Raj Qsar on the state of the luxury market: ‘It’s on fire’

The owner and CEO of The Boutique Real Estate Group in Orange County has seen a significant shift in buyer attitudes since the onset of the pandemic

This spring has been an exceptionally tumultuous one for the luxury market — a pandemic, an initial fear of a market crash and, later, a boom of affluent buyers looking to spend big money on homes in places like Orange County and the Hamptons.

Raj Qsar

Raj Qsar, the owner and CEO of The Boutique Real Estate Group, has been at the forefront of that ride through the unknown. His brokerage, which works with homes from $2 million to upwards of $10 million in Orange County, California, has seen a direct shift in buyer attitudes — from fear and hesitation when the pandemic first hit in March to a present-day focus on finding a home that can be a long-term source of shelter and enjoyment. Money is going toward not just primary and vacation home markets but also home improvements aimed at making a home a personal haven.

“Many dual-income millennials who are making decent money have really changed their perspective,” Qsar told Inman, adding that size and amenities are the hottest trends in real estate. “You can see a definite mindset shift. They’re really coming in and not buying that tiny shack with room for one bed. They want a single-family home with a front yard and a backyard.”

We’ve interviewed Qsar about what his buyers are asking for and how that could shape the future of luxury real estate for years to come.

Inman News: What’s been happening in the Orange County luxury world during the last few weeks?

Raj Qsar: We’ve definitely seen a change in the luxury market. You could even say it’s on fire. It’s picked up a lot, at all price points — $1-$5M, $5-$10M and $10M and up. Buyers and sellers are definitely both in the market. There was a pause at the beginning of the virus just because no one knew what was going to happen. The last two weeks of March were definitely interesting but then things slowly started picking up. In the blink of an eye, the market was back. It’s now the strongest it’s ever been, really.

Is that due to pent-up demand, springtime buyer interest or a combination of both?

We keep hearing about pent-up demand from every news channel. I think there’s a little bit of truth to that but I think that people also, after going through what the country went through and spending so much time locked up inside, just want a nice place. Home offices were gone and now everyone wants a home office again. They’re working from home and want a place to be when the kids are all over. The secondary housing market is strong too because people want a place that they can escape to.

So the initial fear of the pandemic prompting a housing crash has been far from your experience?

That’s right. They’ve been saying that the market is going to crash and that we’re going to go into a recession for the last four or five years. The exact opposite is happening, actually. The market is stronger than ever, and people want to spend money on real estate. The first couple of weeks were a little bit scary, but I really do feel like people want to spend and they want to spend it on their house.

What are some other things that luxury buyers are asking you about?

Pools are back in, outdoor kitchens, outdoor barbecues — anything outdoors. People are putting money into their homes, upgrading with really nice high-end appliances, things like that. Owners want to love their house and everything about it. A lot of stuff that was being put off, like adding another bedroom or bathroom, is back. People are doing whatever they wanted to do.

You’ve observed a big change in buyer priorities?

Yes. Many dual-income millennials who are making decent money have really changed their perspective. You can see a definite mindset shift. They’re really coming in and not buying that tiny shack with room for one bed. They want a single-family home with a front yard and a backyard. All the stuff that wasn’t important has become important again.

Could these buyer preferences alter how future houses are built for years to come?

I think so. There’s definitely a shift in the whole indoor/outdoor space. People want the inside to feel like the outside and the outside to feel like the inside. Living rooms, cabanas, TVs — the stuff that we’re seeing right now is jaw-dropping. The stuff people are doing to their houses, it’s like going to a beach party in Vegas. We’re just a few months into the virus, but the aftermath of it is going to be years and years. People are always going to remember 2020 and being locked up at home. That will influence what they want in their homes.

BY VERONIKA BONDARENKO via Inman News

10 Questions with Raj Qsar

With so much panic and uncertainty in the world today, I figured there was no better person to interview for this week’s 10 Questions series than my good friend, Raj Qsar. Raj is the owner of The Boutique Real Estate Group based in Orange County, CA. Not only is Raj one of the leading minds in real estate innovation, but he’s not too proud to share everything he knows with the industry he loves to challenge us all to find new ways of doing things. His marketing is a step above the rest (just check out one of his videos) and when it comes to just about anything – I know Raj not only has everyone’s best interests at heart but delivers with a laugh and a smile. Get to know more about Raj here.

With a new “smart” something coming out almost every day, what products amaze and astound you?

