10 Things You Should Know if You Are Moving to Orange County

Rancho Santa Margarita Lake

Skip the Weather Forecast – It’s 70 and Sunny:  No disrespect to the local weather forecasters, but we don’t rely on them for much.  If they predicted 70-something for temperatures year round, they’d be right (or close to it) most of the year.  For many folks, this is the ideal and is one of the [...]

M Realty Officially Launches in Orange County

M Realty OC

This long overdue post formally announces what has been evidenced by several changes you’ve seen here recently on OC Real Estate Voice – I’ve made some big changes with my company and we are now M Realty! It’s been something I’ve carefully considered and am passionate about. To explain my reasons, I have to go [...]

“If You Find a ‘Good Deal’ – We’ll Use You”

Good Deal

Every now and then, I have a well meaning prospective buyer say to me, “I’m already working with an agent, but if you find a good deal, let me know and I’ll use you.”  Sometimes it’s someone I meet at a social event or someone that inquires from my blog. I think the buyer’s mentality [...]

Back in the Saddle


I launched this blog in May of 2008 in an effort to bring information to present and future clients that was the truest representation of what I could provide about the Orange County real estate market.   The constant drone of the Realtor community – “It’s a great time to buy” was making me feel a [...]

The Hits Keep On Comin’


The other day, I mentioned my astonishment at the Housing Affordability and Stimulus Plan and how it really leaves California (the most troubled housing markets in the country) out in the cold. Then the announcement came regarding an $8,000 tax credit.  Forgive me, but whoop-dee-do. While this may be meaningful in the lower price points, [...]

The Stimulus Plan -Big Miss for Orange County

The Homeowner Affordability and Stability Plan was recently released.  It attempts to address some of the issues that the current housing market is struggling with and I have been through some of the details and as it currently is written, I’m disappointed. Near the end of December last year I posted the article about about [...]

The Numbers Are Telling You a Story

One of the things that I constantly talk about on OC Voice, is the need to be an educated buyer or seller.  My goal is always to provide information that helps to educate my readers about what trends we are seeing – without putting you to sleep.  Heck – I still want you to keep [...]

Santa Ana Winds – They’re Back

Windy Day

I love variations in weather and believe it or not, 75 degrees and sunny, day-in-and-day-out bores me.  But Santa Ana winds are never a welcome sight. Last night, my youngest woke with a fever.  We knew she had come down with something yesterday during the Charger/Steeler game (yeah Steelers! – but that’s another post), but [...]

Here’s to 2009!


I have to say that I’m not too devastated to see that 2008 has come to an end. There was so much turmoil this year in the housing and financial markets, politics, world events and it’s psycologically comforting to have a fresh start. A lot has changed for me this year. I launched this blog, [...]

Loan Modifications May Not Be the Answer

Back to Square One signpost

This may not be the most politically correct piece that I’ll write but that’s never been my goal here on OC Voice.  So here goes…. One of my clients sent me a link to an article published online on CNBC about ‘Mortgage Re-Defaults Rising with No Sign of Slowing’.  The article states that, “…after 6 [...]