Events in Orange County | October 2017

The sights, sounds and swinging good times of the fall season are beginning to arrive! From pumpkin patches and haunted attractions to community autumn festivals, there are tons of events in Orange County this October 2017 for the whole family. Check the list of events below and start planning your social calendar.

Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival

Friday, September 29th – Sunday, October 1st
Grand Tastings Sat & Sun 2:30PM-6PM; Various VIP events throughout the weekend

Events in Orange County October 2017

Newport Beach Wine & Food is the most exclusive, intimate and world-class epicurean lifestyle event in Southern California. You’ll enjoy one-of-a-kind dinners by celebrity chefs and local masters, taste bites from 40 different top restaurants with their executive chefs and sip from over 250 varieties of wines, spirits and craft brews. VIP events, celebrity chef cooking demonstrations, master sommelier tasting panels and interactive mixology courses will all be offered throughout the weekend festivities.

San Clemente Seafest

Sunday, October 1st

The 30th Annual San Clemente Seafest at the pier will include a Chowder cook-off, arts and crafts show, surf contest, live entertainment, family fun contests and more. Enter the cook-off an individual, team or restaurant or just come by for the chowder tastings and judging. Silly contests for kids and teens (with prizes for first, second and third) include a hula hoop contest, Costco diaper derby, Rocket Fizz soda pop and candy shop bubble gum blowing contest, jump rope and tortilla toss contest.

The 17th Door Haunted House

Now – Sunday, October 31st
7PM-12AM (times vary depending on the day)

This haunted house literally includes a liability waiver and safe word before you enter. Your endurance will be tested as you progress throughout twenty-one unsettling rooms for 34 minutes of psychological terror. Can you make it through the 17th Door? This year's story and experience revolves around Paula, who has committed a heinous crime and now must pay the price...

Old World Oktoberfest

Now – Sunday, October 29th
Wed. & Thurs. 6:30-10PM; Fri. & Sat. 6:30PM-1AM; Sun. 2-7:30PM

German bands, food trucks, beer and more fun is going on for nearly two months at the Huntington Beach Old World Oktoberfest celebrations. Sundays are Kinderfest family days with Dachshund wiener dog races, Wednesdays and Thursdays are free admission and every day is good food and good fun.

Phoenix Club Oktoberfest

Friday, September 22nd – Sunday, October 29th
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays

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Get your Lederhosen on, there plenty more weekends of Oktoberfest to enjoy! Festivities include authentic German Polka Party music and live bands plus tons of beer of course. General admission is $10. Sunday Oktoberfest Brunch will be open from 10AM-2PM. Opening day on Sunday, September 24th will also feature a parade, youth dance groups, live band, free bounce house, hayrides and so much more!

Haunted Walking Tours at Fullerton Museum

Wednesday, September 27th – November 2nd
Wednesdays & Thursdays at 6PM; Mon-Fri Oct. 16-20 & 23-27

Take a two and a half hour walking tour of ghostly sites around the Fullerton Museum to get in the ghoulish mood this Halloween season. Locations to be visited can vary and may include the landmark Plummer Auditorium, where the spirits of Louis E. Plummer and one known only as the angry woman are said to watch the shows presented there. For any ghost hunters, there will also be a meet and greet with members of the North OC Paranormal Society in the museum classroom an hour before each tour where you can learn more about advances in paranormal research and how researchers debunk or confirm paranormal activity.

Knott’s Scary Farm

Now – Monday, October 31st
Select Thursdays & Sundays 7PM-1AM
Select Fridays & Saturdays 7PM-2AM

Knott's Scary Farm is where nightmares never end with 13 haunted attractions and 1,000 monsters coming out to play. Mazes, shows, thrill rides and scare zones create a creepy experience to get you in the spirits of Halloween. This year’s mazes include Black Ops: Infected, Voodoo, The Red Barn, Trick or Treat: Lights Out and more. The big question is, who will be hung from the gallows this year?

Irvine Park Railroad’s Pumpkin Patch

Events in Orange County October 2017

Now – Tuesday, October 31st
Weekdays 10AM-5PM; Weekends 10AM-6PM

The perfect place for the kids to enjoy some seasonal fun, the Irvine Park Railroad’s Pumpkin patch has tons of activities including face painting, carnival games, mini train ride, pony rides, bike rentals, paddleboat rentals, hay rides, hay maze, panning for hold, John Deere racers, a small haunted house and cookie decorating. Remember, if you come by on a weekend, come early to avoid long lines into the park and parking issues.

Tustin Tiller Days Festival & Parade

Friday, October 6th – Sunday, October 8th

An annual event since 1957, the three-day festival celebrates Orange County’s agricultural heritage and allows non-profits to raise much needed funds. Enjoy carnival rides and games, food, Tiny Tiller contest, 4th annual backyard brewfest, live entertainment and more fun all weekend long. Admission is free and carnival ride and game tickets can be purchased at the event. This festival just keeps getting better and better!

