You may have noticed this month’s Neighborhood Spotlight around the South Bay .. Usually accompanied by 6-8 dogs she is hard to miss! Recognizing the busy schedules of South Bay-ers (not to mention the time spent in traffic for those of us commuting!), Jen Carpenter simultaneously understands that many pet owners love their dogs as if they are human family members. To help solve this issue, she founded Jen’s Dog Walking, a service that not only gives her furry customers their needed walks, but the love and attention that they deserve. Fueled by affection from her own three 3 dogs, Jen Carpenter is passionate about providing other canines with regular walks in order to ensure their health and happiness.
She services from Redondo Beach all the way to El Segundo, giving pet owners the peace of mind that their pals are being taken care of while they at work, on vacation or held up with other obligations. Jen and her employees offer an online scheduling option for the convenience of her busy clients!
Jen is a staple for dozens of South Bay families (pets included!) and we loved getting to know her and hearing more about her unique business venture! Keep reading to learn more about her approach to dog-walking and her take on life here in Redondo Beach.
1. What inspired you to start your own business? As a dog-walker in particular?
I grew up with lots of pets and have always been a huge animal lover. I knew that I wanted a career working with animals, but I didn’t know what that was until I found the perfect one as a dog walker.
2. Give us a brief run-down of the services/experience that you offer
We primarily offer pack walks in groups of approximately 8 dogs. Each walk is 55-60 minutes. Pack walks offer your dog longer walks and more socialization for less cost. All of our walkers are very experienced at handling dogs and are animal lovers. We offer 3 group walk times during the day. Mid morning, mid day and mid afternoon.
3. Do you have a personal favorite kind of dog?
I love all the dog breeds! Our family has a Labrador, a small mixed breed, and a Japanese chin.
4. How has living in the South Bay helped aid the growth of you business?
Living in the South Bay is a great location for a dog walking business. The weather is perfect and there are a ton of dog owners. Unfortunately a lot of beach area homes don’t have yards, so it lends well to people needing a dog walker so their dog can get out and have some much needed exercise.
5. Do you have any plans for further expansion of your business?
I have been a dog walker for 12 years and it’s a very personal small business. I am pretty close with my clients, as I am taking care of their babies! I enjoy being a small local business because I’d like to maintain that personal family like feel with my clients.
6. What in your opinion makes Golden Hills a great place to live?
I think the Golden Hills is a great place to live because we have a great community of neighbors. We all look after one another and help and support one another in this tight knit community.
*For clients that mention the Weber Accetta Group, Jen will offer 2 free walks when you purchase 10. That’s a $40 value!*
In California, real property (any property that is attached directly to land, as well as the land itself) is reassessed at current market value if it is sold or transferred. Thus, when you purchase a home, it is subject to reappraisal and in most cases is assigned a new base tax value. As California real estate historically appreciates over time, the base value generally increases with each reappraisal which results in increased property taxes.
This can be off-putting for home-buyers who have been in their current home for a long amount of time and are used to paying taxes at a lower base tax value. This is especially true for older people who may be living off of a fixed income! In an effort to off-set higher property tax burdens for those looking to move or relocate later in life, Proposition 60 was passed in 1986 and Proposition 90 followed in 1988.
Proposition 60 enables you to transfer your current home’s assessed value to your new home. Basically, you are able to purchase a new property, yet still pay the property taxes at the same rate you pay on your current property.
There are a few requirements to that you must meet in order to use Prop 60:
You or your spouse must be at least 55 years of age when the original property was sold.
You may only use the transfer once.
The current property and new property must be within the same county. **
The new replacement property must be of equal or lessor value than the property sold.
The replacement property must be built or bought within 2 years of selling the original property.
Your original property must be your primary residence and have been eligible for the homeowners’ exemption or disabled veterans’ exemption.
Your replacement property must be your primary residence and must be eligible for the homeowners’ exemption or disabled veterans’ exemption.
**Prop 90 is essentially an extension of Prop 60 – it allows you to transfer your base tax value from one county to another (inter-county). Currently, the following ten counties in California have an ordinance enabling the intercounty value transfer:
Alameda, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Diego, Santa Clara, El Dorado, Orange, San Bernardino, San Mateo, Ventura. It is important to note that these counties are always subject to change, so be sure to contact your designated county to verify eligibility.
Important factors to note:
If you qualify for Proposition 60/90 benefits, you still need to file for a Homeowners’ Exemption on the replacement property – the exemptions are NOT granted automatically
A claim must be filed within 3 years of purchasing or completing new construction of the replacement property
You cannot give your original home to a child or grandchild and still get Proposition 60/90 benefits – an original property must be sold and subject to reappraisal at full market value
To reiterate: if you are over the age of 55 and are looking to move into a new home, Propositions 60&90 could allow you to maintain your current tax base value and save you money every year!
As always, contact us if you would like more information or are interested in buying or selling. We love not only saving our clients money, but also educating them in HOW we do so 🙂
Congratulations to Tim on the purchase of his new home!! Tim’s story started off like many of today’s buyers with an air of frustration and cynicism. After submitting multiple offers and getting beat out by other buyers, Tim put home buying on hold and found a place to rent which is where our paths crossed! Fast forward to a couple years later, we re-introduced the idea of being a home owner to Tim which he expressed was still a goal of his. At our buyers consultation we sat down and listened to his past experience and assured him that it didn’t have to be that way again. We educated him on how we approach the home buying process and he left our meeting in high spirits.
Showing houses to him and even a call with him to confirm an appointment was always a pleasure. Tim has to be one of the most positive people we know. He is always upbeat, has a smile on his face, and makes the best of any situation! By fate, and some hard work, the stars aligned and we identified the perfect home for Tim. Big yard to throw around some football, redone so he can immediately move in, and in a nice quite neighborhood with a friendly commute to work! With some negotiations we got our offer accepted and secured a reduced sales price during our contingency period. In Tim’s words “We under promised and over delivered”.
What there is to take away from Tim’s story is his attitude and trust. Every home we have sold we are confident that each of our clients has ended up exactly where they’re supposed to be. Though Tim was skeptical, he trusted us and was so positive and fun! It really goes to show that no matter what you are doing, how good or how bad, it always comes down to your attitude! Working with Tim was a fantastic reminder of that. So get out there, take the bull by the horns, put a smile on your face and be like Tim!!
We loved this article so much that we wanted to share it with all of you! Some of our favorite tips were on the difference in costs for substituted materials, the helpful website DIYorNOT.com, and the break down for return on investment percentages:
Minor kitchen remodel- 79.3%
Bathroom remodel- 70.0%
Family room addition- 64.1%
Read the full article for all the great info!