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Irvine Housing Development Lets Kids Design Their Own Park

With so much new home construction going on in our neck of the woods, we thought this was something that Rancho Mission Viejo might want to emulate: allowing the neighborhood kids to design their local pocket parks! In this case, the New Home Company allowed the children of families who had bought one of the [...]

Sendero Will Have Mello-Roos Taxes, But What Are “Mello Roos Taxes” and Why Do We Have to Pay Them?

The homes in Sendero will be subject to Mello-Roos assessments. This should not be a surprise to anyone who has been watching the Southern California real estate over the last decade. Although there are some exceptions like The New Home Company’s Lambert Ranch development in Irvine, the overwhelming majority of new homes built in Southern [...]