Orange County things to do

FREE Equity Management Seminar in Irvine

Posted on July 31, 2007. Filed under: Home Seller Tips, Informed Investor Alliance, Orange County Real Estate, Orange County things to do |

Calling all South Orange County Homeowners!!!  I wanted to post about a great event coming up on August 28th at Waters Lakehouse, off of Irvine lake….  

YOU are invited to Derek Beisner and William Jordan’s one of a kind FREE DINNER Seminar!!  As a personal investor I didn’t think I would learn much by going but I surely did and took lots of good notes 🙂  Derek and William are totally on key with creative ideas to maximize your money.

You are cordially invited to attend a FREE DINNER SEMINAR.

This event is by invitation only.  Please R.S.V.P. to reserve the number of seats you’ll need.  Seating is limited, so call Bettie Blauser at (949) 380-8600 xt 221 today.

How the Affluent Manage Home Equity to Safely

and Conservatively Build Wealth”

This Financial Seminar is designed to help you learn the following:

·    Why people fear mortgages and why you shouldn’t!

·    Why large equity in your home can be a big disadvantage!

·    Why you should separate equity from your home!

·    If you were offered an investment that could never go up in value, but might go down, how much of it would you want?  How much do you already have?!

·    Is equity in your home a prudent investment?

·    Should you make extra principle payments on your mortgage?

·    Does substantial equity in your home enhance your net worth?

You will also learn the one secret to financial planning that

most professionals don’t even use!

You do not want to miss this workshop if you:

·    Have equity in real estate.

·    Are planning to retire within the next 1 – 20 years and want to maximize your income in retirement.

·    Would like to increase your wealth without taking additional risks.

Your hosts and speakers will be William Jordan and Derek Beisner. Derek Beisner has been a Mortgage Professional for over 11 years and has helped his clients achieve their financial goals with his unique approach to Strategic Equity Management.  Derek has helped many of the Weeks Team buyers with mortgage advice and great rates.  William is President of Sentinel Capital Management, Inc.  For the last decade, William has been educating and assisting Orange County’s investors in planning their financial futures.   He does this by designing financial strategies to allow them to accomplish the financial goals that are most important in their lives without undue sacrifices to lifestyle or unnecessary investment risk.   Mike & I PERSONALLY use William as our “financial strategizer” and think that he is one of the smartest people we know.  If your financial advisor calls you once a year on your birthday you need to talk to William. 

This is an educational seminar with no attempt to sell specific investments.  There is no cost or obligation.  We guarantee it will be time well spent!!

Tuesday, August 28th @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Waters Lakehouse Restaurant

4615 Barranca Parkway, Irvine, CA

Check in time is 6:15

Seating is limited and reservations are required.  Everyone attending learns seldom heard money-saving strategies.  Reservation Line:  (949) 380-8600 xt 221.

P.S.  Call now because seats can fill up quickly.Call (949) 380-8600 xt 221 ask for Bettie.

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Orange County, CA Volunteer Opportunities

Posted on July 29, 2007. Filed under: OC Charities, Orange County things to do |

This summer our Saddleback small group decided to volunteer with Orangewood childrens home.  Orangewood had some great one time volunteer opportunities so I figured I would blog and get the word out 🙂 

ChildspreeLast week we refereed, kept score, and served food at Orange High School for a 3-3 basketball tournament.  Today we got up waaay too early (but it was worth it) for a program called “childspree”, sponsored by Orangewoods Jaycees foundation.  Basically kids in need got to go on a shopping spree at Mervyns in Foothill Ranch.  It was a really nice setup… each child got a book bag stuffed with a ton of supplies, and then they got to go into Mervyns and buy up to $100 worth of school clothes.  Each child had a volunteer personal shopper to help them find their sizes and styles.  I helped a boy named Andrew he got some really nice clothes and shoes.  They have lots of great sales right now! 

ChildspreeFoothill Ranch Dennys provided a a hash brown and egg breakfast for everyone, Starbucks donated coffee, FHR Police and Fire Dept stopped in, and there was a bounce house for the kids too. If you would like to get involved next year just get in touch with Sarah Whittenberg-Hawe @ 714-329-7521 or email .

