Huntington Beach, CA Real Estate News

By Alan Adamo, Your Huntington Beach REALTOR®
(Westline Real Estate)
 I was reading the local news on my iphone at The OC Register and was pleasantly surprised to read an article about my hometown. Huntington Beach has been rated the #1 beach in Orange County in the 18th annual People’s Choice Best of Orange County 2011 winners. It is also being labeled Surf Capital of the world. To learn why and about the other top beach contenders, check out the article at below by clicking on the link provided.   http://www.ocregister.com/articles/-315744--.html                              Thank you,   Alan Adamo NAR, CAR, OCAR Westline Real Estate - REALTOR® westlinerealestate.com 714-726-5429  
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By Christine Donovan, Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M
(Donovan Blatt Realty)
Huntington Beach Real Estate Minute - Huntington Beach Homes Report     Huntington Beach well known as "Surf City USA" with its excellent surfing has 8.5 miles of beaches and over 200,000 residents with 11 million visitors annually coming to see events such as the US Open of Surfing, the Surf City USA Marathon and AVP Pro Beach Volleyball.       It is also known as one of the 10 safest cities. Huntington Beach Real Estate offers a wide variety of housing from moderately priced condos to multi-million dollar estates.   Below is the Huntington Beach homes report.   There are still significantly more short sales in escrow than the number that close each month, showing the time required to close a short sale.  There are also almost 10% fewer homes on the market than a month ago though the n...
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By Alan Adamo, Your Huntington Beach REALTOR®
(Westline Real Estate)
I recently wrote my congress members in support of extending the FHA loan limits and preserving equal access to mortgage finance programs act. I was ecstatic that they actually took the time to deeply reflect on what I wrote and write me a well thought out response... Oh well, even if it was an auto responder and sent out to all the other supporters, at least I got some kind of a response. Even though my attempts may amount to nothing, I feel these letters are still worthy of saving as a reminder to myself that I tried to make a difference.     Dear Mr. Adamo : Thank you for writing to express your support for extending existing Federal Housing Administration (FHA) loan limits. I appreciate the time you took to write and apologize for the delay in my response. Once again, thank you for ...
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By Lillian Walker, REO Broker/Owner/Auctioneer RCS-D
(Exit Realty SCV-HB DRE#01058474)
7 Secrets To Selling Your Home-Secret #2 Listing Website also known as a website that is unique to your property It is a powerful property marketing and promotion tool which you need to give you the competitive advantage and give you the proper exposure and marketing of your home for sale. This gives you the  highest possible visibility on the internet through cutting-edge technology and marketing tools available. In addition, we know most agents make the mistake of burying your home in a sea of other listings. To fish your home out of such a vast array of inventory, is like sending a buyer to look for a needle in a hay stack. I don't need to tell you buyers have microwave oven attention spans and will move on if they can't find your home.  It's ok to put a property on a website with ot...
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By Alan Adamo, Your Huntington Beach REALTOR®
(Westline Real Estate)
In Sept. 2011 there were 642 New Listings in Huntington Beach, 18.3% of which were Short Sales and 7.7% were REOs. There were 128 closed sales reported in Sept. in Huntington Beach of which 16.4% were Short Sales and 11.7% were REOs. In my opinion, closed sales for HB will continue to slow, partly due to owners pulling their listings during the school season, which is typical for this time of year. Of the sales reported for Sept, the average number of days on the market was 96.             Closed Sale Sept in HB- 128 Properties Found   Bedrooms Baths Square Feet List Price LP/SqFt Sale Price SP/SqFt SP/LP SP/OLP DOM Min 1 1 765 $150,900 $129.42 $142,000 $121.78 82.00% 9.00% 0 Avg 3.2 2.50 1809 $599,242 $323.49 $579,226 $313.62 97.00% 92.00% 96 Max 6 5 5000 $2,599,000 $742.57 $2,250,000 ...
