January 2013

Found 8 blog entries for January 2013.

dana_point_whales_parade_2013As part of the many festivities coming to Dana Point to celebrate the Annual Festival of Whales in its 42nd edition, the Whales Parades is set for this Saturday March 2nd 2013.

The Parade begins promptly at 10 AM with a route along Pacific Coast Highway from Selva Road to Golden Lantern in Dana Point.  FREE shuttle service to and from Harbor parking lots will be available beginning one hour (9 AM) from the parade start time.  Arrive early, enjoy breakfast harbor side, board the free shuttle and then spend the day visiting all the great events located throughout the Harbor and La Plaza Park.

La Plaza Park ( corner of PCH and Golden Lantern), will have many vendors with food, arts and crafts, activities for the kids, and the fun doesn't end here! Here's

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5677569-a-dog-running-fast-at-an-outside-park_400When buying a home in Orange County, there's many factors that will make you decide one way or another into an area. For dog lovers, being able to take these companions around, is a very important factor to take into consideration when purchasing a home.

We must say all cities in Orange County are mostly pet friendly. It's just that some areas are more than others. And for those looking for beach cities, that are pet friendly and that you can take your dog on long walks, trails and parks, Huntington Beach has always been the best idea.

But if you want to be more on the south side of Orange County, there's not that many options...until now. It looks like San Clemente will become a south Orange County answer to Huntington Beach – a dog friendly town.

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31696 Seacliff Drive in Laguna Beach, California

Comtemporary Ocean View Home for Sale!

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This beautifully designed Paul McClean contemporary beach home has 4 bedrooms, 3 1/2 bathrooms, an office, a living room, and an open Ernestomeda designed kitchen, with Miele appliances throughout, which flows out onto a large deck offering mind blowing white water views of the Pacific Ocean.  The entire house is equipped with "smart" technology which controls its indoor/outdoor speakers, HVAC, TV's, window shades, cinema screen, and lighting, all from the touch of an iPad and iPhone.  The master bedroom, with a large walk-in, Montanari designed, closet opens up onto its own large private terrace with a meditation garden.  The home captures the true essence of

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covenant_hills_new_homes_single_story_santa_barbaraIt's been a while since brand new construction neighborhoods with single level homes have been made available for sale in Ladera Ranch, let alone in Orange County. More than four years to be exact. Well. These are great news if that's what you have been looking for.

Warmington Homes presents The Legacy Collection at Covenant Hills, which are 28 beautiful and large single story homes.  With 2 floor plans to choose from here's what they offer:

  • Plan 1: Single Story Home with approx 3041sq ft, 3 bedrooms and 3.5 baths.
  • Plan 2: Single Story Home with approx 3200 sq ft, 3 bedrooms and 3.5 baths.

The homes feature Tuscan and Santa Barbara styles, with foyers, courtyards and large great rooms, with ancovenant_hills_new_homes_single_story_tuscan architecture that showcasts the indoor/outdoor

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whalesparade_440One of the wonderful things about living in Dana Point is the many events throughout the year that the city hosts. The Festival of Whales, is a signature 'small town' event packed with many activities, that include a parade, shows, street fares, classic cars and more.

The Dana Point Festival of Whale celebrates the incredible 5000-mile migration of the majestic California Gray Whale from Alaska to Mexico that begins in December and continues through March.  During this peak season, 40 – 50 whales pass by Dana Point each day, using the Dana Point Headland’s 200-foot cliffs near the harbor as a landmark to check their migration path.  Dana Point offers the BEST whale watching along the California Coast .

If you have never been to the Dana Point Festival

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relocating_to_orange_county_california_homesSo your dream is true. You are relocating to Orange County, home of gorgeous landscapes, ocean views, nature at its best and many, many amenities. Great schools, many parks, many things to do with the younger ones. Healthier living. Great food. Inspiring people. All of that is true in Orange County. 

Now the big question is, where, oh where should you pinpoint to your desirable area to start your new life here? Here's a questionnaire you should ask yourself if new to the area, to help you and help us with your home search, that are less obvious than the usual: budget and size of the home.

  1. Do you mind commuting, how big of a distance would you mind commuting
  2. Do you have kids in school age, and have you done your research on schools?
  3. Are you
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Good News!!!

The Federal Mortgage Debt Relief Act has been extended to January 2014. The measure will continue to exempt from taxation mortgage debt that is forgiven when homeowners and their mortgage lenders negotiate a short sale, loan modification (including any principal reduction) or foreclosure in your Orange County Home.

Our broker is Short Sale and Foreclosure Resource certified and our agents are experienced with helping you through the short sale process. Give us a call if you have been considering a short sale on your Orange County home. We'll do our very best to assist you.

Thanks!
Teresa and the Team

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orange_county_real_estate_2013Because if so, we want to share some interesting data with you. 

As you may have heard on the news, the reduced home inventory in Orange County is pushing prices up. As expected as part of the real estate cycle, high demand = higher prices, and mostly everyone agrees the bottom was hit at the end of 2011, so a little over a year ago. The latest numbers for December 2012 showed that there were a little over 3000 homes listed for sale total in Orange County, which s down a little over 60% from a year ago and the lowest number in records dating back to June 2004.

Meanwhile, the median selling price in OC stays at $464,000 which mean is 16% more than last year. 

What is expected for 2013?

With this low inventory, if you are a home buyer, is critical

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