Homeowner Tips

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When thinking about all the different ways you could add value to your property, don’t overlook the exterior. Having eye-catching features and added interest in your yard can really elevate your home, which may pay off down the road. But remember, your landscaping ideas don’t have to be massive to have a big impact.

Keeping Up With the Joneses



To add real value to your home, landscaping improvements need to fit in with the aesthetics of the surrounding neighborhood. For example, if your home is the only house in the hood without a pool, consider installing one before selling. When it comes to landscaping, your home should be comparable to others.

Keep It Small



Big, overflowing flower beds look amazing but potential buyers may only see upkeep and effort.…
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Once upon a time having a security system or even just some video cameras meant that you either lived in a dodgy neighborhood or you had something really awesome to steal. Today, home security devices are common, inexpensive and can be used for all sorts of things, from watching your dog run around like a maniac while you’re at work to checking in to make sure the kids made it safely home from school.

Thanks to the magic of WiFi, you can even keep an eye on vacation homes or empty rentals if you’re willing to invest a little bit extra to keep the internet going or to upgrade to a camera that can connect to your cellular account. Basically, if there’s something you want to see on the regular, a modern smart security camera can handle the job!

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A Sincere Message of Gratitude


As we reflect on 2018 and look forward to the new year, all of us at Echelberger Groupare filled with gratitude. 
We are grateful that you have placed your trust in us and shared your experience with others. And we are thankful to have become a small part of your lives as you welcomed new family members, celebrated engagements and embarked upon fresh and exciting phases in life.

We are equally grateful for our homes, families, and friends. So many have lost theirs during the wildfires in Northern and Southern California. It is often easy to take what and who we have in our lives for granted. But as the fires have demonstrated, it can all go away in a flash.

“This holiday season, I want to extend an extra-special thank you to…
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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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IN TODAY’S MARKET, PRESENTATION MATTERS

the GREEN sheet | November 2018
I was having a conversation with a client that handles high end luxury car sales and we were talking about the similarities between his business and mine. He was explaining that buyers are limited for luxury used cars and he may only have one or two opportunities to sell the car in the first thirty-to- sixty days. If it does not sell, then it goes to auction and his opportunity and profit is gone. He said that he must make sure that the presentation of the car is the absolute best at any given time when it is on the lot because he never knows when that buyer opportunity may come. It seems so basic and logical yet it is something that is passed over and forgotten in the real estate industry.


If you have been
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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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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!

Trending

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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