Fun Things To Do in August!

Enjoy this list of fun and (some free) events happening all throughout Orange County during the month of August!

Courtesy of: Connie Lasley (TheBoutiqueRE.com/Connie-Lasley)

 

 

Vans U.S. Open of Surfing // July 28-Aug. 5

In addition to the surf competition, includes skateboarding and BMX bike competitions, movie premieres, vendor exhibitions, demos and art exhibitions. 

Time/Place: Huntington Beach Pier   

Contact: www.vansusopenofsurfing.com

Laguna Niguel Summer Concerts // Through Aug. 10

Bring your family and friends to enjoy a night of music under the stars! Food and dessert will be available for purchase from gourmet food trucks.

Time/Place: Crown Valley Community Park, Laguna Niguel 

Contact: 949-425-5100 / www.cityoflagunaniguel.org

The Orange County Fair // Through Aug. 12

Offering a wide variety of exhibits, foods, entertainment, rides and hands-on activities. There is something for everybody at the Fair including the summer headline concert series, working farm and petting zoos, thrill rides, contests, and games. 

Time/Place: OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa   

Contact: www.ocfair.com

Garden Grove Free Summer Concert Series // Through Aug. 16

Thursdays. There will be free activities for kids in the Kids Zone! Food and drinks will be available for purchase. 

Time/Place: 6:30-8:30pm / Eastgate Park 

Contact: 714-741-5168 / www.ggcf.com

Orange Concerts in the Park // Through Aug. 22

Every Wednesday. See website for lineup.

Time/Place: 7-8:30pm / Hart Park Bandshell 

Contact: 714-744-7294 / www.cityoforange.org

Festival of Arts // Through Sept. 1

The show features the original artwork by 140 award-winning artists from Orange County. Art-related attractions and special events include jazz concerts, wine and chocolate pairings, and guided and audio art tours throughout the eight-week run.

Time/Place: 650 Laguna Canyon Rd., Laguna Beach 

Contact: 949-494-1145 / www.foapom.com

Pageant of the Masters // Through Sept. 1

Audiences are amazed and enchanted by 90 minutes of tableaux vivants (“living pictures”), incredibly faithful re-creations of classical and contemporary works of art, with real people posing to look exactly like their counterparts in the original pieces.

Time/Place: 650 Laguna Canyon Rd., Laguna Beach 

Contact: 949-494-1145 / www.foapom.com

Huntington Beach Concert Band Summer Series // Through Sept. 2

Sundays. Bring out your lawn chairs, blankets, and picnic blankets for this Huntington Beach tradition. The HB Concert Band hosts a free eleven-week series featuring various music groups.

Time/Place: 5pm / Thomas Ridley Central Park Bandstand 

Contact: 714-891-6856 / www.hbconcertband.org

Sawdust Festival // Through Sept. 2

Art! Three stages of live music and entertainment! Cheap beer and wine! Outdoor eateries and cafes! Free hands-on art classes and daily art demonstrations such as glassblowing! 

Time/Place: 10am-10pm / 935 Laguna Canyon Rd., Laguna Beach 

Contact: 949-494-3030 / www.sawdustartfestival.org

Dana Point Concerts in the Park // Through Sept. 12

Sundays. Be sure to bring a blanket or low-back beach chair. A Spirit Garden will be available to purchase alcoholic drinks with the proceeds benefiting the 5th Marine Regiment Support Group. BBQ food items will be for available for purchase and the proceeds will benefit the Dana Point Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9934. 

Time/Place: 3-6pm / Sea Terrace Park   

Contact: www.danapoint.org

La Habra Movies in the Park // Through Oct. 12

Join the Recreation staff for an outdoor, family-friendly movie on Friday nights.  Participants should bring their own lawn chairs and blankets and can enjoy food vendors and the Bamboo Kids Club.

Time/Place: Dusk / See website for schedule.   

Contact: www.lahabracity.com

Hyatt Regency Newport Beach Summer Concert Series // Through Oct. 12

Fridays. Another incredible summer filled with world-class music, fine wine and dining at the intimate Back Bay Amphitheatre of the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach. 

Time/Place: 7pm / 1107 Jamboree Road  

Contact: http://series.hyattconcerts.com

La Habra Corn Festival // Aug. 3-5

Food, Rides, Games, Music and fun for the whole family. Enjoy hot buttery Corn on the Cob, great sandwiches, sweet warm Funnel Cakes and other tasty treats. Be sure to visit the new Corn Festival Marketplace. Parade on Saturday at 9:30am. 

Time/Place: See website for schedule. / El Centro Lions Park 

Contact: 562-691-3482 / www.lahabracornfestival.com

Cruisin For the Cause // Aug. 4

Presented by The Johnny O Foundation and Old World Village. Raffles for “Cool” prizes. The event is open to all makes and models of cars and trucks! Market consists of a Farmers Market, food and drink, collectibles plus arts and crafts from displayed by vendors from all over. Free parking and free admission.

