Newport Mesa Fish Fry 2016

Newport Mesa Fish Fry 2016


Come out for the 2016 Costa Mesa Newport Harbor Lion’s Club Fish Fry from Friday June 3 through Sunday June 5, 2016.


As always, there will be food and fish of course!  There will also be rides and games as well as the baby contest on Sunday.


So come join your friends and neighbors for an afternoon of fun.


The Fish Fry is open Friday from 5pm to 9pm and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 9pm.

For more information please see Newport Mesa Fish Fry.




Christmas Tree Recycling – Huntington Beach 2016

Christmas Tree Recycling – Huntington Beach 2016

The holidays have come and gone.  We have rung in 2016 and said goodbye to 2015 in the rear view mirror. Now your Christmas tree is beginning to look a bit worn and dry; the needles are dropping to the floor.


What do you need to do to toss out your tree and maybe even have it recycled?


The Rainbow Environmental Services makes it easy for Huntington Beach residents.  Just remove all of the decorations, the tinsel, and the stand, put it out next to your trash cans, and it will be picked up on your next regular trash day between December 28, 2015 and January 15, 2016.  You can even do the same with flattened cardboard boxes.


If your tree is over 6 feet, just make sure that you cut it in half to have it picked up.


107th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade Ends Today

107th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade Ends Today

Newport Beach Boat Parade


It seems like it was just a few years ago that the Boat Parade lasted for two weeks.  These days, it’s short, and if you don’t pay attention, you might miss it.  So, don’t miss the Newport Beach Boat Parade this year.  The last night it tonight!


Since I was a child growing up in Newport Beach, this has been one of my favorite holiday activities.  We would dress up warmly as 50 degrees looking out at the water is cold for a Southern California beach girl  ; )  We would take our hot chocolate and our cameras and go in search of just the right spot to watch the boats out on the bay. We would watch eagerly as the boats came by with people shouting, “Merry Christmas” and Christmas carols playing, boats lit up so brightly, with some pulled by Santa’s reindeer, and people happily enjoying the Christmas spirit together. Some years, we were lucky enough to actually join the parade.


All types of boats enter the parade; everything from Duffy boats to dinghies, and kayaks to multi-million dollar yachts join in the fun,.


The parade will begin near Bay Island at 6:30 pm and ends in the same place around 9 pm.


Don’t miss the fireworks over the Balboa Pier at 9 pm tonight!


For more information, or to see the route, please see Newport Beach Boat Parade.







Feds Raise Rates for First Time in 7 Years – So What?

Feds Raise Rates for First Time in 7 Years – So What?


We have been telling buyers and sellers for years that rates will increase, and after awhile it begins to seem like we’ve been crying wolf.

Today, for the first time in 7 years the Federal Reserve increased the federal funds rate by 0.25%.

The result so far has been an increase in the stock market, with the Dow Jones up 70 points.

This increase comes as a result of the Feds belief that “economic activity has been expanding at a moderate pace.”  This along with a decline in unemployment and other factors lead the Fed to the belief that now is the time for this rate hike.


What will this mean for buyers and sellers?

Perhaps not too much in the short term as it appears that lenders had already increased rates in anticipation of this increase.  Further, 30 years loans are generally based upon 10 year Treasury note yields. Though it rises as other rates do, it doesn’t rise as steeply.

If the Federal Reserve continues to increase rates, it will likely cause an eventual increase in mortgage rates as well. If that happens, history tells us that housing prices will not increase as rapidly and might even fall as buyers cannot buy as much house as they could at lower rates.

Orange County median home prices have risen from $595,000 to $623,000 over the last year, an increase of 5.2%.  So consider that a 1% increase in mortgage rates can cost a buyer a 12% loss in buying power. Depending on how things play out, we could see a change to a larger inventory of homes and more time to get a house sold, or we could see an increasing market as we did in mid-2007 before the housing crash when home prices were rising quickly and rates were in the mid 6’s.


