways to find a good property managers is to utilize the experience of others.  Get recommendations from other investors and rental property owners.   Check reviews and see what others in the business are saying. Once you find a few good contenders, screen them to see which will be the best fit for your business.

Here are a few tips for rental property owners during the screening process.

  1. Find out how many properties (or units) the property manager is managing.  Also find out how many employees they are using to manage these units. A trained employee can successfully manage between 30 and 40 units.
  2. Find out how often the property manager will conduct a formal inspection of your property.  Property managers should be willing to conduct routine property inspections as part of their normal package of services.
  3. The best managers are those who listen and understand their clients’ needs. Be leery of managers who constantly want to speak over you or try to finish your sentence during the screening process.
  4. Make sure that the property manager you select is using a quality property/tenant management tool and request samples of output reports from this system during the interview process.  If they don’t use software to improve efficiency or hesitate to share reports with you, that could be a red flag.
  5. Most professional property managers charge a percentage of the rent for managing your properties.  Be sure that you know what that percentage is.  Steer clear of managers who require the agreed percentage on the total rents that could be collected whether they are collected or not.  Don’t pay someone for rents they didn’t collect.
  6. Know how a property manager will address maintenance issues.  There are a variety of ways property owner can pay for getting maintenance issues resolved.  A good property manage will want to make maintenance decisions up to a certain dollar value amount before they have to obtain your permission. This helps save hassle when small repairs need to be completed.

Ask the right questions when hiring a professional property manager to thoroughly understand their processes and ensure you are working with someone who listens and understands you. The screening process may seem daunting, but a professional property manager will listen and walk you through their processes.

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CCUSD Signs Agreement with West Los Angeles College

Image is a textbook on top of graph paper with a pencil next to it.Martin Feinberg, Culver City Realtor, was excited to learn that the Culver City Unified School District (CCUSD) Board of Education has signed an agreement with West Los Angeles College to provide college and career access pathways through dual credit courses in computer science, technical production for theater, and architecture. The agreement, known as the AB 288 Agreement, was reached on January 23.

AB 288 will allow students to take classes provided by West Los Angeles College at Culver City High School and Culver City Park High School, for college credit. The classes will fulfill both high school diploma requirements as well as college degree requirements and will be offered tuition-free.

According to LACCD Board President Sydney Kamlager-Dove, “Reaching them where they are is critical to helping our young people connect to college and succeed in higher education and the workplace. This partnership reduces barriers to entry by allowing high school students to become comfortable with college processes and rigor from the familiar place their of high schools and it’s tuition free – that’s a win, win for all.”

“We are very excited about this new AB288 partnership that allows our students to take dual enrollment classes and earn high school and college credit simultaneously,” said Superintendent Leslie Lockhart. “This is yet another way that we can offer students a chance to follow their career goals and get a head start right on our high school campuses.”

LACCD Chancellor Francisco Rodriguez added, “This demonstrates how both institutions working together can capitalize on their strengths to increase access to college and meet the needs of students in the communities we serve. I look forward to more of these signings across our nine colleges.”

West Los Angeles College Vice President of Academic Affairs Aracely Aguiar also stated, “West has offered concurrent enrollment courses at Culver City High for years. Working with Culver City Unified, we are creating pathways in computer science, technical production for theater, and architecture that lead to employment.”

The AB 288 Agreement stems from Law AB 288, which was passed in 2015 and allows community colleges to offer classes on high school campuses that are only open to high school students. Before that law was passed any college course offered had to be open to all college students, which was a problem for those high schools with closed campuses.

Dr. James M. Limbaugh, West Los Angeles College President acknowledged the connection between the college and the Culver City Real Estate area.

Limbaugh said, “In one year, West Los Angeles College will celebrate its 50th year. If you know anything about the College’s history, you know that Culver City’s residents and school board were instrumental in the establishment of this campus that serves Culver City, West Los Angeles and other surrounding communities. So we are particularly pleased and excited to be entering into this agreement that expands our partnership with the outstanding Culver City schools.”

Martin Feinberg, Realtor, noted that according to the Chancellor’s office, AB 288 (Dual Enrollment) College and Career Access Pathways (CCAP) “shall be for the purpose of offering or expanding dual enrollment opportunities for students who may not already be college bound or who are underrepresented in higher education, with the goal of developing seamless pathways from high school to community college for career technical education or preparation for transfer, improving high school graduation rates, or helping high school pupils achieve college and career readiness.”