Foothill Ranch is the “newer” area of Lake Forest, and it currently has 110 active properties ranging from 285K – 1.3M.  It’s a very clean, well planned city, and it reminds me a bit of Aliso Viejo.  We highly recommend it to first time buyers because you can get a newer property for a reasonable price.  Currently there are 20 properties below 400K available – let us know if you would like to see any of these and we would be happy to schedule an appointment.

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Sawdust Art Festival

Posted on June 30, 2007. Filed under: Orange County things to do |

The Sawdust Art Festival in Laguna Beach is running its Summer Show from June 29 -September 2, 2007. This is an awesome event that draws  hundreds of thousands of people from around the world to experience the work of over 200 Laguna Beach artists.

Every day there are demonstrations or classes taught on everything from glass blowing, ceramics, welding, painting and drawing…which is my personal favorite.  As a fellow artist who loves to paint and draw I really enjoy visiting the Festival and get inspired to pull out my paint and brushes again.

What a great way to spend a summer evening! The setting is absolutely gorgeous and there are live performances going on each day.

Make sure you take time this summer to visit the Sawdust Art Festival to really experience some true Orange County culture.

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Too Busy for a Homemade Meal? Never!

Posted on June 22, 2007. Filed under: Making Life Easier, Orange County things to do |

Listen up friends! Want to prepare great meals, but have no time or talent? I’ve discovered the key to cooking like a gourmet chef although I can barely boil water!! Right here in Orange County, off of La Paz and the 5!

Besides the fact that I am constantly on the go. By the time I read a cooking magazine and go buy the ingredients I’ve blown the food budget for the week on one meal that might or might not turn out. It’s so frustrating.

Well, here’s the answer! Dinner Time Made Easy is a “prep” kitchen located in Laguna Hills that allows you to assemble meals that you will later cook at home at your convenience. No shopping, no chopping and NO CLEAN UP!! How it works is you go to their website and register (for free), pick a convenient time to go in, pick the meals you want to make from their menu that changes monthly, go in and assemble the meals and that’s it! I spilled some of the ingredients on the ground (oops!) and before I could bend down to clean it up one of the assistants beat me to it. Right on.

Some ladies from the South Orange County Chamber and I went together. We had a blast! They provide the container for the meal, you walk to different stations that have the recipe and all of the ingredients you need for each meal and in a matter of minutes you have a pre-made homemade meal you can take home, freeze, or prepare right away. They also provide labels to stick on the containers that tell you how to prepare it once you get home.

The website has all of the meals for the month listed with the nutritional values posted. This couldn’t be easier!! They have special events like wine tasting, preschool storybook hour and other fun dates. You can even book a private party for your friends. What a great place for the next birthday party!!

I hope you enjoy it, but remember…shhh!! Don’t let on that you didn’t do it all by yourself.

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Lake Mission Viejo is so fun!

Posted on May 29, 2007. Filed under: Orange County Real Estate, Orange County things to do |

Hey everyone! Just wanted to remind you Mission Viejo residents to take advantage of your Lake Membership! Mike & I finally went and got our ID’s yesterday (yes after two years we are so bad), and we rented a boat for $4 an hour, and went fishing. The lake has a couple beaches, fishing areas, paddle boats, kyaks, ooooh and lots of pretty homes to look at. We ARE Realtors… its our job to look right?!? 🙂

If you live in Mission Viejo, CA, and haven’t got your pass to the Lake yet, it’s painless. Just make an appointment and go to the lake office (off of Marguerite and Olympiad) with your Grant Deed. You usually get a copy of the deed shortly after buying your home, and sometimes when you refi too; so check that paperwork stack of paperwork if you can’t find it.

Mike & I parked our boat at the mouth of the river by Tortilla Flats and we caught a bunch of small sunfish. He was disappointed because he wanted to catch a big fish and eat it. Me, not so much 🙂 For his sake, though, I’ll ask you guys…where do the big fish like to hide on Lake Mission Viejo? Comment back and let us know! It was a memorable Memorial Day for us out there 🙂

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