NELA Living Blog by Emilie Broughton

Five Star Professional Real Estate HEAT Index – April 2019



Curious about the housing market? Find out the latest trends in real estate with the Real Estate HEAT Index for April 2019 from Five Star Professional.

The Real Estate HEAT (Housing Experts Anticipating Trends) Index is a monthly leading indicator of nearly 40 housing markets in the U.S.

Five Star Professional partners with thousands of real estate agents who complete a weekly survey about the conditions they are observing in their marketplace.

The HEAT Index has a midpoint of 50, this means the market is neither hot nor cold.

A higher Real Estate HEAT index is correlated with:
• Rising buyer traffic
• A seller’s market
• Rising home prices















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Create An Evacuation Plan For Your Pets

An evacuation plan is a necessity for every home, especially if you live in an area where fires, earthquakes, hurricanes, flooding, and other disasters are a possibility and as a pet owner myself, this is an even more pressing subject for me to address. Like the Woolsey Fires last November giving many no option but to leave their pets behind or admit them to shelters because they didn’t have a plan in place and it is easy to think that this is a situation you may never need to face but natural disasters have increased as climate change continues to evolve. Many homeowners create evacuation plans for their homes and practice them with their kids, but far fewer have considered one for their pets. Take these steps to add your pets to your evacuation plan.

Assign pet evacuation to an adult. Everyone should know how to act during an evacuation, and that includes assigning one parent or adult to the pets. This allows the other parent and the children to focus on their part of the evacuation plan, so there’s no confusion during a high-stress moment when time is of the essence.

Keep evacuation maps and pet carriers readily accessible. If you need to evacuate, you should know exactly where every important item is. If you pets require carriers, keep them in a place that you can access easily.

Practice your plan. Include your pets in your home evacuation drills. It’ll help you see how they will respond and make changes to your plan if necessary. Getting your dog out of a window may not be as simple as you think!

Be prepared in case you get separated from your pets. No matter how much you drill your evacuation plan, it’s possible that a dog or cat will run off while you’re focusing on keeping your family safe. A microchip or a GPS-compatible tag can help you find your pets once it’s safe to return to the area.

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Metropolis II At LACMA

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art known as LACMA is the largest art museum in the Western United States and home to some of the most extraordinary collections of artistic expression. Taking pieces of history and recreating them in realistic yet imaginative ways, the interactive and real-time exhibits are just so intriguing to me and I love going back there to experience these works of art for myself. Chris Burden’s kinetic sculpture called the Metropolis II caught my attention on my recent trip to LACMA. I found it exciting how he captured the fast-paced frenzy of a modern city using steel beams and miniature cars to create an elaborate system of roadways, train tracks, a six-lane freeway and miniature cars speeding through the city at 240 scale miles per hour to equal 100,000 cars circulating through buildings.

You can also view Chris Burden’s other creations such as the infamous Urban Light collection and if you are a resident of the Los Angeles area, free tickets to the museum are available on select days and times during the week.

For more information on LACMA, please visit:


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Use Your Library Card To Explore L.A. With Discover & Go


Sometimes we forget how lucky we are to live in Southern California and all of the diverse and fun options for entertainment we have here. As spring has brought on warmer weather and summer is just around the corner, why not take advantage of some of the perks of being an L.A. resident.

The Los Angeles Public Library has partnered with local museums, science centers, zoos, theatres and other cultural destinations for free and low-cost passes through their Discover & Go program and all you need is your library card.

Log on to with your library card credentials and browse for passes by date or attractions.

Participating destinations include:

The Recording Academy’s Grammy Museum: L.A. Live
Discovery Cube in Los Angeles
Los Angeles Zoo
Autry Museum of the American West
Catalina Island Museum
 Japanese American National Museum
Chinese American Museum
Kidspace Children’s Museum
The Museum of Jurassic Technology
Natural History Museum
Museum of Tolerance
Craft & Folk Art Museum
Battleship Iowa: Los Angeles
La Brea Tar Pits & Museum
L.A. Plaza De Culturay Artes
Los Angeles Conservancy
Wende Museum of the Cold War

For additional or general information about the Los Angeles Public Library, please visit




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