Monday, June 26, 2017

July Events to Check Out in Orange County... with 4th of July Events by City!

Don't know what to do this next weekend? Check out this list of events going on throughout Orange County with a 4th of July Events, listed as well!

Fountain Valley Market in the Park & Food Truck Frenzy  
 Through July 27
Every Thursday. Vendor Village, food trucks and kids' activities.
5-8pm / Recreation Center & Sports Park
714-839-8611 /

Huntington Beach Concert
Band Summer Series   June 25-Sept. 3
Bring out your lawn chairs, blankets, and picnic basket for this Huntington Beach tradition!
5pm / Central Park Bandstand
714-891-6856 /

Sawdust Art & Craft Festival   June 30-Sept. 3
Located in a beautiful eucalyptus grove, visitors experience the creativity of more than 200 local artisans.
10am-10pm / 935 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach
949-494-3030 /

Independence Day Park & Beach Clean Up   July 5
The staff at Doheny State Beach would sure appreciate any help from volunteers to clean up after the masses of picnickers!
Doheny State Beach Interpretive Association 
949-496-6171 /

Seal Beach Summer Concert Series   July 5-Aug. 23
Every Wednesday during the summer.
6-8pm / Eisenhower Park at the Seal Beach Pier
562-799-0179 /

Festival of Arts   July 5-Aug. 31
Original artwork by 140 award-winning artists from OC. Special art-related attractions and special events such as jazz concerts, wine and chocolate pairings and more.
10am-11:30pm / 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach
949-494-1145 /

Placentia Movies in the Park   July 7-28
Spectators are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket for comfortable viewing.
6:30-8pm / Champions Sports Complex

Pageant of the Masters   July 7-Aug. 31
Tableaux vivants (living pictures), incredibly faithful re­creations of classical and contemporary works of art, with real people posing to look exactly like their counterparts in the original pieces.
8:30pm / 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach 
800-487-3378 /

Special Needs Dance “Fun with Stars & Stripes”   July 8
Special needs teens and adults are invited to show their patriotic spirit while dancing with friends and families. Receive a special giveaway for dressing up in red, white, and blue attire!
7-9pm / Lake Forest City Hall

La Palma Concerts in the Park   July 8-Aug. 5
Every Saturday. This summer series of musical concerts and fun invites you to gather family and friends, bring a picnic, relax, and enjoy the music.
6:30-8pm / Central Park-Pavilion

Los Alamitos Music & Movies Events Series   July 8 & 22
Live music and an outdoor movie that is free to the community.
6:30-10pm / Little Cottonwood Park
562-430-1073 /

German Heritage Day   July 9
On this day they invite the entire community and offer FREE Food for the 1st 500 guests. They will have a German Band, and Folk Dancers & of course the Wiener-dog Races too!
2-6pm / The Village at Old World, Huntington Beach
714-895-8020 /

Surfin' Sundays   July 9
Join the Huntington Beach International Surfing Museum in the parking lot for rockin' surf tunes! 
11:30am-6pm / 411 Olive Ave.
714-300-8836 /

Dana Point Summer Concert Series  July 9-Aug. 20
Featuring two bands each Sunday. Food and beverages available.
2:30-6pm / Sea Terrace Park
949-248-3536 /

Irvine Sizzlin' Summer Concert Series   July 9-Aug. 13
Every Sunday, grab your lawn chairs, picnic baskets and dancing shoes for an evening of music in the park. Gourmet food trucks will also be onsite, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Irvine 2/11 Marine Adoption Committee.
5:30pm / Mike Ward Community Park

Sunset Jazz at Newport   July 12-Sept. 20
Wednesday night will feature some of the most popular artists from the Newport Beach Jazz Party and The Jazz Cruise!
6-8:30pm / Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa
949-759-5003 /

OC Fair   July 14-Aug. 13
The largest fair in Southern California, the 23 day event features over 150 events, thrilling carnival rides, interactive exhibits, live entertainment and delicious food creations.
714-708-1500 /

Ocean Festival   July 15-16
Thrilling competitions of many ironman water and land events, ocean art vendors, kiddies pavilion and more!
7 Pier, San Clemente

Yorba Linda Concert in the Park   July 16-Aug. 20
Every Sunday, pack a picnic basket and come on down for some great music with family and friends.
5:30-7pm / Hurless Barton Park Amphitheater 
714-961-7100 /

HHYC Golf Tournament   July 21
Dinner, Awards, Raffle & Silent Auction. Proceeds from the evening support HB Sailing Foundation.
9am - Meadow Lark Golf Club, 6pm - Huntington Harbour Yacht Club
714-887-4453 /

Summer Luau - Garden Grove Masons   July 22
A summer luau with food, dancing, and drinks. Excellent Hawaiian Cuisines, Complimentary Wine, Live Entertainment.
5-9pm / 11270 Acacia Parkway
714-928-5083 /

356 Club of Southern
California's Huntington Beach Concours   July 22
Enjoy vintage Porche's with years ranging from 1949 to 1965.
7am-2pm / Huntington Beach Central Library & Cultural Center

