Katie Murar

Staff Reporter

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

Recent Stories

OC Case Rate Down

Case rate of nearly 47 is still far cry from red tier

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OC Vaccine Count Jumps 64%

Nearly 180,000 vaccine doses administered

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OC to End Stay-At-Home Order

OC to revert back to purple tier

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Midday Stock Roundup

Evolus jumps 15%

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Selling Newport: Oppenheim Group Sets Up on PCH

First OC Location For Netflix Show’s Firm

The Oppenheim Group, the luxury Los Angeles brokerage behind the popular Netflix series Selling Sunset, is expanding to Orange County with the opening of the firm’s second office, in Newport Beach.

Local Buyer Scores Tustin Apartments

Former NFL Player Part of Strattford

Local investment group Strattford Capital LLC headed by a former NFL player has acquired the 80-unit Woodside Garden Apartments in Tustin for $26M

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Santa Ana Apartment Project Moves Ahead

603 Units Near City’s Zoo; To Open in 2022

Construction has begun on a major mixed-use project that will bring more than 600 apartments to the city of Santa Ana.

COVID-19 Cases Down 50% in Past Week

Southern California remains in stay-at-home order

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OC to Open Second Mass Vaccination Site

County facing ‘ongoing supply limitations’

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OC Vaccine Count Updated

More than 100,000 COVID-19 vaccines given

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OC Recalls Moderna Vaccine Lot

Reports of allergic reaction in lot 041L20A

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How Many Vaccines Have Been Given in OC?

Dashboard shows vaccine demographics

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Irvine Housing Developments See Strong 2020 Sales

Among Top 50 Master Planned Communities

Irvine Co.’s Irvine Ranch and FivePoint Holdings LLC’s Great Park Neighborhoods made the John Burns Real Estate Consulting list of the 50 most successful master-planned communities in 2020, ranked by sales

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Advanced Stays Local for Apartment Buying Binge

$350M in 2020 Buys; Westminster, Anaheim

Irvine’s Advanced Real Estate Services Inc. was among Southern California’s most active multifamily investors in 2020, and certainly the busiest buyer in the area in the closing months of the year.

RSM, iHerb Among New Tenants at Spectrum Terrace

Second Batch Of Offices Completed

Irvine Co. said that it has wrapped construction on the second phase of its Spectrum Terrace office campus, which is currently 50% pre-leased following a pair of new deals.

GardenWalk’s New Talk: Pod Hostel, Cat Café

SHOPPING CENTERS: Unique proposals for Anaheim mall

New plans are under consideration to revitalize portions of Anaheim’s GardenWalk, including accommodations that would serve a much different tourism base

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Soka University Could Become Next Vaccine Site

County planning five total dispensing sites

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Disneyland to Cancel Annual Passes

Anaheim resort looks ahead to “new membership offerings”

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OC Launches App for Vaccine Enrollment

Residents, workers can sign up for vaccines via Othena

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OC Vaccines Expanded to 65 and Older

County hopes to vaccinate 70% of population by July

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Medical Office Sales End 2020 on High Note

REAL ESTATE: $80.6M for office near Saddleback

Orange County’s office investment market ended 2020 in good health, in particular for buildings focused on medical uses

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Disneyland Acting as Mass Vaccination Site

Vaccines recently expanded to include residents age 75 and older

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COVID-19 Cases Tick Up

Cases up in past week following declines

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Midday Stock Roundup

Boot Barn up on prelim earnings

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Bascom Venture Pays $100M For Wisconsin Buildings

Return Home of Sorts For Company Founders

Irvine-based Bascom Group wrapped up 2020 with its largest commercial acquisition of the past year

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2020’s Legacy: The Virtual Luxury Market

FaceTime Closings; 3D Videos the Norm

Though the pandemic didn’t end up having a negative impact on luxury home sales pricing and volume in 2020, it certainly changed the way brokers handled business.

Space Race

Richard Branson’s Space Tourism Co. Setting Up Base in Tustin

A billionaire-backed aerospace venture that aims to send wealthy tourists into space has touched down in Orange County.

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LBA Realty Building New Office at Park Place

40K-SF Creative Space; Luxe Movie Theater Nixed

LBA Realty is switching gears on plans for the former spot of the Sport Chalet, at the retail portion of its Park Place mixed-use campus in Irvine

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Orange County Expands Vaccination Efforts

Who’s next to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in OC

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Landsea Homes Reverse Merger Closes

Real estate firm to be listed Friday on the Nasdaq

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COVID-19 Testing Down

OC tests down 21% in past two weeks

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Average COVID-19 Cases Continue Slight Decline

Cases down 9% in past two weeks

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OC COVID-19 Cases Decline

Cases down slightly in past week

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OC ICU Numbers Break Records

Nearly 2,100 hospitalizations

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Midday Stock Roundup

OC tech stocks fall

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SCP Hospitality Plans $200M+ in Hotel Investments

Offshoot of Cruse’s Alpha Wave Investors

Soul Community Planet, a hospitality company launched in 2018 by former Sunstone Hotel Investors executive Ken Cruse, is in expansion mode with plans to invest north of $200 million in hotel deals and opportunities via a new investment fund.

John Ho’s Residential Success Story

REAL ESTATE: Landsea going public via SPAC

Landsea Homes, the fast-growing Newport Beach-based homebuilding arm of China real estate company Landsea Group, was launched from scratch seven years ago by one real estate executive who, at the time, had limited experience in the residential realm.

Shea Lands Big Tenant at Airport Area Industrial Project

Storage Co. PODS Takes 167K-SF

Aliso Viejo-based Shea Properties ended 2020 with plenty of leasing activity at its just built Shea Business Center in Santa Ana, including signing on its largest tenant to date.

OC Cases Continue to Surge

Cases up 40% in past two weeks

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Regional Stay-At-Home Order Extended

ICU capacity continues to shrink

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Hospitalizations Up Fourfold

1,990 hospitalized patients in OC

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Midday Stock Roundup

Impac Mortgage jumps 13%

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OC Cases Doubled in Past Two Weeks

Nearly 3,000 cases reported each day on average

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Newsom Likely to Extend Lockdown

Lockdown initially slated to end next week

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General Aviation Faring Better Throughout Pandemic

Private, charter flights see monthly gains

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20,000+ New COVID-19 Cases in Past Week

OC cases up 33%

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Midday Stock Roundup

Clean Energy up on new partnerships

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2020 Sales Momentum Expected to Carry Over

No Sign of Slowdown, Say Area’s Top Brokers

As Orange County closes on what by most indications was a banner year for luxury home sales, brokers are looking ahead to what’s to come in 2021.

Amazon’s Cypress Plans Revealed

REAL ESTATE: Mitsubishi old HQ to remain vacant

Amazon is expected to move into the former campus of Mitsubishi Motors North America Inc. in Cypress next July, following tenant-improvements currently underway at the 23-acre site.

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FivePoint’s Giving Mentality

REAL ESTATE: Philanthropy is a ‘fact’ for Irvine firm

Irvine-based FivePoint Holdings LLC is giving checks to each employee to be used for donations to a cause of their choice for the holidays

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