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Realtors focus on Ramona’s unique market

   As 2009 came to a close, the public received details about real
estate that were speculative, gloom and about what happened in
communities across the United States. How was Ramona affected?
   With the first quarter of 2010 completed, some people are still
under water in their current houses, foreclosures are up, short sales
are prime, and interest rates are climbing. Where can one turn for
sound advice?
   This reporter spoke with three Ramona real estate professionals —
Jan Ryan with ReMax Direct, Paul Tarr with Ramona Real Estate Brokerage
and Cristina Vaughn with Coldwell Banker Country Realty — for insight
and information that may help people in the Ramona community make
decisions that are right for them.

Experts alert public about foreclosure scams

One cannot pick up a newspaper, listen to the media or search the
Internet without being inundated with news regarding the real estate
industry, bank foreclosures and what has happened to the “American
Dream” of homeownership.
There are various unscrupulous methods and scam artists who take
advantage of people in foreclosure situations. These are scams
involving people charging anywhere from $1,000 to $4,000 stating that
they can help those who are facing foreclosure or are in the
foreclosure process.

Salon owner starts new tradition in historic building

For three years, on Feb. 14 (Valentine’s Day), Natallie-Rose Philips,
owner of Artistry in Hair, offers free haircuts to people wishing to
support the nonprofit organization Locks of Love.
“I close my salon to profitable business and we donate our time and
talents, said Philips. “People who are interested in donating their
hair to this worthy cause, your hair must be at least 10 inches in
length. Donated hair is then turned into hairpieces, which assist
financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada,
under age 18, suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any
diagnosis. The hairpieces meet a unique need for these children,
because it helps them to restore their self-esteem and confidence.”

Bradleys are all about organics

The media and numerous publications are providing us with information
about how important proper nutrition is for families. The economy is
forcing people to take a serious look at ways to make better food
options available to families, while staying within budget
constraints.  Realizing the community’s need for organic foods and
products, a start-up emerged as Robert and Victoria Bradley realized
their dream and established a new company called Ramona Family Naturals.

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