Lake Forest, CA Real Estate News

By Christine Donovan, Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M
(Donovan Blatt Realty)
2 Bedroom Foothill Ranch Home is Move in Ready   This lovely Foothill Ranch homes features 2 bedroom and 2.5 bathrooms. It is in turnkey condition and ready for its new owner.   The sellers have taken care of this home, and it shows from the new laminate floors, to the fresh flowers out front. These buyers are proud of their home, and they want you be too. So, if you're looking for a 2 bedroom Foothill Ranch home, be sure to come see this beauty. This Foothill Ranch home has both wonderful indoor and outdoor spaces. In addition, it comes with a few added goodies. Have you ever noticed that when you move into a new home, there are all of these extra expenses you hadn't considered beforehand?  Well, with this home, there are a few less.  With the right offer, the seller will include the r...
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By The Thoburn Group. OC Luxury Estates, REOs, Foreclosures, Short Sale Homes
(Harcourts TCG Realty, Orange County, Laguna Niguel)
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By Harrison K. Long, REALTOR , GRI, Broker associate, Attorney
(HomeSmart, Evergreen Realty)
Distressed home or property owners should always want to AVOID FORECLOSURE and at least try a SHORT SALE before it's lost.  8 LAKE FOREST PROPERTIES went back to banks after FORECLOSURE and trustee auctions during the past 30 days. 22105 Pheasant ~ back to bank on 8/8/2011  24401 Mockingbaird ~ back to bank on 7/18/2011 21182 Larchmont ~ back to bank on 7/29/2011 24211 Okeechobee Lane ~ back to bank on 8/18/2011 25885 Trabuco Road #23 ~ back to bank on 8/12/2011 21291 Tupelo Lane #1 ~ back to bank on 8/15/2011 21641 Treeline ~ back to bank on 7/26/2011 25712 LeParc #51 ~ back to bank on 8/4/2011    SHORT SALES ~ are especially needed for distressed properties at Lake Forest CA Real Estate to AVOID FORECLOSURE. Distressed property owners need SHORT SALES where they have financial challe...
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By Dave Gubler, Realtor | Orange County
(Mission Viejo, Foothill Ranch, Lake Forest, Ladera Ranch)
Portola Hills Real Estate Market Reports - Portola Hills Realtor Dave Gubler Portola Hills Area of Lake Forest. An average of  6 to 8 homes sell every month in Portola Hills (since 2008) while the number of homes on the market (detached and attached) generally  falls between 25 and 35 homes. Data includes: Average Price, Median Price, Number of Listings, Average Asking Price, Average Sold Price - and even shows the property address and other valuable information of sold homes, including Original Asking Price, Final Sales Price, Adjustment Percentage from Original Asking Price, Days On Market, and other valuable information of sold homes. Compare: Average Asking Price vs. Average Sold Price Number Of Sold Listings vs. Number Of New Listings Median Asking Price vs. Median Sold Price Full ...
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By Dave Gubler, Realtor | Orange County
(Mission Viejo, Foothill Ranch, Lake Forest, Ladera Ranch)
Foothill Ranch Free Summer Movies Are Now $1 School is out and summer is here!  Now what to do with all that free time the kids have???  The Regal summer movie program is back and admission is only $1 (I know they used to be free!). Every Tuesday and Wednesday you will be able to choose from two rated G or rated PG movies.  Some of the movies on the agenda this summer are... Diary Of A Wimpy Kid, Megamind, Gulliver's Travels and Marmaduke. Where: Regal Cinemas, 26602 Towne Center Dr, Foothill Ranch. When: Every Tuesday and Wednesday during summer at 10 AM, Who: Audiences of all ages.  These will be Rated G and PG movies only. Movie Schedule: (All Movies Start At 10 AM) ·July 6: Charlotte's Web and Yogi Bear ·July 12-13: Marmaduke and Megamind ·July 19-20: Cats and Dogs Revenge and Shrek...
