Veranda Realty Announces Covenant Hills “Dream Homes Tour” in Ladera Ranch

LADERA RANCH, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Veranda Realty, www.verandarealty.net, is announcing the real estate company’s “Dream Homes Tour” where four new custom estates will be available to view on the weekend, starting Saturday, February 28th – March 1st from 1:00–4:00 pm. This “Dream Homes Tour” event is the most recent real estate soiree hosted by Devon Hocker and Shelley Black of Veranda Realty. Guests who attend the event are invited to tour these beautiful newly constructed high-end homes and are automatically entered into a chance to win the use of a brand new Lexus for three months, compliments of Park Place Lexus of Mission Viejo, for providing feedback.

“Devon and I have had great results with our previous events – all of which have been overwhelmingly successful for us and our clients – and fun for attendees.”

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To add to the thrill of a chance of driving a Lexus for free for a period of time, Park Place Lexus of Mission Viejo has even offered the winner of the Dream Homes Tour the option of driving a different car each month.

“We’re happy to be a part of this dream event,” states Chris Brunner, general manager for Park Place Lexus MV. “I’ve worked with both Devon Hocker and Shelley Black and know they put on top quality events and since we are all Ladera Ranch residents, I welcome the opportunity to support them, this event and our community. I know it will be a great time!”

“This Dream Homes Tour is just one of the many creative ideas we have planned for our clients,” states Shelley Black of Veranda Realty. “Devon and I have had great results with our previous events – all of which have been overwhelmingly successful for us and our clients – and fun for attendees.”

Guests will be given a Dream Homes Tour brochure that will include questions regarding each property. After each home is toured and guests complete the questionnaire, they will be entered in the drawing to win the use of a new Lexus for three months.

“The amount of feedback that we’ll be able to collect for our clients in a single weekend will be incredible,” added Devon Hocker. “Our events are fun and effective ways to generate interest and we’re thankful to have the support of Park Place Lexus MV.”

The winner will be drawn and announced by email and on the Veranda Realty website www.VerandaRealty.net on Monday, March 2nd, at noon. The winner will also have the option to be featured in Ladera Ranch Magazine as well as a Park Place Lexus ad.

The tour begins at 1:00pm at 4 Sky Ranch, Covenant Hills, Ladera Ranch.

* Restrictions apply: winner must have a valid CA drivers license and insurance.

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Mission Viejo: 5 Latest Homes To Hit The Market

MISSION VIEJO, CA — Looking for a new home nearby, but tired of seeing the same old listings over and over? Not to worry! To keep you in the game, we here at Patch have compiled an up-to-date batch of new listings nearby.

Below, you’ll find the five latest properties to hit the housing market in the Mission Viejo area — including one with 3 beds and 3 baths for $620,000, and another with 5 beds and 3 baths for $875,000.

Want more photos and information? Just click on any address to learn more. Enjoy!

Price: $680,000
Size: 1,124 sq. ft., 2 beds, and 2 baths

Price: $875,000
Size: 2,700 sq. ft, 5 beds, and 3 baths

Price: $620,000
Size: 1,943 sq. ft., 3 beds, and 3 baths

Price: $644,888
Size: 1,472 sq. ft., 3 beds, and 2 baths

Price: $704,990
Size: 1,735 sq. ft., 2 beds, and 2 baths

That’s not all! Keep scrolling for more listings. And there are even more homes for you to check out in our real-estate section for the Mission Viejo area.

Photos courtesy of Realtor.com

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5 Mission Viejo Area Open Houses Worth A Look

MISSION VIEJO, CA — Shopping for a house online can sometimes leave you wanting. To get a real feel for a house, you really have to see it in person. That’s why open houses are so handy: No more guessing!

Ready to see what’s out there? For your convenience, we’ve put together a list of the five most recent open houses scheduled in the Mission Viejo area. That way, you can get a feel for what’s out there without committing to a house blindly.

