Property Feature – San Juan Capistrano

Experience serene golf course views at this beautiful San Juan Capistrano estate.

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This truly exquisite home is situated on a very private corner lot. Enter into the serene mission style home through a separate gated-entry 5-car garage. Beyond is a covered swimming pool with multi-outdoor activity areas set by dazzling golf course views.

View from the bridge

This luxury home has multiple intimate seating areas both outside and inside the two separate buildings that comprise this mini estate. The main house has 5 bedrooms and 6 baths, a lounge-reception area, an office with wet bar, kitchen and dining room, and a charming basement wine cellar and game room.


The master suite is a true getaway with an expansive custom walk-in closet and beautiful master bath.

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Master Bath Room

The main house is private and shares no facing with any other properties. This home has an elevator to 2nd floor, which makes the house all handicap accessible. The guest house includes a downstairs bedroom with a separate entrance, a two bedroom suite upstairs with a full kitchen, and both a private entrance and bridge to the main building. It has living room with a welcoming fire place which connects directly to a covered, private balcony.


This property would work extremely well for those seeking golf course luxury and multi generation families.

Contact Zhiling Lu via cell phone 626-688-9371 to set up a private showing.


Property Feature – Ladera Ranch

Stunning Dutch Colonial Home complete w/Guest house/Casita in the highly sought after Lexington tract. This is a special property and lot situated on a generous corner lot adjacent to Ladera’s largest pool & clubhouse!

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The dramatic entrance opens to Cathedral ceilings with rich hardwood flooring throughout the lower level. Formal dining room with large double doors opens to courtyard & connects to the gourmet kitchen through a convenient butler pantry. Perfect for entertaining w/pristine sun drenched white kitchen, gorgeous counters & backslash opening to a spacious great-room overlooking your private picturesque sparkling pool & lush yard. Living areas are enhanced w/custom decorative ceiling, rustic river rock fireplace & designer window treatments!

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Main level spacious master suite w/dramatic entrance and lavish master bath w/walk-in closet. Upper level has a separate enclosed workout area, bonus room easily converted to a 5th bedroom, 2.5 generous sized bathrooms & guest house/Casita w/ quaint bay window. Award-winning community has top rated schools, 14 pools, 4 clubhouses, sports parks, tennis courts, private water park & skate park, 18 community parks, dog park, 6 plunges, 3 shopping centers, community events & miles of hiking & biking trails.

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For further inquiries or to schedule a showing, contact Shari Moretti via at 949.275.1728.

SmartSites 2.0 Now Available!

How valuable can digital marketing be to your real estate business?

Having a web presence is a must for all businesses – especially REALTORS®. Research shows that 90% of buyers search online for homes and agents and over half go online as their very first step. While some sellers may use the same agent they have worked with before or get a referral, many others find their listing agent online as well. Real estate-related searches on Google grew 253% from 2008 to 2012!

As an innovative, technology-driven brokerage, HomeSmart has always encouraged our agents to be online with their clients. 100% of HomeSmart agents have websites and an account with YouTube.

As more agents adapt to the new digital landscape of real estate, a simple presence isn’t necessarily enough, so HomeSmart recently enhanced our existing offering with our new SmartSites 2.0, available to all HomeSmart agents – with the support to learn how to use it – for FREE.

Evergreen Realty HomeSmart Agents, make sure to view the Education Tab in your SmartPanel for a comprehensive list of new SmartSites 2.0 How-To Videos.

