Kim Haman

Columnist

Kim Haman is a columnist. She can be reached at luxury@ocbj.com or philanthropy@ocbj.com.

Email: luxury@ocbj.com
Phone: 949-833-8373

Recent Stories

Illumination Foundation’s Homelessness Tack

NONPROFITS: Program partnerships; ‘discharge problem’

He wandered Orange County for almost a decade, 29 but looking much older from harsh street living.

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The Stairway to the Stars event, held on June 2 at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, raised $755,000 toward The Campaign for Radiant Health Centers, bringing the capital campaign fund to $1.2 million.

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A sold-out crowd gathered at the Ritz-Carlton on March 3 to enjoy the best of Napa Valley wineries and help find a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

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The Allergan Foundation, Capital Group Cos., First Republic Bank, Haskell & White LLC, the Moulton Co., Nolet’s Spirits and U.S. Bank were among the corporate sponsors that, together with community philanthropists and supporters of the arts, raised $1.7 million for the Laguna Playhouse at its annual gala.

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UCP of Orange County celebrated its annual Life Without Limits gala on May 5 with more than 300 community and business leaders and other supporters.

Agents Explore the Gender Divide in Real Estate

Five Longtime Female Realtors Share Insights

According to the National Association of Realtors, 63% of Realtors in the U.S. are women—a marked contrast to representation of women in commercial real estate—not just brokerage, but all segments.

A Lifetime of Devotion

Born Leader Discovered She was Born to Serve

When someone receives an award like Women of the Year, it’s typically a capstone on a career marked by success, drive and unique talents to stand out among accomplished contenders.

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The 2018 Men of Character dinner was held on April 19 at the Irvine Marriott by the Boy Scouts of America, Orange County Council.

RE Firms Tackle Needs of Returning Servicepeople

Firms, OCCF Team To Raise $750K for Support

The ballroom was silent, with 650 pairs of eyes riveted on Jake Wood. The former Marine sniper shared his experience of protecting fellow Marines in a war zone. He also addressed the unique challenges military veterans face when they return home, including the potential psychological consequences of experiencing the traumas of war.

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More than 2,500 volunteers from the Orange County community laced up their shoes in support of critically ill children and their families at this year’s Orange County Ronald McDonald House Walk for Kids.

The Properties That Top Inland OC’s Priciest List

Horse Estates, Hilltops With Views to the Ocean

In coastal Orange County, the stunning mansions that dot the oceanview cliffs and line the sand regularly boast list prices upwards of $7 million, $10 million and more.

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More Orange County students are staying in school and fewer families are struggling financially, but significant challenges in the community remain, according to Orange County United Way’s third annual FACE 2024 Scorecard Report.

OC Architectural Marvels Include Unique Homes

Glass Walls, Bridges Make Appearances

Retractable ceilings that take the concept of high ceilings to limitless heights.

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More than 400 guests found themselves transported to 1940s New York on March 3, as they made their way down the red carpet for the Pacific Symphony’s 2018 Gala, On the Town, in celebration of the symphony’s April 21 Carnegie Hall debut.

Local Luxury Market Off to Robust Start This Year

Market Poised to Continue Last Year’s High Demand

As last year ended, Orange County’s luxury market enjoyed high demand, thanks to stock market gains and ever-increasing investor confidence.

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First Team Real Estate partnered with Team Kids, donating $100,000 to the Team Kids Challenge, a six-week program where children participate in weekly challenges geared toward addressing community issues, including homelessness, hunger, literacy and the environment.

High-Tech Translates to a Smart Home, Safe Home

Luxe Property Owners Employ Futuristic Gadgets

High-end homes in Orange County, especially along the coast, are often found ensconced in guard-gated communities.

Love Story Leads To Lifetime of Giving

Donna, Fahmy Attallah: The Angels on Campus

Donna Ford Attallah’s Long Beach home is a place of warmth and respite—and angels. Thousands of angels.

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On Feb. 5, Edwards Lifesciences hosted more than 300 executives from Disneyland, PIMCO, Irvine Co. and other leading Orange County companies to its headquarters in Irvine for a presentation and discussion on how a company’s philanthropic outreach and social responsibility can help it develop a favorable or superior business position.

Agents Bring Homes to Clients, Thanks to Technology

Virtual Reality Offers New Remote Viewing Prospects

High-resolution photography and striking high-definition videos, in addition to the written description of a home, enhance the online house-hunting experience.

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Irvine Public Schools Foundation hosted its fifth annual Top 100 Reception on Feb. 6 at The Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Beach.

New Year Full of Fresh Interior-Design Trends

Wallpaper, Color Changes, Mixed Metals Mix It Up

The holiday trappings have been put away until next year.

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Mike Gray, founder of baked goods company Sweet Life Enterprises in Santa Ana, and his wife, Lori, donated a large financial gift to Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach.

Six OC ZIPs Land on Annual ‘Most Expensive’ List

California Leads National High-End Homes Ranking

It’s no secret that the Orange County coast boasts some of the most expensive and sought-after real estate around.

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Bill Gross, co-founder of Pacific Investment Management Company, or PIMCO, and currently with Janus Henderson Investors, and his children made a $2 million donation to Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Orange County.

How Will the New Tax Plan Affect Luxury Sales?

One Veteran Industry Executive Gives His Take

President Donald Trump signed into law a complex $1.5 trillion tax bill on Dec. 22 that will have major implications for homebuyers, particularly in California, Hawaii, Connecticut, New York and other high-tax states.

