Fight Depression with Being Grateful Everyday

By Nancy Stoops Gratitude isn’t something that should only be felt once a year on Thanksgiving.  I feel we should acknowledge everyday all that we are grateful for.  Being grateful seems to take us out of our pity parties and focus more on what we have rather then what we don’t.  We take so many […]

Three Cheers for the Postman

By Mark Hopper   I suspect that the employees at the post office are the recipients of a lot of criticism.   I know I have voiced my frustration about the long lines and slow service at the post office in the past.  Maybe you have too.   I am sure that they hear many […]

Believe You Can and You Will

By Nancy Stoops Just for a moment think about your mindset regarding yourself.  What is your internal dialogue?  Do you tend to tell yourself you can and so you do or do you tell yourself you can’t so you don’t.  Also what is that mindset based on and is it really your truth.  If you […]

Rents Rocketing? Part 2

By Nef Cortez Diamond Bar property values have increased tremendously over the last 8 years, as they have throughout California. Rents have also increased more than 30% for Single Family Residential (SFR) detached homes over that same period of time. This week we will look at the rental rates for Townhomes and Condominiums in Diamond […]

30 Years (Part One)

By Mark Hopper Thirty years is a long time. It is almost a third of a century. But, that is how long we have lived in Diamond Bar, California. I began my new job as the pastor of our church on June 1, 1988 – 30 years ago. My wife and kids stayed in Arizona waiting for our […]

Rents Skyrocketing?

By Nef Cortez I have reported on home values rising fast in Diamond Bar. Today, wetake a look at how fast rents are increasing as well. Home values typically follow the pattern of economic recessions, with prices increasing as the economy improves, and peaking at about the same time or slightly after the economy has […]

Stuck on the 405

By Mark Hopper Recently, my sister in law’s car broke down while she was driving on the 405 Freeway.  Bummer! She had spent a few days with her grandchildren in San Diego and was driving home to in Bakersfield when her Nissan began to sputter and finally died in the middle of the north bound 405 […]

Be Who You Want to Become

By Nancy Stoops Change is something that doesn’t happen overnight.  Just for a moment I want you to think about who you long to be.  For me I always want to be happy and peaceful.  The way that I work on this is by trying to smile, laugh and appreciate every day and then I […]

The Final Four

By Mark Hopper The Final Four championship of the NCAA Men’s basketball tournament was held in San Antonio, Texas a few weeks ago in the huge Alamo Dome. I actually attended the Final Four At that same location about 20 years ago.  It was a great experience that I still remember. Unfortunately, my favorite college teams were […]

Boomerang Buyers Re-enter Market

By Nef Cortez “Boomerang Buyers”, homeowners that lost their homes through foreclosure or were forced to sell their homes as “Short Sales”, are re-entering the market.  The peak of foreclosure notice filings-bank repossessions, scheduled auctions, and default notices-occurred in 2010, passing the 2,870,000 mark. It surpassed the previous year’s record number of 2,300,000 filings.  The […]

Diamond Bar Condo Sales Update!

By Nef Cortez The “California Screamin’” Roller Coaster ride that is the housing market continues! Diamond Bar Condominium and Townhome sales dropped like the downward hurtle after the “loop” at the famous Disneyland ride.  The number of recorded condominium and townhome sales in Diamond Bar dropped dramatically from 74 in the 4th quarter of 2017 […]

Are You Living to Die or Dying To Live?

By Nancy Stoops   Our lives are truly about our mindset and how we view our lives.  I must ask you if you are living to die or are you dying to live.  These two ways for which people live sure do look and sound the same but they couldn’t be more different.  Take a […]

Wedding Season

By Mark Hopper Spring has traditionally been the season for weddings. I often tell people that some of the happy parts about being a pastor are weddings and babies.  And, some of the sad parts about being a pastor are deaths and divorce. I have two requirements for doing a wedding – come to church […]

How a Community Came Together To Save Him!

Brandie Altuna and Kaitlyn Valenzuela   Chino – “He’s safe!” whispered Principal Dr. Cabrera, as she walked out of the Chino Valley Unified School District office. After that board meeting, everyone was relieved. However, earlier that afternoon, anxiety and frustration flooded the room. Daniel Pahutan About 200+ people showed up to support Coach Gano. It was surreal to see how many people cared for their beloved […]

Diamond Bar Homes Sales Update

By Nef Cortez    Homes Sales Down! True Home prices up! Median Sales Price is down! The trends have changed. The lower number of sales usually indicates a lower sales volume, and so do home prices. The fact that the number of homes sales in Diamond Bar decreased for a third consecutive quarter is not […]

Anxiety and Our Youth

By Nancy Stoops  I have been a psychotherapist for eighteen years and have worked with people of all ages with various issues.  I’m constantly amazed when I have a child or teen brought to me for anxiety issues. We seem to have created a generation that feels very inadequate and struggles with growing up and being successful.  The issues this generation worries about are […]

Leftover Easter Eggs

By Mark Hopper I have shared in previous articles how much my wife loves decorating our home during the various seasons of the year.  We have boxes and plastic storage tubs full of decorations for spring and fall, Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas.  I think we also have some patriotic decorations for the 4th of July. […]

Sources of a Down Payment

By Nef Cortez   How much money does a person have to have in order to buy one’s home? The answer to this question, of course, varies in many ways. One variable is in what city one decides to make their home. That decision, of course, will affect the price of homes that a person […]

Spring Cleaning For the Soul

By Nancy Stoops I’m so happy to invite you to Spring Cleaning for the Soul, the latest wellness event facilitated by me and sponsored by the City of Walnut.  The event will take place on Saturday, April 14, 2018 from 8 a.m. until noon. This amazing opportunity to totally get cleansed mind, body and spirit […]

Planting Seeds

By Mark Hopper I have an Aunt who lives in Des Moines Iowa. She was an elementary school teacher and principal for many years. Now she is retired and in her 90’s. We were able to visit her when my wife and I went to see the Solar Eclipse in the mid-west last summer. We enjoyed our […]