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By Alan Adamo, Your Huntington Beach REALTOR®
(Westline Real Estate)
Weekending 09/09/11 From 09/02/11 to 09/09/11 there were 47 New Listings in Huntington Beach, 6.4% of which were Short Sales and 14.9% were REOs. According to the MLS, there were 380 closed sales during 09/02/11 to 09/09/11 in Orange County. That compares to 463 closed sales for the same time period last year in 2010. Of the closed sales in ending 09/09/11, about 23.5% were reported to be Short Sales and about 15% were reported to be REOs, with total distressed properties closing for this time period accounting for 38.5%. Current Inventory The MLS shows a current inventory of 651 homes for sale in Orange County during this time period. Of these, about 23.3% are listed as Short Sales and about 10.4% are listed as REOs.  Here’s the recent data, as of last Thursday, for listings; deals pen...
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By Rob Magnotta, Huntington Beach & Newport Beach Coastal Specialist
(Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Seal Beach, Irvine REALTOR)
OPEN HOUSE - 20431 Camfield Lane  Huntington Beach, CA 92646 I will be holding Open House this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, at my new foreclosure listing. SATURDAY -- 2:00 to 5:00 PM SUNDAY -- 1:00 to 4:00 PM 20431 Camfield Lane is a 4 bedroom 3 bathroom single family home located in the Landmark tract. This home boasts nearly 3,000 square feet of living space on a 6,000 square foot lot ** A 2 car attached garage as well as RV access provide plenty of room for your boat, jet ski's, or off road vehicles. The back yard is spacious and private with grass and a raised patio area. The entire upstairs is a huge master suite, complete with jetted bath tub, 2 walk-in closets, separate shower, a fireplace, and a private balcony. Downstairs has a massive living room and a full bar area. This hom...
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By Alan Adamo, Your Huntington Beach REALTOR®
(Westline Real Estate)
Weekending 09/02/11   From 08/26/11 to 09/02/11 there were 45 New Listings in Huntington Beach, 18.3% of which were Short Sales and 7.7% were REOs. According to the MLS, there were 782 closed sales during 08/26/11 to 09/02/11 in Orange County. That compares to 683 closed sales for the same time period last year in 2010. Of the closed sales in ending 09/02/11, about 29% were reported to be Short Sales and about 15.6% were reported to be REOs, with total distressed properties closing for this time period accounting for 44.6%. Current Inventory The MLS shows a current inventory of 709 homes for sale in Orange County during this time period. Of these, about 25.1% are listed as Short Sales and about 10.6% are listed as REOs.     OC Market Snapshot  Slice Price Ch. Sold Ch. House $485,000 -8%...
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By Lillian Walker, REO Broker/Owner/Auctioneer RCS-D
(Exit Realty SCV-HB DRE#01058474)
7 Secrets To Selling Your Home Video Do you know there are 7 secrets to selling your home? Did you know there is a secret real estate formula? Did you know there are only three main factors that affect the marketability of a home? Did you know most real estate professionals don't even know or can tell you what the those three main factors are that affect the marketability of a home? Did you ever think about how is that realtor going to know how to balance your real estate formula if they don't know what those three factors affecting marketability? Well by now you have guessed right, THEY CAN'T! There ar 7 secrets to selling your home and the first is: 1. Know the real estate formula 2.Have a listing website that is unique to that property 3.Have an eTour-We are in the video age. Look ho...
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By Alan Adamo, Your Huntington Beach REALTOR®
(Westline Real Estate)
There are many issues concerning real estate right now that could have a negative impact on home ownership. We are all aware that US government officials are BIG spenders and have a difficult time trying to get their budgets under control. While this may be a near impossible feat for them they are considering cutting certain incentives so valuable to home ownership. One of them is the possibility of reducing or eliminating the mortgage interest deduction. See my previous blog http://actvra.in/j67.     What can you do?   Broker Involvement Program Are you a broker owner or managing broker? Are you involved with NAR's Broker Involvement Program? This dynamic program provides you, the broker-owner, with a quick and effective tool to rally your agents on critical legislative issues affectin...
