Orange County Business Journal

Could Interest Rate Increases Affect OC’s Market?

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

By Kim Haman April 24, 2017 midnight share »


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.

By Kim Haman April 17, 2017 midnight share »

First-Quarter Home Sales Best 2016, 2015 Numbers

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.

By Kim Haman April 10, 2017 midnight share »


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.

By Kim Haman April 3, 2017 midnight share »

Study Shows May’s the Charm for Home Sales

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

By Kim Haman March 27, 2017 midnight share »


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

By Kim Haman March 20, 2017 midnight share »

Guggenheim’s Estate Changes Hands for $10 Million

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.

By Kim Haman March 13, 2017 midnight share »


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

By Kim Haman March 6, 2017 midnight share »

Open Your Pockets Wide for a High-End OC Home

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.

By Kim Haman February 27, 2017 midnight share »


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.

By Kim Haman February 20, 2017 midnight share »

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

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.

By Kim Haman February 13, 2017 midnight share »


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

By Kim Haman February 6, 2017 midnight share »

Top 2016 Zip Codes for Luxury Home Listings, Sales

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.

By Kim Haman January 30, 2017 midnight share »


Mission Hospital 21st annual Holiday Gala raised more than $1 million on Dec. 3 at the Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point.

By Kim Haman January 23, 2017 midnight share »

2016 Capped With Record-Breaking Newport Coast Sale

Coastal Orange County is renowned for its beauty, from the wide expanse of sand that hugs the ocean in Huntington Beach to the rugged cliffs of North Laguna.

By Kim Haman January 16, 2017 midnight share »


About 650 Pacific Investment Management Co. employee volunteers, friends and family members gathered on Dec. 3 at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa to pack 12,000 holiday meals for families in Southern California.

By Kim Haman January 9, 2017 midnight share »

2016 Luxe Market Glance: Strong Performance

How did the Orange County luxury market do last year?

By Kim Haman January 2, 2017 midnight share »

A Look Back at the Homes that Wowed Us This Year

Orange County boasts some of the most impressive homes in the country, from sprawling European-inspired estates that grace the low hills of Coto de Caza to the modern masterpieces with endless ocean views.

By Kim Haman December 19, 2016 midnight share »


Orange County’s top philanthropists, business leaders and others were honored at the 31st Annual National Philanthropy Day Orange County Awards Luncheon on Nov. 17 at City National Grove of Anaheim.

By Kim Haman December 12, 2016 midnight share »

Prices Reflect Rarity, Value of Luxury Lots Left in OC

Orange County’s most expensive communities are concentrated along the water.

By Kim Haman December 5, 2016 midnight share »


Nonprofit group Project Access honored Mazda at its 11th Annual Keys to Success Gala and fundraiser amid a collection of timeless automobiles at Crevier Classic Cars in Costa Mesa.

By Kim Haman November 28, 2016 midnight share »

High-End Condos Carve Out Niche in Luxe Market

The Orange County luxury housing market, defined in the real estate industry as the top 5% of homes sold in a given quarter, regularly sees single-family homes garner $5 million, $10 million and even $20 million.

By Kim Haman November 21, 2016 midnight share »


Irvine Public Schools Foundation celebrated 20 years of impact at the seventh annual Spirit of Excellence Gala and Auction on Oct. 22 at Kia Motors headquarters in Irvine.

By Kim Haman November 14, 2016 midnight share »

The Year in Luxury: Biggest OC Price Tags So Far

2016 has been a strong year for luxury home sales in Orange County.

By Kim Haman November 7, 2016 midnight share »


Sept. 24 marked an evening of celebration as over 300 guests gathered at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach for the 22nd annual Laura’s House Gala.

By Kim Haman October 31, 2016 midnight share »

Orange County Makes Top 10 in U.S. Luxury Market released its annual Luxury Homes Index in September evaluating home transactions for the top 10% of the market in 277 U.S. counties and 63 metropolitan areas in the first six months of the year.

By Kim Haman October 24, 2016 midnight share »


More than 350 Orange County people gathered on Sept. 24 for Discovery Cube’s Wild West at the Cube annual gala, which raised more than $1.1 million for science education.

By Kim Haman October 17, 2016 midnight share »

Standout Properties Top Today’s SoCal Listings

Exclusive enclaves up and down the Southern California coast boast extraordinary estates that are awe-inspiring, and their prices can be equally so.

By Kim Haman October 10, 2016 midnight share »


First Foundation, Brookfield Residential, Kia Motors, Avalon Bay Communities, Southern California Gas, Ernst & Young and several other Orange County businesses joined together to sponsor Families Forward’s 32nd annual gala, An Evening of Hope.

By Kim Haman October 3, 2016 midnight share »

Sweet Spot for Luxe Market: $4 Million-$6 Million

The luxury home market in Orange County is defined by the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing as the top 10% of overall home listings.

