CALIFORNIA REAL ESTATE PRIMER – Transfer Your Property Tax Base Year To Your New Home

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Transfer Your Property Tax Base Year Value New Home

Have you ever thought to yourself, “Gee it would be nice to sell the old house and get into a nice new one, but if I do I’ll have to pay property tax on the new purchase price.” Well, goods news. That may not necessarily be the case. If you meet the qualifications, California Propositions 13, 60 and 90 might just solve your dilemma.

 Proposition 13

Under Proposition 13 the value of a home, for property tax purposes, is reassessed to the new market level (the new purchase price) whenever a change in ownership occurs. This usually results in higher property taxes. (It is possible to get an informal assessment review and reduce your property tax basis, but that’s another story.)

 Proposition 60

Proposition 60 allows a transfer of base-year value of the principal residence sold of a senior citizen (55 and older) to a replacement dwelling of equal or lesser value within the same county.

Proposition 90

Proposition 90, enacted in California in November of 1988, provides an avenue for property tax relief to owners 55, and older, who sell their principal residence and purchase a replacement home of equal or lesser value in another county.

The County Assessors will require a copy of the tax bill from the other county and a copy of the applicant’s birth certificate to be included with the application. Also include a copy of the grant deed for the new purchase and a copy of the closing statements of both sale and purchase.


The seller of the original residence, or a spouse residing with the seller, must be at least 55 years of age, as of the date that the original property is transferred.

The replacement property must be of equal or lesser “current market value” than the original.

The tax base year of the original property cannot be transferred to the replacement dwelling until the original property is sold.

The replacement property must be purchased or newly constructed within two years (before or after) of the sale of the original property.

The owner must file an application within three years following the purchase date or new construction completion date of the replacement property.

This is a one-time only filing. Proposition 60/90 relief cannot be granted if the claimant, or spouse, was granted relief in the past.

Proposition 60/90 relief includes, but is not limited to: single family residences, condominiums, units in planned unit developments, cooperative housing, corporation units or lots, community apartment units, mobile homes subject to local real property tax, and owner’s living premises which are a portion of a larger structure.

The taxpayer is not eligible for the tax relief until they actually own AND occupy and the replacement dwelling as their principle residence.

It is essential that you call the co-operating County in question, to verify that they are currently accepting the value transfer under Proposition 90, and what their requirements are. If you have any questions, the property tax office in Sacramento for all counties in California may be reached at (916) 445-4982.

Alameda (415) 272-3755 Ventura (805) 654-2181 Santa Clara (408) 299-4347 Kern (805) 861-2311 Modoc (916) 233-3939 San Diego (619) 531-5507 Los Angeles (213) 974-3101 Orange (714) 834-2746 San Mateo (415) 363-4500

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Other People’s Money

by Francis Pennyworth, Jr.

A couple of weeks ago I saw what purported to be a real time calculation of our national debt.  I wanted to write the total down, but the numbers were going up so fast it was literally impossible.  Suffice it say the total debt was just this side of 17 trillion dollars.  Some of you might say it’s old news, but for me the reality of what I was seeing really slammed home and I haven’t been able to get those blurred numbers out of my mind.

A few days later, I heard a Senator explaining angrily that she wasn’t going to cut her budget any more and despite what we hear on Fox News, Congress does not have a spending problem.  A short while later Ms. Pelosi opined that the deficit isn’t the result of out of control spending, instead, it springs from the fact that the wealthy aren’t paying their fair share of taxes.  Gee, maybe that’s why Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid doesn’t need to pass a budget.  He already knows what he wants to spend and like Ms. Pelosi said, spending isn’t the problem.

Could Pelosi and Reid actually be wrong?  A few seconds of research disclosed a Washington Times article reporting that the wealthy pay 70% of all taxes!  Don’t the statistics make their own statement about who pays their fair share?  For example, in 2009, the top 10% of earners paid 71% of all taxes even though they earned 43% of the income.  Is that a fair share?  At the same time the bottom 50% of earners paid only 2% of income taxes while earning 13% of the income.  Nearly 50% of earners paid no taxes at all!

