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January 18, 2012
William C. Hardesty, "Bill," 75, beloved husband, father, grandfather, restaurateur, and real estate broker passed-on Jan. 15th after a courageous battle with emphysema.  Bill was born in Denver, Colorado, on Feb. 13, 1936, to John Duncan Hardesty and Thelma Grace Hardesty. He attended Newport Harbor High and went on to receive a degree in real estate from USC. An honored member of the Newport Beach Association of Realtors since 1957, he also owned and operated the Park Avenue Café on Balboa Island for over 26 years.
January 17, 2012
James Elsworth Mizell born June 28th, 1919 in Jamesville, Martin County, North Carolina to John Henry and Effie Mae Wallace Mizell passed away on December 23, 2011 at the age of 92. Survived by his wife Joyce Picard Mizell, two of his three sisters Dorothy Stone and Joyce Hardison of Jamesville, North Carolina, son Craig Mizell, daughters Stephanie Spiller and Melanie Hanley, ten grandchildren and three greatgrandchildren. He was preceeded in death by his first wife and mother of his four children, Beverly Keene Mizell, his eldest son, James (Jamie)
By Don Jergler | December 19, 2011
Editor's Note: This is a two-part story forecasting real estate experts' top predictions for the market in 2012. * Perhaps sometime between now and Dec. 21, 2012, will be beginning of the end. In fact, some think the end is already here, and they welcome any prophecies for an end to it all now or any time in 2012 - but we're talking about the prolonged real estate market downturn here. The new year brings with it lots of questions. Is the real estate market ready for the onslaught of short sales and foreclosures we've been hearing about, and if so will these "deals" drive down prices?
By Don Jergler | November 8, 2011
If you were to tune out the din of numerous voices talking shop this weekend at the National Assn. of Realtors Conference & Expo at the Anaheim Convention Center, which is expected to draw nearly 18,000 people in the real estate business from all over the nation, you'd hear some new voices. "Hey, bra, you check out the latest home price index? It's sweet!" That's not so far-fetched if you happen to be listening Matt Clements with Prudential in Laguna Niguel. To hear him you'd almost think he was channeling Keanu Reeves' surfer dude character in "Point Break.
By Sarah Peters, | August 22, 2011
COSTA MESA - When you're done reading this article, real estate insider Holly Schwartz has 365 ideas for what to do with the rest of your day. As author of 365 Things to Do in Costa Mesa, a Torelli Realty blog that highlights local events, places and activities, Schwartz is the unofficial expert on what residents love most about the city. "There's so much going on here," said Schwartz, Torelli Realty's vice president of media and marketing. "Costa Mesa really is a small city with a big-town heart.
August 19, 2011
Christina Suzanne Reicher & Brent Michael Ball Mr. and Mrs. Robert Reicher of Newport Beach, California, are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Christina Suzanne, to Brent Michael Ball, son of Mr. and Mrs. David Ball of Corona del Mar, California.   Christina and Brent are both graduates of Corona del Mar High School.  Christina attended the University of California, Irvine, where she studied sociology and business management. She now enjoys a career in real estate.  Brent studied at the University of San Diego, where he majored in business administration.
July 29, 2011
CHARLES A. LANGLOIS Charles A. Langlois was born December 18, 1933 to Alice and Harold Langlois in Santiago, Chile.  He went to our Lord on Monday, July 25, 2011 after suffering a brain hemorrhage late Saturday evening. He joined his beloved wife of 56 years, just 8 months after she entered eternal Heaven in November of 2010. When he was 11, he and his parents came to the US on vacation, and they eventually settled in Santa Barbara.  Chuck joined the United States Air Force, and later became a proud US citizen.  He met the love of his life, Loretta May Miller in Santa Barbara and they were married in August, 1954.
July 27, 2011
The Newport Beach City Council on Tuesday approved an award of $75,000 for the Police Department from the Orange County Real Estate Fraud Prosecution Trust Fund. The Orange County District Attorney's office handles the fund awarded to law enforcement agencies in the county for investigating cases of real estate fraud, according to a press release. The fund will go toward the salary and benefits of an investigator for such cases. Real estate fraud is currently investigated by detectives in the Economic Crimes unit of the Police Department.
By Sarah Peters, | July 9, 2011
Max Gardner, the new chief executive of the Irvine-based Orange County United Way, vowed this week to do "anything he can" to meet the needs of struggling O.C. families. Gardner, a 30-year veteran of the real estate industry, joined United Way in 2005 as a volunteer. Orange County United Way's Board Executive Committee gave him the top spot in June. He had been interim president and chief executive since December. "I think that this organization has done really good work and has made great contributions to the county over the years," Gardner said.
By Sarah Peters, | April 18, 2011
The Irvine Co. has eliminated about 75 positions through a combination of layoffs and the closing of open positions, a source with knowledge of the situation confirmed Monday. The layoffs were mainly in the corporate administration and included areas like finance, the person said. A second source, who asked not to be named, confirmed that the total number of eliminated jobs was about 75. It was unclear how many jobs were eliminated through layoffs versus cutting open positions.
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