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By Harrison K. Long, REALTOR , GRI, Broker associate, Attorney
(HomeSmart, Evergreen Realty)
  TOP 5 DEALS for SHORT SALE BUYERS at LAKE FOREST - South Orange County, CA    ONE:   20991 Canterbury Lane - short sale- Normandale Heights at Lake Forest - 2566 SF interior - with 3 car garage - listed at $454,000 - MLS #s660339 - click here for photos and details  TWO:   22906 Willard - short sale - Village homes at Lake Forest - 2100 sf interior size - 4 bedrooms and 3 baths - listed at $400,000 - MLS #P754513 - click here for property photos and details   THREE:   24225 Big Timber - short sale- Woodleaf at Lake Forest - 3 bedrooms and 2 baths - listed at $414,000 - MLS #652259 - click here for property photos and details    FOUR:   25073 Owens Lake - short sale- Parkwood estates at Lake Forest - 4 bedrooms and 4 baths - 3100 sf interior - listed at $599,900 - MLS #658346  - click...
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By Dave Gubler, Realtor | Orange County
(Mission Viejo, Foothill Ranch, Lake Forest, Ladera Ranch)
Lake Forest Homes Median Sale Price - Lake Forest Real Estate Statistics Median Price: Lake Forest detached homes median sale price history for the last 180 days (including Foothill Ranch and Portola Hills). This graph updates daily and reflects the median price of detached homes in Lake Forest during the preceding 180 days on a 90-day rolling average. Median price provides a more stable statistical point for consumers to utilize in comparing markets (vs. Average Price) across time by reducing the impact of the extreme high and low sales and is a useful measure in medium-sized communites such as Lake Forest. Sales Volume: Detached home sales volume has been remarkably constant in Lake Forest over the last three and a half years (2008 thru June 20th, 2011). The total number of homes sold...
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By Dave Gubler, Realtor | Orange County
(Mission Viejo, Foothill Ranch, Lake Forest, Ladera Ranch)
Foothill Ranch Homes Median Sale Price - Foothill Ranch Real Estate Statistics Median Price: Foothill Ranch detached homes median sale price history for the last 180 days.  This graph updates daily and reflects the median price of detached homes in Foothill Ranch for the last 180 days on a 90-day rolling average.  Median price provides a more stable statistical point for consumers to utilize in comparing markets (vs. Average Price) across time by reducing the impact of the extreme high and low sales and is particularly useful in smaller markets such as Foothill Ranch. Sales Volume: Detached home sales volume has been quite steady in Foothill Ranch over the last three and a half years (2008 thru June 19th, 2011) with average monthly sales volume between 7 and 8 detached homes. Foothill R...
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By Dave Gubler, Realtor | Orange County
(Mission Viejo, Foothill Ranch, Lake Forest, Ladera Ranch)
Foothill Ranch Clubhouse Nearing Completion Here is a sneak peek of the inside of the the new Clubhouse at the Foothill Ranch community pool located at 27021 Burbank, Foothill Ranch, CA 92610.View Larger Map
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By Dave Gubler, Realtor | Orange County
(Mission Viejo, Foothill Ranch, Lake Forest, Ladera Ranch)
Lake Forest Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event - Saturday June 25, 2011 from 8 AM to 11 AM   By Appointment Only: This event will be held at El Toro High School and is for Lake Forest Residents (Including Foothill Ranch and Portola Hills) ONLY.  Business waste will NOT be accepted.  Space is limited and appointments will be provided on a first come first serve basis.  Please call Waste Management's Customer Service Center at 949-642-1191 as soon as possible to schedule your appointment.  The event is scheduled to run from  8 AM to 11 AM in the event of rain it will be rescheduled. What Are Household Hazardous Wastes? Materials that cannot be sent to a landfill such as paint, chemicals, cleaners, pesticides, automotive bi-products, batteries, fluorescent lights and electronic was...
