Google Fiber Looks to Orange County as Expansion Site

by stephanieargyros October 12, 2015 Irvine-Shady Canyon

Google Fiber, the broadband internet and cable television division of Google, could soon be bringing their services to Orange County.

Last month, the company announced Irvine as a possible expansion city. In order for Southern California to be the recipient of Google Fiber’s blazing-fast internet connection, Irvine must prove their worth to the company.

The city …

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Jennifer Lopez’s Southern California Home on the Market at Discounted Price

by stephanieargyros October 6, 2015 Latest News

Although Jennifer Lopez’s love might not cost a thing, her home purchased with former husband Marc Anthony will set you back $14.5 million.

Lopez’s Southern California home, located in Hidden Hills, went on the market in February for $17 million. The home was originally purchased in 2010 for a reported $8.2 million and underwent …

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U.S. Real Estate Sees Surge in International Investors and Buyers

by stephanieargyros September 25, 2015 Latest News

Foreign buyers are having a big impact on U.S. real estate. Many wealthy foreign investors are choosing to protect their assets in U.S. real estate, often in an attempt to protect their wealth at times of economic and political instability in their own country. North American real estate is often seen as a safe …

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How Devalued Chinese Currency Could Affect Southern California

by stephanieargyros September 22, 2015 Latest News

As China faces an economic slowdown, China’s currency, the yuan or also known as the renminbi, has decreased in value against the U.S. dollar. Since January, the yuan has fallen approximately 2.6 percent versus the dollar. A survey conducted by CNN Money showed that a continued downward slide is predicted by economists.

Southern California …

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“Return to Normalcy” Predicted for 2016 California Real Estate

by stephanieargyros September 17, 2015 How's The Market

The California Association of Realtors (CAR) recently published their forecast of the California real estate market for the remainder of this year as well as 2016. CAR predicts steady growth throughout 2015 and into 2016, with smaller gains likely in comparison to 2013 and 2014.

In 2013, California saw a 27 percent increase in …

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Newport Beach Recipient of Distinguished Tourism Award

by stephanieargyros September 9, 2015 Latest News

Newport Beach was presented with the International Five Star Diamond Award by the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences (AAHS) in August. The award recognizes Newport Beach as a world-class tourism destination and is one of the most prestigious awards in the global hospitality industry.

The high honor is usually bestowed upon individual luxury hotels, …

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Orange County is a Pioneer for Water Recycling

by stephanieargyros September 2, 2015 Latest News

In the 1960s, city planners in Orange County recognized the potential value of recycled water and had the foresight to build an extra set of pipes into their city plans in order to carry treated wastewater to farm fields. Today, those same pipes carry recycled water to areas throughout Orange County.

Recycled water is wastewater that …

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Poll Finds Real Estate is Top Investment for Americans

by stephanieargyros August 26, 2015 Latest News

A recent poll by Bankrate.com found that real estate is the top choice for investment dollars. Twenty-seven percent of U.S. adults stated that they would invest in real estate if they had extra money to invest.

One thousand U.S. adults were polled by Bankrate.com between July 9 and 12. Real estate is in the …

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Luxury Inn Planned for San Juan Capistrano

by stephanieargyros August 19, 2015 Latest News

A new 124-room hotel is set to replace the old Mission Inn bed and breakfast. The new hotel, also to be named Mission Inn, is scheduled to break ground this year, with an opening date projected in the next few years.

The $40 million luxury hotel will be built by Rivendell Land Company on …

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Amusement Park-Like Coto de Caza Estate Hits Market for $10.9 Million

by stephanieargyros August 12, 2015 Latest News

A 9.5-acre, 14,000 square foot home is for sale in Coto de Caza for five thousand dollars shy of $11 million.

The home offers cathedral-vaulted ceilings, seven fireplaces and a state-of-the-art home theater, as well as several unique amenities such as a private lake, lookout tower with countryside views, a lagoon and its own …

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