Brea, CA Real Estate News

Brea is so cool!  I love being involved with a community that finds value in art.  There are some beautiful pieces of are all around our city.  One of the newest pieces is right in front of my favorite community... Olinda Ranch.  This piece is called Red Tail Hawk.  Here is something very cool that the City of Brea's newsletter is featuring this month."On January 18 and January 19, CNN Headline News: Local Editionwill air a segment featuring Brea's Art in Public Places Program. The segment will highlight art education activities that coincide with the installation of a new public sculpture, Red Tail Hawk, by sculptor Michael Stutz, at Olinda Ranch Park earlier this year, as well as the release of a DVD, produced by our Communications & Marketing Division which covers all of the events. ...
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By Lynda Eisenmann, Broker-Owner,CRS,GRI,SRES, Brea,CA, Orange Co
(Preferred Home Brokers)
Brea, CA, 92821 and 92823 ~ Real Estate Market Update for December 2007 & Year End Real Estate ReportBrea is a community with a balance of residential housing, business and commercial properties. The City is well known for excellence in education. The schools have been a strong draw for residents in our community. Current city population is approximately 40,000 residents. Median price is the city is in the low $700,000 price range. The real estate market report for sales/market activity in December 2007:Single family sales activity for December ~ Condos/town-homes range from $309,000.00 to $548,000.00.150 re-sale homes currently for sale in the city, down slightly from 156/161/156 / in the last 3 months. 6 pending sales, in escrow, compared to 9/9/ 6/8/ 22 in prior months. 8 homes close...
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By Lacey Sollie
(Prudential California Realty)
As many other people have resolved, I have made my New Years resolution to lose weight and get fit for 2008. I know that is cliche, but I find that as I get older those Christmas pounds don't shed as quickly or easily as they used to. As a former athlete I have the tools necessary to lose the weight, but what I lack is the motivation. As if getting dressed in front of the mirror isn't enough motivation (yikes!). I have rounded up 15 friends and associates to create our own BIGGEST LOSER competition. On January 7th, everybody weighed in, got their bodyfat tested and measurements taken. Every 2 weeks for the next 3 months we will re-weigh and measure ourselves. Hopefully by following stricter diets and exercise routines we will see some progress. I think we will see more progress than I t...
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By Greg Haraksin, North Orange County Homes
(Prudential California Realty)
If you live in Southern California, or if you plan to be in the area on the weekend of February 8-10, you won't want to miss the hilarious and touching production, "Diva Dish," at  the Brea Civic and Cultural Center's own newly remodeled Curtis Theatre. The show is written and performed by Luke Yankee whose mother, Eileen Heckart, was a popular and busy actress for over forty years, appearing on Broadway and the big screen, including winning a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award® for "Butterflies are Free." She also made numerous television appearances, including a recurring character on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Ellen.Luke is the youngest son of Heckart and John Harrison Yankee, Jr., to whom she was married from 1944 until his death in 1997. Luke himself is an accomplished direct...
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By Lacey Sollie
(Prudential California Realty)
January 2008 Newsletter HAPPY NEW YEAR!  DESPITE SLOWDOWN THINGS COULD BE LOOKING UP IN '08... Let's face it.  2007 was a terrible year for real estate.  Never mind that we had 10 years of growth beyond prosperity and that we homeowners had achieved more equity than was due us. Still, 2007 rocked the real estate world from seasoned investor, to casual home "flipper," to longtime homeowner and first time buyer.  What happened?  What didn't happen to the market?  Homeowners lost $160 billion in net equity, foreclosures on single-family hit 1.69% by the third quarter of '07, the worst in decades and 5.6% of all home mortgages in the country were delinquent by 30 days or more. (Obviously due to sub-prime mortgages.)  Sales tanked in almost every market that had seen hyperinflation in home p...
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By Aaron & Mindy Mills
(Prudential CA Realty)
Everyone is aloud their right to rant in my opinion.... so this will work for mine today. If you need to sell right now, you may not think it the most opportune time.  Perhaps it isn't when compared to 2005.  However, the equity adjustment you will make is still proportionately less than the appreciation you received during the last 10 years.  But if you are thinking of buying, what are you waiting for?  T his is the buyer's part of the cycle.  People are not properly defining this part of the real estate cycle.  It's called the "down" cycle, or the "bust" cycle, and people get scared and stay away.  The proper definition of this cycle is "buyer cycle."  When else should you buy?  When housing prices are going up?  True, that's when most people buy, but most people buy in a seller's mar...
