Inventory in OC California up 70%
Inventory in OC California up 70%


Inventories Rise 70.3% in Orange County

According to  National Housing Trend Report of  single-family homes for sale in Orange County, California are on the rise, indicating a healthier real estate marketplace than a year ago.  It also signifies a strong confidence of sellers. The inventory of Homes here in Orange County for-sale pver 70% in April compared to year-ago.

Confidence is up, inventory is up, Interest rates are down, Perfect time to buy and sell. Don’t just expect the possible from your Realtor, expect the impossible. Contact me 949-400-1021

Our Client appreciation BBQ day in Newport Beach

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Saturday, May 17th we hosted our Client Appreciation BBQ at our home from 1:00-5:00….Thanks to all who attended.


Fun, Food and Drinks; we enjoyed BBQ brisket and BBQ chicken not to mention julienne veggies, scallop potatoes, salad as well as cookies, brownies and chocolate cake for desert.
The game of “Who Are You” with name tags on our backs of famous people was a great ice-breaker!   Everyone received a raffle ticket and those who guessed their famous person,  got another raffle ticket.  We had badminton, frisbees and a driving range setup in the backyard as well as bubbles and coloring books/crayons for the younger kids.


Thanks you to our supportive team, we were able to raffle eleven different gift cards starting at  $100, $50 and so on along with a picnic bag!  Our thanks goes to Adam Vaughn of Mariners Escrow, Cam Hunter from Cal-title, Lilly McBee Lender from Sterns, Randy Orchen Lender from Pinnacle, Roberta from First American Home Warrantee, Todd Burns Lender from JMJ Financial and Stacey Glenzer at Pickford Escrow. The Marlene Dietrich Real Estate team contributed the Grand Prize of an Apple iPad.  
Looking forward to seeing everyone again at next year’s (2015) Annual Client Appreciation BBQ, 

The Market according to Marlene Dietrich, Newport Beach Realtor

How is the Market according to Marlene Dietrich

Orange County housing market perked up a bit in April, higher than March but less than last year’s April. Prices edged up slightly which is a good thing, still showing strength but not stressing the affordability level. Less investors allows buyers to get a better deal; sellers still getting a good price.

Even though sales have increased 1.4% Sales have fallen on a year over year basis for 7 consecutive months with last month being the smallest decline since last October. We are still below an average level but moving in the right direction. If inventory grows, which is likely; it will be a lot easier for sales to reach and average level. Factors affecting this are affordability, lenders restrictions, gas prices, less investor activity. Good news are employment is rising, more people can qualify to buy after doing a short sale or a foreclosure and families are growing.

Last year’s prices rose 23%, this year prices are slowing to a more reasonable increase. Now instead of double digit increases we are recently seeing single digit, still a positive move but a more reasonable rate. Credit conditions appear to have eased in recent months.

Foreclosures, short sales, investor flipping have all dropped tremendously. With lenders like Wells Fargo doing 7.3% and Chase about 4% plus many more offering about $6.2 Billion in Mortgage money available, it is easier to get a loan than it has been. The federal government is artificially keeping the rates down so now is the time to get that loan and buy that home. Distress market indicators are continuing to decline and adjusting for inflation mortgage payments are actually 34% below the typical payment of 1989.

So What are you waiting for? Contact us at 949-400-1021

Visit us as www.MarleneDietrichRealEstate.comexec agent

Jazz, Cinco de Mayo, lots happening in Orange County May 2014

Complete Festival Schedule and Tickets Click Above

Barbara Morrison to perform

Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 6:00-8:00 pm; doors open 5:00 pm. The distinctive [seven-degrees] event facility, 891 Laguna Canyon Rd., Laguna Beach

Buy tickets now and enjoy Great Music for a Great Cause

Jazz and blues legend Barbara Morrison on April 30th. Proceeds will support Live! Music & Kids, a music education program offered, at no charge, to children at the Boys & Girls Club and Laguna schools.

The  dazzling Barbara Morrison has been featured on over 20 recordings in almost every genre from traditional jazz and blues to gospel and pop.  Her melodic voice, with its two-and-a-half-octave range, are known  worldwide, as are her rich, unique, soulful and highly spirited interpretations of  both, familiar jazz and blues classics, and original contemporary tunes.  Most striking is her ability to belt out down-home, soul-stirring Blues.  Breathtaking are her impassioned renditions of old and favorite torch songs.

Pam  Estes, Executive Director for the Boys & Girls Club, comments, “Without  Laguna Beach Live! there would be no music at all here – and music is such an important part of life.  Music transcends so many factors –  language, culture, age — and brings us all together. Thankfully, Laguna Live! has opened that door for so many young ones here at the  Boys & Girls Club.”

