CoreLogic: Home prices up 6.8%

Orange Region house prices as well as sales were both up from year-ago degrees, property information firm CoreLogic reported Wednesday.

The mean rate of an Orange Region residence, or the price at the navel of all sales, was $623,000 in November.

That’s up 6.8 percent year-over-year to the second-highest average since home costs collapsed in 2007.

November was the 43rd successive month of year-over-year cost gains. Orange Area’s typical is up $223,000 considering that the healing began in the wintertime of 2012.

And November was the 2nd straight month that the average rate of a newly developed home reached an all-time high: $965,000.

Market observers advised, nonetheless, that increasing rates and tape-record brand-new home costs could be due in part to a rise of pricier sales or a reduction in a lot more affordable sales, either of which can alter the median upwards.

Sales, on the other hand, enhanced 1.9 percent year-over-year to 2,444 houses in November.

Although sales are up from year-ago degrees, November was the third-slowest month of 2015, due partially to the periodic downturn that happens as the vacations method.

CoreLogic figures show that 33,387 Orange Region houses have transformed hands this year up until now, up 7 percent– or 2,100 residences– from the very first 11 months of 2014.

Costs and also sales also were up across the board throughout the 6 Southern California areas consisted of in CoreLogic’s November housing file.

The typical rate of a Southern California house was $438,000, up 6.8 percent year-over-year, CoreLogic reported. Sales in the area overall 16,122 transactions, up 2.4 percent.

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House fires in Buena Park and Irvine displace residents

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. A number of people were displaced from their houses Tuesday after home fires in Buena Park and Irvine, authorities claimed.

Orange County Fire Authority teams initially responded at 6:30 p.m. to a single-family residence in the 8100 block of Lime Circle in Buena Park, Capt. Steve Concialdi stated.

A lady was viewing TV in her room when the power headed out. She used an electrical switch to bring back power, which caused a fire to damage out behind her stylist, Concialdi claimed.

When firefighters arrived, they were informed by citizens that one of their three pet dogs was still inside the residence, which was loaded with hefty smoke.

Regarding 30 fire officials, which included Anaheim Fire & & Rescue, snuffed out the blaze with 15 mins as well as rescued Fredrica, the family’s 2-year-old dog.

“The family members was satisfied that the firemens were able to save their expecting Chihuahua mix,” Concialdi claimed.

Southern The golden state Edison and the Southern The golden state Gas Company teams were called to the house. A city structure inspector deemed the house unliveable.

5 adults and a 14-year-old child were displaced, however said they were going to stick with family members.

The house endured $60,000 in damages. Private investigators believed an overloaded circuit was accountable for the fire.

Nearly a hr later at 7:25 p.m. OCFA was phoned call to a two-story home on Burke near Fillmore in Irvine. That fire began in the garage area and infect an upstairs bed room.

It was controlled by 8:20 p.m., claimed Battalion Chief Steve Edwards.

The fire was created by three multi-plug adapters that were strung together, Edwards claimed. The middle adapter fell short, causing the fire. The adapters were being utilized to power Christmas lights.

The damages for the residence was estimated at $75,000 to the framework as well as and one more $35,000 for its materials.

The American Red Cross of Orange County assisted the 4 displaced adults who lived in the residence with finding shelter.

No one was harmed in either incident.

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Man accused of vandalizing Buena Park Sikh temple seen apologizing to congregation in online video

BUENA PARK– A 20-year-old guy implicated of ruining a truck parked at a Sikh holy place was seen in an online video clip apologizing to the churchgoers, declaring his activities were fulled by alcohol and also not implied as hate speech.

Brodie Durazo was apprehended Dec. 9 on uncertainty of ruining Gurdwara Singh Sabha temple, 7122 Orangethorpe Ave., car park wall surfaces as well as a vehicle with an off-color phrase regarding the ISIS terror group.

Sikhism – or Sikhi – is an Indian religion and also not affliated with Islam.

Buena Park cops linked Durazo to the holy place criminal damage by contrasting the lettering to comparable graffiti repainted in a neighboring area, that Durazo confessed to painting in a mobile home park previously in the day.

In a video clip uploaded by The Sikh Union, a man recognized as Durazo is seen reviewing an apology letter to the churchgoers on Sunday.

