More Cracks Appearing: New cracks in the housing market are demonstrating that the cooling trend is here to stay.
There’s a strange phenomenon that takes place on long road trips. After zooming along at 75 miles per hour for several hours, and then getting off the freeway to grab something to eat, the 45 miles per hour speed limit on Main Street feels incredibly slow. Why does it feel so slow? Quite simply, you got used to the high speed, zooming along nonstop for a long period of time.
Similarly, the housing market has been zooming along at a high speed for years; that is, until last spring. That’s when cracks in the Orange County housing market began to emerge. In the last couple of months, more cracks have appeared. The market is still moving,…
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Good news! We have made it half way through another wonderful week. No matter what you choose to do to enjoy your Wednesday, join us in celebrating the beautiful place that we live in. To us, it’s always a great day in South Orange County, whether you are in San Clemente, Dana Point, or San Juan Capistrano! Let’s look at what’s coming up to revel in for Wine Wednesday.
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Keep the glass half full, with or without the wine, by enjoying the opportunity to be out and about in your local community. And, why not enjoy, when you can plan ahead and partake in an event that celebrates just some of the reasons that we call this place home. See you there!
5th Annual Newport Wine & Food Festival 2018
You just bought your home and, though it needed a little surface work, you were pretty proud of it. It was yours, to do with as you wanted. So the first thing you did was run out and bought some lumber to construct a custom, built-in shelf system in your living room.
Oh, man, that was a breeze, you thought to yourself as you sat watching television and admiring the shelving. That was when you realized how much your house would benefit from knocking the wall out between the kitchen and the living room. After all, if Vanilla Ice can do it, surely you can.
If you had to look back and pick the moment when everything went south for you, that would be it. Thanks, Vanilla Ice. Thank you.
As a homeowner, or soon to be homeowner, you can get some pretty sweet tax deductions from things related to your home. Some tend to change from year to year, like those for energy-efficient upgrades, others are pretty stable, like being able to deduct mortgage interest.
The tax bill that will be in force in the up and coming tax season, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), has made some fairly dramatic changes to how many homeowners will file their taxes this year. Take a look at this preview of home-related points to ponder for your 2018 tax filings.
TCJA Items to Watch in 2018
When the TCJA was pushed through Congress in December 2017, many people were up in arms. The overhaul, they said, was going to be problematic for a number of reasons, which,…
Sellers are learning a lesson about patience: just because your pole is in the water, does not mean you will immediately reel in a fish.
A Much Slower Market: With an Expected Market Time of 98 days for all of Orange County, sellers really need to pack their patience.
Sitting on the edge of a lake fishing, time stops. Sometimes the fishing is great and the bucket is filled with fish. There are days when after fishing for hours, only one is reeled onto the dock. But, there are days, after trying every kind of bait, fishing produces absolutely nothing. A big part of fishing is all about using the bait that is working and being extremely patient.
Today’s sellers remind me of a kid that goes fishing for the very first time. After five minutes with their…
When you bought the house with the pool, it looked like it was going to be all fun in the sun and splishin’ and-a splashin’, but now that the first signs of fall are appearing (the emergence of Pumpkin Spice signals just six more weeks of summer), it’s time to figure out how to protect that pool through the winter.
As you might imagine, a pool that freezes is a pool that’s got a pretty big problem. There’s a lot you can do to prevent this and ensure that your pool is a fun summer oasis for many years to come.
Before You Start Closing, Consider Your Climate
Depending on where you live, you may need to take further or lesser measures to protect your pool through the winter. Your goal,…
Photo Courtesy of the San Clemente Historical Society & their Museum Collection
IT'S THROWBACK THURSDAY!
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 coastal stewardship and surfing heritage in San Clemente is alive and well…
A settlement was finally reached between TCA, CA Attorney General and Toll Road Stakeholders. All plans have been abandoned for a toll road through San Onofre State Beach, and the Tesoro
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.
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…