Newport Beach, CA Real Estate News

By Christine Donovan, Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M
(Donovan Blatt Realty)
Newport Shores Homes - Just Steps from the Beach Newport Shores is located just across Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) from the Pacific Ocean.  It is a neighbohood of 440 homes, and is surrounded by the Newport Salt March Wildlife Preserve, which many residents refer to simply as the canal. Newport Shores homes are eclectic, ranging from the homes originally built in the 1960's, to homes which have been remodeled and updated to completely custom homes.  Some have ocean views, and some residents are fortunate enough to have homes along the canal and enjoy the wildlife which comes to visit. Although Newport Shores has very low association dues, it features several wonderful amenities including a newly rebuilt clubhouse, an olympic size pool, volleyball court, tennis court and basketball court...
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By Christine Donovan, Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M
(Donovan Blatt Realty)
What Advantages does Blogging on Active Rain Offer to My Clients and to Me? The people who founded and designed the Active Rain platform have a strong knowledge of SEO and real estate and have designed a blogging platform and social network that offer a very powerful tool to those of us in the real estate industry. How do I know this?  I've seen my personal website come up to the top of Google for terms like Costa Mesa homes over time , and better yet, I've seen blog posts come to the top of Google in a matter of hours. The post in the Google search above was posted just a couple of hours before I took this screen shot.  You'll see that there are over 3,650,000 results for this search term, and my post is 6th and 7th on page one of Google after just a few hours.  Looking to sell your Sa...
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By Christine Donovan, Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M
(Donovan Blatt Realty)
Santa Ana Heights Homes offer an Equestrian Oasis on the Back Bay Are you looking for a home where you can have horses?  Owning one of the Santa Ana Heights homes may be just the ticket.     Santa Ana Heights is an area of Orange County that was an unincorporated part or Orange County for many years until its recent annexation by Newport Beach.  Near John Wayne Airport and golf courses, bordered by the Back Bay and Costa Mesa, Santa Ana Heights offers many things not available in nearby cities.   When Santa Ana Heights was unincorporated, it allowed for animals such as chickens and horses and dog kennels, and now that it's been annexed, it's one of the few areas in Orange County that still allows for this. So if you're interested in having lifestock or the equestrian lifestyle is for yo...
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By Sharon Paxson, Newport Beach Real Estate
(Compass)
Huge Waves Hit  the Wedge in Newport BeachThere is a swell that is currently hitting the south facing beaches including the Wedge in Newport Beach. Newport Beach is known for the Wedge, and there were some incredible waves. The waves were as high as 20 feet or even higher, and there were many body boarders, surfers who were riding those monsters. The Wedge in Newport Beach is located at the end of the Balboa Peninsula, and there is a rock jetty right next to it even making it more dangerous. The waves and surf are extremely treacherous, and are really only for the experts. There were lifeguards stationed along the water's edge, and the lifeguard boat was picking people up behind the waves.  Truly amazing waves at the Wedge in Newport Beach  If you are planning on going to the Wedge toda...
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By Mary Campbell
(Abrams Coastal Properties)
The Newport Beach real estatemarket has been affected by the economy, but prices have not been discounted as in some other areas. The median price in one of Newports zip codes 92660 is still at $1,685,000, and that is the lowest of all the Newport Beach zip-codes. The average days on market is 203 days. Some homes do sell quicker it just depends on the sellers motivation. I have seen homes sell the first week, and then again I have seen some sit for a couple of years. Some homeowners still believe that they can sell their homes for what they paid for them 3 years ago. In order to sell your home in adequate timing, so you don't have to sell it at a give away price, you must understand the absorption rates in your market. Absorption rate is how much time it will take to sell a home in you...
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By Mary Campbell
(Abrams Coastal Properties)
Having lived in Newport beach for many years, I pretty much have experienced the Newport Beach lifestyle more than half my life. Last Friday my family and I went out on a Duffy boat cruise. This is one of the funnest, most relaxing, and beautiful things to do if you live in Newport Beach or if you come visit. As we departed from the Duffy headquarters we cruised along the bay and came across some of the restaurants along the way. First stop Joe's Crab Shack, Kids love coming here. The waiters and waitresses put on a show while serving your meal, it's loud and the kids have a blast! Next was the Rusty Pelican, one of my favorites for a quick Happy Hour cocktail and apetizer. You can sit at at a table along the window and have an absolutely awesome view! You will see a seal or two. Then t...
