Heading To Orange County? Here are 7 Attractions You Can’t Miss!

Heading To Orange County? Here are 7 Attractions You Can’t Miss!

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1. Catalina Island

Catalina Island is a great place to go and escape. It is fairly close to shore; you can get there by taking a sixty-minute boat ride. The community is a stress-free zone, and visitors are often positively influenced by the atmosphere. You can hit a few golf balls, play in the water or just do a little shopping. There is no shortage of activities, as you will find a little something for everyone and every budget. Make it a day trip or plan to spend a few nights there. The weather is usually mild and the area is stunning.

2. Angels Stadium

Angels Stadium has a rich history, as a number of baseball legends, like Reggie Jackson and Rod Carew, have slipped on jerseys and taken the field to show off their amazing skills in front of a crowd of spectators. The entire stadium is for the Angels, and the entire property underwent a series of renovations that left it with several restaurants, terraced bullpens, and even a kid’s zone. In the summer, there are Friday night concerts that the public can attend for free.

3. Crystal Cove State Park

This picturesque park is a beacon for anyone that loves the outdoors because there is ample opportunity to get active in the space and there are a number of different lookout points as well. Visitors can move through a few thousand acres, enjoying horseback riding, biking, and hiking. There is even the opportunity to engage in water activities, like surfing, diving, and swimming, because there are several miles of coastline to enjoy. Keep an eye out for the tide pools! You can also rent a cottage on the beach, but so many people want these properties that it is difficult to secure a space The Beachcomber Cafe is also on the beach, and it is hard to get reservations to as well. If you want to grab a quick bite, check out Ruby’s Shake Shack. Be prepared to take on a few steps, however!

4. Disneyland

Disneyland Park is the original theme park build in Anaheim. It has been operational since 1955, and Walt Disney had an active role in its construction. At first, there was nothing else on the property. However, “Disneyland” changed to “Disneyland Park” as expansions took place.

5. Knott’s Berry Farm

Located in Buena Park, Knott’s Berry Farm consists of 160 acres of fun! It is a very popular space, hosting a lot of visitors each year. There are roller coasters, water rides, and kids’ rides on the property. The farm is a great benefit to the community, employing about 10,000 employees throughout the year.

6. OC Fair And Event Center

Also known as OCFEC, the OC Fair and Event Center consists of about 150 acres and is located in Costa Mesa. It welcomes more than 4 million visitors a year, as a number of events are hosted on site. The property consists of the Pacific Amphitheater, Costa Mesa Speedway, Centennial Farm and Orange County Fair.

7. Balboa Pier

On Newport Beach, you’ll find Balboa Pier, a location that many people enjoy visiting. You can fish from the pier, but it is also nice to just take a walk on it and look out toward the peninsula. If you are hungry, you’ll find a restaurant near the end of the pier. There are more near Balboa Boulevard and Main Street. If you are looking for a place to park, go north near Palm Street. There is a free lot where you can put your car.

It is difficult to secure a spot in the free lot, particularly as the day goes on. Therefore, try to plan your day so you can arrive early. There is more than just the pier to see; you can also head over to Peninsula Park, where you can enjoy a picnic lunch or just let the kids run and play. If you head south from there, you will find dunes and the Balboa Peninsula Beach. There is also a paved bike trail that skaters, bikers, and runners can all enjoy. If you are headed to the Newport Beach Pier, it is only about two miles away, making it easily accessible for those taking the trail.

Getting Your Offer Accepted: How To Land Your Dream Home

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Congratulations! You’ve located your dream home! Unfortunately, lots of other people are in love with it, too. South Orange County, in California, has a very competitive real estate market, and there aren’t a lot of properties available for under six hundred thousand dollars. When they do go on the market, they are snatched up quickly.

How can you make your offer stand out? How do you beat out all those other buyers that want the same home you do?

You can’t sit on this decision. The market moves too quickly. If you wait, the house is likely to get multiple other offers. It is always a good idea to get your offer in as soon as possible.

Your offer should be realistic. Understand that you may need to offer more than the list price if you really want the house. Put your closing date in as well. If you aren’t sure, talk to the agent and ask when the sellers want to close so that your offer matches their needs. Also, keep in mind that there are times than a 45-day escrow is better than a 30-day escrow, simply because the seller may not be ready to vacate the premises yet.

