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October 15th, 2014 at 1:00 pm

Special_Olympics

Agent Sarah Robinson is teaming up with her parents to support the Special Olympics of Southern California’s annual Fall Games, which will be held December 13 and 14 in Fountain Valley and Irvine. The director of entertainment and ceremonies for the games for 15 years, Robinson volunteers alongside her parents, Jim and Rhonda Dusa, also residential real estate specialists.

“My entire family acts as one big volunteer unit for the games throughout the year for both the Summer and Fall Games,” comments Robinson. (more…)

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September 29th, 2014 at 11:27 am

BHHS-Map

The Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices brand recently celebrated a milestone anniversary. It’s now been one year since the inaugural brand transition, which took place in Southern California. On Sept. 23, 2013, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties transitioned 63 offices and more than 2,500 agents. It’s been an amazing year! In fact, since then Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices has grown to include more than 1,000 offices nationwide. The map above shows offices throughout the United States. As Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices continues to grow, the team is more devoted than ever to creating and delivering an unparalleled customer experience throughout the real estate transaction process.

 

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September 26th, 2014 at 10:31 am

Apple-picking

It’s harvest time again in Southern California, and that means apples are ripe for the picking. Before you head to the orchards for some hands-on fruit shopping, follow these common-sense tips and tricks:

  1. Research your orchards. Determine what you want out of your orchard – organic, low-spray, etc. Don’t hesitate to call the managers and ask about pesticides.
  2. Pack snacks or lunch. Never assume because you’re going to an orchard that food will be available. Stay on the safe side and pack snacks or a lunch.
  3. Plan for the weather. Will it be sunny? Bring sunscreen. Will it be rainy? Pack an umbrella or rain jacket.
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September 24th, 2014 at 11:30 am

Cutting-Board

What’s the one item you use almost every day in your kitchen?

Your butcher block and cutting board.

If it isn’t the most-used item, it’s likely high up on your list. If you have a wood cutting board or butcher block, you likely know how much damage they can sustain. However, when cared for properly, these wooden pieces can last a lifetime or longer. Wood surfaces show dirt and blemishes much quicker than the plastic variety. To keep your wood surfaces intact, start by knowing when to use them. Avoid using your wood block to cut raw meat or poultry. Keep a few plastic cutting boards in your kitchen for these types of projects. Use your wood block for cutting cooked meats, fruit and vegetables.
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September 24th, 2014 at 10:00 am

Sunset

While there are many opinions about the state of the housing industry, one thing we know is that prices are on the rise in Southern California. According to DataQuick, spring 2014 saw housing in California jump to its highest level since 2008. Just a year ago, buyers looking to purchase in Southern California could get a good deal. Those levels are starting to even out, but if the trend continues and housing costs rise, buyers thinking about moving toCalifornia should look to make their move soon.
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