November 2014

There are 19 blog entries for November 2014.

The San Clemente Real Estate Report below reflects the number of resale single family residences and condos as well as new homes selling in San Clemente. Also reflected is the % of change from 2013.

San Clemente Real Estate Market Trends - October 2014

San Clemente

Median
Price

Change From
2013

Homes
Sold

Change From
2013

San Clemente - 92672

$758,750

+20.1%

39

+8.3%

San Clemente - 92673

$865,000

+27.8%

50

+22.0%

Figures provided by DQNews.com. Courtesy of San Clemente Realtors, The Hartanov Team.

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The Orange County CA Real Estate Report below reflects the number of resale single family residences and condos as well as new homes selling in Dana Point, Laguna Beach, Laguna Niguel, Mission Viejo, San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano. Also reflected is the % of change from the same month last year.

Orange County CA Real Estate - October 2014

Orange County Community

Median
Price

Change From
2013

Homes
Sold

Change From
2013

Dana Point - 92624

$725,000

-23.3%

9

-10.0%

Dana Point - 92629

$749,000

-10.9%

49

 +8.9%

Laguna Beach - 92651

$1,760,000

+17.3%

 47

 +20.5%

Laguna
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Photo Courtesy of Sawdust Art Festival

It can sometimes be challenging to get into the holiday spirit in South Orange County with temperatures rising into the mid 80s! But have no fear, the city of Laguna Beach is here! The holiday spirit has arrived in the form of the Winter Fantasy at the Sawdust Festival. 

This marks the 24th year of the popular Laguna Beach winter show for the art center. Winter Fantasy is open Saturdays and Sundays now until December 21, 2014, from 10:00am until 6:00pm. It is also open the day after Thanksgiving. 

The Sawdust Festival in Laguna Beach is transformed every year into a winter wonderland for you and your family. Wander the grounds and check out the incredible works of over 175 local artists. You can find

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Picking a place to live often comes down to a few simple questions. How is the school system? Are the neighbors nice? What about jobs? But perhaps the most important question of all is how safe you and your family will be living there. Although most crime in the United States occurs in strongly populated areas, there are several large cities that somehow manage to keep their crime levels low, even though they are comprised of a huge population. Irvine, California has consistently ranked number one for the safest city in America and this year is no exception! Three out of the 10 cities on this year's list are in California and that is one of the many reasons why we love living here!

According to data from the FBI's 2013 Uniform Crime Report, 24/7 Wall

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Photo courtesy of American Express

Is your holiday list growing by the minute? Not in the mood to fight the mall parking and the crowds? Then we have the answer for you! It's time to get out there and support your local San Clemente businesses! Small Business Saturday is Saturday, November 29, 2014. It was started by American Express in 2010 to help businesses get more local customers. Small Business Saturday has grown into a huge movement that people are taking part in more than ever before. The day encourages people to go to their neighborhood stores and shop the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

This annual tradition is celebrated all over the United States and helps both the shoppers and the local businesses. Small Business Saturday is meant to

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The California Association of Realtors has released its 2015 California Housing Market forecast. Read the report below...

California home sales to increase slightly, while prices post slowest gain in four years

With more available homes on the market for sale, California’s housing market will see fewer investors and a return to traditional home buyers as home sales rise modestly and prices flatten out in 2015, according to the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®’ (C.A.R.) “2015 California Housing Market Forecast,” released today. 

The C.A.R. forecast sees an increase in existing home sales of 5.8 percent next year to reach 402,500 units, up from the projected 2014 sales figure of 380,500 homes sold.  Sales in 2014 will be down 8.2 percent from

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The annual event Puttin' on the Glitz will take place on Saturday, November 29, 2014, from 5:00pm - 10:00pm. Enjoy an evening of shopping, dining and local entertainment in beautiful downtown San Clemente. The San Clemente Downtown Business Association, in conjunction with the City of San Clemente, presents a magical evening of fun for the entire family.

This local event is the perfect way to welcome the holidays and is San Clemente's premier holiday event! Avenida Del Mar is located right in the center of San Clemente and is transformed for Puttin' on the Glitz each year. The kids can enjoy rides on a motorized mini-train and an enchanting horse-drawn fantasy carriage. There will also be face painters, balloon artists, magicians, carolers in

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The California Association of Realtors closely monitors and analyzes trends in the residential real estate industry. The table below contains the latest reported existing home sales series, median home prices, unsold inventory index, median time on market, first-time buyer housing affordability index, and the latest mortgage rates.



Existing homes sales dropped 1.9% in October 2014 compared to October 2013. The median home price increased 5.4% to $450,620. The Unsold Inventory Index increased 15.2% while the Median Days On the Market increased 25.4%. The Housing Affordability Index dropped 6.0% and the 30-year fixed rate mortgage dropped o.15%.  

Information courtesy of The Hartanov Team, Orange County Realtors.

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Thanksgiving is a time for reflection and thankfulness and what better way to do this than to sponsor a Marine and their family? The Dana Point 5th Marine Regiment Support Group and Waterman's Harbor Restaurant are inviting all Marines, Sailors, Wounded Warriors and their families to the Dana Point restaurant on Thanksgiving Day for a complimentary dinner. Waterman's Harbor Restaurant will be serving a traditional plated Thanksgiving dinner, open bar, dessert and coffee. There will be entertainment and raffles also for the Marines and their family members. 

Now in its fourth year, the Dana Point 5th Marine Regiment Support Group is supporting Marines and their families during the holidays. The continued love, support and good times that are

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The California Association of Realtors reports that housing affordability in California remained steady in the 3rd Quarter while improving in the Bay area. Read the full report...

Lower interest rates and minimal home price gains kept California’s housing affordability in check in the third quarter of 2014 and even helped improve affordability in some high-cost counties in the San Francisco Bay region, according to the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.).

The percentage of home buyers who could afford to purchase a median-priced, existing single-family home in California in third-quarter 2014 was unchanged from the 30 percent recorded in the second quarter of 2014 but was down from a revised 32 percent in third-quarter 2013, according to

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