Katie Murar

Staff Reporter

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

Recent Stories

COVID Causes JWA Decline

Traffic down 90% in last two weeks

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711 Coronavirus Cases

No new deaths reported Friday

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Disney to Furlough Staff

Nonessential workers move begins April 19

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Samuelis Will Pay Arena, Ducks Staff

2,100 part-timers guaranteed checks through June

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Disney, Hotels Donate Supplies; City Delivers

City of Anaheim quarterbacks donations

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Midday Stock Roundup

Impac Mortgage suspends lending

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UCI Housing Operator Axes Fees for Students

School Will Cover Lease Termination Costs

The largest operator of student housing at University of California-Irvine is letting tenants there get out of their lease without penalty, according to news reports.

Billions in Losses For Tourism Sector

HOSPITALITY: JW Marriott delayed; some 50 hotels closed

Occupancy levels across numerous Orange County hotels have sunk to single-digits as a result of travel restrictions, causing many to temporarily shutter their doors to save on operating costs.

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Irvine Co. Provides Rent Flexibility

Programs for Residential, Commercial Tenants

Orange County’s largest real estate owner adjusted its business model for residential and commercial properties in response to coronavirus concerns.

OC Hotel Investments Expected to Take Hit

REAL ESTATE: Sale of Montage, Ritz-Carlton in flux

As Orange County loses its visitor pool, a base that averages north of 4 million tourists per month, it’s also losing a pool of investors as dealmaking comes to a halt.

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Sales Tactics Shift Amid Social Distancing

Brokers Responding To COVID-19 Restrictions

The recent push to social distance Americans from each other has had a unique effect on all types of businesses, including the residential brokerage market, which relies on face-to-face interaction to showcase homes and close sales.

Disneyland Stays Closed

Anaheim resort has been shuttered since mid-March

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Hotels Layoff Staff

Temporary closures hit 650 workers

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Charter Flying At JWA Fills Niche

TRAVEL: More look to private planes

On call takes off

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WonderCon, VidCon to Fall?

80,000 attendees between two shows

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Anaheim: Closed Hotels, Canceled Groups

44 properties suspend operations

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5 Laguna Beach Hotels Temporarily Closed

Surf & Sand, The Ranch, others

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Midday Stock Roundup

NextGen up 17%

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Trinity Broadcasting Site Sells for $25.5M

EF Education First Plans New Campus

EF Education First has closed on the former Trinity Broadcasting site in Costa Mesa that will ultimately hold a new international education campus.

Prologis Inks Pair of Big Leases in Fullerton

REAL ESTATE: Beckman Center nearing full occupancy

Prologis Inc., the country’s largest owner of warehouse and distribution properties, has leased two of the three large, newly built buildings it owns at Beckman Business Center, with those deals topping half a million square feet of space.

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Irvine Creative Office Moves Ahead

REAL ESTATE: 270K-SF project along Barranca

Add plans for a sizeable new creative office project to Irvine’s busy development docket.

WeWork Continues OC Openings

Lakeshore Location In Irvine Tops for SoCal

WeWork has opened a new Irvine location near John Wayne Airport that it says is its largest coworking spot in Southern California.

Long Beach Airport Traffic Up

More passengers in January, February

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FivePoint Jumps 48%

Luxor boosts stake in developer

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Midday Stock Roundup

Healthpeak provides COVID update

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Listing Noise on Quiet Collins Island

1st Home for Sale in 5 Years; Asking $10M

One of only eight homes on the Balboa Island community of Collins Island in Newport Beach has hit the market.

Back to OC Buying for Buchanan Street Partners

Newport Beach Offices Part of Deal Activity

Buchanan Street Partners has had a busy start to the year, with transactions including the company’s first Orange County acquisition in six years.

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2020 Sales Start; A Quick Recap

$60M For Top 3 Homes

Brokers have pointed to a resurgence in activity for luxury homes in 2020, and that’s evidenced by the top three home sales to trade thus far this year.

Harbor Lists Santa Ana Office Next to Xerox Centre

2020 East Marketed As Owner-User Opportunity

Harbor Associates LLC, a Long Beach-based real estate investor that does much of its work in Orange County, is looking to sell one of its larger local properties.

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Orange County’s Top Home Sales of the Year

Cumulative Volume Falls 7%; Buyers Demand New Product

Down 7%, still tops $465M

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Coronavirus Concern Closes Disneyland

Hotels, park dark through March

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Virus Concerns Felt At Key Anaheim Event

TOURISM: No. 2 ACC event on hold; stock hits

Coronavirus vs. tourism

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Cadigan Adds to Central OC Rental Portfolio

$41M for 116-unit Terra at Tustin

One of Orange County’s top apartment investors is bolstering his portfolio in Tustin.

R.D. Olson Breaks Ground on Apartment, Hotel Project

Largest Commercial Project For Westminster in Years

R.D. Olson Construction has begun work on a mixed-use project described as a “social hub and cultural landmark” in Westminster’s Little Saigon district.

CRE Blockbuster Deals Down 19%

Nervous Buyers, Overly Optimistic Sellers

A cautious buyer pool contributed to a drop-off in commercial real estate sales activity in Orange County last year.

All Leased Up

Full-Building Office, Industrial Leases Increasingly Common

The motto for companies looking for space in Orange County last year?

Natural Products Show Postponed

Move comes on coronavirus, community pushback

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Midday Stock Roundup

U.S. markets try to recover

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ACC Show Predicts Attendance Drop

Coronavirus causes cancellations

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Los Alamitos Federal Building Eyed for Sale

Not Just Ziggurat Being Considered

As the federal government considers the sale of a dozen properties across the country, it’s not just the massive Chet Holifield Federal Building in Laguna Niguel that’s being considered in Orange County.

Hotel Dreams in Vegas for Shopoff Realty

$250M+ Project; Partnering with Contour

Shopoff Realty Investments is quickly expanding into the hospitality sector, both in and out of Orange County.

Life Time’s OC Focus: Rapid Fitness Growth

RETAIL: Gyms now; office, residential later?

Life Time Inc. is helping to pump up Orange County’s retail market.

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Ziggurat’s Last Stand?

Future of Iconic Laguna Niguel Facility in Question, Once More

$300M highest and best

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Applied Medical Buys Again, in Lake Forest

DEVICES: OC holdings now run 1.6M SF

RSM device maker keeps buying buildings

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Disney Parks Boss Takes Top Spot

Chapek is new Disney Co. chief exec

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Midday Stock Roundup

Stock market plummets amid coronavirus fears

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Largest West Coast Home Depot Site Listed

$60M Price Tag, 225K SF, 18 Acres

An Anaheim retail property home to Home Depot’s largest West Coast outlet has hit the market, with a price tag of $60.7 million.

Healthcare REIT Adds Office Next to Saddleback Hospital

REAL ESTATE: $42M for Taj Mahal buy

Healthcare Realty Trust Inc., a medical office-focused real estate investment trust valued at about $5 billion, has expanded its area holdings with the purchase of the Taj Mahal building in Laguna Hills.

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WindWater Starts CRE iBuying Service

‘First of its Kind in OC’; Similar Models for Homes

As residential brokerage websites like Zillow and Redfin up their online home selling platforms, a growing new service largely known as iBuying, one Orange County firm is looking to bring the instant-offer model to the commercial real estate world.

FivePoint Changes C-Suite Structure

Lynn Jochim now sole COO

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