The facts make you wonder exactly how Ms. Pelosi and Mr. Reid define the term “fair share.”  What exactly are the characteristics of a “fair share?”  The meaning of the adjective fair is pretty straight forward.  It basically means to be treated equally.  Proportionately, on the other hand, means to keep the same relationship of size or amount to something else.  A fair share of taxes would require that the wealthy be treated equally and that’s not what’s happening.  Maybe Ms. Pelosi, et al, meant to use the term “proportionate share” of taxes, because I don’t think “fair share” describes what’s really happening.  “Fair share” is being to look like one of those artfull misuse of words.  Kind of reminds you if “undocumented immigrant” doesn’t it.

Think about it.  The wealthy don’t use the public streets more than anyone else.  They pay for the utilities they consume.  They pay for their food, they pay for the chattels they purchase.  Every time the wealthy purchase something tangible they pay sales tax.  If they own real estate they pay property taxes.  When the wealthy pay their employees they pay employer withholding etc. etc.  In fact as you drill down into the issue it becomes obvious that a large poor family consumes more far more entitlements than their wealthy brethren.

Maybe we should do the research before we string these people up.  The wealthy clearly pay a disproportionate share of income taxes, and indeed if they live in the wrong state (e.g. California) they only get to keep about 36 cents out of every dollar they make.  I suspect that if you were told you could only keep 36 cents out of every dollar you might feel like you weren’t being treated fairly.  But then what do I know.  You can always find a wealthy guy who says he wants to pay more in taxes.  Then it occurs to you that they could pay more anytime they want.  The IRS won’t tear up their check.  What’s going on?

We should also remember that virtually all of the charitable donations to charities in this country are the result of some wealthy person’s desire to help.  Do the research.  Warren Buffett might have paid taxes at a lower rate than his secretary (long term capital gains vs ordinary income) but at the same time he gave $3.1 billion away in charity.  Makes you wonder why he didn’t just pay his secretary’s income instead of giving away $3.1 billion.  For that matter, why didn’t he give his $3.1 billion to the IRS?  Could it be Mr. Buffett felt like he could spend his money more wisely that the federal government?

According to President Obama it’s “patriotic” for the wealthy to want to pay more in taxes.  What does that really mean?  Because it sounds like the President is saying that it’s unpatriotic for a wealthy person to want to pay a fair share instead of a proportionate share.  There I go with the tricky words again.  Sorry.

Let’s back out of the weeds for a moment and recap what we’ve got.  We have a national deficit approaching 17 trillion dollars.   We have a Senate which refuses to pass a budget or even consider one.  We have a President who thinks it’s unpatriotic not to want to pay more taxes.  We have powerful politicians telling us with straight faces that there is nothing wrong with the federal government’s addiction to spending and that the deficit is all the fault of the unpatriotic wealthy who won’t pay a larger share of the income taxes.

How about this?  What if we just took everything the wealthy earn?  I mean every nickel – 100% taxation.  Gee, by the President’s way of thinking that would be super patriotic wouldn’t it?  But would it cover the deficit?  No.  Not even close.  Even in the face of the mathematical realities the prevailing view in Washington is that spending doesn’t have to be cut!  Unbelievable!  How do these people make it through the day unassisted?

If the directors of a publically traded corporation managed their finances like our government does we would see shareholder derivative suits for malfeasance popping out of the woodwork left and right.

The more subtle part of all of this and possibly in the long run the most destructive, is the class warfare which is being promoted by the powers that be.  It seems to me that “wealthy” used to be a good thing.  Success and the achievement of wealth used to be the goal of every American.  And, the fact that it could happen here was the key to America’s achievement and desirability as a country.  At least that’s the way I remember it.  When we were growing up we didn’t aspire to be on welfare.  We were trying our level best to get ahead.

Isn’t it obvious?  We’ve forgotten where we came from!  Now we have a whole generation of politicians who believe that their climb to power requires the exploitation of the human failing of envy.  To hear them tell it, all of the wealthy got wealthy by cheating you.  The wealthy won’t pay their fair share.  The wealthy aren’t patriotic.  It’s because of the wealthy that your entitlements have to be cut.  You’ll never get ahead because the wealthy are holding you back.  Your only hope is a large federal government which will hold you, and shelter you, and take care of you.  You don’t have to work hard, the  government will give you food stamps and welfare and free medical care.  Your government will protect and nourish you.  All you have to do is surrender your ambition.   Forget trying to work for yourself, and give up your willingness to work hard.  For heaven’s sake don’t rely on yourself when you can rely on Big Brother.

