On Thursday, July 18, 2013, at approximately 1140 hrs, officers were sent to the 700 block S. Lyon St reference to a welfare check on a child found in the courtyard of the apartment complex. Once officers arrived at the scene they located a 10 year child lying on the ground and noticed that he had a long aluminum chain wrapped approximately 4-5 times around both his ankles and a black, metal “Master Lock” padlock affixed to the chain and locked. Continue reading
Orange County District Attorney Press Release
For Immediate Release, Case # 13CF1659: July 18, 2013
SANTA ANA – A man was convicted and sentenced today to eight years in state prison for pandering a 16-year-old girl and an adult woman. Quandre Charles, 39, Merced, pleaded guilty to two felony counts of pandering by procuring and one felony count of sale of a person for immoral purposes. Continue reading
Orange County District Attorney Press Release
For Immediate Releasem Case # 13CF2226: July 18, 2013
NEWPORT BEACH – A female pimp will be arraigned tomorrow for running a high-end brothel and pimping a female victim out of an apartment in Irvine. Mingshu Jin, 41, Irvine, is charged with one felony count each of pimping and pandering. She faces a maximum sentence of six years in state prison if convicted. The defendant is out of custody on $35,000 bail. Jin is scheduled to be arraigned tomorrow, Friday, July 19, 2013, at 8:30 a.m. in Department H-2, Harbor Justice Center, Newport Beach. Continue reading
On 6/3/2013 26 year old Antonia Benitez, of Santa Ana dropped off her 4 year old daughter at a local hospital suffering from open wounds and malnutrition. The 4 year old weighed only 18 lbs.
After dropping off the child, the mother fled. Continue reading
Santa Ana-based WISEPlace is a nonprofit which provides shelter and support services for homeless women. All proceeds from the event will directly support a woman who is being transformed from homelessness to a life of promise. Continue reading
SAPD DUI Checkpoint set for Friday, July 19
SANTA ANA POLICE STEP UP DUI ENFORCEMENT
In a cooperative effort with the California Highway Patrol, the Santa Ana Police Department will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License checkpoint on Friday, July 19th, 2013. It will begin at 8:30PM and is scheduled to conclude at 2:00AM. It will be conducted in the area of 1500 E. McFadden Avenue, Santa Ana, CA.
Each month Redfin, a real estate brokerage (with agents in Santa Ana), pulls neighborhood data on how frequently homes are selling, and at what price. If you are thinking about buying or selling a home in Santa Ana, the data gives you a glimpse at how easy or difficult it will be based on recent market trends. Read on for more information on the state of the Santa Ana real estate market in June.
INVENTORY: Fewer homes were placed on the market, and fewer homes sold
Like other cities around the nation, the real estate market in Santa Ana is starting to slow down from May. There were 136 homes sold in the month of June, which is down 12.8% from May 2013, and down 27.7% from June 2012. There were 203 homes for sale in Santa Ana, which is down 8.1% from May 2013 and down 46.6% from June 2012. That means there are fewer homes to choose from for people looking to buy, creating a seller’s market.
PRICE: The price of homes is down from last month, but up from 2012
As far as the cost of homes, there was a small change month-over-month, but a big change year-over-year. The median price of sold homes was $340,000, which is down 2.2% from May 2013, but is 28.3% higher than in June 2012! So overall, prices are on the rise year-over-year. The sale-to-list ratio, which calculates the price sellers were asking for vs. the price buyers paid, is 100.6%. That means that on average homes sold for a little more than they were listed for. The average number of offers on homes in Santa Ana was 1.7, so there were bidding wars on many of the homes.
BIDDING WARS: Cash is king in Santa Ana
For each neighborhood that Redfin covers, Redfin real estate agents post information on what it took to get their client’s offer accepted, or why the offer was rejected. These posts give you insight into what it takes to win when there are multiple offers on a home. In Santa Ana the number of homes for sale is low compared to the demand, which means sellers can be picky as to which offer they accept. Based on recent offer insights, it appears as though cash is king, and sometimes buyers need to accept a home “as-is” to win the bid. Here are a few examples:
- “Presented a below-asking-price offer on a Duplex in Santa Ana. Our offer was a cash offer and purchase AS-IS. There were multiple cash offers on the home and seller chose our offer.” – Maryam Amiri – Redfin Agent
- “Presented an over asking price offer on a Santa Ana town home. Buyers were countered on price, to remove all contingencies, and to accept the home as-is. Buyers countered back on the removal of contingencies and requested loan contingency to remain. Sellers rejected the offer.” – Christopher Bistolas – Redfin Agent
- “Per the listing agent, there were three offers for this South Coast Metro area home. Redfin client offered below list and there were no offers. They waited to respond, received more offers, higher, but Redfin client was a stronger buyer. Seller countered full price. All contingencies are in place.” – April Armendariz – Redfin Agent
- “This South Coast Metro Home was already in escrow. The listing agent placed it back to active to get the current buyer to perform. The appraisal came in well below the contract price. This helped force the current buyer to make a decision and make up the difference for their loan program (loan to value ratio). They had to bring in more cash to complete the sale to help ensure the sales price of 630k. We made an offer under this and the current buyer decided to perform. They closed a couple days later.” – Keith Thomas Jr. – Redfin Agent
How Santa Ana Compares
Santa Ana is an affordable option for those who are looking for homes in Orange County. Check out the chart below to see how the prices of homes in Santa Ana compare to nearby cities:
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Homes for sale in the area
The following listings are examples of homes for sale in the area, at varying price ranges. To check out additional homes for sale in Santa Ana, visit Redfin.com.