The  Morrison concert is in the cabaret club setting, 6:00-8:00pm, at [seven-degrees], 891 Laguna Canyon Road. Tickets are $30 online and a  special VIP package for $100 includes premier seating, a visit with the  artist and a signed CD. A special menu and full bar are available. For tickets,  visit or call 800-595-4849. For additional information, call 949-715-9713.

New Venue
[seven-degrees] is offering a choice of several delicious dishes for $10:
A Full Bar will also be available.  Cash and credit cards accepted. Self-serve.
Parking: metered  parking on Laguna Canyon Rd and the frontage road is $1.25/hour until 7  pm (quarters or credit cards). Laguna shopping stickers are valid. There is also parking in nearby city lot.
The Series
Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door and can be ordered at or by phone at 800-595-4849. Information line: 949-715-9713



Segerstrom Center for the Arts
Ever wonder what inspiration looks like?
Click above for complete schedule and tickets

BOOK OF MORMON comes to Segerstrom Center!

Get your tickets early for

The Book of Mormon 5/13/2014 – 5/25/2014
From the creators of South Park and winner of nine Tony Awards®, The New York Times calls THE BOOK OF MORMON “the best musical of this century” and Entertainment Weekly says it’s “the funniest musical of all time.”
44th Annual Childress M.A.C.Y. Awards 6/1/2014 – 6/1/2014
The MACY Awards, founded in 1969, is dedicated to  encouraging, recognizing and rewarding achievement and excellence in  high school musical theatre.
Orange County School of the Arts Season Finale 6/7/2014 – 6/7/2014
This dynamic annual performance showcases the  school’s artistically gifted students in a compilation of this year’s  best presentations. Student performances and works of art from each of  the school’s conservatory programs will be featured.
Jersey Boys 6/24/2014 – 7/13/2014
JERSEY BOYS contains authentic “profane Jersey language” and may not be recommended for all ages
“TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE!” raves the New York Post  for JERSEY BOYS, the 2006 Tony Award®-winning Best Musical about Rock  and Roll Hall of Famers The Four Seasons and how they became one of the  greatest successes in pop music history.
Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev 7/25/2014 – 7/27/2014
Dance’s reigning power couple return to  Segerstrom Center in a special world premiere event created to showcase  their matchless talents.
Ghost The Musical 7/29/2014 – 8/10/2014
Relive the iconic and magical moments from the Oscar®-winning movie Ghost  in this brand-new Broadway musical, which features an original pop  score from multiple Grammy Award® winners Dave Stewart and Glen Ballard.
Frankie Valli 8/16/2014 – 8/16/2014
Once 8/19/2014 – 8/31/2014
Winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards® including Best  Musical, ONCE is a truly original Broadway experience and an  unforgettable story about going for your dreams… not living in fear…  and the power of music to connect all of us.
The Best of Jethro Tull Performed by Ian Anderson 9/18/2014 – 9/18/2014
Jethro Tull’s legendary frontman returns with an concert of Tull classics and songs from his new album, Homo Erraticus.
Engelbert Humperdinck 9/20/2014 – 9/20/2014

Anaheim Cinco de Mayo Fiesta  
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Santa Ana Cinco de Mayo Festival 
Free entrance, lots of  Food, Music and Entertainment! Begins Friday May 2nd with Street Carnival Downtown Santa Ana, Main & 4th Streets


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Danzantes Del Sol 
Aztec Sun Dancers

The public is invited to enjoy the nationally recognized Danzantes Del Sol at a Cinco de Mayo Celebration at Legendary Moreno’s Restaurant in Orange, CA on May 3rd, 4th & 5th.  For more information call 714-639-2181

Irvine Barclay Theater
Click above for tickets and all Barclay Theater Information


“Cirque de la Symphonie”
It’s a magical treat for the eyes and ears when Pacific Symphony  delivers a stunning fusion of cirque acts synched to classical music’s  finest masterpieces-“Cirque de la Symphonie”

Music soars to stunning new heights along with aerial fliers and acrobats, when they (plus contortionists, dancers, jugglers and strongmen)  perform their death- and gravity-defying Cirque feats to popular  classical masterpieces-all live, on stage and dramatically backed by a  full orchestra for Pacific Symphony Pops. This jaw-dropping  fusion of two art forms wows Symphony audiences of all ages for a third  time, as the internationally recognized and award-winning artists of “Cirque de la Symphonie”  take to the air and push themselves to the limit in a “spectacular  event” that couples the “magical musical styling of Pacific Symphony”  with the “playfulness of acrobats sharing the same stage,” according to A Taste of Dawn Magazine in a review that followed a performance in April 2012.


