October 2018

Found 9 blog entries for October 2018.

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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3314 Calle Grande Vista
Current listing 3314 Calle Grande Vista

There you sit, watching “The Vanilla Ice Project” on the DIY Network when a thought bubble forms over your head. If Vanilla Ice can remodel houses on television, you could probably save yourself the expense of a pro home stager and take the job into your own hands. Your Realtor will be so impressed that she’ll probably put it on her Instagram account right away.

This is a critical decision point. Do you put down the remote control and get to work making your home presentable for buyers or do you keep watching in hopes that Vanilla Ice breaks out into random song? It’s a hard decision.

As you lean forward to turn the television off, your spouse calls to see if you picked up milk on the way home from work. Of course you…
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Local homebuyers can now envision life in a new house – all within a smartphone app. This is just one of the many high-tech ways that Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty is helping clients buy and sell properties.

CURATE by Sotheby’s International Realty is the first real estate-branded augmented reality (AR) app that allows consumers to visualize a home as their own before purchase, thereby curating the homebuying experience. By taking virtually staged images from a flat, 2D screen into the house itself through the power of AR, Sotheby’s International Realty is transforming the home buying and selling experience for agents and consumer. Once a new home is purchased, Curate can be used to help a new homeowner, through augmented reality, design and…
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Echelberger Group- Seafest


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 geared up for San Clemente's very own SeaFest!
The San Clemente Chamber of Commerce is hosting the 31st Annual SeaFest. An estimated 1,200 people attended the 2008 Chowder Festival! If that was 10 years ago, what do you think this year has in store for us?

In 2008 the restaurant winners
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Echelberger Group-Fall Trends

We are on top of the latest trends to keep you be ahead of the curve whether you are buying or selling your home. So, let us help you narrow the search for your dream home in Southern Orange County, because it is always a great day in San Clemente, Dana Point, San Juan Capistrano, and all of our surrounding coastal neighborhoods!


Are you trending? Maybe you should be. Adding style to your home is a Do-It-Yourself that any homeowner or homebuyer can achieve. Don’t sell out before you even start! Contrary to popular belief, it does not have to cost a fortune or require design school to revamp your home.

It’s all about simplicity. A little goes a long way when it comes to home décor and living spaces. Only a few simple changes can make a big…
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Fall is in the air and the heat of summer is subsiding, but the days and nights of autumn aren’t the only thing cooling down. As happens nearly every year, the approach of the holiday season brings a slowdown in the real estate market. The number of active listings will start to shrink and home sales will begin to ease up. This is a common occurrence for a variety of reasons: Some homeowners do not like to be on the market during the holidays; others need reset their Days on Market in the Multiple Listing Service (requiring a 90-day break from appearing on the MLS), and some simply just need a break.

So what about those who still want to sell their home during the fourth…
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