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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!

17
Apr

Best of Orange County in the Summer

With Summer just around the corner, everyone is getting antsy to take weekend trips and bask in the warm sun! Orange County is a great place to be during the summer because it has an endless list of great activities, and it offers easy access for quick weekend trips. Whether you’re looking for a fun weekend activity, the best places to eat at, or the sweetest dessert stops, this is your guide to all things to do in Orange County during the Summer!

Knott’s Berry Farm

Are the kids getting a little too rowdy? Blow off some steam at Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park. The ultimate Summer day activity, a trip to Knott’s Berry Farm has something for the whole family. The thrilling rides, fun games and tasty treats are sure to please all five senses. A daily admission ticket to the park is $45, but you can also purchase park hopper passes to make the lines shorter and the day a little more convenient. Bring suits for the water rides if you’re looking to cool off as well!

OC Fair

A crowd favorite, the OC Fair should be marked on your calendar for this Summer! This delightful fair that tours the southern California area is one you will certainly not want to miss! This year the fair, located in Costa Mesa, will take place from July 14-August 13 and is open to the public Wednesdays through Sundays. This year some of the performances will include Justin More, Colbie Caillat and The Band Perry. You can also purchase tickets to special events at the fair like the OC Brew Hee Haw Craft Beer Roundup. Check out more fun rides, games, food and concerts on the OC Fair website!

Habana Costa Mesa

Need a great dinner spot for that warm summer evening? Try booking reservations at Habana in Costa Mesa! Not only is the food delicious, but the outdoor seating will have you feeling relaxed and peaceful. If dinner doesn’t work, try heading over for brunch or lunch as well! The patio is enclosed in beautiful green plants and the stringed fairy lights above set the perfect tone. Some favorites on the menu are the Caribbean Eggs Benedict and the Citrus Marinated Pork Belly!

Tustin Street Fair & Cookoff

Clear your calendar and make sure to fast for a week so you’ll have room in your stomach for the Tustin Street Fair and Chili Cook-off! This fun event is held in Old Town Tustin and includes a variety of activities! This year the Street Fair and Cook-off will take place on June 4th from 11:30 am- 6:00 pm. Attractions of the event include food vendors, live music, carnival games, craft booths, a kid’s area, alcohol booths and of course- the Chili Cook-Off!

Vans U.S. Open of Surfing

This all day event is the perfect Summer activity because it includes sun, sand and surf! It doesn’t get much more “California” than that. The Vans US Open of Surfing is a nine-day surfing event that hosts over 350 elite surfers. This is a great activity to do for a day or two because it’s completely free to go sit on the beach and watch the surfers, and the atmosphere is very fun! Many sponsors and art vendors set up on the beach and there is live music as well as meet and greets with some of the athletes. This year the Vans US Open of Surfing will take place from July 29- August 6. Be sure to get there early because even though everyone is welcome it can be very tricky to find parking!

Orange International Street Fair

Can’t decide what type of food to choose? Italian…Mexican….Indian? Well you don’t have to at the Orange International Street Fair! Although it’s closer towards the end of Summer, taking place on September 1-3, it’s a good idea to put it on the calendar now because this food festival is certainly not to be missed! There are food booths broken up into 15 different parts of the world: America, Switzerland, Asia, Australia, Denmark, England, Japan, Greece, Holland, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Polynesia, Mexico and Lebanon. There are also nine different stages scattered throughout the festival on which performances take place throughout the weekend! This “taste of tradition” is not to be missed!

Catalina Island

Although not exactly in Orange County, a day trip to Catalina Island can be the perfect weekend activity for any age group! Just a short hour boat-ride away, Catalina Island has many different attractions such as snorkeling, paddle boarding and kayaking. The island also has some great events of its own throughout the Summer that you may want to plan your trip around. At the beginning of June, visitors can experience the 13th “Taste Around of Avalon 2017” in which you are able to experience some of Catalina’s finest cuisine and drinks. Beginning in the middle of June the Catalina Island Concert Series occupies the Wrigley Plaza Stage. Kids also enjoy the Fishing Derby each Wednesday and Summer Beach Bingo every Tuesday and Thursday!

Living in Orange County during the Summer is fantastic because there is so much to do and the weather is unbeatable. Many families choose to settle in Orange County at the beginning of Summer so they are able to relax and enjoy all it has to offer. For more information on housing in Orange County contact us today!