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By Sharon Paxson, Newport Beach Real Estate
(Compass)
  Open House SaturdayJuly 11, 20091:00 to 4:00 pm214 62nd StreetNewport Beach, California Come and view this single family home located in Newport Shores. This is a charming, mid century modern home located in Newport Beach. This home has there bedrooms, and two bathrooms. This home has new carpet and new paint.This Newport Shores home is located  right across the street to one of the finest beaches in Newport Beach. Enjoy the beach lifestyle and ride your bicycle along the boardwalk to either the Balboa Pier, Newport Pier or Huntington Beach for dining and shopping or just enjoying the California beach climate.The Newport Shores community features a heated pool, tennis court, sand volley ball court, and a basketball court. For more information, view the property website at www.21462nd....
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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.  Contact Sharon Paxson for permission for use of photograph, and permission may be granted in writing.
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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 Christine Donovan, Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M
(Donovan Blatt Realty)
Newport Beach is a great place to spend the Fourth of July though it's important to understand the ins and outs of a terrific celebration. When I was younger, much farther back than I may want to admit, Newport Beach had fewer rules for Fourth of July.  Every year, we lit off fireworks in front of my grandparents' home on the beach on the Newport Peninsula with dueling cannons booming from both ends of the block. I thought that was a good as it could get.  Then, as I got older, I discovered that there was another side to Newport Beach's Fourth of July celebration, party after party along Seashore. Along the way, I learned a few things, some the hard way, some by observation. Given all of the changes that have come over the intervening years, I wanted to share some wisdom for those about...
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By Christine Donovan, Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M
(Donovan Blatt Realty)
For decades, Newport Shores has celebrated the Fourth of July with an annual Parade and Celebration.  This year is no different.                             It is something that my siblings and I anticipated every summer and always spent the night before decorating our bikes and, sometimes, ourselves. The Parade This year, the parade starts at 9:00 am at the clubhouse.  Coffee and doughnuts will be available. Get your bikes, scooters, wagons and yourselves decorated and get ready to celebrate. The Evening Beginning at 5:00 pm, catering will be available from TK Burgers, so come enjoy a full dinner for only $13.    So make sure you go out and enjoy this great tradition.   For more Orange County Fourth of July events, see: Costa Mesa Fireworks Newport Beach Fourth of July Celebration - Fr...
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By Harrison K. Long, REALTOR , GRI, Broker associate, Attorney
(HomeSmart, Evergreen Realty)
Newport Beach is a great place to be, especially to enjoy the sunshine, hiking, running and biking trails, and the beach too. Sometimes I see another person's nice localism post with photos that I enjoy and want to share.    Check out this article with photos about bike ride loop, Newport Beach, Back Bay, with ascent to Corona del Mar (click here) ~ which was posted by Ryan (last name unknown) at Wordpress on June 27, 2009.  Ryan described his good experiences about the 23 mile local ride and shared photos too.  I've been on this nice trail for running and hiking and the same area for biking many times.  Thanks to Ryan for this post.     ____________________  Harrison K. Long, Explore Group Properties, Coldwell Banker Previews, Irvine, CA. www.ExploreTheOC.com    
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By Sharon Paxson, Newport Beach Real Estate
(Compass)
  Newport Beach Open House214 62nd StreetNewport Beach, CaliforniaSaturdayJune 27, 20091:00 to 4:00 pmCome and enjoy the sunshine this weekend in Newport Beach. Come and view this mid-century modern home in Newport Beach. This home is located across the street from a very popular beach location in Newport Beach. This home in Newport Beach is a great opportunity to own a single family home in the Newport Shores area.This single family home has there bedrooms, and two bathrooms. This home has new carpet and new paint. There is a two car garage, and nice patio to enjoy the California climate and outdoors.Living in Newport Shores is an opportunity to take advantage of the beach lifestyle. Some popular activities include jogging, walking along the beach, or riding your bicycle along the boar...