Time/Place: Old World Village West parking lot, Huntington Beach 

Contact: 602-751-7522 / www.thejohnnyo.org

Furry Friends Pet Fair // Aug. 4

Everything to keep your pets happy and healthy including pet exams, low-cost vaccinations, micro-chipping and more. Several vendors will be on hand with products and giveaways. 

Time/Place: 9am-Noon / Aliso Viejo Aquatic Center & Vista Park 

Contact: 949-425-2550 / www.cityofalisoviejo.com

Civil War Days // Aug. 4-5

Heritage Museum will offer two days of learning from both the Confederate and Union soldiers as they reenact daily routines during the civil war. See large and small Civil War weapons and artillery, experience canon fire demonstrations and visit their blacksmith shop for interactive activities.

Time/Place: 3101 W Harvard Street, Santa Ana 

Contact: 714-540-0404 / www.heritagemuseumoc.org

Cordova Park Camp Out // Aug. 4-5

Family fun activities, including giant life-sized games, crafts, a flashlight hike, and more! S’mores and breakfast provided with registration. Please bring a sleeping bag, flashlight, water bottle, and tent (stakes are OK). No pets please. 

Time/Place: 4pm-10am / 26931 El Retiro, Mission Viejo 

Contact: 949-859-4348 x5722 / www.cityofmissionviejo.org

Newport Beach Lobsterfest // Aug. 5

Maine lobster is flown in fresh on the morning of the event. Live entertainment on from our stage located on the beach. A percentage of the proceeds go to Leadership Tomorrow and Make-A-Wish® Orange County and the Inland Empire. 

Time/Place: 3-8pm / Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina 

Contact: 949-478-3468 / www.lobsterfestatnewportbeach.com

Irvine Sizzlin’ Summer Concert Series // Aug. 5 & 12

Grab your lawn chairs, picnic baskets and dancing shoes.

Gourmet food trucks with be on-site. 

Time/Place: 5:30pm / Mike Ward Community Park 

Contact: www.cityofirvine.org

Rancho Summer Nights // Aug. 11

Tyrone Wells is a singer/songwriter with over 60 million Spotify streams, 55 thousand albums and 400 thousand singles sold. Bring your low lawn chairs, blankets and picnics. Food trucks will be available, no alcohol permitted. 

Time/Place: 4-8pm / Saddleback Church Rancho Capistrano

Contact: 949-609-8000 / www.saddleback.com

San Clemente Fiesta Music Festival // Aug. 12

Food and game booths sponsored by local nonprofit organizations, three stages with continuous live music, contests for all ages, a Salsa Challenge, arts & crafts show, kiddie area, exhibits, face painters and much more.

Time/Place: 9am-7pm / Avenida Del Mar   

Contact: www.scchamber.com

Brea Fest // Aug. 17

Talented live bands, outdoor dancing, a gallery exhibit and artist demonstrations, along with theatre performances. Over 35 area restaurants will provide food and beverage samples with taste tickets being sold for only $3 each.

Time/Place: 6:30-10pm / Brea Civic & Cultural Center 

Contact: 714-990-7771 / www.cityofbrea.net

Paws in the Park // Aug. 18

Bring your four-legged friends for a fun-filled day with activities for pets and humans alike. Pet-related vendor booths, an obstacle course, races and a pet fashion show. 

Time/Place: 10am-2pm / Stanton Central Park

Contact: 714-379-9222 / www.ci.stanton.ca.us

Pacific Wine and Food Classic // Aug. 18-19

This all-inclusive event offers incredible food from our top local chefs, wines, beers and premium cocktails on the sand.

Time/Place: 2-5pm / Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina 

Contact: www.pacificwineandfood.com

Plum Festival // Aug. 19

This is a fun family day to celebrate with your family and friends. Live Music, Carnival Games, Face Painting, Plum Cakes, Plum Crepes, Berliners, BBQ Kitchen and Wiener Dog Races. Free admission! 

Time/Place: 2-6pm / Old World Village Festival Hall, Huntington Beach 

Contact: 714-895-8020 / www.oldworld.ws

Mission Viejo Restaurant Week // Aug. 20-26

No passes, tickets or coupons are required for this scrumptious event. Instead, diners may simply visit participating restaurants during the week to enjoy the restaurant options.

Time/Place: See website for list of participating restaurants.

Contact: 949-441-0602 / www.mvrestaurantweek.org

Wedgewood Aliso Viejo Summer Wedding Fair // Aug. 22

This fun event showcases the center’s vast amenities and gives couples and families the chance to tour the property, meet vendors, sample delectable appetizers and entrees, toast with drinks and play wedding games. 

