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Impact of Tax Reform on Home Prices

The A. Gary Anderson Center for Economic Research at Chapman University recently released its 2018 forecasts for the U.S., California and Orange County. Dr. Jim Doti presented Chapman’s 40th anniversary economic forecast to business and...

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From Sapped to Succulent

We at Csira Properties are passionate fans of all things beautiful. It's easy for us to become transfixed by an interesting detail or creative addition to a property. We invest a great deal of thought,...

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OC Housing Report 12.4.17

As is typical this time of year, the number of active listings has started to rapidly drop. The number of homes on the market for all Orange County declined by 8% over the past two...

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Heading South

One of the most pleasurable drives in Southern California is a southerly cruise down PCH from Newport Coast to the south end of San Clemente. Pointing the car toward Mexico from the Crystal Cove Shopping...

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21st Pet Parade and Chili Cookoff

This past Sunday, I was fortunate to participate in the 21st Annual Pet Parade and Chili Cookoff, sponsored by the Laguna Beach Board of Realtors. Organizers for the event (including yours truly) showed up before...

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Stupid Numbers

So, I was just doing some research, running some statistics and thought I would share a few findings that mean absolutely nothing. As of this writing, September 21, 2017, there are 262 residential properties actively...

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Aquathon Laguna Beach

There’s no shortage of insanely fun things to do in Laguna Beach. Not to sound like a braggart, but with world-class beaches, ocean-view hiking/biking trails in the Canyon, mouth-watering restaurants, sunset-view pubs, awesome real-estate agents...

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The Truth Lies in the Details

We took on a listing of a San Clemente property recently in which the family has lived for the past 12 years. The wife is a highly-acclaimed designer of floral arrangements and the husband is...

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Who Can Afford These Homes?

As real estate prices have escalated over the past several years, people often ask me “Who can afford these homes?!” Let’s face it, home affordability is a big issue. Some (many!) of the prices we...

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Be Wary of Price-Per-Foot Comparisons

Everybody is looking for a shortcut in establishing the value of a home. Online home valuation tools are now everywhere, Zillow being the most popular. They simply are not accurate. If you can find the...

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Image Is Everything

The National Association of Realtors loves to tout (announcer’s voice here) “93% of homebuyers now search for properties online.” Doesn’t it make you wonder who the heck the other 7% are? Oh, I know, the...

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OC Housing Report 7.5.17

Orange County Housing Market Summary: • The active listing inventory increased by just 31 homes, or 1%, in the past couple of weeks, and now totals 5,936, knocking on the door of the 6,000 home...

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OC Housing Report 6.20.17 – Low Supply

The active listing inventory has been down all year and it is currently off by 14% compared to 2016. Whew! It is tough to be a buyer looking for a home in today’s market. The...

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Olympic Encounter

Have you ever given any thought to what it takes to become an Olympic athlete? No, not one of the misfit entries that result from a sport not being indigenous to a particular country –...

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OC Housing Report 5.22.17 – Deceleration

The Market Is Beginning to Decelerate • The active listing inventory in Orange County increased by 236 homes, or 4%, in the past couple of weeks, and now totals 5,623. Last year, there were 6,267...

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Epic Steps – Broker Preview Sighting

Laguna Beach Broker Preview takes place on Wednesdays when agents put their listings on display for other agents to visit. It's always a fun and interesting activity due to the insane variety of homes found...

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The Governor’s Golden Bear

I was invited to attend "Legislative Day" (Why did they call it "Day" when it lasted all week?) in the State's capitol last week where realtors lobby on behalf of homeowners. A couple of the...

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Governor Brown Addresses Realtors

I feel very fortunate to have been invited by the Laguna Board of Realtors (thank you, Lauriann and Bobbie) to attend the Legislative convention for the California Association of Realtors (C.A.R.) in Sacramento with 2,500...

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OC Housing Report 5.1.17 – Looking Up

The active listing inventory increased by 247 homes, or 5%, in the past couple of weeks, the second largest increase this year. It now totals 5,263. Last year, there were 5,862 homes on the market,...

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Camping at Caspers (and other awesome things to do)

My kids were on Spring Break last week and we wanted to do something special with them during their time off. Hoping to avoid getting on a plane or going on a long road trip...

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Building on a Hillside

Just about anyone who has visited Laguna Beach has gazed in wonder at the gravity-defying structures clinging to the hillsides overlooking the town. "How is it possible they don't just slide down?," people ask (especially...

