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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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Buyers’ expectations in the ideal home have evolved, so sellers need to price accordingly.

Carefully Pricing: Sellers must price according to their location, condition, upgrades, updates, décor, and overall appeal. Prior to this year, there was not a lot of thought that went into pricing a home. Since 2012, sellers stretched their asking prices and home values soared. It seemed that every time a home sold, it was a new record for the neighborhood. New sellers would come on the market, take a look at the comparable sales, add a little bit more, and then they sifted through multiple offers. They often settled for purchase prices above their asking prices. Sellers were in control as buyers tripped over each other to secure their piece of the…
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The History of Veterans Day

Veterans Day is a U.S. legal holiday dedicated to American veterans of all wars. On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, was declared between the Allied nations and Germany in the First World War. That is why Veterans Day is formerly known as Armistice Day – a U.S. legal holiday previously celebrating the official end of World War I on November 11, 1918.

It wasn’t until 1954, after both World War II and the Korean War, that Congress amended the Act of 1938.  At that time, the word “Armistice” was stricken from the record and “Veteran” replaced it.  Today, we honor American veterans of all wars.

And, yet, people have long confused Veterans

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November Calendar of Events


Where in Orange County to Live Like a Local

Looking to #LiveLikeaLocal and need to know #WhereInOC to go? You can count on Echelberger Group to keep you informed with what is happening locally, whether it be Tase of San Clemente, Art & Nature Family Festival, California Wine & Food Festival, Veterans Day Tributes, or Dana Point Turkey Trot!

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 CLICK HERE!

We respect your time, and value your business. We know you could go anywhere for your real

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IN TODAY’S MARKET, PRESENTATION MATTERS

the GREEN sheet | November 2018
I was having a conversation with a client that handles high end luxury car sales and we were talking about the similarities between his business and mine. He was explaining that buyers are limited for luxury used cars and he may only have one or two opportunities to sell the car in the first thirty-to- sixty days. If it does not sell, then it goes to auction and his opportunity and profit is gone. He said that he must make sure that the presentation of the car is the absolute best at any given time when it is on the lot because he never knows when that buyer opportunity may come. It seems so basic and logical yet it is something that is passed over and forgotten in the real estate industry.


If you have been
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Buying a Vacation Home
Just imagine it! Waking up to the sound of sea and surf pounding the sand right outside your very own home. You don’t have to call ahead for reservations, you don’t need to ask anyone for a key or have a check-out time. It’s all yours to do with as you will, and you’re going take advantage of it constantly because now you own your very own vacation home.

Not to burst any vacation home-shaped bubbles, but before you get too lost in the fantasy, you need to consider some of the many pros and cons of owning a home away from home.

Vacation Homes Aren’t For Everybody

As the real estate market begins to respond to financial pressures from higher interest rates that are only set to increase further, as well as trade wars and tariffs with some of the

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3314 Calle Grande Vista
Current listing 3314 Calle Grande Vista

For the third time this week, you’ve found yourself cursing the unusability of your kitchen. The drawers come out in all the wrong directions, the cabinets are so shallow that you can barely use them and the entire layout just puts you off. You’re ready to talk about a kitchen remodel.

Or maybe you just want a shiny new kitchen — there’s nothing wrong with that. Shiny new kitchens are amazing and give you the opportunity to create the space you need, rather than forcing your existing kitchen to kinda sorta work.


The Three Big Questions of Any Kitchen Remodel

You went to the home improvement store and found some samples of tile, backsplash and counter that you really love, but that’s about as far as your planning…
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Echelberger Group- Autumn

10 home Maintenance Tips for Fall

The time has come. The seasons are changing and, like it or not, Fall is here and Summer has drawn to a close (Sigh). There is an art to living like a local, and that includes being smart when it comes to seasonal maintenance on your home. Here are some things to add to your Fall “honey-do” list.

1. Have your furnace inspected. 
It’s smart to have your heating system serviced before you actually need to use it. Experts say that as much as 75 percent of the calls they receive from homeowners are a result of not having the furnace serviced and cleaned. An inspection will keep your heating costs down and the air in your home healthy. 

2. Apply a fresh coat of paint.
Interior painting requires good ventilation, so the…
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The momentum of the housing market has paved the way for cooler Autumn and Holiday Markets.


No End of Year Surge: There will not be a sudden surge in closed sales for the remainder of the year. It is that time of the year. The days are growing shorter, the leaves are changing, and Halloween decorations have emerged. Autumn has arrived. Just as the seasons change, so does the housing market. The Spring and Summer Markets are officially in the rearview mirror. There’s very little of 2018 that remains.


Orange County Housing Market Summary:

  • The active listing inventory decreased by 6 homes in the past two weeks, almost identical, and now totals 7,201. The inventory finally reached a peak for 2018. Normally it peaks between July and August.
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