The Real Estate Market Is Gearing Up for Spring Buying Season

The Real Estate Market Is Gearing Up for Spring Buying Season
According to Fannie Mae’s National Housing survey last month, Consumer sentiment looks like it will give the Market a boost.

67% of responders feel that NOW is a good time to buy a home, while 44% said now is a good time to SELL.

These are all time HIGHs in Survey sentiments.  I expect that Spring buying Season will Take Off. ( It has already started!)

Why??  1. New Home purchases Jumped 29% in January

2. Interest Rates are still Very LOW sitting about  3.75% for 30 year fixed

3. Inventory of existing homes is up over a year ago (about 5%)

4. New Home Inventory is up 90% over 1 year ago in Orange County

So there are plenty that Buyers and Sellers should get excited about in this upcomingSPRING housing Market so Why Wait?

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Lots Happening this September in Orange County CA

Green Expo & Forum Sept. 14 Learn how to make your home and business environmentally friendly. Over 70 vendors will be in Pier Plaza (325 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach) featuring energy efficiency, water conservation, organic products, and more! 8am. 714-536-8888 /

City Surf Contest Sept. 14-15 Local surfers are invited to participate in the Huntington Beach City Surf Contest, sponsored by The City of Huntington Beach Community Services Dept, Huntington Surf & Sport and Dukes. 7am. Huntington Beach Pier: 1 Main Street. 714-960-8870 /

Surf City Days Sept. 14-15 Celebrate the end of summer at this weekend-long festival, created by locals, for locals. 8am. Downtown and Huntington City Beach: 325 Pacific Coast Hwy. 714-536-8300 /

Festa dell’Autunno MMXIII Sept. 20-22 Annual harvest season celebration, bringing the sights, sounds, tastes and traditions of Italy to Southern California’s Tuscan seaside village. 10am-3pm. The Resort at Pelican Hill: 22701 Pelican Hill Road South, Newport Beach. 855-55-FESTA /

California Coastal Cleanup Day Sept. 21 Volunteers will gather in places all over the world to remove trash from the oceans, beaches, watersheds, and beyond. Doheny will focus upon the beach and San Juan Creek. 9am-12pm. Doheny State Beach: 25300 Dana Point Harbor Drive. Dana Point.

San Juan Capistrano Greek Festival Sept. 21-22 Greek Food, Wine & Cultural Celebration at Historic Town Center Park: 31806 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano. 11am-10pm. Admission: $3. Free for kids under 10.

Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch Sept. 21-Oct. 31 Train rides, hay rides, panning for gold, a child-friendly haunted house, hay maze, moon bounce, carnival games, cookie decorating, John Deere tractor racers, face painting (weekends only), picture stands and food. Irvine Regional Park: 1 Irvine Park Rd.

Lido Yacht Expo Sept. 26-29 Located in the picturesque Lido Marina Village (3420 Via Oporto) in sunny Newport Beach, California, the Lido Yacht Expo is the best place to sell big boats and yachts in the West! 10am-7pm.

Irvine Global Village Festival Sept. 28 Now celebrating its 12th year, this multicultural event features international cuisine, live entertainment, a Kids Village with crafts and activities, cultural and religious exhibits and an international marketplace. Bill Barber Park: 4 Civic Center Plaza.

Fuel Freedom 2nd Annual Gala Sept. 28-29 Supporting the campaign to end America’s oil addiction, Fuel Freedom Foundation will host its 2nd Annual Gala at the Pelican Crest: 84 Pelicans Dr., Newport Beach. 5:30-11pm. 949.833.6960 x112 /

The Battle of the Paddle Sept. 28-29 Come join Rainbow Sandals and Gerry Lopez for this stand-up paddle phenomenon. Vendor booths cover the beachfront, music, abeer garden (benefiting DSBIA) and great food. 6am-6pm. Doheny State Beach: 25300 Dana Point Harbor Dr., Dana Point.

Style Week Orange County Sept. 28-Oct. 5 The OC’s biggest and original fashion week, returns this fall to Fashion Island®, Irvine Spectrum Center®, and for the first time – The Market Place!

Whats happening in Orange County CA for August 2013

OC Fair     Through Aug. 11 Themed “Come & Get It,” features 23 days and nights of food, rides, games, exhibits, animals, entertainment and more. Entertainment at the Summer Concert Series in the Pacific Amphitheatre, The Hangar and  the Action Sports Arena. (714) 708-1500 /

Harvest Tour Through Aug. 25This is a guided walking tour of the farm that takes approximately 1.5 hours. You will harvest your own selected vegetables, taste them while out in the field, and take home what you have harvested. Tanaka Farms: 5380 3/4 University Dr, Irvine. (949) 653-2100 /

Honor Ride     Aug. 3 A ride of 25 or 60 miles in Honor of America’s Healing Heroes. All proceeds go toward the purchase of adaptive bikes for healing heroes in the OC Community. A Road Bike 4U: Corner of Main St. & Red Hill Ave., Irvine. 

