Huntington Beach, CA Real Estate News

By Larry & Laurie Weichman, A Tradition of Success
(The L3 Real Estate, A Trusted Name In Orange County Real Estate)
Why are short sales an important option for seller's in today's market? In the simplest terms, short sales are a last hope for people looking to avoid foreclosure. The market that we are experiencing today is full of homeowners who are truly hurting and they don't know where to start or who to turn to. Short sales, although not an ordinary transaction, are a good alternative for sellers who are either in a foreclosure already, or are headed toward one. It is crucial that real estate professionals take the time to understand that these are real families on the verge of losing their home. It is our job to embrace these individuals and at the same time give back to the communities in which they live, and we work. What are some advantages to offering short sales? The biggest advantage to of...
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By Ann Urias, Your Real Estate Concierge
(Aston Group - Orange County Real Estate)
RE/MAX Homes & Estates Pre-Foreclosure Division 9241 Irvine Boulevard, Suite 150, Irvine, California 92618 (714) 588 -7676 ∙  www.ReMaxAnn.com   If you are in a situation where: •You lost your job •Your Medical Expenses are too high •Just went through/going through a divorce •You are behind on your payments •You have no equity •You can't afford the cost of selling your home •Your income has been reduced •You are in foreclosure   WE CAN HELP YOU! It's easy and doesn't cost you any MONEY! Our services are Free!!!  WHEN THE DEBT EXCEEDS YOUR HOME'S VALUE... we can help is with a SHORT SALE.   Benefits of a Short Sale:  •Avoid Foreclosure •Avoid Bankruptcy •Reduced damage to your credit •Postpone your foreclosure sale date •A short sale will stay on your credit approx 3 years •BE FREE of fi...
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By Christine Donovan, Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M
(Donovan Blatt Realty)
This Saturday, April 11, 2009, the City of Huntington Beach Community Services Department and the Huntington Beach Kiwanis Club will be having their annual Easter Egg Hunt in Huntington Central Park between 9:30 am and Noon.  The Easter egg hunt is free.  So, bring your kids, and enjoy the fun. In addition to the hunt, there will also be exhibits, entertainment, music and a visit from the Easter Bunny.  Pancakes and other food will be available to purchase. For more information call 714-536-5486.   *************************************************************************** About the author: Christine Donovan is a California Residential Real Estate Broker with experience in assisting clients buy and sell residential real estate. For information on Huntington Beach homes or the value of a...
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By Janet French
(Silverstar Finance Inc.)
Great News!!! It's really nice to finally hear some good news on the home front. Sales of new single-family homes jumped 4.7 percent from January to February, the Commerce Department reported today. And interest rates are hitting all time lows since 1971. But...Better compared to what? What you are NOT hearing is that there is STILL a lot of volatility in the market. Now you may be aware of this but it's important to keep that in perspective and definitely within your focus, especially when you are advising your clients on the right steps to take over the next few years. I couldn't believe it, this morning on one of the major news channels, I actually heard the newscaster say that interest rates hit an all time low today of 4.375%! I couldn't believe what I was hearing. Over the last 2 ...
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By Sharon Paxson, Newport Beach Real Estate
(Compass)
Huntington State Beach Lifeguard Try OutsThe try outs for a lifeguard position can be exhausting, and you have to be both physically and mentally prepared. On March 7, 2009, the lifeguard tryouts were held at Huntington State Beach. The re-qualification for existing lifeguards were held first, and the applicants were able to watch. The requirements for the re-qualifications were for the lifeguards to swim a 1000 yard open water swim within 20 minutes. The permanent lifeguards set up for this event with the lifeguard boat, set up buoys to swim around, launch the personal watercraft, and have lifeguards on duty to ensure it is a safe event.For the re-qualifications for Huntington State Beach, 81 people showed up. Some were wearing wet suits and others were not. The water was approximately...
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By Sharon Paxson, Newport Beach Real Estate
(Compass)
Gold's Gym in Huntington Beach Are you looking for a serious gym in Orange County? Gold's is the place that offers a friendly training environment and fitness for all levels. I highly recommend Gold's Gym in Huntington Beach. I am a member there, and really enjoy it. Gold's is located just a short drive from Newport Beach and offers another environment for a great work out. Gold's Gym is located at: Gold's Gym Huntington Beach8875 Adams AvenueHuntington Beach, CA 92646Phone: 714-378-4784www.goldsgym.com Gold's is open a wide range of hours to suit the fitness schedule of each member. The hours are as follows: Monday - Thursday: 5:00 am -12:00 amFriday: 5:00 am -10:00 pmSaturday & Sunday: 6:00 am - 8:00 pmThere is also childcare available. The hours for child care are:Monday to Friday 7:...