Principal Pops Conductor Richard Kaufman leads the orchestra through stirring repertoire featuring audience favorites including John  Williams’ “Flight to Neverland” from the movie “Hook,” Tchaikovsky’s  Waltz from “Swan Lake,” scores from Leonard Bernstein’s “Candide” and  Camille Saint-Saëns’ “Baccanale” from “Samson and Delilah”and “Danse Macabre,” among other classical pieces. “Cirque de la Symphonie” dazzles Thursday through Saturday, May 1-3, at 8 p.m., in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall 


For the complete Pacific Symphony information, schedule, performers and tickets, click here.



For Soka Complete Schedule Click Above
Up Coming Events!
An Evening w/Branford Marsalis Friday, 5/9/14 8:00PM


City of Mission Viejo Earth Day/ Arbor Day 
Community art project celebrates earth, the environment

During this year’s Arts Alive Festival, residents will have the opportunity to tap their artistic sides by creating a community art project that pays homage to Mother Earth.


The popular festival takes place from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 3 and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 4 at Oso Viejo Community Park on the Village Green and at the neighboring Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center, 24932 Veterans Way.


This year’s festival celebrates the 1970s and will give volunteers the chance to create an Earth Day Promise Tree mural out of clay, recycled wood and copper.  Honoring the earth and environment, folks can write short thoughts or words on some of the pieces that will be incorporated into the finished creation.  Volunteers will also make and paint the leaf shapes and stain the wood pieces that will be melded into the project. The project echoes the City’s commitment to the environment and fits nicely with the Arts Alive ’70s theme since Earth Day was started in that era.


The project will kick off this month at the City’s Earth Day and Arbor Day celebration from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 26 at Coronado Park, 26652 Las Ondas Drive. The Earth Day Promise Tree Mural moves to Arts Alive May 3-4 where people can contribute their talents and leave their marks on the project beginning at noon.


For more information about the Earth Day and Arbor Day celebration, visit Information about Arts Alive is available at


Wit, Intellect, and Satire at Saddleback College!
All the Timing One-Act Comedies 

Wit, Intellect, and Satire at Saddleback College!

The Department of Theatre Arts at Saddleback College is thrilled to present All in the Timing by David Iveson May 2nd-10th  in the Studio Theatre. Directed by Mark McQuown, this  critically-acclaimed, award-winning evening of one-act comedies combines  wit, intellect, satire and just plain fun. “Theatre  that aerobicizes the brain and tickles the heart. Ives is a mordant  comic who has put the play back in playwright… A wondrous wordmaster.”  -Time Magazine.


The five one-act plays include:


Foreplay or the Art of the Fugue. Chuck, a would-be Don Juan, in three rounds of seduction with three different women on a miniature-golf course.


Sure Thing. A  classic of contemporary comedy. Two people meet in a café and find  their way through a conversational minefield as an offstage bell  interrupts their false starts, gaffes, and faux pas on the way to  falling in love.


A Singular Kinda Guy. A monologue about a man who believes he is actually a typewriter


Variations on The Death of Trotsky,  directed by Shadi Ghaheri. The Russian revolutionary on the day of his  demise, desperately tries to cope with the mountain-climber’s axe he’s  discovered in his head.


The Philadelphia. A  young man in a restaurant has fallen into “a Philadelphia,” a Twilight  Zone-like state in which he cannot get anything he asks for. His only  way out of the dilemma? To ask for the opposite of what he wants.


Speed-The-Play. A parody of the works of American playwright David Mamet; his major works are each lampooned.


Dates:   May 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 10 at 7:30 p.m. and May 4 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets can  be purchased by calling (949) 582-4656 (noon-4 Wednesday-Saturday) and  online at  Prices are $15 general; $10 students/seniors.


The  Department of Theatre Arts program at Saddleback College produces  several fully-staged shows each year.  All students are given the  opportunity to audition for every production yet Theatre Arts students  are given priority in the casting process.  In addition there are  numerous opportunities for students to contribute in backstage  activities through the Entertainment and Theater Technology program.

Saddleback  College is located at 28000 Marguerite Pkwy in Mission Viejo, just east  of Interstate 5 at the Avery Parkway exit.  Free parking is available  in Lot 12.  Take Avery Parkway to Marguerite Parkway turn  left to the third traffic light, which is Saddleback’s Marguerite  entrance. Turn right into the campus and take the third left to Theatre  Circle, turning right into Lot 12.


ACF spotlights four of Hollywood’s biggest and best on May 8-10:  Elliot Goldenthal, James Horner, Howard Shore and John Williams

Pacific Symphony’s critically-acclaimed American Composers Festival (ACF) continues for the 14th year with “From Screen to Score: New Concert Music by Famous Film Composers”-who happen to be four of today’s biggest Hollywood heavy-hitters: John Williams (“Star Wars,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “E.T., the Extra Terrestrial”), Howard Shore (“Lord of the Rings,” “The Hobbit,” “Hugo”), James Horner (“Titanic,” “Star Trek,” “Apollo 13”) and Elliot Goldenthal (“Alien 3,” “Batman Forever” and “Batman and Robin”). Together, these iconic composers boast 11 Oscars and countless billions of box office dollars. They also hold the ironic position of simultaneously being the most-heard orchestral composers ever (the soundtrack for “Titanic” sold 30 million copies), yet their music is the least performed.