The Federal Reserve’s goal is a strong economy with growth and low inflation.  However, it is my opinion that some of the pain caused by the recession was a result of the federal government’s programs and attempts to fix the problem.  That said, I don’t believe we can continue to maintain the low rates we have seen more the last many years as our economy recovers though I have enjoyed them as have many others.


What do I recommend to my buyers and sellers?


First, decide if it is the right time to buy or sell. Take a look at what your goals and needs are and decide if this is the right time for you.  Rates are still very low by comparison to where they have been over the last several decades.   It may be a good time for you to lock in a low rate for the next 30 years.  If it is not the right time for you, then it isn’t, and you will just have to wait and see what happens in the market.


If you want to sit down and talk about what is right for you and whether or not it is the right time for you to sell or buy and Orange County home, please call me at 714-319-9751, to schedule a free consultation.

Costa Mesa Snoopy House 2015

Snoopy House Costa Mesa

Costa Mesa Snoopy House 2015

Snoopy House Costa Mesa

Costa Mesa’s iconic Snoopy House will be at Costa Mesa City Hall from December 12- 23, 2015.

Snoopy House first began over years ago in Eastside Costa Mesa at the Jordan house when Jim first built his animated Snoopy display as a teenager. But, when they were no longer able to host Snoopy, City Hall offered to do so.


Each year approximately 80,000 visitors come to see Snoopy an his friends enjoy cider and hot chocolate, ride miniature trains and visit with Santa.


Snoopy House will be open every night from 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm. There will also be free pictures with Santa from 7 pm to 9 pm. So be sure to stop by Costa Mesa Snoopy House and enjoy the event that so many of us have grown up enjoying and now share with our children.


And, on opening day December 12 and again on December 19, 2015, 10 tons of snow will be delivered to make Snoopy House even merrier.


South Coast Metro Condo for Sale – Ice Cream Truck Open House 9-13-15

Remodeled Costa Mesa Kitchen

Today is the perfect day to beat the heat and come see this lovely South Coast Metro Costa Mesa home and enjoy our ice cream truck open house. The home will be open from 12-2 today. It is located at 742 Wingate Bay.

Ice Cream Truck Open House


Remodeled Costa Mesa Kitchen

This Costa Mesa home has 2 bedrooms and 2 baths as well as a beautifully remodeled kitchen & updated bathrooms along with an open floor plan, vaulted ceilings.  Newer vinyl windows let in lots of light.

South Coast Metro Condo for Sale

It is offered at $495,000 and is located close to shopping & restaurants at South Coast Plaza, the Camp & the Lab. The 405, 55 and 73 are conveniently close. There is even a patio overlooking the streams on which to enjoy the So. Cal. weather.

Costa Mesa Cattle Drive – 2015 – Orange County Fair

Costa Mesa Cattle Drive – 2015 – Orange County Fair

It has been a few years since the OC Fair brought us a cattle drive down the streets of Costa Mesa.  This year’s cattle drive will be held on Saturday, August 8, 2015.

200 head of cattle will run through Costa Mesa accompanied by cowboys and cowgirls to make sure they arrive at the Orange County Fair.

The cattle will go from OCC down Adams to Mesa Verde to Harbor to Fair Drive and finally to the Fairgrounds.

We watched this a few years ago as the cattle proceeded down Placentia near Estancia High School.  It was quite an experience that both I and the kids enjoyed.

So, are you going to take the time to see the cattle run through the streets?


For more info, see Orange County Fair Cattle Drive.

Orange County Fair Discounts and Promotions 2015

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Orange County Fair Discounts and Promotions 2015

Looking forward to the Fair, and wondering how to save money.  Please check out all the promotions and discounts below.

OC Fair Butterflies


There are many ways to attend the Orange County Fair for free or for a reduced entry fee.


Military is free every day for the OC Fair for both active military and veterans.  Active military can present their military id, and vets should bring proof that they served, including DD214 or other proof.