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I am pretty sure you know my answer to this… TikTok. It is not just a dancing app where you are being silly. It truly is addictive. And the skills an individual can learn from mastering the app will carry on for years to come. What you can simply do on TikTok used to take a team of five people to pull off 5 years ago. It also gives you some insight into what is trending and relevant in today’s world.

With a million things happening at any one moment, how do you manage your time?

I am a huge believer in having a schedule and time-blocking chunks of the day. My routine is pretty much the same everyday (for work and my personal life). The details of what I am doing may change, just like a real estate transaction, but the core is the same.

What is something you’re really proud of? Why?

Probably the fact that back in 2008 I decided to take a leap and shoot a video. And not just a video but an actual movie on a listing. This was back before any of us knew how to shoot video on anything. I wanted to be different. I wanted to stand out. I wanted to give our clients the best chance of success on selling their home (which they tried to do several times before they met me). We had no idea of what we were doing or how to cut or edit the video but it was one of the most critical “ah ha” moments in my real estate career.

What’s the best and worst thing about getting older?

Worst – The fact that you are getting older and realizing that you can not control time.
Best – You truly realize who your tribe is over time. The people that stick with you, love you no matter what and want to do time with you. You also realize that life is full of moments with people (not things).  And every moment is what you make of it and is irreplaceable.


How do you relax?
Ever since I was a kid I have loved the ocean. I am not sure why because my parents really do not love the water. I mean my Mom does not know how to swim? But at an early age, they got us all into swim lessons and started taking us to the beach. In Orange County, I love to relax (in the afternoon) on any beach and watch the sunset.

What kind of projects would you like to do more of?
I think there is a huge need in our industry for true camaraderie, especially in leadership. CEO’s helping CEO’s navigate the waters we sail every day. Our industry is so complex and slammed with “what if’s” that it can sometimes be difficult to have a standard way of doing things. So to answer the question, I would love to be able to reach out to more CEO’s and give my time and see where I can assist and have a CEO sounding board where you can throw stuff and see if it sticks.

 What did you want to be when you were a kid?
As you know I went to medical school. So pretty much from college on that’s what I wanted to do, but life does take some interesting turns. I found out by going to medical school it truly was not my calling. It’s a long story on how I eventually landed in real estate but, for now, it is where I belong.

Why do you believe having mentors is so important?
Sometimes I think the world puts people in front of you for a reason. There are some really good people out there and these are the folks you need to cling to. When starting a business there are people who have run your race and finished the course and are willing to share their experience with you. Whether they take on the role of “mentor” or simply “friend” it is these opportunities that make you and your business better. No one business person has all the answers, it is humanly impossible.

What gets you fired up/energized?
It has become a trend that most people in our industry will do the least amount of work possible, put in the least amount of time and try to have the biggest rewards. Our team has become know in Orange County as the cleanup kids (and we are not kids anymore). But basically, when a listing does not sell due to over promises and under delivery, we get the call. This is not a business where your brothers, daughters, next-door neighbors dog sitter who just got licensed should be navigating the sale of someone’s most valuable asset should come into place to save x%. So coming into a listing that has not sold, charging the same amount and delighting our clients is what gets me the most fired up. We recently took a listing that had been listed 5x by 5 of the top brokers in Orange County and we sold it for full price. We truly care and every single listing matters.

Original Post via https://alyssahellman.com/blog/10-questions-with-raj-qsar

September Activities in Orange County!

Summer may be coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to!  Here is a list of activities happening throughout Orange County during the month of September! 

Via: Connie Lasley

 

Festival of Arts || Through Sept. 1
The show features the original artwork by 140 award-winning artists from
Orange County.
Time/Place: 650 Laguna Canyon Rd., Laguna Beach
Contact:  www.foapom.com

Pageant of the Masters || Through Sept. 1
Ninety 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:  www.foapom.com

Huntington Beach Concert Band Summer Series || Through Sept. 2
Sundays. Bring out your lawn chairs, blankets, and picnic blankets for this
HB tradition. The HB Concert Band hosts a free eleven-week series
featuring various music groups, like concert bands, Latin bands, and hot
swinging big bands.
Time/Place: 5pm / Thomas Ridley Central Park Bandstand
Contact: 714-891-6856 /  www.hbconcertband.org

Dana Point Concerts in the Park || Through Sept. 12
Sundays. 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: 33501 Niguel Road
Contact: 949-248-3530 /  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. Movies begin at dusk.
Time/Place: 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

