Brew Lagoon 2017

posted by: Merit in Community, Culture, Vacation



Brew Lagoon, took place at the Seaside Lagoon in Redondo Beach featuring unlimited tasting from over 20 of the BEST Southern California craft breweries alongside music festival vibes from 5 local bands. The event was planned by local event planners, Gasser Lounge and Huck Street Productions, and sponsored by Merit Real Estate. The event sold out the week prior to the event, exceeding all expectations.

Upon arrival attendees were given a tasting glass provided by Merit Real Estate and the Brew Lagoon planners. Individuals would come up to breweries of their choice and receive free craft beer samples. Bands like The Royal Rats, a unique throwback surf rock band dressed in formal attire provided the event with awesome beach vibes and a laid back ambiance. The band that drew the most attention, was a comically named, but fun and energetic electronic band, Fartbarf, dressed as Neanderthals in space jumpsuits. Everything from  their electronic rock style and outfits created a memorable fun energy and ambiance.

Overall the event ran very smoothly and it is rumored that Brew Lagoon may be returning soon, and possibly regularly. With the incredible organization and planning from Gasser Lounge, Huck Street Productions, and Merit Real Estate, we are hoping the next Brew Lagoon will be much larger, as over 300 people had to be turned away at the door, potentially the only hiccup in the overall success of Brew Lagoon. Merit Real Estate has been a supporter of local events in the South Bay now for many years, and we are very lucky to have been a part of such a successful and crowd-drawing event.

-Juan C Munoz & Rodman Amiri

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Redondo Beach SWAT honors Merit Real Estate & Amir Amiri


March. 17, 2017- During a ceremony held at Veterans Park, Chief Kauffman and Captain Hoffman of the Redondo Beach Police Department honored Amir Amiri of Merit Real Estate for his support. Since 1989, Amir Amiri has been providing SWAT with access to various properties to conduct training any time it was requested. The training prepares SWAT for the most efficient and effective response possible in the event of a critical incident. The enriched training environment improves RBPD service to the community and saves lives. Amir Amiri was taken by surprise to be given such an honor and he was very appreciative of the recognition. Amir Amiri is happy to continue supporting our local police force, an integral part of our community.


Juan C. Munoz

WHY Should You List With Merit Real Estate

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If you are looking to SELL your home, this blog is for YOU!


Selling a property can be difficult, especially when you don’t know who to list with. There are so many agents and brokerages out there – Who do you choose?

There are many factors to consider when selling your home.

Things like…

Who should I list with?

Where am I going to move?

Who is going to buy my home?

How long will it take to close escrow?

How much value is my home going to fetch?

What are the fees involved in selling my home?

Even though it seems complicated, we can simplify things. Selling your home does not need to be a difficult task. You need to think in terms of reputation, access, and network.

Brokerages that have years of experience and a track record of success are the ones who will provide you with the best results. Merit Real Estate has been serving the Redondo Beach area since 1989 and has earned a 5 star rating on Yelp with 40 reviews.

Merit Real Estate has an unlimited source of capital to purchase properties. We can purchase all cash and close quickly. We can purchase a wide scope of properties, anything from single family to duplex and triplex. If we can’t buy it for ourselves, we know someone who can.

Merit has a wide range of developers and builders that work on multiple projects simultaneously. At any one time, you can easily see about 30 properties being newly developed in the streets of North Redondo, all made available and turn-key for prospective home buyers.

We can buy any property and provide the client with the funds to do as they wish; we can even find you a new home! We have bought and sold hundreds of properties and know the individual streets inside out. We know what your property is worth and are willing to pay market price to purchase it in order to develop new properties.

It’s effortless if you are a seller, let our team of professionals do all the work FOR YOU!

When you want to SELL, MERIT Real Estate will do a free market evaluation of your home!

Peter Khoury

Empathy + Duty = Merit

May 7, 2016

I often get asked the question of where the name of our company came from. It wasn’t until recently that I really started to think about this, and how the definition of the word “merit” and how it relates to our company dynamic. But to me, “merit” is just a brand for our company. If you look up the word “merit,” and then think of someone naming themselves that, you would think, “wow, how arrogant.” Yes, to have merit means to be good, to have earned a reputation for excellency. But can you start from zero with “merit?” No—“merit” needs to be earned.