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By Larry & Laurie Weichman, A Tradition of Success
(The L3 Real Estate, A Trusted Name In Orange County Real Estate)
Huntington Beach Civil War Days Reenactment 2011 Today & Sunday! Commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War The Huntington Beach Historical Society is proud to sponsor the 18th annual Civil War Days Living History and Reenactment in Huntington Beach Central Park on the 150th anniversary of theWar Between the States Dates: September 3rd and 4th 2011    HB Central Park on Gothard between Slater and Talbert Camps open to the Public on Saturday and Sunday    Battle Times: Sat: 1:30 and 4 PM / Sun: 11 and 2 PM   Saturday: Camp opens to the public at 10AM, First battle at 1:30 PM, Living History Weapons Demonstration at 2:30 PM, Second Battle at 4 PM, Special Twilight Concert to follow Sunday: Church services at 9AM, Camp opens to the public at 10AM, First battle at 11:00 AM, Livin...
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By Rob Magnotta, Huntington Beach & Newport Beach Coastal Specialist
(Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Seal Beach, Irvine REALTOR)
How Do I Start a Short Sale In Huntington Beach CA One of the toughest decisions facing homeowners in Huntington Beach these days is whether or not to do a short sale. Most homeowners don’t understand the process, but what’s even scarier is that most real estates don’t either. Many agents tend to shy away from short sales because they don’t understand how they work. #1 – SELECT THE RIGHT AGENT Like all other professions, real estate agents are not created equally! A Huntington Beach short sale is a very complicated and arduous type of transaction, and most agents just don’t not where to begin. As a seller, YOU MUST SELECT YOUR AGENT CAREFULLY! Choose an agent that is familiar with the process and who has successfully completed at least a couple of short sales preferably with multiple le...
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By Alan Adamo, Your Huntington Beach REALTOR®
(Westline Real Estate)
Here is the 2011 football schedule for Huntington Beach High School.   Schedules are subject to change. Kick off times are 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted.   *League Sept. 2 vs. El Toro Sept. 9 vs. Corona del Mar Sept. 16 at Foothill Sept. 23 at Aliso Viejo Sept. 30 at Westminster *Oct. 14 vs. Marina *Oct. 21 vs. Newport Harbor *Oct. 27 vs. Edison *Nov. 4 at Los Alamitos *Nov. 11 vs. Fountain Valley       Thank you,           Alan Adamo NAR, CAR, OCARWestline Real Estate - REALTOR®westlinerealestate.com714-726-5429    
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By Alan Adamo, Your Huntington Beach REALTOR®
(Westline Real Estate)
    It's almost that time for kids to go back to school. There are many things to think about as this time nears. For me it's not so complicated considering my daughter is only 2.5 years old. However it's never too early to be prepared especially in a rapidly changing school environment. I wouldn’t have known it was necessary to put my daughter on a waiting list a year in advance so she can get in a school. Luckily, I am aware of this (due to my wife who is extremely organized and prepared) and we have time. For those with kids, and who didn't know this, I am hoping this serves as a wake up call. In addition, as school budgets are strapped, I hear parents are required to come up with materials needed for class. Here is a basic school supply list that can help your kindergartner this yea...
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By Christine Donovan, Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M
(Donovan Blatt Realty)
Huntington Beach Real Estate Minute - Huntington Beach Homes Report     Huntington Beach well known as "Surf City USA" with its excellent surfing has 8.5 miles of beaches and over 200,000 residents with 11 million visitors annually coming to see events such as the US Open of Surfing, the Surf City USA Marathon and AVP Pro Beach Volleyball.       It is also known as one of the 10 safest cities. Huntington Beach Real Estate offers a wide variety of housing from moderately priced condos to multi-million dollar estates.   Below is the Huntington Beach homes report.   We are still seeing significantly more short sales in escrow than bank owned foreclosures or REOs indicating that short sales are still making up a large part of the market and that they are still taking a significant amount of...
