Laguna Niguel, CA Real Estate News

By Michael A. Caruso
(Surterre Properties)
  Most of our generation of 50+ was HOME SCHOOLED in many ways...   1. My mother taught me TO APPRECIATE A JOB WELL  DONE . "If you're going to kill each other, do it outside. I just finished cleaning."    2. My mother taught me RELIGION. "You better pray that will come out of the carpet."   3. My father taught me about TIME TRAVEL. "If you don't straighten up, I'm going to knock you into the middle of next week!"   4. My father taught me LOGIC. " Because I said so, that's why." 5. My mother taught me MORE LOGIC . "If you fall out of that swing and break your neck, you're not going to the store with me."   6. My mother taught me FORESIGHT. "Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you're in an accident."   7. My father taught me IRONY. "Keep crying, and I'll give you something to cr...
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By Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395
(Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395)
Old Fashioned Candy Store In Laguna Niguel | Powell's Sweet Shoppe   I first learned of Powell's Sweet Shoppe in San Luis Obispo when my daughter was in school at Cal Poly. My first visit to see her included a nice tour of the city and she was so excited to show me Powell's Sweet Shoppe. Last Christmas I realized we have one right here...in Laguna Niguel.  Entering Powell's Sweet Shoppe is like walking into a scene from a children's movie...like Willie Wonka's Chocolate Factory. The aroma hits you right at the front door. It's the smell of chocolate and childhood. The Shoppe is full of brightly colored candy of all kinds. Specialty, novelty and well known options for a sweet lover of all ages is presented by friendly staff. My goal was to fill the advent calender with a different candy ...
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By Ron Buck, Associate RE Broker at Keller Williams Realty
(The Ron Buck Group)
Home Sellers - Don't Be a Statistic This Year!   Homes Sellers in Laguna Niguel, Dana Point and Aliso Viejo should avoid making it on this chart. See below. This is a graph of "Off Market Home Listings" for Orange County CA in 2014. The Blue Color graph is tracking homes that did not sell and came off the market in 2014 and the Orange Line tracks homes that came OFF the market in 2013. This is a chart of which you do not want to be a part. The most common complaint I hear from home sellers who are lingering on the market is how much work it is to prepare, clean and vacate their home for showings. It is not fun. It just goes to show that pre-list preparation and proper pricing are key to accomplishing your goal which is to sell your home for the most amount of money in the least amount o...
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By Jill Murty, Realtor - Orange County, CA
(Movoto)
My Laguna Niguel listing on 29031 Paseo De Ocaso in Niguel Hills was brought to life by the talented Danielle Guren of Thoughtful Interiors. Danielle has a way of making things beautiful, warm and welcoming.  People who visited the property consistently commented positively on how the home was presented. To say that Danielle is a delight to work with is an understatement.  Her attention to detail is impressive.  Her work ethic is uncommonly awesome. Anyone in Orange County, California who is searching for the right person to stage their home or do a redesign ought to contact Danielle Guren of Thoughtful Interiors.  You'll be glad you did. Here's an example of Danielle's work:   
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By Ron Buck, Associate RE Broker at Keller Williams Realty
(The Ron Buck Group)
CMA - The Real Estate Acronym. All industries have their own acronyms. The ‚ÄúCMA‚ÄĚ acronym is used by Realtors all the time and not always recognized by the public. It stands for ‚ÄúComparative Market Analysis‚ÄĚ and is provided to home sellers to aid in determining a listing price. It is almost the same as an appraisal. Appraisers are looking at past history for the last three to six months of home sales. The Realtor CMA is looking¬† at past sales, current pending sales, expired listings (which did not sell) and similar active listings which we call ‚Äúthe competition‚ÄĚ. In addition a seasoned Realtor is making an educated guess at where the market is going in the next 30 to 60 days. ¬† Real Estate Contracts RPA is an acronym we use in California. RPA stands for the ‚ÄúResidential Purchase Agreeme...
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By Michael A. Caruso
(Surterre Properties)
    Never look back, unless you are planning to go that way. ~ Henry David Thoreau   Looking forward to a happy, healthy and prosperous 2015    
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By Michael A. Caruso
(Surterre Properties)
As we approach Thanksgiving, I present the proper way to eat pumpkin pie... Another slice, please!  
