OCBJ SPECIAL REPORTS

Office’s Mixed Bag

The office sector in 2021 “will be the most interesting to watch as employees start to return,” notes CBRE’s Kurt Strasmann.

Multifamily: Focus on Affordability

Three recent blockbuster deals in the multifamily sector have been geared toward increasing OC’s inventory of affordable and workforce housing, another supply-constrained product type.

Retail’s Losses are Other’s Gains

The retail and hospitality sector have struggled throughout the pandemic, as brick-and-mortar retail suffers from shelter-in-place mandates and travel restrictions keep hotel occupancy in the low double-digits.

Homebuilders See 2020 Rebound Continue Into 2021

Attached Homes Up 24%; Lack of New Inventory

Local homebuilders and developers enter 2021 on a wave of optimism, with the biggest challenge finding land in Orange County to build more homes, especially less-expensive offerings

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Great Park Grows, to Resume Land Sales in 2021

Great Park Neighborhoods, which has a trio of active sales communities in Irvine, Rise, Novel Park and Cadence Park, saw a sales boost in 2020.

Rancho Mission Viejo Preps Next Phases

The master-planned community of Rancho Mission Viejo saw a drop-off in sales last year due to a lack of supply, not demand, as the South County development nears sell-out of its second large neighborhood and prepares to begin land sales for the third.

FINANCE: Sees ‘once in a 100-year moment’

When the economy’s faltering, Stephen Gordon sees opportunity.

OC Banks Roar Back to Life

Latest Earnings Show Stunning Turnarounds

CommerceWest Bank attained a remarkable achievement in the fourth quarter—its $582 million loan portfolio had zero non-performing loans despite being in the middle of a pandemic that has devasted thousands of businesses.

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First Foundation Relocating, Sort of

Moving Corporate HQ to Dallas Area

First Foundation Inc. (Nasdaq: FFWM) made the quarter’s most surprising announcement when it said its holding company’s headquarters will move to the Dallas area.

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Banc of California’s Profit Emerges

‘Made Significantly’ More Money in 2020

Since Jared Wolff in 2019 became CEO of Santa Ana-based Banc of California Inc. (NYSE: BANC), the second biggest in Orange County, he’s focused on lending to the real estate and health sectors. He’s dumped expensive pet projects of previous executives such as the naming rights to a new soccer stadium in downtown Los Angeles.

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BofA Execs Find Home in Newport Beach

Orange County has become a hot spot for high-ranking executives covering the West Coast for Charlotte, N.C.-based Bank of America Corp.

Bank Deposits Soar 23% to $151B

Pandemic Fears Overblown; Branches Continue Decline

Fears from a year ago that banks in Orange County could face a shellacking because the pandemic would force massive defaults by borrowers proved to be overblown.

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Venture Capitalists Investing in AI, Health, Wellness

VCs Reduce Local Investments to $97M

Venture capital firms with offices in Orange County decreased their local investments last year by about 11%.

Avanath Buys Local, With Irvine Church’s Help

REAL ESTATE: Garden Grove apartments; COR partnership

When Irvine’s Avanath Capital Management LLC was moving forward late last year on plans for an initial public offering for its real estate investment trust offshoot Aspire Real Estate Investors, Chief Executive Daryl Carter met with his share of Wall Street heavyweights.

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Change in Design

Carol Dobbs Expands Boutique Offerings, and Community Dialogue

Carol Dobbs sews, paints, tie dyes, and runs the specialty boutique C Dobbs in Newport Beach

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