International Street Fair || Aug. 31-Sept. 2
International foods, crafts, folk dancing and music. Many different ethnic
foods and costume. The Street Fair has become known for the variety of
food reflecting cuisine from around the world. Food, drink, entertainment
and crafts provided.
Time/Place: Fri 5-10pm, Sat & Sun 10am-10pm / Orange Plaza
Contact:  www.orangestreetfair.org

Tall Ships Festival || Sept. 7-9
Live music, art shows and a variety of tasty food. Interactive living-history
encampments including blacksmiths, scrimshaw artists, and the infamous
Port Royal Privateers are sure to entertain and amaze guests of all ages
and are not to be missed. Explore the historic tallships and listen to the
crew share tails of life at sea.
Time/Place: Dana Point Harbor / Ocean Institute
Contact:  www.ocean-institute.org

Friday Fall Flicks || Sept. 7 & 21
Seating is on a grassy field. Bring a blanket or low chair, so you don’t
obstruct viewing. Dress warmly as it may cool down once the sun sets.
Please, no pets, smoking or alcohol. Snacks will be available for purchase.
Time/Place: 7-9pm / Marina Hills Park, Laguna Niguel
Contact: 949-425-5100 /  www.cityoflagunaniguel.org

Dana Point Lobster Fest || Sept. 8
Monarch Beach Sunrise Rotary Club’s Dana Point Lobster Fest. Enjoy
gourmet appetizers, no-host bar, fresh east coast lobster, smoked tri-tip
steak, desserts, live music and dancing.
Time/Place: 4-10pm / Doheny State Beach
Contact:  www.danapointlobsterfest.org

Ballet Repertory Theatre’s Fall Festival || Sept. 8-9
Discover a riveting new contemporary piece by Ballet West Guest
Choreographer Christopher Sellars, enjoy the classic beauty of Swan Lake
Act II, and delight in the exuberance of Expressions, a company creation.
Time/Place: Golden West College Theater, Huntington Beach
Contact: 714-895-8150 /  www.gwctheater.com

Heroes Day Event || Sept. 9
The City of Lake Forest is honoring local heroes who made the ultimate
sacrifice by naming the ball fields at Heroes Park in their honor. The
ceremonies will feature the OCSD Mounted Honor Guard, two OCSD
helicopters and more.
Time/Place: 10am-12pm / Heroes Park
Contact:  www.lakeforestca.gov

Oktoberfest Small Breed Dog Races || Sept. 9-23
Sundays. Come see these small dogs race to the finish line during. Arrive
early and stay for lunch on their dog friendly patio.
Time/Place: 3-4pm / Old World Village, Huntington Beach
Contact: 714-895-8020 /  www.oldworld.ws

Huntington Beach Oktoberfest || Sept. 9-Oct. 28
Every Wednesday through Sunday. Sample Imported German Beers,
Bratwurst, Rotisserie Chicken, Hamburgers, Pork Sandwiches, Strudel,
Pretzels & more.
Time/Place: Old World Festival Hall
Contact:  www.oldworld.ws

Patriot Day Remembrance Ceremony || Sept. 11
Join the City of Rancho Santa Margarita as we pay tribute to those who lost
their lives on September 11, 2001, and observe the National Day of Service
and Remembrance.
Time/Place: 5:30-6pm / Civic Center Plaza, RSM
Contact:  www.cityofrsm.org

Orange County Craft Beer Festival || Sept. 15
This year there will be over 100 breweries serving over 250 craft & import
beers plus awesome food, live entertainment, beer seminars, all at the best
location in Orange County.
Time/Place: 1-4pm / Lake View Park, Orange
Contact:  www.ocbrewhaha.com

Coastal Clean Up Day || Sept. 15
Join us at Doheny to participate in one of the largest volunteer events in the
world as volunteers from up and down the coast join together to remove
trash from our beaches and waterways.
Time/Place: 9am-12pm / Capo Beach Park, Dana Point
Contact:  www.danapointchamber.com

Hometown Heroes Concert || Sept. 15
The concert will be honoring and celebrating La Palma’s own Hometown
Heroes –veterans, active serving military, police and fire personnel for their
tireless service.
Time/Place: 5-7pm / La Palma Central Park
Contact:  www.cityoflapalma.org

Dozynki Harvest Festival || Sept. 15-16
Celebrating Polish culture with food, music dancing and exhibits. Dozynki is
a celebration of thanksgiving after a bountiful harvest that dates back to
16th century Poland. Polish folk dancers in traditional costumes plus
delicious polish food such as freshly prepared stuffed cabbage, traditional
pierogi, authentic Polska Kielbasa and Polish beer.
Time/Place: Pope John Paul II Polish Center, Yorba Linda
Contact: 714-996-8161 /  www.polishcenter.org

