Newport Beach, CA Real Estate News

By Mary Campbell
(Abrams Coastal Properties)
Well it's a new year and Real Estate amongst many other subjects continues to be a hot topic. I must say I was surprised at the slide in prices in our Newport Beach neighborhoods. I didn't think it would happen. But it has created an opportunity for many to buy and to buy Newport Beach Real Estate at bargain prices. Newport Beach Real Estate continues to give buyers plenty of choices. With 405 homes for sale in Newport Beach and the average days on market being 179, buyers can negotiate exceptional bargains. Look at the 92660 zip code below. Inventory has been decreasing lately, which is a good sign, but we still have a ways to go before it gets to be a sellers market. If you have thought about purchasing a home in Newport Beach right now you have choices. Price ranging from $389,000 al...
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By Sharon Paxson, Newport Beach Real Estate
(Compass)
Considering Purchasing a Home in Newport Beach? Are you considering purchasing a home in Newport Beach? There are many good reasons to consider investing in Real Estate in Newport Beach now.1. Buyers Market: It is definitely a buyer's market right now. The home prices have declined, and this is creating excellent opportunities for home buyers. As a result, the affordability has increased giving many potential buyers the opportunity to realize the opportunity of home ownership. Many first time home buyers are now considering purchasing versus renting due to the lower prices.2. Opportunities with Inventory:  Currently there are 555 active properties for sale in Newport Beach. How does this translate to you - there are more selections available. There are more homes in different areas of N...
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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 writen instructions.
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By Christine Donovan, Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M
(Donovan Blatt Realty)
  It has been raining fairly steadily for the past few days here in Orange County, and as I write this post, I hear it starting again. But, this afternoon, the rain stopped, the sunny, blue skies for which we are famous were in full glory, and I took the opportunity to take walk out on the Newport Pier and enjoy the beauty for which this area is justly famous. Take a look at these pictures, and you'll see why those of us who live here feel so lucky for the place we call home.     *************************************************************************** About the author: Christine Donovan is a California Residential Real Estate Broker with experience in assisting clients buy and sell residential real estate. For more information about Costa Mesa, please visit Costa Mesa real estate. F...
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By Robert Gregory
(RealTAG.com)
Every day I am reminded of how fortunate I am to live in Southern California. Just a note, we are not all like "Housewives of Orange County". Since I have spent the majority of my life here, there are times when I start to take it all for granted. Just when I am caught up in the business of life, I catch a glimpse of the Pacific ocean and Catalina Island or the San Bernardino Mountain Range. Or simply, a palm tree, palm frawns blowing gently in the wind framed against a Southern California sunset. Or, when I take a break from my hectic summer day and take a swim in the ocean. These simple things humble me and help me appreciate how truly fortunate I am.  I spoke to a neighbor the other day who is a gentleman in his early eighties and has traveled the world. He has lived places I did not...
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By Sharon Paxson, Newport Beach Real Estate
(Compass)
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By Mary Campbell
(Abrams Coastal Properties)
Selling your home in a down market doesn't have to be difficult, you just have to be smart and realistic. First of all find the right Realtor. One that is experienced and one that does not have so many listings that you will just be another one. Pick a Realtor that will give you and your home attention and service. The thruth of the matter is that many homes will sell this year. After all interest rates are extremely low, (in the 4's) and home pricing couldn't be better. What better time to buy. If you have equity in your home it's a great time to sell. Look at it this way if you buy low you will sell low, but if you sell high you will also buy high. Doesn't it make sense to sell low, buy low and take advantage of the low interest rates? The key to a successful sale today, is to price a...
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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 writen instructions.
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By Sharon Paxson, Newport Beach Real Estate
(Compass)
Does Your Garage Door Need Some "Action"?I am writing this post today because this weekend, my children heard a loud bang in the garage, and they did not know what it was. As it turns out, the spring broke on the garage door, and I was not able to get my car out of the garage!  Fortunately my daughter has a car and I used her car.I called Action Garage Doors located in Fullerton, Ron Thompson to be specific. Ron Thompson is the owner of Action Garage Door Service and has been to my home many times serving my garage door. I called him first thing this morning at 7 am, and he answered (thank you for answering your phone so early). I explained the springs broke, and he gave me a quote to fix it on the phone. I said no problem, because I really wanted to get my car out of the garage. Can yo...