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By Christine Donovan, Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M
(Donovan Blatt Realty)
Huntington Beach Real Estate Minute - Glen Mar Homes Market Report   These statistics encompass the sales in both Glen Mar Shores and Glen Mar West. Both of these communities have both one and two story single family homes built in the 1960's, are located in South Huntington Beach and are relatively near the beach, with almost all of them being biking distance to the coast. Most of the original homes ranged from about 1200 to just over 2000 square feet though many have additions and are quite a bit larger now. They are conveniently located to shopping and to freeways and are typical of the homes that are offered in Huntington Beach. Homes in Glen Mar are currently priced between the high $400,000s to the high $500,000s. Please see the current market report for Glen Mar below:        Gle...
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By Alan Adamo, Your Huntington Beach REALTOR®
(Westline Real Estate)
Here is an interesting blog I never thought I would post since it touches lightly on religion I have always been taught to tread lightly with religion and politics, but let’s make an exception to that rule here, after all this is a blog. I am a Christian and although I might not be considered a devout role model, I am a believer none the less. I read a fantastic book from time to time called the New Believer’s Bible, the first step for new Christians. It was written by pastor, author, and evangelist Greg Laurie and is perfect for both reading and in depth study. As I opened it today and read the first open page, I felt touched to share its contents with you.   Purpose, meaning, a reason for living-these are all things we desire and search for in life. Despite steps each one of us takes...
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By Christine Donovan, Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M
(Donovan Blatt Realty)
Huntington Beach Real Estate Minute - Huntington Beach Homes Report     Huntington Beach well known as "Surf City USA" with its excellent surfing has 8.5 miles of beaches and over 200,000 residents with 11 million visitors annually coming to see events such as the US Open of Surfing, the Surf City USA Marathon and AVP Pro Beach Volleyball.       It is also known as one of the 10 safest cities. Huntington Beach Real Estate offers a wide variety of housing from moderately priced condos to multi-million dollar estates.   Below is the Huntington Beach homes report. We are still seeing significantly more short sales in escrow than bank owned foreclosures or REOs indicating that short sales are still making up a large part of the market and that they are still taking a significant amount of t...
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By Paul Armstrong, Serving Orange County & The Long Beach Area
(Realty Network)
Are you looking for a Huntington Beach short sale REALTOR? If you are looking for a REALTOR in Huntington Beach to help you with a short sale, it's important that you choose the right agent.    Huntington Beach short sale transactions are a lot more difficult and complicated than a standard real estate transaction.  In most cases, you only have one chance at a short sale.  If the agent you choose is not experienced with short sales, then you risk losing your home to foreclosure. When you meet a Huntington Beach short sale Realtor, ask them why they are qualified to help you?  How many short sales have they closed?  Do they have any special short sale training?  You want someone with experience working for you. Some Realtors may negotiate a short sale themselves and others hire a profess...
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By Harrison K. Long, REALTOR , GRI, Broker associate, Attorney
(HomeSmart, Evergreen Realty)
  308 22nd Street ~ Surf City ~ Huntington Beach, CA Spectacular custom built home for lease ~ detached home located 2 blocks from the ocean's surf and sand Fabulous, newer and highly upgraded, spacious detached home located 2 blocks from the beach! Big gourmet kitchen with center island, granite counter tops, Viking stove, stainless steel appliances, wine/beverage cooler, maple cabinetry. Generous size master suite includes Jacuzzi tub, granite counters, roomy marble shower and walk-in closet. Three of the bedrooms are suites with attached baths. 4th bedroom/den option at 3rd level with private balcony and view towards ocean. Kitchen opens to interior courtyard, and living room with fireplace opens to patio area at front of home for indoor/outdoor living. Neutral marble flooring at fir...
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