Time/Place: 6-8:30pm / Aliso Viejo Center 

Contact: 949-425-2555 / www.cityofalisoviejo.com

One Spirit Many Souls Dance & Music Festival // Aug. 25

Guest Artists, International Dancers, Food, Craft Vendors. Kamakani Komohana Organization is a 501(c)3 non-profit, dedicated to the preservation and education of Polynesian culture, dance, and music. 

Time/Place: 2-7pm / Old World Village, Huntington Beach 

Contact: 714-895-8020 / www.oldworld.ws

Splash-In Movie & Recreation // Aug. 25

Grab your swimsuit, floatie and family, and come on down to the pool for a movie. Swim and float in the pool while Secret Life of Pets plays on the big screen. Lifeguards will be on duty. Recreation swim fee is $2 per child and $4 per adult. 

Time/Place: 6:30pm / William J. Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center, Irvine 

Contact: 949-724-6717 / www.cityofirvine.org

Barks & Brews Fundraiser // Aug. 25

Celebrate National Dog Day with Outlets at San Clemente and Pet Project Foundation. Sniff, schmooze and sip craft beer and enjoy the following activities: Doggy Costume Contest with prizes, Craft Beer & Cocktail tastings, Photo Booths, Food Truck, Live Entertainment, Free Treats, Dog-Friendly Vendors, Face Painting & Balloon Animals. 

Time/Place: 4-7pm / San Clemente Outlets  

Contact: 949-492-1617 / www.petprojectfoundation.org

Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo // Aug. 25-26

Proclaimed as the richest 2-day rodeo in the nation, this year’s Rodeo features saddle bronc, bareback, steer wrestling, calf roping, tie down roping and bull riding. 

Time/Place: 30753 La Pata Road, SJC   

Contact: www.rmvrodeo.com

Elvis Festival // Aug. 26

Themed “Always on Our Minds,” the event brings together Elvis fans and tribute artists who emulate the King of Rock and Roll. Activities include the King of Cadillac Car Show, a new Hound Dog Motorcycle Ride and Show presented by Lifestyle Cycles, food trucks, and more! 

Time/Place: 10am-6pm / Historic Main Street Garden Grove 

Contact: 714-267-4657 / www.facebook.com/ElvisFestival

Senior Fitness Expo // Aug. 31

This free event will include health screenings, nutrition information, demonstrations and a wide variety of the latest health and fitness products. 

Time/Place: 12pm / Rancho Senior Center, Irvine 

Contact: 949-724-6800 / www.cityofirvine.org

2018’s Best Real Estate Slogans & Taglines

When it comes to personal or team branding, a great real estate slogan can help set you apart from the crowd. Sure, your logo was designed by a pro, your website looks amazing, and you toiled over your latest business card. Can you sum up your real estate value in 4 words or less?

The amazingly talented agents, teams, and brokerages on this list have…

That’s why we chose them as having the best real estate slogans and taglines for 2018.

 

The Boutique Real Estate

1.“Our Passion is People, What’s Yours?”

The Boutique Real Estate Group

Another Los Angeles startup, Raj Qsar’s the Boutique has competitors that might make lesser brokers run for the hills. (Just not the Beverly Hills).

In order to help his brokerage stand out, Raj focused on branding that is friendly, and accessible, but still ticks all the boxes that well heeled homeowner’s and buyers need from their agents.

Their slogan manages to convey their dedication to service, but also highlights their focus on relationships rather than deals. An attractive proposition for people who may be less than excited to work with your typical stuffy luxury brokerage.

 

Town and Country Real Estate The Hamptons

2. “The Power of Deep Roots”

Town and Country Real Estate The Hamptons

Let’s face it. Local knowledge is important to be successful in any region of the country, but in places like New York’s Hamptons, it’s absolutely crucial.

That’s why with 65 years of combined East End real estate experience, Town and Country Real Estate Hamptons highlighted their local roots in their tagline. It just works.

On other hand, as deep as the upper crust roots of the Hamptons go, it’s still ostensibly a relaxed beach town. Albeit one with a Gucci store… That means a softer edge than the hard charging Manhattan real estate cliche makes perfect sense here.

That’s why I love T&C’s other tagline: ‘The Hamptons Are Our Boardroom”. It manages to bring together business acumen and the laid back vibe a beach town offers vacationers.

Halstead

3. “Move to What Moves You”

Halstead
Along with their new (and amazing) rebranding, Halstead has some creative and effective real estate slogans. From the ‘Our Agent of Change Will Move You” tagline in our featured image to ‘Move What Moves You” it’s abundantly clear that Halstead too the time, energy, and money to build a brand that will last as long as Halstead has.

With their new branding, Halstead is walking the same fine line between timeless luxury and up-to-the-second instagram worthy cool that characterizes so many great brands today.

