Homeownership is Good for Kids

By Nef Cortez Homeownership has long been lauded as an important factor in the success of children in school and subsequently in their careers. Much research and many studies have been completed with analysis on the beneficial impacts of homeownership on children. This fact has long been used by the real estate and lending industries […]

Attitude Is Everything

By Nancy Stoops Do you see a half filled glass as half empty or as half full?  Do you tend to see what’s wrong with your life or do you focus on what is right with your life?  Would you consider yourself a negative person or a positive person?  Do you wake up everyday being […]

Slippery Stickers

By Mark Hopper Recently I took one of my grandchildren to one of my favorite fast food restaurants.  She loves the french fries and I love the burgers.  Yummm!   The nice lady at the cash register took our order and then handed a page of stickers to my granddaughter.  This small page of stickers […]

The Winner of Your Personal Revolution

By Nancy Stoops Do you ever feel like you just need to make a huge change?  Are you afraid and so you stay stuck because this is what you have always done?  Maybe it’s time to have a personal revolution and really shake things up.  I think it starts by making a list of what […]

Strong Feather

By Mark Hopper I have probably written about this in the past, but I was reminded of it again when my wife and I were in Arizona recently.   My wife and I grew up in the Phoenix area in the 1950’s and 1960’s.  We actually met during our freshman year at Scottsdale High School.  […]

Affordability Crisis Looming?

By Nef Cortez As the real estate market continues to chug along with a strong price trend increase, the question of affordability is at the forefront of many discussions. The obvious center of discussion is the real estate industry itself, including real estate agents, mortgage originators or loan agents, escrow companies, title companies, and other […]

How Big is the Market?

By Nef Cortez   The Diamond Bar residential real estate “Market”  is of interest to residents of Diamond Bar who are considering selling their home now or in the near future.  It is also of interest to anyone in the world who has an interest in buying a property in Diamond Bar. This “Market” consists […]

Your Child’s Best and Most Productive Summer

B y Nancy Stoops I am a very big believer in rest and relaxation and feel summer is a great time to do that.  I take a lot of time off in the summer to do exactly that but I must feel my summer is also productive as well.  I force myself to move at […]

Baby Birds

By Mark Hopper I have written several articles over the years about the birds that build nests and raise new babies at our house.  My initial reaction is that they are messy and they don’t clean up after themselves!  Bird’s nests would never pass inspection by the health department.   In addition, they infringe on […]

Understanding Our Purpose in This World

By Nancy Stoops When I was five years old my friends would line up on my front porch and give me a nickel to help them with their problems.  They would tell me that I had good advice even back then.  Even as a little girl I felt so good when I could make somebody […]

Worth $1Billion More!

By Nef Cortez The housing market continues to steam ahead at a strong pace with upward trends in appreciation of values.  The California Association of Realtors (C.A.R.) updated their projections for sales in 2018 statewide and their revision included an increased number of home sales as well as an accelerated price appreciation. Much of the anticipated […]


By Mark Hopper I was sitting on a park bench a while ago and I noticed that I was the only person wearing a hat!  There I was enjoying a little snack in this open pedestrian area watching people go by and it dawned on me that no one was wearing a baseball cap except […]

Elections Impact Home Prices

By Nef Cortez Home prices in Diamond Bar, in California, and in the United States in general, have risen substantially over the last 7 years.  As reported previously in this column, the Median Sales Price of a Single Family Residential detached home (SFR) had reached a post Great-Recession high of $735,000.00. This being an election […]

The Secret of Life

By Nancy Stoops       Do you wonder what it takes to live your life well?  Do you question what life is all about?  Do you always seem to be fighting something in your life?  I believe the secret to life is to make the best of what your life brings you. I think the idea of […]

Watch for Camels

By Mark Hopper We saw a lot of camels on our recent trip to Israel.  We saw some camels at tourist stops where people could pay the owner five dollars to sit on a one and get their picture taken. We also saw a lot of camels on the hillsides as we rode down the highway […]

Diamond Bar Median Household Income Exceeds National Average

By Nef Cortez The Diamond Bar Median Household income has continued to rise to the level where it has now surpassed the national average by more 52%.  The national median household income stood at $59,039.00 as per the last figures available from the U.S. Census. The same data source reported the Diamond Bar number at […]

Having Some Faith in Our Youth

By Nancy Stoops Soon they will be running our country and have children of their own.  Soon they will be telling their children all the things we told them.  I have had the honor of working with thousands of kids and teens of this generation and I’m here to tell you that they are amazing.  […]

A Little Light Goes A Long Way

By Mark Hopper During our tour in Israel, we were given the opportunity to walk through Hezekiah’s tunnel in the city of Jerusalem.  Around 700 BC, the city of Jerusalem was threatened by the powerful Assyrian army.  The Assyrians were one of the most powerful nations in the Middle East at that time.  Their empire […]

Calling For Responsible Pet Owners

By Nancy Stoops It is on behalf of dogs everywhere that I write this article.  Being the proud owner of Midnight, the black lab/black shepherd mix shown with me in my photograph is truly a joy and honor.  Midnight is nine years old and very healthy.  Midnight and I take lots of long walks in […]

California Dreamin’?

By Nef Cortez The Legislative Analyst’s Office, which is the California Legislature’s Nonpartisan Fiscal and Policy Advisor, reported earlier this year on the net migration of California’s population. The report stated that between 2007 to 2016, about 5 million people moved to California from other states, while about 6 million left California. As high as […]