Orange County Business Journal

Mark Mueller covers commercial and residential real estate for the Orange County Business Journal. His beat also includes title insurers and mortgage lenders, as well as government stories that relate to real estate. He can be reached at mueller@ocbj.com.

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Irvine Company Takes Balancing Act Beyond OC

REAL ESTATE: NYC buy highlights push for additions away from home

The Irvine Company has added two hometown office towers to its property management portfolio in the past year and has an even larger project moving ahead in the Irvine Spectrum, consolidating its role as Orange County’s dominant real estate owner.

Commercial Brokerages Post Fifth Year of Gains

Leasing Activity Picks Up, Sales Volumes Still Strong

A sharp increase in leasing activity, continued strength in the for-sale market, and the effects of industry consolidations propelled Orange County’s largest commercial brokerages to a banner year in 2014.

Mobilitie Man

Add Reinvention, Real Estate to His Resume

Gary Jabara has overseen two successful business startups, one major business reinvention, and a big commercial real estate buying spree—all in a little over 10 years.

Bascom Latest OC Investor to Spend Big in Bay Area

$45.1M for 220-Unit Complex in Emeryville

Add Irvine-based Bascom Group LLC to the growing list of Orange County real estate companies spending big in the Bay Area recently.

Big Blocks of Space Scarce in OC’s Best Buildings

Limited New Construction Anticipated This Year

Large holes of space in Orange County’s biggest and best office buildings are quickly filling up, particularly near John Wayne Airport, and area brokerages say few development projects are in the pipeline to boost supply.

Burnham-Ward Eyes Creative Redo on Westcliff

REAL ESTATE: Retail, eatery to join doctors

A prominent medical office building on one of the more eclectic streets in Newport Beach is about to get a big makeover.

Law Firm Makes Short Trip to New HQ at 1900 Main

Palmieri, Tyler to Move From Century Centre

Palmieri, Tyler, Wiener, Wilhelm & Waldron LLP is the latest local law firm that’s figuring out how to use less space for its operations.

Offices Top Priority for Big Investors Here Last Year

Money Shifts From Industrial, Multifamily

Deep-pocketed office investors flocked to Orange County last year looking for attractive investment yields while also betting on the market’s potential for rental growth over the next few years.

Title Work Stumbles in 2014 as Interest Rates Top 4%

New Home, Commercial Pick Up Some of Slack

Business for Orange County’s largest title insurers plummeted last year as refinance activity significantly declined.

Blockbuster Sales Still Strong, Move Ahead in 2015

REAL ESTATE: $100M+ Deals Already Top 2014’s

2015 has the makings of a blockbuster year for large real estate deals, based on the first few months of transactions in Orange County.

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