Thanksgiving Events in Orange County

For most Thanksgiving is a day to relax at home with family and friends, eating, and watching TV. However if your looking to get out of the house and maybe do something a bit out of the ordinary we have some suggestions of things to do right here in the OC.


Dana Point Turkey Trot
Golden Lantern & Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point
Thanksgiving Day 7am

This year will the the 38th annual “Turkey Trot”, open to both experienced and novice runners. The run is along the beautiful Dana Point harbor and Doheny State beach. For those of you not interested in running there is also a 2 day health & wellness expo taking place the 25th and 26th on location, with loads of booths, displays, and activities. For more information or to sign up visit

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We Give Thanks Dinner
Honda Center, Anaheim
Thanksgiving Day 11am- 3pm

For those of you looking to give back a little or just looking for a place to get a great Thanksgiving dinner look no further. “We Give Thanks” is a non-profit organization that has been providing Thanksgiving dinner to the less fortunate for close to 30 years. They will be serving dinner, as well as providing entertainment to those in attendance. If you would like to help out or just get more information visit


Plymouth Rock ‘N’ Run
Yorba Reagonal Park, Anaheim
Thanksgiving Day 7am

More activities for all you runners out there. This 10k raises funds for the Reeve-Irvine Research Center at UCI. The main race starts at 7am with timed and untimed 5k runs following at 8am. For more information and to sign up go to


Black Friday at Irvine Spectrum
The Irvine Spectrum Center, Irvine
Midnight on Thanksgiving

Seemingly a holiday in itself, Black Friday gets a head start at the Irvine spectrum with numerous stores opening as early as midnight on Thursday. With killer deals on just about everything you can imagine this is a cant miss even for all the shopaholics out there. For a list of stores and exact opening times visit


The Results Are In – Top Producers of October

Top Producers October

With Octobers sales officially in the books its time to tally the homes, and count up the commissions to determine who came out on top. This month we find a familiar name atop the list, along with a few newcomers following. So without further ado here are your top Evergreen Realty producers from October.

Shevy Akason
#1 Sales Dollars, #1 Sales Units

After a few weeks hiatus Shevy is back to reclaim the top spot in a major way coming in first in BOTH sales categories. Shevy has possibly the best trait a top producer can have in consistency. Month after month, with buyers, and sellers, he continues to get the job done with the utmost quality. Learn more about Shevy here.

Kristyn Tupper
#2 Sales Dollars

Kristyn is the queen of the coast, specializing in coastal real estate, she has had measurable success both selling and leasing residential properties all along the OCs beaches. What really sets her apart however are her expert negotiating skills that allow her to get top dollar for her sellers, and amazing prices for her buyers. Learn more about Kristyn here.

Davin Emmons
#2 Sales Units

Davin has been hovering around the top 5 for weeks now and finally cracked the top 3 in unit sales. Davin is as hard working as it gets, able to juggle multiple clients at a time, and still show each one all the attention they could ask for. His unrelenting effort and drive to keep his clients happy, has led him to be one of Evergreens best. Learn more about Davin here.

Britt Cottrill
#3 Sales Dollars

Britt just celebrated her 10th year selling homes, so being atop this months sales list seems fitting. Britt is a marketing wiz and can get a home sold  as fast as anyone, however she understands that its not always about speed. This combination of traits allows her to get top dollar for anyone who chooses to sell with her. Learn more about Britt here.

Dana McCausland
#3 Sales Units

Rounding out this months top producers is Dana McCausland, who is becoming a more regular name on our top producers list. Dana has been in real estate for over 20 years and through her experience knows all the ins and outs of buying and selling. There’s nothing she hasn’t seen leaving many of her clients in awe of how stress free she makes the buying and selling process. Learn more about Dana here.

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Understanding the Residential Appraisal Process

The appraisal process is an important, and sometimes unclear time in a homes sale. Understanding what you as an Agent can/have to do during the appraisal process is key to getting an accurate valuation and keeping your clients happy! So here are a few of the most commonly asked questions answered.

Who decides on the appraiser?

The appraiser is selected by the mortgage lender. In some instances a lender will use an appraisal management company (AMC) to manage the process in which case the AMC will order an appraisal on behalf of the lender. Unfortunately neither you, nor your client, will have any say in this. Also while the lender selects and orders the appraiser, you as the agent, will still have to pay for the process which will usually run you $400-$600.

What information should I provide to the appraiser?

In order to make sure that the appraiser is working with the best/most accurate information it is good to provide the information needed by him yourself. This includes  deeds, covenants, HOA documents, floor plans, inspection reports, neighborhood details, comparable homes, detailed list and dates of upgrades, remodels and costs, and other special features of the home.

Is the process impacted by the type of financing?

The short answer yes. The long answer is that there are two sets of regulations in any appraisal process one from the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP), and the other from the lender themselves. So different lenders/loans may require the property to meet certain criteria that other don’t.

Will the buyer see the appraisal?

They will. The Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA) enacted back in the 70’s stipulates that creditors must send a copy of home appraisal and all other written valuations on the property to the buyer, regardless of whether credit is granted or denied.

What do I do if the appraisal is inaccurate?

Once the appraisal is finished a sent in to the lender, legally the appraiser can not speak about the appraisal with anyone other than the client (Lender). So in order to request a correction of any errors you must contact the lender in writing, then if they find the grounds of the request reasonable, they will contact the appraiser and request and review.

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