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By Kurtis Kooiman
(Straightline Group, Inc.)
  So the question is, do you qualify for the any of the new mortgage programs? Since last week, I have been contacted repeatedly by clients, friends and family wanting to know if they qualify for any of the mortgage relief programs that have been signed into law over the past few weeks. More details have been released by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac on how they will handle refinance transactions authorized by the Home Affordable Refinance program. The complete details of both programs can be found by accessing the program guides from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, but I will point out some of the highlights below to help answer your questions. Lenders and investors are in a holding pattern as they determine if and when and how they will accept these transactions. Even though this legislation...
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By Janet French
(Silverstar Finance Inc.)
So the question is, do you qualify for the any of the new mortgage programs? Since last week, I have been contacted repeatedly by clients, friends and family wanting to know if they qualify for any of the mortgage relief programs that have been signed into law over the past few weeks. More details have been released by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac on how they will handle refinance transactions authorized by the Home Affordable Refinance program. The complete details of both programs can be found by accessing the program guides from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, but I will point out some of the highlights below to help answer your questions. Lenders and investors are in a holding pattern as they determine if and when and how they will accept these transactions. Even though this legislation h...
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By Dahl Real Estate Group, Selling Orange County's Best Homes
(Pacific Sotheby's International Realty)
Key Realty Advisors CA announces the re-launch of its Orange County real estate website http://www.OCMLSHomeFinder.com.  The site offers the consumer the ability to search for all Orange County real estate, find the latest information on local foreclosures, information on short sales and other Orange County real estate information. Visitors to the site can search for all Orange County real estate listings, including condos, single family homes and multi-family properties.    They can also sign up for email alerts for the latest properties which meet their search terms. As well as the latest real estate listings, visitors have the ability to find the latest foreclosure information, thru the sites Foreclosure Hot List.  This allows the visitor to find the best foreclosures in each city, f...
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By Sharon Paxson, Newport Beach Real Estate
(Compass)
All photographs are taken and posted by Sharon Paxson, copyright© 2009.  All rights reserved. Photographs may not be copied, or reproduced without the express, written permission of Sharon Paxson, Realtor, Prudential California Realty, Newport Beach.. All rights reserved.  Contact Sharon Paxson for permission for use of photograph, and permission may be granted with implicit instructions.
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By Sharon Paxson, Newport Beach Real Estate
(Compass)
Huntington State Beach Lifeguard TryoutsMarch 7, 20099:00 amThis Saturday at 9:00 am, there are are try-outs for the Huntington Beach State Lifeguards. The tryouts begin promptly at 9:00 am, so if you are planning on competing in the event, be sure and arrive approximately one hour early for registration and instructions in the event. If you are a spectator, I would still suggest arriving early to park and walk down to the beach. The event will be held at Huntington State Beach Lifeguard Headquarters at Magnolia and Coast Highway.Some of the participants wear wet suits in the event, and some do not. As of today, the air temp is approximately 55 degrees, and the water temp is between 56 and 58 degrees. I have been told, swimming in a wet suit can be more constrictive.Here is a picture fr...
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By jason snyder
(Real Estate Marketing Genius)
It seems that the days of printed newspapers are winding down! Now I'm not telling you to stop using them for lead generation. I am telling you to track all of your ads and make sure that every ad you run pays for itself. I have personally moved away from printed media, with the exception of post cards, and now advertise mostly online. I use google, yahoo, msn and ask mainly...but there are a few other search engines that allow you to use geographic targeting. So when I find one of these types of search engines I test it out and if its profitable I put it to work! Start building a foundation for your business through proven marketing systems and techniques. It's easy to run a high level real estate business when you have big numbers of leads coming in. So now is the time to start genera...
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By jason snyder
(Real Estate Marketing Genius)
Jason Snyder specializes in helping agents grow their businesses to match their goals and expectations using his experience, technical expertise and marketing knowledge.   Jason is developing a marketing course for agents that need to generate more business. This marketing course will be mad available to 10 agents absolutely FREE. This includes a series of lead generation websites, automated follow systems and even have Jason himself create and manage your marketing budget and campaigns for 90 days.  To have an opportunity to get the course for free when its realeased simply visit this page: http://www.realestatemarketinggenius.com/survey/index.html     and tell us what your x-factor is that would help you take your business to the next level.   And as soon as this new course is availab...
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By Ron Holborn, Commercial & SFR, Anaheim CA, Real Estate & Short
(Short Sales, Foreclosures, Rentals, Income Real Estate)
My dog Olive is a five month old Maltese Terrier Australian Shepherd. She is full of energy even after running a couple miles down the riverbed with me. Me and my family needed to find a way to expel that energy. One way that we found very effective was taking her to the park but we couldn't keep up . Later we found out a bunch of the dogs in our neighborhood meet up around five at the park near by. Taking your dog to a dog park is great for not only expelling energy but also socializing them. socializing is very important and if it is started at the right time your dog will be very well behaved around other dogs. Which means no dog fights. My pup has been going there for quite a while now and cannot get enough. Olive loves chasing other dogs and wrestling them. Another thing Olive love...
