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It’s time to enjoy this laid-back community in Orange County. Dana Point, also known as the “Dolphin & Whale Capital of the World”, offers fun activities and attractions for all ages! Dana Point is home to an ever-growing population and its residents are known for having a wide range of interests. From healthy lifestyles to the arts and culture, this community shows that it thrives on being both fun and interesting.

Join us as we unfold all the exciting events this city has to offer.

Festival of Whales

Location: Dana Point Harbor
Date: March 5 – March 6

The Dana Point Festival of Whales is all about up-close encounters with the marine life that adorns our horizon each spring. It is important to recognize the delicate habitats of marine life and safeguard them for future generations. It’s also about gathering with family to celebrate the breathtaking views of our home, Dana Point.

Doheny Blues Festival

© Doheny Blues Festival, Facebook

Location:
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Sea Terrace Community Park
Pacific Coast Hwy & Niguel Rd, Dana Point, CA

The Doheny Blues Festival in Dana Point, California, features rock, soul, and blues on the beach. The musical showcase, one of the best blues festivals in Southern California, features a weekend of great music, microbrews, and beach parties. The festival also features an informal wine bar, an international food court, and a Kidz EcoFest with activities and exhibits for young visitors. BB King, Etta James, Al Green, and Crosby, Stills, and Nash have all performed at this annual event.

4th of July Fireworks

Location:
Doheny State Beach
25300 Dana Point Harbor Drive
Dana Point, California 92629

Date & Time: July 4, 9:00 PM – 9:30 PM

The BEST Fourth of July fireworks show in Southern California will take place at Doheny State Beach. North American AT-6 aircraft from the Second World War’s Condor Squadron will fly over Dana Point before the fireworks display.

Dana Point Lantern District Car & Motorcycle Show

Location:
Del Prado Avenue
24582 Del Prado
Dana Point, CA 92629 United States

Date: August 28

Dana Point Classic Car Show features 250 vintage automobiles on Del Prado Avenue. The event is FREE to the public and will feature awards, entertainment, food trucks, beer gardens, and more.

Annual Maritime Festival (Tall Ships Festival)

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Location:
Ocean Institute
24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive
Dana Point, California 92629

This festival honors California’s rich maritime heritage and our ties to the sea! Visiting Tall Ships, Mermaid Swim Shows, a Beer Garden, a Pirate and Mermaid Ball, Cannon Battles, a Pirate School, a Reenactors and Sailor Camp, Live Music, Vendors, Food Trucks, and more will all be part of this weekend event that is jam-packed with fun!

Experience a bit of life at sea with the tall ships in Dana Point. The Tall Ships Festival, which began in 1984, is the Ocean Institute’s premier annual event, attracting thousands of visitors to Dana Point’s beautiful harbor. The Pilgrim brig, a goodwill ambassador for the Ocean Institute and the City of Dana Point, returns from her yearly summer sail during this festival, which honors her arrival. The Pilgrim is a scaled-down version of the hide brig that Richard Henry Dana, Jr. immortalized in his famous seafaring book Two Years Before the Mast. Thousands of kids have stepped onto her decks since she arrived in Dana Point in 1981 to take part in one of her numerous accoladed living history programs.

Halloween Spooktacular & Trunk or Treat

Location:
Dana Point Community Center
34052 Del Obispo St
Dana Point, California 92629

Date: October 22, 2022 (Saturday)

Time: 2:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Fun Halloween-themed event at the community center in Dana Point. The City’s Recreation Division is collaborating with Dana Point Police Services to host two fantastic family events on the same day. From 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm, there will be indoor activities, including a detailed Halloween maze, games, crafts, entertainment, and kid-friendly treats. The Dana Point Police Services Trunk or Treat is one of the outdoor events that take place from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm. There will be candy for the kids at each display they visit. Meet the dedicated staff that keeps Dana Point safe, including the Mounted Patrol, Bomb Squad, Bloodhounds, K-9 Unit, and more. At 6:00 p.m., there will be a costume parade for children, with prizes! Food trucks will be selling food and refreshments.