Mable's 6 Feet Under Haunted Motel

Friday, October 6th – Saturday, November 4th
Wednesdays through Sundays

Located across the freeway from Disneyland in Anaheim's Business Expo Center, this haunted attraction is an actual maze. Once you're there, a little girl Mable won't want you to leave... The popular maze returns with so many confusing twists and turns, baffling illusions, and animatronics, live and undead characters that there are too many surprises to see in just one pass through. Admission is $15 or $25 for the fast pass.

OC Film Fiesta

Friday, October 6th – Saturday, October 15th

Launched in 2010, the OC Film Fiesta in Santa Ana is a cinematic celebration of Orange County's Latino and multicultural heritage. Each year, the Film Fiesta presents an award-winning selection of feature films, documentaries, short films and activities for a diverse audience of families, students, artists, professionals and lovers of cinema from throughout the county. Individual screenings are $10 for general admission, and $5 for students, teachers, veterans and Santa Ana residents.

Dirtybird Campout

Friday, October 6th – Sunday, October 8th

Hosted by various members of the beloved Dirtybird record label, this crazy festival brings music fans three days of nonstop partying in a hilariously authentic summer camp environment. Held in Silverado Canyon, the Campout offers ‘campers’ traditional camp activities like archery, tug-of-war, Slip’N Slide and more. Dance into the wee hours of the night at the most epic summer camp experience you’ll ever encounter! This year also includes a stand up comedy night on Saturday, October 7th.

Autumn Harvest Festival

Saturday, October 7th

Fun for the kids, the Autumn Harvest Festival at Heritage Hill Historic Park in Lake Forest will be bringing fun-filled adventure for the Halloween festival. Enjoy the Indiana Jones Trick or Treat Stations, adventure baze, and dare to visit the Haunted School House. Children of all ages can participate in ghoulish games, costume contests and the pumpkin decorating zone. Don’t forget to come in costume and bring your trick-or-treat bags! The event is $5 for kids 3 and up.

The Vintage Food & Wine Festival

Saturday, October 7th

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Held in the beautiful historic Mission San Juan Capistrano, the campus with 200-year-old adobe buildings will be lit up for a night of delicious cuisine. Featuring 20+ local restaurants, bakeries, wineries and breweries, your ticket to the event gets you all you can eat and taste for the whole night. Rain or shine the party will be going with live music and fun all night long. General admission is $95 and a reserved table for 10 is $1,150.

Haunt at Heritage Hill Historical Park

Friday, October 13th – Saturday, October 14th

The Heritage Hill Historical Park in Lake Forest will transform for a Halloween teen/adult friendly event including scream zones, The Haunted School House Fright Maze, dance floor and DJ, screenings of horror movies and more. Dress up and join in the fun. Entrance is $8 per person, event is suggested for those 12 years+.


Saturday, October 14th
VIP First Session: 3:30-6:30PM
VIP Second Session: 7:30-10:30PM

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Foodbeast presents the third annual Oozefest, a festival dedicated to everyone’s favorite ooey gooey treat – cheeeeese. Come for the Marketplace of deliciously decadent cheesy themed foods to buy as you grub or purchase a VIP all you can eat ticket from 5-9PM. Held at MainPlace Mall in Santa Ana, VIP all you can eat tickets are $50 (including beer as well) and $5 for entrance to the Marketplace. While you aren't stuffing your face with delicious cheese bites and local brews, you can partake in a handful of unique interactive activities.

Anaheim Mariachi Festival

Saturday, October 14th
10AM-5PM free admission; 6PM Concerts begin

The festival presents and features one of the most revered expressions of Mexican artistry and tradition, the legendary music of the Mariachis. This year makrks the 12th annual festival, held at Anaheim's River Arena. The event will include free admission during the day to food, crafts and other local vendors as well as a showcase Mariachi concert at 6PM – tickets $25.

Annual Silverado Days

Friday, October 20th – Sunday, October 22nd
Fri: 5PM-12AM; Sat: 10AM-12AM; Sun: 8AM-10PM

The annual Buena Park Silverado Days are here celebrating hometown family fun. Events include the Annual Baby Classic, pie eating contest, Mutt show and contest, Hog Calling Contest, live music, games, crafts, rides and more. Check out the website for a calendar of all the events. Join in the local fun!

Anaheim Fall Festival and Halloween Parade

Events in Orange County October 2017

Saturday, October 28th

The Anaheim Fall Festival and Halloween Parade is a nearly 100-year-old tradition attracting 50,000 attendees each year. Put together thanks to volunteer efforts, the community fun also includes the Miss Anaheim scholarship program. Through the combined support of local businesses, schools, organizations and residents, the Parade provides a platform, like no other, for artists, “makers”, and performers of all kinds to showcase their creativity.

SoCal Vegfest

Saturday, October 28th – Sunday, October 29th

SoCal Vegfest is a free vegan festival designed to inspire consciousness in people of all ages and learn more about healthy eating. Festival fun includes guest speakers and celebrities, food sampling, live music, cooking contests and demos, yoga and meditation workshops, cruelty-free vendors, fun for kids and a Halloween Contest. The conscious fun will all be happening at Orange Coast College so you can learn more about the lifestyle. General admission is $5, $10 at the door and $40 for the VIP weekend pass. Kids 12 and under are free.

