Irvine, CA Real Estate News

By Brian Kelso
(MJM Investigations)
The real estate market has got quite a few people scratching theirs heads these days. Buyers want to get it for nothing and sellers want top dollar. Just to add more to the itchy heads, the median price of Orange County homes actually rose 0.4% in June (according to DataQuick Information Systems) to $645,000, though sales were actually down compared to 1 year ago. The serious buyers & sellers are still there. relocations due to jobs or family crisis and very evident in this market. The buyers who were qualified to buy through those bargain brokers are having problems qualifying with the  "legitimate lenders."The subprime lenders are all but gone beacuse buyers getting their loans from these lenders could not afford their mortgage payments and the respective banks foreclosed. Bank do not...
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By Erica Yamaguchi, Irvine, CA Real Estate
(Keller Williams Elite Realty)
According to recent FBI statistics released on Monday June 4th, 2007, the City of Irvine was once again named the safest city in America, compared to other cities that had a population of 100,000 or more.  Irvine has held that title now for three straight years in a row.  According to the study, Irvine had a 6% reduction in total crimes in 2006 compared to 2005, as well as a 17% decrease in violent crimes.   As you can see, I'm very proud of my city... safety is definitely one of the reasons why I live here, along with the variety of cultures, business opportunities, educational opportunities, and of course, fantastic real estate! For your information, four other cities in California made the Top 10 list of safest cities in the nation:  Sunnyvale came in at #5, Thousand Oaks came in at ...
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By Erica Yamaguchi, Irvine, CA Real Estate
(Keller Williams Elite Realty)
Haven't we all been touched by cancer, somewhere in our lives? Relay for Life is organized by the American Cancer Society, which helps raises funds for cancer research.  The next Relay for Life is located in Irvine at Irvine Valley College, by Irvine Center Dr and Jeffrey.  Please come help the cause either by being at the event, or by donating money.  This will be a fun walk!  The Keller Williams Elite Realty Family is coming together with a booth plus four venues: snow cones, a popcorn machine, a "pirate" wheel of prizes, and a hole-in-one event.  KW will be rallying at 4pm for a Realtor's walk, and there are several different walks going on all day and night long.  The full schedule is viewable at this website, with a luminary ceremony starting at 9pm.  We will be remembering all tho...
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By Troy Bilbrey
(Realty World Homecenter)
If you would like a FREE LIST of homes for sale in this area/or specific neighborhood, give me a call or email me below.  There are currently 1,091 Homes actively listed in the City of Irvine.  There has been 43 homes sold and have closed escrow for the City of Irvine from the beginning of May 2007 - May 11 2007.  101 homes are currently pending sale as well.  For additional sales information in your particular City or Area in California, please email me your request or phone me.  Thank you.  Troy BilbreyRealty World - Homecenter(949) 271-3849 or (714) 585-7615You can easily email me for the same information at: troy@rwhomecenter.com
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By Erica Yamaguchi, Irvine, CA Real Estate
(Keller Williams Elite Realty)
Hey Irvine person!  I did not know this until my dear hubby went through the process of getting those free light bulbs the city was offering.  Surprise, surprise, there wasn't a long line to get them!  What was a surprise for me is that those compact fluorescent light bulbs that last soooo long contain a small amount of mercury.  Mercury is very dangerous when it touches your skin or if you eat it.  So, proper disposal of these kind of light bulbs (so we don't have mercury added to our landfills) is to take them to the Household Hazardous Waste Facility (yes, it's the same place where you drop off all your used batteries, electronics, used motor oil from your car and unused househould chemicals).  If the bulb is broken, please use gloves to clean up the broken pieces and bring both the ...
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By Marlene Bridges, Laguna Homes|Laguna Condos|Laguna Real Estate
(Village Real Estate Services, Inc.)
UCI Arboretum-Spring Perennial Sale presents its popular annual SPRING PERENNIAL SALESaturday, May 19th 10 a.m. to 4 p.mSunday, May 20th    11 a.m. to 3 p.m.They have some very unique spring perennials for saleExpert advice on selection and careVisit the gardens in peak bloom!Admission only $2.00               Ample Free ParkingFor more information please call (949) 824-5833 Location:          UC Irvine Arboretum-North Campus                         UC Irvine-Irvine California                         Corner of Jamboree Rd & Campus DrivePhoto below is part of the surrounding gardens of indigenous drought-resistant plants. ________________________________________________________________________________________________ Marlene Bridges, REALTOR®  800 777-1775South Orange County Real Estate ...
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By Erica Yamaguchi, Irvine, CA Real Estate
(Keller Williams Elite Realty)
Irvine has a program called CERT -- Community Emergency Response Team which I just joined three weeks ago.  In the case of a major disaster or emergency to hit the city, the first responders (police people, firemen and women, doctors, EMTs, etc.) would be overwhelmed, especially with all of the growth Irvine has faced over the past ten years.  With the trained folks all up in arms, who's left to deal with everything else?  That would be CERT. CERT is composed of volunteers, who either live or work in Irvine (those of you in other cities can check out your city's emergency management group to see if something similar exists).  CERT is sponsored by the Irvine Police Association and the Orange County Fire Authority.  These classes have been occuring since 2000, and I am part of class #15. ...