For me the take-away is simple.  Contrary to what Samuel Clemens may have thought the members of Congress aren’t idiots.  They watched the news and saw the anti-austerity protests in Greece, France, Spain, Wisconsin, and elsewhere.  And they’ve figured out that people don’t like to get their entitlements cut, even when their government has flat run out of money.  So the politicians who aren’t brain dead are refusing to touch that third rail.  Instead, they are playing to our most base emotions – hence the class warfare and hatred of the wealthy.  Let’s get more money from the rich guys so we don’t have to make any adjustments to the entitlements.  They say this even when the math clearly tells them that even if we robbed everything the wealthy earn it wouldn’t be enough!

You might want to read William Baldwin’s article then ask yourself whether or not the private sector workers are outnumbered by the people who are dependent on the federal government.  But be careful who you share your conclusions with, Mr. Romney expressed some thoughts on the subject and we can see what it did for him.



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Over time, we’ve collected the questions we are most frequently asked by clients who were considering the short sale of their property. Some of these questions are listed below.

1. What is a short sale?

A short sale is the process by which homeowners can sell their home for less money than they actually owe on their mortgage(s). This is accomplished by providing proper documentation to the lender(s) to convince them to reduce the mortgage balance to allow the sale. If the sale is approved, the mortgage lender(s) will actually take a loss on the mortgage.

If a bank approves the discount of a mortgage, the home can be sold for a price lower than the amount owed without the seller having to come up with cash to cover the shortfall. The mortgage is satisfied and any foreclosure process stops.

2. How does the bank decide what price to put on the property?

Every bank has a specific method of deciding how much they’ll accept on a short sale.

3. What type of situation is the short sale best for?

Most short sales are accomplished on properties heading toward foreclosure. This means the homeowner is at least 3 payments behind, and the foreclosure process has already begun. Recently however, more mortgages that are simply behind or “in default” are considered short sale candidates without actually being in foreclosure.

Next, the homeowner typically has no equity or negative equity in the home. In other words, the total balance owed to the lender is equal to, or greater than, the price at which the house can be sold.  If this weren’t the case, the lender would simply foreclose and sell the property itself.

Lastly, the homeowner must have some type of financial “hardship” which is preventing him from paying the mortgage.

4. Does a homeowner benefit from a short sale?

First and foremost, a short sale relieves the stress of being in foreclosure and it allows the homeowner to get rid of their big mortgage payment and move on with their lives. A short sale allows you to stop a foreclosure proceeding and get a fresh start. In our experience, this is the primary benefit to the homeowner.

On the credit side, a short sale is arguably the lessor of two evils. Having some late payments, and a foreclosure filed has already done damage to your credit.. However, a completed foreclosure generally does more damage than a short sale agreed to by a lender. Obviously, a bankruptcy significantly damages your credit score.

5. I’m an investor, can I short sale my rental property?

Yes, but remember the “hardship” element which must be present. For investors there may also be some income tax issues resulting from mortgage relief.  Remember to consult your tax advisor.

6. Does it matter what kind of loan I have?

Possibly. In some instances there is a potential risk of a deficiency judgement or a lawsuit on a loan contract, as opposed to judicial foreclosure. Give us a call and we can discuss the specifics of your situation.

7. I am in foreclosure. Is a short sale for me?

Each situation is different and must be evaluated individually. The important factors in relation to a short sale are:

  • Property in foreclosure or default
  • Personal financial hardship
  • Little or no equity in the property
  • At least 60 days until eviction date
  • The value of the home has declined below the loan amount

If you feel you fit into these criteria, give us a call and we can discuss your specific situation.

8. What if my mortgage is an FHA, HUD or VA mortgage?

Generally, short sales can be accomplished on all of these types of mortgages, though each one has different criteria.

9. What options other than a short sale might I have?

  • Cure your mortgage default (bring your payments current)
  • Attempt a loan modification that adjusts the terms of your existing loan (lower your payment)
  • Refinance your mortgage with another lender (lower your payment)
  • Try to sell your home through normal channels
  • Attempt to get your lender to accept a deed in lieu of a foreclosure
  • File for bankruptcy

10. What is “financial hardship” and why is it so important?

“Financial hardship” is a critical part of the short sale equation. No matter what you hear about banks “not being in the business of owning real estate”, they DO NOT easily give homeowners a break. They require GOOD REASON to give a discount for a short a sale.  Remember in most cases the bank has to answer to it investors and shareholders.

