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When thinking about all the different ways you could add value to your property, don’t overlook the exterior. Having eye-catching features and added interest in your yard can really elevate your home, which may pay off down the road. But remember, your landscaping ideas don’t have to be massive to have a big impact.

Keeping Up With the Joneses



To add real value to your home, landscaping improvements need to fit in with the aesthetics of the surrounding neighborhood. For example, if your home is the only house in the hood without a pool, consider installing one before selling. When it comes to landscaping, your home should be comparable to others.

Keep It Small



Big, overflowing flower beds look amazing but potential buyers may only see upkeep and effort.…
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Once upon a time having a security system or even just some video cameras meant that you either lived in a dodgy neighborhood or you had something really awesome to steal. Today, home security devices are common, inexpensive and can be used for all sorts of things, from watching your dog run around like a maniac while you’re at work to checking in to make sure the kids made it safely home from school.

Thanks to the magic of WiFi, you can even keep an eye on vacation homes or empty rentals if you’re willing to invest a little bit extra to keep the internet going or to upgrade to a camera that can connect to your cellular account. Basically, if there’s something you want to see on the regular, a modern smart security camera can handle the job!

What Kind of

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A Sincere Message of Gratitude


As we reflect on 2018 and look forward to the new year, all of us at Echelberger Groupare filled with gratitude. 
We are grateful that you have placed your trust in us and shared your experience with others. And we are thankful to have become a small part of your lives as you welcomed new family members, celebrated engagements and embarked upon fresh and exciting phases in life.

We are equally grateful for our homes, families, and friends. So many have lost theirs during the wildfires in Northern and Southern California. It is often easy to take what and who we have in our lives for granted. But as the fires have demonstrated, it can all go away in a flash.

“This holiday season, I want to extend an extra-special thank you to…
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WHERE IN ORANGE COUNTY TO LIVE LIKE A LOCAL

You can count on Echelberger Group to keep you informed with what is happening locally, whether it be the Sawdust Art Festival Winter Fantasy, Crystal Cove Tree Lighting & Holiday Bazaar, Dana Point Winter Festival & Tree Lighting, Santa Paws, Santa’s Village by the Sea, Yappy Howl-iday Celebration,Tree Lighting at Pines Park, Dana Point Boat Parade of Lights, Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade.

Let us keep you in the loop, letting you know where in Orange County you should go and what you need to know for our community. Because it’s always a great day in Orange County, whether you are in San Clemente, Dana Point, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, or elsewhere.

DOWNLOAD FULL CALENDAR OF EVENTS!

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Every morning, it’s the same thing. You get out of bed, take a shower, burn the toast and then curse the smoke detector. Although it's singing the song of its people can be incredibly loud and awful to hear, the truth is that smoke detectors save lives. So, while your smoke detector may sing way off tune, it’s trying very hard to protect you and your family from smoke- and fire-related hazards, like your morning toast.

With the weather cooling down and fireplaces being cuddled up to, ensure your home is secure with a functioning smoke detector. This is the time of year where you check your batteries—and to learn more about those white pucks that hang out on the ceiling.


Meet Your Friendly Neighborhood Smoke Detector

Every single day, your smoke alarms…
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There is an interesting cultural shift going on in America. In the 1990s, there was a big push by the Clinton administration to increase the percentage of homeownership in the country.

Lending programs that took into account cultural differences among minority groups, down payment assistance grants and other well-intentioned programs helped lift the homeownership rate from about 65 percent to almost 70 percent. These efforts were followed by the rapid boom of the 2000s, which lead to the Great Recession. Okay. It didn’t end well, but not all because of the attempt to raise homeownership levels.

Now here’s the cultural shift we’re seeing: Many people who are fully qualified to buy are making a conscious decision to be long-term renters. It started

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Home staging tips

When buyers walk into the right home, they get that look in their eyes. They get the warm-and-fuzzies because they can envision living in the home for years to come.

As a listing agent, it’s your job to make sure that happens; you have to facilitate the buyers’ ability to see themselves in that home, and the easiest way to do that is through staging.

If you’ve read any of my articles, you know that stellar photography is a must. However, amazing photography only goes so far without excellent staging.

  • READ: Looking to Improve Your Home's Curb Appeal?
Before you bring in a photographer, and definitely before you begin marketing the home, you have to set the stage. 

I reached out to some of the best interior designers our agency has been fortunate…
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The housing market slowed to levels not seen in nearly eight years, lining up in favor of buyers



Buyer’s Market: With an Expected Market Time of 122 days, the market transitioned into Buyer’s Market territory for the first time since January 2011.

Thanksgiving is just about here. Time to load our plates with turkey, ham, cranberry sauce, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, string beans, Brussels sprouts, and dinner rolls. As Americans, we eat more on Thanksgiving than any other day of the year. It is all about a
smorgasbord of choices. And that’s exactly how it's shaping up for buyers in today’s housing market, a smorgasbord of choices.

ORANGE COUNTY HOUSING MARKET SUMMARY:

  • The active listing inventory decreased by 13 homes in the past
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When it comes to buying a home, reaping the tax benefits is a bonus. But, experts warn, tax benefits for homeowners and homebuyers shouldn't be the sole reason to commit to a mortgage.

"To look at buying a home as a tax gain shouldn't be your main goal," says Laurie W. Ziegler, an enrolled agent based in Saukville, Wisconsin. "But if you are going to be buying a home, you certainly should be considering what tax benefits you could get from that."

  • READ: 5 Things To Keep In Mind When Buying a Vacation Home

Something important for homebuyers (and all taxpayers) to note is that President Donald Trump's tax reform, which takes effect for taxes filed in 2019, increased the standard deduction to $12,000 for single filers and

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While Orange County is undoubtedly Los Angeles’s sister county to the south, there’s no denying that the region has come into its own on the restaurant front. New openings from exciting restaurant groups and known chefs pop up all over the county, representing an impressive culinary variety spread across high-end hotels, shopping plazas, and waterfront developments. From new openings to classics that continue to get the details right, here are 15 of the hottest restaurants to know about in Orange County right now, presented from north to south.

1. Garlic and Chives

9892 Westminster Blvd #311
Garden Grove, CA 92844 (714) 591-5196 Visit Website

Garlic and Chives is (still) a certifiable Little Saigon hit. The strip

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