Kidz Block Party in Brea

Tuesday, October 31st

Kidz Block Party is the largest and safest, totally free Halloween Night family event in North Orange County. Kidz Block Party is so huge it requires a full closure of Brea Downtown and 550+ volunteers to make it possible. Over 200,000 pieces of candy will be given out in 4 hours plus tons of carnival fun. There will be inflatable fun rides, games, face painting, pony rides, and so much more. It’s safe, seriously fun, and a great way to celebrate Halloween with the family.

If we missed your favorite fall event this month, leave a comment and let us know! Share your Orange County for October 2017 so no one misses out on the fun.

The 3 Immutable Laws of Home Selling



The sun will always rise in the east and set in the west. All people will someday die and, as long as you make a certain amount of money, you’ll always pay taxes. There are some things in life we cannot change, no matter how much we wish otherwise.

Real estate, too, has its immutable laws and there are three very important ones you should pay attention to as you get ready to put your home on the market.

1. No, your home in need of repair won’t be popular, unless you price it at rock bottom

Unless you absolutely cannot afford to fix what’s broken in your home, making repairs is a must. At least if you want to make the most money possible.

Don’t make repairs and your home is like chum in shark-infested waters. The buyers most attracted will be investors who won’t pay you anywhere near what you hope to make.

And, if the necessary repairs are major, few lenders will loan a buyer the money to purchase the home unless and until the repairs are made.

Even a home in need of minor repairs – dripping faucets, ratty carpet, walls in need of patching – loses perceived value. Right now, the majority of homebuyers are millennials and a recent National Association of Realtors study finds that these buyers neither have the money nor the desire to make repairs after they purchase a home.

“They want to cook in that kitchen from day one and entertain in the backyard that very weekend,” according to Consumer Report’s Dan DiClerico.

Want to make a profit when you sell your home? Fix anything that needs it.

2.Overprice your home and it will stay on the market longer and, trust us, you won’t like the offers you get on it

It’s truly a wakeup-call for many homeowners when they learn that, no, they don’t determine what their homes are worth. Homebuyers do and, ultimately, the lender’s appraiser will.

Homebuyers today are savvy enough to have either researched market values in your neighborhood or had their real estate agent do it for them. A higher-than-market-value price then, isn’t fooling anyone.

Often, a homeowner’s rationale for overpricing is to leave “wiggle room” for negotiations. The problem with this tactic is that buyers who can afford what your home is actually worth won’t even see your listing. Your listing will appear in the MLS adjacent to homes that are larger, newer or better-maintained.

Thus, you’ll have few potential buyers to negotiate with.

Now, suppose someone does offer what you’re asking. What are the chances that the appraiser will come up with an inflated value for your home? Slim to none, actually. So, to keep the buyer, or attract another, you’ll need to lower the price to where it should have been in the beginning.

3. Signs don’t sell homes, marketing does

Yes, that’s a nifty for-sale sign in your front yard and, yes, those full-color fliers are attractive. But it takes a lot more to sell a home than an MLS listing, a sign and a lockbox. Sure, it’s easier now, when we’re in a hot sellers’ market, but it won’t always be this easy.

And, even though right now buyers are lining up for certain types of homes, homes in good condition in decent areas, you won’t get top dollar for yours if it isn’t marketed properly.

The internet has changed just about everything when it comes to home sales. The biggest change, however, is that potential buyers can and do begin their home search from the comfort of their homes or offices.

They’ll surf the internet, both real estate brokerage sites and the big real estate aggregators, poring over listings of homes in the areas in which they want to live.

And, while it is your agent’s responsibility to market your home, it’s you who bears the responsibility of giving that agent something to work with.

Ensure that both the exterior and the interior are captivating enough that when potential buyers view photos of the home online, they’re compelled to want to tour it.

In eye-tracking studies, “We find that the photo is overwhelmingly viewed first,” according to Michael Seiler, founder of the Institute for Behavioral and Experimental Real Estate at Old Dominion University in Virginia.

In the age of technology, the basics of readying a home for the market – decluttering, deep cleaning and increasing its curb appeal – are no longer choices, they are necessities. At least if you hope to get the most money possible when the home sells.

Making needed repairs and properly readying your home for the market will increase its perceived value. Pricing it competitively will help it sell quickly. It’s like hitting the trifecta!

Events in Orange County | September 2017

This september there are some seriously fun events in Orange County. Kick off the month with the Orange International Street Fair and don't miss all the music festivals, food events, beer tastings, and family fun to follow. Ranging from art and culture to food and fun, there are tons of things to do in Orange County this September 2017.

Orange International Street Fair

Friday, September 1st – Sunday, September 3rd
Fri. 5PM-10PM; Sat. & Sun. 10AM-10PM

Come hungry to the Orange International Street Fair because it’s all about the delicious international cuisine and you’ve got to try it all. There’s more entertainment to go along with stuffing your face including several stages with live entertainment all weekend long, arts and crafts booths, community booths and more. It’s a Labor Day weekend tradition; we’ll see you there!

