Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Don't miss informative Cyber World safety chat tonight

City of Aliso Viejo
Keep Your Kids Safe in the Real and Cyber World

In an effort to educate parents and caregivers of the Internet dangers facing children today, Aliso Viejo Police Services and the Orange County Sheriff's Department will give an interactive presentation tonight at Aliso Niguel High School Theater, 28000 Wolverwine Way.

The 7:15 p.m. presentation, Keeping your Kids Safe in the Real and Cyber World, will help educate parents and caregivers on the dangers that face teens on and offline.

The seminar will teach people how to be proactive in keeping their kids safe on the Internet today. They'll get the latest information about social networking sites Facebook and My Space. Current trends such as "sexting" and other invaluable information will also be discussed.  

Orange County Sheriff's Investigator Jeff Brown will lead the program that is designed for parents and guardians only. The Aliso Niguel High School PTSA welcomes parents from Aliso Viejo Middle School, Don Juan Avila Middle School and elementary schools in Aliso Viejo.

For more information, call 949-831-5590.




The City of Aliso Viejo, which incorporated July 1, 2001, encompasses roughly 7 square miles with nearly 48,000 residents.  The City's annual budget is approximately $30 million.  The City supports a thriving business community with companies such as Pacific Life Insurance Co.; United Parcel Service (UPS); Clarient; Valeant Pharmaceuticals; Q-Logic; Lennar Homes; Buy.Com; Fluor Daniel; Pepsi Bottling, Inc.; Shea Homes; the Renaissance ClubSport Hotel; and Bausch and Lomb.
 
Aliso Viejo has 23 parks, vast open space and top-notch amenities including the Aliso Viejo Ranch and the City's new Conference Center and Aquatic Center. The City of Aliso Viejo welcomes you to "Experience It All."  For more information, visit www.cityofalisoviejo.com. The City is also celebrating 2010 as the Year of the Youth.



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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Pilot food waste recycling program launches April 1

City of Aliso Viejo
Pilot food waste recycling program launches April 1

The beginning of April marks the start of a pilot project to recycle food waste from some local businesses in Aliso Viejo and eight other Orange County cities.

Through a one-year $400,000 grant from the County of Orange Waste & Recycling Department, food waste will be collected from some local businesses and taken for recycling to a composting facility. The pilot program will put equipment and procedural infrastructure in place for possible expansion in the future. 

The program is expected to recycle up to 20 tons of food waste every week. On average, a restaurant disposes of more than 50 tons of organic waste every year. Overall, Californians throw away more than 5 million tons of food scraps each year. Every city in the state is required to divert at least 50 percent of all of its waste away from landfills, due to space constraints. Businesses participating in the food waste recycling program will reduce their trash disposal costs and help the City maintain compliance with its recycling goals.  

The food waste recycling program complements the City's environmental initiatives and ongoing efforts to divert more waste from the landfill. 




The City of Aliso Viejo, which incorporated July 1, 2001, encompasses roughly 7 square miles with nearly 48,000 residents.  The City's annual budget is approximately $30 million.  The City supports a thriving business community with companies such as Pacific Life Insurance Co.; United Parcel Service (UPS); Clarient; Valeant Pharmaceuticals; Q-Logic; Lennar Homes; Buy.Com; Fluor Daniel; Pepsi Bottling, Inc.; Shea Homes; the Renaissance ClubSport Hotel; and Bausch and Lomb.
  
Aliso Viejo has 23 parks, vast open space and top-notch amenities including the Aliso Viejo Ranch and the City's new Conference Center and Aquatic Center. The City of Aliso Viejo welcomes you to "Experience It All." 
The City is also celebrating the Year of the Youth. For more information, visitwww.cityofalisoviejo.com.

