OC Fair Begins on July 17, 2015 – August 16, 2015

The OC Fair is beginning next month and celebrate 125 years of the OC Fair. The theme will be  “One Big Party.”

Orange County Fair in Costa Mesa

The 2015 OC Fair will be open:
July 17-August 16 (Wednesday-Sunday)

10 am-Midnight

The Hours of the OC Fair will be as follows:

  1. Wednesday: 10 am – 7 pm
  2. Thursday: 10 am – 6 pm
  3. Friday: 10 am – 6 pm
  4. Saturday and Sunday: 10 am – 4 pm

Tickets may be purchased through Ticketmaster.

On opening day, there will be free admission  on July 17, 2015 from noon to 1 pm. You may find other discounts here for the OC Fair. There is also a Super Pass if you want to go several times, which would be fun to do.

In addition to the incredible exhibits at the OC Fair, The Pacific Amphitheater will be having outdoor concerts which is a fabulous venue to enjoy live music. Some of the live performances at the Pacific Amphitheater will include the Steve Miller Band, Spandau Ballet / DJ Richard Blade,  Three Dog Night / Jefferson Starship and Huey Lewis and the News just to name a few. Visit the complete list of upcoming performances at the Pacific Amphitheater.

One of my favorite things to do is ride the rides!! From Pirate’s Island to the Haunted Mansion, there is something for everyone. There are minimals heights required for some of the rides, be sure to check that out as well.

Soon, we will be seeing the OC Fair getting set up, and a favorite landmark is the Ferris Wheel.

Hope to see you at the OC Fair this summer!

Pricing your Newport Beach Home like a Professional!

How to Price Your Newport Beach Home 

When you are pricing your Newport Beach home at the right price, it could make a difference in your home selling quickly, or your home sitting on the market without any offers. When a home sits on the market, the less it will sell for and the listing may become stale. Buyers want to know why the home has been on the market so long, as days on market are as important consideration.

And the longer a property is on the market, generally the offers are lower.

REALTORS® are professionals when it comes to establishing the value of your home.

Below area few tips that Realtors® use to determine the valuation of a Newport Beach property that actually gets potential buyers in the door of your home, while still getting the most amount of money for your home.

Five ways your Newport Beach Real Estate Agent will use to price your  home for sale:Newport Beach open house

  1. Home Sales History  – It is important to look at the market over the past several years to determine trends. These trends will help you to see whether the market has appreciated (or depreciated) over the past few years.
  2. Location, location, location  – You have all heard that before, especially with real estate. Consider the street, does it back up to a busy street, does it back up to sports field where the lights stay on till 10 at night? These are all factors that need to be considered when establishing the market value for your home. Another consideration in the Newport Beach area is – is there a view?
  3. Review Recent Comparable Sales  – Review the recent sales in your neighborhood and see what has sold. Make sure you are comparing “like” properties with bedrooms, baths, size, square footage, upagrades and of course condition of property.
  4. Think Like a Buyer –  A good Newport Beach Real Estate Agent will take you around to view the other properties for sale so you can view what your competition is. Look at the condition of other properties, how they present, curb appeal, is it clean and decluttered? These are all factors to keep in mind!
  5. Be Objective – remember this is business. Buyers are savvy and they have done their research. Be prepared remember they are making a large financial investment.

If I can answer any questions about pricing your home, please contact me.

Sea Lion Pups are Washing Up on Beaches in California

Sea Lion Pups are Washing Up on Beaches in California

It is so sad to see that Sea Lion pups are washing up on the beaches in California. There have been more than 2000 sea lion pups that have washed ashore this year alone. The reason they are coming up to shore is because the water is warmer.  “Scientists believe warmer coastal waters force the prey of sea lions — squid and sardines, for example — deeper beneath the ocean’s surface. Then nursing sea lion mothers must look further afield for food, leaving their pups for longer than normal. Deprived of sustenance and weakened, the pups limply wash ashore.” (source Washington Post)

Also, another reason that they are starving is the overfishing along the US Coastline. “According to the Pacific Fishery Management Council, chronic overfishing has caused sardine numbers in U.S. waters to fall by an estimated 90 percent since 2007 . . . .authorities are considering imposing a widespread ban on harvesting the species.” (source Time.com). I am hoping the ban is passed, so we will not continue to see these animals suffer.

Sea Lion Pup in Huntington Beach

It is not uncommon to see them at our local beaches, and visitors think they are cute and approach them and attempt to take photos, touch them or try to move them with a stick. Lifeguards have been informed to take a photo and send the location of the Sea Lion pup to Marine Mammal Rescue Centers.  Sadly though, many of these rescue organizations are full, and they cannot take any more. They are often malnourished and dehydrated. The sea lion below is at the base of a lifeguard tower in Huntington Beach. They look so sad.

Sea Lion Pup

What can you do? You can donate to the Marine Mammal Center and they also have a wish list of items that they need in order to help to take care of these sea lions.

Please if you are visiting one of California Beaches, and encounter a sea lion, please:

1. Do not touch, try to pick up, feed the animal or pour water on it.

2. Do not try and return it to the water.

3. Keep at least 50′ away and keep your dogs away from it too, they are scared and sick.

4. Notify a lifeguard as they have been instructed in who to contact or contact a local Marine Mammal Center.

Also, the Pacific Marine Mammal Center has a wish list. They need things like unflavored pedialyte, gas cards (to pick them up) paper towels, and Dawn liquid soap.

Spring Forward | Daylight Savings Time 2015

Spring Forward | Daylight Savings Time 2015

Daylight Savings Time will begin on March 8, 2015 at 2:00 am. If you do not plan to up at that hour, I would recommend changing your clocks on March 7, 2015 before you go to sleep.

Here are some tips to help you adjust to the new time:

  • Change all the clocks in the house before you go to sleep including clocks on ovens, microwaves and nightstand clocks.
  • Computers and phones typically adjust themselves, but if they do not, then be sure to change the time.
  • Change the clock in your car also!
  • Go to bed an hour earlier, so that you don’t necessarily feel the time change.
  • Take advantage of the early morning sunlight on Saturday morning and on Sunday morning to help your body to adjust.

Newport Beach Real Estate, Sharon Paxson, Realtor

You will now be able to look forward to evening walks or exercise. Take a bike ride, go for a job, take your dog on a walk too! Enjoy the evening with the sun still being out!


St. Patrick’s Day – Visit an Irish Bar in Newport Beach

Saint Patrick’s Day – Visit an Irish Bar in Newport Beach

Saint Patrick’s Day approaching on March 17, 2015, you may be considering where you want to go for some corn beef and cabbage. And lets not forget the green beer. Newport Beach has a few Irish Bars that you may consider visiting, I would recommend getting there early as there are many who love to celebrate this holiday.

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day from Duffy the Irish Setter!!

Duffy St Paddy's day

The following are some restaurants and bars that you may want to visit for your Saint Patrick’s Day Celebration:

Muldoons Irish Pub
202 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, California
(949) 640-4110

The Harp Inn
130 East 17th Street
Costa Mesa, California
(949) 646-8855

Malarky’s Irish Bar
3011 Newport Boulevard
Newport Beach, California
(949)  675-2340

Shamrock Bar and Grill
2633 West Coast Highway
Newport Beach, California
(949) 631-5633

Go out and enjoy some traditional Irish food and be with friends and family on Saint Patrick’s Day. However, be sure to be safe, and do not drive if you are drinking. Be sure to download the Uber app, and take an Uber home!

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!