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Editorial: California must summon will to meet housing crisis
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Fund affordable housing: Senate Bill 2, by Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, would add fees of up to $225 per real–estate transaction to raise $250 million a year for affordable-housing programs. Senate Bill 3, by Jim Beall, D-San Jose, would ask voters to …
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SACRAMENTO — When the moon passes in front of the sun during Monday’s eclipse California will lose enough solar energy to power more than 1.5 million homes, a figure that underscores the state’s growing reliance on energy from the sun.California has rapidly deployed renewable energy and now produces 40 percent of the nation’s solar power. The eclipse presents an unusual challenge for those who manage the state’s power grid because the solar energy will drop off and re-emerge […]Original Article: http://www.vvdailypress.com/news/20170818/lights-out-eclipse-to-have-big-impact-on-california-power?rssfeed=true
On Monday, all of North America will see what NASA calls “one of nature’s most awe-inspiring sights” — an eclipse of the sun. While millions of people are expected to travel to the 14 states where the eclipse can be seen in its totality, just about anyone can see a partial eclipse from their own backyard.Many High Desert schools will be participating in eclipse events, some of which are open to the community. Here’s a quick guide for seeing the […]Original Article: http://www.vvdailypress.com/news/20170818/how-to-see-great-american-solar-eclipse-in-high-desert?rssfeed=true
HESPERIA — No injuries were reported after a vehicle struck the back of a school bus in front of Hesperia Junior High Friday, authorities said.California Highway Patrol officials said the collision occurred at 2:25 p.m. on Willow Street, just east of Cypress Avenue, and involved a white Kia Optima.”The school bus was stopped within the eastbound lane of Willow Street, with its left turn signal activated, waiting to make a left turn into the school’s […]Original Article: http://www.vvdailypress.com/news/20170818/vehicle-strikes-back-of-school-bus-near-hesperia-junior-high?rssfeed=true
HESPERIA — Fire officials believe the phrase “creating defensible space” is not a suggestion, but an action essential to improving a home’s chance of surviving a wildfire.Tracey Martinez, spokeswoman for the San Bernardino County Fire Department, told the Daily Press the upcoming fire season looks like a bad one and property owners should take safety measures in case of a wildfire.“Rain is always a double-edged sword for us — we get […]Original Article: http://www.vvdailypress.com/news/20170818/bad-fire-season-predicted-authorities-call-for-safety-preparation?rssfeed=true
Reflecting on their roles during the Pilot and Bluecut fires, individuals from an assortment of agencies and groups recently told the Daily Press about their biggest takeaways and lessons learned over the course of the two weeks last August that put a region on edge.Original Article: http://www.vvdailypress.com/news/20170818/year-after-major-fires-lessons-and-takeaways-by-those-involved?rssfeed=true
Wrestling over the numbers to determine a home’s price can be a challenge.
There’s the price the seller hopes beyond hope he can get. And there’s the buyer’s initial offer price. That’s usually different from the price he’s actually willing to pay for the house.
There’s also the price the seller’s listing agent believes the house should be listed for. That’s usually different from what the listing agent believes the house will actually sell for.
To close this seemingly insurmountable chasm, the sellers usually come down a bit from their dream price, the buyers come up a tad from their low-ball offer, and an agreement is reached.
How long that takes, how many counter offers have to go back and forth, and how much money is in each incremental counter-offer are unique to each transaction.
Yet, the fun with numbers doesn’t end there.
Unless the buyers are paying cash, the bank’s appraiser determines the appraised value of the home.
The appraiser contacts the listing agent, then makes an appointment to conduct the appraisal, which involves taking measurements, photographs, and detailed notes on the condition, features, amenities, improvements, additions and noticeable defects of the home.
The appraiser comes up with a handful of comparable homes that have actually sold in the last three months, then writes up the appraisal report.
The appraisal report includes specific details of the “subject property” as well as the comparable closed sales. The appraiser has to make value adjustments to accommodate differences between the subject property and the comp. These value adjustments are for a pool, a view, an extra bedroom, or upgrades that add or subtract from the value of the comp against the subject property.
Then the numbers get balanced, and there’s an adjusted sales price of the comparable to make it like the subject property. If all the math works out, the comps support the contract price and everyone breathes a sign of relief.
Five things can happen when the appraised value comes in less than the contract price.