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

CA Sales Ahead of US by 20 Months


Sales for existing homes in both the US and California markets bottomed out at the
same time in late 2007. However, it was mid-2009 before US sales of existing homes
began to show signs of improvement. By contrast, California's existing home market
experienced strong sales throughout much of 2008 and all of 2009. As of October
2009, sales in California were 28.9 percent ahead of last year for the first 10 months 
of the year, and have been above 500,000 for 14 consecutive months since
September 2008. For the year 2009, annual sales of existing single-family homes are
expected to increase 22.8 percent to 540,000, and are projected to reach 527,500
with an annual decline of 2.7 percent in 2010.

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C.A.R. releases 2009-2010 State of the California Housing Market


Affordable home prices, tax credits for home buyers, historically low interest rates, and a large number of distressed properties prompted many first-time home buyers to enter the market in 2009, according to C.A.R.'s 2009-2010 "State of the California Housing Market" report released today.

California's median home price hit bottom in February 2009 at $245,170.  Since then, the median home price has increased steadily in month-to-month comparisons, but remained below 2008 levels throughout 2009.  The annual median price is projected to increase to $280,000 in 2010 from $271,000 in 2009.

Homes priced $500,000 or less dominated the sales mix throughout 2008 and early 2009, but peaked at 85 percent in January 2009.  Meanwhile, the market share of homes sold for more than $500,000 increased from 15 percent in January 2009 to 25 percent in July 2009, holding steady around that figure for the remainder of last year.


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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Orange County Weekly REO/Foreclosure Update

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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Buyers master contingent-sale offers


Most repeat homebuyers don't like selling their current home until they know where they're going. However, most repeat homebuyers can't qualify to buy before selling. So, how do you structure a contingent-sale offer so you get what you want without being homeless?

Sellers prefer offers that aren't contingent on the sale of another property. If the buyers' home doesn't sell, they can't buy the sellers' home -- and the sellers are stuck looking for another buyer.

As buyers, you should structure your offer so that it is both attractive to the sellers and accomplishes your goals. In some cases, this may mean paying a higher price than you would if your offer wasn't contingent on your home selling.

Recently, buyers from San Francisco wanted to buy a house across the bay in Piedmont that had been on the market for several months. They made an offer contingent on the sale of their San Francisco home. The seller accepted but insisted that the buyers pay the list price. The buyers agreed, their home sold, and both transactions closed.

Most sellers want a release clause included in a contingent-sale contract. This enables the sellers to continue offering their listing for sale. If they accept a backup offer, they can notify the contingent-sale buyers that they must remove their contingent-sale contingency and provide verification that they can close the transaction without having to sell their home. If the contingent-sale buyers are unwilling or unable to do so, the contract is canceled and the backup buyers move into primary position.

You could do a lot of work getting your home on the market and be bumped out of contract on the house you want to buy because you don't have the funds from the sale of your house to close the transaction. There are a couple of ways to avoid this situation. 

HOUSE HUNTING TIP: Put your home on the market and find a buyer for it before you make an offer on your replacement home. Sellers are more receptive to offers made contingent on the closing of the sale of the buyers' home than they are on offers contingent on the buyers receiving an acceptable offer on their home.

If you find a seller that's receptive to an offer contingent on the close, negotiate to keep a release clause out of the contract. If all contingencies have been removed from the contract to sell your home, the seller will be more inclined to agree.

When you list your home for sale, it's a good idea to retain the right to rent back at your current home for a while after closing. This could keep you from having to make an interim move to a rental until you find a replacement home.

Another option to keep from having to move twice is to negotiate an arrangement where the seller won't invoke a release clause for a certain number of days after acceptance of your offer. Recently, buyers in Oakland, Calif., used this approach.

The buyers asked for 30 days from acceptance before the seller could invoke a release clause to give them time to find a buyer for their home. The sellers wanted 14 days. They settled on 21 days. The buyers' home was in contract in nine days.

Ideally, once you've found a buyer for your home, the seller should not be able to invoke the release clause. You should be willing to inform the seller immediately if that transaction fails and the sellers should the right to cancel your contract, if they want to.

THE CLOSING: Don't be surprised if the sellers want their listing agent to approve your home and list price. The sellers need to know that it's worth the risk to accept your contingent sale offer.

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