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By Dave Gubler, Realtor | Orange County
(Mission Viejo, Foothill Ranch, Lake Forest, Ladera Ranch)
Is It The Right Time To Buy Or Sell A Home In Foothill Ranch?  Foothill Ranch Inventory LevelsShould I Buy/Sell Now? This question is one that I encounter often (maybe most often) and it generally requires a complicated answer that is unique to your particular circumstances.  In other words, you may have very compelling reasons that require you to buy a home in Foothill Ranch or sell a home in Foothill Ranch that have nothing to do with the market forces in play. Start With Market Analysis: Really the question is... all things being equal, "is this a good time to buy (or substitute "sell" if you are on the selling side of the equation)?"  Again, a complicated question but one of the best places to start is by analyzing inventory levels and absoprtion rates here in Foothill Ranch.  Worki...
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By John Alesi, (Orange County California Real Estate)
(Century 21 Award)
The popular south Orange County recreation area known as Etnies Skatepark will be hosting a Teen Battle of The Bands on June 25th, 2011 at 6pm. If you play in a band and are interested in "battling", check it out ASAP as the registration ends tomorrow, June10th. Registration forms can be found at lfteens.com. The battle takes place on June 25, 2011 from 6-10pm with the winner being crowned "Lake Forest's Best" If you are not ready to perform, bring your friends and bandmates (parents, too!) out to support this event.  For additional information call 949-461-3450. Voted the Best Skate Park in Orange County by OC Parent magazine, Etnies Skatepark has something for all skate boarders in their 38,000 sq. ft. facility, including street course, bowls and pool area.
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By Dave Gubler, Realtor | Orange County
(Mission Viejo, Foothill Ranch, Lake Forest, Ladera Ranch)
Summerview Homes For Sale - Foothill Ranch Homes For Sale Located on the East hill of Foothill Ranch (the elementary school side) the Summerview tract of 101 detached single family homes was built between 1994 and 1996 by Centex Homes. Within easy walking distance to Foothill Ranch Elementary and the community clubhouse/pool these homes are mostly located on cul de sac streets (with the exception of those on Enfilade) making the neighborhood an excellent choice for families with young children. Ranging in size from 1,304 to 1,625 square feet the three models all offer 3 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms.  Many of these homes have loft and office/den additions done by the existing homeowners. The vaulted ceilings of the orignal floor plans (all three models) afford homeowners many options with ...
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By Dave Gubler, Realtor | Orange County
(Mission Viejo, Foothill Ranch, Lake Forest, Ladera Ranch)
Lake Forest Real Estate Inventory Levels - Absorption Rates May 24th, 2011 Trying to decide if now is the right time to buy or sell in Lake Forest?  Inject some method in to the madness and look at the current absorption rates in our community. Looking at the inventory absorption rates across price ranges can be very useful in the decision making process. As a seller it will help you arrive at a "smart" list price and as a buyer it will lead you to your best opportunity for a bargain. Higher absorption rates are generally better for buying while lower absorption rates favor selling. The overall (all home types/all price ranges) absorption rate in Lake Forest has fallen (moved closer to a seller's market) to 7.15 months as of May 24th, 2011.   Read More: Absorption Rate 101 - Why Invento...
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By Dave Gubler, Realtor | Orange County
(Mission Viejo, Foothill Ranch, Lake Forest, Ladera Ranch)
Foothill Ranch Elementary School - Race To Nowhere Screening Bobcat Parents!The acclaimed documentary movie RACE TO NOWHERE being shown at Foothill Ranch Elementary on Thursday, May 26th at 7:00 PM in the MPR.   "Race to Nowhere is a call to action for families, educators, and policy makers to challenge current assumptions on how to best prepare the youth of America to become healthy, bright, contributing and leading citizens."You must have a ticket to attend.   This event is open to anyone interested in the community.  The movie is not appropriate for children.  Tickets are $10 each and it will likely sell out prior to the event.  So purchase your tickets now. Tickets are only being sold online through the Race To Nowhere organization.   Click here to see a preview of the movie and ord...
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By Cindy Logan
(Mark 1 Real Estate Advisors)
Habitat for Humanity WomenBuild, Lake Forest, Orange County, CA  After reading Scott Silverstone's post about Womenbuild in Connecticut,, I took a look at MY area to see if there were volunteer opportunities for Habitat for Humanity.  Guess what?  There ARE OPPORTUNITIES!!! http://www.habitatoc.org/page.aspx?pid=282 Habitat for Humanity has partnered with Lowes to build housing for those less fortunate.     It's so cool.  Women learn construction, they work as teams against substandard housing.  You will definitely find me at the orientation meeting on Tuesday evening.  I CANNOT help with the build on Saturday the 7th; prior commitment, of course.  However, I'm sure there is something I can do to help out.  And I shall be in the loop, so that NEXT year, I will not make a commitment over...