Dana Point Food, Wine & Music Festival Aug. 10 Food festival, top chef competition, international wine festival, jazz and blues stage, cigar bar, bubble tent, chocolate and sweet fair, plus art in the park. Free. 12-8pm. Sea Terrace Park: 33501 Niguel Road.

San Clemente Fiesta Street Festival     Aug. 11 Starts at 9am and concludes at 7pm on Ave. Del Mar. Non-profit food and game booths, live entertainment, contests, salsa challenge, arts and crafts, classic and motorcycle show, plus children’s activities. 949-492-1131 / 

Beer Festival & Pro BBQ Competition     Aug. 16-18 BBQ treats, craft beers and ice cold watermelon in Huntington Beach. Help raise funds needed to continue the work of the “Homeless to Hope to Home” shelter programs of American Family Housing. Huntington State Beach Lot 10. 714-897-3221 /

Dana Point Chili Cook Off & Jamboree     Aug. 17 Moonshiners alley, chili and hot wings eating contest, live music, chili team competition, vendor midway. Free admission. 12-8pm. Sea Terrace Park: 33501 Niguel Road. 

Huck Finn Fishing Derby     Aug. 17 Children ages 4-15 are invited to experience the fun of recreational fishing with prizes given to both the largest and smallest fish caught and best dressed Huck Finn and Becky Thatcher participants. Huntington Beach Pier. 9:15am-12pm. (714) 960-8884 /

SJC Rodeo Week     Aug. 17-25 San Juan Capistrano celebrates it’s western roots with a week of western themed events leading up to the annual Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo Aug 24-25! 

Dana Point Lobster Fest     Aug. 24 Tickets are $75 per person and include the Gourmet Lobster & Steak Buffet prepared by renowned Chef Louis Lepe, gourmet appetizers, a live band, dancing and soft drinks. 4-9pm. Doheny State Beach: 25300 Dana Point Harbor Dr.

California Celtic Classic World Highland Games     Aug. 24-25 Dancing, whiskey and ale tasting, war re-enactments, celtic marketplace, haggis eating contest, live music, fiddle and bagpipe demos, children’s glen, celtic and international food faire. Free admission. 12-8pm. Sea Terrace Park: 33501 Niguel Road.

Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo     Aug. 24-25 The top 30 rodeo contestants in saddle bronc and bareback riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, bull riding and team roping will come to San Juan Capistrano. Corner of Ortega Hwy & Antonio/La Pata. Gates open Sat at 2pm and Sun at 11:30am.

Surf City Garage Car Show     Aug. 25 The thrills of the NASCAR® racing experience in our full-size NASCAR® simulators, plus tons of demos, giveaways and fun entertainment for the whole family. 10am-3pm. Surf City Garage: 5872 Engineer Drive, Huntington Beach. 714-894-1779 / 

West Coast Film Festival     Aug. 28-Sept. 1 Save the dates for a film fantastic celebration Wednesday through Sunday of Labor Day weekend! Let’s screen films together in San Juan Capistrano and beyond!

Civil War Days     Aug. 31-Sept. 1 The 20th Annual Civil War Days features nearly 1,000 re-enactors giving live weapons demonstrations, living histories and battle reenactments. 10am. Huntington Central Park East: 7111 Talbert Avenue, Huntington Beach. 714-960-0055 / 

Fun Activities for June 2013 in Orange County CA


Fun Activities for June 2013 in Orange County CA

San Clemente Garden Tour     June 1 Explore specially selected coastal gardens tended by passionate gardeners. A variety of garden styles, horticulture and hardscape await the garden tourist. This self-guided garden tour provides ideas and inspiration for everyone! 10am-4pm. 949-498-3317 /
Studio Arts Festival     June 1 Each year, the Irvine Fine Arts Center hosts the Studio Arts Festival, an Irvine Fine Arts Center fundraiser, in Heritage Park. Over 100 artists participate and include a variety of disciplines. 9am-5pm. 949-724-6880 /


