Tips for Sellers

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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!

What Kind of

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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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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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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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