Although once disregarded by the modernist school of composition, film music has without a doubt come into its own as a fully recognized art form. And, of course, this recognition is not just academic. Millions of filmgoers have been exposed to and enriched by orchestral music through the movies. But debates over the value of film music versus concert music or what constitutes “commercial,” “serious” or “artistic” rage on. It is this controversy that lies at the heart of this ACF, as these extraordinary, if not revolutionary, composers prove their mettle through not film music but symphonic concert works.


“From Screen to Score” takes place Thursday-Saturday, May 8-10, in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall; a preview talk with Alan Chapman begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25-$99. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (714) 755-5799 or visit


For more information, visit

Hyatt Regency Newport Beach Jazz Festival
May 30- June 1

For Ticket information click here

May 2014 Events in Orange County

Surfboards on Parade Opening Ceremony     May 1 Celebrate the official opening of the full Surfboards on Parade art installation at the Huntington Beach Art Center (538 Main St.) as we hold the official opening ceremony along with a Surfboard Showcase reception. 6-7:30pm.


Arts Alive & Street Painting Festival     May 3-4 Celebrate art of the 1970s as creativity fills the Oso Viejo Park with hands-on activities including ceramics, drawing, painting, sculpture, gardening tips, live entertainments and much more. 12pm. 24932 Veterans Way, Mission Viejo. 949-470-8440 /
iCureMelanoma 5K Run/Walk     May 3 Scenic USATF 5K Run/Walk, Kids Fun Run, & 40+ Member Vendor Fair. Free Skin Cancer Screening to all Registrants. 7am: Competitive Wave. 8am: Open Adult, Senior, & Youth Wave. Raffles & More. 300 Laguna Road, Fullerton. 714-292-6146 /
Gate & Garden Tour of Crescent Bay     May 3 The Laguna Beach Garden club presents a chance to explore the private gardens of cottages and castles in the historic Crescent Bay neighborhood overlooking the sea. 11am-4pm. Arabella Laguna, 506 N. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach. 949-497-9086 /
OC Marathon     May 4 The 2014 OC Marathon marks the 10th anniversary of the race. The course will once again pass through Costa Mesa, Newport and Santa Ana. There is a full-marathon, half-marathon, 5k and kid’s run. 949-222-3327 /
Fun, Funky Furnishings Fundraiser     May 4 Opportunity Drawing, Silent Auction, Food, Refreshments and Fun! Treasured, hand-painted furnishings and objects d’art created by LOCA artists will be available for purchase. 3-6pm. Laguna Nursery at: 1370 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach. 949-363-4700 /
Dana Point Grand Prix of Cycling     May 4 Join top professionals, amateurs and excited kids as they race around downtown Dana Point on the best race course in America overlooking the beautiful Pacific Ocean and spectacular Dana Point Harbor on historic PCH. 619-504-9977 /
Jr Pro & Youth SUP Fiesta     May 4 The world’s top youth stand-up paddleboard athletes, and many first-time SUP surf competitors, will converge on Bolsa Chica State Beach for this unique event. 8am-6pm.
OC Pregnancy & Beyond     May 4 The best of OC’s mother-baby services and shop from the best pregnancy and baby vendors. Enjoy special guest speakers, classes, and a lactation clinic for new and expecting mothers. 12-3pm. South Coast Collection: 3315 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa.
Cinco De Mayo     May 5 The 24th Annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration is a cultural day presented by the City of San Clemente and the Cinco de Mayo Committee. Vendor applications will be available online soon. 12-6pm. Max Berg Plaza Park: 1100 Calle Puente. 949-361-8264
Paws in the Garden     May 10 Garden Tour fundraiser for The Ark of San Juan, Companion Animal Rescue. Stroll & ‘Paws’ in beautiful local gardens and historic cottages to support The Ark’s mission of saving San Juan Capistrano’s lost & abandoned pets! 10am-2pm. Los Rios Street. 949-388-0034 /
We Care for Kids Golf Tournament     May 12 Tax & Financial Group invites you to participate. Benefits Make-A-Wish Orange County and Inland Empire. Enjoy a day of golf at Mesa Verde Country Club (3000 Club House Rd., Costa Mesa) and an incredible silent and live auction during the banquet dinner!
Duck-A-Thon: Yankee Doodle Duck     May 16-18 This off-the-pier fundraiser incorporates all the best qualities: sand, sun, surf, food and rubber duckies! The three-day event raises much needed funds for AltaMed’s Huntington Beach Community Clinic. Huntington Beach Pier: 1 Main Street. 714-500-0382 /
