Laguna Beach, CA Real Estate News

By Harrison K. Long, REALTOR , GRI, Broker associate, Attorney
(HomeSmart, Evergreen Realty)
  Laguna Beach, California, homes for lease - March 24, 2011 With some of the most extraordinary and ocean view areas, Laguna Beach has 278 homes now listed for lease. Average monthly rent asking price is $7,092 now at Laguna Beach. Average interior size is 1792 SF on Laguna Beach homes for lease. 126 of Laguna homes for lease are condos, and others are single family residences.   Laguna has more non-owner occupied homes for lease and leased than other areas at South Orange County. There are lots more homes leased at Laguna Beach than the number sold. 233 Laguna Beach homes were leased with signed contracts since January 1, 2011.  Average lease price was $4,180 per month, and average size interior was 1235 per SF. During that same time from January 1 to March 24, 2011, Laguna had 76 hom...
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By Brian Jones, Realtor, Coast Real Estate Specialist
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
1 Minute Housing Report How do Americans view owning a Home? Last week, Fannie Mae released the National Housing Survey. Here are the survey's more interesting findings.  96% of all homeowners said homeownership has been a positive experience. 84% of Americans still believe that owning a home makes more sense than renting. Even 68% of renters believe owning makes more sense. 64% consider buying a home as a safe investment. Buying a home was considered safer than buying stocks by over three times the number of people (64% vs 17%). 2 in 3 Americans believe that lifestyle benefits of homeownership (65%) are superior to the financial benefits (32%). Homeownership has always been an important part of the American Dream. Not only are there financial benefits to owning a home but the benefits ...
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Laguna Beach California 3-13-2011 - Photograph taken by Robert Swetz   I have traveling the State of California for over 35 years now and there are certain areas that are my favorite. I have always loved Laguna Beach and my daughter and I had the privilege of walking along Laguna Beach, as we walked down some stairs to the beach we saw this wonderful display of flowers that have been growing along some cliffs beneath the homes. Vegas Bob is working on purchasing a condo in Laguna Beach through one of his Corporations where he can write books, paint, and work with his photography. VB will be keeping his roots in Vegas and spending approx 3-4 months out of the year in Laguna Beach.   Laguna Beach, CA - Homepage Official website of the city includes departments and elected officials, comm...
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By Stacey Smith, Your Orange County Beach Cities Realtor
(Keller Williams Realty)
Laguna Beach Certified Farmer's Market Every Saturday in in downtown Laguna Beach, Ca. in the lumberyard parking lot across the street from city hall you can get fresh fruits and vegtables from local farmers at The Laguna Beach Certified Farmer's Market. This Farmer's Market is the real thing! Every farmer who sells at a certified market is inspected by the county agricultural commissioner to make sure he/she actually grows the commodity being sold. Rain or shine the Laguna Beach Certified Farmer's Market is open for business every Saturday 8am-12pm. For more information about Laguna Beach and Surrounding areas give me a call (949)350-8922!
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By Brian Jones, Realtor, Coast Real Estate Specialist
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Is now a better time to buy a home or to sell a home? The general consensus is that the housing market has hit a long-awaited neutral spot, meaning that prices have somewhat stabilized but could still go down a little or up a little. It's a good time to sell! If you believe that the banks are holding on to a shadow inventory of homes that will be released on the market causing a downward pressure on prices then it's better to sell now before prices drop. It's a good time to buy! Home prices have come down drastically from the highs and mortgage rates are the best we've seen in generations. The odds are that rates will be going up so even if home price were to decrease your monthly payment may increase. It's always a good time to buy - and to sell. Every time a house rises in value, ther...
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By Tim Lorenz, 949 874-2247
(TIM LORENZ - Elite Home Sales Team)
I am a proud grandpa, tonight I watched my granddaughter Lexi, (Go Lexie) dance on the Grammy with Katy Perry.  I have followed my granddaughter as she would go thru training and lessons.  I went to dance performances and have seen her blossom.  Here full name is Lexie Contursi and she is getting a lot of time during the routine.  She is beautiful and dances with great pride.  We love you Lexie,  Go Lexie.
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By Tim Lorenz, 949 874-2247
(TIM LORENZ - Elite Home Sales Team)
Once again James Shaffer's home is on the market.  James  "Munky" Shaffer is Korn's guitarist has his home back on the market it has been off the market for 7 months.  The home is a mediterranean style home and is listed at $2.99 million one million than it had been on the market for just a few months ago.  The home is walking distance to the ocean, as well as shopping areas and restaurants.  The home is a 3 bedroom 2,670 square foot home on a 5,000 square foot lot.  The home has three levels and an ocean view.  It is a beautiful home near Crescent Bay Point Park.   