Super Pass – For those who want to spend several days at the fair, a Super Pass can be a great choice.  The earlier you buy the pass, the cheaper it is.  At this time, they are $35 for general admission and $28 for youth (6-12) and seniors (60+).


We Care Wednesdays – Free admission with donations between noon and 3 as follows:


Food Drive – Wednesday 7/22/15 – 5 cans of food is the donation.

Children’s Book Drive – Wednesday 7/29/15 – 3 new or gently used children’s books.

Clothing Drive – Wednesday 8/5/15 – 5 new or gently used clothing items.

School Supply Drive – Wednesday – 8/12/15 – New school supplies valued at $5 or more – receipt required.

Thursday – Kids Free – Kids 12 and under are free Thursdays.

$30 Wristbands  – Wristbands for unlimited carnival rides are available on Wednesdays and Thursdays.



Senior Day – Seniors are $2 on Fridays, and they get free ferris wheel and merry go round rides.

$2 Rides and Games – Rides and games are $2 each from noon to 4 on Fridays.

Saturdays and Sundays

Early Admission – There is $3 admission on Saturdays and Sundays for tickets that are purchased by 11am and used for admission by noon.


For more details, see OC Fair Discounts.


See homes for sale in Costa Mesa below.  If you need to sell or buy a home in Costa Mesa, please contact Christine Donovan at 714-319-9751.


  1. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,510 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,300 sqft
  2. 3 beds, 1 full, 1 half, 1 quarter baths
    Home size: 1,282 sq ft
  3. 3 beds, 1 full, 2 three-quarter baths
    Home size: 1,700 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,663 sqft
  4. 3 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 1,902 sq ft
  5. 3 beds, 2 full, 1 quarter baths
    Home size: 1,348 sq ft
  6. 0 beds, 0 baths
    Lot size: 6,098 sqft
  7. 0 beds, 0 baths
    Lot size: 14,200 sqft
  8. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,120 sq ft
  9. 0 beds, 0 baths
    Lot size: 10,449 sqft
  10. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,141 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,008 sqft

See all Costa Mesa Homes.
(all data current as of 8/31/2016)

Listing information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Read full disclaimer.

Ice Cream Truck Irvine Open House 7-12-15

Ice Cream Truck Open House

Ice Cream Truck Irvine Open House 7-12-15


Irvine 3 Bedroom Condo for Sale


This lovely 3 bedroom Irvine home is a single story condo, connected only by the garage.

It has upgraded bathrooms, a cute fireplace and upgraded floorplan along with being cute as can be from the curb with a white picket fence and lots of color to delight the eye with plenty of flowers in the front yard.

Ice Cream Truck Open House

Come by and take a look at      this Irvine home listed at    $535,000 and enjoy a free ice  cream at our ice cream truck  between 12 and 2 pm this  Sunday, 7/12/15 at 10  Gladstone in Irvine.


Your new home is waiting for you.

For more details or a private showing, please call Christine Donovan at 714-319-9751.

Orange County Fair 2015

OC Fair Butterflies

Orange County Fair 2015

OC Fair Butterflies

This year’s Orange County Fair runs from July 17 to August 16.


Orange County Fair

As always, there will be much to enjoy at the  OC Fair including rides, fair food, and  more. We love to visit the animals which  includes a petting zoo, llamas, goats, cows,  rabbits, chickens, oxen and so much more.  Last year, there was even a butterfly exhibit.

In addition, there are concerts and other  shows. Some of the shows are free with fair  admission and some show tickets include  free admission to the fair.


Fair tickets are $12 for people 13-59, seniors 60+ are $7, children 6-12 are $7, and under 6 are free. Parking is $10.

For more information about the Fair and the fun to be had, please see other posts:

A 5 Year Old’s Pictorial Review of the Orange County Fair

A 4 Year Old and the Orange County Fair