“Not just did I disrespect you, your religious beliefs, your ideas, however I also disgraced myself, my family as well as my Christian ideas and our highest power also,” Durazo said.

“I never meant to bring this stress after your church or churchgoers. There isn’t really the appropriate quantity of words to explain for my activities, yet the truth is, it was an idiotic choice I made while drunked. I ate heavy quantities of alcohol that evening and also made an inadequate choice to graffiti arbitrary locations.

“I know your men’ belief as well as church have absolutely nothing to do with the Muslim religious beliefs or Islam, that is why I did not compose the obscenity on your wall surfaces or temple. The only factor I composed what I composed on the vehicle was since I was intoxicated as well as I figured the truck takes a trip with the state and via the country.”

Durazo potentially faces a felony if the Orange County District Attorney’s Office figures out the vandalism was dedicated as a hate crime.

Cops investigators provided their case to the District Attorney’s office on Monday, and detectives are accusing Durazo of criminal damage to a church.

The District Lawyer had actually not determined Wednesday if the cost will be a misdemeanor or a felony, and it was unclear when the cost will certainly be filed, if in any way, said Roxi Fyad, a District Lawyer’s workplace speaker.

“I have actually lost numerous tears to my child and future husband,” Durazo stated in his apology. “I can not picture the quantity of stress or stress I have brought after your holy place, especially with just what is taking place in this world right now.”

“I have actually lived along with this temple for years of my life, as well as have never ever once seen you as anything yet a tranquil people.”

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Tall buyer hopes to squeeze into 268-square-foot Modjeska Canyon house with built-in tree

A 268-square-foot residence in Modjeska Canyon on the market for $324,000 has found a customer.

The micro residence, integrateded 1930, has one bedroom and restroom, a kitchen area and living space, plus an incomplete basement location.

And also the purchaser? He’s 6 feet, 4 inches tall, baseding on seller Debra Pardee.

“He can not suit right into the queen sized, integrated bed and barely suits the shower,” she said.

The house is in escrow, so the deal hasn’t already shut yet.

Yet apparently, the buyer isn’t short on ideas.

“They will certainly either make the living-room right into the room and the bed room right into the living room, otherwise they may rest downstairs,” Pardee claimed of the guy and his spouse. “They already have an outside kitchen area prepared for the back patio area.”

Did we point out that a Sycamore tree juts with your house? Luckily, it does not horn in any one of the livable square footage.

While the brokers, Charles Gilbert and also Sam Smith of Coastline Cities Property, are approving data backup offers, Pardee continues to be confident.

“Escrow is always promising,” she claimed. “However it’s still prematurely to know.”

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Whiting: Buena Park is looking to boost its tourism appeal beyond Knott’s Berry Farm

This is part of an ongoing series exploring every Orange County city.

Being a city manager in most any place is heady, rewarding and, OK, demanding. But being a city manager in a town with pirates, knights in shining armor and Knott’s Berry Farm?

Well that’s just downright fun, especially when development – such as a butterfly pavilion, of all things – that’s been wanted for decades finally starts to fall into place.

Other current construction is more, well, down to earth. It includes a new mall with 428,000 square feet of retail space as well as 700 new housing units in high-density developments scattered around the city.

Buena Park City Manager Jim Vanderpool takes a bite out of his burger at Rock & Brews, a 3-month-old rock ’n’ roll-themed restaurant next to Knott’s. He pulls out his smartphone and shows a photo: At the restaurant, Vanderpool stands between Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of the band KISS.

“How cool is that?” Vanderpool asks. It’s way cool, I agree, having gone to a KISS concert last winter. Heck, it’s fun just walking into Rock & Brews. The front door handles are made of guitar necks and are autographed by rock stars, including Simmons.

But getting Rock & Brews and, soon, the butterfly pavilion as well as a of host of other tourist attractions and improvements took hard work, tough negotiations and millions of city dollars.

It’s all part of a facelift that council members believe will make Buena Park the tourist destination they’ve wanted since the last century.


Orange County amusement park aficionados, if you will, are divided into two camps. There are Disneyland fans, and there are Knott’s families. Since I was 4 years old, my parents were Knott’s people.