Fiestas Patrias Festival and Parade || Sept. 15-16
Celebrates Santa Ana's vibrant Mexican culture with a parade, beer
garden, performers each night, delicious food, vendors, interactive
activities, and exciting carnival rides.
Time/Place: 12-10pm / Santa Ana Civic Stadium
Contact:  www.gandcproductions.com/FiestasPatrias

Balboa Island Carnival/Taste of the Island || Sept. 16
Family Fun, Games, Bungee Jump, Great Food, Pie-Eating Contest, DJ
Music, Wine & Beer Garden, Fashion Walk.
Time/Place: 1-5pm / Marine Avenue
Contact:  www.visitnewportbeach.com

Senior Expo || Sept. 21
Enjoy Life, Be Healthy and Plan for the Future. Raffles, Door Prizes, Health
Screenings, 30+ vendors.
Time/Place: 9am-12pm / 24602 Aliso Creek Road, Laguna Niguel
Contact: 949-425-5151 /  www.cityoflagunaniguel.org

Lions Club Fish Fry & Carnival || Sept. 21-23
Features a parade, carnival, food and car show in Fairview Park. The Fish
Fry is presented to help raise money for local schools, clubs, and other
organizations in the community. Event includes, fish fry, raffle, baby contest
carnival and rides.
Time/Place: Fri 5-9pm, Sat & Sun 12-9pm / Fairview Park, Costa Mesa
Contact:  www.cmnhlions.com

St. NorbertFest || Sept. 21-23
The annual St. Norbertfest (formerly Oktoberfest) continues to grow and
helps to build the parish, school, and the Orange community. There will be
great food, fun games, raffles, exciting rides and awesome entertainment
for everyone.
Time/Place: St. Norbert Catholic Church, Orange
Contact: 714-637-4360 /  www.stnorbertchurch.org

Anaheim Craft and Vintage Fair || Sept. 22
One of a kind handmade items from local crafters. No multi-tiered
marketers. Real art and handmade items! Attention foodies! Food will be
sold, including handmade Eastern European favorites, baked goods and
homemade jam!
Time/Place: 9am-4pm / Annunciation Byzantine Catholic Church, Anaheim
Contact: 714-533-6292 /  www.annunciationbyzantine.org

Cruisin’ For A Cure Car Show || Sept. 22
The world’s largest one day car show dedicated to helping find a cure for
Prostate Cancer. Live music, food and vendors.
Time/Place: 6am-4pm / OC Fair and Expo Center, Costa Mesa
Contact: 949-353-7353 /  www.cruisinforacure.com

J.F. Shea Therapeutic Riding Center Annual BBQ and Family Faire || Sept. 22
Traditional family barbecue in a casual setting featuring live country
western entertainment, activities for children, live and silent auctions and
riding demonstrations.
Time/Place: 4pm / 26284 Oso Road, San Juan Capistrano
Contact: 949-240-8441 /  www.sheacenter.org

Irvine Global Village Festival || Sept. 22
Featuring more than 100 performances representing cultures from around
the world; international cuisine; kids’ crafts and activities; cultural and
religious exhibits; and an international marketplace.
Time/Place: 10am-6pm / Orange County Great Park
Contact: 949-724-6606 /  www.irvinefestival.org

Lantern District Classic Car & Motorcycle Show || Sept. 23
This event is free to the public and will feature hundreds of custom and
classic cars, a motorcycle display, awards, great entertainment, food and
more! Come for the cars, stay for the great dining and shopping!
Time/Place: 10am-3pm / Dana Point Lantern District
Contact: 949-496-1555 /  www.danapointchamber.com

Race for the Cure Orange County || Sept. 23
Susan G. Komen Orange County’s signature fundraising event to provide
local breast health services and fund national breast cancer research.
Time/Place: 6:30am-12pm / Fashion Island, Newport Beach
Contact: 714-957-9157 x26 /  www.komenoc.org/race

Ohana Fest || Sept. 28-29
Craft beer, wine, signature cocktails, as well as artisan food options from
local restaurants and food trucks will be available all-day long. Ohana will
donate a portion of proceeds to the San Onofre Parks Foundation.
Time/Place: 12-10pm / Doheny State Beach, Dana Point
Contact:  www.ohanafest.com