Below is an address, photo, price, home size and open-house time for each property on our list — including one in the Rancho Mission Viejo area with 4 beds and 3 baths for $850,000, and another in the Ladera Ranch area with 3 beds and 3 baths for $569,900.

Click on any address for more pics and details. Happy house hunting!

1. 40 Rollizo St, Rancho Mission Viejo, California 92694

Price: $761,000
Size: 1,856 sq. ft., 4 beds, and 4 baths
Open house: Saturday, February 9th at 12:00 pm

Price: $850,000
Size: 2,264 sq. ft, 4 beds, and 3 baths
Open house: Friday, February 8th at 10:30 am

Price: $569,900
Size: 1,560 sq. ft., 3 beds, and 3 baths
Open house: Sunday, February 10th at 1:00 pm

Price: $779,500
Size: 1,882 sq. ft., 4 beds, and 3 baths
Open house: Saturday, February 9th at 11:00 am

Price: $799,000
Size: 1,947 sq. ft., 4 beds, and 3 baths
Open house: Sunday, February 10th at 1:00 pm

Want more options? Keep scrolling for more listings. Or check out our Mission Viejo area real-estate section for a full list of nearby open houses.

Photos courtesy of Realtor.com

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Prescription discounts channeled to patients in Trump plan

The Trump administration has unveiled a plan to channel now-hidden prescription drug rebates directly to patients, saying it would bypass middlemen and lower prices for consumers.

The proposed regulation from Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar would eliminate behind-the-scenes discounts among drugmakers, insurers and go-betweens and instead require that they be paid directly to consumers when they buy their medications.

The idea is to do away with a hidden cost seen as contributing to artificially high list prices for prescription drugs. The proposal was co-authored with the Health and Human Services inspector general’s office.

The plan unveiled Thursday comes as President Donald Trump is under political pressure to deliver results on his repeated promises to slash prescription drug costs.

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Auburn HS tight end Brandon Crum commits to South Alabama

South Alabama coach Steve Campbell speaks with the media on National Signing Day, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018. (South Alabama athletics)

South Alabama on Tuesday landed a 2019 verbal commitment from Auburn High School tight end Brandon Crum.

The 6-foot-4, 260-pound Crum, who could also play offensive tackle in college, also had offers from Kennesaw State, Middle Tennessee and Jacksonville State, among other schools. He is expected to visit USA this weekend, but announced his commitment via Twitter on Tuesday:

Crum is the second player to commit to South Alabama since this weekend, joining Mississippi linebacker Brentt Cunningham. The Jaguars also lost a commitment from Dothan Northview kicker Jack Martin, who flipped to Troy on Monday.

The late signing period for football begins on Feb. 6.

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UCLA football signs 27 players for 2018 recruiting class

Chip Kelly addressed the media Wednesday afternoon to answer questions about the new Bruin football coach’s first UCLA recruiting class.(Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Be quick but don’t hurry.

The John Wooden quip that UCLA football coach Chip Kelly dropped during his introductory press conference also fittingly applied to his first recruiting class.

The Bruins started quietly by only signing eight players during the inaugural early signing period, which spanned from Dec. 20 to Dec. 22. But Kelly’s staff finished in a flurry by signing 19 players on the traditional National Signing Day on Wednesday.

“We were balanced across the board at everything. We needed depth and help at every position,” Kelly said. “(We’ve) got quality players at all positions. We wanted to get bigger. We feel like we did that.”

Five four-star recruits, including longtime quarterback commit Dorian Thompson-Robinson, outside linebacker Elijah Wade, defensive lineman Tyler Manoa and wide receiver Michael Ezeike, were the highlights of Wednesday’s signees.

But the status of that final four-star recruit was in doubt for much of Wednesday. Mater Dei High School offensive lineman Chris Murray announced his commitment to UCLA during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl last month, but held off signing his National Letter of Intent during his school’s ceremony.

The 6-foot-3, 300-pound recruit reaffirmed his commitment on Twitter several times in the past week, but Mater Dei coach Bruce Rollinson told the Orange County Register that Murray’s family was still deciding on his next step.

