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In Memoriam: Elizabeth Ann Bernard Claus
(1946-2018)

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of a beloved member and director, Elizabeth Ann Bernard Claus. 

Elizabeth was born July 13, 1946 in Boston, Massachusetts and passed on April 29th, 2018 in San Clemente, California. Liz went to elementary school in the Boston Catholic Dioceses. She graduated from Regina Dominican high school in Wilmette, Illinois. She went on to graduate from Marquette University with a BA in Speech. Her dad, an attorney, who presented cases before the Supreme Court, got her a two-year internship in the White House. It was then she developed a love for politics. Liz traveled to the west coast and got a job in the film industry. While working in LA she met and married Tom who has since passed away. Liz then entered the Real Estate industry. She started with Fred Sands and ended up running all of Fred’s offices in West LA. She was living in West Hollywood and served on the West Hollywood planning commission for four years. Liz moved to Dana Point and joined Christie’s great estates as the western states manager in a territory that included every state west of the Mississippi including Alaska and Hawaii. Liz was appointed to the Dana Point Planning Commission and served 10 years. Liz met her husband Bart in 2002 while they were both working out at the same gym. Bart says, “I fell in love with Liz at first sight.” They dated and stayed together for the next 16 years, eight years of which they were married, until the Lord took her. “The Lord has taken the woman I love, my darling Liz.” All of his family and friends tell Bart she is in a “better place” and that he should be thankful for that, and he knows that. But that doesn’t make Bart miss her any less.

Arrangements are being made for Liz to be buried at sea on June 23, 2018.
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Orange County REALTORS® is dedicated to providing members with valuable market data to utilize in the business. In order to provide a quick glance at the housing market, an OC Market Snapshot for both detached and attached homes will be posted online each month. Members can use these graphics for marketing materials and listing presentations. Be sure to also review the Monthly Housing Summary for a more comprehensive look at the County. For a detailed look at over 180 neighborhoods throughout Orange County, use OC FastStats.

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The average of days on market for detached homes was 35 days. That is a drop from last year when it was 46 days. Attached homes sold in an average of 27 days compared to 38 days in April of last year.

The median sales prices in April for detached was $830,000 which is up 6.5% from 2017. Attached homes rose 10.2% to a median sales price of $512,250 from $465,000 last year.

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The twenty applicants accepted for the Orange County REALTORS® 2nd Annual Leadership Academy in September 2017, have now graduated from the intensive eight-month leadership program, and have just returned from joining more than 2,000 REALTORS® in Sacramento for the California Association of REALTORS®’ Legislative Day on May 2, 2018. 

Rita Tayenaka, 2017-2018 Academy Chair and 2015 President of the Orange County REALTORS© said, “It is the goal of the academy to give participants the confidence to embrace the responsibility to serve as a leader in the real estate industry and the community.”  

She noted, “Several of our alumni and participants have already stepped up to leadership roles not only within Orange County REALTORS© but at the state level of other real estate industry organizations such as the Women’s Council of REALTORS© (WCR).  Locally as President of the Aliso Viejo Chamber of Commerce, and in leadership roles for the Orange County Chapters of the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP), the Asian American Real Estate Association (AAREA) and Young Professionals Network (YPN). 

“We are proud to acknowledge our Leadership Academy graduates," stated Tammy Newland-Shishido, 2018 President of Orange County REALTORS©.  "They have completed the program and a legislative visit to the State Capitol. Some have already accepted leadership roles within our association, and our Credentials Committee has approved several applications from graduates as candidates for the election of the Association’s 2019 Board of Directors.”  

Graduates are:  
Cassandra Amos – Nova Real Estate Inc.
Edward Arce – Intero Home Services a Berkshire Hathaway Affiliate
Matt Cortez - First Team Real Estate
Olesya Drozdova – HomeSmart Evergreen Realty, Irvine
Leslie Eskildsen – Realty One Group Inc.
Spencer Hoo – RE/MAX Premier Realty
Laurie Johnson – Bullock Russell Real Estate Services
Sherrie LeVan – Prime OC Properties, Inc.
Jonathan Leonhardt – Team Laguna Real Estate
Yami Martinez – Altamar Real Estate
Larry Paul – C2/Thrive Financial Lawrence D. Paul, Broker
Joyce Purvis – Coldwell Banker Mission Viejo
Hanz Radlein – Berkshire Hathaway Home Services
Mary Rampone – Regency Real Estate Brokers
Tamara Romano – Home Point Financial
Jessica Siguenza – Finance of America Mortgage
Kevin Smith – First Team Real Estate
Lynne Suzanski – Coast to Canyon Real Estate
Tina Vo – Realty One Group Inc.
Lisa Yi – NextHome Coastal 

Dave Stefanides, CEO of Orange County REALTORS© is delighted that many of the graduates have already demonstrated their willingness to serve the Real Estate industry, and their communities in a leadership role. 

Local and national instructors lead the monthly training programs. The 2018-2019 Leadership Academy is now accepting applications. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. July 16, 2018. For more information, visit www.ocar.org/leadership-academy.

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Orange County REALTORS® is excited to announce a partnership with OC Fair to offer discounted tickets for members to purchase. Tickets will be available for purchase starting Tuesday, May 1 at both OC REALTORS® locations for only $10 each (regularly $12-14). 

The partnership comes from an ongoing search to provide valuable discounts for members. Benefits Coordinator, Alyssa Corsini-Wilson has spearheaded the search for discounts and benefits throughout Southern California. "We are constantly looking for benefits to provide to our members. The OC Fair is such a staple each summer that we thought it would be great to get discounted tickets for our members to share with their family and clients as well!" said Corsini-Wilson. 

In addition to the discounted tickets, OC REALTORS® will have $2 Off Coupon books available at no cost to members. "REALTORS® can use these coupons as a farming tool to invite prospective clients to the OC Fair!" explained Corsini-Wilson. Members may pick up coupon books at either office. Limit 200 coupons per member.

To learn more about the OC Fair, visit their website

To view additional discounts and benefits available to our members, visit the Benefits page.

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