April 2011

There are 14 blog entries for April 2011.

Around 37 million Americans move each year according to the Census Bureau, and, not surprisingly, moving rates high on the stress list. Here's how you can preserve your sanity when facing the move to your Orange County CA home with this round-up of handy iPhone apps:YP - AT&T Yellow PagesThis app is like having your own personal assistant to help you find the stores and services you need in your new neighborhood. Find the nearest pizzeria to sustain you at the end of that first day of unpacking. Locate the nearest supermarket for milk. Find a plumber for that unexpected blocked pipe. Check out your gym options. Where's the nearest hardware store? All the necessities of your new life are just a few clicks away. YP searches based on your current location and…
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pet_project_414It's tomorrow! Join the fun at the 18th annual Wag-a-Thon benefiting the San Clemente - Dana Point Animal shelter. It is a family event and the biggest doggie social gathering of the year. This will be the best time you and your dog will ever have, while munching on treats, listening to the sounds of Martin Gerschwitz on keyboard, visiting vendors with cool stuff for all. Meet our celebrity dogs Angel & Rusco from Beverly Hills Chihuahua II, sign up for the Pet Contests:-Be a Rock Star, Best Costume and Best Pet Trick - prizes awarded for top three in each category.

The festivities begin at 8:30 a.m., and by 1:00 p.m., you and your pooch will have had a doggone good time. All paid participants receive a pet themed T-shirt, designed by local artist

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The 21st Annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration will showcase live entertainment featuring Mariachis, Aztec Dancers, Ballet Folkloric and live bands along with a colorful student art contest and exhibit, children’s activities, authentic food and drinks. Interested volunteers, food, game and sales vendors, please contact the Recreation Division at (949)361-8264.

Saturday, May 7, 2011; 12pm-6pm
Max Berg Plaza Park

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There were 20,187 Orange County CA foreclosures in March 2011, according to RealtyTrac.com. The average sales price of an Orange County home was $556,544while the average sales price of a foreclosure home was $459,687, a $96,858 savings.

Orange County CA Foreclosure Activity and Home Price Index

Home price appreciation was 0.00% in March with 3,529 foreclosures.

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Orange County CA 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 CA Foreclosure Geographical

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Selling your San Clemente real estate this spring? Unfortunately, home sales predictions for this season are not especially encouraging due to an excessive housing inventory and the continued economic uncertainty nationwide.

Let’s compare March 2011 to March 2010 San Clemente real estate sales to see what has taken place in our local market.

San Clemente - 92672

Median Price: $546,000
Change from 2010: -1.5%

Number of Homes Sold: 39
Change from 2010: +2.5%

San Clemente - 92673

Median Price: $640,000
Change from 2010: -10.2%

Number of Homes Sold: 46
Change from 2010: -8.0%

Figures courtesy of DQNews.com.

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Selling your Orange County real estate this spring? Unfortunately, home sales predictions for this season are not especially encouraging due to an excessive housing inventory and the continued economic uncertainty nationwide. Our local communites of Dana Point, Laguna Beach, Laguna Niguel, Mission Viejo, San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano have reported mixed figures for the month of March. 

The Orange County Real Estate Report below reflects the number of resale single family residences and condos as well as new homes selling in Dana Point, Laguna Beach, Laguna Niguel, Mission Viejo, San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano. Also reflected is the % of change is from the same month last year.

Orange County Real Estate - March 2011

Orange County Community

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Shadow inventory is the number of foreclosed properties currently owned by banks (or will be owned in the future) that are sitting empty and are not currently for sale. 

Many analysts use the “tip of the iceberg” analogy to describe the 'shadow inventory' situation, feeling that a massive number of distressed properties and underwater loans sits just below the surface. Some believe that the number of potential homes for sale greatly exceeds the number currently on the market. No significant appreciation of California real estate and home prices will take place until the shadow inventory that exist works its way through the real estate market.

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Once again it is time for Easter bunnies, chocolate eggs and jelly beans. There are lots of ways for the whole family to celebrate a San clemente Easter. Here are a few...

easter_bunny_1261. Irvine Park Railroad Easter Extravaganza

The Easter Bunny is here daily through Saturday, April 23rd! Daily Easter egg hunts, pictures with the Easter Bunny,
hay rides, face painting and other activities too!

2. Laguna Niguel Bunny Blast

Saturday, April 23, 2011. 9 am - 12:30 pm. Make crafts, get your face painted, play games, jump in the bounce house, visit the animals at the petting zoo and watch a Spring show. You can also saddle up for a pony ride and visit the Easter Bunny who will be strolling around (bring your camera). Food available for purchase. There WILL NOT be an

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The California Association of Realtors@ closely monitors and analyzes trends in the residential real estate industry. The table below contains the latest reported existing home sales series, median home prices, unsold inventory index, median time on market, first-time buyer housing affordability index, and the latest mortgage rates.

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earth_400The San Clemente Watershed Task Force will present the 7th Annual Earth Day Celebration on Sat. April 16 from 10am to 2pm. Normally held at the Pier, this year the event will be staged on the Community Center lawn. There will be live entertainment, displays, presentations, giveaways and Blue Water Business Awards. For more information, info@SCwatersheds.com

To learn more about the Task Force: www.SCwatersheds.com

Also help our environment by donating your old printer cartridges and cell phones, to Earth Day on April 16th, 2011.
Community Development on 910 Calle Negocio.

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