July 16th, 2014 at 10:25 pm


There’s nothing quite like summertime in San Diego. The days are longer, the nights are more beautiful and the event list can’t be beat. While there’s an endless list of things to see and do, there are a few events in particular that you don’t want to miss. One of those is coming up on July 17! Mark your calendars and start planning your bets because Opening Day at the Del Mar racetrack is on its way!

Whether you are a race veteran or you’ve never been to the tracks, this is an event for everyone. Grab a signature Del Martini and settle in for the afternoon spectacle. There are 10 races on Thursday, July 17th starting at 11:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Head over to The Party for the ultimate Opening Day experience. You can buy tickets in advance for $30 per person. Tickets include access to the microbrew beer garden, gourmet food trucks, a large private area with a big-screen video board, photo booths and prize giveaways. (more…)

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July 14th, 2014 at 7:32 pm

Regional Vice President of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties Scott MacDonald welcomes Mariana Donahue. “Mariana is an educated professional with great networking skills and an eye for design,” says MacDonald. “This will allow her to deliver optimal results for her sellers and find excellent deals for her buyers.”

Donahue gained an interest in real estate from her experiences conducting personal transactions. Having purchased and sold both primary residences and investment properties, where she supervised each phase of the design and remodeling process, she developed a talent for visualizing the potential of a space and a capacity for maximizing a home’s aesthetic appeal.

Donahue also credits her mother, who was in real estate, for inspiring her to focus on residential purchases and sales. “I’ve been fortunate to have the opportunity to learn about the industry from a young age,” says Donahue. “This has given me a belief in the importance of listening carefully to people, which is essential to helping them identify their needs and goals for the future.”


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July 7th, 2014 at 10:48 pm

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties announced today that Kanyen “Connie” Tye has joined the Irvine office. “Connie is poised for a very bright future in real estate,” says James Cameron, manager. “Her understanding of the art of property management and excellent problem solving skills make her a trusted advisor to every client she assists.”

Formerly an adjunct professor of Mathematics at Miramar College, Tye explains that she chose to move into residential sales to combine her love for helping others achieve their goals with her passion for real estate. Raised in a family with a real estate background in Taiwan, she developed a talent for negotiating from her numerous experiences conducting personal transactions and managing rental properties.


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July 2nd, 2014 at 9:11 pm


Looking for somewhere in the LA area to watch 4th of July fireworks? We’ve got you covered. Check our list for locations and times.

Agoura Hills – Chumash Park (July 6th) 9:00 pm

Alhambra – Almansor Park 9:00 pm

Burbank – Starlight Bowl 9:00 pm

Calabasas – Calabasas High School 9:00 pm

Carson – StubHub Center (Postgame)

Castaic – Castaic Lake Recreation Center 9:00 pm

Crescenta Valley – La Crescenta Elementary School 9:00 pm (more…)

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June 27th, 2014 at 8:37 pm

Home Sale

The road to buying a home looks a little different for each traveler that sets out on the journey. There is no one-size-fits-all solution or a map leading you from start to finish. However, with the right knowledge and the help of the right realtor, you can enter the market equipped with the tools required to make your big purchase with ease. Part of the preparation process is knowing what types of loans and/or programs you may qualify for. One specialty loan on the market is the VA loan.

What is a VA Loan

The VA loan program was created in 1944 in an effort to help service members, veterans and eligible surviving spouses become homeowners. The Department of Veterans Affairs does not lend money for the loans, rather it backs private lenders such as banks and mortgage companies.

Who Qualifies

  • Veterans (you’ve served 90 consecutive days during wartime or 181 days during peacetime)
  • Active-duty personnel (you’ve served 90 consecutive days during wartime or 181 days during peacetime)
  • Reservists/National Guard members (you have more than 6 years of service)
  • Eligible surviving spouses (for spouses of service members who’ve passed away in the line of duty or as a result of a service-related disability)

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