PBS SoCaL 2014 Gala     May 17 Honoring leaders from the Arts and Entertainment industry, including the Grammy Museum along with a special recognition of the PBS SoCaL’s 2013 Community Champions. 5-10pm. OC Fair & Event Center: 88 Fair Dr., Costa Mesa.
Eco Xpo Garden Show     May 17-18 Promotes beautiful and beneficial gardens and is part of the City’s Economic Preservation Subcommittee’s efforts to promote the Historic Downtown Area. 9am-4pm. Los Rios Park: 31790 Paseo Adelanto in the Historic District of San Juan Capistrano. 949-606-6386 /
Laguna Charm House Tour     May 18 Takes place in North Laguna, and features 5 fabulous homes, from historic Laguna Charm cottages to the renowned Pyne Castle. Buses will leave continuously from 12-3pm. 12-3pm. Festival of Arts: 650 Laguna Canyon Rd., Laguna Beach. 949-472-7503 /
The Balboa Island Artwalk     May 18 Premier showcase for talented local artists and marks the start of the Island’s summer season. This fine art show features 100 artists exhibiting paintings, fine jewelry, blown glass, sculpture, and photography. 9am-5pm. South Bay Front, Balboa Island.
Newport Beach Wine Festival     May 23-25 Celebration of fine wines, spirits, and culinary delights that takes place over Memorial Weekend at Balboa Bay Resort: 1221 Coast Highway, Newport Beach. 949-630-4145 /
Aloha Paddle For Water 2014     May 24 In efforts to raise money to help provide clean and safe drinking water for developing nations through Charity Water. 12-4pm. Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina: 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach. 949-278-0011 /
Remembrance Ceremony     May 25 Remembrance ceremony, candle lighting and the reading of the names of the most recent Fallen Heroes. For your comfort, please bring a lawn chair or blanket for seating in the meadow. Northwood Gratitude & Honor Memorial: 4531 Bryan Avenue, Irvine.
KSBR Birthday Bash Jazz Festival and Taste of the Bash     May 25 Experience what happens when more than 30 distinguished musicians join forces to support south Orange County’s community radio station. The Taste of the Bash will feature over 25 restaurants. 3:30-9pm. Village Green at Oso Viejo Park, Mission Viejo. 949-582-4714 /
Memorial Day Observance     May 26 The City of San Clemente will once again host a day to remember our fallen soldiers of war. All public and local organizations are invited to participate in the wreath and floral presentation. The event is free and open to the public. 11am. Community Center: 100 N. Calle Seville. 949-361-8264
Concours d’Elegance Classic Car & Motorcycle Show     May 31-June 1 The family-friendly Concours d’Elegance celebrates its 29th year in Huntington Central Park (7111 Talbert Ave.) A variety of cars, motorcycles and bicycles in different classes. The event also features children’s programs, food, vendors and live entertainment. 714-960-2100 /
Celebrity Cruises Great Wine Festival     May 31 Wines from over 30 vineyards and an abundance of wine-pairing culinary treats are just the tip of the wine-berg. Enjoy food and wine tastings, drawings and silent auctions, musical entertainment and much more! 2-5pm. Orange County Great Park Hangar, Irvine. 714-571-5220 /
Courtesy of Marlene Dietrich

Housing Market in Orange County is Improving

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According to Freddie Mac, more than half of U.S. states, as well as more than half of the top 50 ‘metros in the country, saw their housing markets improve in February. This measures the stability of the nation’s housing markets. The housing market is recovering at a slightly slower pace compared to January. It’s an improvement by 0.67 points year-over-year, despite the drop over January’s results…. The nation’s all-time low of -4.49 was in November 2010, a point when the housing market was at its weakest, according to Freddie Mac. “Despite a slowdown over the winter months, the housing market continues to show improvement in most states, although at a somewhat slower pace,” says Freddie Mac chief economist Frank Nothaft. “And while not all the MiMi indicators are trending in a better direction — in particular, home-purchase applications have weakened in many areas — gains in local employment and loan performance have really helped many markets across the country, especially those that were hardest hit.” California and specifically Orange County still show great improvements in housing market, indicating that this is still a great time to buy

April Events in Orange County

CA Assoc. for Bilingual Education 2014 Annual Conference     Apr. 2-5 Premier conference on English Learners in the state of California and in the nation. Experience and promote CABE’s vision of “Biliteracy, Educational Equity and 21st Century Success for All.” 7:30am-4:30pm. 700 W Convention Wy, Anaheim. 626-814-4441 /


