Toni Patillo – Santa Monica and Palisades Real Estate Agent

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Practical Eldercare Home Safety Tips

When was the last time you took a good look at your elder loved ones home? If it’s been a while, I want you to imagine what it’s like for him and/or her to spend 60% – 70% of their day navigating their home in it’s current state. Do you see the pitfalls? Can you recognize the potential dangers? 90% of older Americans want to age in place, but that means staying vigilant. There are many changes eldercare professionals whom I work with recommend to create a safer environment in your loved ones home. They range from no cost to...

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Eldercare and Legal Issues of an Incapacitated Loved One

This is a tough one. It breaks my heart when I see families unable to come to grips with the incapacity of a loved one. I really feel for them. I’ve been through it. Eldercare and legal issues can be overwhelming especially when you don’t want to believe incapacity is happening to someone you love. Unfortunately, inaction can be costly.

First thing I recommend is to gather your family members together and have a conversation. Discuss what a diagnosis of onset dementia or Alzheimer’s might look like for everyone involved. Convince the potentially afflicted loved one that it’s time to consult...

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Don’t Lose Your Senses As You Age, We Only Have 5 of Them

Well it’s happening, I’m seeing signs of my age… and I don’t like it. Of course, who does? But the reality is that nature has a very effective way of reminding us. Our senses dull, pun intended. We only have 5 senses and the order in which they go depends largely on genetics, but also on the life we’ve led. For example, let’s say you are (or were) a construction worker for the city.   What do you suspect would be the first sense to go? It might be your hearing, especially if you’re working a lot outside with heavy machinery.

Whatever...

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Dementia: The Plague of the Above 50 Market

The Plague… sounds dramatic doesn’t it? Unfortunately, this is no joke. Nearly 50 million people globally are living with some form of dementia.   4 out of 5 of these victims have Alzheimer’s and the cost of caring for just one of them is estimated at $60,000 per year. Do I have your attention?

As a Real Estate professional specializing in the Above 50 market, I am keenly aware of the burden families and friends must carry for their loved ones. I have spent quite a lot of my time coaching, assisting, recommending...

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Hacking Real Estate Agents & Their Clients: The Perfect Crime

All right here we go, the topic no one wants to talk about yet it terrifies everyone.   I’m talking about digital identity fraud. It’s a crime that’s difficult to detect, perpetrated by criminals who are rarely caught and it can be devastating to the victim.   So what can we do? How can we defend ourselves from criminals looking to virtually dip into our pockets via our emails, bank accounts and other safe-havens?

The first thing is to understand the nature of the crime.   Let’s start with how the horrid hackers enter our digital world.

Phishing – Have you ever gotten an urgent...

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What I Just Taught A Room Full Of Realtors About The Above 50 Market

I just finished teaching my 2-day SRES Designation course for the National Association of Realtors and let me tell you the room was hopping.   Amazing energy was abound! Questions were followed by information, followed by big smiles and it never stopped. I’m serious, from the moment we started to the moment we said our goodbyes; the atmosphere was perfect for learning.

Now unfortunately I can’t recount the whole class here; although I’d like to, but I can give some highlights. On the 1st day of the course, I had the realtors fill out a sheet with...

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6433 Springpark Avenue – Los Angeles

First time on the market in 43 years. Well maintained, original Ladera custom ranch home. This is the ultimate of classic living, old Los Angeles – Trousdale Estates charm. The elegant 5 bedrooms, 4 baths is uniquely designed with 2 atrium’s.

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Serving the Above 50 Market: The Untold Story

As you may or may not know, I’ve been serving the above 50 market for quite a while now. In fact, I’ve become somewhat of an expert in this area and am privately coaching other realtors to help them build their businesses. Why would a professional realtor need a coach you might ask? The answer is because this is a specialty market with it’s own set of needs. I’ve seen many realtors try and jump into this growing and very lucrative market, only to be rebuffed because they just weren’t prepared or in tune with what their clients really required....

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Care For Yourself, So You Can Be A Caregiver

Today, I’m speaking to those of you who are too compassionate for your own good. You know who you are. You’re the one who runs around picking up kids, making lunches, running household errands and taking care of your elder parents sometimes on top of an 8-hour workday.   You’re A caregiver.  Sound familiar?

Your good intentions may not go unnoticed, but typically go unrewarded.   Would it surprise you to know that more often than not, caregivers pass away before those to whom they are giving care? It sure surprised me.

Let me tell you a quick story from my own life...

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6501 Esplanade – Playa Del Rey

Very unique French Provincial Beach Pad. The layout of this lagoon front home has many opportunities. Zoned LAR3 the property offers 4 bedrooms, 4 baths. Living Room, Family Room, Dining Area and Private Patio which gives an indoor-outdoor living experience.

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