April 2018

Found 10 blog entries for April 2018.


It's Throwback Thursday!

Every week we welcome you to explore with us, as we take in the vibrant culture, beautiful histories and exquisite homes created in our own backyard. Whether it be San Clemente, Dana Point, Capistrano Beach, San Juan Capistrano, or a surrounding coastal community, it is always a great day for Throwback Thursday in Orange County! Especially when we love the place we call....#HOME  

Capistrano Beach

J.A. Waldy, an exclusive agent in Los Angeles, called Capistrano Beach the "Birth of a City" when it was first established in 1925. His pamphlet tells us the history of Capistrano Beach and its features from that time: 

On state highway midway between Los Angeles and San…
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Expensive Home Mistakes

If you're in the market to purchase a new home, or just are giving your current home some upgrades, then here are 10 mistakes HouseCall says you should be paying attention to right now!

35545 Beach Road
Current listing 35545 Beach Road

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…
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First impressions are EVERYTHING. No matter how flashy your interior is, if your exterior doesn’t say “love me!” you’ve already lost the real estate game. HomeKeepr gives us tips and tricks for that better curb appeal.

14 Via Alcamo
Current listing 14 Via Alcamo

What, Exactly, Is Curb Appeal?

Not that long ago (in the early days of the Internet, even), it was a lot harder to get an idea of what a house looked like simply from a listing. Instead of an online database, many markets had giant bound books that looked a lot like a phone book. But instead of telephone numbers, there were listings upon listings of properties for sale. Realtors would send their clients to drive by these homes to see if they thought they’d like to have a proper viewing. These potential buyers…
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Echelberger Group Home Inspection

You should never judge a book by its cover, or a house by what you can see during a showing. Not only are showings about seeing yourself in a space, rather than assessing a home’s structural stability and system functionality, they’re generally too brief to really get to the nitty gritty. No Realtor is going to wait around while you crawl through the attic.

Anyway, that’s what home inspectors are for.

What a Home Inspection Is and Isn’t

One of the biggest misconceptions about home inspections is that the report you get is a run down of a static structure that’s unchangeable. The truth is that a home — or even an empty lot — is a constantly changing ecosystem. In a house, there are lots of parts behind the scenes that are growing and shrinking, shifting…
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Declutter to Improve Your Home’s Marketability
Of all the things that you can do to get your home ready for the market, there’s nothing as effective or inexpensive as decluttering. Not only does it allow you to really showcase the best features of your home, it helps you get ready to move and to possibly shed some items you really don’t need anymore anyway. Two birds, one stone.

A proper decluttering can be a big project, though. It’s important to have a plan before you get started.

Decluttering 101: Getting Started
The goal of decluttering for a home sale is to make your house appear as large and functional as is possible within its structural limitations. Obviously you’re not going to turn a 12 foot by 12 foot living room into a massive parlor simply by getting some stuff out of the way, but as with…
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OC Housing Report April 2018
Homes on the market below $750,000 are vanishing into thin air this year. Demand has skyrocketed back up causing inventory to drop dramatically in Orange County.

In San Clemente there are only six single family detached properties for sale under $800,000. The average day on the market for these homes is only 19 DAYS; which is extremely FAST.

You want to prepare yourself if you or your families are making offers at that price point. For example, make an offer strong going in because sometimes you won't get a counter offer. this is because we are doing things like shortening time frames and waving contingencies. If you're getting a loan on your property make sure your loan is already in place, lenders can pre-approve you to the point where all you need is a…
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Are you looking for different ways to model your kitchen? Houzz has provided us with an article on various kitchen styles and which one is perfect for you!

Style is easier to recognize with your eyes than with words: You know it when you see it, and the photo that inspires you most can often surprise you. Think you know your kitchen style? Check out these guides to favorite kitchen design themes, then tell us which one takes the cake.

3912 Calle Real
Current Listing 3912 Calle Real
Rustic kitchens
. “Worn," "distressed" and "rough hewn" may not be the first words that come to mind when we think of kitchens. But today rustic kitchens rival the classic white kitchen in popularity — thanks to their timber, stone, brick, vintage appliances and fireplaces.
35461 Beach Road Current…
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Inventory and pricing have been increasing now that we're at the start of April. As interest rates glide upwards, it typically slows down the market. For example, if the interest rate goes up one percent, the buyer's rate goes down by eleven percent. This is a catalyst for a slower market because it takes down the purchasing power of the buyer. 

OC Housing Report

Orange County Housing Market Summary:

• The active listing inventory increased by 189 homes in the past two weeks, up 4%, and now totals 4,609. Expect the inventory to increase from now through mid-Summer. Last year, there were 4,716 homes on the market, 107 more than today.
• This year, 18% fewer homes have come on the market below $500,000 today compared to last year and 39% fewer than two years ago. Fewer…
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Millennial purchase powerIn housing, generations intersect regularly. Who’s downsizing? Who’s driving the market? Who’s trading up?

The generation impressing on the market most today?  Millennials, according to the 2018 Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends study, recently released by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). Millennials are accounting for 36 percent of purchases, ahead of baby boomers at 32 percent, Generation Xers at 26 percent, and the Silent Generation at 6 percent.
“REALTORS® throughout the country have noticed both the notable upturn in buyer interest from young adults over the past year, as well as mounting frustration once they begin actively searching for a home to buy,” says Lawrence Yun, chief economist at NAR, of the study. “Prices keep…
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the GREEN sheet | April 2018


They ran! They jumped! They conquered! The kids at Vista del Mar Elementary and Middle School scored big during their recent MAKO Challenge 6.0, and the team at Echelberger Group is proud to have been part of such an important event. Held on March 8, the Mako Challenge 6.0 was an exciting on-off campus run and obstacle course optimized to challenge students and promote physical fitness. Students ran an off-campus two mile run and completed one or more laps of the MAKO Challenge; facing off against hay bales, tires, slaloms and more.

“We are huge supporters of the MAKO Challenge and are proud to have participated in and sponsored all six events,” noted Doug
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