Battle of the Bands || Sept. 29
Brian Young and the Blues Band Blues Racket Band. Enjoy food from local
restaurants – included with ticket Sip beer, wine and spirits. Win great
prizes in our raffle Support the Ocean Institute in a silent auction.
Time/Place: 5-9pm / Ocean Institute, Dana Point
Contact:  www.sanddollarguild.org/tickets

Taste of Lake Forest || Sept. 29
The Taste of Lake Forest is a great opportunity for Lake Forest restaurants
to promote their unique cuisine to the local and surrounding communities.
Time/Place: 12-3pm / Foothill Ranch Towne Centre Food Festival
Contact: 949-461-3567 /  www.lakeforestbusiness.com

San Juan Capistrano Greek Festival || Sept. 29-30
Greek food, live Greek music and dancing, shopping at the Greek bazaar,
kid friendly activities and exhibits featuring Byzantine icons and traditional
Greek costumes.
Time/Place: 11am-10pm / SJC Community Center
Contact:  www.sjcgreekfest.org

Orange County Children’s Book Festival || Sept. 30
Authors, illustrators, booksellers, animals, storytellers, costumed
characters, train rides, crafts, food and entertainment and much more.
Time/Place: 9:30am-4pm / Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa
Contact: 714-838-4528 /  www.kidsbookfestival.com

Top 100 Real Estate Slogans In 2018

We were recently recognized as #14 of Property Spark’s top 100 Real Estate Slogans in 2018!

Top 100 Real Estate Slogans In 2018

These remarkably talented real estate agents and brokerages have summed up their real estate value in a few words. Here are the best real estate slogans for 2018.

A good real estate slogan is important for professional or personal branding and creates an emotional connection with potential clients. It can help you stand out in a crowd and set you apart from everyone else. We have gathered the best real estate slogans from the top professionals in the industry. Below, we present to you the Top 100 Real Estate Slogans In 2018!

Via https://propertyspark.com/top-100-real-estate-slogans/

 

Top 100 Real Estate Slogans In 2018

#100: Illustrated Properties

“Our Roots Run Deep”


#99: Hawai’i Life Real Estate Brokers

“Hawai’i Real Estate Lives Here.”


#98: Team Koki

“Koki is the Key, Your Key to Real Estate”


#97: Jennifer Saavedra

“List. Rent. Invest…with us!”


#96: The Jamie Hering Team

“Just Ask Jamie”


#95: Andrew Scherl

“HaveYouSeenAndrew”


#94: Luna Ge

“If you talk about it, it’s a dream. If you envision it, it’s possible, but if you schedule it, it’s real.”


#93: Darren Wilford

“Your Real Estate Wealth Strategist. When your wealth matters, your strategy counts!”


#92: Wendi Cornell

“Ready to Sell? Call Team Cornell!”


#91: Anita Sharma Turner

“#findyourwayhome”


#90: Jeanne Johnston-Sanders

“Solution Minded, Positive Results!”


#89: Katrina Lewis

“Raise your standards, Exceptional service, Unprecedented Luxury Living, Closing Deals in Heels..Katrina Lewis”


#88: Bernadette Metts

“We are Red Hot and Cutting Edge!!”


#87: Ben Caballero

“Realtor Marketing for Homebuilders Made Easy”


#86: Brett Jennings

“Go BIG or go homeless”


#85: Gilbert Gallegos

“Dream. Search. Live”


#84: Chen Liang

“Home is a place where you can be you.”


#83: Vincent & Lisa Archibeque

“The Archibeque Group – where clients are like family – come join our family.”


#82: Colin Whitenack

“Live where you love”


#81: Dolly Rivero

“Professionalism and trust, Hire Elite KY Homes to bring you results”


#80: Emily Kozloski Foebar

“Real Estate with an Equestrian Perspective…”


#79: Chris Duke

“Turning transactions into relationships”


#78: Jeff Scislow

“The Name You Know”


#77: Nathan Galloway

“More than a Realtor”


#76: The Stanco-Misiti Team

“The Next Generation of Real Estate”


#75: The Noble Black

“Extraordinary Reach. Extraordinary Results”


#74: Mike Murphy

“Delivering the Very Best in All Facets of Real Estate, Because you Deserve No Less”


#73: Melanie Piche

“No BS. No fridge magnets. No broken promises.”


#72: Brenda Barajas

“Results that will move you.”


#71: Eric Rollo

“Authentic Local Experience. Authentic Global Results.”