Corona del Mar Scenic 5K     June 1 3,000 finishers will celebrate with a feast at the finish line hosted by Newport Beach’s finest restaurants, along with unique vendor and sponsor presentations and ceremony. Registration begins at 6am. Oasis Senior Center: 800 Marguerite Ave. 949-673-4050 /
OC Dreamin’ Gala     June 1 Benefits the Bolsa Chica Conservancy’s Center for Coastal Ecology. 5:30pm. Quiksilver Headquarters: 15202 Graham Street, Huntington Beach. Tickets: $175. Sponsorships available. Contact Michelle Moberly at for more information. 714-846-1114
Costa Mesa Community Fun Run    June 2 The Costa Mesa Community Fun Run returns the first weekend of June in 2013 with a 10k, 5k and 2k fun run. The races start and finish in Jim Scott Stadium and wind around Fairview Park. Proceeds benefit education foundations. 949-515-6545 / 
Balboa Island Parade and After Party!     June 2 Our 20th year and the theme is “Balboa Island-Yesterday and Today.” An Island tradition filled with Children on Bikes, Island Dogs, Decorated Golf Carts and Floats, Vintage Cars, Keystone Cops, Drill Teams, Marching Bands! 11am. 949-673-2281 /
Combat Golf for Wounded Warriors     June 3 One of the most popular and well attended outing which supports our Wounded Warriors, Active Duty Marines & Sailors, their families and kids. $175/player. 12pm. Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club: 26772 Avery Parkway, Mission Viejo. 949-500-4951 / 
Huntington Beach Pier Swim Pier     June 8 The Gene Beshe Memorial Perpetual Trophy will be awarded to the top team. $25. Pre-Registration includes a t-shirt (April 17-May 24) Late Registration on June 8, will be taken on the beach only and starts at 7am. or 714-960-8870
Bride World Expo     June 9 Professionals offering photography, catering, floral, gowns, tuxedos, invitations and more. Plus enjoy free magazines, shopping bags, fashion shows and planning seminars. 10am-4pm. OC Fair & Event Center: 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. 800-600-7080 / 
American Red Cross Blood Drive     June 14 The American Red Cross will be hosting a blood drive at Buena Park Downtown inside the mall in between Wal Mart & Ross Dress For Less (down escalator). 12-6pm. 8308 On The Mall, Buena Park. 714-828-7722 /
SJC Rotary Charity Golf Tournament     June 14 SJC/Rotary/Toyota Golf Tournament will be held on Friday, June 14th at the San Juan Hills Golf Club (32120 San Juan Creek Road, San Juan Capistrano) For more info, please contact Paul St. Pierre 949-233-7162 or Herbert Brown 949-751-9116 / 
Summer Kickoff in the Park     June 15 Family Day free event features kid friendly activities such as face painting, relay races, game booths, jump houses, and maybe a fun game of freeze dance. 11am-2pm. Murdy Community Center: 7000 Norma Dr. Huntington Beach. 714-960-8895
South Coast Singers     June 15, 21, 23 “Across the Pond: Songs from the British Isles.” June 15: St. Andrew’s by-the-Sea, San Clemente, 4pm. June 21: Presbyterian Church of the Master, Misssion Viejo, 7:30pm. June 23: Geneva Presbyterian Church, Laguna Woods, 4pm. 949-613-7840 / 
Russo & Steele Sports & Muscle Newport Beach Auction     June 20-22 Newport Beach, California’s premier oceanside retreat is the perfect location for Russo and Steele’s astute, sophisticated clientele to come enjoy the auction action in our laid back, enthusiast atmosphere. Gates open at 10am. 1131 Back Bay Drive. 602-252-2697 /
On Course Golf Tournament     June 21 HBCOA 21st annual tournament at Meadowlark Golf Club in Huntington Beach. Begins with a putting contest and barbeque lunch, followed by a shotgun start at 12:30pm. A buffet awards dinner with raffles, auctions and other fun activities around 6pm. 714-536-9387 / 
Dana Point Concours d’Elegance     June 21-23 The Dana Point Concours d’Elegance is proud to announce the Orange County Collector Car & Motorcycle Weekend to better reflect its multi-day celebration of classic cars and vintage motorcycles. St. Regis Monarch Beach.
City of Costa Mesa 60th Anniversary     June 28-30 The theme is “60 and fabulous”. Kid’s activities, a classic car show, live music and entertainment, tastefest, senior day & much more! The celebration will take place at city hall and on fair drive by the OC Fair & Event Center. 
Sawdust Art & Craft Festival     June 28-Sept. 1 The Sawdust will feature the fine art and craft of over 200 Laguna Beach artists and is sure to be the highlight of your summer adventures. 10am-10pm Daily (Closes at 6pm on 4th of July only) 935 Laguna Canyon Rd., Laguna Beach. 949-494-3030 /
Laguna Beach Festival of Arts     June 30-Aug 31 Explore this juried fine art show featuring 140 of Southern Orange County’s top artists in an open-air gallery setting. A world-renowned art destination, visitors can take tours of the exhibit, or create their own masterpiece. 650 Laguna Canyon Road. 949-494-1145 / 

April Events in Orange County CA


  April Events in Orange County CA


Spring Into Art       workshops     Weekends in April
Two-day weekend art workshops       include one-on-one instruction with local professional artists and fees       include supplies, materials and instruction needed. Sawdust Festival       Grounds, Laguna Beach.