Halton Pardee+ Partners

4. ‘We Are Life Changers”

Halton Pardee+ Partners

Having risen from a humble background to become the number one sales team in Los Angeles, and number two team in California, Halton Pardee founder Tami Pardee knows a thing or two about changing lives.

That’s why I love that they’re using this tagline for their branding efforts online. What better way to help change someone’s life then counsel them on getting a great new place to live?

New Story

5. “A home changes everything”

New Story 
Founded by Y Combinator Alum Brett Hagler, New Story builds homes for those in need around the globe. Amazingly, New Story promises that every penny of your donation will be used to build homes.

With support from Docusign, Sotheby’s International, and Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate, New Story has enough real estate bonafides to go along with their slogan to make this list.

Since you all witness the joy that a new home brings you clients, imagine how much joy a new home might bring to someone without adequate shelter…

Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate

6. “Expect Better”

Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate

Sadly when it comes to real estate the bar for customer service quality is set very low. In many cities, the number of mediocre or even dishonest agents and brokerages sometimes outnumbers the good ones.

“Expect Better” speaks to that issue, and even adds an aspirational element for people who had just okay experiences with other brokerages. What if your real estate experience could have been ever better?

Dolly lenz

7.“Client Focused. Results Driven.™”

Dolly lenz 
In the world of New York City real estate, Dolly lenz stands alone. Sure, there are a ton of “million dollar” brokers strutting down Park Avenue staring at their iphones, but Dolly Lenz has been doing it longer and better than all of them.

As you might imagine, here real estate slogan is about as good as they get. She manages to convey both her team’s dedication to clients, as well as their passion for closing. No easy feat, especially in 4 short words.

Ben Cabellero homesusa.com

8.“Realtor Marketing for Homebuilders Made Easy”

Ben Cabellero homesusa.com

When your market is multi billion home builders like Toll Brothers, your taglines need to spell out what benefits you’re providing them. In Ben’s case, he boiled it down to what every single corporate bigwig wants more than anything else: simplicity.

Massive companies are almost always bogged down by complexity, so coming right out and offering them an incredibly valuable service, that’s easy is an offer almost too good to resist.

This might be part of the reason Ben Cabellero was recently named the Realtor to be added to the Guinness book of world records for most homes sold in one year; and astonishing 3,556 homes closed last year!

 

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10 Last-Minute Ideas for New Year’s Eve in Orange County

You forgot to make plans for the big night? We’ve got you covered with our best ideas for a variety of fun things to do on New Year’s Eve in Orange County.

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FAMILY FUN
Winter Fest OC will have two celebrations on New Year’s Eve for children young and old. A 3,000-balloon drop and fireworks are slated for 6 p.m. and midnight. These activities are included in your general admission to Winter Fest, which opens at noon on New Year’s Eve and also features an ice slide, inflatables, a Festival of Lights, rock climbing, carnival rides, and an ice skating rink. Ticket prices start at $12 for children online in advance and $17 for adults. Best value is the online value pack for $65 for four people, which includes a fast pass for the ice slide. winterfestoc.com

FAIRGROUNDS FOR ADULTS
For an over-21 extravaganza, check out Resolution NYE. There will be two stages over two nights (Dec. 30 and 31) featuring acts such as Young The Giant, Dirty Heads, Seven Lions, Illenium, Slander, and more. The festivities start Dec. 30 at 7 p.m. and on Dec. 31 the party goes from 8 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. at the Costa Mesa and Huntington Beach buildings at the OC Fair and Event Center. Admission is $50, VIP tickets start at $100. resolutionnyeoc.com

ON THE BEACH
Get out on the sand at Bolsa Chica State Beach on Dec. 31 and join DJ Dig Dug and DJ Ravi Drums in a heated tent. The event also features live music, dancing, a photo booth, a full premium bar, and midnight balloon drop. DJ Ravi Drums adds live percussion and unparalleled technology as he plays at 180-degree angles on a custom drum set. Tickets are available for the New Year’s Eve event for $75 in advance and $100 at the door. sealegs.ticketleap.com/newyearsatthebeach

Water Grill

SEAFOOD FOR 2018
Join the folks at Water Grill in Costa Mesa for an interactive photo booth and live music from the Michael Physick Trio. There’s a special surf and turf entrée on the menu for this evening and the featured dessert is dark chocolate mousse. Festivities begin at 9 p.m. Admission is free, but reservations are recommended. watergrill.com

Ways & Means Oyster House

ISLAND SPIRIT
Ring in the new year with Aloha spirit at Ways & Means Oyster House in Huntington Beach. The New Year’s Eve Hawaiian Bash starts at 6 p.m. and features a costume contest, music and dancing, giveaways, and bottomless well drinks for $55 starting at 8 p.m. wmoysters.com

 

