Category: Holidays

20
Dec

How to Sell Your Home During the Holiday Season

Are you wondering how to sell your house during the holidays? While putting your home on the market between holiday celebrations, looming family visits, and school vacations might seem like miserable timing, home sellers can actually benefit by using this period strategically to show and possibly even sell their place.

Most home sellers take a holiday hiatus until the New Year. This can mean that your home may suddenly become a hot commodity. Also if buyers are truly squeezing in house showings between shopping trips and holiday school programs, you know these potential buyers must be serious.

So if you are ready to put up a “For Sale” sign under the pretty glow of your holiday lights, now is the time! Here is some advice on how to sell your house during the holidays.

A little mistletoe will most likely help rather than hurt.

You should be festive and decorate your home. It is when your home looks the best and you take the most pride in it. This will show better and most likely net more.

Avoid going overboard

Go easy on the Christmas decorations. Christmas lights and a tree in the living room are okay, but staging a nativity scene in the front yard and going crazy on decorations can scare off potential buyers.

Throw a holiday party

You should consider squeezing in the time to host a holiday party. This can be a great way to showcase your home to family, friends and neighbors. Chances are that at least one person at the holiday party is looking for a new house or knows someone who is.

Preheat the oven

December is a wonderful time for potential buyers to walk into a home that smells of fresh-baked cookies, treats and holiday cakes. Sweeten up potential buyers a tad more by leaving a plate of treats out for them to enjoy.

Don’t encourage thieves to make a visit

Even though most people are wishing peace and goodwill, not everyone will take this message to heart. For this reason, you should play it safe and don’t leave gifts under a holiday tree during a home showing. You should consider leaving empty decorative boxes instead.

Let your home shine

Winter days have never been darker or shorter, so to ensure your home gives off a warm vibe, you should replace some of your lights with brighter bulbs to add more light for evening showings.

Be giving

Give a little more time than you might if you were selling at a less frantic time of year. Prepare to let people into your house even when it is not convenient for you. Everyone doesn’t celebrate the same holidays, so you might be asked to show on days you normally would not want to.

Use the cold weather in your favor

If it is raining, you should have umbrellas handy for people to look at outside areas. Boot covers by the front door are a nice touch as well. This is the time to accentuate your attached garage and update heating systems and fireplaces.

Are you thinking of selling your North Orange County home this winter? Click here to contact Stacy and Nicole today!

02
Dec

Holiday Events in and Around Costa Mesa

We can guarantee very few things in life, but one of them is that we will probably not be shoveling snow out of our collective driveways on Christmas Day here in Southern California. So while we are not singing songs around a roaring campfire at an inn in Vermont, we do have a wide variety of holiday events for you, your friends, and family between now and New Year’s Day to make you merry and bright.

 

A Christmas Carol at the South Coast Repertory

It was Charles Dickens’ most classic tale: “A Christmas Carol.” The Ghost of Christmas Past will delight you with his tale of Ebeneezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim, and the Cratchit family. You will be transported back in time by the South Coast Repertory Company. One thing to keep in mind if you are going to “A Christmas Carol” is that children under the age of 6 will not be admitted to the show because it contains smoke and fog effects. So hire a babysitter for the young ones, and come enjoy a Christmas classic.

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The OC Marketplace

Now,who doesn’t like a good old-fashioned swap meet? While this may not be a holiday event in the strictest sense of the term, great food is! So if you are you looking for food, funky furniture, and fun, the Orange County Marketplace is the place to gather on Saturdays and Sundays from 7am-4pm. Here you can find fresh produce, a hot bagel, custom-built furniture, sometimes you’ll hear live bands… pretty much anything your heart may desire. It’s $2 for general admission to the OC Marketplace, but parking is free. To find your next ‘have to have it’ deal, drive to the OC Fair & Event Center and enter Gates 1, 2 or 10.

 

SOCO Farmers’ Market

Let’s stay with the local markets for a minute. The SOCO Farmer’s Market runs every Saturday from 9am-2pm. This is real farm-to-your-table fare, with fresh produce, eggs, juices, local meats, fresh warm bread, sauces, nuts, dips and live music. What else could you possibly want? Are you getting hungry just thinking about it? Your support helps local small businesses thrive, and it is a great outing for your family.

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Creative Saturdays at Chuck Jones

From 9:30 am until noon most Saturdays, it is time for creativity at the Chuck Jones Center. You can just walk in and enjoy the center and express yourself by drawing or using other available media. Children must be accompanied by an adult. It costs nothing to enter, but a donation is suggested to help cover the cost of all those creative materials. Click the link above and check out their calendar to make sure your creative Saturday is available!

 

Gershwin’s Concerto

How about enjoying a live classical music performance? Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F is considered his most classical piece. It will be performed at the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts.

 

At Stacy and Nicole, we love showing you what our area has to offer, no matter the season. Call us and let us help you find your new home!

26
Jun

Guide to 4th of July in Orange County

Orange County might be the best place to be for the Fourth of July weekend! There’s activities for kids, adults and families all across the area, so you can stay local in your town, or venture over to another city. Here we have compiled a list of events, parades and festivals going on across Orange County for the Fourth so you can figure out where you want to be for this fun holiday!

Huntington Beach: 4th of July Parade and Pier Festival

The celebration at Huntington Beach actually takes place over the course of three days! The 4th of July celebrations and festival takes place from July 2-4. Come down to the pier and adjoining streets anytime from 9 a.m.- 10 p.m. for art and craft exhibitors, food vendors, live music and family games. On the Fourth there is

Newport Beach: Old Glory Boat Parade

Newport Beach is always a fun place to be in the afternoon on the Fourth of July because local and visiting boat owners like to decorate their boats and take them around the harbor. Whether you’re on a boat yourself or watching from the shore, this boat parade is always entertaining for the whole family!