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HOUSING FORECAST – C.A.R.’s Chief Economist

Leslie Appleton-Young is the chief economist for the California Association of Realtors (CAR). She’s a smart lady (Go Bears!). On Tuesday, April 4, she presented her current thinking, research and outlook to the Laguna Board...

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Taking Part in Laguna Beach’s Pageant of the Masters

Being the dedicated reader of StuNews Laguna that I am, I saw a notice that the Pageant of the Masters would be holding a casting call. My eleven-year-old son loves his drama class, so I...

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$686,018 – Average Priced Home in Orange County, CA

According to the National Association of Realtors, the average price of homes sold in the fourth quarter of 2016 in Orange County, CA was $686,018. Obviously, coastal cities like San Clemente, Dana Point, Laguna Beach...

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OC Housing Report 3.13.17 – Lower End is HOT

• The active listing inventory increased by 111 homes in the past couple of weeks, a 2% rise, and now totals 4,571. There are 11% fewer homes that have come on the market so far...

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Whale of a Time in Dana Point Harbor

Today marked the tail-end of Dana Point's Festival of Whales during which the the City promised "two fun-filled weekends" and, from my point-of-view, they delivered a whale of show. We went to Baby Beach on...

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How Many Steps is Too Many?

You never know what you're going to see when you set out on Broker Preview in Laguna Beach. Every Wednesday, agents put their new (or retreaded) Laguna Beach homes on display for other agents to...

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Arch Beach Heights, A Work in Progress

I regularly walk Laguna Beach neighborhoods to meet people, get to know the lay of the land, stretch my legs and get outside. One of my regular haunts is Arch Beach Heights because the views...

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A Tub with a View

Broker Preview in Laguna Beach is such a treat because you never know what you're going to see. Even the most seasoned realtors are frequently surprised. Homes in Laguna Beach range from tiny cottages to...

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Case-Shiller Housing Report

Home prices in the U.S. hiked to their highest level in more than two years in December, posting a 5.8 percent annual gain, according to the recently released S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price...

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I Can See Clearly Now

Laguna Beach has been socked in with rain, fog, drizzle and cloud cover for much of the winter. It's glorious. Today is another day of rain in Laguna. No one is complaining. Last week we...

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Let’s Get Personal

As I walk Laguna Beach neighborhoods and get an up-close look at people's homes, I find it entertaining and heartwarming when homeowners demonstrate their personalities with a flair of artistic creativity. I was in Arch...

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It’s Not Easy Being Green

Have you seen how green the Laguna Canyon and the surrounding hillsides are with all the rain we've had this year? It looks so awesome! We're expecting another big storm today and tomorrow (Yes!). What...

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Seen on Broker Preview 2-15-17

It's the eclectic nature of Laguna Beach that keeps things so interesting. You never know what you're going to see on broker preview open houses; a 7,000 square foot mansion or a quaint 700 foot...

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What a Difference Five Years Makes!

I like data. And statistics. Sometimes for kicks I’ll run a couple reports and do some comparisons of average home prices in Laguna Beach. You’re right, maybe I should get a life… Anyway, this caught...

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Seen on Broker Preview 2-8-17

Wednesday is broker preview day in Laguna Beach when active listings are opened up to allow agents and brokers to see the properties for ourselves. It's hugely beneficial to have seen a property at open...

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Arch Beach Heights – a Touch of SF?

While walking in Arch Beach Heights today (perfect temperature for walking those hills, by the way), the fog started to roll in off the ocean at around 4 PM. Looking back at the homes and...

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Preparing Your Property for Sale – Staging

AFTER Should we paint? Yes, definitely. White is in, right? Let's paint it white. What!? There are hundreds of whites? How about new carpet? Shouldn't we just offer a buyer credit so they can pick...

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What’s a View Worth?

While previewing yesterday, I toured a home that is listed for $5.8 million. It's a really nice house - it better be for that price - with a seriously outrageous view (see photo of actual...

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The Beauty of DP Harbor

Stupid me. What was I thinking by running with my iPhone in my shirt pocket? Naturally, it flew out and shattered the screen (I've lost count of how many of them I've broken). Anyway, I...

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Jumping-compressor

Here We Are!

Thanks so much for visiting our site. We're totally thrilled to be associated with Csira Properties and are so excited about the future. I thought I would answer a question some of you may be thinking, but...

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