Here are some of the new or enhanced features redesigned for a better client experience based on industry trends and agent feedback:

Media Center


Videos are not only a very popular feature for online users, they also help your Google ranking. Pages with video are over 50 times more likely to appear on the first page of Google. Only 14% of agents use video for their listings. HomeSmart agents can easily create listing videos with SmartTools and SmartSites 2.0′s media center puts those videos – and you – in front of buyers in the format they want to see. As you get comfortable, you can even start to include videos of you discussing real estate topics or videos of client testimonials. The possibilities are endless. The new media center also allows uploading of PDFs and photos. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________ Enhanced Listings


Your new SmartSites 2.0 website makes displaying your listings easier. Your listings will automatically pull from MLS – no multiple entry – and you can add pocket listings and shared listings. The client experience is improved as well; you can create custom searches for neighborhoods in which you specialize and also can share new tools, like buyer and seller tips, home valuation and mortgage calculators, with your website’s visitors. As buyers keep returning to your site for your listings, tips and the user-friendly IDX, you will quickly become their real estate resource. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________ Search Engine Optimization


Your website contains valuable information buyers and sellers are looking for and SmartSites 2.0′s new SEO tags help potential clients find you and that information. SEO tags let you customize the title and description of each page as it appears on search engine results as well as add keywords – tags hidden under your live site – to your pages to move them up in search results. The higher your site climbs, the more traffic your site will get and when set up correctly to be specific to your business, SEO increases the quality of your site visitors, which will help increase conversion. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________ Comparative Market Analysis


The robust Comparative Market Analysis in SmartSites 2.0 allows you to compare the value of a home to other similar homes in the area. You can use it to determine a listing price and support it to your sellers or assist your buyers in determining an offer price. This is, of course, a feature already available to you in MLS, but the simplicity of the step-by-step process and the customizable output of the CMA is truly impressive. SmartSites 2.0 creates a comprehensive and professional report that can be sent directly to your clients as an email, a webpage or a custom PDF. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________ Customer Relationship Manager


HomeSmart’s CRM is built into SmartSites 2.0 to eliminate the redundancy of having separate systems to manage your contacts and connect with them; SmartSites 2.0 keeps it all together. Your contacts can be organized and searched based on sales, interactions and more. You can import existing contacts, create them within the CRM or export the list. Having direct access to your contacts in the same system that houses your marketing materials is an incredible time saver. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________ Drip Campaigns

The newly expanded marketing materials section in SmartSites 2.0 creates newsletters, e-cards, flyers and more with just a few clicks. These materials can be used for farming new prospects or creating drip campaigns. Drip campaigns are useful for lead nurturing as well as maintaining contact with past clients and are designed to increase conversion rate. The drip campaigns in SmartSites 2.0 has a set-and-forget style functionality that is perfect for busy agents. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________ These new user-friendly features of SmartSites 2.0 put HomeSmart agents ahead of digital real estate trends and are available to our agents for free, along with the support to learn and use them. To find out more about SmartSites 2.0 or becoming a HomeSmart agent, contact Career Services at (602) 889-2145 or click the button below:

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Written by Ashley Bowers, Chief Operating Officer at HomeSmart

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14 Reasons Real Estate is Your Real Valentine

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Have you had that special moment when you know you have found the one? I think we’ve all been there. The rush of adrenaline–the overwhelming joy. It feels like all your efforts have finally paid off.

Oh, you thought I was talking about relationships? No, no. We’re talking Real Estate.

Let’s face it. Regardless of the other love in your life, this Valentine’s Day, you have a special love affair with Real Estate. Don’t worry, we are right there with you. In fact, so are thousands of other REALTORS® across the nation. Trulia took to Twitter to ask these real estate pros why they are still so in love with the industry after all these years.

Here are the top 14 reasons they gave us:

  1. The “Look.” I can never get enough of the look on buyers’ faces when they find their new home.
  2. It keeps me on my toes—no year, market, client or deal is ever the same. It pushes me in ways I never thought possible.
  3. The only boss I have is me! Well, and my wife.
  4. It’s gratifying to help people sort through the process and make the complicated simple.
  5. I like that I can make as much money as I want to make.
  6. My life is flexible. I’ve never missed my kid’s school play or sporting event or parent-teacher conference.
  7. I can start at 6 a.m. or 12 noon—it’s my decision. I love setting my own schedule.
  8. I learn something new every day. I get to dabble in and educate myself about everything from tax codes to home decorating to online marketing.
  9. It feels good to know that I do all I can to protect my clients.
  10. I’m always touched by the happy tears when clients enters a new phase in their lives.
  11. It’s my job to research and explore my community. I know where to go and there is always a familiar face.
  12. Every time I save the day—or more likely a deal—I feel like a super hero. I’m the caped crusader my clients don’t even know they have.
  13. I help people accomplish something that they thought was impossible.
  14. There’s nothing more satisfying than handing my clients the keys to their new house!

