Love And Work

By Mark Hopper One of our daughters and her husband bought a house in Orange County about a year ago. They were thankful to be able to purchase a house to raise their two young daughters. Our son-in-law and daughter worked hard to get settled and make their house into their home.  They purchased new furniture, […]

A Bad Day Doesn’t Make You a Bad Mother

By Melody Kraemer Have you ever had one of those days where you couldn’t wait for bedtime? How about one of those days where nothing seems to go right? Maybe today was one of those days where you think you had the entire day planned out perfectly and not one thing you planned happened? Or […]

Saying Goodbye

By Mark Hopper My family and I are very sad to say “Goodbye” to an old friend.  Actually the friend is not a person but a restaurant in Diamond Bar.  The word began to circulate this week that the Whole Enchilada restaurant is closing. It has been a part of our family for 30 years.   […]

When Life Gives You Lemons

By Melody Kraemer – Autism Mom Have you heard that saying, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade?” Don’t you think that’s just way too easy? When life gives me lemons, I make a cake or cupcakes. I may even make a drink with alcohol, but I never settle on lemonade. What does it really mean when […]

Rents Still Skyrocketing?

By Nef Cortez I have reported on home values rising fast in Diamond Bar. Today, we take 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 […]

Being Okay With Letting Go

By Nancy Stoops We hang on to our stuff so very tightly.  It seems as if our stuff actually becomes part of who we are.  I think it becomes the part of us that we don’t like very much, yet we have such a deep rooted sense of fear about letting go of all of […]

A Cup of Coffee

By Mark Hopper There are a lot of coffee places in Diamond Bar. We have at least two Starbucks; the It’s A Grind and The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf.  Plus McDonalds has the McCafe.  I’m sure that the possibilities are endless.   My wife likes me to bring home a cup of coffee for […]

Housing Prices Declining?

By Nef Cortez I reported last week that the Diamond Bar Condominium and Townhome market saw an increase of almost 11% year over year (2nd quarter 2018 as compared to 2nd quarter 2017) in its Median Sales Price (MSP). What happened to the price of detached homes in Diamond Bar for the same period? According to the […]

Being Back In School

By Nancy Stoops I work with so many young people that have recently started school again.  They are all feeling a lot of stress due to the transition from summer to school.  The homework is coming at what seems to be a rapid pace. It’s important for these students to take one day at a […]

Fun With a Grandson

By Mark Hopper   My brother and I grew up in Arizona. We didn’t have major league sports in the Phoenix area when we were young but there were several Major League Baseball teams that did their Spring Training in Arizona.   One of my memories as a little kid was going to a Major League […]

Diamond Bar Condo Market Update

By Nef Cortez The Diamond Bar Condominium and Townhome market continues to roll along! The Median Sales Price (MSP) of Diamond Bar condos and townhomes went up Year over Year by almost 11%. The increase of the condominium/townhouse MSP went up from $360,000 in the 2nd quarter (April-May-June) of 2017 to $399,000 in the 2nd […]

Help Make This Your Child’s Best School Year

By Nancy Stoops School has just begun and you already feel worried.  You worry about your child repeating last year’s mistakes and you wonder just how to prevent this.  You tell yourself you did all you could to get them off to a good start and now you know most of it is truly up […]

Special Day For Special Needs By Scout Pack 2017

Melody Kraemer – Autisim Mom Eastvale – The 2nd annual Special Needs Game Day event in Eastvale was held on Saturday, August 4th at Harada Park. I was so excited for this day since both my boys are autistic. It was very special day that was made possible by Tom Donatoni and Scout Pack 2017. […]

A Familiar Face

By Mark Hopper Some of our grandchildren and their parents have been staying with us for a few weeks.  It has been fun to have a house full of four energetic and enthusiastic young children.   One day one of them found a small newspaper on our driveway and brought into the house. I suggested that […]

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 look […]

Housing Bubble Chatter

By Nef Cortez   As a licensed agent since 1976, I have seen a few cycles of the Real Estate market.  None that I have seen have been exactly like one of the others.  Lately, there has been a lot of “Chatter” in real estate circles, or in articles written about whether we’re in the […]

Peanuts And Cracker Jacks

By Mark Hopper Some of our grandchildren have been visiting us for the past few weeks. We have enjoyed having them and their parents staying with us at our house. One of the things I have enjoyed while they have been here is playing baseball with them in our front yard.   We use a plastic baseball […]

Who Ate My Cookie?

By Mark Hopper Recently, I was playing golf with some friends in the mountains outside Salt Lake City, Utah. It has been pretty hot here in Southern California, so it was nice to get away and enjoy cooler temperatures in the Wasch Mountains in northern Utah.   The sky was blue and the hillsides were covered […]

When Does 1% = 12.5%?

By Nef Cortez Is this an example of “Modern Math”? 1 % can be a BIG number in the Real Estate industry, as well as in the Home Lending industry.  As the economy improves (and this last quarter’s 4.1% increase in the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) indicates that it is), home loan interest rates are […]

Getting Ready to Start School

By Nancy Stoops In just a few weeks our care free summers will end and school will begin. The lazy late nights will be replaced by endless hours of homework and studying. Very soon sleeping late during the week will come to an end and rising early and on time, will be the goal.  Don’t […]