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Last Thursday, Mindy & I hosted our 4th Annual Holiday Light Decorating Contest in the Olinda Ranch community in Brea. Despite the rain, it was a wonderful evening complete with: hot chocolate, scrumptious holiday treats, fun Christmas Carols (sung by our dear friend Z-Love), the Brea Trolley, beautifully decorated homes competeing for the covited prize of Best Holiday Decor & of course, Santa Claus. Apparently babies & some young kids do not really care for the jolly fellow.With Mommy & Daddy by her side, she warmed up to Santa just long enough to take a quick family photo.We hope you all had a Very Merry Christmas!Olinda Ranch Residents:  With over 135 votes the winners have been selected.  Watch your mail box for a post card anouncing who those winners are.  Thanks for coming out and...
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By Greg Haraksin, North Orange County Homes
(Prudential California Realty)
Once the best kept secret of interior designers and savvy Realtors, staging a home is now a staple of the selling process. Thanks to a plethora of how-to shows, anyone with a basic cable hookup can observe the art of staging from concept to completion. Sellers now ask how their homes should be staged; buyers now cast a more enlightened eye on trying to look past the staging.So, is staging a house really that important to making the sell?Well, yes and no.In a seller's market or a highly desirable neighborhood, staging may not make the difference between moving the house off the market or watching your "for sale" sign become part of the landscaping.  The same is true of houses that will be specifically marketed to the fixer upper buyer.But, for most homes, staging can add dollars to the a...
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By Tricia Parido
(Chino Hills Property Search)
Brea Canyon is a long stretch of road that winds through the canyons separating Diamond Bar, California and Brea, California It is a long windy road that residents of the two cities take more often than the 57 Freeway (Orange Fwy.) Three known deaths have happened on Brea Canyon Road, some speculate the deaths are due to the lack of lighting and dangerous turns the road has at night. It is cut in the middle by the Orange County and the Los Angeles County line, known as the Orange Curtain. View Homes for Sale in Brea Canyon. Chino Hills Homes for Sale  
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By Lynda Eisenmann, Broker-Owner,CRS,GRI,SRES, Brea,CA, Orange Co
(Preferred Home Brokers)
Brea, CA is a wonderful community located in Northern Orange County, it's been home for our family for over thirty years.Downtown Brea at Birch Street, also known as the  Birch St. Promenade is just North of Imperial Hwy. and just West of Brea Blvd. It's a small area of town with shops, movie theaters, restaurants and smaller eateries.During the summer locals and visitors alike can enjoy an outdoor concert, dining alfresco, a classic car show, or a wide variety of other events on Birch St. It'salways a fun place to be. At holiday time, many of us look forward to the giant ornaments on display at various locations this time of year. They've become a family favorite photo opportunity for personalized Christmas cards through the years. Or you can always find one of Santa's "green" reindeer...
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By Lacey Sollie
(Prudential California Realty)
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By Lynda Eisenmann, Broker-Owner,CRS,GRI,SRES, Brea,CA, Orange Co
(Preferred Home Brokers)
Brea is a community located in Northern Orange County with a balance of residential housing, business and commercial properties. The City is well know for excellence in education. The schools have been a strong draw for residents in our community for years. Current city population is approximately 40,000 residents. Median price is the city is in the low $700,000 price range. The real estate market report for sales/market activity for November 2007 is as follows:Single family sales activity for November ~ 156 re-sale homes currently for sale in the city, down slightly from 161/October and 156 / September. 9 pending sales, now in escrow, compared to 9/October, 6/September, 8/August, 22 /July,17/June.13 homes closed escrow in October compared the same as September, compared to 23/August ~ ...
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By Lacey Sollie
(Prudential California Realty)
The City of Brea is putting everybody in the holiday mood. Join the festivities as the city of Brea lights up the holiday tree. Mr. and Mrs. Claus will also be there to visit and take pictures. The event will take place on Thursday, December 6 @ 6:30pm on the front steps of the Brea Civic & Cultural Center.   For more information call 714-990-7771 or visit www.cityofbrea.net 
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By David Hood
(Chino Valley Real Estate)
HOME SALES REPORTBeginning Date: 01/01/2007Board Number: AllEnding Date: 11/28/2007City: BREAArea: AllPrice Range: $0 - ALL Single Family Sales - Residential Other StatisticsPrice ClassBedrooms  2 OR Less34 Or More Condo SoldResidential ActiveCondo Active$0 - $99,9990 0 0  0 7 0 $100,000 - $149,9990 0 0  0 0 0 $150,000 - $199,9990 0 0  0 0 0 $200,000 - $249,9990 0 0  0 0 0 $250,000 - $299,9990 0 0  2 0 0 $300,000 - $324,9990 0 0  1 0 6 $325,000 - $349,9990 0 0  3 1 1 $350,000 - $374,9990 0 0  2 0 2 $375,000 - $399,9990 0 0  9 2 6 $400,000 - $424,9990 0 0  5 4 2 $425,000 - $449,9991 1 0  11 5 11 $450,000 - $474,9992 1 0  5 10 3 $475,000 - $499,9994 0 0  7 12 5 $500,000 - $549,9994 11 2  8 21 9 $550,000 - $599,9990 29 7  3 42 1 $600,000 - $649,9990 16 17  0 36 0 $650,000 - $699,9990 11 20...