However, the ideology of “merit” can be there from the start. The goal and vision to do good, to achieve worth, can be there, no matter where you are in your career, or in life.

What is merit blog

Recently, a question was brought to my attention as to what Merit (as a company), or myself, can bring to the table over another competing agent. I am not here to badmouth anyone. There are tons of agents in the industry, with well-deserved “merit.” But this made me think of what I do bring to the table, and this helped me skew my definition of the word a bit. To me, Merit, and being a part of Merit, means having a sense of empathy, and a sense of duty to our clients. Simply put, it means putting ourselves in their shoes, and wholeheartedly doing what is best for them, as if it were ourselves. This is what we bring to the table. This mindset gives you Merit before you ever close a deal, meet a potential client, or even open your eyes in the morning.

Our Merit is unwavering. The philosophy of Merit is what we all share and what brings us all together, but our track record and reputation are what give us “merit.”


Some of the best-rated restaurants in the South Bay

April 27, 2016

It’s Wednesday, which means it is almost Friday, which hopefully means you will have some time to kick back and relax.  If you haven’t made weekend plans yet, we’ve compiled some of the best-rated restaurants in our neighborhood that are worth a try! Feeling adventurous this weekend? Check one of these out:

  • The Post-Manhattan Beach-Chef David LeFevre introduced this best-kept secret to the South Bay in 2011 and immediately it was named one of Los Angeles Magazine’s Best New Restaurants of 2011. At The Post you will find a variety of meat and seafood dishes, breads, cheeses, unique textures, ingredients, and flavors! As far as the drinks, you definitely cannot miss out on the handcrafted cocktails with fresh juices and home-made syrups!
  • Fishing with Dynamite-Manhattan Beach-This oyster-focused seafood bar is Chef David LeFevre’s second restaurant! Right next door to The Post, Fishing with Dynamite opened its doors in 2013 and has been a huge success. Expect a variety of seafood delicacies like squash rolls, Peruvian scallops, and grilled octopus. The menu changes frequently, but it will be difficult to find something that is not to die for!
  • Tin Roof Bistro-Manhattan Beach-Tin Roof Bistro embodies Chef Simms’ and Conness’ vision of a local wine country, from the wood décor to the Wine Locker membership. It is a guaranteed unique dining experience that takes everyday foods to a whole new level. We bet you’ve never had better French onion soup or oven roasted salmon.
  • Little Sister-Manhattan Beach-At Little Sister you are sure the find the best Asian food fusion around! Once you try it you will wonder why it took you so long to eat here. It seems the one dish locals cannot stop raving about is the Salt & Pepper Lobster which includes butter fried shallots, fried chilies, and a touch of garlic- cooked to perfection. At Little Sister you are not only going to find great food, but also a great experience!
  • Nick’s-Manhattan Beach- Feeling a bit more traditional? Nick’s in Manhattan Beach is the place to go! Here you will find your classic American comfort food: Burgers, salads, steaks, pork ribs to name a few. Nick’s has received tremendous reviews from the locals in Manhattan Beach. The latest highlight on the dessert menu-British Irish whiskey cake!

Los Angeles Rams Come Home Again

April 8, 2016

Back in 1995, I was devastated when my football team the Los Angeles Rams left Los Angeles to play in St. Louis. I remember when the Rams played in Anaheim and I would take my young son to watch games at least four or five times a year sometimes more when they made the playoffs. It was great, my son grew up a Rams fan and we followed them even when they were playing in St. Louis, my son and I were thrilled when finally they won the super bowl in 1999, and became world champions, after that we became even more of a hard core Rams fans, and what I mean by this is that we wanted to know all about the team, the roster, the schedule and everything that had to do with the team we ate and breathed Rams football, and needless to say we bleed gold and blue (our colors).


We never lost hope that maybe just maybe someday they would come back to Los Angeles or even somewhere in Southern California. Now our wish and our dream have come true, our Rams are back and we can hardly wait until the regular National Football season gets under way. We already have plans to go see them practice in Thousand Oaks and after that we will plan how many games we are going to go to, The Rams are going to play at the Los Angeles Coliseum the first two years then move to Inglewood, CA where the owner of the Rams is building a state of the art stadium that is going to have a capacity of about 60,000 seats. For all those Rams out there who have been waiting for this, I just want to tell them you deserve this special treat. The National Football college draft is going to be held at the end of April, and we are all hoping the Rams can draft a franchise quarterback that can lead the team to the next super bowl win here in Los Angeles, that will be a great thing.

