Toys for Tots

Helping Children this Holiday Season

By: Roger Ewing

Our three Ewing & Associates offices have again placed Toys for Tots collection boxes in Calabasas, Agoura Hills and Sherman Oaks.  The collection boxes will remain in place through December 22, 2011. Toys of all monetary value will be distributed to needy children. Often, there are few gifts for children over the age of 10 so a special consideration for these children is always appreciated.

To find our offices, visit the links below:

Agoura Hills Office
Calabasas Office
Sherman Oaks Office

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Mary Tyler Moore’s House in Studio City

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Celebrity home in Studio City

By: Roger Ewing

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Recently, Andrea Korchek took a listing on 12230 Iredell St. in Studio city which was once home to the stylish Mary Tyler Moore. Set in Fryman Canyon and located just moments away from the Santa Monica Mountains Recreation Area, this house maintains history, style and grace. Check out the property below:

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Serving You from a Better Location

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If you haven’t stopped by, take a peak at our new office

By: Roger Ewing

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Agoura Whizin’s Farmers Market

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Agoura Hills to start another Farmers Market

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The Whizin’s Farmer’s Market is starting up December 7, 2010 at 3pm – 8 pm. Local farmers and artisans will congregate to offer the citizens of Agoura Hills the freshest products. This will likely be a hot spot for local chef’s from the nearby Blue Table and other surrounding restaurants. Every Tuesday this weekly farmers market will kick off at 3pm. The Whizin’s center welcomes you and says, “come on down to the farmer’s market & shake the hand that feeds you.”

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A Wine and Cheese Celebration

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Announcing the Most Exclusive Real Estate Brokerage in Calabasas

By: Roger Ewing

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Welcoming all residents of Calabasas, Hidden Hills and the West San Fernando Valley, Ewing and Associates Sotheby’s International Realty is hosting a wine and cheese party Saturday, December 11th from 2pm – 5pm. We are excited about the recent opening of our corporate headquarters located in the Calabasas Court Yard at 23647 Calabasas Road. Please stop by for live music and plenty of wine.

Warm wishes and Happy Holidays!

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Becoming a True Leader

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Useful tips on becoming a leaderleaders

By: Roger Ewing

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On the surface, the difference between a step and a stumble seems obvious.

But in business, plotting long and hard to climb into a leadership role often is indistinguishable from inadvertently falling into one. The fact is, whether you take a deliberate step toward an objective or immediately trip on a shoelace, you may end up in the same spot. Put another way, many people who have a laser focus on getting to the top make it there no faster than those who have a leadership opportunity thrust upon them.

Yet knowing the difference between thoughtful business leadership and the kind that happens seemingly by accident is critical — not only in your ability to grow and develop as a leader, but to establish a pattern of success that’s deliberate, not miraculous.

Here, then, are eight attributes that separate genuine leadership from leadership that’s more a matter of chance:

1. Real leadership means leading yourself

Passing out orders is as easy as passing out business cards. But a prudent leader also knows how to lead himself or herself — not merely to provide a genuine example to others, but to become a working element of the overall machinery of your business. “It’s important that leaders have the ability to focus and motivate themselves as they motivate others,” says Larraine Segil, an author and consultant who teaches executive education at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.

2. Don’t be a monarch

Thoughtful leadership likely means you already have a talented work force in place. That’s terrific. But be careful not to set up a throne room in the process. Accidental leaders often inadvertently establish a system of guidance that’s unnecessarily restrictive. Guide employees, but don’t implement more parameters than are absolutely necessary. “It’s important to influence the people with whom you work,” says Segil. “Don’t see your business as a hierarchy.”

3. Be open to new ways of doing things

One potential land mine of a prosperous operation is to repeat anything that proves successful. It’s hard to argue against that, but an inadvertent leader will put far too much stock in sticking with what always works. By contrast, thoughtful leadership acknowledges success but also recognizes there are always ways to do things better.

4. Remember that white males are fast becoming a minority

Statistics show that white males now make up only a small fraction of the workplace population. Couple that with growing partnerships across borders, and it becomes obvious that blending a variety of cultures and backgrounds in a work environment is an essential leadership skill. A thoughtless leader will try to cope with this as best as he can. One with more vision will work to take advantage of differences. “Competition — the constant push for faster, better, cheaper — mandates that we learn to effectively deal with differences in the workplace,” says career consultant Susan Eckert of Advance Career and Professional Development in Brightwaters, New York. A company that weaves an appreciation of diversity into its cultural fabric will make itself “unbeatable,” Eckert says.

