This article is being reposted from the Washington Post, Real Estate section on Jan. 6, 2020 by Kathy Orton.
Experts predict what the 2020 housing market will bring
Jan. 6, 2020 at 10:05 a.m. PST
A strong job market and low mortgage rates should sustain the housing market in 2020. The problem will be finding enough homes for buyers.
With unemployment hovering at a 50-year low and interest rates well below historical norms, the real estate industry is being dragged down by scarcity in housing stock, especially at lower price ranges. Not enough homes are being built, and homeowners are staying put longer, creating a bottleneck.
Is that time of the year and with this darker, rainy winter days, what a better excuse to get out of the house, run those errands that you are procrastinating, get the family a hot cocoa for the ride and look at Christmas Lights! Peeps in Orange County are very lucky with some famous neighborhoods always lit up and other annual lights traditions. Here's a few ideas of what we have liked in the past:
1. Dana Point
Not only does Dana Point have their annual Boat Parade of Lights ( December 6-7th, and 13 - 14th), but also the Dana Point Harbor has a wonderful themed display with thousands of lights, giant light sculptures and pathways completely lit up. Our recommendation is to go there on one of the Boat Parades, park at the Harbor, walk around and
Yes, you've heard it right! A brand new event JUST FOR DOGS in the city of San Clemente is coming up this Saturday.
When: Saturday November 23rd at 10am
Where: Olen Hanson Beach Club in San Clemente ( pool)
What: Doggie Dive!
Bring your dog, with proof of license and rabies vaccination and literally unleash the fun for them at the Ole Hanson Beach Club, and let them swim at the pool! This is a one last event at this pool before the city closes it for winter maintenance. Dogs will rule the pool!
Also there's a dog costume contest at 10am, tennis balls at the pool, and eat a tasty treat at the Doggie Pie Eating Contest at 11:45am. All participants enjoy prizes and get a goodie bag. Humans are free, dogs are $2 each.
A super fun tradition in Dana Point and very famous around Orange County is right around the corner! Register for the Dana Point Turkey Trot and give yourself two reasons to exercise on Turkey Day: more room for your turkey and give a donation to local charities while participating!
The race course is on flat course alongside Dana Point's Harbor, and has been listed as “One of America’s best Thanksgiving Day runs” by Fitness Magazine and named one of the top 3 destinations in the world for Thanksgiving by Fodor’s Travel.
Registration is open for all the Turkey Trots around us. What a better start of Thanksgiving Day, than some empowering run that will leave you with some extra room for the delicious Thanksgiving delicacies.
First and foremost it's the Dana Point Turkey Trot, but if you feel like going to a smaller one, there's several other options. All these turkey trots happen on Thanksgiving Day - Thursday November 28th - times vary. Here we go:
1. Dana Point Turkey Trot : this one goes through the Harbor in Dana Point. This flat - scenic race features a 10k, 5k and Kids Gobble Wobble. Prices below - according to their site, they will increase November 25th. All participants will receive a shirt and medal. Chip timing is available for the 10K and both 5K
The city of San Clemente has many events for the whole family this October 2019 - Fall and Halloween ones that have a very small fee to attend.
Playschool Harvest Festival:
This one is for kids ages 3-5 and you must register before attending. Wear your costume! Children will be invited to decorate pumpkins, participate in carnival booth games, enjoy festive arts and crafts, march in a costume parade and more.
When : Friday, October 18
Where: Tierra Grande Park
Spooky San Clemente!
This is the 3rd Annual Event of this kind! Have a spooktacular time at the Spooky San Clemente event. Presale wristbands available for purchase online to be picked up at will call on the day of the event.…
Are you looking for fun events this weekend? There's two events happening this weekend in Dana Point and San Clemente - so read below and head over to one of them - maybe both!
Dana Point Lobster Fest:
The Monarch Beach Sunrise Rotary Club's Annual Lobster Fest Fundraiser is on Saturday October 12th at Doheny State Beach in Dana Point. Doesn't get better than a Lobster & Steak dinner at the beach! They will have live bands, dancing and casino gaming tables. All proceeds support our communities charities. Come and enjoy the evening, and make a positive difference! More information and Tickets: www.monarchbeachsunriserotary.org
California’s coast and waterways have historically been collecting spots for annual accumulations of trash and debris. This debris, if not removed, can be harmful and even fatal to all manners of marine wildlife, can damage our state’s economy, and can even become a human health hazard. Coastal Cleanup Day is a great way for families, students, service groups, and neighbors to join together, take care of our fragile marine environment, show community support for our shared natural resources, learn about the impacts of marine debris and how we can prevent them, and to have fun!
Want to be part of the efforts?
San Clemente: Calafia, T-Street and Pier
Dana Point: Doheny, San Juan Creek Chanel, Ocean Institute, Salt Creek.
Don't miss the upcoming San Juan Capistrano Greek Festival on Saturday and Sunday, September 28th and 29th! This annual, family-friendly event features authentic Greek food and drink, live music, traditional Greek dancing, souvenir shopping at the Greek Bazaar, and a fully-loaded Kids Zone.
Authentic and delicious Greek fare, including favorites such as Gyros, Mediterranean-seasoned Lamb Chops, Souvlaki (kebabs), Spanakopita (savory spinach pastry), Tiropita (layered cheese pastry), Pastitsio (Greek lasagna) and Greek Salads will tempt and tantalize festival attendees. You’ll enjoy handmade Greek delicacies from traditional family recipes, including mouth-watering Baklava, powdered sugar Kourambiethes and honey-dipped Loukoumades (Greek donut
The 19th Annual SC OPEN Skateboard Contest hosted by the City of San Clemente & the Friends of the City of San Clemente Beaches, Parks, & Recreation Foundation is coming up this September!
Where: Ralphs Skate Court (241 Avenida La Pata San Clemente, California 92673)
When: 09/14/2019 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
The Co-ed SC OPEN Skate Contest will take place at the San Clemente Ralphs Skate Court; open to all ages. The contest will start at 9:00am. Entry fee is $40/skater. On-site registration will be based upon availability and will begin at 7:30 a.m. on the day of the event. Other activities include a vendor fair and food and beverages. ALL SKATERS MUST WEAR SAFETY EQUIPMENT: TO INCLUDE HELMET & KNEE AND ELBOW PADS to participate.