We want to feel what those fans in St. Louis felt back in 1999.

Good luck and God bless the Rams.

Death on a Property

March 28, 2016

California law dictates that a seller must disclose a death on a property within 3 years of the sale. Some may think “Why?” and other may think “Why only 3 years?” Both of these are valid questions, so I wanted to shed some light on the topic, from my perspective. And I understand that everyone has their own beliefs and values, and is entitled to them, so I don’t expect everyone to agree with me here, but I just wanted to share what was on my mind.

DIsclosure form on typewriter

Death on a property is a touchy subject. It can kill a deal, no pun intended. Whenever I see this disclosure in the agent notes, I make sure to tell my client right away, because it may be a waste of our time to even go view it, if it is something that they have strong feelings about. Others seem not to care at all. People die, it happens. At least they died in the peace of their own home rather than somewhere else. Others may think there is a negative energy about living in a home with a recent death.

But here’s the thing: In the South Bay, most houses you see are built between the 50’s and 70’s. So it’s safe to assume that in a home’s 50-70 years of existence, there’s a good chance there’s been a death there, maybe even two. People grow old and die, unfortunately. And most of the homes in Los Angeles are old as well, but homes don’t die like humans do. Of course they may be bulldozed and given a fresh start, but for the most part, houses around here are old. And have probably seen a few generations of people come through.

So my feeling is that death is a natural part of life, and everyone needs a home, and eventually everyone dies. I hope that doesn’t sound insensitive. So whether it was 3 years ago, or 30 years ago, death is natural, and has probably happened in the house you’re living in now. There’s some food for thought.


Happy Norooz!

posted by: Merit in Community

March 19, 2016

Happy Norooz! If you’re unfamiliar with the Persian culture, you’re likely unsure what this phrase means. Norooz means “New Day” and for Persians around the world, it is the start of the New Year. This year, Norooz falls on March 19, 2016 at 9:30 p.m. The exact beginning of Norooz occurs when the season changes from winter to spring on the vernal equinox.


Iranians around the world consider Norooz their biggest celebration of the year, and it begins with a traditional spring-cleaning of the home along with purchasing new clothes to ring in the New Year. One of the major parts of the Norooz celebration involves the setting up of the Haft-Seen table with seven very specific and symbolic items (Haft means seven and Seen is the letter “S”).  Creating the Haft-Seen table begins with spreading a special family cloth along with the following seven items:  Sumac (crushed spice berries to symbolize sunrise and the spice of life),  Senjed (dry fruit of the lotus tree to symbolize love and affection), Serkeh (vinegar to symbolize patience and age),  Seeb (apples to symbolize health and beauty), Sir (garlic to symbolize good health), Samanu (meal made of wheat to symbolize fertility), and Sabzeh (sprouted what grass to symbolize rebirth).

In addition, there are other symbolic items also placed on the Haft-Seen table, such as a mirror to symbolize the reflection of the past year, colored eggs to represent fertility, coins to symbolize prosperity, a bowl of real goldfish to symbolize new life, hyacinth flowers to represent to beginning of spring, and candles representing light and happiness.

After ringing in the New Year, family members hug and kiss and give each other presents (traditionally cash or gold coins). On New Year’s Day, for lunch or dinner, most Iranians will have Sabzi Polo Mahi which is a special dish of rice cooked with fresh herbs and served with smoked and freshly fried fish.

To many, today is just another typical day, but to Iranians around the world, today is a special day to celebrate culture and heritage.

Here at Merit Real Estate, we are celebrating the New Year with a vibrant mobile truck that will be driving around the South Bay playing traditional Persian music! Check out some pictures below and leave your comments if you happen to see it! We were also present at the DirecTV Norooz potluck!

Have a happy and prosperous Norooz!

Norooz Greetings:
Norooz Mobarak (Happy Norooz, Happy New Year);
Eid-eh Shoma Mobarak (Happy New Year to you);
Norooz Pirooz (Wishing you a Prosperous New Year);
Sad Saal be in Saal-ha (Wishing you 100 more Happy New Years)

Norooz Truck 2016norooz

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