5. Establish a genuine sense of commitment

I must admit this is a personal sore point with me. I’ve seen too many company slogans and catch phrases whose import is no deeper than the paper they’re written on. Want to be “committed to superior service”? More power to you, but a genuine leader will see that as words and little else. Instead, put some meat on those bones — establish how to quantify excellence, design a cogent plan to achieve it and set a reasonable but real timetable for its completion.

6. Finish the job

Many business leaders yak about their complete game, but how many actually finish what they say they’re going to start? A thoughtless leader who never genuinely finishes anything loses the confidence of clients and customers. That lack of follow-through isn’t going to be lost on his or her employees, either. Instead, set goals and establish pragmatic, accountable measures to actually finish what you start. “The ability to complete things is critical,” Segil says. “Nothing’s useful unless you actually complete it.”

7. Show genuine appreciation

Thoughtless leaders must have forearms like Popeye’s, what with all the back-slapping they do. That’s fine, but good performance requires a more substantive response. Leaders with an eye to the future hand out praise but augment it with real rewards: promotions, raises, bonuses and other tangible tokens of appreciation. That motivates your people, not only to apply themselves with enthusiasm but to stick around your company longer than they might otherwise.

8. Know that leadership skills come from learning, too

Far too may business executives believe leadership skills stem from some sort of wondrous epiphany or other such flash of insight. Sure, great ideas can come to any of us, but being a bona fide leader also means study. Read books on effective leadership, attend seminars and pick the brains of colleagues to see what works for them. It can be a long education, but one with rewards that multiply with the more knowledge you have under your belt.

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$150,000 Reduction on 95 West Kelly Rd.

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Open House this Sunday 1pm – 4pm

By: Roger Ewing

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Wonderful Custom home located in the gated exclusive private community of West Kelly Estates. The grand foyer with soaring ceilings opens to the main living area featuring gourmet cooks kitchen with granite counters, custom cabinetry w/glass doors, stainless steel appliances, travertine flooring and a cozy breakfast area with views. Entertaining made easy in the large Living room w/custom fireplace opening to a large formal dining room with peaceful mountain and city light views. Den/office also with fireplace. Enjoy the splendor of high ceilings, plantation shutters and travertine flooring. Tranquility exudes in the master bedroom, opening to a deck with views and a large master bathroom with spa tub, custom shower and walk-in closet. Three additional spacious bedrooms on the lower level lead to a central bonus room which opens to a rear yard with oversized spa and nearly ½ acre with mature landscaping, oak trees and creek w/bridge. 4 car garage with work shop or possible RV parking.

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Support Our Native Wildlife

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Join the Walk on the Wild Side

By: Roger EwingZuma Beach

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Calabasas residents know the overwhelming amount of wildlife that live just outside our homes. We live in a city replete with coyotes, rattlesnakes, hawks, owls, rabbits and deer. However, our native friends are often sick, injured, and orphaned, especially now during baby season.

This year, join the WOWS program on a 5K walk along Zuma Beach. All proceeds go directly towards helping our native wildlife recover from sickness, injuries or abandonment.

Last year, more than 300 Walkers registered online; there were 29 “wild” teams and 226 people donated online in support of participants. The event features a 5K (approximately three miles) beach walk that begins and ends at Zuma Beach.

All particpants will get a FREE Walk t-shirt if registered online by Friday, May 6. Online registrations will be accepted through Friday, May 13; after that, you may register at the Zuma Beach site on Walk Day for $40/adults and $25/youth (12 and under).

Event details and registration information can also be found on the WOWS website.

Event information:

When: Sunday, May 15, 2011
Where: Zuma Beach, Malibu

All particpants will get a FREE Walk t-shirt if registered online by Friday, May 6. Online registrations will be accepted through Friday, May 13; after that, you may register at the Zuma Beach site on Walk Day for $40/adults and $25/youth (12 and under).