What is it that you love most about Real Estate? Let us know in the comments below!

And don’t forget to share the love!

10 Creative Things to Do for Valentine’s Day in Orange County

With Valentine’s Day being only one week away, we have compiled a list of some fun and original things to do in Orange County with your loved one. Here are 10 creative ideas for this Valentine’s Day:

1) Laguna Beach Music Festival – Laguna Beach

February 14, 2015 at 8 pm

A Valentine’s Day Concert, ‘Spanish Romance and Passion’ is part of this year’s 3 day music festival that runs February 13-15. Festival is dedicated to artistic excellence and innovation, featuring an internationally acclaimed Mentor Musician or Ensemble along with other talented artists in a week long blend of performances and education.

LOCATION: Laguna Beach – check site for venues

2) Anaheim Packing House – Anaheim

February 14, 2015 at 6 pm

Enjoy dinner and a movie in Farmer’s Park featuring the movie “Chocolat” starring Johnny Depp. Taste authentic European sipping chocolate as well as chocolate covered strawberries from Dark 180.

LOCATION: 440 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim

3) Valentine’s Day Champagne Whale Watching Cruise – Dana Point

February 14, 2015

Try this unique and romantic way to celebrate Valentine’s Day!

LOCATION: Dana Wharf Sportfishing / Dana Point Harbor
34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point

Call 949-496-5794 or book online at

4) Valentine’s Day ‘Dinner For Two’ at Orange County Mining Co. – Orange

February 14, 2015

Enjoy a table for Two with a breathtaking view! This view restaurant in Orange County is truly a destination with a dining room that has “floor to ceiling picture windows” offering fabulous views of Orange County and a saloon that will take you back to the mining era.

LOCATION: Orange County Mining Co.
10000 Crawford Canyon Rd, Orange, CA 92705

Call for reservations 714.997.7411

5) Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort and Spa – Valentine’s Day Packages – Dana Point

February 14, 2015

Romance Package: Spend a memorable romance getaway in superior comfort at Laguna Cliffs. With this unique package you’ll receive a deluxe overnight stay at our hotel, where a complimentary bottle of our house champagne and chocolate covered strawberries will greet you upon your arrival. Wake up the following morning to a warm, freshly made breakfast at Vue or in your room, and enjoy a special late checkout.
Package of Love: Package of Love includes a bottle of House Champagne or House Sparkling Wine and Chocolate Covered Strawberries only, no other substitutions permitted, resort fee, and late check-out of 1:00pm. Amenity to be delivered upon arrival. Blackout dates may apply. Offer valid based upon availability. Valid Feb 1-28, 2015 only. Package does not include any taxes or gratuities.

LOCATION: 25135 Park Lantern, Dana Point, CA

Call 949-661-5000 or book online at

6) Make Your Own Chocolate Bark & Chocolate Tour – Irvine

February 13-14

Make your own Valentine’s Day chocolate bark with fresh liquid chocolate made from the bean at their Irvine Chocolate factory. For $25, make your own bark and the shop will package it up all pretty for you while you take a front-of-the-house tour to learn how chocolate is made. Reservations required; space is limited.

LOCATION: 9641 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine, CA

Book online at

7) Valentine’s Cruises – Newport Beach

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Valentine’s cruises are offered on select dates prior to and on this special day. Valentine’s cruises travel through miles of Newport Bay and then cruise along the Newport Beach and Laguna Beach coastlines taking in breathtaking scenery that have made these locals legendary. Different cruise times allow you to choose from warm afternoon options or the sunset option or a starlit evening cruise option with the silhouette of the city against the coastline. Complimentary glass of champagne or other beverage of choice for you and your guest.

