FrOm THe PUbLISHerS OF “Our Town-Our Paper” coastalrealestateguideoc.com | Serving Laguna Beach & Newport Beach Communities December 20, 2013 | VOL. 3, ISSUe 51 Custom Home Rising in Cameo Shores A 6,500 square foot home with a Polynesian flair is under construction in Corona del Mar’s Cameo Shores by builder Scott Cross. Scheduled for completion next winter, the home will boast five bedrooms, seven bathrooms, a wine tasting room, movie theater, soaring ceilings and smart-home technology. Its rooms will take in views of Newport Harbor, the jetty and Catalina Island from this sought-after neighborhood. Address: 4633 Fairfield Drive, Corona del Mar Offering price: $7,200,000 Agent info: Summer Perry at 949.375.9074 or firstname.lastname@example.org. featured PrOPertY: NewPOrt Beach Cherry Picking By Dale Martin As spring approaches, the cherry blossoms in our nation’s capital bloom and our local real estate market starts to pick up. Both are beautiful sights to behold. As wonderful as it may be to pick cherries, it not so wonderful to be the victim of “cherry picking.” Whether you are a buyer, seller, or real estate professional, many of us have experienced that “certain feeling” or suspicion that something was amiss. When a listing broker or other agents withhold offers from a seller in order to steer a transaction this is called “cherry picking.” It is done in order to obtain a larger commission, or for some other nefarious purpose. This activity violates California Civil Code Section 2295 and Business and Professions Code Section 10176 as a breach of the fiduciary duty owed by licensees to their clients. It can constitute fraud. As one possible solution, an experienced agent may assertively request to present the offer in person directly to the seller. Laguna Beach attorney Dale A. Martin specializes in real estate transactions and litigation. He teaches law at Cal-State Fullerton and was senior attorney for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. (949) 303-0191 email@example.com ask the exPert Plugging in Holiday Cheer Safely By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna Now that the outdoor decorations are in place, let’s look at a few indoor safety tips. When purchasing an artificial tree, look for the “Fire Resistant” label. When purchasing a live tree, check for freshness. When setting up a tree at home, place it away from fireplaces and radiators. Heated rooms dry live trees out rapidly. Be sure to keep the stand filled with water. Do not block doorways. Use only lights that have been tested for safety by a recognized testing laboratory. Check each set of lights, new or old, for broken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires, or loose connections, and throw out damaged sets. Always replace burned-out bulbs promptly with the same wattage bulbs. Use no more than three standard-size sets of lights per single extension cord. Never use electric lights on a metallic tree. The tree can become charged with electricity from faulty lights, and a person touching a branch could be electrocuted. Turn off all lights when you go to bed or leave the house. The lights could short out and start a fire. Never use lighted candles on a tree or near other evergreens. In homes with small children, take special care to avoid sharp, weighted, or breakable decorations. Keep trimmings with small removable parts out of the reach of children who could swallow or inhale small pieces, and avoid trimmings that resemble candy or food that may tempt a child to eat them. Do not burn wrapping papers in the fireplace. Happy Holidays and be safe! The author Sam DiGiovanna lives in Aliso Viejo and works for Glendale’s fire academy.