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By Michael A. Caruso
(Surterre Properties)
  Is the market is improving or at least stabilizing!?  We provide the latest market updates regularly, as well as personal consultation of market direction... The Laguna Beach Closed Sales Report for January 1st - December 31st The Laguna Beach Closed Sales Report for Homes Sold in the 0-$500,000 Range: 2010   15 listings closed escrow 2009   17 listings closed escrow             At pace with the previous year 2008   17 listings closed escrow The Laguna Beach Closed Sales Report for Homes Sold in the $500,000-$1,000,000 Range: 2010   97 listings closed escrow 2009   93 listings closed escrow                    Nearly Tripled! 2008   35 listings closed escrow The Laguna Beach Closed Sales Report for Homes Sold in the $1,000,000+ Range: 2010   224 listings closed escrow 2009   178 listi...
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By Michael A. Caruso
(Surterre Properties)
  Electric cars should have a place to charge up in the city of Laguna Beach by the end of the summer. The city council recently voted to negotiate an agreement with ChargePoint America, a program from electric vehicle infrastructure company Coloumb Technologies. The program uses federal money to buy charging stations for cities and individuals and build a network for drivers of the increasingly popular vehicles. Electric Vehicles will soon be common on American Roads. The two charging stations will be installed at the south end of the parking lot at Laguna Canyon Road and Forest Avenue, taking over two parking spots. The council agreed to continue to charge drivers to park at the spots and limit their parking time to three hours, to coincide with other spaces in the downtown area. Cit...
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By Brian Jones, Realtor, Coast Real Estate Specialist
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
I was fortunate to attend UCI at a time when the Fine Arts department was enjoying a resurgence of attention to the arts. Every quarter we would have visiting artists come in and teach classes; there was Billie Al Bengston, Joe Goode, Ed Moses and other highly accomplished artists who would critique your work and tell stories but what we as students found most interesting was their insight into the fine art world. The reason this comes to mind is the excellent show at the Laguna Art Museum featuring the works of John Paul Jones who died in 1999. John Paul Jones, a Laguna Beach resident, taught at UCI from 1969 to 1990 and I was lucky to be one of his students. He founded the printmaking department at UCLA in 1953 and was brought to UCI by Tony Delap to start the print department. He was...
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By Brian Jones, Realtor, Coast Real Estate Specialist
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
A pink toilet seat, pro football and 41 Laguna Beach homes - what's the connection?  My wife and I take the dogs for a walk every evening and last fall we kept seeing a pink toilet seat move from house to house in the neighborhood. Finally, we asked the question, "So what's with the pink toilet seat? Is this some form of punishment and how do we avoid getting this pink badge of honor?" It turns out that it is indeed a punishment for losing the weekly pro football fantasy pool. Based on some obscure formula - something to do with passing yards, rushing yards, well kept yards, unkept yards and figures only a statistician would love. (I'm guessing alcohol played a part in this somewhere), host Steve Collings calculates the winner and loser each week and emails a spreadsheet to all particip...
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By CA COASTAL ESTATES Lauren Selinsky Perez CRS, "Your Real Estate Broker" #oclauren
(California Coastal Estates)
IT'S THE HOLIDAYS! AND YOU SHOULD FIND OUT WHERE THE NEAREST SHELTER IS LOCATED AT NEAR YOU AND GIVE! GIVE-GIVE-GIVE--- MY SON WENT TO A CATHOLIC H.S. (MATER DEI) AND PART OF YOU PASSING TO THE NEXT GRADE>> YOU HAD TO CLOCK IN X..... AMOUNT OF COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS, 10-FRESHMAN YEAR, 20-SOPH YR, 25-JR YEAR & LIKE 40 HOURS YOUR SENIOR YEAR. THEY TAKE IT VERY SERIOUS! Well, now that my son is in college he continues to help in various charities with us, but this year I never forget about our on going annual shelter for both men and women in our area. There is a list of items they need for the shelter... I PERSONALLY, TOOK ITEMS TO THE SHELTER SATURDAY MORNING>>>> DVD'S, SHEETS, FOOD, TOWELS & 3 REAMS OF PAPER AND A BOX OF PENS :) IT JUST TAKES THE INITIATIVE!!!!! PAY IT FORWARD!!!! IT'...
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By Cynthia Fleming, Agent; Laguna Beach
(Realty One Group)
The Montage Resort & Spa is having their First Annual Holiday Tree Lighting and it's Open to the Public! The Festivities are scheduled for Monday November 29th and begin at 4:30pm. There will be Carolers, Music, Prize Giveaways, Complimentary food and drinks, Chef cooking demos etc. Check out their website for all the details: http://www.montagelagunabeach.com/events/holiday-tree-lighting-and-community-open-house
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By Tim Lorenz, 949 874-2247
(TIM LORENZ - Elite Home Sales Team)
Now is a great time for buyers to shop for a great deal along the Laguna Beach coast for that coastal estate because of the lower price offer.  According to The Orange County Register the homes on the sand in Laguna Beach are a little bit cheaper today.  Some experts claim that now is a great time (holiday time) to swoop in and purchase a home in Laguna for a lesser price. A home in South Laguna on Coast Hwy has dropped its price has dropped its price by $1,000,000 dollars. It is a home located on the ocean front and is over 4,300 square feet.  Another home on Mar Vista 3150 square feet has also dropped its price by $1,000,000.  According to the statistics 26 homes sold in October and 21 were priced below $2,000,000 A home in North Laguna sold at over that amount.  The home above Shaw's...
