July 2008

Our Seaside Brokers office is just across the street from the Red Car Museum.  That’s an heirloom of the electric car days.

I heard that the local historical society will host a Red Car Day on August 23 from 10am to 4pm.  There will be music and prizes for those of you who will enjoy the reminders of Seal Beach’s past.

This evening was the first of the six summer concerts at the Seal Beach pier.  Everyone must have been looking forward to these concerts because there was a nice and happy crowd.  I had a good time even if I couldn’t be there for the entire show.  Somehow the music always sounds better by the ocean.

How did you enjoy it?  Let me know.

On Sunday, July 29th (11:00 AM to 3:00 PM) Belmont Shore will host a family fest on 2nd Street between Corona and Nieto Avenues.  Children (for $5) will enjoy a bounce house, a giant slide, face painting, sport demonstrations, games and more.  Both the police and fire departments will be showcasing their vehicles and some of their special talents. Complimentary hot dogs will be provided by the Long Beach Fire Department.

To learn more about this family fest and other events later in the summer, see the posting at http://longbeachliving.wordpress.com/2007/06/20/whats-happening-in-belmont-shore-this-weekend-and-more/

If you haven’t visited Seal Beach before, let me just mention that Main Street from PCH to the pier is the business and shopping center of town.  As we’ve mentioned it has a nice charming all American feel about it.

We’ve got a lot of restaurants (very good ones, I might add) and stores for you to visit (sea shells, bikinis, music store, Hawaii store, beachy knick-knacks, etc).

To enable you to get a preview, I have a map with some of the stores highlighted for you.  Visit my website at www.pathaleonline.com and click on “Beach maps”.  It’ll take a moment to load and it will zero right in on our charming Main Street.  Our offices are marked, too — Seaside Brokers.   While you’re at my website, you can also click on “contact me” if you’d like to get more information about the area’s real estate.

Stop by and visit.

Date a house?  This may sound strange, but it’s an interesting idea.  It is a new way to showcase a house.

I found it on another REALTOR’s blog.  Read more about it by visiting http://charlottenakhla.wordpress.com/2008/05/15/real-estate-reality-tv/.  You’ll find a link to the actual “date a house” website.  

If you’re interested in doing this with a Seal Beach area house, let me know.  Visit my website at www.pathaleonline.com for our office address and telephone number.  Or you can contact me by using the “contact me” form.

Seal Beach has been hosting summer series of music concerts annually for several years.  The 2008 free summer concert series will be weekly on Wednesday nights beginning July 23 at the Seal Beach pier.  The program begins at 6pm.

Here is the concert series lineup:

July 16 – Jonathan Blake – acoustic, alternative, and blues rock

July 23 – Kelly Fitzgerald Group – folk, blues, and rock

July 30 – The Regular Guys – rock

August 6 – Danny Dean and the Homewreckers – rockabilly and blues

August 13 – The Elm Street Band – classic rock

August 20 – The Eliminators – surf

These events are sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and are a nice way to spend an evening listening to music and being kissed by the breezes.  See you there!

The National Association of REALTORS (NAR) revised their forecast for 2008.  In summary, resale home sales and prices will fall about 6 percent this year.

In 2006, there were 6.48 million reseale home sales, then dropped 12.8 percent to 5.65 million in 2007, and will drop to 5.31 million this year.  It will rise 5 percent to 5.58 million in 2009.

In 2007, the median price of resale homes was $218,900, and will drop to $205,300 this year.  it will rise 4.3 percent to $214,100 next year.

Call me to discuss how this compares to activity in the local area.  You can visit my website at www.pathaleonline.com.

A Cessna 150J towing an advertising banner in nearby Sunset Beach did an emergency landing in the shallow waters of Seal Beach.  The pilot walked away with only minor cuts and bruises.  There were no other injuries.

The plane did not suffer any structural damage.

July 19 is the date of the 3rd annual Sunset Beach Classic Rock Beachfest.  The “tribute” band Led ZepLand will perform at this festival.  The festival’s objective is to raise money for the community of Sunset Beach.

Sunset Beach is located just south of Surfside and Seal Beach.

A blog posting at http://blog.redfin.com reported on the results of the Orange County Tax Assessor’s 2008-09 Local Assessment Roll of Values.  The total net taxable value is over $424.0 billion, an increase of $15.2 billion, and up 3.74% over last year.

According to the Tax Assessor’s press release, “Irvine is firmly the county’s number one city with the highest total assessed value of $47 billion, an increase of 6.22% over last year. Newport Beach is second with a value of almost $38 billion or a 5.83% increase over last year. Anaheim is the third highest at $34.9 billion. The City of Seal Beach has the largest percentage increase in value this year, up about 9.89%, followed by Tustin with a 9.71% increase, and Laguna Beach with a 6.88% increase.”

The report also showed that Seal Beach had 6,385 parcels – only La Palma, Los Alamitos, and Villa Park had smaller parcel counts.

Assessed values are not the same as selling prices.  Visit my website to learn more.  www.pathaleonline.com.  Or call me and I would be happy to discuss this with you. 

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