Turkey Trot

Location:
Dana Point Harbor
24650 Dana Point Harbor Drive
Dana Point, California 92629

Date: November 24, 2022 (Thursday)

Time: 6:00 AM

The Dana Point Turkey Trot has been named one of America’s best Thanksgiving Day runs by Fitness Magazine. More than 10,000 runners and spectators attend the 5K, 10K, Combo 15K, Kids’ 1-mile Gobble Wobble, and two-day expo. Experience Dana Point’s breathtaking beach, soaring cliffs, and coves.

Boat Parade

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Location: Dana Point Harbor
Date & Time: December 9, 7:00 PM – December 11, 10:00 PM

The 47th Annual Boat Parade of Lights, “Surfin’ USA,” will return to Dana Point Harbor this December! Decorate your boats for a chance to win up to $10,000 in cash prizes in a number of different award categories.

Starting on November 16, the annual holiday light display, which features over 700,000 LED lights, will illuminate the harbor. The Boat Parade of Lights will take place from December 9 to December 11.

Lighting installations such as the giant whale sculpture and the “Merry Kiss Me” arch, as well as holiday-themed photo opportunities, visits with Santa, strolling carolers, and more, are available to both locals and visitors.

California Wine Festival

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SUNSET RARE & RESERVE TASTING

Location: Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa – Vue Lawn

Date & Time: Friday, April 14, 2023 – 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM


Guests are invited to sip fine wines and sample a wide range of delicious cuisine at the beautiful Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel. This is an elegant VIP event for true fine wine enthusiasts, taking place in Dana Point, a beautiful coastal city in Orange County. The few tickets available are quickly sold out (because the wines being poured are rare). An evening of tasting rare trophy wines for an adoring crowd dressed in their best casual/elegant resort wear will begin with a champagne reception.

BEACHSIDE WINE FESTIVAL

Location: NEW LARGER VENUE – Sea Terrace Park

Date & Time: Saturday, April 15, 2023 – 1 PM – 4 PM (VIPs 12 PM)

Sun, sea, food, drink, and music all come together at this sun-drenched wine festival in the grassy, palm-lined Sea Terrace Park to create the ultimate California wine tasting experience. At this all-day event, wine and food enthusiasts will be able to sample hundreds of fine wines, local craft beers, and a dizzying array of foods. The festival is in full swing by 1:00 p.m. at this white-topped tent village that resembles Camelot next to the glistening Pacific Ocean.

Our real estate agents are always on top of the city’s events and notable moments. It is also a wonderful time of year to look for a home in Dana Point and throughout Orange County.

Reach out to us at 949-841-5122 for the latest events and updates on our local real estate market.

Homeownership is the American dream. I know that no matter what level of experience you’re at, you will find these tips helpful, knowledgeable, and trustworthy.

Buying a home is one of life’s greatest moments, but I know it can also be one of the most stressful. If you’re thinking about buying or selling your home, it’s best to use an agent who has a proven track record.

My name is Natalie Boyle, and I’m the founder of Verso Homes. I was born and raised in Orange County. Real estate has been my field of expertise for 21 years and counting.

Natalie Boyle, Realtor and Verso Homes Founder

In this blog, I’d like to share with you my top home buying and selling tips:

  1. Begin packing as soon as you can

    Begin packing even before the sign is installed in the yard.

    Sort your belongings into items to pack for the move to your new home, items to donate to a local charity, and items to throw away. In some ways, this is the most challenging step, so you may want to get started as soon as possible.
  1. Decide what you need

    If you’re clear about what you want and don’t want, finding a short list of options will be simpler.
  1. Take a look at your finances before you make any decisions

    Be aware of your maximum down payment, expected closing costs, and desired total monthly payment (PITIA, or principle, interest, taxes, insurance, and association fees).

