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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

Firms Tally Up Value of Workers’ Giving: Priceless

One hundred and twenty. That’s how many Beckman Coulter employees arrived at Benjamin Beswick Elementary School on a sunny day in February, eager to get to work. The plan: to freshen up and revive the aging Tustin campus.

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.

Adoptee Inspired to Help Nonprofit Groups Succeed

Gratitude Channeled Into Money-Saving Enterprise

It’s a story that could have had an entirely different ending.

Three Luxury Teams Earn Spots in America’s Top 10

2016 Sales Put Them At Heights of US Industry

REAL Trends America’s Best Real Estate Agents, a newly issued ranking report produced by REAL Trends and sponsored by Zillow Group, has released the rankings of the top-producing real estate agents and teams in the country. Orange County boasts three luxury real estate teams in the top 10.

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State Attorney General Xavier Becerra was the keynote speaker at the Public Law Center’s annual Volunteers for Justice dinner on June 19 at Hotel Irvine. He was joined by more than 800 leaders of the Orange County legal, civic and business communities. The event raised a record-breaking $750,000, which will generate $6 million worth of free civil legal aid through the law center’s pro bono model.

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The inaugural Heroes & Living Legends Gala, held on July 17 at The Duke Hotel in Newport Beach, brought together more than 200 business leaders, sponsors and supporters to help raise $729,000 to benefit Open Gate International, which provides vulnerable populations with vocational training for long-term economic stability.

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High-End Condominiums Offer Hotel-Like Amenities

‘White Glove’ Services, More Go for Pretty Penny

The Orange County coast is dotted with high-end residential condos that boast hotel-like amenities.

Hughes Marino Team Lives, Breathes ‘Core Values’

10 Guiding Principles Keep Staff on Same Team

All over America, companies large and small adorn their offices with images of the values that guide them, reminders of how they should conduct business on a day-to-day basis.

Trust, Transparency, Togetherness Make Firm Tops

Employees Collaborate To Keep Recruiter Competitive

They were trapped. The room was nearly dark, the scant light increasing the shadows rather than alleviating them. As the numbers on the timer continued their inexorable descent, the group searched fruitlessly for an escape route—a key to unlock a door, a hidden escape hatch, anything—growing ever more desperate. Meanwhile, they knew they were being watched via surveillance cameras and …

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Creative youth development nonprofit organization The Wooden Floor welcomed nearly 200 guests for the opening night reception of its 34th Annual Concert: Connected Spaces at the Irvine Barclay Theatre on June 8.

Law Firm Employees Testify to Unmatched Culture

Managers Go Above Board To Make Them Feel Valued

It’s not unusual for lawyers and their teams to log long hours. What is unusual, though, is when they do so not only without complaint but willingly, even eagerly. That’s the scenario that Bisnar Chase LLC Managing Partner Scott Ritsema experienced when he found himself in a severe time crunch as he prepared an important case.

Luxury Amenities Elevated to Envy-Worthy Heights

Some Boast Perks That Save Trips to Town

Fully equipped gyms, home movie theaters, and kitchens with commercial-grade appliances are almost a given in today’s luxury homes. Even indoor pools and elaborate wine rooms have become somewhat commonplace. And guesthouses are simply a bonus—in fact, there are 45 luxury homes on the market that boast a guesthouse among their selling points.

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In June, Bank of America awarded $610,000 in economic mobility grants to 40 Orange County nonprofits.

Luxury Homes Selling for Nearly Full Listing Price

Average 96% in First Two Weeks of June

Across Orange County, homes in the $4 million-plus market are fetching an average of 96% of their latest list prices, according to online real estate aggregator Redfin. Here’s a breakdown of OC’s most exclusive communities and how close selling prices are to list prices:

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Bank of America, Charter/Spectrum, Albers Consulting, WealthWise Financial Services, Wells Fargo and other leading Orange County businesses joined forces to sponsor Orange County United Way’s 14th annual Women’s Philanthropy Fund Breakfast.