Murray eventually sent in his signed NLI on Wednesday evening, and was listed among UCLA’s 2017-2018 football signees in an email from UCLA Athletics.

One major focus with regards to recruitment, Kelly said, was targeting taller players. Of the 27-player class, 15 are listed at 6-foot-4 or taller, compared to 29 players who were at least that tall out of 119 players listed on the Bruins’ 2017 roster.

“Big people beat up little people so we’re looking for big people,” Kelly said. “I think it’s a taller, longer game and if you’re taller and longer at every position it’s gonna be a benefit.”

The Bruins also managed to flip commits to several other Pac-12 schools and an Southeastern Conference school. Junior college inside linebacker Tyree Thompson and Memphis, Tennessee, native cornerback Rayshad Williams were both committed to Vanderbilt before signing with UCLA.

Kelly’s staff flipped running back Martell Irby, a San Diego native who originally committed to Arizona, and wide receiver Delon Hurt, an Anaheim, California, native who had originally committed to Utah.

“(Irby’s a) very tough, hard-nosed, physical guy,” Kelly said. “He can make cuts at full speed, he catches the ball really well. He played some quarterback, and he’s got some versatility.”

Other junior college transfers include 6-foot-7 defensive end Steven Mason and 5-foot-11 inside linebacker Je’Vari Anderson.

“We’re hoping that the (junior college) kids and one more high school kid will be here for the April quarter,” Kelly said. “I hope everybody we signed is ready to play the day they get here because that’s what we want them to do.”

Earlier in the morning, the Bruins gained a commitment from an undecided defensive lineman, but also lost one from a hotly contested offensive lineman.

Katy, Texas, native Otito Ogbonnia signed with UCLA over Nebraska, Tennessee, Texas Tech, Ole Miss and Notre Dame, but the Bruins missed out on Mission Viejo, California, native offensive tackle Jarrett Patterson, who signed with Notre Dame.

One of the more interesting recruitments took place in Milwaukee, where UCLA snapped up offensive lineman Jon Gaines. Gaines did not have a star rating or a recruit page on the 247Sports network, yet still garnered scholarship offers from Iowa, Purdue and California.

“He was a very good student and … he was the president of his class – everything off the charts from a character standpoint,” Kelly said. “Then you put the tape on, he is a really good football player, so he checked all the boxes for us.”

Out of UCLA’s current 27-player incoming class, there are five wide receivers, five defensive backs, four linebackers, four defensive linemen, four offensive linemen, two running backs, two tight ends and one quarterback.

247Sports ranks the Bruins’ incoming class as No. 18 in the nation and fourth in the Pac-12, behind USC, Washington and Oregon.

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Northern Iowa hangs around, but Drake puts things away with emphatic fourth quarter

CEDAR FALLS, Ia. — Drake hasn’t faced much Valley resistance during this run of two-plus years without a conference loss. But Northern Iowa has consistently been the program that can hang with the Bulldogs the longest.

Friday was no different.

Down by as much as 16 in the opening half, the Panthers came storming back with a strong third quarter to make it a game. Drake, though, clamped down the way veteran squads do, emerging with an 88-64 win at the McLeod Center.

Drake’s Nicole Miller looks to pass against Northern Iowa Friday at the McLeod Center

(Photo: Courtesy of UNI Athletics)

Sara Rhine led the Bulldogs (13-4, 5-0 Missouri Valley Conference) with 26 points and got double-digit help from Becca Hittner (19) and Maddy Dean (13). Mikaela Morgan (13 points), Ellie Howell (15), Karli Rucker (10) and Abby Gerrits (10) all reached double figures for UNI (10-7, 3-2) as well.

Drake hit the gas with a 17-5 run to start the fourth, using its vintage high-flying offense to regain momentum after the Panthers punched back. UNI had the home crowd juiced following a strong third, but the experienced Bulldogs didn’t panic as things tightened up.