The Marine       Aquarium Expo (MAX 2013)     Apr. 6-8
Largest consumer event for the       aquarium hobbyists with more than 100 vendors displaying the latest       products and the chance to purchase both livestock and dry goods. OC Fair       & Event Center: 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. (714) 708-1500 /


2013 Youth Expo       Experience     Apr. 12-15
Free three-day annual festival       celebrating local youth and their talents with competitive exhibits and       family-friendly entertainment, contests and activities every day. OC Fair       & Event Center: 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. 714-708-1500 /


Southern       California Woodie Club & Car Show     Apr. 13
Woodies start lining up at the       South day-use area. Don’t miss out on this fun-filled day! 8am-3pm.       Doheny State Beach: 25300 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point.


      Newport Beach       Art & Exhibit Sale     Apr. 13
Showcases art by hundreds of       regional artists in a one-day juried event. 1-6pm. Awards will be       presented at 4:30pm. Oasis Senior Center: 801 Narcissus, Corona del Mar.


Walk Run Read       5k     Apr. 14
This easy 3.1 mile walk/run in       the park is designed for all ages and fitness levels. 100% of the       proceeds go directly to literacy services and will be used for books,       tutor training, and learner support! 8am. Huntington Central Park: 18000       Goldenwest Street, Huntington Beach.



Newport Boat       Show     Apr. 18-21
With more than 250 boats on       display, the show consistently attracts serious buyers from across the       nation and exhibitors representing yachts from around the world. Lido       Marina Village, Newport Beach. 949-757-5959 x202 /


Children’s Art       Festival     Apr. 19
The 5th Annual Junior High Art       Show accompanies the hands-on, earth friendly arts activities and free       performances. This event is a delightful celebration of the rich cultural       traditions! 3:30-7pm. 8150 Knott Ave, Buena Park. 714-562-3868 /



America’s Family       Pet Expo     Apr. 19-22
Features thousands of pet       products for sale at special show prices, the latest trends in pet       grooming and care and hundreds of animals available for adoption. OC Fair       & Event Center: 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. 800-999-7295 /


E-Waste Earth Day       Event     Apr. 20
Celebrate Earth Day by       donating your used electronics to Happy Recyclers at our annual       “E-Waste” event. You will find the recyclers at Buena Park       Downtown outside of Wal Mart in the Wal Mart parking lot. 9am-4pm.       714-828-7722 /



Earth Day at the       BAY     Apr. 20
Environmental exhibits, face       painting, scavenger hunts, science discovery and craft booths, prizes,       Newport Beach Film Festival environmental films, live music and       more! Peter & Mary Muth Interpretive Center: 2301 University Dr.,       Newport Beach. 949-923-2290 /


The Night of the       Arts Gala     Apr. 20
A night of food,dancing to a       ten piece orchestra, silent auction, live art auction, food and a great       way to support two local non profits – The SJC Friends of the Library and       the SJC Rotary Club. Event Location: SJC Family Classic Cars.6-10pm.       949-212-4484 /



Lexus Newport to       Ensenada Yacht Race     Apr. 21-28
This 125.5 mile overnight race       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 /


Newport Beach       Film Festival     Apr. 25-May 2
With over 51,000 filmgoers expected,       films will be shown throughout the area and several signature Festival       events will be held at Fashion Island including the Opening Night Gala.       4540 Campus Drive. 949-253-2880 /



Wag-a-thon           Apr. 27
Come to the Dana Point Harbor       where Island Drive meets the Richard Henry Dana Statue and walk to raise       funds for your local animal shelter. There will be a celebrity grand       marshall (to be announced) starting the short walk around the harbor.9am-1pm.


Orange County       Walk For Wishes®     Apr. 27-28
Celebration that features a World       of Wishes Festival, a spirited, two-mile walk – fun for the whole family!       $25. Great Park: 6950 Marine Way, Irvine. 714-573-9474 /


Taste of       Huntington Beach     Apr. 28
The event includes sampling       from restaurants, wineries and breweries. Also enjoy live music, silent       auction, raffle and more. 11am-5pm. Sports Complex in Central Park (7111       Talbert Ave.)


March of       Dimes     Apr. 28
The money you raise supports       programs in your community that help moms have healthy, full-term       pregnancies, and it funds research to find answers to the serious       problems. 7am. Fashion Island: 401 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach.       949-263-1100 /



Huntington Beach       Bike Festival     Apr. 28
Orange County Transportation       Authority (OCTA) is promoting the use of bicycling to work, for       recreation or to run errands in a campaign called Real People Ride.       8:30am-12pm. Pier Plaza.