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By Lynda Eisenmann, Broker-Owner,CRS,GRI,SRES, Brea,CA, Orange Co
(Preferred Home Brokers)
AN ARMY OF VOLUNTEERS AT THIS SALVATION ARMY BELL RINGING STATION ~ now through December 21.  Bell ringers at Brea's main post office on Birch Street are part of an all volunteer army of local citizens and community organizations volunteering their time for the Salvation Army. All proceeds collected in this kettle go back into the Brea community for those in need. I've volunteered at this one many times myself and I can tell you from personal experience it's a great way to give-back to others. BREA FIRE DEPARTMENT'S OPERATION SANTA CLAUS  ~ December 1st ~ Brea firefighters will be making a special downtown visit to receive public donations of new, unwrapped toys and clothing from 12:00 - 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 1, in support of Operation Santa Claus. They will also be sharing ha...
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By Aaron & Mindy Mills
(Prudential CA Realty)
 How did your home price fare the changing market?  You have heard about it on the radio.  You have read about it in the paper.  You have seen reports about it on the evening news.  The real estate market is on a downward turn in most of the US, and Olinda Ranch is not an exception to that fact.  I am sure this is not new news to anyone, but what are the actual numbers for our neighborhood specifically? Homes SOLD during 2007 in Olinda Ranch:  35•·   KB Homes(condor, hummingbird, hawks, falcon, mockingbird ect.) - 18 SOLD, 6 Currently Listed, 0 In EscrowPrices have dropped approx. 14% from the peak price to today. •·   Shea Homes (starling, skylark, sandpiper, partridge) - 8 SOLD, 3 Currently Listed, 0 In EscrowPrices have dropped approx. 17% from the peak price to today. •·   Van Dale ...
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By Aaron & Mindy Mills
(Prudential CA Realty)
This past week I was reflecting about all of the great Realtors that have unfortunately had to leave our industry over the course of the past year to find a way to feed their family.  While this pill was hard to swallow, it made me wonder what was going to happen to all of their past clients and SOIs.  So I started calling a few of them that I was close to just to find out if they were still going to service those people during this down time or if they were done all together.  Low and behold most of them said they did not plan on coming back to real estate in the future.  So of course at that point I offered to take care of any and all of these peoples real estate needs with the same integrity and level of service they would have been given, if they would just give me all of the contac...
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By Aaron & Mindy Mills
(Prudential CA Realty)
This past week I was reflecting about all of the great Realtors that have unfortunately had to leave our industry over the course of the past year to find a way to feed their family.  While this pill was hard to swallow, it made me wonder what was going to happen to all of their past clients and SOIs.  So I started calling a few of them that I was close to just to find out if they were still going to service those people during this down time or if they were done all together.  Low and behold most of them said they did not plan on coming back to real estate in the future.  So of course at that point I offered to take care of any and all of these peoples real estate needs with the same integrity and level of service they would have been given, if they would just give me all of the contac...
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By Lynda Eisenmann, Broker-Owner,CRS,GRI,SRES, Brea,CA, Orange Co
(Preferred Home Brokers)
Brea is a community with a balance of residential housing, business and commercial properties. The City is well known for excellence in education. The schools have been a strong draw for residents in our community. The real estate market report for sales/market activity for October 2007:Single family homes ~ Pricing in the city ranges from $424,000 to an upper end price of $2.950.000. It could be noted the majority of homes in the City of Brea are priced under $1,000.000. Single family sales activity for October ~ 161 re-sale homes currently for sale in the city, up only slightly from the prior month compared to 156 for September. .9 homes sold/entered escrow, as compared to 6/September ~ 8/August, ~ 22 /July ~ 17/June.13 homes closed escrow in October compared the same as September, co...
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By Lacey Sollie
(Prudential California Realty)
 To spread good cheer and give back to our community this holiday season, I am collecting canned goods and/or non-perishable food items in my 2nd annual Holiday Food Drive!I ask that residents please use the paper bags I drop off at their home to make any donations.  Bags are picked up on Saturday November 17th.  All items collected will be donated to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County. Helping eliminate hunger in Orange County.Last year we were able to refill their empty pantry in time for the holidays. I am hoping to double the response this year!You too can help eliminate hunger in Orange County. To sponsor your own food drive please visit www.feedoc.org.  Happy Holidays,Lacey 
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