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By Suzanne Horsburgh
(Buy America Real Estate Services)
Loans with a balance between $417K and 729K will no longer be subjected to a 1% add to the rate. This is a great improvement as we move towards ending the recession in the housing industry. The lenders still require loans to be fully documented and clients have to have a high FICO score with an equitable position of less than 80%. This is an excellent opportunity for folks who want to refinance or buy a single family residence in Southern California. The rate today 6/26/09 is 5.375 fixed for 30 years.   Further information; please call 714-404-6099 RE License # 01508012  
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By Christine Donovan, Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M
(Donovan Blatt Realty)
The Newport Wedge is located at the mouth of Newport Harbor.  It is a man made jetty built by the Army Corp of Engineers in the early 1900's. As a result of the way it was a built, it has unique properties which cause huge waves a few times a year. Waves can reach all the way up to 10 or 20 feet, bringing out some of the world's best body surfers. On other days of the year, the Wedge is a great place for any one, but on those particular days, any amateurs would be well advised to stay away and leave it to the experts. Whether you want to try body surfing or skim boarding, fishing from the rocks or just watch the boats come in and out of the harbor, the Newport Wedge is one more beautiful place in the magical city that we call home, Newport Beach.  To see what the Newport Wedge is all ab...
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By Christine Donovan, Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M
(Donovan Blatt Realty)
There are not many places in the world where you can enjoy a carnival atmosphere next to a beautiful bay just minutes from a world class beach. The Balboa Fun Zone is one of those rare places, although those of us fortunate enough to have been raised here may occasionally forget how special it is. The Balboa Fun Zone's ferris wheel has been a landmark in the area since 1936. I have decades of memories of coming to the Balboa Fun Zone to play skee ball, ride the ferris wheel, take the Balboa Ferry over to Balboa Island and enjoy a Balboa Bar while staring out at the Newport Bay. Take a look at the video below to see just what a special place this is and all that the Balboa Fun Zone has to offer.    Looking for more things to do with your kids? See: Top 5 Things to Do in Newport Mesa A Fo...
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By Harrison K. Long, REALTOR , GRI, Broker associate, Attorney
(HomeSmart, Evergreen Realty)
 Community with some of the most beautiful and pleasant weather, homes and beaches, in all of Southern California. Local Housing Market Report ~    May 2009 activity ~ seeing signs of improvement as compared to May 2008. Number of Homes listed for sale during May 2009 ~ 133 homes    Average list price during May 2009 ~ $2,200,615    Number of homes listed for sale during May 2008 - 127 homes Homes sold during May 2009 ~ 50    Average sold price during May 2009 ~ $1,517,000 Homes sold during May 2008 ~ 47    Average sold price during May 2008 ~ $1,487,000 REO homes sold during May 2009 ~ 3    Ave. price of REO home sold May 2009 ~ $478K (3 homes sold) REO homes sold during May 2008 ~ 1    Ave. price of REO home sold May 2008 ~ $640K (one home sold) Short listings during May 2009 ~ 20    ...
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By Ann Urias, Your Real Estate Concierge
(Aston Group - Orange County Real Estate)
RE/MAX Homes & Estates Pre-Foreclosure Division 9241 Irvine Boulevard, Suite 150, Irvine, California 92618 (714) 588 -7676 ∙  www.orangecountyshortsalerealtor.com   If you are in a situation where: • You lost your job • Your Medical Expenses are too high • Just went through/going through a divorce • You are behind on your payments • You have no equity • You can't afford the cost of selling your home • Your income has been reduced • You are in foreclosure   WE CAN HELP YOU! It's easy and doesn't cost you any MONEY! Our services are Free!!! WHEN THE DEBT EXCEEDS YOUR HOME'S VALUE... we can help is with a SHORT SALE.   Benefits of a Short Sale: • Avoid Foreclosure • Avoid Bankruptcy • Reduced damage to your credit • Postpone your foreclosure sale date • A short sale will stay on your credi...
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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.  Contact Sharon Paxson for permission for use of photograph, and permission may be granted in writing.
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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.  Contact Sharon Paxson for permission for use of photograph, and permission may be granted in writing.
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