The Best Things to do in the OC for the 4th of July

OC 4th

Aliso Viejo
4th of July Celebration & Fireworks
Grand Park, 7-9 pm

Canyon Hills 4th of July Celebration
Canyon High School & Peralta Park, 7am- 9:30pm


Disneyland 4th of July Fireworks
Disneyland, 9:30pm

OC Block Party 4th of July Fireworks
Angel Stadium, 3-11pm


Annual  Brea County Fair
City Hall Park, 10am- 4pm

Dana Point
Independence Day Extravaganza
Dana Point Harbor, 10am- 11:30pm

4th of July Fireworks Cruises
Dana Wharf Sportfishing, 4- 8pm

Community Fireworks Show & Festival
Fullerton High School Stadium, 5- 9:30pm


Huntington Beach
Sounds of Freedom 4th of July Festival
Pier Plaza, July 3rd– 5th

Concert on the Green & Firework Festival
Irvine High School Stadium, 3- 9:30pm

July 3 & 4, 2009 Boston July Forth Fireworks Spectacular Images by Jay Connor

Laguna Beach
Fourth of July Fireworks
Heisler Park, 9pm

Laguna Niguel
Fireworks Spectacular
Laguna Niguel Regional Park, 9pm

Mission Viejo
Street Fair & Fireworks Spectacular
Olympiad & Marquerite, 12- 9pm

People watch fireworks light up the sky along Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro on January 1, 2013, during celebrations by over three million people attending New Year's Eve festivities.  World cities from Sydney and Hong Kong to Dubai and London rang in the New Year with spectacular fireworks, as revelers at Times Square in New York sought to top off the global extravaganza.     AFP PHOTO / ARI VERSIANI

Newport Beach
Fireworks and Parade Cruises
Newport Bay, 1-3:30pm & 4-6:30pm

San Clemente
San Clemente Fireworks Show
San Clemente Pier, 9pm


San Juan Capistrano
4th of July Celebration
SJC Sports Park, 3-9:30pm

Annual Fourth of July Celebration
Tustin High School, 6:30- 9:30pm

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New CFPB Rule Going into Effect Soon


As of October 1st 2015 the closing process will go through some major changes. On said date, the CFPB’s Integrated Mortgage Disclosure rule will go into effect. This will mean a couple of things for Real Estate agents:

  1. A new Loan Estimate document will replace the Good Faith Estimate (GFE) and the early Truth-in-Lending (TIL) disclosure.
  2. A new Closing Disclosure document will replace the HUD- 1, and the Final Truth-in-Lending (TIL) disclosure.

Stay ahead of the curve and check out the new documents linked below

New: Loan Estimate

New: Closing Disclosure

You can also check out the American Land Title Association website ( for more information

On top of all this we’d like to include a “Realtor Checklist” that can be used to help ease this transition into these new rules

Realtor Check list pg. 1

Realtor Check list pg. 2

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The Results are in – Top Producers May 2015

Top Producers May1

Top Sales Dollar Volume

  1. Aja McGown – Aja has been practicing Real Estate for nearly 10 years. She has a back ground in Transaction Coordination, Compliance & New Home Sales. Where she really sets herself apart is working with first time home buyers & sellers, move up home sellers & buyers and investors building their property portfolios. Learn more about Aja McGown here
  1. Helen Weatherby – Helen has been a licensed real estate agent in California for 29 years and covers areas from Dana Point to Santa Monica. Her years of experience and professional attitude make her one of the best agents. Learn more about Helen Weatherby here
  1. Tim Wolter – Tim launched into Real Estate in 2003 with a tremendous advantage as he is a true South Orange County Native. Born and raised in Laguna Niguel. Tim has a strong local network and a deep knowledge base that continues to grow and support his expanding business. Tim’s tenacity and commitment to his clients landed him in the Top 100 Orange County Realtors last year. Learn more about Tim Wolter here

Top Sales Units

  1. Michael Miller – On average, Michael closes 12-15 escrows each month. He is a top realtor because of his expertise and commitment to get top dollar for your home. Michael prides himself on high exposure and expert marketing on each transaction. His clients praise him for his positive attitude, high energy, kindness, and integrity. Learn more about Michael Miller here
  1. Mila Piso – Mila is a great listener and always puts her clients first. Her personal mantra is that she isn’t happy till the clients are. She strives to always be available for questions day or night. She’s one of the most friendly people out there and well deserving of all her success. Learn more about Mila Piso here
  1. Shevy Akason – With tons of satisfied clients over the years it’s no wonder Shevy is ones of this month’s top sellers. Whether it’s finding a home, the best loan or helping clients get the most out of their current property Shevy can find the best possible solution. As he always says “Satisfied clients are the key to success”.   Learn more about Shevy Akason here

Congratulations to all our agents with transactions in April! If you’d like to become a part of The Top Workplace in Orange county, join our team.

8 Affordable Ways to Increase Your Home’s Selling Price

Increasing the value of your home is easier and less expensive than you think. If you’re looking to sell, follow these 8 easy steps and see a BIG return on your home’s sale price.

1) Make a big first impression with landscaping.

Curb appeal sets the tone of a buyer’s whole experience at your home. An unkempt front yard gives the impression of an unkempt home. Further more, a poorly maintained yard can block views and sunlight.

Image via Fresh Home

Cost: $400 – $600

Value: $1,500 – $2,000

ROI: 200 – 275%

2) Speaking of curb appeal, paint the exterior.

Sprucing up the exterior of your home is always worth the investment. Invest in a good power-wash and a fresh coat of pain for added value.

Image Via Sabina Vavra

Cost: $1,400

Value: $2,100

ROI: 50%

3) Also give your interiors a bright and clean look with fresh paint.

Fresh paint on the walls is a great start, but don’t forget the baseboards and trim. Use neutral colors and hire a painter to get it done quickly and professionally.

Image Via Mofur

Cost: $900 – $1,000

Value: $2,000

ROI: 100 – 120%

4) Update or replace the flooring.

Whether adding hardwood floors, or cleaning your tile and carpet, updating your flooring can gave your home a significant boost in value.

Image Via LWHD2

Cost: $600 – $900

Value: Up to $2,000

ROI: 110 – 233%

5) Get OCD – organized, clean, and de-cluttered that is.

De-cluttered rooms appear to have more space, which is a big selling point for buyers. For only around $400 you can hire a professional cleaning service to make your entire home shine.

Image Via All Things Organized 

Cost: $400

Value: $2,000

ROI: 400%

6) Light up your house.

Just a couple hundred dollars is enough for some new fixtures to shine a light on your home’s best features.

Lighting: Expensive Interior House Lighting Design: Exalting House Lighting Design 2014

Image Via Toppsite

Cost: $100 – $400

Value: Up to $1,600

ROI: 300%

7) Spruce up that kitchen and bathroom.

Remodeling these two spaces can offer a huge return. Painting cabinetry, replacing countertops, installing new hardware, and updating fixtures are some easy and inexpensive ways to add value. If you have a little more to spend, adding a half bath can up your home’s value by 10% (20% for a full bath).

Image Via Niche Interiors

Cost: $1,900

Value: $3,200

ROI: 68%

8) Take high quality pictures of your home.

With all the hard work and updates you have put into your home, don’t forget to take professional high-resolution images. Homes with listing photos taken professionally with a DSLR camera sells for $3,400 to $11,200 more (relative to the list price).

Image taken by Aubrey Antis Real Estate Photography, Inc.

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