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By Ron Buck, Associate RE Broker at Keller Williams Realty
(The Ron Buck Group)
Rancho Niguel Winter Coat & Blanket Collection this Saturday November 22nd. The Swanson family lives in the Windrose tract of the Rancho Niguel Subdivision. This wonderful family has an annual tradition of collecting winter coats and blankets for the less fortunate. They give all the donations to the More of Jesus ministry operated by Randy and Sue Felton who also live in Windrose. Randy and Sue have a much needed ministry of helping homeless families and the elderly living in motels or under bridges in the Orange County area. Check them out at www.moreofjesus.org website. The Swansons are taking all donations this Saturday November 22 at 28775 Calle Vista in Laguna Niguel, CA 92677. It is near the intersection of Crown Valley and Moulton. Why not clear your closet of unneeded coats, bl...
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By Stacey Smith, Your Orange County Beach Cities Realtor
(Keller Williams Realty)
Selling My Orange County Home During The Holidays   Many homeowners in Orange County are always unsure if the holidays are the best time to put their home on the market or not. In a lot of cases many homeowners that have their homes listed already will take their home off the market during the holiday season, while other homeowners will wait until after the new year to list their home. The holidays are actually one of the best times to list your home in Orange County. Please watch this video to see the top 3 reasons why listing your Orange County home during the holidays could be the best choice for you! If you have any questions or would like ot schedule a free seller's consultation to discuss what would be the best strategy to getting your home sold for the most money please call me a...
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By Michael A. Caruso
(Surterre Properties)
The Old Piano Tree in California.  When music and nature come together, it makes beautiful art.GO  GREEN!!
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By Michael A. Caruso
(Surterre Properties)
Photo Courtesy : imgur.com Wow, what a little daredevil! Happy Halloween!  May all your treats be sweet.  
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By Ron Buck, Associate RE Broker at Keller Williams Realty
(The Ron Buck Group)
Laguna Niugel and Aliso Viejo residents have some awesome outdoor recreation opportunities. The cities of Laguna Niguel, Aliso Viejo and Dana Point California are located in south central Orange County west of the interstate 5 freeway. Residents of these cities are blessed with many outdoor recreation possibilities, not to mention the world famous beaches.  The Laguna Niguel Regional State Park, is a fabulous public park which provides biking, boating, picnicking, hiking, bird watching, nature trails, fishing and model plane flying locations.  The land for the Laguna Niguel Regional State Park was originally part of the large Mexican land grant, Rancho Niguel in the 1800's. The Laguna Niguel Corporation donated the land for the park in 1970 and it is a very popular destination. The Alis...
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By Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395
(Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395)
Laguna Niguel Botanical Preserve The city of Laguna Niguel maintains an 18-acre botanical garden in the heart of the city. Open every day from sunrise to sunset, the Niguel Botanical Preserve is free to all and hosts a drought-friendly landscape of California native plants as well as those indigenous to other similar Mediterranean climates.  The Niguel Botanical Preserve contains multiple walking trails leading to various specialty gardens and quiet seating areas. More information can be found on the Niguel Botanical Preserve website. 
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By Michael A. Caruso
(Surterre Properties)
      To give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity. ~ Douglas Adams
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By Michael A. Caruso
(Surterre Properties)
  The difference between try and triumph is a little umph. ~ Author Unknown      
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By Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395
(Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395)
July 10,2014 | New Laguna Niguel Listings This Week   New listings in Laguna Niguel this week! Checkout the links below to find your new Laguna Niguel house or condo. Be among the first to see these great properties, contact me to schedule a private showing at 949-510-2395 or email me atkarenpfiddler@gmail.com and see them this weekend!   New Listings in Laguna Niguel of Single Family Homes New Listings in Laguna Niguel of Condominium Homes   If you are considering a sale of your existing Laguna Niguel home, put the power of the premier luxury real estate brand in the world to work for you. Sotheby's International Realty provides the best exposure for your property to ensure the highest possible sales price. Contact me today to hear about the marketing program I can provide with no addi...
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By Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395
(Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395)
What Is Your Laguna Niguel Property Worth Today?  Laguna Niguel is an affluent, master planned community located in the coastal San Joaquin Hills of southern Orange County, California. The name Laguna Niguel is derived from the words "Laguna"... Spanish for "lagoon", and "Nigueli"... the name of a Juaneo Indian village once located near Aliso Creek. The population increased from 61,891 based on the year 2000 census, to 62,979 in 2010. Laguna Niguel is bordered by Laguna Beach, Dana Point, San Juan Capistrano, Mission Viejo, Laguna Hills, and Aliso Viejo. Housing in the area includes condominiums and large mansions overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Laguna Niguel is located on the Rancho NiguelMexican land grant of Juan Avila. He retained ownership until 1865, when a severe drought killed of...
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