Many have seen that 'Shark Tank' show aired on ABC, a show about entrepreneurs who get a chance to pitch their idea to a panel of investors to get funds for their small company.

Well, Shelly Ehler, a resident of Ladera Ranch is going to be on the show airing February 10th, and has had to keep the secret for a long time ( since the show was taped before due to confidentiality legalities). Ehler designed and produces a poncho-style beach towel that is currently under the name ShowNo.

Only 52 entrepreneurs were selected from 24,000 applicants nationwide, and they have a chance to convince a panel of five wealthy investors to help fund her home-based company in exchange for different deals from the investors, like company ownership and  percentage of…

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Everyday we get clients looking for 'only REO's' properties in Orange County, let alone Dana Point. There's many advantages to buying REO's or foreclosed properties, and these properties usually move very fast. Here's some newly listed bank owned Dana Point Foreclosures:

  • 34478 Calle Carmelita, in Capo Beach

  • 24731 Camarillo St, in Dana Hills

  • 34110 Selva Rd 323, in Niguel Beach Terrace - in front of the Strands Beach

  • 33522 Seawind Ct 40, in Dana Hills

  • 32321 Linda Vista Ln, in Monarch Beach

Remember, some of the advantages you get when buying a REO or foreclosure are:

  • When a home becomes a REO, All liens against it are removed and taxes are paid.
  • REOs can be inspected prior to contract, and are listed with real…

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Thinking of attending a charity event to help children of our South County cities?

The Beach Ball will be held on May 18, 2012 at the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel surrounded by the beautiful Monarch Beach homes. It is a special event featuring a cocktail hour, dinner, live music, dancing and silent and live auctions. Proceeds will benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley and help support activities and programs that promote and develop literacy, self-confidence, sportsmanship, leadership, character building and a strong sense of community pride.

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley has branches in San Juan Capistrano and Aliso Viejo and offer programs that provide strong moral guidance and positive rode models.

For more…

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chinese_new_year_orange_countyBe lucky: Millions of Chinese around the world welcome in the traditionally prosperous Year Of The Dragon.

Much like how we celebrate the New Year in Western cultures, the festival begins on the first day of the first month within the Chinese calendar. It ends on the date of the full moon. The Dragon, which is probably the most recognised image within Chinese culture, symbolises power, strength and good luck. Dragons are seen as having auspicious power and it is seen as positive. Of all 12 signs in the zodiac, the dragon is thought to be the most auspicious and powerful of them all – and typically associated with prosperity.  Because this year is the year of the water dragon, which only occurs once every 60 years, it’s considered even more auspicious than…

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There’s a lot of opinions out there on how are local Orange County Real Estate market is reacting to the news, to the new year, and to the economic recovery.
Here’s some interesting data, from DataQuick’s last report ending December 28th combined with the information from the Multiple Listing System ( MLS) for Orange County.

  • A record level of investors are buying at bargain prices in Southern California. Investors: anyone who’s not purchasing a home as a primary residence, including vacation home buyers.
  • Personal income in California is up 6.5 percent. Business inventories declined just as consumer demand took off, which will spur production.
  • Hiring is starting to heat up.
  • 25 of O.C.’s 83 ZIP codes with gains in their respective median selling…

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san_clemente_vista_hermosa_sports_park_wave_poolThis is extremely cool as it would be the first one of its kind in the entire world, coming to our beautiful new San Clemente Vista Hermosa Park.

While San Clemente prepares to open the $33 million sports park ( which was set to open January 28th and now just got delayed, because the baseball field grass isn’t ready), there's just one more great feature that entrepreneurs are working on, and although the design is still not ready to be deployed, a  planned 75,000 gallon surfing wave pool unlike any other will come to the park, together with an 18-hole miniature golf course and a restaurant.

Surf N Turf San Clemente will be the name for this development, and the wave pool will feature sloping walls and sheets of gushing water that can be fine-tuned to…

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Technically this is not Dana Point real estate related news, but seems like Killer Whales also like Dana Point as much as we do.

Rare Orca Whales were spotted this past Tuesday afternoon by the Dana Wharf Whale Watching crews, it was a pod of killer whales in front of Dana Point Harbor. This group of whales reportedly swam from Ranchos Palos Verdes on Sunday down to Dana Point on Tuesday, and are now back near the shores of Ranchos Palos Verdes. Grey Whales are known to swim very close to shore but it is a  rare occurrence for Killer Whales.

In the video below, a pod of 7 transient killer whales attacked and killed a California seal lion. Whale Watchers on board Capt. Dave's Dolphin and Whale Safari were amazed by this rare display. Some passengers…

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san_juan_capistrano_swallows_day_parade_2012The 2012 Swallows Day Parade will be held March 24th this 2012. The celebration, part of the Fiesta de las Golondrinas series of events in San Juan Capistrano, is San Juan Capistrano's biggest event.

The famous cliff swallows of San Juan Capistrano, that leave town every year in late October, are returning from their winter vacation spot 6,000 miles south in Goya, Corrientes, Argentina, and the city is ready to celebrate.

They land at the Mission in San Juan, California around St. Joseph's Day, March 19, and a crowd of visitors from all over the world will be in town to witness their arrival and celebrate with a series of events of 'Fiesta de las Golondrinas' and culminates with the Swallows Day Parade.

This year's 54th Swallows' Day Parade is 'How…

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In Orange County as well as in pretty much anywhere in the State of California, homeowners facing foreclosure seem to be desperate to buy again. Understandable, as Orange County is still one of the best places to live in all the country and to many, there's nothing better than the feeling of owning a home and call it that: your home.

Frequently, we get questions from people who have not yet lost their home to foreclosure but anticipate they soon will, and want to know how to be able to get back into the market. Understandable again, as many have seen how their home can pretty much be bought in today's market at almost half it's top of the boom market price (check these Orange County foreclosures out) and feel like they don't want to miss out, or just…

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dana_point_whales_festival_paradeThe Festival of Whales, one of Dana Point's most famous annual event, is a celebration of the annual migration of the magnificent California Gray Whale. The Festival is held in March, but whale watching excursions begin the end of December, and are offered through the first of April. This year,  we've already seen some. What a great way to start 2012. It is Gray Whale season and they are out in full force giving a fantastic show.

The Festival of Whales began 40 years ago as an annual seaside event in Dana Point. The community and the many visitors that the city receives each year, celebrate the migration of the California Gray Whale and other species with ocean-theme events and activities with an emphasis on education and environmental responsibility.…

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