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March Events in Orange County CA from Marlene Dietrich

March Events in Orange County CA from Marlene Dietrich



                                                            Dana Point Festival of Whales     Mar.       2-3, 9-10
One of Southern       California’s largest seafaring celebrations and reaches out to whale       admirers around the world. Festival highlights include an opening day       parade. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point. (888) 440-4309 /


Whitey Harrison Classic Outrigger       Race     Mar. 2
March 2nd kicks       off the beginning of the 2013 Socal Ocean Racing Series. Outrigger       paddlers from all over California will compete in this long-distance       round-trip race from Dana Point to Laguna Beach. 8:30am-4:30pm. Doheny       State Beach, Dana Point.
  Laguna Beach Patriots Parade     Mar. 2
For over forty       years, Orange County has enjoyed the parade and its entrants, the       celebrities and music, and the community spirit of this charming city by       the sea. 11am-1pm. Forest Avenue. 949-494-6016 /


Corona del Mar’s Bridal Walk     Mar. 3
Perfect Planning       Day for the Bride to Be. Stroll through our seaside village’s bridal       shops and hear experts’ take on wedding tips and trends for 2013. 12-4pm.       Corona Del Mar Village.


Newport-Mesa Spirit Run     Mar. 3
Award-winning       children’s racing event that also hosts an adult 5K, 10K and 15K!        Provides all schools in the Newport- Mesa Unified School District the       opportunity to share in the event’s net proceeds. Fashion Island, Newport       Beach.


Anaheim Dishcrawl     Mar. 6-7
Enjoy and explore       Anaheim’s hidden food treasures at this night full of fun, flavor, and       new discovery. All ticket holders will be notified of a meeting location       via email, 48 hours prior to the event. $45. 714-262-8760 /


Laguna Beach a la Carte     Mar. 7-10
Enjoy four days of       special restaurant offers, daily events, chef & winemaker dinners,       educational seminars, prix fixe menus and more.


3/1 Run/Walk     Mar. 9
Annual       family-friendly event with a relatively easy course, against the backdrop       of beautiful Huntington Beach. Benefits Huntington Beach 3/1 Marines       Foundation. 8:30 am along the paved beach path from Beach Blvd to 11th       St. and back. 714-925-3356 /


Laguna Beach Uncorked!     Mar. 9
An International       Food & Wine Fest. Join hundreds of food and wine enthusiasts for an       afternoon of tastings from renowned Laguna Beach restaurants and 30       wineries from around the world. Festival of Arts Grounds: 650 Laguna       Canyon Rd.


Kite Party     Mar. 9-10
Some of the best       professional kite fliers in the country converge on Huntington Beach to       show their skills, not to mention their colorful stunt kites, for this       annual family-friendly festival on the beach. 11am-Dusk. 714-536-3630 /


The Coaster Run     Mar. 10
Run or Walk       through Knott’s Berry Farm for the kids at the Speech and Language       Development Center. 5K, 10K or Camp Snoopy Kids run. $15-$45. 7:30am.       Knott’s Berry Farm.


Toshiba Classic     Mar. 11-17
For seven days in       March, Newport Beach welcomes the legends of the golf world. Has raised       over $15 million in the past 15 years for its lead beneficiary Hoag       Memorial Hospital Presbyterian as well as other OC charities. Newport       Beach Country Club.


Stars of Tomorrow Vocal Competition           Mar. 15
Join the South       Coast Singers as we honor some of Orange County’s most talented high       school performers! Winners will receive over $4,500 in scholarships. 7pm.       Laguna Hills Community Center: 25555 Alicia Pkwy. 949-613-7840 /


Family Fair at SoCo & The OC Mix           Mar. 16-17
This all-day event       features a variety of complimentary, family-focused kids’ activities       hosted at retailers throughout SoCo Collection, The OC Mix, and the SoCo       Farmer’s Market. 10am-6pm. 3313 Hyland Avenue, Costa Mesa. (949) 760-9150


St Patrick’s Day Dash     Mar. 17
Run through the       campus with a view and have a SHAMROCK of a time. This is a wear GREEN       5k. Proceeds benefit the Concordia Track & Field program. 9am.       Concordia University, Irvine.


Mission SJC’s St. Joseph’s Day       Festival     Mar. 19
Don’t miss the       annual St. Joseph’s Day/Return of the Swallows Celebration at Mission San       Juan Capistrano. 10am-3pm. (949) 234-1300 /


OC’s Largest Mixer: The Ultimate Business Networking EventMar. 20   Join Orange County chambers of commerce and business       organizations for the ultimate business networking event! $20. 88 Fair       Drive, Costa Mesa. (949) 338-8338


Women Business Owners Conference       2013     Mar. 22-23
The conference       will emphasize the best business practices and most effective marketing       approaches to grow your business in today’s changing economy. $125. 700       West Convention Way, Anaheim. (714) 480-7455


Huntington Beachcruiser Meet     Mar.       23-24
Gathering of beach       cruising vehicles manufactured through 1972, featuring nomads, woodies,       VW Transporters, convertibles, steel wagons and other beach cruisin’       vehicles of the era. 8am-5pm. Downtown Huntington Beach. 760-468-2115 /


Swallows Day Parade & Mercado Street       Faire     Mar. 23
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. 9am-5pm. Downtown SJC. 949-493-1976 /