The only reason a lender will agree to a short sale is if they determine that a short sale will net them more money than proceeding with the foreclosure. Understanding the homeowner’s financial hardship plays a major role in the lender’s estimation of whether or not it will be paid in full for the mortgage. Quite simply, the lender may try to make the borrower pay the shortfall if there is no hardship.

Many homeowners try to use a short sale as a “get out of jail free” card to dump a poor investment. Lenders will not allow this, and it is a waste of time to try. If you are employed and have some assets, but you have simply lost value in your home and want to sell, you probably cannot short sale. If you are current on your mortgage, it’s possible but very difficult to short sale. Lenders need to see that you simply cannot pay them before they will agree to a short sale.

11. Who owns the house after a short sale?

The purchaser of the house is the owner after a short sale, just the same as in a normal sale. The mortgage lender is paid off and the previous homeowner moves to a different home.

 12. What do I do about my back property taxes when I do a short sale?

Just as in a normal home sale, the property taxes are the responsibility of the homeowner until the date the sale is closed. Then they become the responsibility of the buyer. If your property taxes have not been paid this will affect the negotiations between the buyer and the bank, so you must inform the buyer of the taxes owed.

13. Do you handle homes in my area?

Our focus is Orange County, California, however, we will consider listings in other areas of Southern California. In addition, we work with other short sale specialists in California and can often refer your case to local Real Estate Broker if we cannot help you.

14. Do you handle duplexes, apartment buildings, condos, or commercial property?

We handle residential properties of all types in virtually all price ranges, but we currently do not handle commercial properties.

15. My home is already listed for sale on the MLS, but isn’t selling; can I still do a short sale?

Yes, you can and it is relatively common. Some lenders even require that a house be listed for sale before approving a short sale in order to show that a discount is necessary.

16. My home is really nice, why is the short sale offer price so low?

Sellers often have an emotional attachment to their home and may feel a short sale offer is too low. It is important to remember a few things. First, the seller in a short sale can never receive any money in the transaction. It should therefore be of little concern what price is offered as long as the short sale is done. The only real exception is when the seller has tax liability concerns. (If there is tax liability, a lower sale price means a larger mortgage relief and a greater tax liability.) Otherwise, the price should not matter to the seller.

The important factor in a short sale is whether the lender will accept the price offered. Lenders often accept prices for short sales which may be surprising to normal homeowners or Realtors. Discounts of 30% are no longer uncommon. This happens for several reasons:

A. Sellers are often in denial about how bad the market really is for housing and therefore, how far the value has declined.

B. Lenders don’t like the foreclosure process any more than homeowners do (especially in California). Lenders incur substantial costs during a foreclosure process that can last more than 12 months. They have attorney fees, filing fees, publication fees, lost interest on the money that is tied up, property taxes, insurance, maintenance costs, as well as the potential for vandalism of a vacant home. This is all BEFORE having to try to sell the home as a bank-owned (REO) property and pay sales commissions. A short sale is a way to avoid some or all of these costs. If a lender calculates his cost of eviction at $50,000 for a house, they will often take a $40,000 loss on a short sale instead and be better off for having done so..

17. Who pays the real estate commissions on a short sale?

The commissions are paid from the funds the buyer places in escrow and because there is no equity in the house, the lender ultimately is the one paying the entire sales commission.

18. Are short sales guaranteed to work?

No. All of the criteria must be met before a bank will even consider a short sale. Even then, it isn’t easy to convince a bank that the market value of the home is lower than what they are owed.

Even if all the paperwork has been correctly completed it can take several weeks, or even months, only to be denied. If the lender does not approve the short sale, no transaction occurs. The Purchase Agreement becomes void and the listing continues.

Moreover, As the real estate market improves and the value of homes approaches and/or surpasses the amount owed it will become increasingly harder to obtain bank approval of a short sale.

19. How long does a short sale take?

A short sale can take 60 to 120 days or longer to complete. This is very important. The process is complicated and takes a lot of time. So to exercise the short sale option, you must act quickly. If you wait until one week before eviction, no one can help you with a short sale. It is simply impossible. DO NOT WAIT.

20. Why do I have to sign a Borrower’s Authorization?

The Borrower’s Authorization gives the lender permission to speak to your representative about your loan. That’s all it does, but it is necessary. An authorization must be filled out for each mortgage and for each Realtor or escrow officer authorized to act on your behalf.