Laguna Dance Festival

Thursday, September 7th – Sunday, September 17th

Performances for the Laguna Dance Festival include three unique stylistic shows. The festival kicks off on Thursday the 7th with the Art Walk including performances at Kyble Dance Theater and Entity Contemporary Dance. Attracting both dancers and dance lovers to this idyllic resort setting, Laguna Dance Festival is dedicated to audience awareness and appreciation through major annual performances, as well as education and small group opportunities, as well as through major annual performances. Support the local arts and enjoy moving dance performances all month long.

Tall Ships Festival

Friday, September 8th – Sunday, September 10th
Sat & Sun 10AM-4PM

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In celebration of California’s rich maritime history, the Ocean Institute annually hosts a fleet of historic tall ships that sail into Dana Point Harbor. This extraordinary event takes place each year the second weekend in September. History comes alive, as crews from each ship, along with historical re-enactors, engage the public in cannon battles, pirate adventures, mermaid encounters, ship tours, and much more.

Harvest Moon Celebration

Friday, September 8th

Solutions for Urban Agriculture ("SFUA") will be celebrating their 2nd annual regional urban agricultural alliances dedicated towards local food solutions and ending hunger in Orange County and beyond. Hosting nationally recognized speakers, enjoy an amazing selection of locally grown foods prepared by some of your favorite local chefs. Get your dancing shoes ready to enjoy the live music. All proceeds from the event will go toward eradicating hunger and providing important educational programming about food, wellness and the impacts urban farming can make in our communities.

The Ohana Fest

Friday, September 8th – Sunday, September 10th

In addition to offering a full day in the sun with a diverse music lineup, Ohana will donate a portion of proceeds to the San Onofre Parks Foundation and the Doheny State Beach Interpretive Association. The festival includes craft beer, wine, signature cocktails, artisan food from local restaurants, food trucks and entertainment all day long. Headliners include Social Distortion on Friday, Eddie Vedder on Saturday and Jack Johnson on Sunday.

Old World Oktoberfest

Sunday, September 10th – Sunday, October 30th
Wed. & Thurs. 6:30-10PM; Fri. & Sat. 6:30PM-1AM; Sun. 2-7:30PM

Yes, Oktoberfest begins in September. German bands, food trucks, beer and more fun is going on for nearly two months at the Huntington Beach Old World Oktoberfest celebrations. Sundays are Kinderfest family days with Dachshund wiener dog races, Wednesdays and Thursdays are free admission and every day is good food and good fun.

Savor Santa Ana

Thursday, September 14th

Savor Santa Ana is a night of tasting the latest artisanal foods in Downtown Santa Ana. $10 gets you five tastings of your choice with 40 restaurants to choose from. Walk or hop on the free historic trolley to make it to your next delicious location and explore DTSA. The event will include music, craft beer and of course great food from all the cool new restaurants in town.

Green Feast

Saturday, September 16th

Events in Orange County September 2017

Local chefs, farmers, fishermen, and vintners collaborate on an unforgettable farm to table dining experience in support of The Ecology Center for the 9th annual Green Feast. The Ecology Center is located in San Juan Capistrano and is a non-profit educational center that teaches hands-on environmental solutions to life at home, in the office and in the community. Tickets for the dinner fundraiser start at $250 for members and $300 for non-members. Guests will enjoy fresh food prepared by local chefs with an auction to follow.

Anaheim Fest of Ales

Saturday, September 16th

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This beer festival held in Downtown Anaheim includes a home brew competition, unlimited craft beer tastes with over 80 brews to sample, live music, games, and unlimited gourmet food tastings. Partial proceeds from this year’s event will benefit the non-profit organizations, The Anaheim Fall Festival and Halloween Parade, and Downtown Anaheim Association.

San Juan Capistrano Greek Festival

Friday, September 16th – Sunday, September 17th

San Juan Capistrano's Annual Greek Festival is hosted by the Saint Basil Greek Orthodox Church. All weekend long come to enjoy the sights, sounds, and tastes of Greece. Enjoy Greek wine tasting and beers at the sports bar taverna while listening to live Greek music. Watch a Greek folk dance performance and learn to dance like Zorba. There will also be kids activities, a Greek shopping bazaar and church tours. Admission and parking is free!

Flowerchild Festival

Sunday, September 17th

This all-ages event invites parents and children to enjoy entertainment and activities in the beautiful Orange County Great Park in Irvine, California. Children 5 & under are free and will not require a ticket. Discover the newest trends in popular baby brands at the region's soon-to-be most popular family music and arts festival. Stick around for a variety of engaging activities for children, a vendor-filled shopping village and live music.

Tastemakers of Orange County 2.0

Wednesday, September 20th

This culinary event celebrates the Asian and Pacific Islander community, culture, and heritage and gives guests the opportunity to taste and indulge in Asian and Pacific Island-inspired cuisines and beverages from distinguished chefs throughout Orange County. The celebration at SOCO and the OC Mix in Costa Mesa will include food tastings, fun entertainment, opportunity drawing, and a silent auction all hosted at the SOCO and The OC Mix Farm Stands.