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By Sharon Paxson, Newport Beach Real Estate
(Compass)
Newport Beach Junior Lifeguard  Try-OutsIt is that time of year again for Newport Beach Junior Lifeguard try-outs. The try-outs begin in February, 2009 so now is a great time to be conditioning in order to pass the swim test.The Newport Beach Lifeguard program conducts the the Newport Beach Junior Lifeguard program. Each year, the Newport Beach Lifeguards conduct a swim test in February and the test is well in advance of the summer program. The applicant for the Newport Beach Junior Lifeguard must pass the swim test in order to participate in the summer Newport Beach Junior Lifeguard Program.Newport Beach residents and non-residents are welcome to apply to participate in the program. If you are applying as a Newport Beach resident, then three forms of identification to prove you are a N...
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By Sharon Paxson, Newport Beach Real Estate
(Compass)
Surfing in Newport Beach Although there is no lifeguard on duty during the winter months (the photo above is a lifeguard tower at Huntington State Beach) many residents and die hard surfers do not let the cooler water deter them from surfing. With the Santa Ana winds, this creates the off shore wind. This day was particularly clear with a great view of Catalina Island in the distance. You will often see visitors arriving and parking at the beach, or riding their bikes with their surf boards to go and catch the waves. The off shore winds can be seen by the mist blowing off the top of the waves. The air temperature was in the mid seventies, and the water temperature was in the high fifties. The surfers typically all wear wet suits, and some wear booties and gloves. (However, when I asked ...
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By Sharon Paxson, Newport Beach Real Estate
(Compass)
Winter in Newport Beach Newport Beach generally has very temperate weather throughout the year. Although in the winter months, Newport Beach has cooler temperatures, the weather is generally very good where residents and visitors still enjoy the out doors and the beaches. One of the tell tale signs of winter is that the sun is in a different position in the sky, and will set behind Catalina Island. Catalina Island is located 26 miles off the coast of California, and there are many days through out the year that the island cannot be seen at all. However, when the wind changes direction, or if there is no on-shore flow, then Catalina is easily visible. Below is a photograph of the Newport Pier as sunset is approaching, and still people are walking along the pier and the beach. During thes...
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By Mary Campbell
(Abrams Coastal Properties)
On my way to hold an open house at 211 Pearl on Balboa Island today, I couldn't resist taking photos of the bay and folks out enjoying the beautiful January weather.  It's a buyers market here as well - contact me to discuss investment opportunities in the Balboa area, and visit the Balboa Island community page on my web site.  Mary Campbellmary@yournewporthome.comwww.yournewporthome.com714-318-1880
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By Christine Donovan, Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M
(Donovan Blatt Realty)
Newport Beach real estate has come a long way since it began in 1906. Back then, bayfront houses sold for as little as $500. Today, homes in this area are priced in the millions of dollars as the area is considered prime, Pacific Coast property. Areas of Newport Beach include Corona Del Mar, Balboa Island, Lido, Newport Coast, San Joaquin Hills and Balboa Peninsula. For those looking for a home along Orange County's Gold Coast, Newport Beach real estate offers choices for a variety of homebuyers. Luxury homes on the sand, bayside estates with yacht slips, elegant town homes on the golf course are all possibilities in Newport Beach. The real estate market in Newport Beach is enhanced by a variety of environmental, recreational, cultural and shopping opportunities. The Back Bay is a natur...
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By Mary Campbell
(Abrams Coastal Properties)
Once again it's that time of the year when the Newport Beach restaurant association puts on Restaurant Week. Close to 100 restaurants will participate this year. These restaurants will offer bargain prices on 3 course meals for lunch and dinner. Lunch will be $15.00-$20.00 and dinner $20.00-$35.00. Please be sure to make reservations early. Some of the restaurants participating are: Amelias Restaurant- Balboa Island-949-673-6580 Chart House-Mariners Mile-949-548-5889 Avilas El Ranchito-Balboa Peninsula-949-675-6855 Newport Landing- Balboa Village-949-675-2373 Blue Water Grill-Cannery Village-949-566-0060 The Bungalow- Corona Del Mar-949-673-6585 Bayside Restaurant-Newport Beach-949-721-1222 Flemings- Fashion Island-949-720-9633 French 75- Fashion Island-949-640-2700 Yard House- Fashion ...
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By Sharon Paxson, Newport Beach Real Estate
(Compass)
Newport Shores and the WildlifeNewport Beach, CaliforniaNewport Shores is a community of approximately 400 single family homes located on the West side of Newport Beach. It is literally located across the street from the beach  and is surrounded by a Canal which is fed by the ocean. The canal level rises along with the tide.There are homes that are located right along Canal Street, Canal Circle and 62nd Street which are on the water. The residents that live along the water enjoy the wild life which lives in the Canal. And it is definitely varied. There are pelicans which typically come in the winter months. The beautiful white swan still comes to visit. There was two, and now there is only one. There are blue and white herons, and here is one with a swan. Sand pipers live along the Cana...
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