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By Erica Yamaguchi, Irvine, CA Real Estate
(Keller Williams Elite Realty)
I'm not sure where this acronym came to be, but "No Darn Foolin' Around" stands for the dates when your property taxes are due!  For the second half of the fiscal year, property taxes are due in February and delinquent after April 10th (which was yesterday).  In Orange County, a 10% penalty is added on after 5pm.  I'm hoping you got around to turning it in earlier, because obviously I am late in reminding you!  And 10% can be a big chunk of money around here.No = NovemberDarn = DecemberFoolin' = FebruaryAround = AprilImportant Dates to remember (according to the Orange County Government Online page):July 1  -- Start of fiscal year.November 1 -- First installment of property taxes due.December 10 -- Last day to pay first installment of property taxes before penalties are added.February 1...
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By Erica Yamaguchi, Irvine, CA Real Estate
(Keller Williams Elite Realty)
According to SoCalMLS data, the average sales price for each of these "villages" of Irvine was:Airport Area -- $728,598 (96% SP/LP)El Camino -- $612,776 (93% SP/LP)Northpark -- $862,329 (96% SP/LP)Northwood -- $785,472 (97% SP/LP)Oak Creek -- $708,062 (96% SP/LP)Orangetree -- $380,202 (97% SP/LP)Quail Hill -- $723,718 (97% SP/LP)Rancho San Joaquin -- $526,000 (99% SP/LP)Turtle Ridge -- $1,306,701 (95% SP/LP)Turtle Rock -- $1,332,255 (87% SP/LP)University Park -- $625,176 (97% SP/LP)Walnut -- $702,607 (97% SP/LP)West Irvine -- $682,495 (98% SP/LP)Westpark -- $596,992 (97% SP/LP)Woodbury -- $628,226 (97% SP/LP)Woodbridge -- $599,786 (97% SP/LP) 
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By Erica Yamaguchi, Irvine, CA Real Estate
(Keller Williams Elite Realty)
A cute and cozy 3 bedroom condo (no stairs!) in the Woodbridge area.  Within walking distance to lots of Woodbridge amenities, including elementary, middle, and high schools, as well as the shopping center across the street (with Starbucks, Edwards Theater, a mix of stores, and great restaurants -- I love Goro Sushi!).  Corner of Alton and Culver, just north of the 405 freeway.  Just follow the Woodbridge signs Sunday.  Home will be open from 12 noon to 3pm.  Hope to meet you there!  Questions?  Call me!
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By Erica Yamaguchi, Irvine, CA Real Estate
(Keller Williams Elite Realty)
My attorney friend, H. Brooks Travis, MBA, JD, will be hosting a workshop for all my clients and to the public. Here are the details:Title: "Protection of your estate and retirement assets -- Tools and Techniques Workshop"Day: Tuesday April 17thTime: 7PM - 8:30PMLocation: Centerstone Plaza, 4010 Barranca Pkwy, Ste. 253, Irvine, CA, 92604There is no cost, but RSVP is REQUIRED: Erica at erica@erica4RE.com or 714-749-0837. Seating is limited so please contact me!What you can expect to know when you attend:How you can use proven techniques and recent changes in the law to maximize the value of your estate. How proper filing of assets can protect your equity upon the sale of your property. What tools can be used to manage and protect your valuable assets How you can protect your children's i...
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By Erica Yamaguchi, Irvine, CA Real Estate
(Keller Williams Elite Realty)
Hi All. Keller Williams Elite Realty and the American Red Cross are having a blood drive in Woodbridge, and we need all your help to save as many lives as possible.  Keller Williams Elite Realty- Irvine BLOOD DRIVE!! Tuesday, March 20th, 20071PM - 7PMAlder-Sycamore Room (31 Creek Road) in the Woodbridge Village Assocation building All Blood Drive participants will be eligible to enter a regional drawing to win two FREE Annual Passes to Disneyland! To schedule a blood donation appointment go online to www.givelife.org and use the sponsor code: kellerwerYou do need to bring a photo ID.  To learn more about the blood donation process and donor eligibility, please go to www.helpsavealife.org
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By Brian Brady, 858-777-9751
(San Diego VA Home Loans/858-777-9751)
Orange County, CA may be in trouble. The OC is home to the subprime lenders of America. The subprime mortgage market is collapsing like a bluff on a beach in a tsunami. Bubble bloggers dance on the graves of the fallen.  What I find amusing is that nobody feels bad for a collapsed lender.  I mean, come on, everyone knows that it's just a bunch of rich people playing with the Wall Street's money, right? Now Main Street's whitewashed windows and vacant stores Seems like there ain't nobody wants to come down here no more They're closing down the textile mill across the railroad tracks Foreman says these jobs are going boys and they ain't coming back to your hometown Your hometown Your hometown Your hometownLyrics from My Hometown by Bruce Springsteen Well, let me tell you a story of the re...
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