JUST FOR KIDS
The Montage in Laguna Beach will host Paintbox, a New Year’s Eve party from 6 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. for children ages 5-12. The evening features karaoke, a show, dinner, a movie, activities, and more. $150 per child. montagehotels.com/lagunabeach

LAUGH IN THE NEW YEAR
Head to the Irvine Improv for an East Coast Countdown or a West Coast Countdown with Rob Schneider, the “Saturday Night Live” alum perhaps best known as the hilarious “copy guy.” The East Coast event starts at 7 p.m. and has a dinner option ($100) or regular admission for $50. The West Coast event starts at 10 p.m. and will feature Champagne and party favors for $100. irvine.improv.com

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Anqi

AN ELEGANT DINNER
AnQi will highlight one-night-only holiday specials, in addition to its regular dinner menu, including a steamed California sole and an eight-hour slow roasted brisket. A five-course prix fixe dinner is available for $145 per person. There will be a live band and a DJ, plus a balloon drop at midnight. houseofan.com

FAMILY ON ICE
Take the family to a Ducks game early on New Year’s Eve and get a good deal before you head out for the night. You can take advantage of the family pack that includes a ticket, hot dog, and soda starting at $31 each. The Ducks will play Arizona at 1 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and every fan in attendance will receive a cell phone wallet. anaheimducks.com

CANYON RETREAT
Celebrate the start of 2018 at a tucked away location: The Ranch Laguna Beach. Highlights include music from the Shawn Jones Band, dancing, a photo booth, four snack stations, confetti, and Champagne at midnight. The event starts at 9 p.m. and costs $125 per person. theranchlb.com

Wall Street Journal Home of The Day, A Lemon Farm in Orange County

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Location: 27112 Highland Dr, San Juan Capistrano, CA Price: $11,888,888

Spanning two lots, this property in San Juan Capistrano, Calif., comes with a Mediterranean-style mansion and 430 lemon trees.

By: Sarah Tilton, Wall Street Journal

Dorian Knape looked at 70 houses before she and her husband, Jim, found this property in San Juan Capistrano, Calif. ‘We had been looking for a couple of years for a unique property in Orange County that would give us ocean views and privacy,’ she says. The couple paid $5.5 million in 2007 for the more than 5-acre property. They then embarked on a multi-year remodel of the house, the guesthouse, the six-car garage and the garden. ‘It’s in town—you’re not in the middle of nowhere,’ says Mrs. Knape, adding that it is about a five-minute drive to the freeway. The couple took the approximately 9,800-square-foot Mediterranean-style main house down to the studs. ‘I wanted it to be timeless,’ says Mrs. Knape. The family moved into the home in 2010.

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Mrs. Knape estimates they have put approximately $8 million into the two-lot property. On the second lot, which was recently rezoned agricultural, they planted 430 lemon trees, she says. An accountant by training, Mrs. Knape started a medical device company with her husband and more recently started Pucker Urban Farm. Along with fresh lemons, she sells individually packaged drink shots called Mrs. Pucker’s Lemon Shot. They are made by squeezing the juice from the lemon and the peel as ‘the power is in the peel,’ she says.

‘It’s been a great family home,’ says Mrs. Knape. The outdoor loggia, shown here, has a coffered ceiling with built-in heaters. ‘You go through our gate and you don’t realize you’re in a city anymore,’ says Mrs. Knape. The property has a saltwater pool with ocean views. A sport-court is now a staging area for the lemon business. ‘It’s been a labor of love,’ she says of the lemon farm. They added a full outdoor kitchen with a dishwasher and a pizza oven. The chandelier in the entry and the railing on the staircase were among the few original details that the couple preserved. The walls in the entry are Venetian plaster.

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The main house has five bedrooms, six full baths and two half baths. The master suite includes a 308-square-foot closet. ‘It’s a sanctuary,’ says Mrs. Knape. The master bath, shown here, is 420 square feet. The fireplace in the library, shown here, was originally in the living room. Mrs. Knape added the burl-wood panelling. The living room is Mrs. Knape’s favorite space in the house. ‘You can go in there and look out at the formal garden. It’s very serene, and you can open up all the doors and walk out to the backyard,’ she says. There is a player piano in the living room which she says she designed around the Christopher Guy settee. The formal dining room looks out at the pool and the ocean. ‘The theater was [a] focal point,’ says Mrs. Knape. ’The kids come home and they use the theater with their friends.’

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A glass wall separates the wine tasting room from the temperature-controlled cellar. The couple also renovated the approximately 1,000-square-foot, one-bedroom, one-bath guesthouse. The couple also added a gym. The couple are selling as their children are grown and they are planning on downsizing. Mrs. Knape says she will miss the serenity and the privacy. ‘I’s like you’re in your own world,’ she says. Mrs. Knape is 59 years old; Mr. Knape is 55.

