May 2009

There are 11 blog entries for May 2009.

It's not too late to check out the Dana Point Harbor Boat Show.

Today is the last day for the annual event which features a wide display of power and sail boats, the newest models, fishing gear, marine accessories and much more. It's fun for the whole family.

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And if sailing is your thing, don't forget the Dana West Yacht Club's annual Leukemia Cup Regatta, a three-day extravaganza with sailboat racing, dinghy contests and plenty more. The Regatta has garnered $1.4 million for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in its first dozen years, a number that event organizers say will only grow as the tradition continues in 2009 and beyond.

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Orange County foreclosure homes declined in April with approximately 5,950 new filings in April compared to 6,010 filings in March, according to RealtyTrac.com.

Orance County Foreclosure Activity and Home Price Index

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Orange County foreclosure activity is based on the total number of properties that receive foreclosure filings - default notice, foreclosure auction notice or repossession notice - each month. Home price appreciation is based on month-over-month percentage change of the Home Price Index. The Home Price Index is calculated from home sales records.

Orange County Foreclosure Geographical Comparison

Orange County foreclosure activity is .16% below California state acitvity and .30% higher than national statistics.

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There are currently

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San Clemente Memorial Day Observances

10:30AM-12:00PM REMEMBRANCE PROGRAM

San Clemente Community Center

  • Patriotic Songs
  • Color Guard in Authentic 1776 Dress
  • Keynote Speaker: Sgt. Darhonda Rodela and Sgt. Julio Rodela
  • San Clemente Mayor, Lori Donchak and Chief of San Clemente Police Services, Paul D’Auria
  • D-Day Speech by “Gen. Eisenhower”

1:30PM-2:30 PM PARK SEMPER FI CEREMONY
Marine Monument at the Pier Bowl

  • Honoring the 1st Marine Division
  • Guest Speaker, Major General Waldhauser
  • 1st Marine Division Band
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37,967 California homes sold in April according to DQNews.com. This number is up 4.8 percent from 36,215 in March and up 21.9 percent from 31,150 in April 2008. Numbers include sales of new and resale homes as well as condos. But what is happening in the Orange County real estate market? Let's take a look at the April sales Orange County real estate sales:

Capistrano Beach Real Estate Sales Statistics - April 2009
(92624 Zip)

Homes Sold:  3
Change from April 2008: -50.00%

Median Sales Price: $1,050,000
Change from April 2008: +55.5%

Dana Point Real Estate Sales Statistics - April 2009
(92629 Zip)

Homes Sold:  32
Change from April 2008: -16.00%

Median Sales Price: $617,500
Change from April 2008: 0.0%

Laguna Beach Real Estate Sales Statistics - April

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228 West Marquita, San Clemente Linda Lane Park areaWow! Nicely done and great location upper floor Linda Lane area condo. Walking distance to the sand and Linda Lane Park.

Spacious, vaulted ceiling living room with fireplace, storage  and two viewing decks (one partially enclosed) to enjoy ocean breezes or viewing the surrounding area. A wall of windows makes for light, bright and airy living.

Large, Eat-in kitchen area with lounge area with vaulted ceilings also has a small deck. 2-bedrooms and 2- full baths. Master bedroom has sliding door access to spacious deck.

Newly painted and carpeted.. ready for move in.

 Offered for sale at $889,000..beach living at it's best at 228 West Marquita, San Clemente.

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As the average market time to sell an Orange County home keeps creeping upward, sellers are asking, “What do I need to do the get my home sold quickly for the best possible price?”

Below are 3 tips to sell your Orange County home faster and for top dollar.  

1. Price it right.  
This means price it 5% below the last comparable sale within a three-month prior period. Look at the homes that have sold in your neighborhood in the last 3 months that are most like yours. Choose the property most like yours and price your home 5% lower than what that home sold for. Not what it listed for, but what it sold for. 

2. Work with an agent with a track record. 
During the peak of the sellers market a few years ago, everyone and his brother got a real estate license. Now is…
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San Clemente home prices have fallen and many homeowners are mortgaged to the hilt. This makes it difficult for some sellers to justify spending a penny to get their home ready for the market.

However, the home-sale market also is very competitive in areas that are still bloated with inventory of unsold homes. When buyers have a choice, they pick the best. They want a home at a good price, in a good location, and one that they can move right into without having to do any work.

Investor buyers are snapping up foreclosures at an increased pace. These homes are usually not in good condition. And, in some cases they are selling for half of what they sold for four or five years ago.

If you're a San Clemente home seller who's selling in a market where there

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Palmia Sr. Community homeView this beautiful new listing in the active adult lifestyle community of Palmia Terraces in Mission Viejo. This charming home has 2-bedrooms, plus loft and 2.5-baths. The versatile floor plan allows many ways to decorate and reside comfortably.
The expansive yard provides for lovely rose gardens and a large organic vegetable garden that adds to the tranquility of this inviting backyard setting. Perfect for entertaining.

Complete property details and photo gallery can be viewed at www.21476Miramar.com.

Palmia amenities include: A staffed clubhouse, swimming pool and spa, tennis, billiards room, library, gym, 18-hole putting green and much more for active adults. If you want to join a club, enjoy a trip or relax in a resort-like setting, you have plenty to

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Tickets went on sale this week for the San Clemente Jazz Festival to take place Saturday, September 5, Labor Day weekend.

This is the Jazz Festival inaugural event with the venue being Center Court of the picturesque Rancho San Clemente Tennis and Fitness Club which will be transformed into a mini-Greek theater, including excellent sound and lighting.

Patti Austin is the headline entertainer and other performers will be announced over the next few months.

Austin won the 2008 Grammy for best jazz vocal Album "Avant Gershwin" and is best known for hits "Baby Come to Me" and "How Do You Keep the Music Playing". Patti is a crossover artist with enormous talent which will appeal to music lovers across the board.

San Clemente is sure to become a jazz

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For Sale By Owner (FSBO)Selling your own home might sound like a good idea at first, but many Orange County FSBO sellers quickly realize they’ve gotten in over their heads or may have sold their home for much less than they would have had they worked with a Realtor®.

The 2008 NAR Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers found that two-thirds of “For Sale By Owner” (FSBO) sellers found some aspect of the home sale to be difficult. Twelve percent of sellers who knew the buyer thought that getting the price right was the hardest task. Among FSBO sellers who didn’t know the buyer, 16 percent found it difficult to sell within the time planned, 15 percent found fixing up the home arduous, and 12 percent found it difficult to get the price right. Statistics also show 25 percent of FSBO sellers…
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