FROM THE PUBLISHERS OF “Our Town-Our Paper” DANA POINT | MONARCH BEACH | LAGUNA NIGUEL CoastalRealEstateGuide.com AUGUST 26, 2016 | VOL. 1, ISSUE 27 Capture Ocean, Catalina Island Views Offering price: $2,499,000 Address: 32391 Via Antibes Monarch Beach Agent info: Connie McKibban 949.280.3078 Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties email@example.com SellingHomesAlongtheCoast.com FEATURED PROPERTY: DANA POINT Located in Emerald Ridge, this Nantucket-style beach house includes ocean and Catalina Island views from all main rooms. This spacious home features hardwood flooring, an architectural skylight and large living and dining rooms that open to a deck. The remodeled kitchen features granite counters and a breakfast area. The main floor master suite is outfitted with a fireplace and spa-like bathroom. There is a total of five bedrooms, four baths, three fireplaces, and an inside laundry room and three-car garage. ASK THE EXPERT Run Your House Hunt Like A Boss By Holly Schwartz House hunting can be intimidat-ing and time consuming. Just like any business owner would do, you have to make a plan. After all, isn’t failing to prepare just preparing to fail? Here’s tips to help you chart your course. Talk To A Lender: If you aren’t planning to pay for your next home with cash, you need to find out what you can qualify for. You also need to confirm what the payment will be and make sure that it fits into your monthly budget. Knowing your budget can make or break your house hunt. Do Your Research: Once you know what you can afford, you can figure out where to find it. For instance, $1 million won’t score you an oceanfront house in Newport Beach or Laguna Beach. I would sug-gest looking at home sales on the wa-terfront for the last six months to get a better idea of what the sales prices have been. This is also a great time to connect with a realtor who knows the market and can help adjust your expectations. Location: Assuming you want to buy a home in Newport or Laguna Beach, one of the best places to start with is neighbor-hood. Narrow down the area, school district or specialty location that are in your budget. For instance, if you are longing for a golf course home, you’ll want to hone in on homes in a golf course community. Needs: How many bedrooms do you need? How many bathrooms are neces-sary? These are great places to start. Almost anyone who says they need three bedrooms would love to have a fourth, but make sure to differentiate between needs and wants. Is a yard a must? How about a pool? Or garage? Making a list of home features is an effective way to feel in charge of buying a home rather than letting the house hunt control you. Focus On The Goal: Some people plan to buy a home and stay in it for the rest of their life, but it is far more common to move every few years. While it is important to find a home that you would be happy in for as long as possible, it’s not necessary to overwhelm yourself by trying to find a home for the distant future. As an example, if you are a single person, you don’t need to buy a four-bedroom home in anticipa-tion of having kids down the road. You could opt to buy something that fits your current needs and save money for the future so you will be prepared when the time comes for a larger home. So put on your boss hat and prepare a house-hunting plan. Soon enough you’ll be king of your castle. Holly Schwartz is a realtor with Villa Real Estate who lives in Eastside Costa Mesa and has been featured on HGTV’s “House Hunters.” JUST ANNOUNCED BY THE WALL STREET JOURNAL AND REAL TRENDS -THE THOUSAND #1 REAL ESTATE TEAM IN ORANGE COUNTY | #2 IN CALIFORNIA | #9 IN THE UNITED STATES 949.390.4543 ST ANFIELDREALEST A TE.COM According to information published by The Wall Street Journal for the time period of 2016. *Per Trendgraphix based on data supplied by MLS.