Newport Boat Show     Apr. 3-6 There will be a whole host of exhibitors on hand shoreside and in the water to showcase innovative products and services that make owning and operating a big boat more enjoyable. 10am-7pm. Lido Village: 3400 Via Oporto, Newport Beach.  (949) 757-5959 /


Ragnar Relay So Cal 2014     Apr. 4 200 mile overnight relay down the pacific coast from Huntington Beach to San Diego. A team is made up of 6-12 individuals; each individual runs 3 legs. 5am-3pm. Huntington City Beach: Twin Dolphin Drive and Pacific Coast Hwy. 801-499-5024 /


Surf City USA Paintball Open     Apr. 4-6 Join the excitement as the National Professional Paintball League kicks off the Super 7 World Series with the Surf City USA Open, on the north side of the iconic Huntington Beach Pier. 7am-7pm. 714-758-5575 /


Pacific Coast Sportfishing Festival & Boat Show     Apr. 5-6 Saltwater sportfishing show with seminars, boats and tons of tackle and equipment for sale plus attendees can check out the latest in sportfishing from the top brands and tips. 10am-6pm. OC Fair & Event Center: 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. (949) 650-3474 /


Walk for Kids     Apr. 6 5K walk designed to raise funds for the services provided by Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern CA, which provides a comforting “home away from home” for families with ill children receiving treatment in local hospitals. 2695 E Katella Ave., Anaheim. (714) 516-3669 /


Earth Day Festival at Bolsa Chica Wetlands     Apr. 12 Touch a snake, count migrating birds, learn about pollution, test the water, and much more. Alongside a multitude of educational activity booths, the festival will also include a jump tent, food sales, and guided tours of the reserve. 10am-3pm. Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve: Huntington Beach. 714-846-1114


La Habra Spring Citrus Fair     Apr. 11-14 “BACK TO THE FARM” is the theme. Please join for this memorable weekend with 30 exciting rides for all ages, live entertainment, fun exhibits, hands-on activities, delicious food and 60 merchandise and service vendors. 321 E. La Habra Boulevard. (562) 697-1704 /


Newport to Ensenada Race Kickoff Fiesta     Apr. 13 Celebrate the upcoming Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race at the Kickoff Fiesta 11am-4pm at Balboa Village, in Newport Beach. Offers fun for the whole family, including music, food and the unveiling of this year’s race painting. 600 E. Bay Ave., Newport Beach. (949) 644-1023 /


Mermade Market     Apr. 17-19 A handmade craft boutique in Dana Point. Inaugural event of what will be a bi-annual show. We will have unique items that you don’t see at other craft shows and on trend now, not last year or a few years ago. Dana Point Community House: 24642 San Juan Avenue.


Annual Easter Hunt & Family Fun Day     Apr. 19 Live music, games, vendors, photos with the Easter Bunny, face painting and Easter Hunt. Children ages 0-12 years old are invited to hunt for candy and meet the city’s police and firemen. 9am-2pm. Sports Complex: 18002 Goldenwest St. Huntington Beach. 949-394-8772 /


Spring Eggstravaganza     Apr. 19 Activities include stage entertainment, children’s crafts, field games, a petting zoo, moonbounces, visits with the Spring Bunny, and of course, the candy scramble for children 12 years of age and younger. 8am. 7520 Dale St., Buena Park.


Dana Point Egg Hunts     Apr. 19 Event begins at 9am. Egg Hunt starts promptly at 10am. Pines Park: 34941 Camino Capistrano. Sea Canyon Park: 33093 Santiago Drive. Activities include: Children’s Games, Petting Zoo, Easter Bunny Visits. For ages up to 10 years. (949) 248-3530


Orange County Market Place Easter Festival     Apr. 19 Enjoy photos with the Easter Bunny, treasure hunt, puppet show and more. There will also be foodtrucks serving special breakfast items during the festival. 9:30am-2:30pm. The Orange County Market Place: 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. (949) 723-6616 /


Newport Beach Film Festival     Apr. 24-May 1 Celebrated as one of the leading lifestyle film festivals in the United States, the 15th Annual NBFF seeks to bring to the best of classic and contemporary filmmaking from around the world to Newport Beach. Edwards Cinemas: 300 Newport Center Drive. 949-253-2880 /


Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race     Apr. 25 This 125 mile overnight race starting off at the Balboa Pier provides the perfect mix of fun and adventure as racers decide whether to head off-shore for stronger winds or to sail the rhumb line towards the finish. (949) 644-1023 /


Costa Mesa Community Run     Apr. 25-26 A beautiful cross country/trail event through Fairview Park (2525 Placentia Ave). Festivities begin Friday evening, April 25 with rides, food and fun. The 2k, 5k, and 10k runs are Saturday morning. Run for Fun and support Costa Mesa public schools. (949) 515-6545 /


