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After graduating from Colgate University in 1960 as an English major, I received a scholarship from the Ford Foundation, in conjunction with the Los Angeles Unified School District and the University of Southern California to earn a Master’s in English and a teaching credential. In 1962, I received my Master’s and went to work as an English teacher at Monroe High School in what was then called Sepulveda–now renamed North Hills. At Monroe, as well as teaching English, I was the golf coach, Knowledge Bowl sponsor, and faculty president.
I took a sabbatical in 1969 and went to California State University at Northridge to earn another Master’s, this one in reading. I wanted to work with at-risk students and those with learning difficulties. I left the regular Monroe faculty and joined the three-teacher staff and Albert Einstein Continuation School. This gave me an opportunity to work one-to-one with many students who needed the care and attention of an adult. In 1992 an opportunity opened at a new LA Unified program–City of Angels Independent Study. In this innovative approach, students works at home and came to school one day a week to have the work corrected and new work assigned. This school met the needs of a variety of students: workers, single mothers, those pregnant, those in show business, and those who did not want to be in the regular classroom setting for a variety of reasons.
I retired from LA Unified in 2000. Along with my teaching career, I married Ruth in 1967, living in an apartment on Dickens Street in Sherman Oaks. We then bought a home in Woodland Hills, and, after our daughters, Laura and Deborah (now Devorah Talia) were born in 1969 and 1971, we moved to another home in Woodland Hills north of the Boulevard closer to schools. Ruth began teaching at nursery schools, private schools, and then elementary school in the LAUSD. She was a Mentor Teacher for many of those years and, I must say, one of the finest elementary school teachers in the District. She retired in 2005. I was looking for ways to supplement my teaching income. I did some part-time teaching at USC, Valley College, and Moorpark College. I also went to law school for almost two years but believed the world didn’t need another lawyer. I decided that what the Valley needed was another Realtor, so in 1979 I received my real estate license. This profession suited my personality since I enjoyed talking to people, enjoyed the hustle of real estate, and could easily compose newsletters, advertising blurbs, and articles. I began working with Century 21 with Les and Ann Ongania as my brokers. They were exceptional people–teaching from the beginning the necessity of hard work and scrupulous honesty. They taught that we were in the serviee businss. In taking a listing, they taught “If a house is well-listed, it’s 90% sold.” That means that, whether it was thirty years ago or today, in an excellent location or poor location, in supurb condition or a major fixer, if it’s priced correctly it will sell, and if it’s not, it won’t.
I could go on and on about this, but let’s have that conversation when we meet. I earned my broker’s license in 2001. In 2004 I earned a ASP designation. This stands for Accredited Staging Professional. Staging is the process of preparing a home for sale, comparable to having a car washed and waxed before you would sell it. I also purchased a high-quality 35 mm Nikon camera for superb photos, as well as a special camera which allows me to make virtual tours, the format that shows a room at a 180 degree angles, accompanied by music. Finally, in 2009 I earned an e-Pro designation which has made me for sophisticated in the use of electronic media. Ruth saw that I wasn’t slowing down, so she earned her real estate license in 2007. She has also earned an SRES designation–Senior Real Estate Specialist which helps those seniors with real estate options. We work together forming “A Team You Know and Trust.” I am fond of saying “You know me; you trust Ruth.”
There is much more I could say, but if you had the fortitude to read all of this, call me at 818.999.2777 or e-mail me at SteveGreenbaum@PruCaRealty and receive a bottle of your favorite beverage. A free market analysis of your home is always available, as well as special ways to look for property. I have a full staff helping me to meet any of your real estate needs.