February 2018

Found 10 blog entries for February 2018.

Below is the latest Steven Thomas OC Housing Market Report for February 2018, with the most up-to-date market data. As always, if you or if you know anyone looking to buy, sell or invest in real estate, please give me a call; I’d love to help you find a place called #HOME.

 Spring Market: The activity below $1 million is nothing short of CRAZY!

In Southern California, it is hard to tell the seasons apart. You have to look up at the trees to see if there are leaves or not. The time of the sunset is another dead giveaway. Are there flowers yet?

Similarly, there are signs that the housing market has officially changed. There is a steady stream of buyers at open houses for all homes priced below $1.25 million. Sellers are entertaining multiple offers…
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The groundhog has seen his shadow, Cupid has shot his glut of arrows, now the only thing between you and spring are a few lousy weeks of unfortunate weather. Spring is just around the corner, are you going to be ready to fire up the grill on day one? You took the time and effort to carefully put your outdoor kitchen to bed before winter’s cold came, soon it’s going to be time to wake it up again.

Now is the best time to check your equipment, restock your supplies, clean your stuff and do any fix-up that might be called for. There’s absolutely nothing more tortuous than being able to smell a neighbor’s cookout and not being able to have one of your own. But don’t worry, we’ve got your back. While you’re at it, you may want to look at these other

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San Clemente 90 Years

ECHELBERGER GROUP JOINS IN THE FUN AS SAN CLEMENTE DAY
CELEBRATES CITY’S RICH 90-YEAR HISTORY

With its seaside setting, famous red tile roofs, historic pier and vibrant lifestyle, San Clemente has often been a magnet for those seeking The Good Life. On Saturday, February 24, 2018, the entire city will celebrate San Clemente Day—a day-long event honoring the “Spanish Village by the Sea’s” 90th Anniversary.

San Clemente-based Echelberger Group, Orange County’s top real estate firm, will join the festivities as the city throws a party that is sure to be fun for all ages. Mark your calendars and be sure not to miss the following events:

9am-12pm Free Children's Fishing Derby on the Pier and Marine Safety Open House on the beach
12pm-4pm Free Historical

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The Pet Owner’s Guide to Home Automation
Many people know home automation provides benefits to humans. With connected devices such as smart thermostats, cameras, locks and light bulbs, people can now live in more comfort, safety, security and cost savings. But for the humans with furry or feathered friends, questions inevitably arise about home automation and pet safety.

Will the smart home hurt the dog, cat, hamster or parakeet? Or will the connected devices give pets the same benefits they give humans? The truth lies in the second question.

Home automation gadgets help your pets lead healthier, safer lives. To choose the best smart products for you and your pet, follow these guidelines:

Start With a Hub
While you could add a smart thermostat or camera to your home first, you might consider…
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Video Doorbell
Everywhere you look, new smart home technology seems to be popping up. Security cameras that can tell friend from foe and UPS delivery man from the neighbor’s dog, door locks that only need a smartphone to unlock them and thermostats that can adjust themselves to keep you comfortable all day and night are just a few of the most popular offerings in this segment, but there’s another piece of tech that’s gaining in popularity: the video doorbell.

But what good is a video doorbell when you can peek out through the front blinds, really?

Video Doorbells Are More Than Just a Ding Dong

Forget everything you know about doorbells and prepare to be amazed. Well, at least, prepare to be informed and maybe you can remember a few things you knew about

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Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018
The Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 got under way in thrilling style today with a spectacular Opening Ceremony at the host city’s Olympic Stadium.

PYEONGCHANG 2018 WELCOMES THE WORLD WITH A MESSAGE OF PEACE AND HOPE WITH THE HOST NATION, REPUBLIC OF KOREA, MARCHING SIDE BY SIDE WITH THEIR NEIGHBOURS FROM THE DEMOCRATIC PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF KOREA, UNDER THE KOREAN UNIFICATION FLAG IN A POWERFUL GESTURE OF FRIENDSHIP, PEACE AND TOGETHERNESS WERE VERY MUCH THE CENTRAL THEMES AS THE 23RD EDITION OF THE OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED. A TRULY SPECTACULAR OPENING CEREMONY WAS WATCHED BY A CAPACITY CROWD AT PYEONGCHANG’S OLYMPIC STADIUM, AND MILLIONS OF TV VIEWERS AROUND THE WORLD, SET THE TONE FOR WHAT IS SURE TO BE AN ESPECIALLY MOVING AND
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Lighting Matters

Light has a powerful influence over the way your home feels to you and how others perceive your space when they come to visit. It can affect how you use different areas, too. If you’re looking for a quick and relatively inexpensive way to give your home an attitude overhaul, consider relighting the place. You’ve got tons of fixture options available to help you create the exact look you’re going for without having to close rooms off to let the paint dry or the tile set.

So, how will you light up your life?

The First Order of Business: Choose a Theme

There’s nothing more jarring to a visitor or potential buyer (when you’re ready to sell down the road) than to be constantly confronted by spaces that are incongruent. When your living room has an

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Keller Williams #1
Whenever something momentous happens, I like to think back on what made the moment possible. And, usually, my mind turns to think about the people who made it possible.

Recently, my company – Keller Williams – became the number one real estate company in the United States. That means we have more agents helping more clients than anyone else in our industry. So, I just wanted to say thank you for being a part of this moment and thank you for trusting me with your business.

While moments like this are certainly cause for celebration, what really gets me up every morning – what really drives me – is knowing that I am helping people just like you. What fulfills me every day is living in and giving to our community. And, it’s the smile on a client’s face

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IT’S JUST PAINT, ISN’T IT?

the GREEN sheet | January 2018
When selling a home, a common question I receive from the homeowner is, “Is there anything I should do to my home before we sell?” On the surface, there be a small list of items like fixing broken objects, thinning out closets, rearranging or eliminating furnishings, deep cleaning, tune ups on mechanical components of the home and the basic freshening up the home. But the #1 advice I give my clients is this: Paint! Painting is one of the quickest and least-expensive ways to make an excellent first impression on a buyer. Because it seems so simple, often times sellers reject the idea of painting their homes to give it a fresh new look inside and out. The objection I often hear is, “A buyer can see past these colors and besides,…
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February 2018 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, Laguna Beach Music Festival, Newport Beach Jazz Party & Big Band Blowout, LUZIA by Cirque du Soleil, or San Clemente Day 90th Anniversary Celebration!

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, 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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