Cypress Community Festival   July 22
Breakfast, exhibit booths, arts & crafts, food and games, antique car show and entertainment. There's also a popular 5 & 10-K walk and run for those who want to start the day right.
7:30am / Oak Knoll Park

Sausage & Bierfest   July 22-23
The best from local and craft breweries German imports on tap German cuisine and sausage tasting Live music Dancing Gather your friends and have some German style Summer fun.
5pm-Midnight / The Phoenix Club, Anaheim
714-563-4166 /
4th of July Celebrations
All events take place on July 4 unless otherwise noted.
4th of July Celebration & Fireworks
7am-9:30pm / Canyon High & Peralta Park
Disneyland 4th of July Fireworks
9:30pm / Disneyland,
July 4 Country Fair
10am-4pm / City Hall Park,
Buena Park - July 1, 2 & 4
July 4th Fireworks
9:45pm / Knott's Berry Farm,
Costa Mesa
Symphonic Springsteen with Fireworks
8pm / Pacific Amphitheatre at OC Fair & Event Center
Dana Point
Ocean Institute Fireworks Cruise
7:30pm & 9:30pm / 24200 Dana Point Harbor
July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza
9-11pm / Dana Point Harbor & Doheny State Beach
Capt. Dave’s Fireworks Spectacular!
8-10pm / Dolphin & Whale Safari,
4th of July Fireworks Cruise
7:30-9:30pm / Dana Wharf Sportfishing,
Festival and Fireworks Show
5-9:30pm / Fullerton High School,
Huntington Beach
Celebration, Parade & Fireworks July 1-4
7am-9:30pm / Downtown HB,
Concert on the Green & Fireworks Festival
3-9:30pm / Irvine High School,
La Habra
4th of July Celebration & Fireworks
5-9:45pm / La Habra High School,
La Palma
Fitness Run for Fun & Fun Zone
7:30-10:30am / Central Park,
Laguna Beach
Fourth of July Fireworks
9pm / Heisler Park,
Laguna Hills
July 4th Celebration
4-9:30pm / LH Community Center,
Laguna Niguel
July 4th Celebration & Fireworks
7:30am-9:30pm / Crown Valley Park & LN Regional Park
Lake Forest
4th of July Parade
10am-12pm / Toledo & Ridge Route,
Los Alamitos, Cypress, Rossmoor & Seal Beach
4th of July Fireworks Spectacular
4-9:30pm / Joint Forces Training Base
Mission Viejo
Street Faire & Firework Spectacular
12-9pm / Olympiad & Marguerite,
Newport Beach
Old Glory Boat Parade
1-3:30pm / Newport Harbor: Collins Island,
American Legion Festivities & Fireworks
7am-10pm / Post 291: 215 15th Street,
4th of July Cruise & Fireworks
7-9:30pm / Newport Bay,
Independence Day on the Back Bay w/Fireworks
3-9:30pm / Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort
Rancho Santa Margarita
Star Spangled Spectacular with Fireworks
12pm / Lago Santa Margarita Beach Club,
San Clemente
Fireworks Show
9pm / San Clemente Pier,
San Juan Capistrano - July 1-4
Fourth of July Celebration & Fireworks
12-10pm / SJC Sports Park,
Santa Ana
4th of July Celebration & Fireworks
4-9:30pm / Centennial Park,
4th of July Block Party
6-9pm / Community Services Center,
July 4th Celebration & Fireworks
6:30-9:30pm / Tustin High School Stadium,
Yorba Linda
4th of July Spectacular & Fireworks
5-9:30pm / Veterans Park/Yorba Linda Middle

(714) 961-7160 /

We hope you have a wonderful 4th of July and continue to enjoy your summer..  Don't worry about searching for that perfect home, that is our job.  

If you are considering a move, traditionally we see a shift in the market in July.   Homes that did not sell from the spring rush, will begin to have reduced pricing.  Excellent news for home buyers!  So if moving into your new home is on the plan this summer, let's schedule our Buyer's Consultation to determine what you are looking for and how we can make it yours.

Monday, June 19, 2017

May Orange County Real Estate Recap.. It's Getting Hot out There!!

If you know me, I am a details guy.  That is why I like to take a in depth look at the real estate market in Orange County to keep up on how it is trending.  

In May we typically see the Orange County market heat up before the summer distractions begin and this last month is no exception.  Below is a look at how the numbers finished up from the Orange County Association of Realtors.
Orange County May 2017 Home Sales Report
Orange County May 2017 Home Sales Report

As you will note, the real estate market in Orange County is very strong.  Home prices were up in May about 9% and year-to-date, they are at about 6%.   Homes priced below the median price of $775k are selling quickly and often times with multiple offers.

We also like to provide you another perspective, below is a quick snapshot from Steven Thomas who put's together the market for the real estate community.  