The home has an asking price of $11,888,888, a nod to Chinese numerology, which considers eight a lucky number. Raj Qsar and Christina Boladian of The Boutique Real Estate Group share the listing.

Link to WSJ Article.

Link to Property Website.

The Best Fireworks In Orange County

By:  Brogyn Gage / The Boutique Real Estate Group

Oh say can you see…all the fireworks of OC! Independence Day, the day we look forward to all summer long is finally upon us. The day for BBQ’s, friends + family, parades and those mesmerizing lights that fill the night sky, also known as fireworks! While pretty much every major city in Orange County has some sort of firework display, (not including your neighbor’s snap-crackle-pop array going on outside throughout the evening), I’m here to break down my top 5 picks for this year’s professional pyrotechnic shows throughout Orange County!

Costa Mesa: BYOP (bring your own picnic), chairs and blankets to enjoy a pyrotechnic show at the OC Fair and Event center, located right off the 55 freeway at 88 Fair Drive in Costa Mesa. The fireworks start at 9 PM, but get there early and enjoy live music, activities, food and vendors starting at 4PM. Free parking until 5PM — after 5, parking is $8. For more information visit costamesaca.gov

Dana Point: Beach views + Fireworks. Could you ask for anything more? Grab your lawn chairs and head to the beach for a firework show with synchronized music. Not kidding…tune into 88.5 FM at 9PM and heighten your senses with this incredible show over Doheny State Beach. A free shuttle will run from 8AM-11PM, picking up and dropping off at Dana Hills High School and Dana Point Harbor. If you decide to make it an all day event, make sure to pack your sunscreen!

Fullerton: Since 1990, Fullerton has hosted it’s annual ‘Annual 4th of July Fireworks Festival’ at Fullerton Union High School. While the show is usually hosted at the stadiums football field, this year the event will take place on the softball field. From 5-9:30, enjoy live music, food, drinks, and games. Best to get there early though; the event usually brings in around 7,000 people!

Lake Forest: If you plan on being in Lake Forest this Independence Day, make sure to get a good night’s sleep before, because this city hosts events throughout the entire day. The community will host it’s 26th annual 4th of July Parade, with this years theme “Let Freedom Ring,” from 10AM to noon. The parade will run along Serrano Road, Lake Forest Drive, Toledo Way and Ridge Route Drive.

The Lake Forest ll Homeowner’s Association also has an event beginning at 10AM at the Sun and Sail Club, featuring live music, food, beverages, and basketball and volleyball tournaments. The fireworks show starts at 9PM. Wristbands are on sale for $12 before July 4, and $15 on the day of the event. More information at http://lf2recreation.org/

Tustin: Visit Tustin High School Football field, located at 1171 El Camino Real for free entertainment starting at 6PM. You can pack your own snacks and drinks, or purchase from the school’s booster club. Also, Operation Warm Wishes – a non profit organization dedicated to helping and serving the homeless, troubled youths, struggling families, Veterans and senior citizens in need throughout Orange County, CA and the world will be on site, so be sure to donate some non perishable food items!

Wherever you choose to spend your holiday, we hope that you have a perfect day celebrating and honoring the freedoms that we have here in the beautiful USA!  Enjoy your time with the people who mean most to you — Have fun! Eat that extra helping of potato salad!  And most importantly, be safe. 
 
From us here at The Boutique to you, Happy Independence Day!

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An indie broker talks tech, trends and creation

Catch Southern California- based influencer Raj Qsar at the Indie Broker Summit

Raj Qsar is the principal/owner of The Boutique Real Estate Group and spends much of his time traveling to far flung destinations educating those in the real estate industry on the finer points of effectively using technology and social media.

The Southern California-based influencer will take the stage during Inman’s Indie Broker Summit on Monday, August 7 to address brokers from across the country on how to strategically think about their technology choices in their own practices.

 

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We caught up with Raj to get his take on the advantages of being an independent broker and what other indies should watch out for in the coming year.

What do you see as the biggest benefit to being an independent broker?

Ability to adapt, change and execute quickly and the freedom to create & curate stories from the ground up.

What are your best tips and tricks for building your client base?

Real life networking and using technology to become more efficient.

What do you see as the most important trends (good or bad) that independent brokers should be keeping an eye on in the coming year?

Good: The merging of multiple techs into one platform.
Bad: So much “copying” and not enough creation.

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How to hustle like a real estate rock star

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Always doing it right, thinking downstream and focusing on connections are the keys to success

  • Be prepared for and willing to hustle 24/7 for your clients.
  • Make decisions with your future in mind. Think about how taking a listing you don’t want now can benefit you later.
  • Success in real estate comes down to the personal connections you make, so get out and network.