Brea: Country Fair

How better to spend the Fourth of July than playing carnival games and eating fair food? The fair takes place in the City Hall Park and is open to the public. You can get your day started at 10 a.m. with this fun event! The Brea County Fair is a great place to bring the kids because there are lots of kid-friendly exhibits, games and even a parade.

Irvine: Concert on the Green Firework and Festival

Come out to the Irvine High School Stadium for an afternoon of fun activities beginning at 3 p.m.! There will be live music throughout the evening, games and bounce houses for the children, food vendors, and of course a firework show at 9 p.m.

Dana Point: Ocean View BBQ Buffet

Head down to Laguna Cliffs on the evening of the Fourth for one of the best buffets all year! This spectacular Fourth of July extravaganza is hosted by the Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort and Spa. This event requires a little more advanced planning however. Families looking to attend the extravagant buffet from 5:00-8:30 p.m. must make reservations ahead of time. An adult ticket for $99 or a child ticket for $40 includes valet parking, a full buffet equipped with a mac and cheese station, live entertainment and music and a full-blown firework show to finish off the night.

Fullerton: Annual Community Fireworks Show and Festival

If Fullerton is the place you want to be on the Fourth then head over to the Fullerton High School Stadium for a celebration similar to Irvine. Beginning at 5 p.m. this celebration offers live bands, great food and carnival games to amuse the children until the firework show begins at 9 p.m.

Tustin: Annual Celebration

On this hectic day, Tustin invites locals and visitors to stop by the Tustin High School for an enjoyable evening of music, food and entertainment. Many families like to pack their own picnic and bring blankets and chairs to set up. A variety of drinks and snacks can also be purchased at the event. It’s a great way to socialize and involve yourself in the community. Fireworks also begin at 9 p.m. for this event!

Wherever you end up spending the 4th of July we’re sure you’ll have a great time! Orange County is such a great area to be because the fun never stops. You can always find excitement, but you can also find peace and relaxation depending on what you’re looking for! If you want more information on Orange County or the individual communities do not hesitate to contact us today!

15
May

Things to do this Memorial Day Weekend in Orange County

Planning to heat up those grills and take a dip in the pool this May 29th? Instead of having your average Memorial Day Weekend celebration, take advantage of the warm weather and family-friendly events happening around Orange County. Celebrate the service of our active and veteran military members this Memorial Day, while the whole family partakes in a fun-filled weekend with one of these exciting Memorial Day Weekend events.

Laguna Hills Memorial Day Run
No matter how much you work out, the Laguna Hills Memorial Day Run has a fun, active event for everyone. Whether it’s the famous half marathon, 10k, 5k, or Kid’s Run (1/2 mile), the whole family can run through the streets of Laguna Hills together to celebrate our service men and women while working off the inevitable barbecue of the afternoon.
Memorial Day Program in Anaheim
Rain or shine, those honoring the veterans of the El Toro Memorial Park, Santa Ana, and Anaheim cemeteries will gather at the Anaheim Cemetery on Memorial Day at 11 a.m. The program will include inspirational guest speakers, the beautiful presentation of wreaths, and a respectful honor guard firing salute. This is the perfect event for the whole family to attend to appreciate and honor the incredible service of our veterans this Memorial Day.
Newport Beach Wine Festival
In the weekend days prior to Memorial Day, spend the afternoon wining and dining at the 14th annual Newport Beach Wine Festival. Take in the beautiful sights of Newport Bay as you sip fine wines, taste gourmet entrees, and learn from the festival’s interactive classes! This annual event offers a winemaker dinner, afternoon wine tasting, and a refreshing Sunday morning brunch complete with sparkling wines and fresh seafood. Spoil yourself by spending date night tasting some of California’s finest wines!
Military Days at Knott’s Berry Farm
This Memorial Day Weekend, take the whole family out for an afternoon of dips, dives, thrills, and shrills at the rides of Knott’s Berry Farm. U.S. Military Personnel receive free admission for themselves, as well as discounted admission for up to 6 guests of their choosing. Enjoy a piece of boysenberry pie or a trip through Camp Snoopy, all at an excitingly discounted price.
Local Farmers’ Markets
Browse through some of the freshest produce California farmers have to offer at one of the dozens of farmers’ markets open over Memorial Day Weekend. Stop by the Orange County Market Place, the Yorba Linda Farmers’ Market, or the SOCO Farmer’s Market in Costa Mesa on Saturday for farm-fresh produce. For any Sunday-goers, the Downtown Santa Ana Farmers’ Market or the Certified Farmers’ Market offer fresh fruits and veggies that are perfect for your Memorial Day Weekend cookout.
Brunch
For brunch lovers, Memorial Day Weekend is the perfect time to get your brunch on. Get excited for the bottomless brunch offered at the Gypsy Den in Santa Ana. Enjoy endless mimosas, delicious entrees, and the sweet tunes of Apollo Bebop, a local, well-known experimental jazz/hip hop group. Or, for brunch with an unbeatable view, reserve your seat now at the Hornblower Cruises’ Memorial Day Weekend brunch cruise. Appreciate the scenic harbor views as you sip on champagne at your private table and enjoy the gourmet brunch buffet on the 2-hour long cruise.

So, instead of your annual Memorial Day cookout, adventure out to one of these local spots to see what Orange County has to offer this Memorial Day Weekend. From an exciting family run to a popular wine festival, there is something for the whole family to enjoy. Throughout the weekend, don’t forget to thank a veteran for their service. While the weekend marks the beginning of summer, it is most importantly a time for us to reflect and appreciate the freedom we have been given!

For more questions about year-round events in Orange County, give Stacy & Nicole a call today!