Orange County Housing Market Summary from Steven Thomas
  • The active listing inventory increased by 148 homes, or 3%, in the past couple of weeks, and now totals 5,905, knocking on the door of the 6,000 home level. Last year, there were 6,868 homes on the market, 963 more than today.
  • There are 35% fewer homes on the market below $500,000 today compared to last year at this time and demand is down by 21%. Fewer and fewer homes and condominiums are now priced below $500,000. This price range is slowly disappearing.
  • Demand, the number of pending sales over the prior month, increased by 1% in the past couple of weeks, adding 33 pending sales and now totals 2,937. The average pending price is $845,004.
  • The average list price for all of Orange County remained at $1.6 million. This number is high due to the mix of homes in the luxury ranges that sit on the market and do not move as quickly as the lower end.
  • For homes priced below $750,000, the market is HOT with an expected market time of just 39 days. This range represents 39% of the active inventory and 61% of demand.
  • For homes priced between $750,000 and $1 million, the expected market time is 53 days, a hot seller’s market (less than 60 days). This range represents 18% of the active inventory and 20% of demand
  • For homes priced between $1 million to $1.25 million, the expected market time is at 84 days, a tepid seller’s market.
  • For luxury homes priced between $1.25 million and $1.5 million, the expected market time decreased from 108 to 96 days. For homes priced between $1.5 million to $2 million, the expected market time increased from 144 to 148 days. For luxury homes priced above $2 million, the expected market time decreased from 256 to 253 days. 
  • The luxury end, all homes above $1.25 million, accounts for 34% of the inventory and only 13% of demand.
  • The expected market time for all homes in Orange County increased from 59 days to 60 in the past couple of weeks, changing from a hot seller’s market to a tepid seller’s market (60 to 90 days). From here, we can expect the market time to slowly rise throughout the Summer Market.
  • Distressed homes, both short sales and foreclosures combined, make up only 1.2% of all listings and 2.1% of demand. There are only 25 foreclosures and 46 short sales available to purchase today in all of Orange County, that’s 71 total distressed homes on the active market, 5 fewer than two weeks ago. Last year there were 138 total distressed sales, 94% more than today. 
  • There were 3,147 closed sales in May, an 18% increase over April 2017 and a 4% increase over May 2016. The sales to list price ratio was 97.8% for all of Orange County. Foreclosures accounted for just 1.1% of all closed sales and short sales accounted for 1.7%. That means that nearly 97.2% of all sales were good ol’ fashioned equity sellers.

Just Sold - Almost New Huntington Beach Cottage

Wow that is a lot of data to decipher and a portion of it may only apply to your home selling or buying needs.   If you are thinking of a move, and not sure how to get started, let's grab a cup of coffee and review the current market in your area.   Each area is going to differ, depending on location, style of home and a variety of things, which we take into consideration when we look at how to help sell  or buy your next home.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Just Sold - 606 12th St, Huntington Beach! Beach Living at it's Finest!

Congrats to our clients on the purchase of this lovely beach cottage in Huntington Beach.   Walking distance to the park, beach, pier, Main Street Village, or the new Pacific City Development....

Chuck Harper sold 606 12th st. Huntington Beach

This Custom re-built vintage style craftsman home was completed in 2015.  The home features 3 bedrooms, 2 baths in 1730 square feet... Upgrades include: Hardwood flooring throughout, 9' ceilings, open kitchen with country sink, Viking refrigerator, Italian Bertozzi stove, & custom cabinets. Light, bright, and open floor plan with large fireplace in the great room, Surround sound stereo, crown molding, cat 5 wiring, security system, tank-less water heater, central 3 zone air conditioner, low maintenance landscaping, drought busting artificial turf, gorgeous mature trees... and so much more!

Originally listed for $1,329,000 we were happy to get this closed for our buyers at $1,249,000.  Dreams due come true!!

If you are looking for a home, and not finding what you want, make sure to contact us.  We  enjoy helping our buyers find their unique dream home and making it their own!

Laguna Niguel Open House June 11th - 29296 Rue Fleurie

Single level floorplans are a hot commodity in South Orange County, well really any where in Orange County. So you are going to need to run if you are looking for one in Laguna Niguel.

This single level 2 bedroom, 2 bath, spacious condo is located in the exquisite French inspired gated community of Villa de Cerise. This home has been completely remodeled with a contemporary flare. Step inside and you are greeted with gorgeous trey ceilings in the living room, crown moulding and Brazilian-Chestnut engineered hardwood floors that flow through the entire home. The kitchen is a genuine Gourmet kitchen boasting a 36” Viking 6 burner range, double drawer dishwasher, granite counter tops, custom glass tile backsplash, hardwood cabinets, pantry wall with double oven, custom pull-out drawers in the cabinets and much more. The bathrooms were completely remodeled with Carrara Marble countertops, cabinets at counter height, Porcelain tile floors and custom tile showers. The master shower is over-sized with custom jets, frameless glass enclosure, a bench and custom tile inserts. The home features LED lighting throughout, with a Fan-de-leir in the master (ceiling fan chandelier). There is a spacious patio off the living room and master bedroom which opens to a green belt. Other great features are a cozy gas fireplace with glass & Carrara Marble surround, all new door hardware with brushed nickel finish, closets with double rods, all windows with custom blinds, garage with built in cabinets and so much more. This property will not last long, come see it today!

We will be open Sunday June 11th at 1pm, so make sure to pop in and say hello!

As you consider purchasing your next home, make sure to downloand our Buyer's guide it is filled with information designed to help you with the purchase of your new home.