Portafina Laguna Beach

We specialize in Portafina Laguna Beach homes in Laguna Beach, California.  Portafina is a community in Laguna Beach, California that's located just east of Pacific Coast Highway from Victoria Beach.  The homes maximize their ocean views while being close to the beach.

Found 9 blog entries about Portafina Laguna Beach.

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

May 1

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Laguna Beach is well known for having the highest concentration of contemporary homes than any other beach town in Southern California.  With a current inventory of 74 contemporary homes on the open market for sale, Laguna Beach is the ideal spot for those who love this architectural design.  The word "contemporary" conjures up images of sleek lines and walls of glass for some people while other consider contemporary as wide open spaces with lots of curves and angels to the walls.  In Laguna Beach you will find three different types of contemporary homes known as soft contemporary, ultra contemporary and your classic contemporary homes with many of these offering ocean views.

Ultra Contemporary Homes in Laguna Beach, California

Ultra contemporary homes are to the extreme with hard angels and sleek

Mar 27

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Everyone from real estate agents to home buyers are talking about the low inventory of housing in Southern California and how frustrating it is to find a suitable property at a reasonable price in today's real estate market.  A lot of times these hidden gems may be out there but not visible on the open real estate market and hidden from being seen anywhere on the Internet.  Sometimes the best deals are those that are on "hold" status for one reason or another.

A real estate agent will put a home "on hold" for a wide range of reasons.  Sometimes seller's will have some kind of an emergency come up and still want to sell the home but are unable to cooperate with showings during a short period of times.  In other cases we see a lot of short sale and bank

Jan 11

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Many have asked if 2012 is a good time to buy a house in Laguna Beach.  As real estate inventory in Laguna Beach is reaching record lows the supply and demand for real estate is reaching a new high.  What does this mean for real estate prices?  Our experts don't believe that we will see an increase in pricing for 2012 but a very competitive market for prime properties priced at market value and offering ocean views or located on the ocean front.  We are currently seeing multiple buyers bidding one single properties especially in the short sale arena.  Short Sales are becoming the dominant way to seize a great deal in Laguna Beach but there are good and bad points about doing a short sale.  If you are patient and you act quickly when you see a good deal

Aug 12

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If you are in the market to buy a contemporary ocean view home in Laguna Beach you are in luck since 79 homes are currently classified as "Contemporary" homes for sale.  You will find cutting edge contemporary and soft contemporary which blends the architectural lines for a much softer appearance.  One of the best places to find contemporary homes in Laguna Beach is a combination of areas, mainly Temple Hills, Mystic Hills, Emerald Bay and Victoria Beach.  One of hidden areas of Laguna Beach is the Portafina area which backs to the natural canyon called the "Aliso & Wood Canyons Regional Park.  You will find many of these homes with very private with some of the best views in Laguna Beach.  If you are looking for a soft contemporary ocean view home you

Jun 29

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Many of the luxury homes for sale in Laguna Beach, California come with luxury swimming pools as an added bonus to the home.  If you are in the market for a Laguna Beach property with a pool you will be pleasantly surprised to know that over 100 properties fit that criteria.  From luxury gated communities to small beach cottages, Laguna Beach homes with pools offers a wide selection to choose from.  As the climate in Laguna Beach is an even 72 degree for most of the years cooling off to escape the heat is something that is not necessary in Southern California.  Swimming pools are considered a luxury and homes with pools can be a negative or a positive depending on the lifestyle of the home buyer looking at your home.   No matter what your preference,…
Jun 6

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It seems like most Laguna Beach home buyers are looking for two things: ocean view homes that are listed a great price.  Most likely these "great deals" are listed as short sales or foreclosure homes.  A newly listed short sale listing has come on the market in the Portafina community with stunning ocean views at a great price of $1,189,000.  We have seen two new short sale homes come on the market this week as 61 of 405 listings are distressed sales in Laguna Beach, California.  What this means to most Laguna Beach home buyers is a great opportunity to seize on these distressed properties.  These hardship sellers are now turning to short sale their homes for a quick sale.  If you have been pre-qualified with a lender and are ready to buy now is a great…
Jun 1

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One of our most requested searches for clients looking to buy a home here in Laguna Beach is finding a nice ocean view property that is close to the beach.  As price of homes is determined by location, the closer you are to the beach, the more expensive the home will be.  The Portafina area is a perfect balance of providing beach close living with nice ocean views at an affordable price.  Homes in Portafina currently range from $1,445,000 to $2,650,000 with stunning ocean view properties.  There are no current short sale listings on the market in Portafina as all homes are "equity seller's."  The homes are located just east of the popular Victoria Beach and Upper Victoria Beach areas with many beautiful architectural style of homes.  If you are thinking…