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As the world twinkles with seasonal light and cheer, the real estate industry sparkles with its own unique blend of joy. The holiday season is a remarkable time in the real estate market, where both trends and traditions can shape the landscape.

  1. Deck Out Your Properties
    The first impressions people associate with a property during the holiday season often last the longest. As people are greeted by holiday decorations and a warm ambiance, the emotional connection grows stronger. You may consider tastefully decorating the homes on sale with holiday-themed decor, or commissioning a professional decorator to add a festive touch. That simple addition could help potential customers envision the space in its seasonal glory.
  2. Time for Generosity
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Every industry is riddled with unsaid rules, assumptions, and myths and real estate is no different. One prevalent presumption is the seasonal pattern of property purchases, notably, the belief that November isn't an ideal time to buy a home. This notion largely stems from the idea that the holiday season diverts attention from big-ticket purchases like houses. In this blog post, we are going to debunk these myths and highlight why November may, in fact, be an excellent time to buy property.

  1. Reduced Competition: Contrary to popular belief, the decreased buyer activity in November can significantly work in your favor. As summer vacations and spring blooms give way to colder weather, fewer potential buyers are looking to make a purchase. This
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Fall leaves and winter mornings bring more than just a change in weather; they testify to the onset of the off-season in the real estate world. The boom of spring and summer home-buying slows down, replaced with a quieter, less competitive market. Contrary to popular belief, the off-season can prove to be advantageous for both buyers and sellers for a variety of reasons. Here's how you can capitalize on the off-season real estate market.

1. Fewer Buyers Equals Less Competition:

Traditionally, spring and summer are perceived as the peak home-buying seasons. Consequently, when fall and winter roll in, fewer people are looking to buy, presenting a golden opportunity for invested shoppers. Using this time to get a real bargain is an excellent move.

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In keeping with the shadowy expanse of October and a collective love for eerie stories, we will dive into the lesser-traversed, haunting legacy of our neighborhoods: Huntington Beach and Costa Mesa. Both intertwined with folklore and chilling tales that send shivers down the spine, there's plenty to explore in the way of local haunted tales. Grab a hot cocoa, sit back, and let's embark on this spectral journey!

Huntington Beach's "Gray Ghost"

Our first stop is the historic Newland House Museum in Huntington Beach. Known for its vintage charm, this Victorian style house holds a ghostly tale that has tantalized residents for decades. Home to the city's first settlers, William and Mary Newland, it's said that a "gray ghost" haunts the place.

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As the gentle warmth of summer makes way for the crisp, cool air of fall, locals and visitors of Costa Mesa and Huntington Beach will begin to notice the transformation of green canopies into a mesmerizing spectacle of reds, oranges, and yellows. The leaf-peeping season provides the perfect backdrop for some invigorating hikes around the area, providing not just exercise, but a feast for the eyes and the soul.

As experts in local real estate and adventuring in our beautiful SoCal climate, we know just the spots to recommend. Here are a few of our favorite hiking trails in Costa Mesa and Huntington Beach that offer a beautiful display of fall foliage.

Talbert Nature Preserve, Costa Mesa

The Talbert Nature Preserve is an oasis of natural beauty

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As the air gets crisper and the leaves flutter to the ground, there’s nothing cozier than indulging in a comforting, warm meal at some of Huntington Beach’s best restaurants. Here are a few dining destinations worth exploring this fall:

  • Old World German Restaurant

Taste the flavors of Oktoberfest at this authentic German restaurant. Their hearty, comforting food will make you feel like you’ve stepped into a cozy Bavarian cottage for the afternoon.

  • The Black Trumpet Bistro

This Mediterranean tapas bar and bistro offer an assortment of comforting eats. Try their cozy patio seating, perfect for those cooler autumn nights.

  • 25 Degrees

Indulge in gourmet burgers and shakes at this swanky spot that boasts

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The real estate market dynamics can seem enigmatic to both beginners and seasoned professionals. One question that often puzzles homebuyers and sellers is: "How do I know if I'm getting a good price?" The L3 Real Estate Team, experienced veteran's in the Costa Mesa property market, shares key insights that'll guide you through this conundrum.

  • Understanding the Local Market

Costa Mesa, over the last 12 months, has witnessed 599 transactions. With competitive average sales prices around $1,449,603, Costa Mesa's real estate is on fire. Houses spend an average of 36 days on the market, reflecting a more than desirable demand in this vicinity.

However, these numbers might not tell the entire story. It's important to delve deeper and explore

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Open houses provide an excellent opportunity for potential buyers to experience the home in person. As Halloween rolls around, it offers a unique chance to add some novelty and charm to your open houses. The L3 Real Estate Team, one of the top real estate teams in Costa Mesa, shares some innovative tips on how to leverage the Halloween season to spice up your open houses.

Tip 1: Seasonal Decorations:

Set the scene with tasteful and fun Halloween decorations. This can include fall floral arrangements, decorative gourds and pumpkins, or a stack of hay bales at the entrance. Remember, less is more - make sure your decor enhances and doesn't overpower the home's natural appeal.

Tip 2: Halloween-Themed Refreshments:

Consider providing

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Hello, Costa Mesa Homebuyers!

We often receive a pressing question from prospective homeowners - "How much income do I need to afford an $800,000 house?"

It's a necessary question and an important factor to consider in your home buying preparation. So, here we go.

The answer, like many things in life, isn’t quite so simple and depends on many factors. These include your total monthly debts, credit score, down payment, and current interest rates.

  1. Debt-to-Income Ratio (DTI) Most lenders prefer a debt-to-income ratio (DTI) of 36% or less. This means if your total household income is $150,000 per year, your total debts (including mortgage, car loans, student loans, and credit card payments) should not exceed $54,000 annually or $4,500 a
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Hello, dear followers! We're back with another in-depth exploration of our beloved city, Huntington Beach, this time focusing on the real estate market's past performance and what's on the horizon.

Market Recap

In the dynamic world of real estate, keeping a finger on the pulse of market trends is essential. Last year, Huntington Beach's real estate market was sizzling:

  • 1,474 properties changed hands, showing the real estate scene's invigorating fluidity in this coastal paradise.
  • The average sales price reached a healthy $1,342,335, showing a strong appetite among buyers in the market.
  • With an average of just 33 days on the market, properties were being snapped up swiftly, indicating a vibrant and active real estate landscape.

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