LOCATION: Newport Landing 400 Main St. Newport Beach, CA. 92661

Call 949-675-0551 or book online at

8) Creamistry – Irvine

Through February 14

Bring your sweetheart in for a delicious white chocolate truffle ice cream with raspberry drizzle and chocolate chips or surprise them with one of four different designed Valentine’s Grams or chocolate covered strawberries (pre-order required).

LOCATION: 3972 Barranca Parkway, Irvine, CA

Call 949-777-6627 or go online at

9) Orny Adams at The Brea Improv – Brea

February 12-15, 2015

A night of laughter is a great night to spend with your partner on Valentine’s Day at the Brea Improv showing Orny Adams. The American comic rose to fame from his appearance in Jerry Seinfeld’s documentary “Comedian.” You can catch Adams as Coach Finstock on MTV’s “Teen Wolf” show and he has made appearances on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and “The Late Show with David Letterman.”

LOCATION: 120 South Brea Blvd, Brea, CA

Call (714) 482-0700 or book online at

10) Paws Fur Pink at Irvine Regional Park – Orange

February 14, 2015 at 8:30 am

For the parents that would love to give back to the community and take part in an activity with their partner, Paws Fur Pink is a great opportunity to fulfill that need. Paws Fur Pink is a regional dog-friendly run-walk that benefits breast cancer research.

LOCATION: 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA

Learn more at

How Bad Do You Want It?

Eric D. Thomas – or The Hip Hop Preacher – is taking the world by storm with his motivational messages. This speaker, educator, author, activist, and minister draws from his own personal experiences and hardships to inspire others. He is high energy, direct, and deeply resonating with people worldwide. His YouTube videos alone have become somewhat of a global phenomenon with million of views.

This success story did not always come easy for Eric Thomas. Life has presented him with a vast number of setbacks, or as Eric would call them setups for a comeback. He has dealt with homelessness, dropping out of school, not knowing his biological father, and countless other obstacles. Displaying his struggles in true open-book form, Eric Thomas can truly speak to taking control of your live, your direction, and your passions. Because of his past, he can resonate with troubled youth, Fortune 500 companies, and everyone in between.

The video that has had the biggest impact on the most amount of people–myself included is “How Bad Do You Want It”. Initially posted in 2011, this video has since received over 30 million views and for good reason. It packs a powerful message. Whether you have seen it before or not, it is sure to inspire you–with your entrepreneurial efforts or with your life’s purpose.

Make sure to watch until the very end. It is well worth it.

11 time-saving email templates every real estate agent needs

Canned responses are perfect for updating clients when you’re on the go. We can all relate to very real need to work on the fly, in the field and at a moment’s notice.  Keeping a library of canned responses ready to go in your email makes it so much easier to respond and provide information to prospects and clients — even when you are out showing property or on appointments.

If you use Gmail, these are easy to set up. Go to “more options,” then “canned responses,” then “new canned response.” I am sure other email platforms have some version of this tool as well.

Here are the 11 canned email responses that are helpful to have on hand.

1. Thanks for reaching out!

Whether someone registered on your website, filled out a home valuation form, called you about a property or reached out to you for some other reason, this email should be at the ready. Simply thank recipients for their interest and offer to help with whatever they might need. Make sure to provide all of your contact information and link to your website.

2. Lender referrals

My brokerage’s policy is to send three recommendations when someone needs a lender referral. This email is ready to go when I first start working with a new buyer or when someone I know contacts me looking for information about available refinancing or lending options.

3. Ready to start your home search?

This email launches my buyer intake process. It asks several questions about what the client is looking for in their next home and also explains how our automated home search emails work. I can then use their reply to set up their home search and pull their first home tour.

4. Ready to sell your home?

This email is the first step in my seller intake process. It is a series of questions that helps me prepare for a listing appointment, and I use the reply to customize my listing presentation and collateral before meeting the seller.

