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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 38 days. That is a drop from last year when it was 54 days. Attached homes sold in an average of 32 days compared to 46 days in March of last year.

The median sales prices in March for detached was $825,000 which is up 7.8% from 2017. Attached homes rose 6.5% to a median sales price of $506,000 from $475,000 last year.

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Orange County REALTORS® Commemorating 50th Anniversary of Fair Housing Act

Leaders from Orange County REALTORS® will join REALTORS® across the country to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, one of our country’s most significant laws guiding the real estate industry today.

“As we celebrate Fair Housing Month in April, it’s particularly important this year as we are also commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act,” said Tammy Newland-Shishido, 2018 President of Orange County REALTORS®. “Fair housing makes us stronger, and as REALTORS®, we embrace our role being at the forefront of advancing fair housing and making a commitment to address fair housing issues,” said Newland-Shishido.

All year long, members of Orange County REALTORS®, will lead efforts to raise awareness of fair housing issues by reaffirming their commitment to uphold fair housing laws and offering equal professional service to all in their search for real property.

“The passage of the Fair Housing act represents a huge step toward ensuring that all Americans have a chance to live where they choose, but there’s still much for REALTORS® and others in the real estate community to do,” said Newland-Shishido.

President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Fair Housing Act into law on April 11, 1968, noting that the right to fair housing “is now a part of the American way of life.” The legislation now prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, and national origin. 

 

To learn more about the Fair Housing Act’s 50th Anniversary, visit C.A.R.’s website.

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In Memoriam: Gene S. Griffith
(1937-2018)

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of a beloved member, Gene S. Griffith. Gene went to be with the Lord on February 17, 2018 in Mission Viejo, California. Gene was a beloved Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother, and Friend.

Gene was born in Charleston, Mississippi and then moved to Ashland, Kansas at nine years old where she attended primary school through high school. Gene attended the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas as a Kappa Kappa Gamma and graduated in 1959. She married soon after and gave birth to her first son Todd in Massachusetts. Gene and her family made their way to Dana Point, California and gave birth to her second son Scott. They moved to Huntington Beach where she gave birth to her third son David. Gene was raising a family and had a modeling career for a few years before moving to Mission Viejo in 1970. A few years later she got a divorce and got her real estate license. She enjoyed her real estate career for nearly 40 years primarily serving the Saddleback Valley.

Gene was involved in many organizations: Kappa Kappa Gamma, PEO, Red Hat Club, and various women’s bible study groups. She loved to volunteer and spent many hours doing so at Saddleback Church and her local senior center.

Gene is survived by two sons and their families: Todd Griffith, Suzan Kuhner, and Kevin; David Griffith, Dawn Griffith, and Ashley, Stephanie, Brooke, Luke; Scott Griffith (deceased), Daniel Beicht, Kacie Beicht and Scott, Danny, Ava, Nash.

Memorial service to be held at Saddleback Church in the plaza room on Thursday March 8, 2018 at 1:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Salvation Army.
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We are now accepting applications to be a 2019 C.A.R. or NAR Director. All applications are due to Debby Ritter by June 27, 2018.

State Director Responsibilities

  1. Maintain a REALTOR® membership in good standing at OC REALTORS®
  2. Abide by the terms of OC REALTORS®’ “State Director Commitment and Policy on Travel”
  3. Act as an ambassador for OC REALTORS® and its members while fulfilling your duties as a state director
  4. Agree to a three (3) to five (5) year commitment
  5. Attend all three (3) State business meetings scheduled annually
  6. Actively serve on three (3) State Committees; they may be assigned as Leadership deems fit
  7. Submit a written report detailing the issues and outcomes at each committee meeting assigned
    or requested within two (2) weeks.
  8. Invest at least $148 in the REALTOR® Action Fund (RAF) while serving as a State Director
  9. Serve in a volunteer capacity at OC REALTORS®, as a committee or task force member, as a project or event
    volunteer, or as a member of OC REALTORS®’ board of directors while serving as a State Director.

C.A.R. State Director Application

NAR Director Responsibilities

  1. Maintain a REALTOR® membership in good standing at OC REALTORS®
  2. Act as an ambassador for OC REALTORS® and its members while fulfilling your duties as a NAR Director
  3. Agree to a three (3) to five (5) year commitment
  4. Attend the two (2) NAR business meetings scheduled annually
  5. Actively serve on at least one (1) NAR Committee
  6. Submit a written report detailing the issues and outcomes at each committee meeting assigned
    or requested within two (2) weeks
  7. Invest at least $148 in the REALTOR® Action Fund (RAF) while serving as a NAR Director
  8. Serve in a volunteer capacity at OC REALTORS®, as a committee or task force member, as a project or event
    volunteer, or as a member of OC REALTORS®’ board of directors while serving as a NAR Director

NAR Director Application


DEADLINE TO APPLY: June 27, 2018

 

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