Katie Murar

Staff Reporter

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

Recent Stories

New Cases Climb Higher in OC

300 COVID-19 cases reported on average

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Midday Stock Roundup

Interlink leads local tech stock gains

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High-End Buyers Push OC Market to Record Highs

SeneGence Founder Lists Shady Canyon Home

Orange County’s wealthier residents have increasingly taken center stage when it comes to snapping up the region’s inventory of high-end homes

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The Cost of Luxury

As OC’s Secondary Home Market Grows, So Do Property Services

A boost in sales of ultra-high-end homes in Orange County is leading to more work for those catering to the area’s well-to-do

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Buena Park’s The Source Listed for Sale

600K SF Mixed-Use Center; Hotel Component in Bankruptcy

The Source features a collection of shops, restaurants and entertainment options designed to cater to the region's Korean community

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Moshayedi Shifts Into New Gear: Used Car Sales

AUTOS: Real estate firm launched site for car sales

Currently looking at buying opportunities in California, Arizona and Nevada, with a couple deals in the works in Orange County

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IRA Capital Pays $40M for Local Apartments

Irvine Firm Planning $1B in Investments

IRA Capital is ramping up its focus on the multifamily sector, with a recent portfolio acquisition topping $40 million in Orange County

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Apollo to Buy New Home Co. for $338M

New Home to go private

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Midday Stock Roundup

Netlist down 22%

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OC COVID-19 Case Counts Off Prior Lows

OC back to posting daily figures

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Alere Goes Electric: Inks Tesla for New IE Facility

San Bernardino Lease Runs Nearly 322K SF

Alere capitalizing in Orange County, recently acquiring two industrial facilities in separate deals topping $35 million

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Irvine’s J+R Group Buys Dental Co. HQ

OFFICES: Irvine creative building trades for $34M

J+R Group's first local buy in years is the largest reported single-building office transaction in Irvine so far this year

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Sares Regis Sells Surf City Buildings

2 Buildings Near Former Boeing Development Site

Sares Regis has taken a pause from adding to its Surf City portfolio

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Record Price Paid for Brea Apartments

REAL ESTATE: $108M for La Floresta complex

Apartment market demand continues to increase as largest reported apartment deal in Brea in over a decade takes place

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Nearly 70% of OC’s Eligible Population Vaccinated

Local cases show signs of increases

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Midday Stock Roundup

Netlist continues gains

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Kristie Goshow Named CCO at KSL Resorts

Hospitality firm now based in Irvine

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Midday Stock Roundup

Netlist jumps 13%

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Smithcliffs’ ‘Understated Elegance’ in Laguna Beach

Rebuilt Home Hits Market for $48.9M

A rare listing with an even rarer asking price has come online in the community of Smithcliffs, an exclusive Laguna Beach gated neighborhood home to some of the area’s top business executives

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Chinese Investor Pays $42.8M for Airport-Area Offices

Low-Rise Campus Next to Edwards HQ

Orange County office investment brokers are seeing signs of increased activity in the foreign investor pool

New Placentia Industrial Facility Leases Up

Oadeer, Expo Leases Top 93K SF

A Placentia industrial development is fully occupied shortly after wrapping construction, as two firms inked separate lease deals totaling 93,383 square feet

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Rethinking OC’s Office Scene

Employers Use Design To Attract, Keep Talent

Orange County office space is being reimagined after pandemic as employers adjust to more inviting and flexible spaces

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Interior Logic Acquires Residential Design Services

Irvine Firm Grows Business in $215M Deal

Orange country’s largest provider of outsourced interior finish and design services for homebuilders, has its sights on building a bigger home of its own

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After Slow 2020, TI Firms See Business Return

Top 23 Firms: 2020 Work Down 12% YOY

Tenant-improvement contractors are finally starting to see demand return after pandemic disruptions

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Vaccinations Climb Higher

1.8M OC residents fully vaccinated

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Irvine Amazon Facility Trades for $180.8M

REAL ESTATE: CBRE affiliate buys local hub

Amazon’s primary Irvine distribution facility has traded hands with an industrial transaction that tops recent Orange County numbers

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Waterford’s Pasadena Buys Pushes Rental Spree Past $1B

Continues to Focus On Essential Housing

Six acquisitions since the end of 2020; focus on middle-income sector continues with Pasadena purchases

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Alliant Insurance Moving Base to Irvine

Office Tower Space Still Seeing Activity

Low to mid-rise buildings may be the darlings of the office sector in post-pandemic Orange County, but high-rise offices are still in demand

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Irvine Co. to Reopen 2 Hotels Under New Brands

HOSPITALITY: Seeks operator for Irvine, NB sites

The hotel industry is evolving and pandemic closures created new opportunities for hotel rebranding and property renovations

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Anaheim’s Allure: $200M+ Of Hotel Sales in Region

TOURISM: DoubleTree, Candlewood are latest hotels to trade

Two hotels in the vicinity of the Anaheim Resort region have traded hands in separate deals that top $100 million

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Savvy Investor, Savvy Employer

REAL ESTATE: Greenlaw builds fuss-free business

One of Orange County’s more savvy real estate investors is also among the most private, though a look behind the scenes hints at Greenlaw Partners’ success strategy

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Nearly 1.8M OC Residents Fully Vaccinated

60,000 doses given in past week

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Irvine Co. Seeks New Operator for Hotels

Company to “reimagine” Hotel Irvine and Fashion Island Hotel

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Midday Stock Roundup

Skyworks up; restaurants down

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Anaheim Becomes An Investor’s Destination

$120M of Sales Signal Start To ‘Incredible’ Recovery

As visitors return to Anaheim, investors have their eyes set on hospitality investments and tourism potential

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Rancho Mission Viejo Selects 1st Rienda Builders

7,000-Home Project To Open Next Year

Model homes built by Tri Pointe for the Rienda community are expected to open in 2022

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OC’s Medical Offices Outperform Sector

Investment Up 60%; 2021 Remains Active

Healthcare properties in Orange County have largely outperformed other office sectors in terms of sales in a trend that predates the pandemic

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OC Hotels Return With Vigor

Trio of New Properties Add 1,250 Rooms to Base

Strong signs of life for Orange County’s hotel sector with lifted restrictions and the return of Disneyland crowds

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90,000 OC Vaccine Doses Administered in Past Week

3.4M doses given to date

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1.7M OC Residents Fully Vaccinated

Most OC residents have received one dose

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Less Than Half of Disneyland Employees Have Returned

Report: 15,000 out of 32,000 currently working at Anaheim resort

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OC Launches Mobile Vaccine Program

Businesses, groups can book free service via Othena

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OC Phasing Out COVID-19 Data

OC HCA scales back on posting metrics

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AAG Moves HQ to Irvine High-Rise

Reverse Mortgage Leader Using Hybrid Model

HQ move focused on post=pandemic hybrid model to accommodate the growing workforce and employee preferences

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Putting the ‘Park’ in Park Place

LBA Reworks 2.2M SF At Mixed-Use Campus

New park development influenced by the pandemic as demand has risen for increased outdoor collaboration space

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Crystal Cove’s Allure: Estate Asks Nearly $70M

Style Captures Flair Of Designer Amini

A newly built Crystal Cove estate referred to as the Palais de Cristal has hit the market for nearly $70 million

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Vaccine Pace Up in Past Week

25% more doses administered

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Nearly 1.7M OC Residents Fully Vaccinated

Most residents received at least one dose

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OC Reopens Along with State

Anaheim Convention Center books new business

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OC Preps for State Reopening

Disneyland to lift mask requirements

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