92657 Zip Code Boasts Most 2017 Luxury Sales So Far

Coastal Spot Racks Up 50-Plus Sales in 5 Months

Newport Beach has enjoyed a strong year so far in luxury sales, leading the coastal market in transactions that closed above the $4 million mark.

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More than 430 guests roared their way back to the Jazz Age for a night of flappers and speakeasies to celebrate Pacific Symphony’s gala.

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The 2017 Men of Character Dinner was held on April 20 at the Irvine Marriott by the Boy Scouts of America, Orange County Council.

Affluent Buyers Have Wealth of Choices This Spring

38 Listings Appear First 10 Days of Month Alone

Orange County’s active high-end home market inventory is on the rise, with 38 new listings above $4 million added to the Multiple Listing Service in the first 10 days of May.

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United Cerebral Palsy of Orange County raised $450,000 at the annual Life Without Limits fundraising gala on April 22 at the Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach.

Tech Changes Way Luxury Real Estate Marketed

Agents Convey Look, Feel Through Digital Content

As high-end homebuyers become more global, luxury real estate professionals are leveraging technology to create connections with potential clients all over the world.

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The ninth Annual Leaders for Philanthropy Night was held on April 6 at the Shea Center for Therapeutic Riding in San Juan Capistrano.

Could Interest Rate Increases Affect OC’s Market?

At Least Some Experts Say They Won’t Dampen Sales

The historically low 3.5% interest rates that the country enjoyed between 2013 and the end of last year couldn’t last forever.

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City of Hope hosted its third annual Let’s Be Frank About Cancer Gala on March 11 at the Balboa Bay Resort. More than 400 guests attended the fundraiser, which raised more than $713,000.

First-Quarter Home Sales Best 2016, 2015 Numbers

71 Properties Change Hands Above $4 Million

Seventy-one Orange County homes sales closed at or above the $4 million mark in the first quarter, eclipsing the same time period in both 2016 and 2015, according to real estate aggregator Redfin.

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The JDRF Orange County chapter’s 2017 Dream Gala was held on March 18 at the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel in Dana Point, bringing together influential leaders, sponsors and organization supporters to help raise $1 million for diabetes research.

Study Shows May’s the Charm for Home Sales

First Two Weeks Of Month Particularly Active

Conventional wisdom in the real estate profession has always been that the best time to put a home on the market is the spring.

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Orangewood Foundation joined with the University of California-Irvine’s Henry Samueli School of Engineering on Feb. 23 to celebrate National Engineers Week.

Guggenheim’s Estate Changes Hands for $10 Million

Guggenheims Built In ’72; Donated to CHOC, Others

The home at 88 Linda Isle in Newport Beach sold on Feb. 27 for $9.72 million. The estate is considered a piece of Southern California history, according to the seller’s agent.

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Women’s Circle of Wishes hosted its fourth annual signature event on Feb. 12 at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach.

Open Your Pockets Wide for a High-End OC Home

Households Must Earn $610K to Afford Starter

The California Association of Realtors’ Traditional Housing Affordability Index shows that the minimum annual household income required to buy a median-priced home in Orange County is $146,880 and that just 22% of hopeful homebuyers can comfortably afford that $745,160 price tag.

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Oggi’s Sports, Brewhouse, Pizza donated to 25 charities in honor of its 25th anniversary in December, with items including sleeping bags for homeless military veterans, food for shelter animals, and toys for underprivileged children.

‘Western White House’ Back on Market for $63.5M

Carried $69 Million Price Tag Last Year

La Casa Pacifica, once home to President Richard Nixon and also known as the Western White House, is back on the market with an asking price of $63.5 million.

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The Pacific Life Foundation said it plans $6.25 million in charitable funding this year.

Top 2016 Zip Codes for Luxury Home Listings, Sales

NB’s 92661 Has Highest Average Price at $6.5M

Orange County’s most expensive luxury homes, defined as being in the top 5% of the market, were found in the 92661 zip code last year, which includes Balboa Peninsula in Newport Beach.

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