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By Sharon Paxson, Newport Beach Real Estate
(Compass)
Huntington State Lifeguard Try-OutsMarch 7, 20099:00 am It is that time of year again when the lifeguard try-outs are going to be held in Huntington Beach for State lifeguard positions. The existing lifeguards re-qualify, and the applicants must pass a competitive swim, and a competitive run - swim - run. For more information, view the Huntington State Beach Lifeguard website. Lifeguards who are re-qualifying are not required to perform the run - swim - run, however must pass the competitive swim in 20 minutes.New applicants must compete in both events.The State Lifeguard Try-Outs are going to be held on March 7, 2009 at 9:00 am at Huntington State Beach. It is recommended to enter the beach right at Magnolia, and park there. Registration is held at lifeguard headquarters.The criteria i...
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By Janet French
(Silverstar Finance Inc.)
What Lenders Learned During Prior Refi Booms First off, what is happening with interest rates and reduced yield spread premium? 15 years ago it wasn't uncommon to see nice buy-up schedules on many products, with an increased yield spread premium being offered in return for a higher interest rate. But then along came the refinancing frenzy of 1993 and 1998, followed by the grand daddy refi bonanza of 2002 to 2003. As home loan rates dropped ever lower over the years, you can imagine how the investors felt as they watched loans turn around to be paid off in a relatively short time, as increasingly lower rates made it attractive for clients to refinance, sometimes multiple times in a year. These losses on loans were very costly to lenders. So...after learning their lesson many times over.....
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By Kurtis Kooiman
(Straightline Group, Inc.)
Quote of the Week:"The greatest thief this world ever produced is procrastination, and he is still at large." ~ Henry Wheeler Shaw, 1818-188, Humorist Good Afternoon Fine People! Well, a New Year and as of today, a new President,  is upon us...and not a moment too soon I might add! Let's face it, last year was ugly!  Yes, uuuuugly. And with the ugly, and with the confusion, and with the chaos has come a beautiful thing that lies within the ugliness of the numbers and that one thing is Opportunity.  Your opportunity is tremendous! Our opportunity to meet new clients and meet once again with existing clients is tremendous! NOW is NOT the time to Procrastinate! This thief called Procrastination is still at large and should have no part in your life!  It's time to fire him...and now!Why? Wa...
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By Janet French
(Silverstar Finance Inc.)
"A good goal is like a strenuous exercise- it makes you stretch." ~Mary Kay Ash For some reason, when we can't see the future clearly, we tend to see things as becoming worse rather than better. However, the optimistic attitude that gave us the world we now live in is what is needed to take advantage of the fantastic opportunities all the despair and market uncertainty is generating today. Attitude is Everything> Much of life is about striving to improve - whether that's in our relationships, our professional accomplishments, or in our financial well-being. But success does not come by accident. Decide to achieve your goals and then get the help you need to implement them and be successful! Read the full article =>> Attitude is Everything!
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By Kurtis Kooiman
(Straightline Group, Inc.)
Quote of the Week: Victims "No man is ever whipped until he quits in his own mind." ~ Napolean Hill, Author New Conforming Loan Limits and Other Sources of Borrower Confusion Just what is the conforming loan limit is on single-family homes and condos in Southern California? It was raised last year to $729,750 in designated high-cost areas under the Economic Stimulus Act of 2008 -- has been a continued source of confusion because it varies throughout our region. And for 2009 it changed again... Under the previous federal rules it was simple. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac couldn't buy loans larger than $417,000, the limit for conforming mortgages. Any loan greater than that was considered a riskier jumbo, or nonconforming, loan, and borrowers paid a higher interest rate on it. For 2009, the ...
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By Kurtis Kooiman
(Straightline Group, Inc.)
Quote of the Week:You Are Your Word/ Travel Light"White lies always introduce others of a darker complexion." ~ William S. Paley,  Television Executive This quote reminds me of  those who have been calling and emailing me lately about what the rates are doing. It seems as though everyone has been seeing those magical and white lied ads popping up all over the place. Oh yes, you know the ones...uh oh... the popular "no point" loan advertisements coupled with ridiculously low rates that seem just a bit too good to be true. If you are in the market to refinance or purchase right now (and most of you should be), and if you are curious what the average rate is nationwide is for mortgage rates, the very best place to get this information is to go to: ==> www.freddiemac.com. Why waste your tim...
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