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Former Culver City Mayor Steven J. Rose has Died

Image is a memorial candle with unfocused pinpoints of lights around it.Martin Feinberg, Culver City Realtor, was saddened to learn that former Culver City Mayor and Councilman Steven J. Rose died on Monday March 5 after a short battle with leukemia.

Steven J. Rose had most recently retired from serving as the President of the Culver City Chamber of Commerce for 30 years. His plan, as he was turning 70, was to spend time traveling and pursuing other activities. Unfortunately, Rose discovered he was suffering from an aggressive form of leukemia shortly after retiring.

The Culver City Historical Society had this to say about Rose. “In addition to being former Mayor and President/CEO of Culver City Chamber of Commerce, he held several board positions here at our organization, including past president. To honor him, we (and he) encourage you to send contributions to Exceptional Children’s Foundation. And in true Chamber fashion, if you would like to send flowers, #shoplocal with Culver Center Flowers. He was a joker, a gentleman, and a gem. But mostly, he was a lover of this city. And he will be sorely missed.”

The Culver City Chamber of Commerce shared similar sentiments. “It is with a very heavy heart that I say the Chamber, the City, the Industry and the world lost a very special human being in Steven J. Rose today. He passed away at his home after his tough fight with cancer. His impact is something that we will never be able to properly measured or put into words. His legacy and footprint in Culver City and the chamber will forever be felt.”

After Rose’s retirement, Colin Diaz was named the new Culver City Chamber of Commerce president in November. Diaz was new to the Culver City Real Estate area, having previously worked in Santa Fe Springs.

Martin Feinberg, Realtor, notes that services for Steven J. Rose will be today, March 7 at 11:00 a.m. at Hillside Memorial Park, 6001 W. Centinela Avenue, Los Angeles.  A Celebration of Life will follow at the DoubleTree by Hilton, 6161 W. Centinela Avenue, in Culver City.

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Should You Hire a Property Manager to Manage Your Rental Property?

Image is a red house with a pile of money in front of it.Let’s face it; managing a rental property successfully is a lot of work. There are multiple tasks that need to be done on a regular basis, as well as those unexpected issues that pop up from time to time. It can be stressful just thinking about it! That’s why so many rental property owners choose to hire a property manager.

Managing a rental property profitably means a fairly constant stream of placing ads, taking phone calls, showing properties, collecting rent, plus handling landscaping, repairs, and regular maintenance. And don’t forget making sure all lease and rental documents are legal, binding and comprehensive enough to protect you if you ever have to deal with non-payment of rent or an eviction.

It can seem overwhelming, but the good thing is, it doesn’t all have to be done by you. This is where a good property manager can help.

Professional property management companies can take care of everything on that list and more, and do it in a cost effective way. This is especially true for property management companies that have been in business for a while or have deep roots in the community. If you’re conspiring hiring a property management company, here are two things to consider:

How Much Does Property Management Cost?

Property management fees vary by location. For a single family house, condo or small multifamily property, fees typically run around 6-10% of the monthly rent, plus a one-time fee each time the property is leased.

In the beginning, especially for rental property owners that don’t have a lot of cash up front, it can seem expensive. Remember that your time has value. Property management companies can free up a great deal of time for the rental property owners.

Owners who are considering using a rental property management company should assess the value of their time and how much of that time is being spent on those various, sometimes non-stop property management tasks. Ask yourself how much time you are spending each month on collecting rent, interacting with tenants, showing your property or doing maintenance.

How Can a Good Property Manager Help Me?

Professional property managers benefit landlords throughout the entire process—from prepping the property for showing, getting the most qualified tenants to the open house, effective tenant screening, managing the legal paperwork, processing payments, and handing ongoing maintenance and repairs.

Most rentals need a good cleaning and some maintenance before they can be ready for new prospective tenants to see. Your property manager will have the unit cleaned and handle any maintenance and repairs needed prior to showing. Plus, a property manager can usually show your rental to more pre-qualified tenants and screen them more effectively. They will create the rental paperwork, get the lease and all legal documents signed, and handle deposits and rent payments.

Image is a green keychain in the same of a house with two silver keys attached.It might not seem like a difficult job, but most people are not born with natural land lording skills. It requires attention to detail, supervisory and project management skills.

Rental property ownership can be rewarding and lucrative. Managing your own rental property is possible, especially if you have the time and energy to be hands-on with maintenance, legal and tenant issues. For a property owner who is short on time or prefers to have an expert handle everything, an experienced property management company can make it easier and often much, more profitable.

Martin Feinberg offers professional property management services for property owners throughout the Westside of Los Angeles, including Culver City, Mar Vista, Santa Monica and Venice.