    Get pre-approved for a loan so that you are aware of the anticipated interest rate as well as the loan amount you are eligible for given your income, assets, and credit score.
  1. Keep your property safe

    Safeguard yourself and your personal belongings when you are about to invite total strangers into your home. Jewels, firearms, prescription medications, and small electronics should be kept out of sight and out of reach. Install surveillance cameras and review the footage after each showing.
  1. Switch from selling your home to selling a house

    To be a successful seller, you must put all of your fond memories in a safe place and stop thinking of your home as a sentimental family relic and instead consider it as a resource you are using to get you to the next destination.
  1. Do the work

    Your rooms will look better if the carpet is cleaned or replaced with fresh white carpet.
    Walls, floors, windows, and cabinets should all be cleaned. Declutter. Take down all personal photos.
    Purchase coordinating towels. Purchase matching bedding as well as a plethora of complimentary pillows.
    Plant flowers in the flower beds, fertilize the lawn and trim the trees.
  1. It’s going to be overwhelming

    You will have a lot more on your plate during this process, whether it’s an endless stream of showings that make your life considerably more chaotic, receiving several offers within days, or not receiving any showing requests at all.

    Don’t panic or procrastinate, though; this project will be finished within a few months or weeks. Instead, maintain your composure, schedule time to handle the additional work, and extend yourself some grace.
  1. There will be bumps in the road

    Something unexpected is very likely to occur. You might run into unforeseen circumstances along the way, such as roof leaks, slab leaks, termites, unauthorized additions, and closing delays, to name just a few.

    Believe that these issues can usually be resolved through creativity, negotiation, and money.
  1. Ensure that necessary information is disclosed

    Noisy neighbors, barking dogs, rickety fences, slow-draining patios, and a broken shower faucet are just a few of the inconveniences.

    Pages of disclosures are provided to refresh your memory, however, they are not comprehensive. Tell them everything you can that might have an impact on your home’s value or desirability.
  1.  Market conditions are important

    When buying or selling, the three main considerations are supply, demand, and interest rates.

These are just a few of the things I could share with you.

Verso Homes Team

Here at Verso Homes, we will help you find your dream home. We have helped a lot of homeowners purchase a home and sell their homes in Orange County. We are happy to share our expertise with you to make the process as smooth as possible.



If you have questions about buying or selling a home, please reach us at 949-841-5122.

What better way to get a taste of your favorite restaurant than by going out and enjoying it? Happy Hour is the time to escape from work and unwind with friends. Whether you’re looking to enjoy a few drinks or have an early dinner, Happy Hours come in many forms in Orange County.

Here’s our guide to where and when to go for drink specials, discounts, and bite-sized snacks:

Dana Point

Salt Creek Grille

French 75 Cocktail © Yelp

Address:
32802 Pacific Coast Hwy, Dana Point, CA 92629


Happy Hours:

Tuesday – Friday, 4 PM – 6 PM

More information:

  • Since 1996
  • Provides “from-scratch cooking”
  • Custom-made menu items
  • Ingredients sourced locally
  • Fresh seafood, hand cut

The Point

© Yelp

Address:
34085 Pacific Coast Hwy, Dana Point, CA 92629


Happy Hours:

Monday – Friday, 3 PM – 6 PM
(Excluding holidays and special events)

More information:

  • Craft beer
  • Food is grown locally
  • DJ at Midnight
  • Full Bar
  • Founded in 2012

Craft House

House Moscow Mule © Yelp

Address:
34094 Pacific Coast Hwy, Dana Point, CA 92629


Happy Hours:

Monday & Tuesday: 4 PM – 9 PM
Wednesday & Thursday: 4 PM – 6 PM
Friday & Saturday: 4 PM – 5 PM & 9 PM – 11 PM

More information:

  • One of Orange County’s best restaurants
  • New American cuisine
  • Craft cocktails at the bar
  • Seafood freshly caught in Dana Point Harbor
  • Established in 2016

Brio Tuscany Grille

Sangria & pomegranate Martini © Yelp

Address:
24050 Camino del Avion, Dana Point, CA 92629


Happy Hours:

Monday – Friday, 4 PM – 6:30 PM

More information:

  • Family-owned and operated
  • sophisticated cocktails
  • Wide-ranging menu
  • Both a quiet and a lively atmosphere
  • Established in 1994

Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern

Famous Bloody Mary &
Bloody Mary Meal
© Yelp

Address:
25001 Dana Point Harbor Dr, Dana Point, CA 92629

Happy Hours:

Monday – Friday, 3 PM – 6 PM

More information:

  • Inviting indoor-outdoor atmosphere near Dana Point Harbor
  • Traditional American fare with an artisanal twist

Station Craft

Beer Taster, Dip Trio © Yelp

Address:
34150 Pacific Coast Hwy, Dana Point, CA 92629

Happy Hours:

Monday – Friday, 3 PM – 6 PM

More information:

  • California cuisine
  • Fresh beer
  • Excellent service

Whitestone Restaurant & Bar

50 International wines © Yelp

Address:
34212 Pacific Coast Hwy, Dana Point, CA 92629


Happy Hours:

Tuesday – Friday & Sunday, 4:30 PM – Close
(At the bar area only)

More information:

  • Handcrafted cocktails and a carefully selected wine list
  • Award-winning chef Anthony Celeste
  • Contemporary Cuisine
  • Founded in 2019

Coastal Kitchen

© Yelp

Address:
34091 Pacific Coast Hwy, Dana Point, CA 92629


Happy Hours:

Monday – Friday, 3 PM – 6 PM
(Holidays excluded)

More information:

  • Friendly, comfortable atmosphere
  • Established in 2016

Stillwater Spirits & Sounds

© Yelp

Address:
24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, CA 92629


Happy Hours:

Monday – Friday, 3 PM – 6 PM

More information:

  • Wood-fired pizza
  • Upscale meals made with local ingredients
  • Founded in 2013
  • Syrups and infused liquors made in-house

Cali Costa

Margarita with Pineapple and Chiles © Yelp

Address:
34195 Pacific Coast Hwy, Dana Point, CA 92629


Happy Hours:

Monday – Friday, 3 PM – 6 PM

More information:

  • Original hobby surf shop
  • Best Taco Tuesday
  • The best Happy Hour in town
  • Founded in 2020

Laguna Niguel

The Original Patsy’s Irish Pub

© Yelp

Address:
28971 Golden Lantern St, Ste 108, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677


Happy Hours:

Monday – Sunday, 4 PM – 6 PM

More information:

  • Established in 1984
  • Known for its Corned Beef Tacos
  • South Orange County’s Best Irish Pub

Hendrix Restaurant and Bar

© Yelp

Address:
32431 Golden Lantern, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677


Happy Hours:

Everyday – Weekend, 4 PM – 6 PM

More information:

  • Owned and run locally by Sentinel Restaurant Group
  • Established in 2017
  • Outstanding wine dinner

The Bistro K

Creme Brûlée, Coconut Cake and Tiramisu, and Espresso Martini © Yelp

Address:
30100 Town Center Dr, Ste M, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677


Happy Hours:

Monday – Thursday, 4 PM – 6 PM

More information:

  • Dining on the patio
  • Live entertainment on Friday and Saturday evening
  • Traditional Italian dishes with a New World twist
  • Catering

Mangia Bene Cucina

© Yelp

Address:
27281 La Paz Rd, Ste I, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677


Happy Hours:

Every day, 11:30 AM – 6 PM

More information:

  • Orange County landmark for over 20 years
  • Traditional Italian fare
  • Desserts, pasta dishes, burgers, pizza, steaks, and appetizers
  • Catering services are available
  • Various beers, wines, and spirits

Knolls Restaurant

Great Craft Beer Selection © Yelp

Address:
Laguna Niguel Plaza
29971 Alicia Pkwy, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

Happy Hours:
Tuesday – Saturday, 3 PM – 7 PM
Sunday – Monday, All Day

More information:

  • Orange County’s Best Pizza 2016 – 2017
  • Casual American cuisine
  • Offers a great wine list, 16 craft beers, and a variety of specialty cocktails
  • Serves pizza, wings, pasta, salads, steaks, and seafood

Rangeen Kitchen

Butterfly Pea Flower Ice Tea © Yelp

Address:
28241 Crown Valley Pkwy, Ste G, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

Happy Hours:
Every day, 3 PM – 6 PM (dine-in only)

More information:

  • Indian-Cali cuisine
  • Happy Hour Special – 10% off on all appetizers, 20% off on all beverages

Bricco

Bar © Yelp

Address:
28083 Moulton Pkwy, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

Happy Hours:
Monday – Sunday, 4 PM – 5:30 PM

More information:

  • Established in 2017
  • Beers on tap, homemade desserts, pasta dishes, a wine bar with chilled wine dispensers, and hand-tossed pizzas
  • Happy Hour Promo – $ 1.5 Off beers, $ 2 Off wine by the glass

Salt Creek Wine Company

© Yelp

Address:
30100 Town Ctr Dr, B-2, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

Happy Hours:
Daily, 3 PM – 6 PM
Thursdays, 3 PM – Closing

More information:

  • Casual and comfortable setting
  • Family-owned and operated
  • Large wine selection
  • Founded in 2003

WR Kitchen & Bar

© Yelp

Address:
28061 Greenfield Dr, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

Happy Hours:
Monday – Friday, 3 PM – 6 PM

More information:

  • Established in 1992
  • The best BBQ in Southern California
  • A relaxed dining experience
  • Full bar, prize-winning BBQ, snacks, and tacos

Board & Brew – Laguna Niguel North

Bar Area © Yelp

Address:
27000 Alicia Pkwy, Ste B, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

Happy Hours:
Tuesday – Friday, 3 PM – 6 PM

More information:

  • Genuine California lifestyle
  • Founded in 2016
  • Craft beer and signature sandwiches
  • Relaxed atmosphere
  • A beach setting

Laguna Beach

Oak Laguna Beach

Cocktail Line-Up © Yelp

Address:
1100 S Coast Hwy, Ste 202, Golden Lantern, Laguna Beach, CA 92651


Happy Hours:

Tuesday – Friday, 3 PM – 6 PM

More information:

  • Live DJ 
  • Diverse cuisine
  • Rustic modern ambiance

Reunion Kitchen + Drink

Hibiscus Margarita © Yelp

Address:
610 N Coast Hwy, Ste 102, Laguna Beach, CA 92651


Happy Hours:

Weekdays, 4 PM – 6 PM

More information:

  • Cocktail creations
  • Contemporary comfort food

The Cliff Restaurant

Mango Sunburn © Yelp

Address:
Laguna Village Arts and Flowers
577 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Happy Hours:

Monday – Friday, 3 PM – 6 PM

More information:

  • Live Music
  • Oceanfront dining

Starfish Laguna Beach

© Yelp

Address:
30832 S Pacific Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651


Happy Hours:

Daily, 3 PM – 6 PM
(Called Opium Hour)

More information:

  • 90-item menu
  • Family-oriented method of service 
  • Carefully selected beverage menu
  • Fusion of coastal Asian cuisine

230 Forest Avenue

Mission Fig Margarita © Yelp

Address:
230 Forest Ave, Laguna Beach, CA 92651


Happy Hours:

Monday – Friday, 2:30 PM – 5:30 PM

More information:

  • Fresh seafood
  • Opened in the summer of 1995

Coyote Grill

Hibiscus Margarita © Yelp

Address:
31621 Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651


Happy Hours:

Monday – Friday, 3 PM – 6 PM

More information:

  • Delicious food
  • Peaceful views
  • “Best Bloody Mary” in the Orange County Register and “Best Fish Taco” in the Orange County Weekly
  • Featured in 2003 on television programs like Rachel Ray’s “$40 a Day”
  • Laguna Beach Magazine named “The Best Margarita” and “The Best Burrito”