By Kim Haman September 26, 2016 midnight share »


The world tour celebrating the 100th birthday of the late founder of Lamborghini sports cars made its first pit stop in the U.S. at the Marconi Automotive Museum in Tustin in the form of a fundraiser to help feed and house Southern California’s “motel kids.” 

By Kim Haman September 19, 2016 midnight share »

What $10 Million Will Get You in OC’s Brisk Market

The luxury market in Orange County is booming.

By Kim Haman September 12, 2016 midnight share »


Award-winning charter school NOVA Academy Early College High School unveiled its new four-story, 37,000-square-foot educational facility in Santa Ana on Aug. 22. It purchased the building last fall for $8.3 million. Opening ceremonies included the cutting of a red ribbon on the front doors of the school, student speakers, and tours of the building.

By Kim Haman September 6, 2016 midnight share »

Sales Stay Brisk as Summer Season Winds Down

Luxury home sales in the first three weeks of August continued the brisk pace set in June and July, with 14 transactions above $4 million closing in the first three weeks of the month.

By Kim Haman August 29, 2016 midnight share »


More than 500 “foodies” gathered at Montage Laguna Beach on May 15 for the city’s premier culinary event for a cause, Laguna Beach Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry. 

By Kim Haman August 22, 2016 midnight share »

Realty Agents Use ‘Storytelling’ to Entice Buyers

It’s little wonder that coastal Orange County may seem like the setting for a novel, with its expansive ocean vistas, low rolling hills and wide blue skies.

By Kim Haman August 15, 2016 midnight share »

Sales Along OC Coast Show Summer Sizzle in July

July may be the hottest month this summer for luxury home sales in Orange County, based on figures from online real estate aggregator Redfin.

By Kim Haman August 8, 2016 midnight share »


The 20th annual Stars & Stripes Tournament, a four-day fishing, golf and music fundraiser, reeled in a record-shattering $3 million for youth organizations in Orange County and Mexico.

By Kim Haman August 1, 2016 midnight share »

Sale of Actress’ Home Might Have Set Record

The custom contemporary mansion at 331 Monarch Bay Drive in Dana Point sold on June 27 for $8.3 million, under its January $9 million list price.

By Kim Haman July 25, 2016 midnight share »

The ‘Why?’ Sets Wealth Management Firm Apart

Economists and financiers traditionally measure success by examining an organization’s income statement, balance sheets and cash flow statement.

By Kim Haman July 25, 2016 midnight share »

Construction Firm Builds Culture With Camaraderie

They’ve been to conferences in Vegas, although they have yet to claim spots at the Black Jack table. They’ve been to Germany during Oktoberfest but abstained from indulging in that country’s most famous beverage. They’ve sat in on some of Swinerton Builders’ most important meetings, a noticeable, if silent, presence. The pair stands stoically, one man holding a set of building plans, the other his arm outstretched, pointing off into the distance.

By Kim Haman July 25, 2016 midnight share »

Workers Real Estate-Focused Firm’s Best Investment

Kendall Parisi, corporate designer at Passco Companies LLC, looked over the numerous stacks of marketing supplies, brochures, and trade show materials spread across the conference room table.

By Kim Haman July 25, 2016 midnight share »


More than 800 leaders of the Orange County legal community celebrated the Public Law Center’s 35 years of helping the county’s poorest and most vulnerable residents at Hotel Irvine on June 20.

By Kim Haman July 18, 2016 midnight share »

OC’s Luxury Market Heats Up in Summer Sunshine

Thirty-two home transactions above $4 million closed in June, including two that captured sales prices above $10 million.

By Kim Haman July 11, 2016 midnight share »


University of California-Irvine and the other schools in the UC system increased the number of California-based students they offered admission for the year starting in the fall.

By Kim Haman July 11, 2016 midnight share »


Goodwill of Orange County opened its Thomas T. and Elizabeth C. Tierney Center for Veteran Services building in Tustin, an all-in-one resource for military veterans living in Orange County and their families.

By Kim Haman July 4, 2016 midnight share »

How Women Mean Business

Michelle Jordan ventured across the Atlantic Ocean decades ago in pursuit of her personal version of the American dream.

By Kim Haman July 4, 2016 midnight share »

Dream Backyards Shift With Summer Trends’ Breezes

Orange County’s flawless summer days invite relaxation, and some of its luxury backyards boast features on par with five-star resorts, begging the question: “Why would anyone need to leave home to go on vacation?”

By Kim Haman June 27, 2016 midnight share »


Microsemi Corp. partnered with Discovery Cube for the company’s Corporate Cube Challenge on May 19, a first-of-its-kind fundraiser that took in $250,000.

By Kim Haman June 20, 2016 midnight share »

May Price-Per-Square-Foot Tops Year-Earlier Figure

Orange County’s luxury home market saw 25 transactions close between $4 million and $12 million last month, when the median price for a home along the coast was just under $6 million.

By Kim Haman June 13, 2016 midnight share »


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