Toni Patillo – Santa Monica and Palisades Real Estate Agent

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Probate, Here’s Why You Might Want To Avoid The P Word

Simply put, probate rarely benefits the beneficiaries. Ok it’s not that simple, but it is accurate. Why? Probate costs people time and money. I see it all the time. So much so in fact, that part of my business is helping executors to sell property that’s in probate. It’s that big of a hassle. Once property and other assets are locked up in the system it’s hard to say how long it will take to go through the process. Let’s take a deeper look at probate to understand where the challenges lie.

What is Probate?

Probate is an automatic legal...

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A Practical Guide For Healthy Aging

My personal experience with aging has been both inspiring and challenging. Sometimes I feel like I will be climbing mountains at 90 and other times, not so much. Such is the nature of aging and staying healthy right? What if there were things that we can do at any age to help us feel our most vibrant and what if these things were easy and accessible? This is my mission this week. To uncover for all of our sakes, a simple process we can use to improve our quality of life. Sound good?

Here’s the first thing I learned about staying...

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Checklist: Questions You Should Ask An Assisted Living Community

We’ve all heard the nightmare stories. You pay money to put your parent into an assisted living community. You think you are doing the best that you can for mom or dad. Then there is neglect. One day you show up and the sheets are dirty, mom hasn’t taken her medication or dad hasn’t bathed in days.   You scream bloody murder at the attendees, but it lands on deaf ears. This is elder abuse and worse you’re paying for it.

It would be so much better if there were a checklist of questions you could ask to help you choose the...

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Let’s Exercise: Safe and Simple Exercises For Mom and Dad

I’ve watched people in my life get lazy, get unhealthy, get sick and pass on. There are no words to describe the frustration. You want to scream at your loved one “take care of yourself!” but there’s nothing you can do.  The challenge is that once someone gets to a certain age and/or lack of mobility, it feels impossible to start an exercise fitness program. Well, it’s not.

Here are some tips that can help an aging loved one feel more secure and optimistic as they take on the world of health and wellness.

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8 Reasons All Business Owners Should Hire A Coach

Today I’m speaking to the business owners out there…all business owners. You could be a Financial Planner or Real Estate Agent. You might be an Attorney or Owner of an Eldercare Services business. Regardless of what business you’re in, you all need a coach. I get it, you’re an entrepreneur and like to do your own thing. You’re probably a business owner for two reasons, the unlimited income potential and the fact that you only have to be accountable to yourself. The idea of paying someone that will hold you accountable sounds like a terrible idea. Of course, a Coach...

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When the Elderly Abuse the Caregivers Who Care For Them

Have you ever heard the expression “it’s easier to hurt the ones you love”? Unfortunately, this is a cruel truth. Think about it. At what point did you stop taking your parents for granted? Do you still? Anyway, consider that it’s easy to expect more from those who selflessly give you the most. A lot of people never even realize they’re doing it. So what happens when the elderly take their caregivers for granted? Abuse.

Families First

So you’re taking care of your parents. Are they acting out?   Does it go as far as abuse? Maybe they’re frustrated that...

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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.


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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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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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5 Things You Need to Know When Short-Selling an Investment Property

As the market continues to drag on and owners are realizing their need to rent for a couple of years until the market comes back, it is affecting them in many ways. Most of these types of owners can’t afford the repairs and maintenance, the vacancy costs, and some are upside down every month if the rent is less than the monthly mortgage note. So, we are finding more and more owners who have been renting their homes are finally giving up and turning to us to help sell the property via...

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