Knott’s Scary Farm

Thursday, September 21st – Tuesday, October 31st
Select Thursdays & Sundays 7PM-1AM
Select Fridays & Saturdays 7PM-2AM

13 Haunted Attractions and 1,000 monsters come out to play this year at Knott’s Scary Farm. Mazes, shows, thrill rides and scare zones create a creepy experience to get you in the spirits of Halloween. Stay tuned for the announcement of this year’s mazes including Fiesta de los Muertos, Shadow Lands, Paranormal Inc., and a new experience called Trick or Treat Lights Out where all you have is a faulty flashlight to get you through a completely dark maze with hidden horrors.

Newport Beach Taste of History

Friday, September 22nd

Enjoy a delicious dinner with friends overlooking picturesque Newport Harbor featuring cuisine stations from all time favorite local Newport Beach restaurants, live entertainment, historical programs, local celebrities, opportunity drawings and more. Held at the Historic Balboa Pavilion, the 50th anniversary fundraiser event will raise money for the Newport Beach Historical Society.

Brew Ha Ha Beer Festival

Saturday, September 23rd

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It’s time again for the annual Brew Ha Ha, now it’s its 8th year bringing Orange County 205+ craft and import beers. General admission is $45 and gets you a commemorative glass for 3 hours of unlimited tastings. While you sip on IPAs and all the latest fall inspired stouts and ales, check out some lawn games from giant battleship and Jenga to life-size fooseball, homebrew exhibitors, live entertainment and cigar booth and lounge. Did you know that for $85 you get access to the rare beer selection? Check out the website for more details.

Coastal Country Jam

Saturday, September 23rd – Sunday, September 24th

Brett Young, Eli Young Band, Old Dominion and more play with headliner Lady Antibellum at Huntington State Beach for a country concert in the sand. Enjoy tons of BBQ options, beach bars, bean bags, hammocks, line dancing, bull rides, carnival rides, a silent disco and of course great music. Get your two day festival ticket online, general admission starting $139 for early bird.

Global Village Festival

Saturday, September 23rd

This all-day event features more than 100 performances representing cultures from around the world; international cuisine; kids' crafts and activities; cultural and religious exhibits; and an international marketplace. Festival admission and parking are free. A variety of sample-sized servings of food will be available for purchase, with prices ranging from $2 to $5; please bring cash.

2017 Komen Orange County Race for the Cure

Sunday, September 24th

The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® Series is the world's largest, most successful fundraising and education event for breast cancer. The race series includes more than 140 events on four continents, with over one million participants coming together every year to take part in the fight against breast cancer. The annual event raises significant funds for the breast cancer movement, thanks to supporters and survivors around the world who step up and take action by fundraising for the cause.

Orange County International Auto Show

Thursday, September 28th – Sunday, October 1st

Held at the Anaheim Convention Center, there are over 600 new cars, trucks and SUVs to check out at the OC International Auto Show. Check out the list of cars available for test drives from tons of companies from Jeep, Mazda, and Kia to Nissan and Ford. General admission is $12, kids 12 and under are free, senior and military tickets are $10.

OC Weekly Decadence

Friday, September 29th

Enjoy unlimited food and drink samples from over 40 restaurants, bars and pourers. Put on by OC Weekly, this is Orange County’s larges foodie soiree. Skip the line with early entrance with your VIP ticket or opt for general admission. Participating restaurants include Five Crowns, SideDoor, Brasa Rotisserie, Burgerim, Texas de Brazil, Saint Marc, Cucina Enoteca, House of Blues and more coming to Hotel Irvine for the big night.

Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival

Friday, September 29th – Sunday, October 1st
Grand Tastings Sat & Sun 2:30PM-6PM; Various VIP events throughout the weekend

Events in Orange County September 2017

Newport Beach Wine & Food is the most exclusive, intimate and world-class epicurean lifestyle event in Southern California. You’ll enjoy one-of-a-kind dinners by celebrity chefs and local masters, taste bites from 40 different top restaurants with their executive chefs and sip from over 250 varieties of wines, spirits and craft brews. VIP events, celebrity chef cooking demonstrations, master sommelier tasting panels and interactive mixology courses will all be offered throughout the weekend festivities.

How to Identify the Best Homes for Flipping

How to Identify the Best Homes for Flipping

In real estate investing, one of the most profitable ways to handle a property is to renovate and flip it. Though this method doesn't offer the long-term income of renting a property out, it does create the potential for large lump sum returns. In order for this to happen, however, an investor needs to start out with the right property. Here are some of the best ways for you to identify homes with profit potential for flipping deals.

Look for Older Homes

Most flips begin with a distressed property in need of significant repair. However, this isn't the only way you can make money by flipping homes. Another great way is to look for older homes that don't really have anything wrong with them, but which need some updating in order to appeal to modern buyers. By finding older homes, you can limit the renovation work you need to do and save yourself the unexpected expenses that are almost always involved with structural rehabilitation.

