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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Nov 21

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We were just contacted by a client who is looking for off market condos in the Laguna Beach area.  Her main criteria is that she wanted a condo with spectacular views with a lot of building amenities.  Right now is considered our off season as many owners have decided to take their home off the market for the holidays.  Our typical selling season starts right after the first of the year and continues through the end of September.  The months of October, November and December are normally slower even through homes continue to sell just at a slower pace.  Even though a lot of owners take their home off the market for the holidays doesn't mean that they don't want to sell anymore.  A good real estate agent will have access to these properties and be able to

Oct 17

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Laguna Beach offers a wide range of homes with various amenities that capture views of the Pacific Ocean.  One of the more requested amenities would be homes that offer a roof top deck.  For the most part we don't see a lot of homes that offer a roof top deck for a variety of reasons.  The first reason would be that views in Laguna Beach are protected so by adding an additional level on top of the house to build a roof top deck may block a neighbors view.  Laguna Beach also has height restrictions when building a home so adding a roof top deck will count towards the total height allowance.  

Some of the best places to look for homes with rooftop decks are more established neighborhoods that have space between the neighboring homes in order to

Sep 11

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There has never been a better time to buy an ocean front condo in the famous Table Rock complex.  Inventory always tends to be very low in this complex due to the small number of oceanfront condos that are in existence here.  Right now, buyers have 4 condo listings to choose from in Table Rock that offer spectacular ocean views in arguably one of the best locations in Laguna Beach.  Real Estate prices start at $2,650,000 for a 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo with 1,136 square feet and direct ocean front views to as high as $4,999,000 for a 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo with 1,371 square feet.  What separates these price points is the location within the complex, size of the unit and condition as far as upgrades to the condos, etc.  3 of the 4 new listings have been on

Aug 13

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Buying a home in Laguna Beach can be tricky when deciding on which neighborhood to live and the best time to buy.  There are pros and cons to buying at different times of the year in Laguna Beach and often depends on how the current real estate market is doing.  It's first important to establish if the market is a buyers or a seller's market.  A buyers market means that homes will sit on the market longer than usual.  Buyers don't have to rush into buying a home and can often negotiate with the seller off the listing price.  In a seller's market properties are selling very fast and the owners are in control on who they sell it and the price they think the market will bear.  

Most of the homes in Laguna Beach will come on the market between January

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