Make sure you hire an agent that comes recommended. Some are better than others, and if you get one that isn’t as good, you may have trouble communicating or getting the paperwork that you need. Also, an agent that has connections is a great plus to your house hunt. He or she may even know the listing agent, giving you an “in.”

Finding Your Lender

Find a lender in your area who will vouch for you and tell the seller’s agent that you will get approved for the loan. You may want to shy away from a lender that isn’t as established, because the listing agent may not pay as much attention to them.

Getting Pre-Approved

Have a pre-approval letter ready to go. This shows that your loan officer has verified your income, down payment and credit, which gives the seller peace of mind.

If you can, try and cut back on your contingency period. Get a home inspector out right away. If he comes quickly, the inspection contingency can be as short as a week.

Put yourself in the seller’s shoes. What is it about your offer that stands out? Why would they go with you? You can try writing the seller a letter to let them know why you are interested in the home. Sometimes, a personal connection can help to sway them. One exception is a home that is bank owned. The bank only cares about their bottom line!

It really is a seller’s market, which isn’t great news for buyers. However, using the information above, you may be able to snag that dream home after all. If you need assistance, get in touch with a realtor that can help. They’ll work for you, helping you every step of the way.

Lake Forest Real Estate Report from 2012

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  Lake Forest Market Conditions

In November 2012, a report on real estate in Lake Forest, California was released, and it showed that the real estate market there was improving. This came at a time when inventory was dwindling down and multiple offers were driving sales prices above the list prices. This indicated that great bargains wouldn’t be hard to come by and very difficult to find.

The report revealed that the volume of sales was up by 27% during the previous three months compared to the same period in 2011. At that time, there were 39 properties that were in the active status category, with eight of them being foreclosure properties or short sales properties. Also, with sales the way they were, the number represented a 20 day supply.

The lowest price was $180,000 for a two-bedroom condo with two bathrooms and a single carport. The highest price was $890,000, which would have gotten you a four-bedroom home with four bedrooms, as well as a pool and a three-car garage. As for the neighborhood, this would be in the Montbury section.

At that time, we expected the inventory of homes to continue dropping, due to the holidays approaching and most sellers would have probably wanted to wait until January to start selling their homes. In fact, the lowest number of homes available for sale in any given year is in December, and then sale start to slowly go back up once January arrives. This is why they were predicting this was going to happen in the November 2012 report.

If you wanted to sell your home, then you should know that it has been a long time since we have had a fast-moving market. 2012 was actually a good time to consider selling. You might have been able to sell your home fast.

Just make sure you choose to work with a highly skilled and reputable realtor. They will create a strategy that will help you sell your home. Don’t forget to use resources such as realtor.com and Yelp.

Housing Info on the Lake Forest Neighborhood of Forest Creek

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The largest Lake Forest neighborhood is Forest Creek. It has 596 single family homes. These houses range in size from 1,585 square feet single story homes up to 4-bedroom 2-story homes, with a bonus room that is more than 2,700 square feet. There are a couple of homes that come with 3 car garages. However, most of them have a standard 2 car garage included.

There are several mini-parks in the Forest Creek neighborhood, in addition to entry monument signs and private streets. The neighborhood’s homeowners own and maintain these features. The 2012 HOA dues are $103.50. This pays for the operations and services at the Sun and Sail Club, in addition to maintenance for the neighborhood’s streets and greenbelts.

The neighborhood has a very friendly character, which is apparent when you drive through it. You frequently see houses decorated for Valentines Day, 4th of July and Halloween, in addition to the traditional holidays. Due to all of the speed bumps, level streets and cul de sacs, many families that have children are attracted to Forest Creek, although there are also some long-term “empty nester” owners living there as well.

In 2012 the price ranges were high $300,000 up to mid-$600,000.

Rancho Canada is the elementary school that has been assigned to the Forest Creek neighborhood. It is a very good school that has won several national and state awards for excellence.

June 2012 Market Update For Lake Forest

The real estate market recovery is really in progress now! Between the low inventory and low interest rates (at approximately 3.5% on 30 year fixed mortgages), buyers are coming out in droves to bid up prices on houses. It is the norm now for there to be multiple offers, especially on condos priced under $300,000 and single family homes for less than $500,000.

For houses sold during the month of May, the average price was $370,533 (at $230.26 per square foot) and the median price was $368,000. The 29 “distressed” house sales (bank-owned and short sales) sold at $205.24 per square foot on average. Non-distressed houses sold at $250.41 per square foot on average.