Tips for Buyers

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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-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!

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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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