For my father it was less about the rides – my first was the stagecoach at Knott’s – than it was about tasty treats. Dad loved, and still loves, Knott’s boysenberry syrup. Back in the day, you couldn’t order it on the Internet or buy it at your local grocery store; you had to drive to Knott’s.

When my own children were young, they fell in love with Camp Snoopy. A few years later the highlight was Bigfoot Rapids.

Today, unless it’s October and Knott’s Scary Farm time, the park’s focus is on roller coasters and thrill rides. And that is working out just fine for Knott’s, which added Soak City on the eve of the millennium.

But the secret to capturing tourist dollars for cities is bed taxes. And some of the aging attractions outside Knott’s weren’t cutting it.

The Japanese Village and Deer Park was the first to go, closing in 1975. Movieland Wax Museum, once the largest wax museum in the country with more than 300 figures, had 10 million visitors over 43 years. But attendance dropped, and the place closed a decade ago.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum needed a makeover and the city hoped it could convince the company to add an aquarium, as it did in Gatlinburg, Tenn. No such luck. The museum shuttered its doors in 2009.

Sacramento’s decision to kill redevelopment funds made matters worse. Instead of getting $25 million a year for redevelopment, Buena Park had a one-time giveback of $50 million.

Several years into the recession, the future looked bleak. Blight was setting in. “We were extremely concerned,” Vanderpool shares. “Our future was unknown.”


With Foreigner blaring “I Want To Know What Love Is” from some seriously powerful speakers at Rock & Brew, Vanderpool looks around the restaurant, points to Amaya, a restaurant across Beach Boulevard, and grins.

“We had to get out of our comfort zone to bring in new things,” Vanderpool says. He and other city officials attended entertainment conventions, visited different attractions. “I’ve got to credit our City Council and staff for completing our vision.”

That vision saw the city buying more than 20 acres of dilapidated property at market value along Beach Boulevard, tearing down old buildings and leaving vacant lots for new development.

Construction will start this summer on the butterfly pavilion, a 53,000-square-foot entertainment venue with real butterflies and hummingbirds. It replaces the old Movieland.

Porto’s Bakery, an 18,000-square-foot cafe, will see construction start in three months and is expected to pull in 2 million customers a year.

Marking the first hotel built in Buena Park in nearly a decade, Hotel Stanford a 10-story, 150-room hotel will start going up in late spring. Construction will start during the summer on Star ALoft, a six-story, 150-room hotel.

Pointing to Beach Boulevard, the city manager explains that an unusual agreement with the state gave the city rights to Beach Boulevard from I-5 to the city’s southern border. Soon, sidewalks will be widened, trees planted and other amenities such as benches added.

The idea, Vanderpool explains, is to offer a resort feel by allowing people to walk from their hotel to a variety of restaurant and entertainment attractions.

“We keep reinventing ourselves,” Vanderpool says. “All in all, the process has played out well.”


Rebuilding the area around Knott’s is only part of the plan to improve Buena Park. Other major efforts focus north of the 91 freeway. They include affordable housing and a new, $325 million multiuse project called The Source.

Along with retail, The Source will see residential units in a future phase and a five-story office tower and a 175-room Hilton hotel opening late next year.

Vanderpool points out that the various projects will pump in more sales and property tax revenue.

He explains Knott’s already helps generate sales taxes as well as $5.5 million in bed taxes, or 10 percent of the city’s revenues. He stresses Buena Park’s core economic engine will continue to be its car dealerships.

“We need to have a well-balanced community to be thriving economically.”

To that end, Vanderpool allows he is especially excited about the diversity of one development that mixes 26 affordable units with 128 regularly priced townhomes. “It’s very urban in terms of density.”

As we head back to city hall, we pass an Orchard Supply store. The city manager marvels, “How amazing is that to see an Orchard Supply in Buena Park? It speaks to the evolving reputation of our community.”

For a moment, his remark perplexes. The Butterfly Pavilion, I get. Sort of. But a slightly upscale hardware store?

Then I discover Orchard Supply stores are located in cities considered on the rise, places like Cerritos, Yorba Linda, Irvine.

Not bad company for a city that once mourned losing a deer park.

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