11
Apr

Top Brunch Destinations for Your Easter Sunday

Easter came late this year so there’s still time to find the perfect place to brunch on that Sunday with the family! Amongst the variety of amazing restaurants in Orange County there are a few that go the extra mile on Easter! We know it can be overwhelming trying to find the perfect place, so we have laid out a few options for you to choose from! Check out these great spots for good food, gorgeous views and a great time!

The Coliseum Bar and Grill at Pelican Hill

If you are an Orange County native, you know you can never go wrong with Pelican Hill. As if the breathtaking views of the serene coastal line and enormous infinity pool weren’t enough to send you over the edge, the food at The Coliseum is divine. The outdoor seating allows couples and families to look out over the bright green golf course and Pacific Ocean, and is the perfect place for a sunny Easter Sunday. The brunch is buffet style with all the classics like waffles, eggs and sausage as well as a few extra items! You can even lounge around all day after brunch and stay for the Easter dinner they serve. This restaurant fills up quick for lunch so make sure to call soon if you’re looking to make reservations!

The Ramos House Café

Nestled in the heart of San Juan Capistrano, The Ramos House Café can be the perfect place to take the family for Easter brunch if you’re looking for something more casual. This restaurant is down-to-earth and the outdoor seating has a warm feel to it. The price of brunch is $40 per person and from there you are able to choose between drinks and an assortment of southern takes on basic brunch items. Many of the crowd favorites are the Smoked Bacon Scramble w/ Wilted Rocket & Apple Fried Potatoes, as well as the Duck Confit Wild Mushroom Mac N’ Cheese. The Apple Cinnamon Beignets also pair great with a fresh mimosa!

Sapphire Laguna

Looking for a spot that’s a little more upscale? Head to Sapphire Laguna for a beautiful and sophisticated brunch with your Easter Sunday crew. The outdoor seating has great views of the ocean, and the bright orange umbrellas protect you from getting too warm. The Easter Sunday menu is a three course set menu priced at $65 per person. The first course, which is a Swiss Muesli Parfait with bananas, goji berries, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, local honey and toasted almonds, sets the tone for the decadent food that Chef Azmin Ghahreman whips up! Your mouth will be watering just looking at the menu.

Back Bay Bistro

Talk about an assortment of food… Back Bay Bistro in Newport Beach offers a variety of “stations” at their Easter brunch so no one can leave hungry! The different options include an omelet, pancake, smoked fish, seafood, crab cake, carving and dessert station! In addition to that, the brunch also offers a variety of foods from the grill. The Back Bay Bistro is a great place to take the family on Easter Sunday because not only to they offer a wide range of kid and adult foods, but they also offer a separate price for children and adults. To brunch until you’re stuffed at the Back Bay Bistro costs $79 for adults and $38 for children. There’s a few more bonuses… the all-inclusive price for adults also includes bottomless champagne and mimosas for the whole morning! The Easter Bunny is also set to make an appearance, so while the adults are enjoying the drinks, the kids are amused too! The Back Bay Bistro is a great place to check out for the ultimate Easter Sunday brunch.

The Phoenix Club

Want to try something different for Easter? Bring everyone to the Ostermarkt Easter Bazaar hosted by The Phoenix Club! Although it’s not your typical sit-down brunch, this festival will have German food, imported desserts, a German bakery, German beer live music and crafts! The Easter Bunny is also said to make a special appearance at this fun festival! There’s no cost to attend the festival and it lasts from 11 a.m to 4 p.m. If Bratwurst, potato pancakes and split pea soup sounds good for Easter Sunday then stop by the Ostermarkt Easter Bazaar!

Social

If the cocktails are a vital part of the perfect Easter brunch for your party of people, then Social in Costa Mesa is the place to go! Although it’s not a traditional, classy Easter brunch, it’s delicious and signature drinks are to die for! Brunch goers can choose from a wide range of menu items. The food ranges anywhere from something as light as market fruits to a hefty plate of chicken and waffles. The food is not where most eyes wander though when there’s such a fantastic menu of cocktails to browse! A crowd favorite at brunch is the “Magic Carpet Ride” which is a mix of vodka, Sauvignon Blanc, jasmine and grapefruit. The atmosphere inside is fun and intimate which is why Social is a popular destination for friend groups on an Easter Sunday! Take a look at their sinful menu of delicious food and drinks today!