#70: Lauri Lansdale

“Have a Smooth Sale with Lauri Lansdale”


#69: Carrie McCormick

“Live where you are Inspired”


#68: Chelsea Holden

“Your Laid-Back Realtor”


#67: Melissa Vasic & Tawnya McVicker

“Integrity, service, commitment. Your trust is the heart of our business”


#66: Mike Nichols

“Downtown, In Town, Around Town.”


#65: Heidi Harris

“We do the hustle so you don’t have the hassle”


#64: Chase Olsen

“Better Service | Better Marketing | Better Results”


#63: Harry Page

“Team Aggressive specializes in helping families”


#62: Vikram Deol

“Speed to lead. The winner in this game gets to all their leads before the competition.”


#61: Michael Hickman

“Lifestyle is Where it Begins”


#60: Carol Staab

“Pick the broker who will tell you what you need to hear, not what you want to hear!”


#59: Maxim Shtraus

“Selling A Lifestyle, Not Just Real Estate”


#58: Fernando Branco

“Working by referral. Let me help you find a home too!!”


#57: The Meldrum Knybel Real Estate Group

“The Meldrum Knybel Real Estate Group, We Sell Homes!”


#56: Olga Ribardo

“Service as unique as the properties I sell”


#55: Podley Properties

“Your Next Chapter Starts Here”


#54: Zak Bushey

“Is Yours Next?”


 

#53: Judi A. Desiderio

“The Power of Deep Roots”


#52: Carrie Nenonen

“Selling St. Louis since 2001!”


#51: Katia Samson

“We Sell The Sud-Ouest✨”


#50: Roosevelt Mompremier

“We’ve got you covered!”


#49: Kristine Cuddy

“Keeping the Real in Real Estate”


#48: Shannon Milligan

“We Take Care of Everything”


#47: Wes Stoyanov

“Our Expertise Your Lifestyle”


#46: Real

“Your Success is Real’s Mission”


#45: Jordanna Moskal

“Let’s Make It Happen!”


#44: Gina Tufano

“Unlock the possibilities”


#43: Jared Anthony

“Serving Real Estate Realness”


#42: Gabe Mendez

“I’m That Realtor They Told You To Ask For”


#41: Harrison Beacher

“Negotiation in real estate transaction is all about leverage, Understand who has it and who knows they have it.”


#40: Nur Koseoglu

“Don’t trust your online home value estimates, your home is worth more! Find out how”


#39: Joshua Baris

“Bar is Raised for Real Estate!®”


#38: James Silver

“We never stop work for you!”


#37: Faith Hope Consolo

“You Need Faith”


#36: Rich Jackson

“Real Estate Rich, helping people establish a foundation to wealth through real estate”


#35: Mike McCann

“Mike McCann ‘The Real Estate Man’”


#34: Cristina Grossu

“It Only Takes ONE”


#33: Mike Bottaro

“Before You Schedule to Show, Call Bo”


#32: Gea Elika

“The better way to buy real estate”


#31: Cecilia Sherrard

“Loving What I Do Since 2002! Thinking Of Buying Or Selling A Home? Think: YouShouldOwn!”


#30: Greef Properties Christie’s

“Where it Counts”


#29: Chris & Stephanie Somers

“Real Dreams – Real People – Real Estate”


#28: Quinn Lawrence

“Where you live is my business.”


#27: Dolly Lenz

“Client Focused. Results Driven.™”


#26: Kate Bradway Rahn

“#UniqueDenverProperties”


#25: Dusty Baker

“Santa Barbara’s Premier Real Estate Professional”


#24: Leigh Brown

“#MoreThanHouses”


#23: Pacific Union

“Local Real Estate / Marketed Internationally”


#22: Exit Realty

“A Smart Move!”


#21: Stribling & Associates

“The Right Broker Makes all the Difference”


#20: ERA Real Estate

“Always There for You”


#19: New Story

“A home changes everything”


#18: Halton Pardee + Partners

“We Are Life Changers”


#17: eXp Realty

“The Agent Owned Cloud Brokerage”


#16: Austin Frangoules

“The Realtor who goes above and beyond for all”


#15: Jeffrey S. Detwiler

“Defined by Service & Expertise”


#14: Raj Qsar

“Our Passion is People What’s Yours?”


