November 2011

There are 4 blog entries for November 2011.

While many of us will be braving the supermarkets this weekend for the best deals on turkeys, stuffing and cranberries,  thousands of Southern California families are experiencing severe food shortages.  Food banks and shelters are reporting alarming numbers of visitors seeking food assistance again this year as the recession, unemployment and budget cutbacks continue to take their toll. First Team offices throughout the region have been out full force this season organizing food drives for the most vulnerable in our communities.  This Saturday, Nov. 19, our Corona office will host a holiday food drive to benefit the Corona-Norco Settlement House.  Area residents are asked to bring donations of canned and non-perishable food items to the office, located…

Representatives of First Team® Real Estate joined The Teen Project, Inc. as it saluted its donors and volunteers at a gala at the beautiful Rancho Las Lomas in Silverado Canyon on Nov. 9.  The Teen Project Founder Lauri Burns thanked First Team and other corporate sponsors for their commitment to helping emancipated foster youth fulfill their dreams and achieve independence. Burns founded The Teen Project in 2008 after learning that 65% of kids who leave foster care at age 18 have no home or family to return to.  Only three percent of emancipated youth go to college; they make up over one quarter of our nation's homeless population. Determined that no teen would ever be without a safe home or family, Burns, who grew up in the child dependency system…

  [caption id="attachment_874" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="(l to r) Jennifer Shamoo and Briana Lawrence"][/caption] Thanks to overwhelming response from agents and concerned residents, the Newport Beach office's holiday canned food drive for Second Harvest Food Bank has been extended until Nov. 30. Donations can be dropped off throughout the month of November at the office, located at 4 Corporate Plaza, Suite 100, Newport Beach, Calif. 92660.  Agents collected more than 1,500 pounds of canned and dry food goods and personal care items in October after dropping off paper grocery bags at the doors of thousands of homeowners in Newport Beach and Corona del Mar.  The donations are being provided to some of the estimated 615,000 Orange County…

Thinking about buying your first home?  Join First Team Estates® agent Troy Hall and a panel of real estate experts this Saturday, Nov. 5 from 10 am to 12 pm for a free, First Time Home Buyer Seminar that will empower you with the information you need to make wise decisions in today’s challenging market. Troy will talk about today’s market conditions and guide participants step-by-step through the purchasing process.  He’ll offer valuable tips for buying a home and present properties currently available.

The agenda also includes: Julie Parker of Coast Cities Escrow, who will help you understand what escrow is all about and the importance of a title company; Young Nam of Farmers Insurance will discuss homeowners’ insurance policies and the types of