Six different Drake players scored during its game-sealing surge, and UNI couldn’t keep up. The Panthers missed eight of their first 10 fourth-quarter shots. The team still figuring out how to thrive without Megan Maahs faded down the stretch.

The Panthers, though, could’ve been buried much earlier. UNI trailed by 16 in the first half and was in danger of getting ran out of its own gym early. The Panthers climbed within nine at the break, spilling that over into the third with a swift start.

A Gerrits trey knotted things, 49-49, with 4:18 to play in the third. That’s longer than most MVC teams can hang with Drake.

The Drake bench celebrates against Northern Iowa Friday at the McLeod Center.

(Photo: Courtesy of UNI Athletics)

But the Bulldogs did their thing in winning time. The unblemished conference streak marches on.

Dargan Southard covers Iowa and UNI athletics, recruiting and preps for the Des Moines Register, HawkCentral.com and the Iowa City Press-Citizen. Email him at msouthard@gannett.com or follow him on Twitter at @Dargan_Southard.

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5 Open Houses In The Mission Viejo Area

MISSION VIEJO, CA — Sometimes shopping for a house online doesn’t quite do the trick. To get a real feel for a house, you really have to see it in person. That’s the beauty of the IRL open house: No more guessing!

Ready to start hunting? To jump-start your search, we’ve put together a list of the five most recent open houses scheduled in the Mission Viejo area. That way, you can get a feel for the current offerings without committing to a house blindly.

Below is an address, photo, price, home size and open-house time for each property on our list — such as one with 4 beds and 3 baths for $849,990, and another in the Rancho Mission Viejo area with 2 beds and 3 baths for $524,888.

Like what you see? Just click on any address in the list to get additional pics and details. Happy house hunting!

1. 9 Stone Turret Ct, Ladera Ranch, California 92694

Price: $759,900
Size: 2,003 sq. ft., 4 beds, and 3 baths
Open house: Saturday, January 12th at 1:00 pm

2. 22202 Montellano, Mission Viejo, California 92691

Price: $849,990
Size: 2,175 sq. ft, 4 beds, and 3 baths
Open house: Saturday, January 12th at 1:00 pm

Price: $524,888
Size: 1,318 sq. ft., 2 beds, and 3 baths
Open house: Saturday, January 12th at 1:00 pm

Price: $849,000
Size: 1,857 sq. ft., 3 beds, and 2 baths
Open house: Saturday, January 12th at 1:00 pm

Price: $645,000
Size: 1,472 sq. ft., 2 beds, and 2 baths
Open house: Saturday, January 12th at 1:00 pm

Itching for more? Keep scrolling for more listings. Or check out Patch’s Mission Viejo area real-estate section for a full list of nearby open houses.

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Mission Viejo couple sues State Farm over damaged home, breach of contract

MISSION VIEJO, Calif. (KABC) —

A Mission Viejo couple say their nightmare began when they returned to find their home flooded March 7, 2013.

Gregg and Cindy Comey say water rained down from an upstairs bathroom, saturating the ground floor of the $700,000 house they had just moved into months before.

They called State Farm, the insurance company they’ve paid premiums to for 20 years.

"We trusted them," Cindy said. "It was a nightmare."

What the Comeys say happened next led them to file a lawsuit against State Farm and two other companies, Servpro and ServiceMaster. The couple alleges those two companies were recommended by the insurance company as part of their premier service program for water loss.

The Comeys say State Farm told them Servpro and ServiceMaster are independent of State Farm, screened and qualified, and would not be paid unless the work was performed to the Comey’s satisfaction.

"If any work they do is substandard, you have a five-year warranty on that," Gregg said.

Servpro came in to dry out the home.

"When they left, they told the Comeys the house is dry," said Evangeline Grossman, the Comeys attorney.

But the Comeys say two weeks later, they started smelling what they thought was mold.

The couple says State Farm initially told them mold tests were not covered, so they paid for it themselves.