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By Sharon Paxson, Newport Beach Real Estate
(Compass)
Sawdust Winter Fantasy in Laguna Beach, CA The Sawdust Winter Fantasy is an outdoor art fair in Laguna Beach, California. It is a unique art fair and offer shoppers and consumers the opportunity to purchase unique art pieces. This year is the tenth annual Sawdust Winter Fantasy, and this year there are 44 new artists. There are also three cafes located at the Sawdust Winter Fantasy. Come on out and support the local artists, and find a holiday gift or unique piece of art.  The Sawdust Winter Fantasy is located at: 935 Laguna Canyon Road Laguna Beach, CA 92651 Contact: 949.494.3030 Sawdust Winter Fantasy 2010 Show Dates The Art Fair is Open on weekends only: November 20 - 21 November 26 - 28 December 4 - 5 December 10 -12 Hours for the Sawdust Winter Fantasy 10:00  am – 6:00 pm – weeken...
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By CA COASTAL ESTATES Lauren Selinsky Perez CRS, "Your Real Estate Broker" #oclauren
(California Coastal Estates)
Sawdust Art Festival Winter Show We are just right down the street Aliso Viejo from Laguna Beach and the fun Sawdust Festival. Let's start our Christmas shopping and buy gifts from our local artists and give some amazing gifts to family and friends. Saturday, Nov 20 10:00a to 6:00p at Sawdust Art Festival, Laguna Beach, CA Sawdust Art Festival's Winter Fantasy features over 170 artists in a holiday-themed art show. Media includes: jewelry, sculpture, photography, ceramics, blown glass, fused glass, scrimshaw, textiles, painting, woodwork, metal, wiring and more. Art activities and classes for children and adults. Artist demonstrations including glass blowing. The Sawdust Art Festival is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public and promoting the art created in Laguna ...
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By Michael Emerson
(Keller Williams Realty)
The 2010 Winter Fantasy will feature the fine art and craft of over 170 exhibitors on four weekends November 20-December 12 on the Sawdust Art Festival grounds in Laguna Beach. While most southern Californians know about the summer long Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach, and its very well known Pageant of Masters. Most are not aware of the limited time winter arts and crafts event that takes place each year. Starting November 20th the festival grounds will be transformed into a winter wonderland where exhibitors create, display and sell original creations. Art media will include: jewelry, clothing, fused and blown glass, ceramics, woodwork, forged metals, painting, sculpture and more. Winter Fantasy is a favorite stop for savvy shoppers seeking one-of-a-kind gifts. Guests are welcomed to...
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By Tim Lorenz, 949 874-2247
(TIM LORENZ - Elite Home Sales Team)
A home on the ocean front in Laguna Beach is scheduled for foreclosure auction.  The reason that I bring up the point (if you have been following my blog today) is that again all of the segments of the market are severly affected by the lack of jobs.  I would have said recession but I heard that the recession is over. California has been hit hard across all socio-economic strada.   If I would have told you 4 years ago that the an ocean front property would be lossed to foreclosure in Laguna Beach you would have laughed in my face.  It was unthinkable. The unpaid amount on this home is $6,9093,359.25 according the Orange County Register.  The foreclosure auction date for this ocean front home in Laguna Beach is scheduled for October 28,2010.
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By Tim Lorenz, 949 874-2247
(TIM LORENZ - Elite Home Sales Team)
An Ocean Front Home in Laguna Beach in the community of Three Arch Bay has been reduced $300,000 which makes it the least expensive home in Three Arch Bay at $4,440,000.  The home is a three bedroom, two and one-half bath home with 1886 sf.  The home has a private beach and an unobstructed ocean view.  The home has been updated through out. Now here is the situation all areas of So. Orange County have been hard hit by the recession and are having a difficult time selling.  The market is thin at all levels of the market even the luxury home market.
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By Harrison K. Long, REALTOR , GRI, Broker associate, Attorney
(HomeSmart, Evergreen Realty)
Laguna Beach homes and real estate market update Buyers at Laguna are going after distressed sales like they do at other Orange County areas. Live @ Laguna Beach is a great place to enjoy, write about or visit. See Emerald Bay at Laguna home listings - click here for active link. 382 homes are now listed for sale at Laguna.    See Laguna Beach single family home listings - click here for free link. 7 of those are bank owned after foreclosure (1.8% of market).  20 of those are short sales (5.2% of market). See North Laguna Beach listings - click here for free active link. So LAGUNA BEACH has fewer distressed homes on the market than most other Orange County areas. See South Laguna listings - click here for active link. Market time for all Laguna Beach homes is about 10.13 months (about t...
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