Still having a tough time choosing where you want to brunch for Easter? Here’s a short checklist you can use to narrow down your options:

  • How far will you have to drive?
  • Do you want a view?
  • Do you care if there’s outdoor seating?
  • Is there a set menu?
  • Is it family-friendly?
  • How expensive is it per person?

 

Hopefully now you have the tools to book the perfect Easter Sunday!

05
Apr

Fun for the Family in Anaheim

Hello Orange County and welcome back to our blog!! Today Nicole and I want to share a few of our favorite spots to visit with family. Orange County, being as wonderful as it is, is filled with things to do. Trying to list them all would cramp our fingers and put you to sleep. So instead, today, we will focus on fun for the whole family in good old  Anaheim, CA.

First on our list, and for good reason, is Disneyland and Downtown Disney. People travel from around the world to visit such a magical place and we have it sitting in our backyard. How lucky are we? Disneyland is fun for the whole family including entertainment, thrill rides, childhood favorites and amazing food. If you find yourself thinking that you don’t have enough time for the full Disney experience… No worries, stop by Disney’s Downtown area! Full of amazing places to eat (Rainforest Cafe, Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen , ESPN Zone and more) we promise you wont go hungry. Downtown Disney is also home to the House of Blues, the Lego Store, live music/entertainment and a movie theater. The park and staff truly never disappoint, so join in with the rest of the world and visit Americas’ favorite mouse house!!!

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Next on our list is the Edison International Field of Anaheim, or Angel Stadium for short. The beautiful home of our Anaheim Angels and America’s favorite past time!! Nothing beats a family day at the ballpark, I can’t tell you how many wonderful memories my family and I have made at the “Big A”. We want you to share the same, so if you haven’t been, its time!  Not only does this amazing place offer baseball games but also concerts,  high flying motocross and Monster Truck Madness, Harvest Crusade in August and a long list of other family oriented entertainment. We promise you and the family a wonderful time. Don’t forget Friday night fireworks and as you pass by on the 57 freeway look up and say “Light Up That Halo!”

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Up next…. and directly across the street from the “Big A” is the Honda Center. Home to our Anaheim Ducks, “Quack Quack.” All I want to say is if you have not been to a hockey game then you have not lived… How can you beat big toothless bearded men and fast paced excitement. It’s a clear cut winner for a family event, go once and I promise you’ll be back. Don’t forget to check for upcoming concerts! Artist like Brad Paisley, J. Cole and John Mayer will be there this summer. Don’t miss out!

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How many of you know about the Anaheim Packing District? I won’t lie, I just discovered this amazing place last year. I sure am glad I did because I feel like I was missing out. It’s a wonderful place to take the family. Set up like a mall, you walk end to end and are tempted with delicious food and desserts. Pair that with live music and adult beverages and you have fun for the whole family.

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And last but certainly not least is Anaheim’s Adventure City. Many of you may have never even heard of this place, but if you have young children it’s is a hidden gem. It’s a fantastic alternative to the other high priced amusement parks in the area and a great way to get the kids to burn up some of that relentless energy. The park is equipped with a dozen or so rides, a children’s theater, petting zoo and a fun filled arcade. The park only opened in 1994 and is looking to expand soon, if you have not been we suggest packing the family up and taking a trip.

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We are so blessed to have been born and raised in Orange County  and also to have the privilege of working everyday out and about… learning more and more about what makes are communities tick, keeps them cohesive and provides memories for so many of us throughout our life times…. Don’t forget, if you know someone who is dying to live in our amazing  area, please  have them reach out to us today! We promise to take great care of them and find them the home of their dreams!!

 

 

 

30
Mar

The Best of Brea

Lookout everybody! Today we are talkin’ food!!! By far one of our most treasured past times…. and if there is anything that Nicole and I know better than real estate it’s where to find the best food in town! Today, we are going to start in our home town and present to you not only our favorite eating spots, but also without a doubt, the best of Brea…..These are all restaurants that we have personally visited and enjoyed.  So, if you are ever out and about and happen to spot us at one of these very fine establishments, please don’t be shy! You know what they say…. Use Stacy and Nicole for all your Orange County real estate needs! Oh, wait…. that has nothing to do with this bog…….carry on!

 

— TAPS Fish House & Brewery

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This is always at the top of our list. Filled with mouth watering steaks and jaw dropping lobster tails you can’t go wrong. The staff and management are fantastic, Woody has always made us feel like part of the family.