“As flippers are chasing returns, they’re following them into older neighborhoods with older and smaller homes that provide better deals on the front end,” according to Daren Blomquist, Attom Data Solutions Vice President.

Older homes generally appear on the market for prices much lower than their square footage would normally justify. This is especially true of homes built between about 1910 and 1940, many of which were larger than most homes today. If you live in a city with older neighborhoods where some homes are in need of repairs and upgrades, you may be able to turn a tidy profit by modernizing older homes and then reselling them.

Find Homes That Look Worse Than They Are

One interesting aspect of flipping homes is that a property can look terrible, but actually be in relatively good shape. If you find a distressed property that looks to be in very bad shape, but is structurally sound, you may have found a winner. Be sure, however, that the problems you're looking at are cosmetic only.

In particular, you should be looking for properties that are dirty or poorly taken care of. These homes, though often neglected by previous owners for many years, may not have major structural issues. Floors can be cleaned or replaced, walls can be painted and roof shingles can be replaced, all at relatively low costs.

If a home looks bad to the untrained eye but really just needs some thorough cleaning and renovation, it may be a good candidate for a flip. This is particularly true if it's in a good neighborhood with otherwise mid-range to high property values.

Watch Where Other Investors Are Working

Although the individual house will be the most critical component of a flip, there are neighborhoods that are more conducive to flipping than others. In particular, neighborhoods that may be in the process of gentrifying are an appealing opportunity for real estate investors.

If you see a particular area of your town or city where new businesses are moving in and where other investors seem to be rehabilitating several properties, you should also begin looking at homes in that area. Though it doesn't guarantee a profitable sale, being located in a gentrifying neighborhood can be a strong indicator that a home may be a good candidate for flipping.

To learn what other investors are doing, try attending local real estate flipping events like Flip or Flop seminars that will allow you to connect with other people in your industry.

Find Landlords Trying to Liquidate

One opportunity that doesn't come up often, but that can be valuable when it does, is a situation in which a landlord is looking to liquidate part or all of a large portfolio. These properties will generally be kept up fairly well, but will often need to have some upgrades and updates before they will appeal to a retail buyer.

Though the margin on these homes may not be as high as more run-down properties, they have the advantage of proven tenant appeal, which will often translate into buyer appeal.

Ultimately, identifying the right house for a flip takes time, research, experience and even a bit of good luck. To make your flipping experience more efficient, considering working with a real estate agent to identify properties and neighborhoods, and introduce you to reputable contractors and inspectors in your local area. Reach out and we'll get the conversation started with you.

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Events In Orange County | August 2017

Events in Orange County | August 2017

Events in Orange County this August 2017 include the second half of the OC Fair, more free concerts, movies on the beach, lobster festivals, food events and more. Find out what's going all month long so you can capitalize on the local summer fun!

OC Fair

Now – Sunday, August 13th
Open Wednesday – Sunday

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This is your last chance to visit the fair before it’s gone. Enjoy the carnival rides, games, exhibits, livestock, courtyard wine seminars, live music and entertainment and so much more all month long. Check out the list of performers at the Pacific Amphitheater with everyone from Kenny Loggins and Colbie Caillat, to Dashboard Confessional and The All-American Rejects. There will also be several events at the action sports arena including Monster Truck Destruction Tour, jousting, and extreme rodeo.

Segerstrom Center's FREE Movie Mondays

Monday, July 31st & August 7th

Segerstrom Center in Costa Mesa will be hosting their free summer movie series outdoors this month, Monday nights. Set-up begins at 5:30PM, with the movie starting at dusk (approximately 8 p.m.). Guests are encouraged to bring beach chairs or other easily portable seating items, snacks and picnic suppers. There will be food trucks so you can get your grub on with great movies all month long.:
July 31st – Edward Scissorhands | August 7th – School of Rock

New Swan Shakespeare Festival

Now – Saturday, September 2nd
Various Dates; 8PM Showtime

The New Swan Shakespeare Festival is performed outdoors in an intimate, mini-Elizabethan theater in-the-round, at the UC Irvine campus. This season the New Swan will be putting on several performances of The Tempest and The Taming of the Shrew. Check out the website for event dates and tickets. Ticket prices range from $25 - $64.

Pageant Of The Masters

Now – Thursday, August 31st

The Pageant of the Masters is an imaginative recreation of historic art scenes with live people painted to fit the part. The Festival Art show brings local and international works to be out on display in a social scene. Set in Laguna Beach just down the road from the Sawdust festival, this is a one of a kind show recently voted one of the top five art festivals in the nation by USA Today readers.

La Habra Corn Festival & Parade

Friday, August 4th – Sunday, August 6th
Fri. 5PM-11PM, Sat. 11AM-11PM, Sun. 12PM-9PM

The La Habra Corn Festival hosted by the Lions Club is the ultimate clean-cut family fun festival. The whole weekend is filled with rides and attractions, food, games, crafts, live music, contests and Miss La Habra, the club queen and her court. All-American contests include the apple pie baking contest and the baby contest. The Parade will be held Saturday, August 5th at 9AM, running down West to East down La Habra Blvd between Idaho and Cypress Streets.