#13: Saunders & Associates

“A Higher Form of Realty”


#12: Rodeo Realty

“Local Expertise, Global Presence”


#11: Bond Real Estate

“Move/Forward”


#10: The Altman Brothers

“The Difference”


#9: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

“Good to Know”


#8: Sothebey’s International Realty

“Luxury Real Estate: Redefined”


#7: Compass

“Let us Guide You Home”


#6: Douglas Elliman

“Ask Elliman”


#5: Corcoran Group

“Live Who You Are”


#4: RE/MAX

“Above the Crowd”


#3: Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate

“Expect Better”


#2: Coldwell Banker

“Where Dreams Come Home”


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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

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

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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

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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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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

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Real estate agents make movies to sell mansions as traditional home tours become obsolete

via Financial Express

In a world of extreme competition, traditional home tours are becoming obsolete. Real estate agents are now using movies to sell mansions.

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It’s not easy to sell houses. In a  market spoilt for choice, selling mansions becomes even more tougher. So real estate agents are finding new ways to lure customers and one of them happens to be making movies to sell mansions. A woman in a red dress twirls with a mysterious man through light-filled hallways. There is light music that surges in a romantically-lit courtyard, which overlooks a twinkling city. A mischievous coda plays, and then the credits roll. You could mistake it for a scene from a romantic blockbuster. Not really, as this eight-minute mini movie is a real estate advertisement—uploaded on Vimeo—for an $8.5-million, 1.5-acre compound in Encino, Los Angeles. The days of good old brochures with high-resolution pictures are over. So is successfully marketing a mansion using shots from an iPhone or even expensive videos shot by drone. In the days of ever-evolving technology and infrastructure, real estate agents need to do a little more hard work to pitch the perfect sale bid.

So luxury listings are now experimenting with full-on property movies—films featuring actors, story arcs, scores and tinseltown-caliber cinematography. The money is spent on movies to be recovered through million-dollar sales. In another movie for a mansion, gorgeous women dressed in bikinis, sipping fine wine, are sitting by the poolside. The short movie made by realtors to sell a $32-million Hollywood Hills mansion cost its makers a whopping $40,000. Real estate agents Rayni Williams and Branden Williams were one of the first ones who came up with such an over-the-top marketing idea to sell a mansion in 2015.

The storyline of the movie pays attention to showcase all the finer details of the mansion. The man of the house is out of town and his wife texts her friends to come over and party. So the director of photography used five different cameras and three drones to capture the home’s splendour. The eight-bedroom estate boasts breathtaking views, a theatre and a gym. The husband and wife realtor team also made a $100,000-mini movie to sell a $70-million property the same year.

People are short of time and so the classic, old-school walking tour of the house is becoming more and more obsolete. So here come movies for a generation that is short on attention, but is addicted to smartphones. A movie makes people feel attached to a story, and they want to stick around and see what’s happening. Making a movie doesn’t come cheap though. Typically, the filmmaking cost is covered by either the listing agents, sellers or both. Movie-style real estate videos can cost anywhere from $5,000 to upwards of $30,000. Real estate agent Ben Bacal, an early innovator of high-gloss property films, worked with married clients Ori and Nafisa Ayonmike to craft a $20,000-film to market their home in Hollywood.

The Ayonmikes star in a fictional narrative that begins with Ori skulking through the sleek, contemporary rooms of his 5,500-square-foot, five-bedroom estate. In the next 11 minutes, Ori tells Nafisa that he wants a divorce. A passionate fight ensues, Ori gets kicked out and Nafisa chucks her massive diamond ring into the pool. Amid all the high drama, the camera-person captures the home’s 20-foot ceilings, high-tech security system, marble fireplaces and the tony Hollywood Hills neighbourhood.

The video of the property, listed at $3.65 million, has generated nearly 61,000 views since being posted on YouTube last year. As movies are doled out so are online video platforms, which have become a key component in property sales. Some 36% of home buyers used YouTube, Vimeo or another video-hosting website in their search last year, despite only 8% of real estate agents using films in their marketing strategies, as per the National Association of Realtors in the USA.

Bacal posted another movie trailer-listing video last year for a Bel-Air property, in which two children develop Ferris Bueller fevers and spend the day playing hooky. The pair splash in their infinity pool, shoot golf balls over the Los Angeles skyline from their lawn, try on outfits in their generous closets and have a puppy delivered by drone. The 14,230-square-foot spread sold in December for $39 million.

Not all of the properties are extravagant or overwrought. One narrative video, for a four-bedroom home in Brea that sold in October, focused on family. The movie trailer for the 3,008-square-foot property, posted on YouTube three months earlier by the Boutique Real Estate Group, features little girls at a sleepover, romping through various bedrooms and having a late-night living room dance party to Taylor Swift songs. Some properties take naturally to the camera.