The buyers can make up the difference; the sellers can reduce the price; the buyers and sellers can split the difference; or the buyers can cancel.
Or the fifth option – the listing agent digs a little deeper and discovers that there are several value adjustments that the appraiser failed to include, and she can submit this evidence as a challenge to the appraisal and ask for an amended report reflecting an appraised value at the contract price or higher.
Then cross her fingers and toes that it gets approved.
Contributing columnist Leslie Sargent Eskildsen is an Orange County real estate agent. She can be reached at 949-678-3373 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Her website is leslieeskildsen.com .Original Article: http://www.ocregister.com/2017/08/19/the-value-of-a-home-is-in-the-eye-of-the-beholder/
Corona del Mar’s football team entered its scrimmage Friday night at Huntington Beach with a duel for its coveted starting quarterback position.
The candidates are seniors Nathaniel Espinoza (dual threat, 5-9, 185) and Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks/St. Francis transfer Erik Zimmerman (spread, 6-0, 180) and sophomore Ethan Garbers (spread, 6-0, 170), brother of former CdM star Chase Garbers, now at Cal.
The position is desired because Corona del Mar features some of the best wide outs in the county, including Tae Le and John Humphreys, who caught a TD pass.
“We’re OK playing all three of them at this point,” said CdM coach Dan O’Shea, whose team opens against JSerra on Aug. 25 at Newport Harbor. “We’ll probably make a decision (on a starter) this Saturday after watching film.”
Here’s a QB breakdown of how the three performed passing and video highlights from the scrimmage:
Espinoza 4 of 8 for 54 yards with one interception
Zimmerman 3 of 7 for 54 yards with a TD and interception
Garbers 5 of 6 for 83 yards and a TD, no interceptions
Original Article: http://www.ocregister.com/2017/08/19/videobreakdown-corona-del-mar-qb-competition-heats-up-at-huntington-beach-scrimmage/
From Las Vegas to the Ivy League.
Edison quarterback Griffin O’Connor charted a new recruiting path Friday when he committed to Yale, just days after decommitting from UNLV.
O’Connor is a huge get for the Yale program. The Bulldogs also feature sophomore-to-be wide receiver Garrett White from Edison and former Sunny Hills defensive back Malcolm Dixon.
O’Connor’s commits is reminiscent of the commitment early in summer of well-known QB Brevin White of Paraclete to Princeton.
O’Connor, the reigning Sunset League MVP, passed for 3,600 yards and 37 TDs last season to help lead Edison to the CIF-SS Division 3 title.
— Griffin O’Connor (@qboconnor) August 19, 2017
Original Article: http://www.ocregister.com/2017/08/19/edison-quarterback-griffin-oconnor-commits-to-yale/
An eco-friendly home on the ocean in Laguna Beach designed by architect Mark Singer is on the market at $14 million.
The contemporary, 4,000-square foot house has an additional 2,200 square feet of outdoor entertainment areas, including a private courtyard with a saltwater pool and spa.
Inside are three bedroom suites and a kitchen outfitted with professional-grade, Gaggenau appliances. Interiors include limestone floors, Italian windows, Poggenpohl cabinets and doors with Olivari hardware.
The house at 990 Ocean Front was the first along the California coastline to receive LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum certification, according to the agents.
Eco-friendly features include solar panels, low-VOC paint, adhesives and caulking, countertops crafted by Eco by Cosentino using recycled glass and lumber certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.
The Poggenpohl kitchen cabinets were made from sustainable wood, and the windows and doors have ClimaGuard glass to conserve energy
A 1,250-gallon cistern captures rainwater for use in landscape irrigation.
The house was listed for sale during the housing downturn in 2010 at $14.995 million. It sold for $11.5 million in January 2011.
The home soon may be seen on “Real Estate Wars,” a new Bravo TV show about Orange County agents and luxury properties . Some scenes reportedly were shot at the residence. The show debuts October 5.
Listing agents are TJ Romano and Joele Watson of Surterre Properties. Watson also is one of the agents on the TV show, where she goes by JoJo Romeo.
Singer died in 2016 at age 67. He designed and built hundreds of custom homes, commercial properties, restaurants and art galleries in over more than three decades, and helped to modernize the look of Laguna Beach.
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Original Article: http://www.ocregister.com/2017/08/19/see-eco-friendly-oceanfront-laguna-beach-house-by-mark-singer-for-sale-at-14-million/