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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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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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October Calendar- Echelberger Group

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 San Clemente Sea Fest, Knott's Scary Farm, Octoberfest Orange County, or Newport's Wine and Food Festival!

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.

Download Full Calendar of Events CLICK HERE!

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Echelberger Group- Wine Wednesday

Wine Down Wednesday

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.

Calling All Foodies and Wine Lovers

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

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Reasons You Need to Get a Permit
It all started with a shelf.

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.

Instead of getting a permit for this major…
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Echelberger Group- Tax Deductions

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,…
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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…
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Echelberger Group- Pool Closing
Current listing 4157 Costero Risco

It's Words of Wisdom Wednesday!

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,…
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