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Nobody knows and cares about your neighborhood more than I do- Work with the owner!

I have lived in this community for twenty years.  Nobody knows and cares about your neighborhood more than I do.  I sit on the board for Costa Mesa

United (We’re raising money to build two premiere sports facilities for Costa Mesa) and  I am a Costa Mesa Parks and Recreation Commissioner.  I am also one of two owners of Weichman Associates- Realtors (Costa Mesa’s fastest growing real estate  brokerage ). As an owner and a Costa Mesa businessman,   I am able and willing to do more for my clients than any  of those franchise brokerages. Why work with just an agent when you can work with the owner?  These are all good reasons that make a Costa Mesa area specialist like myself different. 

 

I realize you probably purchased your home with the intention of staying for a very long time.  However, sometimes circumstances arise and you find yourself in a position of having to move.  This can be a difficult time and a hard decision to make. You can find out how much your home is worth by going to ; Kurt’s Market Snapshot. 

 

I would like to help make the selling process a positive one.  If you interview any real estate agents, make sure I am one of the three you interview and I will show you what makes me and my company so successful in Costa Mesa. You can also visit my website at; The Kurt Real Estate Group We are Costa Mesa. I would be happy to discuss any of your real estate needs at any time or you can call my  Real Estate Hotline to get valuable information affecting today’s market.   

 

If you have any real estate questions, now or in the future, please don’t hesitate to call-

On Your Team,

 

Kurt Galitski

The Kurt Real Estate Group

Vice President, Weichman Realtors

877-957-6677

Ca. Broker #1348644

A passion for his community is the driving force behind Costa Mesa real estate professional Kurt Galitski of the Kurt Real Estate Group, one of Costa Mesa’s most fervent residents. In addition to representing the needs of buyers, sellers, investors and asset managers within his city and throughout Orange County, he has also dedicated himself to making a difference in the lives of his fellow citizens. A determined entrepreneur and proud family man, Kurt strives to provide every client with an exceptional level of attentive and knowledgeable representation.

The ability to adapt to ever-changing market conditions has enabled Kurt to thrive even in the most challenging of times. His thorough knowledge of the industry- from residential and commercial transactions, to new construction and development, to short sales and REO properties– ensures he is always available to meet the needs of his diverse clientele. Kurt’s concierge-level service is a professional signature; he has built a team of Costa Mesa real estate professionals, The Kurt Real Estate Group, designed to care for each client’s unique needs.

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Meet our Newest Member to The Kurt Real Estate Group- Kathy Hondl

Meet our Newest Member to The Kurt Real Estate Group- Kathy Hondl

After graduating from USC, Kathy moved to Orange County and has lived here for 17 years.

She spent several years in the Telecommunications industry selling business to business products and services. These services included Internet, Voice and Data, and Web-hosting and Managed Services. She had great success working with clients, managing customer service needs, and continually developing new business.

During the RE-FI BOOM, Kathy worked for Stewart Title Major Accounts Division located in Anaheim. She called on and managed accounts on a daily basis, primarily working with mortgage companies, commercial real estate brokers, and commercial banks. She really enjoyed working closely with her very sophisticated team of Title and Escrow Officers, and always appreciated how hard they worked. Her team could get anything done!! She also enjoyed dealing with independent Escrow companies and real estate agents and brokers from all over the county. She did an excellent job handling the needs of clients, making sure everyone was happy, and never hesitated to help out with closing deals!!

During the past 6 years, Kathy has owned her own Interior Design business called Kathy’s Kouture Interior Design. She has always loved being creative and found an outlet for many of her ideas and skills. She brings a lot to the table with buying and selling homes as well. From referring a good painter or flooring company, to staging a home for sale, she has suggestions that can help any client.

She has also attended and recognized the value of national real estate conferences for many years. She has learned a tremendous amount about the industry, changes and trends (like going green), how the economy affects our industry, and all about financing our dreams.

Kathy has always loved living in Orange County because it is such a beautiful place to live, and is perfectly located between the beach, the mountains, the desert, San Diego, and Los Angeles. There is no better place for her and you too!

Kurt Galitski and The Kurt Real Estate Group, part of Weichman Associates – Realtors are very proud to have her as an integral part of a very successful real estate team located in Costa Mesa, serving all the surrounding areas of Orange County. Kurt is so proud of her, he smiles and says, “She also knows that Orange County is a perfect place for anyone to live and believes she can help home buyers find the perfect home here. When you combine all the great experience she has in and around the real estate industry with over 17 years as a real estate agent, Kathy is your clear choice to making your dreams come true!”

On Your Team,

 

Kurt M. Galitski

The Kurt Real Estate Goup

Vice President, Weichman Associates- Realtors

877-957-6677

Ca. Broker #1348644

Whether you’re looking for your dream home or a bargain in a Costa Mesa Foreclosure, REO, Short Sale, Distressed Property, or a new vacation home in one of the many coastal  / beach  cites such as  Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, and Laguna Beach or simply dreaming of a new home in Orange County California, KurtRealEstate.com has it all!