Beachfront Cinema

Now – September
Gates open at 5PM; Moves at dusk

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BeachFront Cinema is an outdoor movie experience, taking place across SoCal beaches. It’s coming to Huntington Beach for the summer with one of the largest inflatable, outdoor movie screens in California. Movie nights also feature plush, jumbo beanbags, food vendors, live bands, beach bar, contests, games and gorgeous sunsets. Admission is free for children 3 and under, general admission is $15.

Saturday, August 5th: The Notebook
Saturday, August 19th: Jaws

Oc Parks Summer Concert Series

Now – Thursday, September 1st
Thursday nights, 6PM-8PM

Admission and parking is free for the OC parks Summer Concert Series with a total of 10 free shows across the county this summer. Here’s the August line-up.

Mile Square Regional Park

Location: 16801 Euclid St, Fountain Valley, CA 92708
Date: Thursday, August 3
Artist: The Fenians and Orion Walsh
Date: Thursday, August 10
Artist: Common Sense and Wheeland Brothers

Bluff Park at Salt Creek Beach

Location: 33333 S. Pacific Coast Hwy., Dana Point, CA 92629
Date: Thursday, August 17
Artist: Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness and Shelter & Grace
Date: Thursday, August 24
Artist: Family Style and Tijuana Dogs

SoCal Hoedown

Saturday, August 5th

Held in Downtown Santa Ana at the entrance on 4th and French Street, this all day affair will include a Pin Up pageant, car show, vendors and tons of bands. The event will feature local and national rockabilly, outlaw country and psychobilly bands, dozens of food trucks, burlesque, 3 stages of music, a full bar with lots of craft beers and so much more! The party will include 4 indoor venues including The Yost Theater, Diego's Rock-n-Roll Bar & Eats, The Underground DTSA, Festival Hall, an outdoor stage, and 4 city blocks.

OC Fair 5K

Sunday, August 6th

Race fee includes your race tee shirt, timing chip, commemorative finishers medal and entrance to the OC Fair. Race day registration (if available) and bib pick-up will be available from 6AM to 7:45AM on Sunday, August 6 at the Start/ Finish Line inside the gate at the OC Fair Main Gate, 88 Fair Drive. Award ceremony at the Main Stage happens at 9:15 and the fair opens at 10AM so you can enjoy a full day of fun after the race.

Lobsterfest at Newport Beach

Sunday, August 6th

Lobsterfest at Newport Back Bay is all about summer fun and giving back to the community. General admission is $60 and includes one whole Maine lobster and grilled steak plus all the fixings from potatoes, corn on the cob, and rolls to desserts. While feasting you will enjoy live entertainment from a local band plus swimming and use of the playground on the beach for the kids. Walk-up tickets are $80 and sold on first come, first served basis.

Shakespeare by the Sea

Throughout August
Various locations

Free Shakespeare in the Park. This year the company will be putting on performances of Taming of the Shrew and Macbeth throughout Los Angeles County with a handful of shows in Orange County. Here’s the line-up of OC shows you can catch:

Seal Beach at Eisenhower Park: Sun, Aug 6th @ 7PM: Taming of the Shrew
Aliso Viejo at Soka University: Wed, Aug 9th @ 7PM: Taming of the Shrew
Laguna Niguel at Crown Valley Park: Sun, Aug 13th@ 7PM: Taming of the Shrew

Auto Enthusiast Day

Saturday, August 12th

4th annual Auto Enthusiast Day will take place at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. The show is free for all spectators, car show participants, and vendors and will include a variety of activities, such as drifting and off-road demonstrations, a vendor midway featuring automotive products and giveaways, food trucks and much more.

Coastal Country Jam

Saturday, August 12th

This beach country concert will go down in the sand at tower 6 at Huntington State Beach. Billy Currington will headline and the day includes BBQ and more food options, beach bars, bean bags, hammocks, line dancing, bull riding and fun. More performers include Walker Hayes, Sunny Sweeney, Kaitlyn Weathers and more. General admission tickets are $75.

MommyCon Orange County

Saturday, August 12th

MommyCon is all about creating and nurturing a community of parents and parents-to-be. Learn more about holistic health, eco-friendly diapering, child safety standards and more. Check out the vendors, demonstrations, meet other parents and learn something new. Ticket info and a schedule of events is listed online.

The San Clemente Fiesta Music Festival

Sunday, August 13th

This will be the 64th Anniversary Music Festival in San Clemente. Enjoy live music all day alongside the salsa challenge, contests and games from the tortilla toss to pie eating, arts and crafts vendors, motorcycle show, kids activities, action sports expo, exhibits, face painters, jugglers and more. Admission is free and there’s a wide array of fabulous food available, provided by local non-profits. Remember, the more you eat, the more you benefit local philanthropic programs!