America’s Family Pet Expo     Apr. 25-27 More than 1,000 animals on display in fun and interactive stage shows, competitions and demonstrations that will provide fun for the family and for pet lovers of all ages. OC Fair & Event Center: 88 Fair Dr., Costa Mesa. 800-999-7925 /


California Cruise-In     Apr. 26 Features over 100 hot rods and custom car models in Pier Plaza and Downtown Huntington Beach. This year’s event has been expanded to include non-Factory Five models. 9am-3pm. Pier Plaza: 325 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach. 508-291-3443 /


Orange County 2014 National College Fair     Apr. 27 Meet one-on-one with admission representatives from a wide range of national and international, public and private, two-year and four-year colleges and universities. 1:30-4:30pm. Anaheim Convention Center: 800 West Katella. (800) 822-6285 /


Tee Off For Dogs     Apr. 27 Annual event to support the Guide Dogs for the Blind mission to improve the lives of other visually-impaired people. 8am. Oak Creek Golf Club Address: 1 Golf Club Dr, Irvine.


OCTA Bike Festival     Apr. 27 This popular event kicks-off Bike Month and promotes biking to work, for recreation, and to run errands. Learn about equipment, bike safety and basic maintenance skills. 9am-1pm. Pier Plaza: 325 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach. 714-560-5329 /


Taste of Huntington Beach     Apr. 27 Offers a unique sampling of the area’s finest restaurants paired with California’s premium wineries and breweries. Live entertainment, a silent auction, the award for Best Taste, and medals for the best wine and beer. 12-4pm. Huntington Central Park Sports Complex.



Top 10 Midrange Projects

1. Entry Door Replacement (steel) Job Cost: $1,162 Resale Value: $1,122 Cost Recouped: 96.6%

2. Deck Addition (wood) Job Cost: $9,539 Resale Value: $8,334 Cost Recouped: 87.4%

3. Attic Bedroom Job Cost: $49,438 Resale Value: $41,656 Cost Recouped: 84.3%

4. Garage Door Replacement Job Cost: $1,534 Resale Value: $1,283 Cost Recouped: 83.7%

5. Minor Kitchen Remodel Job Cost: $18,856 Resale Value: $15,585 Cost Recouped: 82.7%

6. Window Replacement (wood) Job Cost: $10,926 Resale Value: $8,662 Cost Recouped: 79.3%

7. Window Replacement (vinyl) Job Cost: $9,978 Resale Value: $7,857 Cost Recouped: 78.7%

8. Siding Replacement (vinyl) Job Cost: $11,475 Resale Value: $8,975 Cost Recouped: 78.2%

9. Basement Remodel Job Cost: $62,834 Resale Value: $48,777 Cost Recouped: 77.6%

10. Deck Addition (composite) Job Cost: $15,437 Resale Value: $11,476 Cost Recouped: 74.3%

Top 10 Upscale Projects

1. Siding Replacement (fiber-cement) Job Cost: $13,378 Resale Value: $11,645 Cost Recouped: 87.0%

2. Garage Door Replacement Job Cost: $2,791 Resale Value: $2,315 Cost Recouped: 82.9%

3. Siding Replacement (foam-backed vinyl) Job Cost: $14,236 Resale Value: $11,124 Cost Recouped: 78.1%

4. Window Replacement (vinyl) Job Cost: $13,385 Resale Value: $10,252 Cost Recouped: 76.6%

5. Window Replacement (wood) Job Cost: $16,798 Resale Value: $12,438 Cost Recouped: 74.0%

6. Grand Entrance (fiberglass) Job Cost: $7,305 Resale Value: $5,163 Cost Recouped: 70.7%

7. Deck Addition (composite) Job Cost: $35,158 Resale Value: $22,881 Cost Recouped: 65.1%

8. (tie) Bathroom Remodel Job Cost: $51,374 Resale Value: $32,660 Cost Recouped: 63.6%

(tie) Major Kitchen Remodel Job Cost: $109,935 Resale Value: $69,973 Cost Recouped: 63.6%

9. Roofing Replacement Job Cost: $34,495 Resale Value: $21,731 Cost Recouped: 63.0%

10. Bathroom Addition Job Cost: $72,538 Resale Value: $43,936 Cost Recouped: 60.6%

Lots Happening In #NewportBeach this March & April

Pacific Coast Wine Festival     Mar. 1 Wine tastings, auction, fine dinner, and concludes with a chocolate and port tasting. Benefits Pacific Symphony’s education, artistic, and community programs. 5pm. The Island Hotel: 690 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach. 714-876-2364 /
Calvary Chapel Surfing Association Surfing Competition     Mar. 1 Hosted by Calvary Chapel Surfing Association (CCSA), this event is open to all surfers and is the 2014 High School Winter Team Series. 6:30am-4:30pm. 9th Street and Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach. 714-893-4141 /