Las Brisas

© Yelp

Address:
361 Cliff Dr, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Happy Hours:

Monday – Friday, 3 PM – 6 PM

More information:

  • Panoramic view of Laguna Beach’s coastline
  • Traditional Southern California cuisine
  • Elegant dining areas and a tranquil outdoor patio
  • World-class service and a chef-curated menu

Lumberyard

Yard Bar © Yelp

Address:
384 Forest Ave, Ste 10, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Happy Hours:

Monday – Friday, 3 PM – 5 PM

More information:

  • Casual but stylishly modern
  • Wine and cocktails are only available for pick-up (Order online)
  • Currently only offering a limited menu for pick-up and delivery

Mozambique

Steak and Lobster © Yelp

Address:
1740 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651


Happy Hours:

Monday – Friday, 3 PM – 6 PM
Weekends – 3 PM – 6 PM

More information:

  • Established in 2005
  • Inspired by the vibrant seaside restaurants of South Africa
  • South Orange County, California’s largest event-oriented restaurant.
  • Vegetable or beef Samoosas, Chilean Sea Bass, Peri-Peri prawns, and other dishes are on the menu

Skyloft

Deck views © Yelp

Address:
422 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651


Happy Hours:

Monday – Friday, 3 PM – 6 PM

More information:

  • Delicious and “down-home” ribs, smokehouse steaks, brisket, fresh seafood, creative salads, pasta, and sandwiches
  • Handcrafted cocktails, local craft beers, and winery selections from the coast
  • Taco Tuesdays and more

South Orange County is a place to fall in love, but also to start your new home!
There’s a lot more to do here than what meets the eye.


If you want to learn more about the area and our recommendations, please contact us at 949-841-5122.

Laguna Beach Farmers Market

Let’s talk about food!

Isn’t it nice to give yourself a break from the daily grind by indulging in some quality food? I’m sure you’d love to know where to get the best and most healthy food choices for you and your family! We actually recommend going to a farmer’s market near you to buy seasonal items and the freshest fruits and vegetables you can find! You may also come across other interesting items, such as arts and crafts. Plus, it’s a great way to connect with the community and support local farmers.

So, here is a list of Verso Homes’ best farmers markets in Orange County based on Yelp and Google reviews.

Grab your shopping bags! ‘Cause here we go:

1. Irvine Farmers Market

Total Yelp Reviews: 431 Yelp 5-Stars: 269
Total Google Reviews:
478 Google Rating: 4.7 / 5

(c) Yelp

Location: Mariners Church, 5001 Newport Coast Dr, Irvine, CA 92603
Business Hours: Saturdays, 8 AM – 12 PM

This is the largest farmer’s market in Orange County, with both well-known and small growers. Vegetables, fruits, fresh fish and meat, pastries, and sweet and savory snacks are available here. Non-food items are also available.

Actual Reviews:

“This was a very large farmers market with a great variety of produce. They had unique vegetables that I had never seen before. It was a great outing for my family and me! They had live music and an awesome apple cider booth!”
– Carissa K (Yelp)

“Good place to shop for fresh veggies and fruits direct from growers. You get decent quality food as well. Open only on Saturdays and gets crowded early morning and very less crowded towards closure time.”
– Vikram Chelar (Google)

2. Laguna Niguel Farmers Market

Total Yelp Reviews: 54 Yelp 5-Stars: 17
Total Google Reviews:
113 Google Rating: 4.6 / 5

(c) Yelp

Location: Plaza De La Paz Shopping Ctr, Laguna Niguel, CA 92607
Business Hours: Sundays, 8 AM – 12 PM

The Orange County Farmers Bureau operates this year-round certified open-air market. It’s a market where ‘genuine’ farmers sell their vegetables, fruits, nuts, and more. To ensure the vendors grow what they sell, the county agricultural commissioner inspects the goods sold here.

