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Echelberger Group- Larry Beard
Image courtesy of Larry Beard Fine Art, you can catch him at Ocean Fest on the grass over looking the San Clemente Pier.


Where you come from, where you call home is a part of who you are. Welcome to the #LiveLikeaLocal blog series that explores our roots and hometown in South Orange County.

Whether it be San Clemente, Dana Point, Capistrano Beach, San Juan Capistrano, or a surrounding coastal community, it is always a great day for #ThrowbackThursday in Orange County! Especially when we love the place we call....#HOME.
In this week's throwback, we get you pumped up for San Clemente's very own Ocean Festival! The history of San Clemente's Ocean Festival is brought to you by
Today, the event attracts…
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When the sun is high in the sky and the wind feels like a blow dryer on your face, there’s nothing like the blessed cool blue of your private pool. If you’ve only just recently become a pool owner, you may be weighing your options: should you hire someone to juggle your pool chores or can you do this one yourself? Taking care of a pool isn’t hard, provided you’ve got a checklist to follow (just so you don’t miss a step).

Your Pool Maintenance Attack Plan

Most pools don’t require a lot of care, but if you don’t keep up with a regular maintenance schedule those tiny jobs can easily snowball into a giant one — or a big pile of broken pool equipment. Neither one is an awesome future prospect. Instead of a looming disaster, you can look forward to plenty…
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The overall Orange County housing market is a seller’s market, but not at a certain price point.

A Cool Market: The housing market feels a bit frigid in the higher end compared to the rest of the market.

Recent headlines exclaim that the median sales price has reached a record level in Orange County, Los Angeles County, and all of Southern California. Article after article details the continued lack of supply, hot demand, and years of nonstop appreciation. How in the world can any local market be a buyer’s market? Technically, luxury housing favors buyers and it is anything but hot.

Orange County Housing Market Summary:

• This year, 19% fewer homes have come on the market below $500,000 today compared to last year, and there have been 25%…
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Echelberger Group- Home Mistakes

Homes cost a lot of money to maintain. But are you spending extra money unnecessarily on upkeep? Here are 10 of the most expensive mistakes you could be making in your home.

1. Using Traditional Light bulbs

If you still have incandescent light bulbs in your home, you could be throwing a lot of money away every month on inflated electric bills. Over its life span, an incandescent bulb can use $180 worth of electricity. A CFL will only use $41 worth of electricity over the same time period. Even better is the LED bulb, which only uses $30 per bulb. Think what replacing every light bulb in your home could do to your home's bottom line.

2. Ignoring a Leaky Faucet

A leaky faucet that drips one drop per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons per year, which is…
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Echelberger Group- Outdoor Kitchens
Current listing 45 Calle Careyes

Your new house has an awesome outdoor kitchen, or maybe you just had one installed, either way you’re all set to grill outside all summer (and maybe into the fall and winter, too). Have you stopped to consider all the things that it takes to keep an outdoor kitchen running smoothly? Remember there’s live electricity, gas lines, appliances and other things that are going to require regular effort.

An outdoor kitchen can be the best investment you’ve ever made, but you definitely should be considering how an outdoor kitchen is different from an indoor kitchen.

Outdoor Versus Indoor Kitchens: The Big Differences

There’s nothing wrong with an outdoor kitchen, they’re not inherently dangerous or troublesome, they’re just…
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Echelberger Group- Zillow
Do you know how much your home is worth? No, really, do you? HomeKeepr gives us the truth about Zestimates.

Homeowners and buyers across the country often answer this question by turning to a figure known as a Zestimate, produced by Zillow’s intention is to create an accurate value estimate for the over 100 million homes indexed by the site. Although it won’t give you a figure that’s right on the nose, it can provide a price range to start with during your real estate negotiation.

Wait, What’s a Zestimate?

A Zestimate is Zillow’s attempt to use algorithms and publicly available data points that influence housing prices to estimate a home’s value at any given time. While this is a good idea, in concept, it’s important for buyers and sellers…
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Hot off the press... #theGREENsheet July 2018

Your Guide to TALEGA’S RED-HOT Real Estate Market!  

More than 23 years of experience has given Echelberger Group the edge in local knowledge and connections. Echelberger Group provides a comprehensive range of services, from industry-leading technology—backed by its collaboration with Pacific Sotheby’s Realty —and custom marketing strategies to regular updates and prompt communication that makes transactions efficient and stress-free.

Our association with Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty, will provide our clients with every advantage possible, including the Sotheby’s International Realty brand’s sophisticated marketing, exclusive media partnerships and unique relationship with

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Echelberger Group- July 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 4th of July celebrations, Laguna's Sawdust Festival, Dana Point Concerts in the Park, SC's Ocean Festival, or Van's US Open of Surfing!

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, Newport Beach, San Juan Capistrano, or elsewhere.

Download Full Calendar of Events CLICK HERE!

“We understand that you need a REALTOR® you can TRUST with your MOST VALUABLE ASSET. That

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The window of opportunity to take advantage of the Summer Market is already beginning to close.

Running Out of Time: Demand will remain elevated for only six more weeks.

Summer is here! It is the season of longer days, plenty of Southern California sunshine, beckoning, sandy beaches, and refreshing dips in the pool. With summer comes all of its distractions. There are also family vacations, Disneyland, California Adventure, Knott’s Berry Farm, Magic Mountain, LEGOLAND, Raging Waters, the Discovery Science Center, Sea World, and the San Diego Zoo.

The best time of the year to sell a home, the Spring Market, is officially in the rearview mirror. It is now the Summer Market, the second best time of the year to sell a home. For some, buying a home takes…
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Echelberger Group- 4th of July

Where you come from, where you call home is a part of who you are. Welcome to the #LiveLikeaLocal blog series that explores our roots and hometown in South Orange County. Whether it be San Clemente, Laguna Beach, Dana Point, Capistrano Beach, San Juan Capistrano, or a surrounding coastal community, it is always a great day for #ThrowbackThursday in Orange County! Especially when we love the place we call....#HOME.

It’s been 242 years since the founding fathers declared independence from Great Britain and formed a country of 13 colonies in 1776. You know that, of course; but it’s been a while since history class.

What better way to kick off our Independence Day festivities than to check out awesome images from the past?

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