Spring Eggstravaganza     Mar. 30Stage       entertainment, children’s crafts, field games, a petting zoo,       moonbounces, visits with the Spring Bunny, and the candy scramble       for children 12 years of age and younger. 9am. Henry Boisseranc Park:       7520 Dale St., Buena Park. 714-562-3500 /


Easter Hunt & Family Fun Day           Mar. 30
Bring the whole       family for live music, games, vendors, photos with the Easter Bunny, face       painting and the popular Easter Hunt. Sports Complex: 18002 Goldenwest       St., Huntington Beach. 714-960-8895 /


Easter Sunrise Service     Mar. 31
Celebrate Easter       with music, prayer and Christian celebration at the Annual Sunrise       Service in Pier Plaza. 6:15-7:45am. 714-536-1614 /

December Events in Orange County CA

December Events in Orange County CA



Sawdust Winter Fantasy Through Dec. 9

Our festival grounds will be transformed into a winter wonderland where exhibitors create, display and sell original creations. 10am-6pm. (Weekends Only – Open Rain or Shine) 935 Laguna Canyon Rd., Laguna Beach. 949-494-3030 /


Christmas Train Through Dec. 23

The Irvine Regional Park Railroad train station will be transformed with festive holiday lights and decorations, serving as the entrance to Santa’s Village.


Knott’s Merry Farm Through Dec. 31

Knott’s Berry Farm is filled with the magic of the season as it transforms into Knott’s Merry Farm and celebrates “A Charlie Brown Christmas” with seasonal entertainment, decorations and a colorful Christmas parade. 8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park.



Holiday Ice Rink Through Feb. 18

Irvine Spectrum Center will be transformed into a winter wonderland when the festive outdoor Holiday Ice Rink returns to Giant Wheel Court this holiday season. 71 Fortune Drive.


Christmas at the Beach Dec. 1

Enjoy the Balboa Village as it becomes a holiday experience. As dusk arrives, stay for the annual tree lighting ceremony. 2-6pm. 600 East Bay Avenue, Newport Beach.



Boat Rides with Santa Dec. 1-2

Come aboard for a twenty-minute Harbor cruise with Santa and his helpers. $3 Donation is appreciated. 10am-2pm. Dana Point Harbor: 34675 Golden Lantern. (949)496-5794 or (949)923-2255 or and


Light a Light of Love Dec. 2

Join Mr. and Mrs. Claus in celebrating the lighting of the giant illuminated snowflakes on the Huntington Beach Pier. There will also be a children’s parade down Main Street and entertainment at Pier Plaza. 3:30-6:30pm.



Dana Point Harbor Boat Parade of Lights Dec. 7-8, 14-15

Boaters from all around Orange County decorate their boats and vie for awards. You can view the parade free from anywhere in the Harbor, or make reservations at one of our restaurants to view it from a cozy and warm spot. 7:30pm.


Lighting of the Bay 2012 Dec. 7

Join us for special Musical Performance by Orange County’s Song & Dance Company and the Corona Del mar High School Choir. Special appearance by Santa! 6pm. Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina: 1131 Back Bay Drive.



Huntington Harbour Boat Parade Dec. 8-9

Celebrates the Philharmonics Society of Orange County’s Cruise of Lights 50th anniversary. Take in the spectacle as beautifully decorated boats parade through the harbor. 5:15-10pm. Huntington Harbour: 16370 Pacific Coast Highway. 714-840-7542 /



Balboa Island Holiday Home Walking Tour Dec. 9

Eight holiday decorated beach cottages and dazzling homes on Balboa Island. Be sure to visit our Museum on Marine Avenue for some refreshments and our stores for your Holiday shopping. (949) 533-1114 or (949) 723-2304


South Coast Singers Holiday Concert Dec. 14, 16, 22

A dynamic choral group. Friday, Dec. 14th 7:30, South Shores Church, Dana Point. Sunday, Dec. 16th 4:00, Geneva Presbyterian, Laguna Woods. Saturday, Dec. 22nd 4:00, St. Andrew’s by-the-Sea, San Clemente.


Santa Paws Dec. 15

Bring down your favorite pet and have their picture taken with Santa for a small fee. All fees go to support the Pet Project Foundation. 10am-3pm. Dana Point Harbor – El Torito Courtyard: 34555 Golden Lantern.



