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Get Out and Enjoy - Taste of Rancho Santa Margarita - April 19th - 03/28/08 07:20 PM
The City of Rancho Santa Margarita is hosting a great event on April 19th, between 4pm and 8pm. Entrance into the event is Free, yummy tastings from local restaurants will be sold from a $1.00 on up. The Rotary Club of Coto de Caza/Rancho Santa Margarita will host a Beer and Wine Garden at the event. As guests nibble away they will also want to check out the Go GREEN Expo. This educational showcase will allow attendees to learn about the products and services offered locally that promote a greener lifestyle. Stop in to the Bell Tower for (0 comments)
Women Helping Women Clothing Drive - Got Stuff! - 03/26/08 05:53 PM
I stumbled across an organization that is doing good work in Orange County and am excited to help. Women Helping Women is an Orange County non-profit that provides services to approximately 2,000 low-income clients each year, helping them attain and sustain employment and reach self-sufficiency. All services are provided FREE OF CHARGE, including professional business apparel and accessories, computer classes, life skills workshops, and employment support services - resume building, job placement, and mock interview sessions. From March 20th-April 20th in Portola Hills, we will be holding a Clothing Drive to support Women Helping Women! Items needed: Suits, Blazers, Slacks, Skirts, DressesBlouses, Sweaters, (9 comments)
Negative News Only Please - Not! - 03/26/08 04:04 PM
Today, I woke up and feeling a bit stressed, I needed good news. Thank God, my Bible was handy. I then pull up the local paper just to get a snapshot of what is happening today and these are the headlines. Guitarist arrested on suspicion of DUIMotorcyclists dies after Orange crashTeen’s water polo photos’ on porn site prompting legislationDancing ends for two stars Really are these the top news stories in Orange County, is there any glimmer of hope. Let’s dig and I mean dig for some good news. 77% think it is time to house hunt, do you.Pending home sales (4 comments)
My Piece of the American Dream - What's Yours? - 03/26/08 02:57 PM
This has been a tough year for many in the country and housing has led the headlines with a constant negative stream. I admit it, I can easily become addicted to the news and when I speak with family and friends as they look at us with questions and concerns and the occasional "Things must be tough, how are you holding up" it can bring me down. So, I thought it was important to remind myself of why I love real estate. I love the freedom it brings! I love helping individuals, families establish roots and build a community! I love the (2 comments)
Lake Forest to hold Two Important Housing Updates - 03/24/08 07:15 PM
The City of Lake Forest is holding two important events regarding housing in the next couple of weeks that you won’t want to miss. First is the final update on the Opportunities Study and the second is a Housing Element meeting. The Opportunities study. Monday March 31st @ 7:00 pm @ Portola Hills Elementary School 19422 Saddleback Ranch Road, Lake ForestMonday April 14th @7:00 pm @ El Toro High School, 25255 Toledo Way, Lake Forest This study was undertaken to take advantage of an opportunity to re-zone nearly 800 acres of vacant land on six properties in Lake Forest. (0 comments)
Let's Steal You A House Today! - 03/24/08 06:43 PM
As I speak with buyer’s, I am often asked “Where are the Deals” and after a long discussion of what they are looking for and what constitutes a deal, I often feel a bit sad as I see they don’t see the deal right in front of them. I am intent on getting this information out there for buyer’s as there are some amazing home buys on the market in South Orange County and this window of opportunity is not going to last forever! Kelly’s Picks for Best Deal In Portola Hills! A perfect Starter or Rental: Includes 1 bed plus a loft (0 comments)
There's Money in them Hills......Orange County Down Payment Assitance - 03/19/08 04:29 PM
Did you know, there are several organizations that offer Orange County residents Down Payment Assistance for home purchases? It's true; it just takes a little homework and aligning yourself with a Realtor® and Mortgage Broker who understand the details. With the tightening mortgage guidelines these days and the availability of low down mortgages; some good news is needed and this is great news for those considering purchasing their first home but is also limited on the necessary funds it takes to get into a home. Now if you have read any of my other articles you know my motto is "It's (3 comments)
Mission Viejo Named in Top Four Cities To Purchase in 2008 - 03/11/08 07:30 PM
Don't you just love when you read something good about the area you live in. Recently as I was reading up on the internet, I came across this article and want to share so those Home Buyers looking to move into the area have a little more information. In a recent article, Danielle Babb with Entrepeneur.com names the city of Mission Viejo one of the top four places to buy. Danielle notes "Mission Viejo has lowest crime statistics in the nation; this is a good place to raise a family. Prices are relatively stable and the job market in Irvine and San (0 comments)
Lake Forest, California - Spring has Sprung! - 03/09/08 12:56 PM
Its spring in Lake Forest and what a beautiful time of year it is in the city with lot's of things happening. So make sure to get out and explore our community. When was the last time you had a picnic in the park? Did you know Lake Forest has 27 public parks and direct access to Whiting Ranch from both Foothill Ranch and Portola Hills which offers acres of trails for hiking and mountain biking and vista's for miles. Or maybe plan to stop in and listen to some wonderful music. The city is hosting a new spring concert along with (0 comments)
Are you ready to be an Real Estate Investor? It's Possible! - 03/09/08 12:46 PM
There is a silver lining in the current Real Estate market that is starting to peak through the clouds. If you have ever thought about taking the steps to become a Real Estate Investor there are some excellent opportunities currently available in South Orange County that have not been available for years. Below is a simplistic, real estate investment example for the first time investor. Assume you are purchasing a 2 bed/2 bath condo in Rancho Santa Margarita (yes, at the time of publishing this home is available) at $241,000 and you have 20% to put down and you will be utilizing a (0 comments)
Orange County FHA Loan Limits Increase- YEAH! - 03/06/08 12:43 PM
Great news, the new FHA loan limits were released today, ahead of schedule, with little fan-fair. The new limits for Orange County are: Single Family Residences: $729,750*2 Family Residences: $934,200*3 Family Residences: $1,129,250*4 Family Residences: $1,403,400 Single Family Limits for San Diego were increased to $629k and for Riverside they were increased to $500k. Now it will take a little time to filter down, but this temporary increase, will certainly help home buyers have access to better jumbo loans, which was previously set at $417,000 and help with down payment requirements, currently FHA down payments are at 3%. As well, this should build some (3 comments)
Portola Hills Market Update 3/1/08 - 03/01/08 01:12 PM
Portola Hills eNews As you can see there are some great properties available currently. Should you know anyone looking to move to the area, please make sure to contact Kelly to review the best deals on the market? Are you ready to buy an REO? In was speaking with a buyer the other day; something they mentioned stuck with me and I thought hmm, this a good topic to review. First so we have a clear understanding of what an REO property is; REO stands for Real Estate Owned property. Meaning a bank or investor took back this property from a seller either (0 comments)
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