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— Yard House

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You can’t go wrong with a trip to the Yard House. We frequent their happy hour often. If you go make sure you try the vampire tacos, you wont regret it!

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— Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar

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When you combine beautiful people, pups and patios you can’t lose. We know our furry friends love this place and we know you will too.

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— Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern

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If you are a burger person this place is a must visit. We didn’t know a cheeseburger could be so good. Get it with parmesan garlic fries…. yum

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— Cha Cha’s Latin Kitchen

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Prime location in downtown Brea. Enjoy an amazing meal and a stroll through the promenade area before you catch a movie at the local Edward’s Theaters.

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–D’Vine

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Looking for some Mediterranean flavor? D’Vine is the answer. A great blend of flavors and wonderful presentation. This place is always a huge hit with my vegetarian friends.

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— Slapfish

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Slowly becoming one of my favorite places. If you go you must try the “clobster”,  the crab and lobster grilled cheese! If that doesn’t convince you, the lobster burrito will!

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— The Cheesecake Factory

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Enough said… I’ll leave you with that.

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Those are just a few of the many restaurants that Brea has to offer. If we happened to miss your favorite spot, comment and let us know your ‘Best of Brea.” Now I’m sure you are all good and hungry so we’ll let you get on to planning your dinner.  Remember, for any of your Orange County cravings call the Stacy and Nicole Real Estate Team, we always have what you looking for.

28
Mar

Spring Cleaning Tips and Tricks (To Make Your Home Spotless)

With the recent downpour of rain in Orange County finally subsiding (fingers crossed), we’re ready to wipe away that layer of dust settling on our shelves, clean out those cluttered closets, and feel as light and breezy as the incoming California spring. Whether you’re preparing to sell your home, wondering what to do now that your little ones have flown the nest, or simply looking to improve your peace of mind, follow these 6 spring cleaning tips to make your home spotless.

Clean out those cluttered closets

We get it. The college sweatshirt you’ve had since the 90s might not have seen the light of day in decades, but it has sentimental value. The pair of jeans you wore every day pre-pregnancy could still come in handy, after a few more trips to the gym. For whatever reasons, we hold on to pieces of clothing for maybe a bit too long. Soon, our closets can become cluttered, and it becomes nearly impossible to find what we need.

This spring, say goodbye to the clutter and hello to a clean, organized closet. Empty out your closet onto your bed and ask yourself these 5 Questions about each item of clothing. If you answer no to any of the questions, maybe it’s time to reconsider its place in your wardrobe.

Once you’ve carefully chosen the clothes you know you love and will wear, color-code your closet. It will leave you feeling organized and relaxed any time you open your closet doors. making the effort to embrace spring cleaning is all worth it when you get that ahhh feeling.

Don’t let the bedbugs bite

If you’re anything like us, the bed is one of the most important places in the house. It’s where we spend one-third of our life, so why suffer through sleeping on dirty bedding? Show your bed – and yourself – some love this spring and deep-clean it, leaving it fresh and ready for a new season of deep, relaxing sleep.

Unless your mattress is pillow-top, begin by flipping it upside down to let the new side breathe. After removing the bedding, vacuum your mattress to get rid of any dust and mites that collected throughout winter. If you want to take it an extra step, leave your mattress and bedding outside for a day of fresh air.

To fluff up your pillows, put a clean sock around two tennis balls and stick them in the dryer with your recently washed pillows. This will help prevent the fibers from clumping and will leave your pillows soft and ready for a good night’s sleep. Spring cleaning means paying attention to detail and taking the time to clean out the most overlooked spots, like your bed!

Deep clean the kitchen

Our kitchen appliances treat us well, so this spring consider returning the favor. Take a little time to clean those hard-to-reach places that will leave your kitchen sparkling, whether it’s for a future open house or just for your own benefit.

We would hope that the machine used to clean our dishes would be just that—clean. After a number of uses, however, dishwashers can become as dirty as the dishes we put in them. Luckily, this simple recipe of white vinegar and baking soda should do the trick in one cycle.

For cleaning the inside of your refrigerator, all it takes is 3 easy ingredients: dish soap, baking soda, and warm water. Use this quick combination to help scrub the shelves until they shine. To clean the outside, a soft cloth and warm soapy water will leave the surface of your refrigerator as polished as the inside.