Festival of Whales     Mar. 1-2, 8-9 Draws over 100,000 visitors each year to Dana Point Harbor. Along with whale watching boats there will be a parade, hundreds of craft and food booths, kids activities and concerts. 888-440-4309 /
Coyote Hills Golf Course Bridal Show     Mar. 2 Visit Coyote Hills Golf Course and enjoy free hors d’oeuvres while meeting vendors. Enter to win prizes and giveaways, and pick up cost-saving booking incentives with Coyote Hill and vendors! 1-5pm. 1440 E. Bastanchury Road, Fullerton. (714) 672 6800 X5 /
CDM Bridal Walk     Mar. 2 Local Businesses in Corona Del Mar Village come together once a year to help plan your wedding. They are an exclusive group of talented and creative individuals who will strive to make your day the best. 11am-5pm. Corona Del Mar Village: 2407 East Coast Highway.
Celebrate Good Taste     Mar. 7-9 Enjoy world-class cuisine, prix fixe menus, major daily events, educational seminars, food and wine pairings, hotel packages and more. Costs vary depending on the event. Laguna Beach. (949) 497-9229 /
Summer Opportunities Jamboree     Mar. 9 Entertainment will include family fun attractions and demos, Kidpalooza Stage performances with youth talent, contests and the popular Jamboree Spelling Bee. 10am-3pm. 5 Federation Way, Irvine. (714) 630-4510 /
Toshiba Classic     Mar. 10-16 Join us and watch defending champion David Frost take on Fred Couples, Bernhard Langer, Tom Watson, Jay Haas, Corey Pavin, Fuzzy Zoeller & more. Newport Beach Country Club: 1600 East Coast Highway. (949) 660-1001 /
“The Art of Helping” Children’s Art Auction     Mar. 12 Enjoy delicious wine and appetizers as you have an opportunity to bid on art created by Orange County children and local artists as well as other silent auction items. 6-8pm. Room & Board at South Coast Plaza: 1661 West Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana.
St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Dance     Mar. 15 Join the San Clemente Exchange Club to raise funds for organizations such as The Boys and Girls Club, Fire and Police of the Year, Lifeguard of the Year, Laura’s House and others. 5-10pm. Community Center: 100 N. Calle Seville. (949) 498-3602 /
St. Patrick’s Day Celebration & Green Festival     Mar. 16 Combines a bit o’ the Blarney spirit and eco-friendly living. 10am-4pm. $2 or FREE w/pair of used eyeglasses. Kids 12 and under free. 10am-4pm. OC Fair & Event Center: 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. (949) 723-6660 /
Orange County’s Largest Mixer     Mar. 19 Mix and mingle with business people representing hundreds of industries and companies in and around OC. Open to the entire business community. $20 per person. 5-9pm. OC Fair & Event Center: 88 Fair Dr., Costa Mesa. (714) 338-8338 /
Taste of Dana     Mar. 21 Food from over twenty local restaurants, music, an auction and a Hawaii trip raffle. All profits from Taste of Dana helping to throw a great (sober) graduation night event for our seniors. 5:30-9pm. Dana Hills High School: 33333 Golden Lantern St., Dana Point.
Swallows Day Parade & Mercado Street Faire     Mar. 22 The Parade is part of the Fiesta de la Golondrinas celebrating the legend of the return of the swallows to the San Juan Capistrano Mission on St. Joseph’s Day, March 19th. Parade Starts at 11am. Mercardo opens at 8am. (949) 493-1976 /
Newport – Mesa Spirit Run     Mar. 23 Road race event promoting fitness, family, community, and education. Three adult races (15k, 10k, & 5k), eight youth races for ages 4-14 (Youth 5k & seven 1/4 to 1-mile races), and a Fitness & Youth Expo. 6am. Fashion Island: 401 Newport Center Dr.
Bridal Show Newport Dunes     Mar. 23 Meet wedding professionals, door prizes, hor d’ oeuvres and complimentary glass of champagne. 11am-3pm. Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina; 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach. (949) 729-3800 /


Proof that Consumer Confidence has risen

consumer confidFannie Mae Profits Reach Record Highs

Fannie Mae earned a record high in profits in 2013.Which pushed its total payments to the federal government higher than the amount it received in the 2008 bailout.

The Fannie Mae recorded a high of $84 billion in profit in 2013. This marks its eighth profitable quarter in a row.

This means that Fannie Mae will be able to give the Federal Government about $192 Billion which is almost $3 Billion more that the received in government support in 2008.

Rising home prices and falling default rates are helping to boost the mortgage giants’ profitability. Fannie Mae’s profits were about 5 times that of 2012, which was also a record year.

It is showing higher consumer confidence in the economy. It is definitely time to buy…and a good time to sell