5. Congratulations! We are under contract!

As soon as I have a fully executed agreement in place for a buyer, I send this email, which outlines the next steps in the home-buying journey — and also congratulates the client on having made it to this point in the process. It also includes three inspector recommendations and contains the questions that they should ask when deciding which inspector to hire. (I also have a version of this email for sellers.)

6. What to expect during an inspection

Once an inspection has been scheduled for my buyer, I send this email to let the client know what to expect on inspection day, how to prepare, what to bring with them to inspection, and so on. (I also have a version of this email for sellers.)

7. Time to order an appraisal — what’s next?!

As soon as we are through a buyer inspection, I send this email and copy the lender. It explains how the appraisal process works, outlines the possible outcomes and solutions, and acts as a trigger for the lender to order the appraisal. (I also have a version of this email for sellers.)

8. Loan conditions — stay on track to close on time

When we are through appraisal and headed toward the closing table, I send this email, which reminds the client and lender of the loan approval and closing deadlines. It also encourages the client to be diligent about lender requests and requirements so that we stay on track for an on-schedule closing.

9. Closing time

I send this to both buyers and sellers. I let them know what to expect at the closing table, remind them of the final walk-through, and also set the celebratory tone that I like to have at my closings!

10. Handymen I know and love

I’m constantly being asked for referrals for handymen and contractors, so I have this email ready to go with a list that I can send people immediately when they ask. It saves me from having to search for names and phone numbers. (I also have plumber and electrician versions of this email.)

11. If you love me … please show me a little online love

We all know how important online testimonials and reviews are to our future business. I like to have this one ready to go when someone asks me how they can thank me for a job well-done, for good advice or when I have helped someone out with whatever they needed. I like to say that the perfect way to thank me is to show me a little online love!

You probably already have many of these emails, or other emails that you frequently send, in your “sent” folders. Taking a few minutes to create some canned responses with them will save you priceless time when you need them on the fly!

Do you have other emails that you have created and sent again and again? Let us know!

From Stacie Staub @

Environmentally Friendly in Quail Hill


One of the most energy efficient and environmentally friendly homes in Orange County located in prestigious cozy Quail Hill and features one of the best floor plans in the community.


The lucky buyer will enjoy solar panels resulting in a credit in 2014 and beautiful custom landscaping complete with drought resistant plants, a built-in BBQ and water fall.


The efficiency and savings are compounded with luxury; this home boasts a sunny open kitchen featuring an oversized and upgraded dining island with custom granite, custom kitchen lighting, stainless steel appliances, and walk-in pantry; hardwood floors, plantations shutters, built-in cabinetry, copper gutters, ceiling fans, and a whole-house HVAC filter.


In addition to 3 bedrooms the home features a loft that can be converted to a 4th bedroom, a study alcove, a 2-car garage, and inside laundry.


Master features spa-like bath and walk-in closets. The community offers resort-style living with pools, spas, sport courts, and a private fitness center. Award winning Alderwood Elementary within walking distance and nationally-ranked University High. Close proximity to John Wayne Airport, world famous beaches, and world class shopping, this home offers many opportunities to enjoy the finer pleasures of life.

Contact Shevy Akason with any inquiries via phone at 949.769.1599 or email at


The Man Cave Craze

Fox News Affiliates Feature Story on “Man Cave” Craze

Coming off one of the “manliest” weekends of the year, Superbowl Sunday, news stations across the country are talking about the latest craze in “man caves.” Christine Espinoza, HomeSmart Phoenix agent, did a great job positioning the value of the “man cave” when it comes to the latest trend in homes. Click here to watch the clip from Fox 10 in Phoenix and for ideas on how to position a story like this with your own local media. This same story also ran on other Fox affiliates.

From pirate ships to hockey rinks, check out a list of The 33 Best Man Caves from BlazePress.  We think there are some women that would fall head-over-heels for these retreats too!

Would a man cave increase your likelihood to buy?