November 2018

Found 11 blog entries for November 2018.



WHERE IN ORANGE COUNTY TO LIVE LIKE A LOCAL

You can count on Echelberger Group to keep you informed with what is happening locally, whether it be the Sawdust Art Festival Winter Fantasy, Crystal Cove Tree Lighting & Holiday Bazaar, Dana Point Winter Festival & Tree Lighting, Santa Paws, Santa’s Village by the Sea, Yappy Howl-iday Celebration,Tree Lighting at Pines Park, Dana Point Boat Parade of Lights, Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade.

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, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, or elsewhere.

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Every morning, it’s the same thing. You get out of bed, take a shower, burn the toast and then curse the smoke detector. Although it's singing the song of its people can be incredibly loud and awful to hear, the truth is that smoke detectors save lives. So, while your smoke detector may sing way off tune, it’s trying very hard to protect you and your family from smoke- and fire-related hazards, like your morning toast.

With the weather cooling down and fireplaces being cuddled up to, ensure your home is secure with a functioning smoke detector. This is the time of year where you check your batteries—and to learn more about those white pucks that hang out on the ceiling.


Meet Your Friendly Neighborhood Smoke Detector

Every single day, your smoke alarms…
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There is an interesting cultural shift going on in America. In the 1990s, there was a big push by the Clinton administration to increase the percentage of homeownership in the country.

Lending programs that took into account cultural differences among minority groups, down payment assistance grants and other well-intentioned programs helped lift the homeownership rate from about 65 percent to almost 70 percent. These efforts were followed by the rapid boom of the 2000s, which lead to the Great Recession. Okay. It didn’t end well, but not all because of the attempt to raise homeownership levels.

Now here’s the cultural shift we’re seeing: Many people who are fully qualified to buy are making a conscious decision to be long-term renters. It started

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Home staging tips

When buyers walk into the right home, they get that look in their eyes. They get the warm-and-fuzzies because they can envision living in the home for years to come.

As a listing agent, it’s your job to make sure that happens; you have to facilitate the buyers’ ability to see themselves in that home, and the easiest way to do that is through staging.

If you’ve read any of my articles, you know that stellar photography is a must. However, amazing photography only goes so far without excellent staging.

  • READ: Looking to Improve Your Home's Curb Appeal?
Before you bring in a photographer, and definitely before you begin marketing the home, you have to set the stage. 

I reached out to some of the best interior designers our agency has been fortunate…
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The housing market slowed to levels not seen in nearly eight years, lining up in favor of buyers



Buyer’s Market: With an Expected Market Time of 122 days, the market transitioned into Buyer’s Market territory for the first time since January 2011.

Thanksgiving is just about here. Time to load our plates with turkey, ham, cranberry sauce, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, string beans, Brussels sprouts, and dinner rolls. As Americans, we eat more on Thanksgiving than any other day of the year. It is all about a
smorgasbord of choices. And that’s exactly how it's shaping up for buyers in today’s housing market, a smorgasbord of choices.

ORANGE COUNTY HOUSING MARKET SUMMARY:

  • The active listing inventory decreased by 13 homes in the past
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When it comes to buying a home, reaping the tax benefits is a bonus. But, experts warn, tax benefits for homeowners and homebuyers shouldn't be the sole reason to commit to a mortgage.

"To look at buying a home as a tax gain shouldn't be your main goal," says Laurie W. Ziegler, an enrolled agent based in Saukville, Wisconsin. "But if you are going to be buying a home, you certainly should be considering what tax benefits you could get from that."

  • READ: 5 Things To Keep In Mind When Buying a Vacation Home

Something important for homebuyers (and all taxpayers) to note is that President Donald Trump's tax reform, which takes effect for taxes filed in 2019, increased the standard deduction to $12,000 for single filers and

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While Orange County is undoubtedly Los Angeles’s sister county to the south, there’s no denying that the region has come into its own on the restaurant front. New openings from exciting restaurant groups and known chefs pop up all over the county, representing an impressive culinary variety spread across high-end hotels, shopping plazas, and waterfront developments. From new openings to classics that continue to get the details right, here are 15 of the hottest restaurants to know about in Orange County right now, presented from north to south.

1. Garlic and Chives

9892 Westminster Blvd #311
Garden Grove, CA 92844 (714) 591-5196 Visit Website

Garlic and Chives is (still) a certifiable Little Saigon hit. The strip

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Buyers’ expectations in the ideal home have evolved, so sellers need to price accordingly.

Carefully Pricing: Sellers must price according to their location, condition, upgrades, updates, décor, and overall appeal. Prior to this year, there was not a lot of thought that went into pricing a home. Since 2012, sellers stretched their asking prices and home values soared. It seemed that every time a home sold, it was a new record for the neighborhood. New sellers would come on the market, take a look at the comparable sales, add a little bit more, and then they sifted through multiple offers. They often settled for purchase prices above their asking prices. Sellers were in control as buyers tripped over each other to secure their piece of the…
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The History of Veterans Day

Veterans Day is a U.S. legal holiday dedicated to American veterans of all wars. On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, was declared between the Allied nations and Germany in the First World War. That is why Veterans Day is formerly known as Armistice Day – a U.S. legal holiday previously celebrating the official end of World War I on November 11, 1918.

Throwback Thursday | Veterans Day #2

It wasn’t until 1954, after both World War II and the Korean War, that Congress amended the Act of 1938.  At that time, the word “Armistice” was stricken from the record and “Veteran” replaced it.  Today, we honor American veterans of all wars.

And, yet, people have long confused Veterans

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November 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 Tase of San Clemente, Art & Nature Family Festival, California Wine & Food Festival, Veterans Day Tributes, or Dana Point Turkey Trot!

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, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, or elsewhere.

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