"When we found out the results, it was shock. The house was contaminated with mold," Cindy said.

The couple, along with their daughter April, 17, and their son Aidan, 7, moved into a hotel.

The Comeys say State Farm paid Servpro, despite the Comey’s dissatisfaction.

Two months after the flood, they say State Farm recommended the other company, ServiceMaster, to clean up what Servpro allegedly left behind.

"Upstairs, where the loss occurred, in the bathroom, they didn’t take out the bathtub. The water was trapped under the bathtub," Grossman said. "That’s how they save money – is by cutting corners."

Instead of removing mold damage, the Comeys say ServiceMaster sprayed a white-colored paint called Kilz to cover it up, in order to pass a mold test, which it initially failed. The remediation charge: just under $5,000.

"The bottom line between State Farm, Servpro and ServiceMaster is they’re in cahoots," Grossman said.

She filed the lawsuit for her clients, alleging breach of contract, breach of the duty of good faith, fraud, false promise, intentional misrepresentation and negligence.

In an internal email uncovered by Grossman during the course of litigation – after the Comeys questioned the relationship between State Farm and Servpro – a veteran State Farm claims team manager wrote to his adjuster: "We can say all we want that they are independent contractors, but I think we would lose in court."

The Comeys attorney alleges Servpro and ServiceMaster get repeat business, and in turn, "State Farm has a pattern and practice of using its premium service program vendors to minimize the scope of loss and to pay less money on claims" by trying to avoid removing mold damage and rebuilding.

"It’s more expensive to do that than for the house to develop mold and pay the mold limit," Grossman said. "State Farm has a cap on mold of $5,000."

According to State Farm’s website, in 2013, there were 17,900 residential water related claims in California.

Grossman alleges at least 75 percent of all residential losses involving State Farm end up with either Servpro or ServiceMaster.

In the Comeys case, Grossman estimates it will cost about $50,000 to repair the mold damage.

She says they’re looking at $150,000 to $200,000 in damages. Grossman says the Comeys had to pay out-of-pocket for things such as accommodations after they say State Farm forced them to move out of the hotel and into an apartment.

Cindy, 49, says she suffers from severe spinal problems and was unable to continue living in the apartment because she couldn’t get around. She uses a wheelchair or a cane. The Comeys allege State Farm refused to pay for them to return to the hotel, so they eventually had to move in with family.

The Comeys have returned to their house – after two years away – although they say they’ll have to move out again, once they can afford to have the mold properly removed.

"A 20-year policy holder. I feel very betrayed," Cindy said.

ServiceMaster and Servpro said they’re "unable to comment on pending litigation."

In a statement, State Farm said, "We deny these allegations and are eager to present our case in the appropriate place, and that is in a court of law. "

The premier service program is "optional," according to State Farm.
"Our policyholders always have the right to select their own service company to do their repair work," the insurance company said in a statement.

The case is expected to go to trial next April.

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Mission Viejo: 5 Latest Homes To Hit The Market

MISSION VIEJO, CA — Looking for a new home, and want to get a better feel for what’s available near you? Need some assistance in your search? You’ve come to the right place! To keep you in the game, we’ve got a fresh batch of new listings nearby.

Here are the five most recent properties to hit the housing market in the Mission Viejo area — including one with 3 beds and 3 baths for $635,000, and another with 5 beds and 5 baths for $3.3 million.

Click on any address for more pics and details. Enjoy!

Price: $714,999
Size: 1,546 sq. ft., 3 beds, and 3 baths

Price: $3,275,000
Size: 4,780 sq. ft, 5 beds, and 5 baths

Price: $639,900
Size: 1,503 sq. ft., 3 beds, and 2 baths

Price: $635,000
Size: 1,943 sq. ft., 3 beds, and 3 baths

Price: $709,900
Size: 1,936 sq. ft., 3 beds, and 3 baths

Still want to see more options? Keep scrolling for more listings. Or check out Patch’s Mission Viejo area real-estate section for a complete list of local homes.

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