2015 Bixby Residential Media Scholarship @ NHHS — OPEN!


“Prior to my real estate career I spent several years as a freelance writer and photographer.  It all started with a blank journal I took with me to a semester of study in Florence, Italy.  That experience stoked a fire.  I loved telling stories and capturing them on film.  Travel became a vehicle from which I could share my creativity with others.  As the Bixby Residential Media Scholarship at NHHS enters it’s 5th year, I hope that you’ll consider submitting an entry (or multiple entries) and share your opinions, experiences, and creativity with your Newport Harbor community.  Have fun with it, and good luck!” — Grant Bixby


IMG_1813-225x300The Bixby Residential Media Scholarship @ NHHS is open to ALL senior students who wish to submit an entry.  Acceptable submissions may be posted at www.blog.bixbyresidential.com and in the NHHS Beacon at the discretion of the sponsor and NHHS staff.  Any student featured in an entry MUST complete the NHHS media release form and have it on file with the school.  Students will generate community interest entries in either print journalism, still photography, or video/film format.  Students may submit more than one entry in any category.  NHHS staff, guidance counselor Grace Nguyen, and Grant Bixby will vote on the winner for each category.  Those winners will receive a $1,000 scholarship award with no strings attached.  The goal is to promote creativity, individuality, and freedom of expression.


Submissions accepted beginning Nov. 1, 2014

Submission deadline is May 31, 2015

 Sample Topics include:

  • Not-for-profit Spotlight—Showcase a worthy cause
  • Special Event Coverage—Report on a newsworthy happening
  • Arts & Sciences—Feature a performance, art exhibit, science fair
  • Business & Community Issues—Report on a topic of local importance
  • The Op/Ed or commentary piece


Maximum word count of 1,000.  Content must be appropriate for all ages.  No personal essays or fiction.  This is a journalism, non-fiction reporting contest. Submit as a Word document.  Entries may include one photograph or illustration if it helps the story, but it is NOT required.  $1,000 prize.

Still Photography:

One image or a sequence is acceptable.  Must receive both print and digital copy of image(s) in an acceptable format (JPEG or other).  Protect images accordingly in envelope with cardboard or other.  Important:  Accompany image with 250 word (max) description of image, where taken, camera & film details.  Content must be appropriate for all ages.  $1,000 prize.


Maximum running time of 5 minutes.  Submit in suitable electronic file type or YouTube type link.  Content must be appropriate for all ages.  $1,000 prize.

***Include student name, telephone, address, and email with each submission.


Submit to:  grant@bixbyresidential.com (electronic) and mail or drop hard copies to Bixby Residential @ Villa Real Estate, 660 Newport Center Drive, Suite 200, Newport Beach, CA 92660

Giving Back in 2014


Dear Friends,
A new year is upon us, which always causes me to reflect on the year just past.  In 2014 we saw a robust recovery in our local real estate market, with most neighborhoods equalling or surpassing the previous peak prices of 2007.  For many that prompted selling property that was no longer underwater or that had appreciated enough to profit from a sizable gain.  If it was an income property, it begged for a 1031 exchange.  This year I expect more of the same.
In 2015 interest rates could creep upward, but it’s a safe bet that money will remain relatively inexpensive.  Another good assumption is that the income property market (i.e. rental properties) will continue to be tough to source.  I fully expect that savvy investors will be ready to pounce when the right opportunity arises, thus requiring that you have your finances ready and a good broker on the look out for you (yes, I mean me).
The same goes for buyers seeking a new home.  While I anticipate more listings coming on the market in the February through May timeframe, there will be competition for the best of those.  Those who dither will either have to be patient and wait for a change in the market or “get OK” with losing out.  If you know your parameters we can fashion a plan together that works for you and set expectations accordingly.
In closing, I want to thank all of my 2014 clients who took part in Bixby Residential’s Closing Gift Program.  This year I made gifts in their honor to the following organizations:  The Anti Defamation League, ASPCA, Blind Children’s Learning Center, Boys to Men, The Environmental Nature Center, Habitat for Humanity, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Make A Wish, Mariners Elementary School Foundation, Miracle Feet, OC Marathon Foundation, U.S. Sailing Center, Surfrider, and the UCI Center for Neurobiology of Learning and Memory.  I appreciate the opportunity to give back to you in a meaningful way, and I look forward to continuing that trend in the year ahead.
All the best in 2015,
Grant Bixby