Cruise of Lights Dec. 15-23

Experience the most spectacular holiday light show on water and see thousands of lights on boats, decks, docks and homes, plus incredible animation. 5:30-8:30pm. Huntington Harbour: 16889 Algonquin Street. (714) 840-7542 /


Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade Dec. 19-23

The parade features approximately 200 elaborately decorated boats and draws more than one million spectators each year. 6:30pm. Newport Landing: 309 Palm Street. 949-675-0551 /



New Year’s Eve Gala Dec. 31

Ring in the New Year with BB Jazz! This popular annual event includes entertainment, dinner, dancing and party favors. $100-$185. 7pm. Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa: 21500 Pacific Coast Hwy. 714-377-7574 /


New Years Eve – Hotel HB Dec. 31

Hotel Huntington Beach will be throwing a special New Year’s Eve party featuring a multi-course menu, party favors, live entertainment and dancing. Special room rates are also available. 7667 Center Avenue. 714-908-5178


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Year End Tax Thoughts in Orange County CA


Year End Tax Thoughts in Orange County CA


I wanted to share with you some Tax advice from my Investment advisor: Bruce Lefavi: 

“As we do each year, we’ve put together some helpful tax planning tips to consider before year-end. This year is especially concerning for many as we approach the end of the Bush tax-cut era and transition into what most expect to be a higher tax rate environment in 2013 and beyond.

The good news is that there is still time to take advantage of favorable 2012 tax rates and laws that will put you ahead of potentially higher taxes beginning in 2013.

Tax Strategies

1. Take Capital Gains in 2012: If things go as scheduled, the historically low long-term capital gains rate of 15% will increase to the previous rate of 20% or possibly even higher. We do know for certain that under Obamacare, there is a Medicare surtax of 3.8% (Saunders, 2012) on investment income for taxpayers whose incomes are above $250,000(joint) and $200,000(single). Selling positions in your after-tax (non IRA) accounts before year-end ensures you will max out at 15% capital gains treatment, versus an uncertain yet certainly higher rate in the future.

2. Take Losses, but Defer to 2013 and Beyond: The same logic applies here, except you are locking in losses. If capital gains rates do indeed go up, your losses may be more valuable next year and in years to come. Sell investments with a capital loss in 2012 but carry the loss forward to be utilized against future gains. Again, this only applies to assets held outside of deferred accounts like IRA’s and annuities.

3. Taxpayers in Bottom Two Tax Brackets, Take All Long-term Gains NOW!: This one is a no-brainer…the capital gains rate is ZERO on realized long-term capital gains (held at least a year), for individuals in the 10 & 15% tax brackets. Many retirees, despite very large nest eggs, maintain a very low tax rate. If this is you, by all means take advantage of this prior to 2013 as this little gift goes away at the end of 2012.

4. Hold Off on Large Charitable Donations: If you were planning to make a considerable charitable donation, it might make sense to hold off until 2013 before donating the gift. Higher tax rates will increase the value of charitable contributions in 2013. Taxpayers can defer large charitable contributions from 2012 to 2013 and obtain a larger tax benefit from the contribution next year.

5. Roth Conversion: If you are going to see your income rise in the years to come, therefore putting you in a higher tax bracket, it might make sense to convert a portion of your IRA to Roth. In order for this to work, you must have sufficient funds outside your IRA’s to pay the taxes. This will make the most sense for individuals in either the lowest or highest tax brackets.

If you aren’t using your RMD’s and have charitable intent, wait to take RMDs until Congress announces whether or not it is extending Charitable IRA donation rule: The last few years IRA owners over age 70.5 who are taking Required Minimum Distributions have been allowed to donate 100% of their required minimum distribution, up to $100,000, to a charitable organization; thus by-passing any taxes owed on the distribution. This is a much more prudent tax strategy than gifting after-tax funds and then claiming as a deduction. Stay tuned as we will surely pass along any updates on this highly favorable rule.

Taxpayers should consult with a tax advisor before applying these tips or other tax strategies. These strategies can be rather complex and we strongly recommend gaining the input of your tax advisor prior to implementing. We are happy to speak directly with your tax advisor regarding the application of these tips or any other tax strategies. Remember, our goal is to “Bulletproof” all areas of your financial life!”

Now is the time to think about year end actions. Buying an investment property this year will get you low prices and low interest rates. Contact us anytime  949-400-1021

Marlene, Tony & Mike



Orange County CA is where you can find the Home of your Dreams


Orange County CA is where you can find the 

Home of your Dreams 


If you are looking for a perfect time to buy, this is it. Finding you the perfect house is what we do best! So how do you start?


1. You look for the neighborhood you want to be in. If you have children, look for a neighborhood that is family-friendly. Also make sure that neighborhood is in the right school district.


2. Once you have narrowed down the area, look for the right floor plan. Something that fits your life style. You may want formal living and dining rooms, or you may want Great rooms with nothing formal just wide open living.


3. Look for a home that has most of the qualities you want and need. Add your personal touches or whatever is missing later or over time.


4. It is easy to find a deal in this market without even looking a distressed sales. In this market right now with low inventory and great demand, the home prices are creeping up, why not be at the start of rising prices. With the lowest interest rates in history, NOW is the perfect time to buy.


5. Buy a home for your family and life style, yes it is an investment but look at it for comfort, a place to raise your children, in a neighborhood for them to grow up. It is the single largest purchase you will make, pick the house because you want to live in it, in that neighborhood, in that school district, with a good floor plan to accommodate your family’s needs. .