Wash the walls

Everyday use and past decorating attempts can cause walls to become scuffed and marked. If you’re looking to put your house on the market this spring, or just hoping to freshen up your home, don’t spend unnecessary money on paying someone to make your walls look brand new.

Save money by following this quick how-to by Better Homes and Gardens on spot-checking your walls based on the paint used – latex or oil-based. Avoid the unnecessary fees of rehiring someone to repaint your walls and spot-check those scuff marks yourself.

Make the floors move-in-ready

If you’re anything like us, our pets and kids rule the house. Unfortunately, that means they rule the floors, too. We’re always finding new fur balls hidden in the carpets and scratches on our hardwood floors. This spring, give a little care to the floor beneath your feet so the roof over your head feels clean and welcoming.

Before deep cleaning the carpet, vacuum to pick up any extra fur or crumbs dropped by the pets and kiddos. Then spot-check small stains hidden in the carpet by spraying the marks with one-part white vinegar and one-part water and wipe away the stain after 15 minutes. Finally, use a steam cleaner to pick up all of the dirt and debris hidden deep within your carpet’s fibers. It’s recommended to steam clean your carpets twice a year, so get it done during spring cleaning when you’re motivated to make your house spotless.

To fix surface scratches on the hardwood floors, we recommend using hardwood floor cleaner and protective coating to help remove any pet tracks and surface-level scrapes. Just a few minutes of your time will leave your floors shining and your home looking good as new.

Don’t forget about the laundry room

Oftentimes, the laundry room gets the short-end of the spring cleaning stick. While it might see less use than some of the other rooms in the house, dust and grime can still collect and become unsightly. Make doing laundry more enjoyable by deep cleaning your laundry room this spring.

Just as we want our dishwasher to be clean, we want our laundry room washing machine to be spotless, too. Disinfect your washing machine with a mixture of vinegar, baking soda, and water. We recommend doing this easy trick once a month to keep your laundry room smelling fresh.

 

If after you deep clean those floors and empty out those closets, and you realize you have more space than you thought, give us a call! We’d love to give you the information you need to make your home listing-ready and help you find a house that fits your budget and your stuff. Happy spring cleaning!

 

25
Mar

Home Staging Advice

Getting ready to sell your home? Spring is a great time to jump into the market, but before you do, make sure to ask yourself- “is my home ready?” It’s very easy to get used to the weird quirks and damages around your house, but to a potential buyer these little things can be turn-offs. Some people make the mistake of thinking they need to do major renovations to their home before putting it on the market, but that is not necessarily true. Take a look at this list of minor quick fixes to help ensure your home is in tip-top shape! Once it’s looking good, Stacy and Nicole can help put your home on the market!

1. Start With the Bathroom
The bathroom is always a good place to start, because usually that is the area where the most changes need to be made. Our bathrooms are typically private areas that not many people see, so we tend to overlook the grimy parts. But here are a few things to avoid when getting your home ready:
• Clean showers with no mold or dirt
• Wipe down the sinks and toilets with Clorox wipes
• Clean off the mirrors
• Avoid clutter

These quick fixes will get your bathroom looking great and desirable in no time.

2. Onto the Kitchen
The kitchen is the area that most people tend to renovate and remodel before putting their home on the market. Although some kitchens might need the extra work and money, it is not always necessary! Here are a few tips when it comes to updating your kitchen. Start with the big changes that will take more work then move on to the little additions.
• If your cabinets look a little old or worn-down try staining them
• Clean out your fridge and give it a good wipe-down (you never know where potential buyers will look)
• Put new knobs or handles on your cabinets and drawers if they are outdated
• Update your appliances (this could turn your kitchen around because buyers loved updated and fresh appliances)
• Fresh flowers and a fruit bowl are always a nice touch

3. Moving into the Bedrooms
It goes without saying that the bedrooms need to be tidied up when taking pictures of the house or getting ready for an open house, however there a few more changes you can make to take your bedrooms one step further.
• Make sure the bedrooms are not covered in personal items (it’s better if the buyers can envision themselves there, not you)
• Make sure the curtains are clean, up-to-date and open for the light to shine in.
• Dust off any dressers, blinds or fans in the room
• Create as many storage opportunities in the bedroom as possible. Clean out your closet and bookcases to show the potential.
• Don’t let the room sway too male or female. Try to keep things on a neutral track.
• Fix any paint-touch ups or holes in the wall
• Make sure all the lights/fixtures are in tact and shining bright.