21. I have heard that I could owe income taxes after a short sale, is this true?

Possibly, but it’s not that simple. There are a number of factors involved. For example, are you an investor or is the property your primary residence. Is the debt on the property “purchase money” or has the home been refinanced. If you’re an investor or if the property was refinanced are you insolvent? You can see how the matter can become complex in very short order. You must consult with an attorney or CPA on this issue.

When a lender writes off part of a loan (discounts it) the portion written off is the equivalent of a cash infusion to the owner. This “mortgage relief” is then reported as income to you by means of a 1099C form.

Even if you receive a 1099C and declare it as income, there is a good chance you will owe very little tax. This is because there is an IRS rule regarding “insolvency” which essentially says if you are insolvent (more liabilities than assets) at the time of the short sale, you don’t have to count the 1099C as income (instead you declare it, then obtain the exemption). There is an IRS form to complete to show you are insolvent. See the Internal Revenue Service website at

In December of 2007, President Bush signed a new law into effect providing that for a specified period of time homeowners who satisfy certain requirements will not be taxed on mortgage relief. This bill is called, the “Homeowners Debt Forgiveness Act” and it may or may not apply to your situation.  This law was recently extended by President Obama up to December 31, 2013.

Again, you must consult your CPA or tax adviser.

20. I am behind on my mortgage payments, but not yet in foreclosure. Can I do a short sale?

Yes, as the market dropped, this happened with much greater regularity. Sometimes these are the most attractive short sales for both the buyer and the lender because the buyer can take advantage of the lender’s ability to avoid the vast majority of the costs of foreclosure.

In these cases, it is more important to have a very clear “hardship” story to explain to the lender why you are unable to make the payments.

21. My house needs a lot of repair; can I still do a short sale?

Yes, though it can make the process more difficult because the price must be lower to compensate for the repairs. The key is to show the bank’s appraiser all the work that needs to be done. Let me know in advance if this is the case with your home.

 22. I have more than 10% equity in my home – can I still do a short sale?

Probably not. However, you may be a candidate for a regular sale.

23. Other people are on the deed with me, but they don’t want to short sell. Can I still do a short sale?

No. All parties listed on the deed or mortgage must sign the short sale purchase agreement. There are no exceptions to this.

24. I have other liens (i.e. mechanics, IRS, court judgments) on my house; can I still do a short sale?

Yes, but it gets much more complicated and will take longer. If this is the case with your home, be sure to COMPLETELY list all liens you have. Each lien holder must be negotiated with individually. A short sale in this circumstance will take substantially longer.

25. I have property I inherited but I can’t afford the mortgage. Can I do a short sale?

Yes. You might also want to read our article, “Preserve Your Prop 13 Base Year For Your Children and Grandchildren“.

26. I have 2 or 3 mortgages on my house. Can I still do a short sale?

Yes, each mortgage or line of credit (HELOC) can be negotiated individually. It is important to know which mortgage filed the foreclosure or, if more than one are in foreclosure, which one filed first.

As the housing markets recover, fewer and fewer homes will be underwater until finally the short sale will again become an unusual event.

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The Passeggio HOA, is a sub-association of the AVCA Master Association, and is a residential community of 111 exquisite condominiums located in the Westridge neighborhood of Aliso Viejo, California. The tract was built in five phases by the D.R. Horton company.

The Passeggio is located along the edge of the Aliso Canyon and many of the units have spectacular views of the Canyon. The Passeggio is conveniently located near the Westridge community park and is just a few minutes away from the Aliso Viejo town center with its shops restaurants and theaters.

The Passeggio has five different models of condominiums:

The Plan One is a 2 bedroom, 2 bath, carriage (second floor) unit with approximately 970 square feet of space. There is a second floor deck off the living room and a 1 car garage with direct access.

The Plan Two is a 2 bedroom, 2 bath, carriage (second floor) unit with approximately 1,223 square feet. The unit has direct garage access and was originally offered with an optional 3rd Bedroom conversion of the den.

The Plan Three is a 2 bedroom, 2.5 bath, two level unit with a 2 car garage with direct access. The unit is approximately 1,163 square feet.

The Plan Three X is a 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath, two level unit with a 2 car garage with direct access. The unit is approximately 1,349 square feet.