Walk Day Program:

10 a.m. – Online Registrant Check-in and T-shirt pick-up*, Walk Day registrations; warm-up with MC Dan Cortese; applaud as hosts Catherine Oxenberg and Casper Van Dien award the top fundraising prizes; cheer as CWC releases a rehabilitated animal right on the beach. Enjoy our wild DJ, refreshments and snacks!

11 a.m. – 5K Walk Start – Walk with animal lovers of all ages and receive a Certificate of Completion; reward your efforts with an all-vegan hot dog from the Franken Stand or refreshing ice cream and yogurt from King Kone.

*Note to registrants: pick up the t-shirt size you ordered online at check-in to avoid confusion; you may be able to trade for another size later on.

For more information, Email CWC

Ed Begley Jr. Graces Sotheby’s

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For Immediate Release:ed begley jr at ewing sothebys international realty

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Stephen Roesler
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Ewing and Associates Sotheby’s International Realty
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By: Roger Ewing

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May 26, 2011

Sherman Oaks, CA

In an attempt to unite local eco advocates, Ewing and Associates Sotheby’s International Realty hosted an eco-workshop with the help of actor and visionary Ed Begley Jr. Showing up by way of bicycle, Begley stopped by the Sherman Oaks real estate office to share a few enlightening words regarding the ease and necessity of harnessing green energy in today’s economy.

Eco company Blu Homes, REAS, Cyber Rain and Environmental Solar Design were also in attendance for an evening complete with light fair and wine. Each vendor spoke for roughly 20 minutes and held an insightful session of Q and A. Led by Ewing and Associates’ manger Jeff Biebuyck, also affiliated with Blu Homes, the event hosted approximately 40 environmentally minded guests. From local business owners, former musicians and select real estate agents, all attendees received the opportunity to speak directly with educated representatives of the green movement.

Mr. Begley, a self-proclaimed fiscal conservative, briefly spoke about his journey towards embrace a green lifestyle. A native to the San Fernando Valley, he mentioned his young adult days of putting money aside to make more sustainable choices. Taking public transportation, bike riding, recycling and investing in key initiatives to update his first residence with the latest eco options were just some of his insightful tips. Additionally, he spoke in length about REAS (Residential Energy Assessment Services), as they worked closely with Begley on his latest residential green upgrade.

The event was followed by an informative period of casual networking and further details regarding the scope of each company’s service.

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The Future of Home Search

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Future internet search will track your digital browsing history to present you with home buying choices before you actually search for them.

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By Roger Ewing

Google Personalized Search examines your web history and assigns sites you have visited a high ranking. If you visit a particular site frequently, it will be ranked higher than sites you may not be visiting on a regular basis.  This ability is known as 2nd and 3rd Generation Search.

Amazon’s “people who bought your product also bought…” is an example of this kind of technology.  Amazon’s Jeff Bezos refers to this technology as Discovery-Based Search.

Search 4.0

Taking Amazon’s example a step further, requires a computer to get social and personal with you in the search process.

Google is pushing the search envelope.  Using your personal search history, and combining those results with search histories of people you know, as well as search histories from people you don’t know, gives Google the opportunity to finely tune your search results.  From a marketing point of view, this is powerful stuff.

The point is, Google now has the ability and the means to review your personal search history, thereby defining your individual digital stream of consciousness.

The Semantic Web


For computers to perform the tedious tasks involved in Search 4.0, images and symbols must be presented in a format that the computer can understand and evaluate.  Creating platforms where computers recognize and combine this information and then act upon it, is at the very heart of the future search process.

Computers must be capable of  processing knowledge itself.

Instead of merely recognizing text, the computer must rely on processes similar to human deductive reasoning and inference, resulting in more meaningful search results.

Discovery-based Search promises to revolutionize the information gathering process.

Home Search

In the near future, when you begin your online home search, you may be greeted by ads for homes tailored to your taste and preference.

Vacant homes may even be digitally staged, complete with furniture and decorations that you have previously investigated online.

Before Digital Staging
After digital staging
Digital staging photos courtesy of California Image Maker CIM.com

Some may feel discovery-based search is an invasion of privacy, while others will view this kind of search as a tremendous convenience. We can either embrace this technology, or hope it goes away.

EwingSIR does not guarantee information contained in this blog, readers are encouraged not to rely solely on this information and to do their own independent research of facts contained herein. Blog information was obtained from independent sources that we do not endorse, and we do not investigate this information for accuracy.