Color Vibe 5K

Saturday, August 19th

Get blasted with color while you run the Color Vibe 5K at the Fountain Valley Sports Park. You will be blasted at several different color stations throughout the run. Registration and the classic runner's kit includes your race shirt, color vibe tattoo, race pip, color pack, sunglasses, and finisher’s metal. The charity partner for the event is OC Burrito Project, working to share quality food with the disenfranchised people of downtown Los Angeles, Pasadena & surrounding areas.

Dana Point Lobster Beach Fest

Saturday, August 19th

It’s officially lobster season. Chow down on more surf and turf in Dana Point for their 8th Annual Lobster Beach Fest hosted by the Monarch Beach Sunrise Rotary Club. Enjoy a themed casino night with appetizers, bar, fresh east coast lobster, smoked tri-tip steak, desserts, live music, DJ, dancing and an amazing Silent Auction. This year’s event will be raising money for Make-A-Wish, Boys & Girls Club and the Marine Support Group.

Pacific Wine & Food Classic

Saturday, August 19th – Sunday, August 20th
General Admission check in 2PM | VIP Check in 1PM

Explore more than 100 food, wine and cocktail stations at Newport Dunes for the Pacific Wine & Food Classic. With cooking demonstrations, celebrity chefs, mixologists and fun, it’s the perfect day to have your toes in the sand and enjoy with friends. This year’s event will be hosted by Simon Majumdar, world-renowned broadcaster, author and cook.

Plum Fest

Sunday, August 20th

Come enjoy a fun family day with carnival games, face painting, wiener dog races and tons of great food. Chow down on plum cakes, plum crepes, berliners, BBQ and more while you browse the arts and crafts vendors and take in all the fun. The Dachshund Wiener Dog Races will start at 3PM and are coming soon again for Oktoberfest celebrations.

Anaheim Home & Garden Show

Friday, August 25th – Sunday, August 27th

Before Pinterest, there were only Home & Garden shows. Kick it old school IRL at this event, highlighting exciting new products, time and money-saving services, the hottest style in home fashions and fabulous ideas for new-home construction, remodeling and decorating. This show includes hundreds of exhibits that will entertain and inspire, free do-it-yourself seminars, cooking demos and everything for the interior through the exterior of your home.

OC Night Market

Friday, August 25th – Sunday, August 27th
Fri & Sat: 4PM-12AM; Sun: 4PM-11PM

The 4th season of the Night Market kicks off with hundreds of food, merchandise, arts, crafts and entertainment options for one of the biggest food festivals of the year. Welcome back old favorites and a lineup of new vendors to satisfy your palate, browse our merchandise, art and crafts vendors, and enjoy live entertainment with friends and family. It’s all going down at the end of the month at the OC Fairgrounds.

Paella Wine & Beer Festival

Saturday, August 26th

The 1st Annual Paella Wine & Beer Festival will be going on this month. Paella is a dish that comes from Spain with saffron infused rice, bold flavors, means, shellfish and vegetables. The event will be held at the OC Fairgrounds and your ticket includes unlimited paella samples, plus 3 samples of either wine, sangria, beer or spirits. There will be tons of drinks to pair with the dish so you can enjoy!

Huntington Beach Beer Festival

Saturday, August 26th

The Huntington Beach Beer Festival will celebrate craft beer and live music to raise money for The Coastal Conservation Association. The event will showcase multiple local and regional breweries as well as local bands and DJ's. Held on the sand in Huntington State Beach, general admission is $35 for admission and samplings of over 100 craft beers. VIP admission is $50 and includes early entrance at 1PM.

HB Downtown Art in the Park

Saturday, August 26th

Held at Triangle Park and the Art Center, the festival will offer 75 booths of artists, a children’s art zone, food and live music. This will be the second annual Art in the Park festival celebrating the local talents and vibes of Huntington Beach. The perfect way to round out your summer!

Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo

Saturday, August 26th – Sunday, August 27th
Gates open 1PM Saturday, 11:30AM Sunday

Yes, there is a rodeo in Orange Count. Proclaimed as the richest 2-day rodeo in the nation, this year's Rodeo features saddle bronc, bareback, steer wrestling, calf roping, tie down roping and bull riding. You won't want to miss this year's excitement! Tickets are $30 for adults, $10 for kids, and there is a $10 parking fee.

Annual Fit Expo Anaheim

Saturday, August 26th – Sunday, August 27th
Sat: 10AM-6PM, Sun: 10AM-5PM

Your ticket to the two-day Fit Expo includes admission into the exhibition floor filled with cutting edge companies displaying, promoting and selling fitness, health and well-being products and services. You’ll also get into all of the competitions taking place. There will be free seminars, demonstrations and celebrity autograph sessions and of course, tons of free samples.

CHOC "Walk In The Park"

Sunday, August 27th
Opening Ceremony @ 6:15AM

The fundraising efforts of the CHOC Walk in the Park at Disneyland make an immediate impact on families going through the most challenging time in their lives. Disney characters will be cheering you on as you complete your 5K walk through the park to make this the most fun event for your kids. There is a minimum donation of $85 and walkers 2 and under walk for free.