Laguna Beach Real Estate Agent

Sam Smith is a top Laguna Beach Real Estate Agent here in Laguna Beach, California.  Sam works in the Laguna Beach community and knows about real estate in Laguna Beach.

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Mar 7

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When Real Estate agents take a listing it is usually for a 6 or 12 month period.  Of course, this can be any length of time that the owner wants as we have seen it as short as one month when the owner really wants to get it sold right away.  After this set amount of time when the property does not sell it goes off the market and is considered an "expired listing."  Be prepared when this happens as dozens of real estate agents who's sole job is to call on expired listings will start calling you non-stop the morning after the home expires.  

These agents make a living trying to convince owners why their home didn't sell and to use them the next time around.  What most seller's don't realize is that these types of agents have very good phone skills but

Feb 7

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The Laguna Lido has recently updated their pet policy when it comes to those who are planning to rent a condo in the complex.  This includes those looking to do a long term lease and those looking for vacation rentals as well.  According to several owners in the building the policy does not effect owners who live there as they are still allowed to have pets.  The rule takes aim at those looking to rent at the Laguna Lido as renters are not allowed to have pets.  We recently had some clients who were looking to rent the property for one month in the summer time and were told by multiple owners that the new policy does not allow for them to have pets, only for the owners.

Located on the oceanfront, the Laguna Lido is widely considered one of the top

Nov 7

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What a record year for home sales in Laguna Beach this year.  With a strong economy and comes record sales for ocean front properties with 3 home sales over $30 million dollars this year.  The 3 sales occurred in the communities of Irvine Cove and Victoria Beach.  The three properties are not new to the market as they have been on the market at previous times but what makes this unique is that all 3 homes sold in the same calendar year for record prices, all with commanding ocean front views.  2018 was a great year for real estate in Laguna Beach and here is a quick recap of the most expensive homes sold in Laguna Beach.

Two of the three sales occurred in the Irvine Cove community.  First, 2471 Riviera Drive sold for $35,820,000 after being on the

Jun 8

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The Mystic Hills Laguna Beach community is a neighborhood filled with beautiful homes that often sell between $2 to $10 million dollars. For those looking to rent a home in the Mystic Hills neighborhood there are many stunning properties that are currently available for long term leases.  With many visitors coming to town each summer looking for vacation rental properties it's important to note that many of the rental property owners are wanting a long term 12 month lease.  With that being said there are a few homes that are available a month to month basis and have negotiable lease terms.  During the summer months rental prices due go up so the rental prices often listed online are normally winter rates so expect rates to go up during the months from

Apr 10

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Laguna Beach is a unique city that has many small neighborhoods that offer private cul-de-sac locations where homes can be offered for sale.  Real Estate prices will vary a lot depending on where the home is located.  Some of these factors include the proximity to the beach, having an ocean view or not and the proximity to the downtown Village area.  Homes located at the southern end of the Laguna Beach will most likely be more affordable than those located north of downtown.  

Starting in South Laguna area several cul-de-sac neighborhoods like Coast Royal that are located just above Coast Highway and have incredible ocean views.  These homes have close proximity to West street beach, the Montage resort and the Monarch Beach area.  Other notable

Mar 8

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The real estate market in Laguna Beach continues to thrive with the combination of low inventory and a high number of buyers in the marketplace. We are working with a number of buyers who want to jump into the market but unable to find the right property at the right price.  With that being said there are a number of properties that are getting a lot of attention and have the potential for being a good deal for the right buyer.

The #1 most viewed property in Laguna Beach is an ocean view three bedroom home listed for $240,000.  What's the catch?  First, the home is located in the Laguna Terrace community which is a small neighborhood located by the Montage Oceanfront Resort that is filled with cute manufactured homes.  The distance to the beach is just

Dec 6

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The Laguna Village area covers a large part of the beach frontage in Laguna Beach, California and is considered one of the best places to find ocean front homes.  The boundaries of this area begin at the south end of Victoria Beach and continue north to the Main Beach Park which is in the very center of town.  Homes along the beach here will often be multi-story homes that sit just above the sandy beach and have commanding views of the Pacific Ocean.  The Bravo TV series "Real Estate Wars" features two local real estate teams from the Orange County area and recently aired a listing that was located on the ocean front in the Laguna Village area.  The home pictured below and located at 160 Saint Anns Dr was originally listed and sold by the McMonigle Team

Nov 8

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Crescent Bay is a beautiful spot located between Shaw's cove and Emerald Bay in the plush North Laguna neighborhood.  Ocean Front homes located in this area have commanding ocean and coastline views and rarely come on the market for sale.  There are a total of 3 ocean front streets in this area and known as Circle Way, Crescent Bay Drive and Mcknight Drive.  The latter is where one current ocean front home is currently on the market for sale at $12,450,000 and listed by the McMonigle Group corporation.  

The three bedroom, four bath home features a total of 3,212 square feet and located on 0.18 acre ocean front lot.  The tip of the home is located at Crown Point which features just a few select ocean properties that typically look north towards the

Oct 17

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Laguna Beach offers a wide variety of properties from majestic ocean front homes located above the crashing waves to small beach cottages located in the heart of the city.  We often get requests for clients looking for homes that offer a guest casita.  This is typically done to accommodate extend family members who prefer to have separate living quarters from the regular part of the house.  It's also ideal for those have have many friends and visitors to the home who want to stay in private accomodations.  As you can image with all the high end luxury homes that exist in Laguna Beach many of the guest houses can be very elaborate and offer the ultimate in luxury living.  

A good example of this is a home that's currently on the market in the gated

Sep 8

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It's amazing what a couple years will make when looking at real estate prices in Laguna Beach, California.  Back in 2015, there were still a lot of choices for buyers looking under the $600,000 price range.  Progress to the end of the summer 2017 and only a handful of properties will come on the market in this price range as prices have really soared in the last couple of years.  Does this mean that we are headed into another real estate bubble?  A lot of people think so but they also feel it won't be the huge correction like we saw in 2008.  One reason for that is that banks are not giving out loans to everyone like they used to.  If you have ever applied for a loan in the last 10 years you know how strict banks have become.  This will hopefully