4. Curb Appeal is Very Important!
Curb appeal is a big term amongst real estate agents and sellers. Curb appeal is the first impression potential buyers get from your home, and the most lasting usually! In order to get your curb appeal in check, you must make sure that these few items are ticked off your check list!
• Mow your lawn
• Power wash your windows and driveway
• Plant some flowers
• Fix any paint damages
• Clean the gutters

With these affordable and easy fixes your house will sell in no time! When you’re ready to move forward with the process contact Stacy and Nicole here!

16
Mar

Ready to Tip Off the Madness?

MARCH MADNESS IS HERE! While some have already filled out their brackets others wonder what all the “madness” is about. March madness if you’re not sure is the Superbowl of college basketball. The top teams from all over the country compete to be the last team standing. I personally, like many of you, have never made a bracket before nor did I know where to start. If you’re like me and you want to be part of the madness, but are not sure where to start, I’m here to help. I’ll share a couple tips about how I picked my winners and possibly even tell you who’s going to win the whole thing (shhhh).

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With very very little college basketball knowledge my pick style may be a little unorthodox but none the less I had a lot of fun and I encourage you to get involved!

So how did I pick my teams……

1. Home Teams or bust!!

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2. Better Mascot

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3. Best Outfits (duh)

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4. Best Student Section

5. and if all that fails… who do I think is more likely to purchase a home from us??

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Both look so eager to get on the Stacy and Nicole Team!

Well now that I’ve given you all the inside tips, its time to get to work!! I would hate for you to miss out on all the fun. Below I’v attached a link to the copy of the 2017 bracket, just click and print. Pick your winners and share your knowledge with us! By the way, I Picked U-C-L-A as my champions, GO BRUINS! Have fun and good luck…. And remember you’re always on the winning side when you play for the Stacy and Nicole Real Estate Team.

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14
Mar

Get Lucky with the Help of the Irish

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Top of the mornin’ to ya! Hopefully your month of March is off to a fantastic start. I absolutely love this month for many reasons (my oldest sons birthday, March Madness, the smell of spring and of course green beer). While I’m sure my oldest (Kyle) would love for me to talk about his birthday, my focus is on the green beer, corn beef and cabbage. I have listed 10 Irish worthy pubs within the Orange County area, some I’v been to and others I’ll visit on Friday the 17th. So wear green or get pinched!  See you out and about!

  1. The Irishman

422 Olive Ave, Hunting Beach CA 92648

     2. The Harp Inn

130 E 17th St, Costa Mesa CA 92627

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       3. Muldoon’s Irish Pub

202 Newport Ctr Dr, Newport Beach CA 92660

      4. Silky Sulivans

10201 Slater Ave, Fountain Valley CA 92708

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      5. Malarky’s Irish Pub

3011 Newport Blvd, Newport Beach CA 92663

      6. Branagan’s Irish Pub

213 N Harbor Blvd, Fullerton CA 92832

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    7. O’Hara’s Pub

150 N Glassell St, Orange CA 92866

    8. The Auld Dubliner

71 S Pine Ave, Long Beach CA 90802

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      9. Durty Nelly’s

2915 Red Hill Ave, Costa Mesa CA 92626

       10. Killarney Pub & Grill

209 Main St, Huntington Beach CA 92648

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While every good Irish lad enjoys an ol’ fashion pub crawl, PLEASE REMEMBER TO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE. Please designate your non-Irish (sober) friend as your driver or just phone one of the many available services. (Uber/Lift/Yellow cab). Everyone have a safe and wonderful holiday. And don’t forget, we don’t get lucky at the Stacy and Nicole Real Estate Team we’re just that good!

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Halloween Activities in Orange County

Halloween happens to be one of our favorite days around here in the office and we are sure, like us y’all are looking for some fun Halloween activities in Orange County. We’ve put a list together of some of our favorites… From the thrill seeker to the faint of heart to the little bitty babies…. You’re sure to find something that will make your Halloween special!

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Knott’s Scary Farm

Buena Park, Ca.

Sept 22nd – Oct. 31 st

7:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.