Consider the 20,500-square-foot Opus spec estate in Beverly Hills. The $100-million listing—which includes seven bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, two swimming pools, art by Damien Hirst and Andy Warhol, and a champagne vault with 170 bottles of Cristal—was featured last spring in a video inspired by David Lynch and Eyes Wide Shut. Producer Alexander Ali of the Society Group worked with Hilton & Hyland selling agent Drew Fenton and developer Nile Niami—who co-produced Steven Seagal’s 1998 film The Patriot—on the Opus film. Opus has now received inquiries from China, Russia, Brazil and India.

5 Insanely Creative Ways People Have Used to Sell Houses

via Mashable

The Boutique Real Estate Group has been Highlight by Mashable in the article 5 Insanely Creative Ways People Have Used to Sell Houses.

In the future, selling houses might be less about realtors and more about video creators. While traditional open houses and “for sale” signs aren’t going away anytime soon, in years to come it could be a viral video that gets a buyer to sign on the dotted line.

Straightforward video tours have been around for some years, but we’ve gone beyond that and taken a look at five fabulously creative ways people have used video to sell property around the world, from music videos to high-tech drones via 3D fly-throughs.

 

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.

12 Unique Housewarming Gifts for the Holiday Season

It’s the holiday season and we can’t wait to taste that juicy Thanksgiving turkey roasting in the oven! Many families start their holiday festivities soon after Halloween, with beautiful lighting up and down the streets of our community, and the smell of fresh fir and cinnamon sticks filling our homes. We love this time of year, can’t you tell?

Whether you will be attending a holiday party hosted by your company, family member, or some close friends, here is a list of noteworthy housewarming gifts that will grace any home!

Techies 

Like themiPhone 6 dock – Yet another way to organize their gadgets! Except this time, this little dock will be dedicated to their everyday necessities; iPhone, watch, wallet, and other accessories.!

Love themPhotojojo Lens Series – Every techie will have either an iPhone or an Android… or both! Give your host the chance to gear up that already awesome camera and let their inner photographer shine!

In love with themJawbone Big Jambox – The best Bluetooth wireless speaker, a staple on every techie’s (or non-techie’s!) desk. With precision-tuned drivers, dual passive bass radiators, and multi-band compressors working in concert, your eyes won’t believe your ears.

Athletes 

Like themMedley in the Meadow Speaker Blanket – Warm, easy to pack, and plays music! Need we say more?

Love themNature Box Subscription – What’s better than an ordinary gift? A gift that keeps coming… every month! Athletes are always looking for healthy snacks to munch on in between meals. Nature Box sends its subscribers 5 full-sized packages of great tasting nutritionist-approved snacks. Choose from a month-to-month, 3 months, 6 months, or 12-month subscription.

In love with themThe Dash Wireless Earphones – Athletes, get ready to say goodbye to your phone. These perfect wireless earphones are integrated with 4GB storage allowing its owner to carry up to 1000 songs in his/her ears. The Dash is also a microphone, Bluetooth headset, fitness tracker, heart rate monitor, and best of all, waterproof. Say goodbye to the days of tangle interfering headphones and music players, and hello to a truly hands-free workout!

Culinary Enthusiast 

Like themRock Glass – Someone who nearly lives in the kitchen may already have all tools they need for all of their secret recipes. Why not grab two sets of these to give their bar section a little boost? 

Love themCuisine R-Evolution Molecular Gastronomy Kit – For experienced culinary lovers, watch the video, enough said.

In love with themNespresso Pixi Aluminium – approved by the pickiest of espresso palates (me included)! Espresso from this machine never tastes watered down, with plenty of flavors to choose from. Will be treasured by any culinary household, guaranteed.

World Traveler 

Like themCelestial Coaster Set – World travelers often times bring home carefully selected pieces from the different countries and cultures they have visited. Once home how nice would it be to kick back, relax, and enjoy drinks with these beautiful coasters?

Love themSelk’bag Marvel Collection Wearable Sleeping Bag – Now not every world travel may be a backpacker, but how awesome are these? When the comfort of a onesie meets your favorite defenders of humanity from arguably the best comic book university- we’re almost sure you’ll never set eyes on another sleeping bag again!

In love with them: GoPro HERO 4 – You’ll have to really love them to get this for your host because it will cost you a pretty penny. A GoPro camera has all the capabilities of a hi-res camera plus so much more… A must for any world traveler!

Obviously, these gifts aren’t only for the Techies, Athletes, Culinary Enthusiasts, and World Travelers! If you have a special host to surprise, it might be a great idea to split the pricier gifts among a group who may also be going to the event. Which one of these gifts would you love to receive?