Most Expensive Home in Santa Ana
2210 North VICTORIA Dr
3bd 4 ba
Listed by: Seven Gables Real Estate
2524 North TUSTIN Ave #113
3 bd 3.5 ba
Listed by: Urban Realtists
Most Popular Home in Santa Ana (based on views at Redfin.com)
1410 West MOORE Ave
4 bd 2.25 ba
Listed by: Ricci Realty
If you’re thinking about buying or selling a home soon and have any questions on this information, I’m happy to help. You can read my recent reviews from clients and view my contact information on Redfin.com.
– Rob Brandon, Redfin Agent for North Coastal Orange County
It has come to my attention that the City Council and their acolytes are not too happy that we keep posting daily crime updates, courtesy of our friends at CrimeMapping. So much for their commitment to transparency!
There were 25 new crimes reported on Wednesday, July 17, 2013, including 11 acts of Domestic Violence – a recurring theme that can only get worse now that the City Council has voted to make it easier to open up more bars in our Downtown. Here is our latest Sana Ana Daily Crime Report: Continue reading
Thursday August 8th Konsept presents to you our very first “Fabric Fashion Show” located at The Copper Door in Downtown Santa Ana. There will be live music, big sponsors, celebrity guests, food, beer, art and our most important guest YOU. Come join us in our first upscale event where admission is always free. Do not miss out on an incredible night.
Hosted by Konsept
Performers : Continue reading
An Irvine woman was in police custody Wednesday on an attempted murder charge after allegedly running over an Orange County airport police officer with her SUV, according to CBS News.
Rebecca McLaughlin, 48, allegedly aimed her car at the officer and accelerated, officials said. She slammed into him, knocking him onto the hood of her vehicle, according to NBC News. Continue reading
Orange County District Attorney Press Release
For Immediate Release, Case # 12CF3155: July 17, 2013
SANTA ANA – A car business owner and operator was convicted and sentenced today for embezzling $200,000 from the sale proceeds of rare and vintage vehicles sold on consignment. John Calicchio, 63, Costa Mesa, pleaded guilty to 14 counts of embezzlement by fiduciary of trust, two counts of diversion of funds, and four counts of money laundering with a sentencing enhancement for property loss over $200,000. Under the State sentencing law (AB 109), the court split the defendant’s sentence. Calicchio was sentenced to 16 months in jail, two years of mandatory supervision, and ordered to pay $177,000 restitution. Continue reading
July 17, 2013
(Santa Ana, CA) – The Young Senators Program, founded by State Senator Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana), graduated 193 high school students at a Graduation Celebration at the Senators District Office in Santa Ana on July 16. The graduating class represented 19 cities and 31 high schools throughout the Orange County region.
“I’m proud of the Young Senators who have been an active part of our program,” said Correa. These students have gained valuable leadership and public service skills and will continue to serve as leaders in our community,” he added. Continue reading
The San Clemente Ocean Festival takes place on Saturday, July 20 and Sunday July 21. There’s plenty of adventure at “The Greatest Show on Surf!” Watch top California lifesavers and watermen and women compete in the Open Ocean Paddle. See the Surf Race to Victory for stand up paddlers and the National Doryman’s Association races. Enjoy sand sculpting competitions and the ever-popular Great Rubber Duck Race. It’s a fun-filled event for the whole family and it’s easy to get there on Metrolink! Start your adventure from the moment you board! Leave your car, skip the weekend traffic, and ride!
For more information about the festival, visit oceanfestival.org. Continue reading
A protest in support of Travyon Martin and against the “racist system” will be held in Santa Ana on July 18, 2013, from 6:00 pm until 8:30 pm, at 1104 S. Bristol St @ McFadden Ave., in Santa Ana.
The event organizers urge you to bring signs , banners, noise makers and people.