In addition to his work in real estate, Kurt has earned a reputation as an active member of his Costa Mesa community. In addition to serving as chairman of Costa Mesa’s Parks and Recreation and a liaison to the Newport School Board, he is a board member of Costa Mesa United and the Costa Mesa Youth Sports Council, and a member of the Tewinkle Sports Facilities Master Plan Committee.  

With an industry known for its proverbial ups and downs, Costa Mesa real estate professional Kurt Galitski offers his clients a constant level of exceptional service: he stays abreast of changes and trends, seeks out opportunities, and makes it a priority to give his customers nothing less than the highest quality of care. He’s living the good life, and Kurt’s mission is to help others do the same. Contact Him Today 

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Costa Mesa City Council Saves ROCKS Till August…

By Mona Shadia, mona.shadia@latimes.com

June 22, 2010 | 11:05 p.m.

Shared From the Daily Pilot

The Costa Mesa City Council voted Tuesday to approve the city’s 2010-11 fiscal year budget after nearly three hours of back-and-forth debate and attempts by council members to save some of the programs and employees’ jobs. Councilwoman Katrina Foley, refusing to support the layoffs, cast the sole dissenting vote.

The council voted to eliminate many city programs and 24 full-time positions. Twenty-six other positions were reduced to part time or left vacant. The city also plans to reduce hours for another 26 part-time positions to help balance the budget.

Costa Mesa is facing a projected $16.4-million deficit in next year’s budget. The program cuts and layoffs account for about $8.4 million in savings. An $8 million deficit remains.

The City Council also voted to add the much sought-after Recreation on Campus for Kids After School (ROCKS) program into the budget, the Youth Sports Programs, and keep the recreational coordinator position while it looks for grants and matching funds to finance them.

The City Council will revisit the programs’ costs in August to see if enough funds were generated to keep them. If in August enough funds were not generated, the programs will be eliminated.

This will mean Costa Mesa Residents who use the Rocks program should stand up and support the program by raising the needed $28,000 per school.

Costa Mesa will retain Yolanda Macias, an animal control officer, a move that relieved many of her supporters.

The city also plans to increase its animal licensing fees to generate funds and support Macias’ position.

The City Council also voted to place a 2% increase to the transient occupancy tax, or hotel tax, on the November ballot. If passed, Costa Mesa’s hotel tax would still remain lower than the county average.

Foley attempted to gain support for a 3% increase, but her motion failed.

Before voting on the budget, Foley motioned to adopt the budget without laying off any of the employees, leading the city manager and his staff to ask for a break to discuss how such a proposal would work.

When asked how can the city make up for $2.2 million it would save through layoffs, Foley suggested using the city’s reserve funds.

Foley’s position led to a heated exchange between her and Councilman Eric Bever, who views things from the other end of the spectrum.

“I understand your desire to keep everyone employed … it’s fiscally irresponsible. We have an 800-pound gorilla, the other $8 million that we haven’t even addressed yet,” Bever said. “Something that I don’t think you realize is that last fiscal year, our cost for staff was 110% of our revenue. When you compare money that came in, 110% went to staff cost. We can’t continue down that road.”

Foley took issue with his saying “fiscally irresponsible.”

“I was trying to come to a compromise. If this proposal goes forward, there will be a significant reduction to staff,” Foley said. “Just like in my business, every year I consider an increase in my fees … we all increase our costs to our customers to be able to pay for our overhead. It’s something that happens in our businesses and the city of Costa Mesa does not apply that business model. That to me is what’s been fiscally irresponsible. It’s hoping South Coast Plaza and the auto dealers do really great every year.”

In other council business, the Orange County Fairgrounds Authority, which comprises the five council members, voted unanimously to enter into an agreement with Facilities Management West, which is exclusively working with the city on a financing and operating deal for the 150-acre property.

The agreement calls for a 55-year lease with the group. Costa Mesa will receive a minimum of $750,000 annual rent plus interest from the group for the first five years.

The amount will be increased to $1.5 million on year six through 10, and to $2.5 million beginning the 11th year and will increase again every 10 years.

The agreement also allows the city to receive a portion of the revenues made from operating the fairgrounds.

On Your Team,

 

Kurt M. Galitski

The Kurt Real Estate Goup

Vice President, Weichman Associates- Realtors

877-957-6677

Ca. Broker #1348644

Whether you’re looking for your dream home or a bargain in a Costa Mesa Foreclosure, REO, Short Sale, Distressed Property, or a new vacation home in one of the many coastal  / beach  cites such as  Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, and Laguna Beach or simply dreaming of a new home in Orange County California, KurtRealEstate.com has it all!

In addition to his work in real estate, Kurt has earned a reputation as an active member of his Costa Mesa community. In addition to serving as chairman of Costa Mesa’s Parks and Recreation and a liaison to the Newport School Board, he is a board member of Costa Mesa United and the Costa Mesa Youth Sports Council, and a member of the Tewinkle Sports Facilities Master Plan Committee.  

With an industry known for its proverbial ups and downs, Costa Mesa real estate professional Kurt Galitski offers his clients a constant level of exceptional service: he stays abreast of changes and trends, seeks out opportunities, and makes it a priority to give his customers nothing less than the highest quality of care. He’s living the good life, and Kurt’s mission is to help others do the same. Contact Him Today 

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