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It's only been in the last few weeks that I have begun to dig my teeth into the whole world of Social Media - like Active Rain, Linked In and Facebook, just to name a few.  I'm trying to understand all of it and also what's the point, other than allowing a frustrated writer an outlet.  I have see...
So, I decided that as long as I was going to start blogging on Active Rain, I'd also do a blog on my local community. Since I've lived here my entire life and have lots of pictures and information on Newport Beach and Costa Mesa, I decided to do a post about Famous Landmarks and Traditions in the...
As I'm sitting here late this evening, checking and responding to client questions by e-mail, preparing CMA's for potential sellers, it occurred to me, that there would have been a time when I couldn't have done all of this while cuddling with my new little boy.  But, due to the joys of technolog...
On Tuesday, the Senate Banking Committee approved legislation which it believes will assist beleagured home owners by allowing them to refinance loans that they cannot afford.  Under the terms of this legislation, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) would insure the loans of those at risk, p...
I was surfing the web, looking at random things and came across a video on You Tube which reminded me of all the great things that Costa Mesa has to offer, so I thought I would share it with anyone who is considering making Costa Mesa their home. This video covers the arts, the beach, the attract...
An out of town friend wants to buy a home for significantly less than the listing price.  Typical in this market she figured, so why would her agent tell her that the seller had taken a lot of money out of the home?  Why would that matter to her?  She figured it wasn't her problem. For the most p...
I received a question from a friend's sister.  She attempted to apply for a mortgage loan online and was barraged with questions she didn't understand.  She was asked if she wanted a 30, 45 or 60 day lock on a 30 year, 15 year of 5/1.  She was told she could have a 30 day lock on a 30 year for 1....
It looks like the higher-end, luxury homes in Orange County are starting to feel the same pinch that has been felling the "moderate" priced homes (or at least as moderately priced as homes get in Orange County) for some time.  According to DataQuick Information Systems, the median sales price in ...
The Annual Lion's Fish Fry will be held on May 31 through June 1, 2008 at Lion's Park, located at 18th and Park Street in Costa Mesa.  As always. there will be a carnival with rides and games, food, entertainment, and the baby contest. Carnival rides open at 11:00 am.  Dinner start at noon. The B...
On May 16, 2008, Fannie Mae announced that they are withdrawing their Declining Market Policy and replacing it wtih a National Downpayment Policy.  Under the new policy, Fannie Mae will allow loans that are underwritten by Desk Top Underwriter® (DU®) a loan to value (LTV) of up to 97% and 95% for...

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