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By Dave Gubler, Realtor | Orange County
(Mission Viejo, Foothill Ranch, Lake Forest, Ladera Ranch)
Foothill Ranch Elementary Newsletter - April/May  2011 April's Character Trait: The Pillar of Gratitude. Important Dates April 18-22 Spring Break April 26 RSM Intermediate Parent & Student Information Night FHR MPR(Last Name A-J = 6:00 - 6:55 PM; Last Name K-Z = 7:05 - 8:00 PM) May 2 FRE Kids Foundation Teacher Silent Auction at Regal Theater Food Court (Starts 4:00 PM) May 8 Mothers Day May 9 & 25 2nd - 6th Grade STAR TESTING (see specific schedules below) May 20 Mrs. Curtis' Instrument Music Concerts in the MPR. Time to be announced. May 30 Memorial Day Holiday CST TESTING at FRE and RELEASED TEST QUESTIONS (2nd-6th):Parents of students in 2nd- 6th grade, it is STAR testing time again.  Our school will be testing during the weeks of May 9th- May 25th.  Please click HERE to download th...
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By Dave Gubler, Realtor | Orange County
(Mission Viejo, Foothill Ranch, Lake Forest, Ladera Ranch)
Lake Forest Real Estate Market Report - March 2011 March Sales Volume  Way Up! The number of homes sold in Lake Forest rose dramatically from 42 sold in February to 76 sold in March.  This is a volume increase of over 80%!.  Detached homes saw the greatest volume increase going from a lackluster 19 sales in February to 43 detached homes sold in March.  By the end of March there were 487 homes for sale (Active, Backup, and Pending Sale status' combined) dropping the Absorption Rate to 8.54 months.  Significant progress towards a Neutral Market. What is the "Absorption Rate" and how does it impact sellers' & buyers' you ask? Read More: Absorption Rate 101 - Why Inventory Levels Matter! While year to date home sales in Lake Forest still lag behind 2010 results the dramatic increase in sale...
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By Dave Gubler, Realtor | Orange County
(Mission Viejo, Foothill Ranch, Lake Forest, Ladera Ranch)
Lake Forest California Real Estate and Homes For Sale  - The City of Lake Forest offers a wide variety of real estate for sale. Detached single-family homes for sale in Lake Forest start around the low $300,000s and run up to over $1.5 million for luxury waterfront homes. Condos and townhomes are also available in Lake Forest, ranging from the low $100,000s to the $400,000s. Use these Lake Forest California Real Estate pages for detailed information about homes for sale in Lake Forest California. Search all of the active real estate listings of properties including new homes, detached homes for sale, foreclosures, short sales, and price reduced listings. Find information and property resources including prices of recently sold homes in Lake Forest, Lake Forest neighborhood information, ...
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By Dave Gubler, Realtor | Orange County
(Mission Viejo, Foothill Ranch, Lake Forest, Ladera Ranch)
Foothill Ranch 2 Bedroom Condos and Townhomes For Sale - Bargain Buys! What Is A "Good Deal" On A 2 Bedroom Foothill Ranch Condo or Towhnhome? During the last six months (9/16/2010 to 3/15/2011) the average sale price of a Foothill Ranch 2 bedroom condo was $227,137. There are three communities of attached homes in Foothill Ranch and sometimes a Bargain Buy can be found: Vineyards: Carriage style units (no one above or below), attached garages, pool & spa, playground. Some with attached garages.Salerno: Carriage style units, garages, pool.Tuscany: Condo conversions. Gated community, pool & spa, clubhouse, garages.  Purchase A Foothill Ranch Condo or Townhome For 10% Or More Below Average Sale Price! Buying thousands of dollars below average price is possible for an astute buyer. Given t...
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