Recently, Raj Qsar — the principal/owner of The Boutique Real Estate Group — composed an intriguing and inspirational post on the Facebook group Lab Coat Agents about how a listing for a leased property, which he made no initial profit from, snowballed into at least 11 subsequent sales, countless connections and increased visibility over the course of the past three years.

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So, how can agents replicate the success that Qsar gained from an “undesirable” listing? He says it’s all about hustling and “doing it right.” Here are some of his tips on how to get your hustle on:

Be prepared and willing to hustle 24/7

Qsar said one of the first questions he asks potential hires is “What is your hustle like?” He looks for agents who have the natural drive to build face-to-face connections rather than those who prefer to stay cooped up in an office all day.

These type of agents are harder to find, Qsar said, because many professionals in the business think that becoming a top producer is an overnight process.

“Most people think they can show up, do some social media posts and all of a sudden they’re going to be a top agent in their area,” he says. “It’s not like that. You have to meet people where they are.”

“We’re able to look the tenant and the tenant’s agent in the eye, we’re able to open the door for them, make sure the beds are made, the lights are on, the music is playing, the birds are singing and the flowers are blooming.” – Raj Qsar

Qsar says agents must realize that real estate is a total hustle. “You wake up hustling, during the day you’re hustling and you go to bed hustling, and then you dream about hustling,” he says.

So, what is the hustle? Qsar says it comes down to never saying “no,” executing each listing the right way and always putting your best foot forward.

“Even on million-dollar listings, if agents can take a reduced commission or they feel like it’s overpriced or whatever, they’re not going to put their best foot forward,” he said. “That’s just too bad that they’re not thinking downstream. ‘Cause the world is able to see anything that we drop on the Internet, and who knows what opportunity that will bring. It’s all downstream.”

Always do it right

Qsar says he knew he wasn’t going to make any money from the initial lease listing, but he decided to take the opportunity anyway.

He invested in professional photos and brochures, staging, a single-property website and even ordered custom signs that were up to the neighborhood’s code.

In addition to stellar marketing strategies, Qsar provided five-star customer service through appointment-only showings.

“We’re able to look the tenant and the tenant’s agent in the eye; we’re able to open the door for them, make sure the beds are made, the lights are on, the music is playing, the birds are singing and the flowers are blooming,” he says with a laugh. “We’re driving, taking time out of our day to make sure we can open the door for someone we don’t even know. That’s doing it right.”

 

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Think downstream

Qsar says he treated the leased property like a million-dollar listing to “give the client the best chance of success.” Plus, he knew that his current efforts would lead to future rewards.

“What we preach at our brokerage is that it’s all about downstream. You’re not taking a listing for this listing, you’re taking it for the next listing,” he says. “You’re taking a listing for the digital content you’re going to produce, and you’re taking it for the online leads you’re going to generate from that one listing.”

Furthermore, Qsar says most agents are transactionally trained, which means they are trained for “this one and only transaction.” Basically, agents are playing a game of checkers when they should be playing chess, which puts them behind in the long run.

 

“[Agents are] not trained digitally, they’re not trained for content, they’re not trained to meet real people in real life,” he says.

Focus on making personal connections

Out of all the aspects of being a successful real estate agent, it’s clear that Qsar treasures his ability to make personal connections the most.

“Something that everyone seems to forget is that you’re going to meet real, live human beings from this listing,” he says. “That’s an opportunity for you to connect with people in real life, and when you connect with people in real life your chance of success is much greater.”

Qsar says that personal connections not only make it easier on the agent but also the client, which is what the work of real estate is all about.

Why I went indy. A REAL estate story.

The Boutique Real Estate Group

The beautiful brand and unique core values of The Boutique Real Estate Group have brought the romance back into real estate for me. The brand is not only captivating and effective, but it’s also crisp and classy; it stands out amongst the competition. Coupling this aesthetic with an exceptionally high level of service and an absolute commitment to excellence has allowed me to connect emotionally to all elements of the transaction. This connection is what has brought the passion back into the business. Taking the time to bond with my clients naturally sets the stage for a wonderful story. Everyone has a story to tell (see recent story from Zillow.com); it’s just about putting the extra time and energy into discovering the perfect way to portray it and push it out to the world. And at The Boutique the world does see it.

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The Boutique is unlike any other brokerage I have ever seen or been affiliated with. The entire process and concept is just different. From the moment a client or prospect comes in (web or walk-in), we speak human, not real estate. Once we digitally sign a listing agreement with a Seller or meet with a Buyer the first time, the next steps aren’t “in your face” aggressive, yet the process is still highly effective. It’s about having an emotional connection with the client and truly understanding their future goals, which allows us to better represent and negotiate on their behalf.