The Plan Four is a 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath, two level unit with a 2 car garage with direct access. The unit is approximately 1,397 square feet.

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GORILLA REVIEW – Introduction to Shu

Rather than put together a traditional synopsis we like to introduce novels by quoting their prologue, if they have one. What follows is the prologue to the novel, “Shu.”  This is Book 2 of the Continuum Series (preceeded by Book 1, “The Armageddon”).  If you like an old fashioned SciFi tale of good guys vs. bad guys – you’ve come to the right place!

(Are the hieroglyphics real?  Oh yes, and they’re more than 2500 years old.)

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A Region of Space-Time Near Alpha Centauri

The blue mist condensed rapidly, its cloudy substance forming in a region of positive Bradyon space-time, within the Milky Way galaxy, very close to the triple star system of Alpha Centauri. At the peak of its opacity the cloudy energy flattened and compressed into a thin fiery line. Blue ball lightning discharged at random intervals along its length in a dazzling display of raw unchained power.

The energies gathered and intensified until the very fabric of space split down the length of the anomaly, opening a vent into the nether-region of 2 Tachyon space . Above and below the opening the stars of Alpha Centauri shown brilliantly. Within the opening there was true nothingness, a place where only the two dimensions of mass and velocity held sway.

Through this portal in the fabric of perceivable space-time emerged the massive spherical body of the battleship Seth, its outer surfaces a shimmering miasma of energy generated by the annihilation of antimatter in the spaces between its hull and the force fields surrounding it. The exterior of the behemoth craft was pock marked with battle damage, and in more than one location the hull had been breached and hastily resealed. The Seth’s damaged drives strained against the pull of 2 Tachyon, faltered momentarily, then flared again into brilliance; with agonizing slowness the wounded battleship completed its shift into normal space-time.

In the smoke-filled bridge area, warning alarms told of the dull red corruptive fires in the central crystals of the battleship’s drives. The ochre glow of battle lanterns flickered, illuminating the twisted wreckage of bridge stations – at first there was no movement and no sound, then slowly the crew began to recover, digging themselves out of the debris.

“Temu-san!” Lieutenant Commander Neter called as she moved her seven foot frame through the remnants of shattered equipment. She was looking for the battleship’s Commander.

“Here.” The response was distant and weak.

Neter advanced steadily toward the sound of Temu’s voice, using her immense strength to clear a passage through the debris. She was covered with grime and her long sweat-soaked brown hair stuck to her face, hiding the classic features of her beauty.

“Here,” the weak voice called again, followed by the gurgling choking sound of a person drowning in his own blood.

Neter stopped and looked around, and in the dim ochre light she saw the Seth’s Commander buried beneath the heavy frame of a Cryan workstation that had fallen on its side. “Ren,” she yelled, “I have found him! Come quickly.” Bending on one knee, she placed her hand on the ‘s forehead. The pulse at his temple was weak and her heart sank. He was badly injured. “Temu-san,” she said gently.

Blood oozed from Temu’s nose and mouth and soaked his long grey chin beard. His hooded eyes fluttered, then opened partially. There was a momentary struggle to focus through the haze of pain, then a measure of awareness. “Neter, take command of the Seth.” The whisper was barely audible.

“You still live.” Neter’s statement was not only one of fact but a fervent prayer, for, as long as there was breath in Temu-san’s body, he was the commander of the Seth.

Temu shook his head weakly. Even though his body would fight for every second of life, he knew the remaining time was short. He could feel the blood filling his lungs; even now it bubbled in his throat as he breathed. Since the Seth was the sole surviving battleship of the uprising, it was critical that the chain of command be preserved. The others must hear him bequeath the authority upon Neter. “You are now the Commander of the Seth,” he whispered with the last of his strength.

“How is he?” Ren asked from behind.

“The Cryan is crushing the life out of him,” Neter replied without looking back to see who had spoken. “Quickly, we must move it!”

Ren turned toward the gathered bridge crew and said, “Help me lift the node.”

Three dusky figures moved in the ochre light of the battle lanterns, positioning themselves around the massive crystalline structure.

“Now! Lift!” Ren ordered as he strained against the mass of the device.

“It will not move,” a crew member grunted between gritted teeth.

“Try again,” Neter urged. “It must be moved!”

