Laguna Niguel, CA Real Estate News

By Michael A. Caruso
(Surterre Properties)
Welcome Autumn! Photo courtesy of: Just Lovely   Flocks of geese flying in V formation. Just another confirmation that Autumn is upon us. :)
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By Michael A. Caruso
(Surterre Properties)
NAR has designated September as Realtor Safety Month. There's no time like the present for some safety tips.       Most of us will hold an open house at one time or another, so it's a good idea to follow some safety guidelines so we don't become a victim of crime. Open houses are a great way to meet new buyers and expose your listing to the public, but they can be a target for criminals. Here are 10 Tips for Holding a Safe Open house: 1. If possible, have at lease one other person working with you at the open house. 2. Check the strength, signal and the battery life of your cell phone before the open house. 3. Upon entering the house, check all rooms and select several "escape " routes. 4. Make sure that escape routes through the back door do not prohibit your escape from the back yard....
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By Michael A. Caruso
(Surterre Properties)
Genius Idea!   Teenager’s Invention Could Clean Oceans of Garbage Within 5 Years   Liberty Globe Science Tech September 9, 2013       Teenager’s Invention Could Clean Oceans of Garbage Within 5 Years   19 Year old Boyan Slat is spearheading an initiative which promises to clean the world's oceans in an efficient way.
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By Michael A. Caruso
(Surterre Properties)
Never Forget! Always remembering... God Bless America!
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By Ron Buck, Associate RE Broker at Keller Williams Realty
(The Ron Buck Group)
If you want to know what happened 30 to 60 days ago in real estate read the newspaper.  If you want the pulse of the market talk to a Realtor®.    The OC Register last week garnished the front page with a giant “O.C. Housing Market Red-Hot” headline. I think this columnist is late to the party, or maybe I don’t understand her definition. Since the interest rates increase started on “black Wednesday” June 19th, rates have risen over one point the market has “cooled” substantially. I do understand that the columnists are reacting to housing reports produced by NAR and released after the fact.    “Robust supply of homes leads to 42% sales increase” the article says. Actually supply was LOW until the rates went up and NOW supply is increasing as escrows drop. Those in the trenches realize t...
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By Brian Jones, Realtor, Coast Real Estate Specialist
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
The median sales price for homes in Laguna Niguel CA for Apr 13 to Jun 13 was $625,000. This represents an increase of 16.1%, or $86,500, compared to the prior quarter and an increase of 35.4% compared to the prior year. Sales prices have appreciated 5% over the last 5 years in Laguna Niguel. The average listing price for Laguna Niguel homes for sale  was $1,337,736 for the week ending Jul 24, which represents an increase of 2.1%, or $26,995, compared to the prior week and a decline of 0.4%, or $5,020, compared to the week ending Jul 03. Average price per square foot for Laguna Niguel CA was $349, an increase of 26.4% compared to the same period last year.      If you’re considering Buying, Selling or Relocating to Laguna Beach or surrounding communities and need a Professional Realtor ...
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By Michael A. Caruso
(Surterre Properties)
  Look what's trending in Orange County. Recent home-sales market update.   ORANGE COUNTY REAL ESTATE SECTION 7/21/2013 by Jeff Collins “TRENDS”      ·        25.1 %           Were absentee byers in the first half of 2013, highest in 14 years. They were  mostly investors      ·        32%                Were cash buyers, highest in 26 years      ·        12.4%            Were FHA borrowers      ·        53%                Were female      ·        38                   Average age      ·        61%                Were college educated      ·        63%                Earned more than $100,000         ·        33%                Earned more than $150,000      ·        50%                Owned their previous home      ·        38%                Were renters   So what's trending in your ar...
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By Michael A. Caruso
(Surterre Properties)
    Received in an email from Cora, an agent in our company. Some of these tips are easier said than done. But worth sharing with all of you.  ☺     25 AWESOME TIPS FOR BEAUTIFUL LIFE!!!1. Take a 10-30 minute walk every day. & while you walk, SMILE. It is the ultimate antidepressant. 2. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day. 3. When you wake up in the morning, Pray to ask God’s guidance for your purpose, today. 4. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less foodthat is manufactured in plants. 5. Drink green tea and plenty of water. Eat blueberries, broccoli, and almonds. 6. Try to make at least three people smile each day. 7. Don’t waste your precious energy on gossip, energy vampires, issues of the past,negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead in...