The incorporation of technology at The Boutique is truly world class and something brought in from outside the industry.  The digital tools I am now incorporating allow me to be more productive in a fraction of the time. I’m able to operate on a completely virtual platform and support a paperless transaction. I used to print out a copy of everything for the clients, which was overwhelming and extremely wasteful. Now everything is accessible to the clients and everyone else involved in the transaction via the web or mobile. With technology, prospecting effectively has taken on an entirely new meaning. Having a highly efficient Team CRM with the ability to set up immediate responses to incoming leads, set up workflows for current prospects, and then track progress is extremely straightforward and almost effortless.

The exceptionally high touch, luxury service offered by The Boutique is perfect for the Pasadena marketplace and consumers who love this great city. Pasadena has such a rich and diverse history that is exquisitely expressed through the gorgeous architecture found throughout the entire city. People who live here appreciate unique and that’s exactly what The Boutique offers, and then some! The competition is everywhere, mostly consisting of large offices that focus on quantity, not quality. When consumers in Pasadena and surrounding areas see what The Boutique has to offer – amazing photography, video and film production, 360 high definition walk throughs, in-house interior design and staging, in-house custom graphics and design, in-house social media, and dominating search engine marketing & optimization – they will see the way marketing should be done.

This passion for the creative process is portrayed in everything we do.  Just look at what Mashable said about one of recently shot in house videos, “PLAIN VIDEO HOUSE TOURS ARE ALL WELL AND GOOD, BUT WHAT IF INSTEAD OF A DRY, ROOM-BY-ROOM TOUR AROUND A PROPERTY, YOU USED THE video to tell a story and sell a lifestyle? THE BOUTIQUE REAL ESTATE GROUP IS VERY GOOD AT THIS, PRODUCING A SERIES OF GLOSSY ADS FOR HOUSES THAT engage you WITH A SIMPLE PLOT DEVICE, MAKING THEM MUCH more interesting THAN THE AVERAGE TOUR. IN THIS EXAMPLE, SEEING THE KIDS RUN THROUGH THE BEAUTIFUL ROOMS AS THEY FIND A SUITABLE CUBBYHOLE FOR A GAME OF HIDE-AND-SEEK IS JUST A genius way TO SHOW THE HOME’S FAMILY-FRIENDLY, ATTRACTIVE LIVING SPACES.”

The emotional connection, advanced technology, luxury service, and creative offerings are all tied together with amazing support from the entire team at The Boutique. From the Founder//Owner, to the broker, to our concierge team, to the agents who are a part of the team, EVERYONE is constantly connected and here to support each other. The feeling of family and warmth here is exactly the type of work environment I want to be in. I really love knowing that my voice is heard and my concerns are addressed whether it’s a hurdle in a transaction or an opinion on a marketing piece. Real estate is a very personal business and it helps me be more successful having The Boutique in my corner of the ring.

36th Annual Corona del Mar Christmas Walk Holiday Festival

Come visit The Boutique Real Estate Group Sunday Dec. 7th from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM for the 36 Annual Corona Del Mar Christmas Walk.  Our door will be open and we will be serving yummy treat & playing Christmas music. This year the Christmas Walk will feature:

–          12 live bands

–          Food tastings from our local restaurants

–          Local Merchants promotions, samples and giveaways.

–          Beer & Wine garden.

–          Santa Claus, Bouncy houses, and a petting zoo.

–          Drawing for over $15,000 in prizes.

The Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce is proud to present the community’s most popular event of the year! This is an absolute can’t miss special event filled with holiday festivities for family, friends, residents and visitors looking for a spectacular way to ring in the holiday season. Each year “The Walk” brings together thousands of fun-loving people into the Village of Corona del Mar for live entertainment, food, prizes and games in true holiday spirit!

The Boutique Real Estate Group

3653 E. Coast Hwy, Corona del Mar, Ca 92625

949-612-2535 or Info@TheBoutiqueRE.com

Tom Schick & Linda Ginex | Keeping In Touch

We wanted to keep in touch with you over the years and present to you, the amazing real estate company that we work with, The Boutique Real Estate Group.

After ten years in real estate, we noticed a fatal flaw. The industry is consistently 5-10 years behind in everything they do. Instead of coming up with new ideas, most real estate agents react to old ones or just “keep up”.

We love real estate. That’s why we’re fixing it. No other real estate brokerage in California offers everything we are capable of offering to you. We believe sellers should expect more out of their agent. After all, your agent is marketing one of your family’s most valuable investments. Why not do everything to defend the highest possible sales price?

A bit about us:

A few recent examples of our work include:

4582 Oceanridge, 502 Nineteenth, and 6826 Hidden Oaks.

Please connect with us at www.TheBoutiqueRE.com

Curious about the value of your home? Visit www.GetMyHomeWorth.com to find out today.

Now, we would love to hear from you so give us a call or email and let’s chat.

Tom & Linda

 

The Boutique Real Estate Group

Tom Schick & Linda Ginex

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