Knott’s professional “scare-masters” transform the old Berry Farm into Knott’s Scary Farm for another year of the world’s first, biggest and most famous theme park Halloween event! Every year all 160-acres of Knott’s Berry Farm are transformed into your worst nightmare with themed mazes, live shows, and scare zones featuring hundreds of free-roaming monsters.

 

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Kidz Block Party

Downtown Brea

October 31st

North Orange County’s Largest Free Halloween Alternative Event at Downtown Brea.

Presented by The Cause Community Church featuring face painting, pony rides, games, bounce house, petting zoo,rock climbing wall, raffles, prizes, entertainment and free candy.

 

 

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Motel 6 Feet Under

Business Expo Center
1960 S Anaheim Way
Anaheim, CA 92805

Are you ready for the SCARIEST haunted house in Orange County!? If you are, then step inside Motel 6 Feet Under – and get lost! This haunted maze is sure to frighten even the most seasoned of Halloween veterans, with state-of-the-art props and animatronics around every corner, a dedicated staff of haunting ghouls and just a touch of magic! What’s better than being scared silly? Supporting a good cause while doing so! Motel 6 Feet Under is a non-profit which benefits the local community, and is partnered with BOO! (Building Occupational Opportunities) which benefits local under-served adults by providing theatrical arts and construction training

 

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Haunted Fullerton Walking Towers

September 21 through November 10, 2016 (special tour on Oct 31)
Wednesdays and Thursdays at 6 p.m.

LOCATION:
Meet at Fullerton Museum

RESERVATIONS & INFORMATION:
(714) 738-6545 

Did you know Fullerton is one of the most haunted cities around? Ghosts are lurking at every corner. Take this tour and find out what businesses have pots and pans flying around after hours, what famous deceased Fullertonian makes an “appearance” now and then, enjoy some of Fullerton’s history. These tours are a celebration of local legend while sharing stories of another facet of Fullerton’s history, particularly that of the downtown.

“Ghost hunters” should be prepared to walk approximately 1.5 miles (lasting about 2 ½ hours), and the tours will include climbing stairs. Participants should wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a sense of humor with them. The tour is not recommended for children under 13. $15 for museum members and $18 for the general public. Halloween tour is $20 for museum members and $25 for the general public

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Children’s Museum Funny Frankensteins

Children’s Museum at La Habra
301 South Euclid Street
La Habra:
INFORMATION:
Please call 562-905-9793 for reservations

Free with paid admission.

Calling all silly ghouls and goblins to make a funny fFrankenstein craft on Halloween Day!

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Treats in the Streets Autumn Festival 

Thursday, October 27, 2016
4-7 p.m.

LOCATION:
Old Towne Orange Plaza Area
Chapman Ave. & Glassell

The streets surrounding the Old Towne Plaza are closed off to traffic and Old Towne merchants decorate their shops and local non-profit groups provide delicious food items and tasty treats for a nominal charge. There is tons of games, trick-or-treating, a costume parade and entertainment for all ages! (Please leave pets at home)

 

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The 17th Door

LOCATION:
The Market Place in Tustin
2856 El Camino Real
Tustin, CA 92782

Open September 23 – October 31, 2016

The 17th Door, Orange County’s most intense and most terrifying haunted house, returns to The Market Place for its second year! Over a dozen new rooms have been created, including a mini escape room, to take things to a whole new level. This year’s haunt will be larger and longer, featuring over 34 minutes filled with more monsters, more scares, more of what you love and more of what you hate! Behind its 17 doors is an interactive experience more innovative and shocking than anything that’s been tried before.

Tickets on sale now! Buy now before they sell out!

**The 17th Door is designed for mature audiences, preferably 16 years of age and older, and is not recommended for children under the age of 13, as there will be intense thematic material throughout the haunt.

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Boo at the Zoo

October 22, 23, 28, 29, 30, 2016
5:30 – 8 pm

This family-friendly costumed extravaganza will bring FUN, SAFE, trick-or-treating in a “Merry not Scary” Zoo atmosphere, with educational animal presentations, storytelling, and entertainment throughout the evening, with a grand finale costume parade!

For the older kids, there’s also “Teen Scream,” a haunted house filled with thrills and chills. This ghoulish attraction has a separate entrance, but is included with the price of admission.

LOCATION:
Santa Ana Zoo
1801 E. Chestnut Ave

INFORMATION:
714-953-8555

Have a fun and safe Halloween everybody!!!!

*Information provided by Orangecounty.net