September 2015

Found 13 blog entries for September 2015.


October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Be sure to educate yourself on the risk factors for breast cancer. You can find trusted resources as well as a community of support for those affected at Living Beyond Breast Cancer.

Founded in 1991, Living Beyond Breast Cancer has been committed to empowering all women affected by breast cancer to live as long as possible with the best quality of life. LBBC provides education and support services to these women, their families, and their caregivers at little to no cost.

Resources include:
    •    the “Guides to Understanding Breast Cancer”
    •    a toll-free helpline, (888) 753-LBBC (5222)
    •    national conferences
    •    webinars
    •    quarterly newsletters

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Buying your first home can be very exciting. Among all the decisions you'll have to make when you seek that home is whether you want to buy one that's ready to move into and live in as is, or one that needs a little work. Many people buy fixer-uppers because of the lower cost, but sometimes those kinds of homes can end up costing you a lot more in the long run. Here are some things to consider when you're trying to decide whether it's smart for you to buy a fixer-upper or not.

1. What can you get in your price range?

Many first-time homebuyers are on tight budgets. They don't have a lot of money to spend, and they want to live in a good area. Overall, location is more important than the house, because the house can be changed. If you can't get into a

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Orange County’s economy stayed hot in August, as employers went on a rare late-summer hiring spree that pushed unemployment down to 4.5 percent – the lowest local jobless rate for an August in eight years.

Government statistics show Orange County jobs – compiled from an employer survey – jumped to 1.54 million workers last month, up 2,200 from July. Since 1990, local employment has averaged a drop of 400 workers in August due to seasonal employment fluctuations – primarily teachers not yet returning to school.

The unemployment rate – compiled from a separate household survey – fell from July’s revised 4.7 percent and August 2014’s 5.8 percent.

"It was a very respectable August,” said Chapman University economist Esmael Adibi. “A sign of a very

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Orange County’s second big new-home opening this year drew more than 10,000 viewers Sunday, land developer Rancho Mission Viejo reported.

The first 840 homes in the 2,800-unit Esencia development, located off Ortega Highway east of San Juan Capistrano, went on sale last weekend, offering 42 model homes representing 12 product types by seven builders.

Esencia is the second phase of the final 14,000 homes planned for the historic 312-square-mile South County cattle ranch on which such communities as Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita and Ladera Ranch were built. The first project, Sendero, has just a few homes that have yet to close escrow.

Last month, about 25,000 people turned out for the opening of the 1,029-home Beacon Park project, the second

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Fullerton Founders Day Parade and Fair Returns

Parade and Fair Returns After 22-Year Absence

Fullerton, CA-- The Fullerton Founders Day Parade and Fair will return on Saturday, September 26, from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. in downtown Fullerton after a 22-year absence.  The event is presented jointly by North Orange County Chamber and the City of Fullerton.

The parade, which steps off from the intersection of Berkeley Avenue and Harbor Boulevard at 10:00 a.m., will feature dignitaries, local bands, and community groups marching south onto Wilshire Avenue.

During and at the conclusion of the two-hour parade, an old-fashioned town fair will be held at the Fullerton Downtown Plaza, with entertainment, contests, food and vendor booths, and an awards

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Could West Coyote Hills' deal be a WIN-WIN?

Orange County Register reporter Lou Ponsi wrote about how the proposed agreement hammered out between the city, Chevron/Pacific Coast Homes, and community groups could “actually please everyone.”  In his September 17 article on the front page of the Fullerton News Tribune Ponsi explained that the agreement would result in at least 60 percent (301 acres) of the 510-acre property being preserved and restored as open space. In addition, the City and interested parties would be given the opportunity to purchase additional land, even all of it, to keep it from being developed.

“The City Council began working with several groups and citizens with an interest in West Coyote Hills. This plan is a result of that

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he Mortgage Bankers Associationbelieves that between 13.9 and 15.9 million additional households will be formed by 2024, making the next decade one of the strongest in housing in U.S. history.

In their new research paper, titled Housing Demand: Demographics and the Numbers Behind the Coming Multi-Million Increase in Households, the MBA’s researchers conclude that the housing demand surge will be driven by Hispanics, Baby Boomers, and Millennials.

“Household formation has been depressed in recent years by a long, jobless recovery and by a lull in the growth of the working age population,” said Lynn Fisher, MBA’s Vice President of Research and Economics.  “Improving employment markets will build on major demographic trends – including maturing of Baby

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