We, as your Neighborhood Real Estate Team are the very best Agents to look out for your best interests first and foremost, Contact  or call 949-400-1021. We go above and beyond to find you the home of your dreams while guiding you and protecting you with all your Real Estate needs! Visit our website and get to know us better at .




January events in Orange County Ca.

January events in Orange County Ca.

Lots of things to do from Restaurant weeks, to Film Festivals, to Surf and Motorcross

Surf City Splash  – Huntington Beach  Jan. 1Celebrate the new year with a dip into the Pacific. Bring your bathing suit.
(No wetsuits, that’s cheating!) Meet in front of Zack’s. Donation of $5 for
pancake breakfast; $10 for certificates of Lion-Heartedness. 9am-3pm. HB
Pier. 714-349-7706 /
Dana Point Walk Jan.  1Walk takes you through Dana Point Village, Hide Walk with a cliff view of
Dana Harbor, along Harbor Drive to Orange County Marine Institute, across
bridge to Dana Island and back, through the harbor and “baby beach”
area before heading back. 12pm. Ralphs Supermarket.
Excursion to the  Tournament of Roses Parade – Buena Park Jan. 2This year’s theme is “Just Imagine!”. The parade will feature
spirited marching bands from throughout the nation, majestic floral floats,
and high-stepping equestrian units. 6:30am. Tickets: $93. Walter Ehlers
Community Center: 8150
Knott Ave. 714-236-3860
Katin Pro Am Team  Challenge  – Huntington Beach Jan. 5-12Features 17 teams of four surfers competing in the same four-person,
open-draw format that Nancy Katin originally envisioned when she founded the
event in 1977. 8am. North of the Huntington Beach Pier: 325 Pacific Coast Hwy.
Easyriders Bike Show – Anaheim Jan.  7Hundreds of the planet’s hottest bikes on display, the world’s top bike
builders, meet Paul Yaffe. $10,000 awarded to the Crafty Custom bike of the
year. Anaheim Convention Center.
Monster Energy  Supercross –  Anaheim Jan. 7Top Supercross riders Ryan Villopoto, James Stewart, Chad Reed, Ryan Dungey
and more battle it out at Angel Stadium for the 2012 AMA Supercross crown.
Come on out and catch all the bar to bar action during the Anaheim race. 7pm.
Southern California  Half Marathon & 5K – Irvine  Jan. 7  Excellent race and venue to start new year of fitness and preperation for
other races. 8am. Barranca
Parkway between Lake
Streets and Creek Road.
  Irvine International Film Festival Jan. 12-16We’ll be screening fresh independent films featuring both up-and-coming and
veteran film stars including Rita Wilson, Ed Asner, Anna Paquin and others. Irvine Westpark 8: 3755 Alton Pkwy.
949-800-6163 /
Irvine Restaurant Week Jan. 13-19  The seven-day celebration features special two or three-course, prix fixe
lunch and/or dinner menus starting at $11.95 per person (beverages, tax and
gratuity not included) at more than a dozen participating restaurants.
   Irvine Korean Cultural Festival Jan. 14Designed to commemorate Korean immigration to the United States, which began in
1903. 10am-5pm. Irvine
Civic Center: 1 Civic Center Plaza. The Festival is a culture-filled
extravaganza complete with fine Korean cuisine, games, art and music.
NAMM 2012 – Anaheim  Jan. 19-22  The NAMM show is the premier show for the music industry. Over 90,000
registrants visit the show representing 90 countries around the world. Anaheim Convention Center.
   Costa Mesa Historical Society Dinner Jan. 20Assistant Archivist Chris Jepsen will speak about “Orange County Tiki”. $20.
6pm. Held at the Captain’s Table at Orange Coast
College: 2701 Fairview Rd.
(949) 631-5918 /
Newport Beach  Restaurant Week Jan. 20-29  Foodies unite and make reservations early to “Savor The Flavor of the
Real OC”. Giving the community an incredible opportunity to dine at top Newport Beach
restaurants for nine days and two weekends at a great price!
    Newport Beach 1st  Battalion 1st Marines Foundation Beach Challenge Jan. 21

9-13 fitness challenges, a run, dozens of screaming Marines, sound like fun?
Sure you can run…but can you challenge the Marines at their own game?! 8am.
Balboa Pier.

Premier Bridal Shows  – Newport Beach Jan.  22   Showcasing Southern California’s
top wedding professionals for all your wedding planning needs. Shop, compare
and get insights and advice from the leading wedding experts. 11am-4pm.
Radisson Hotel Newport Beach.
   Relay For Life –  Kickoff Event Jan. 26

Join us for an evening of food, drinks, and fun while learning what Relay For
Life is all about. Festivities for the evening will include speakers, a
silent auction, and raffle prizes. 6-8pm. Seacliff Country Club: 6501 Palm
Ave. 714-393-2439 /



Join us at all of these events this January

Marlene Dietrich, Tony & Mike