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The annual Mission Hospital holiday gala, A Journey Through Wine Country, set fundraising records with nearly $2.2 million in net proceeds.

Look Back at 2017 Market Shows Head-Turning Sales

Biggest Home, Lot, Sale, Price, More in Busy Year

From sale prices that defied gravity to expansive mansions with enough square footage to enfold several individual houses, the 2017 Orange County luxury real estate market was one for the record books.

What’s in Store for High-End Home Market in 2018?

Several Experts Foresee More of the Same Highs

"It is an end of an era.”

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On Oct. 14 Irvine Public Schools Foundation hosted its eighth annual Spirit of Excellence Gala at KIA Motors America.

Waterfront Homes Boast Best Boat Parade Views

Some For Sale Have Front- Row Seats to Holiday Fave

New things ring in the holiday season quite like the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade.

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Segerstrom Center for the Arts opened its new Julianne and George Argyros Plaza and Center for Dance and Innovation on Oct. 28 with music, dancing, performances, family activities and live bands.

Investor, Accountant Calculated More Care

NONPROFITS: Lestonnac Free Clinics flourished on their vision

Business executive Allen Boerner walked into the office of the Lestonnac Free Clinic in Orange.

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High-End Home Gyms Help Fulfill 2018 Resolutions

Some Properties Afford Full Workouts With Views

2018 is right around the corner, and with it New Year’s resolutions.

Nonprofit Gifted $8.5M Home

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County and the Inland Empire received the biggest financial gift in its history: a home in Laguna Beach valued at $8.5 million.

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Wearing disco fashions and boogying to the groovy sounds of the ’70s, more than 300 domestic violence advocates gathered on Sept. 16 at the Island Hotel Newport Beach to celebrate the 23rd annual Laura’s House gala themed Saturday Night Fever at Club Laura’s House.

Has Orange County’s Luxe Market Reached Its Peak?

Experts Think Not As Sales, Appreciation Endure

According to some analysts, the U.S. luxury home market has reached its peak. Events ranging from global economic volatility to an overabundance of luxury offerings to the cooling of the tech boom have caused a marked slowdown in the sale of homes above the $2 million mark in some communities.

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More than 200 business and community leaders attended the 13th annual Orange County Council, Boy Scouts of America Investment Real Estate Luncheon on Oct. 5 at the Westin South Coast Plaza. 1w

KPMG Looks Between the Lines to Help Children

Tax Firm Staff Good At Math But Give Out Books

Every few months, employees at KPMG’s Orange County office trade in their crisp suits and smart outfits for jeans and comfy shirts, turning a workplace full of accountants and tax specialists into a group of folks who look ready to head to a ballgame. And each happily pays $5 to do it.

Roofing Company Puts Lid On Community Need

Charles Antis was just a few years into his roofing business and still at that stage where, while the dollars were coming in, the money from each job had an outsized impact on the business’ future. So when he got a call from a desperate woman who needed her leaking roof fixed right away, he took the job.

Disney’s Look at Anaheim Resulted in Game Changer

Stakeholders Helped It Identify Youths’ Needs

There are times when a simple idea leads to an unimagined result. That was the case a few years ago, when Lisa Haines Heppelmann and Jill Bolton of Disneyland Resort decided to take a closer look at how the organization invested philanthropic dollars.

O’Melveny Attorneys Help the Helpless at Clinics

Beneficiaries of Pro Bono Work Include Elderly, Vets

The elderly woman had made her decision. She needed to get her granddaughter out of her home. She loved the young woman dearly, but the substance abuse problems she struggled with had changed the girl into someone her grandmother no longer recognized.

BofA Spreads Its Money, Expertise Throughout OC

Thousands of Hours, Cash Donated Every Year

A financial literacy program to teach young people better money habits. Ongoing training for nonprofit leaders. A food and supplies drive for homeless military veterans, whose donations nearly reach the ceiling.

Green-Designed Homes Boast Eco-Friendly Features

LEED Creds, Water Savers, Solar Panels, More

Luxury homebuilders in Orange County are incorporating resource-efficient amenities that are not only practical, but also strong selling points for buyers with a heart for conservation.

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Accelerate Change Together Anaheim is granting nearly $1 million this year to help organizations meet the rising needs of Anaheim youth impacted by poverty, academic challenges and limited opportunities.

Stats Show Communities as Buyer or Seller’s Markets

More Buyer-Slanted Markets in Index

Five years into the real estate recovery, Orange County’s luxury market has been consistently strong.

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The 2017 Hoag Summer Classic, hosted by the Hoag Hospital Foundation and its 552 Club, was a sold-out event with more than 1,400 guests at the Newport Dunes Resort in Newport Beach.

Snapshot Stats Show Sizzling Summer of Sales

Data Indicate High-End Market Still Hot in OC

Summer is winding to a close. School has started up again, colleges have opened their doors to welcome students, and toy marketing gurus are putting the final touches on their holiday advertising campaigns.

Charity-Company Connector Helps Firms Give Back

OneOC Aligns Their Values With Complementary Causes

Nestled on a tree-lined street in an unassuming 1970s-era building in Santa Ana resides Orange County’s most prolific matchmaker.

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More than 700 supporters gathered on July 13 at the Free Wheelchair Mission’s annual Miracle of Mobility gala. The evening netted more than $1.5 million.

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