Check out this article originally posted at Real Estate Book, by Monica Purdue.

Just because your house is on the market doesn’t mean you have to be Scrooge this holiday season. Sharing your holiday cheer can actually be advantageous this time of the year. Check out these DO’s and DON’Ts for holiday home staging.


  • White holiday lights are always in style. Accent your home’s positives with minimal string lighting along the lines of your home. And stick with white lights.  Yes it may be simple, but it is classy. Candle light accents in the windows also add to the design. Families driving around during the holidays will notice your home over others and may even grab a brochure when they realize it’s for sale!
  • Share your cheer and don’t be…

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Are you and your family ready to kick off the Holiday Season with a visit to one of the many ( and gorgeous) Tree Lightning Ceremonies in OC ? All around in Orange County there's several of these events, but we wanted to highlight the ones that we have liked the most over the years. Most of the events are set to happen this November, so ...chop,chop! Let's get ready!

Nov. 15 and 16 at 6pm: Fashion Island Lighting Ceremony, Newport Beach

Fashion Island Annual Holiday Tree Lighting hosted by Mickey Mouse & Friends from the Disneyland® Resort. 
The complimentary event will be held in the Neiman Marcus - Bloomingdale's Courtyard at 6:00pm on November 15 and 16 with exclusive performances which will culminate in the lighting of our stunning 90-foot…

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Want to really enjoy without regret that extra piece of piethis Thanksgiving? Grab your running shoes, get your morning work-out in and feast on the festivities at the 36th Annual Dana Point Turkey Trot on Thursday, November 28, 6:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Here's a tip: Use this link to get $5 off your registration:

Registration for the Dana Point Turkey Trot is now open. Runners everywhere are invited to celebrate and participate in "one of America's best Thanksgiving Day runs," according to Fitness Magazine. Known for its scenic routes, beautiful Southern California weather, and family-friendly activities, the Dana Point Turkey Trot has become an Orange County tradition. Produced by…

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Are you an animal lover and want a fabolous night out? The Diamond Ball will be held this November 9th 2013 at the Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel. This gala event has a special mission of raising funds and awareness for animal related charities. This 2013 Diamond Ball will specificly benefit the Wounded Veteran Initiative of Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) and Friends of Orange County's Homeless Pets ( FOCHP). Since Saturday Nov 9th falls on Veteran's Day weekend, its perfect time to honor those who served our country.

CCI helps veterans who are injured with assistance dogs, it has training centers across the country. With their help, veterans with disabilities receive services that may not otherwisebe available.

FOCHP helps homeless pets by…

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