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By Michael A. Caruso
(Surterre Properties)
    I received this from an agent at my company, and thought it was too important not to share.   ATTORNEY'S ADVICE - NO CHARGERead this and make a copy for your files in case you need to refer to it someday. Maybe we should all take some of his advice! A corporate attorney sent the following out to the employees in his company:1. Do not sign the back of your credit cards. Instead, put 'PHOTO ID REQUIRED.'2. When you are writing checks to pay on your credit card accounts, DO NOT put the complete account number on the 'For' line. Instead, just put the last four numbers. The credit card company knows the rest of the number, and anyone who might be handling your check as it passes through all the check processing channels won't have access to it.3. Put your work phone # on your checks ins...
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By Ron Buck, Associate RE Broker at Keller Williams Realty
(The Ron Buck Group)
  The Rate Rush is Over and Home Buyers Rethink Their Positions  Real estate is local. Here in Orange County CA we seem to be ahead of the curve. Whatever I read about on a national real estate scene, it seems like we have “been there and done that” in the OC. Here in the OC the push to buy homes before the rates went up is past and buyers are rethinking their positions. This weekend at an open house I had two telling experiences. My listing is fairly priced and on the market only two days. A cash buyer made a verbal offer at about 6% off the price and a young couple said to me that it would cost them $500 more per month to buy this house than it would have a month ago.     Home buyers in Laguna Niguel and Dana Point rushed to get that much-desired home and lock in the all-time low rate...
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By Ron Buck, Associate RE Broker at Keller Williams Realty
(The Ron Buck Group)
  The Cornerstone Community in Laguna Niguel / Luxury Patio Homes with Low Maintenance Yards   The Cornerstone Community in Laguna Niguel was built from 2007 to 2009 in the northern corner of Laguna Niguel. Cornerstone was built by S and S builders and they are a beautiful modern design with large open family rooms, high ceilings and custom kitchens. You will find these homes at the intersection of Moulton and the 73 Toll Road in the north part of Laguna Niguel about four miles from Salt Creek Beach. This location provides easy access to John Wayne Airport via the 73 and is only a few blocks from three major shopping centers including Target, Costco and Walmart.     Cornerstone homes have three models: 1862 sq. ft., 2079 sq. ft. and 2441 sq. ft. The two smaller models have three bedroom...
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By Suzanne Martin & Chris Knappett, Thorough, High Tech, Friendly Home inspections!
(Suzanne Martin, Broker & Bus Mgr Coastal Property Inspections)
Tennis Clubs and Courts in South Orange County, CA                                                                  Are you a tennis enthusiast and can't wait to find a place to play your next game of singles or doubles?    Well there are quite a few ways to find courts and players in the Laguna Niguel area.  The weather is almost perfect to play at any time of the day, but I really like to play first thing in the morning when it's still a little overcast and cool.  No shadows!  Plus, you can play almost any time  because the weather is....hmmmm pretty perfect all of the time.  I LOVE IT!      When I first moved here just a few months ago, one of my main concerns (I know.....where are my priorities??) was who am I going to play tennis with?  How will I find them?  So, I was on a mission...
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By Michael A. Caruso
(Surterre Properties)
  Have a Happy and Blessed Fourth of July Holiday!! God Bless America!
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          Desiderata   -- written by Max Ehrmann in the 1920s -- Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.   As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexatious to the spirit.   If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.   Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. ...
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By Elite Home Sales Team, A Tenacious and Skilled Real Estate Team
(Elite Home Sales Team OC)
Laguna Niguel Fireworks Show  4th of July All Day Celebration   Thursday, July 4 There will be a Run In the Park\ 7:30 AM a 5K Run/Walk and 10K Run At 9:30 The Children's Races   The Pancake Breakfast Will be from 7:30 AM - 11:00 AM Hosted by the Laguna Niguel Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the YMCA Run In the Park all held in the Crown Valley Community Park.   From 6:00 - 8:00 PM There will be a live concert until the Fireworks that begin at 9:00 PM Fireworks Location will be at the Laguna Niguel Regional Park For information Call 949 425-5100
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By Tim Lorenz, 949 874-2247
(TIM LORENZ - Elite Home Sales Team)
    Laguna Niguel Fireworks Show  4th of July All Day Celebration   Thursday, July 4 There will be a Run In the Park\ 7:30 AM a 5K Run/Walk and 10K Run At 9:30 The Children's Races   The Pancake Breakfast Will be from 7:30 AM - 11:00 AM Hosted by the Laguna Niguel Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the YMCA Run In the Park all held in the Crown Valley Community Park.   From 6:00 - 8:00 PM There will be a live concert until the Fireworks that begin at 9:00 PM Fireworks Location will be at the Laguna Niguel Regional Park For information Call 949 425-5100  
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