With a coordinated effort, the crew members strained against the mass of the node, but it refused to budge. As the men released their hold on the Cryan its full weight came back down on Temu and he groaned as bright blood foamed at the corners of his mouth.

“Bring a grav unit,” Ren ordered between heavy breaths.

“No, there isn’t time,” Neter said as she rose and turned toward the bulk of the Cryan unit. She had never moved such a weight before, but if she did not do so quickly, Temu would die. She tore off her battle armor, as well as the confining tunic beneath. Rising to her full height she lifted her arms above her head and filled her lungs with air, building up the oxygen reserves within her muscle tissue. The hammered silver half circle that was her personal symbol hung from a chain around her neck and fell between her breasts, catching the warm light of the battle lanterns.

After a half dozen deep breaths Neter bent her knees and, keeping her back straight, gripped an edge of the device. Exhaling slowly, she began to straighten her legs. The muscles across her shoulders and back corded into knots as she steadily increased the pressure. The great mass of the device refused to move. It was a dead weight crushing the life from Temu-san.

With mechanical precision Neter increased the strain on her muscles. A patina of sweat glistened across her bare back. Long moments passed and still she pulled against the stubborn mass of the Cryan. She closed her almond shaped eyes and concentrated her very soul on the task. Another long moment passed in silence, then something groaned and the massive unit shifted imperceptibly. Encouraged, she hissed softly through pursed lips and expended the last of her strength. Slowly, the node rose a few inches.

Ren quickly slid the Commander free and Neter let go. The Node fell heavily, crushing the raised semi-metallic plates of the bridge decking where Temu had been just moments before.

Temu coughed blood spasmodically as he clung to the last few moments of life.

Neter moved to his side and whispered, “Temu-san, what is your command?”

Temu’s blood smeared lips moved soundlessly as he tried to form the words.

Neter leaned forward and whispered softly into Temu’s ear. “I shall destroy the Ra. This I swear.”

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The Audubon Community Associations – Seawind Ridge

The Seawind Ridge tract of single family detached homes lies within the city of Aliso Viejo and contains 161 homes.
The community is not gated and has no pool or spa. Seawind Ridge is accessible from Westwing off Aliso Creek Rd, or from Calle Corta off El Toro Road. A few minutes to the west, down Laguna Canyon, is the Pacific Ocean and the famous city of Laguna Beach.

The 73 freeway is less than a minute away, and the 5 freeway is a short drive East on El Toro Road. While located in a rural setting, the Audubon communities are positioned within a short distance of the ocean and its resort towns; freeway arteries leading to major employment areas, and the shops, restaurants and amenities of Mission Viejo, Laguna Beach and Aliso Viejo.

The 73 freeway links up with the 405 freeway corridor and provides quick access to the financial centers of Fashion Island Newport Beach, the John Wayne airport area and South Coast Plaza. The 5 freeway links up with the Tustin employment centers and shopping centers.

Seawind Ridge has four different models of homes:

The Halycon (Model A) is a 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath two level home with a 3 car garage. Direct garage access is located through a service entrance between the guest bath and the laundry room. A fireplace has been placed in the family room which is open to the second floor. Both the living room and the dining room are open to the second floor. All of the bedrooms are located upstairs. The master bedroom has an attached bathroom suite and a walk-in closet. This model is approximately 1,872 square feet.

The Dartford (Model B) is a 3 bedroom, 3 bath, two level home with a 2 car garage. Direct garage access is located through a service entrance near the laundry room and guest bath. A fireplace has been placed where it can be enjoyed from both the family room and the breakfast nook. All of the bedrooms are located upstairs. The master bedroom has an attached bathroom suite and a walk-in closet. This model is approximately 2,138 square feet.

The Brambling (Model C) is a 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath, two level home with a 3 car garage. Direct garage access is through a service entrance leading to the family room. A fireplace is located in the family room. All bedrooms are located upstairs on the second floor. The master bedroom has a large walk-in closet and its own bathroom suite. This model is approximately 2,071 square feet.

The Goldfinch (Model D) is a 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath, two level home with a 3 car garage. Direct garage access is located through a service entrance leading to the family room where the fireplace is located. A breakfast nook is located on one of the kitchen and the dining room on the other. The dining room is open to the second floor. All bedroom are located upstairs on the second floor. The master bedroom has a large bathroom suite and both a walk-in closet for her and a standard closet for him. This model is approximately 2,390 square feet.

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