Actual Reviews:

“Laguna Niguel market has the most beautiful produce I’ve ever seen!! There is also monarch dog and cat food, healthiest food for your pets!! The market manager, Michi is wonderful!! We are there too, love, dreams, &pie with healthy yummy pies, traditional, vegan, gluten-free, and keto!!! Over 150 kinds and over 30 handmade quality crusts!! Come get healthy food for everyone in the family, even your pets!!”
– Laura L (Yelp)

“I sell here. Best Market I’ve sold at! Visit our booth right at the La Paz Rd entrance. Mountaintop Gardens.”
– Mark Oliver Toribio (Google)

3. The Original Manassero Farms Market

Total Yelp Reviews: 110 Yelp 5-Stars: 61      
Total Google Reviews: 172 Google Rating: 4.4 / 5

(c) Yelp

Location: 33 Irvine Valley, Irvine, CA 92604
Business Hours: Wednesdays, 9 AM – 5 PM

Since 1978, the company has been producing certified organic food. The setting is beautifully designed to make you feel like you’re walking through the fields. Manassero Farms is well-known for its strawberries, as well as other local produce, garden goods, and specialty home supplies.

Actual Reviews:

“So cuuuuute, I love it. Came for strawberry picking and loved that there was a whole area within the farm for this market! Everything was so cute and fresh. The quality of items here are clearly high. We devoured our fresh loaf of jalapeno cheese sourdough bread that we got within days of purchase. Strawberries were so sweet and tasty. Everyone there was nice and friendly. We’d come back to buy more things. Definitely wanna try their jams and things I don’t need!”
– Jessica D. (Yelp)

“What a wonderful and unique place. Great Middle Eastern pastries.”
– Brian Tran (Google)

4. Laguna Hills Farmers Market

Total Yelp Reviews: 52 Yelp 5-Stars: 15
Total Google Reviews: 45 Google Rating: 4.5 / 5

(c) Yelp

Location: Laguna Hills Mall, 24155 Laguna Hills Mall, Laguna Hills, CA 92637
Business Hours: Fridays, 9 AM – 1 PM

This is one of Orange County’s best authentic cook’s markets. Fresh fish, local produce, grass-fed beef, and other prepared foods are available here. The location is convenient, with parking available in the mall’s corner lot.

Actual Reviews:

“Great market. A bit of everything, fish, nuts, plants, fruit, veggies, flowers, ready-to-eat food trucks, even a disco ball!! Lots of parking. Convenient location.”
– Alex A. (Yelp)

“I have to admit I was a little overwhelmed when I walked in and saw how big this location was and how many people there were.  But then once in the line moved quickly and with ease.  The staff here is obviously used to the amount of customers that frequent this location.  For a non drive through they manage to get through the customers and not miss a beat.  Good for them!”
– Carri DeBeaumont (Google)

5. Laguna Beach Farmers Market

Total Yelp Reviews: 50 Yelp 5-Stars:
Total Google Reviews: 105 Google Rating: 4.7 / 5

(c) Kayla Breneman

Location: 521 Forest Ave, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Business Hours: Saturdays, 8 AM – 12 PM

A certified farmers market with over 40 vendors and farmers selling fresh produce, delicacies, and other items! There are also independent coffee shops nearby where you can enjoy a fresh cup of coffee while roaming around.

Actual Reviews:

“Love this farmer’s market! Great vendors in a beautiful area.”
– Eco Now California (Google)

“Laguna Beach farmers market? …this is it… Farmers Market aficionados will find everything that they would expect from local farmers and mix masters.”
– Jason Roberts (Google)

6. Great Park Certified Farmers Market

Total Yelp Reviews: 159 Yelp 5-Stars: 30      
Total Google Reviews: 145 Google Rating: 4.3 / 5

(c) Yelp

Location: 8000 Great Park Blvd, Orange County Great Park, Irvine, CA 92618
Business Hours: Sundays, 10 AM – 2 PM

It was founded in 2010 and has special performances and activities every week. Aside from fresh produce, gourmet food trucks and handcrafted items are available here.

Actual Reviews:

“I like this farmers market a lot compared to the other one in Irvine.  I feel like prices are marked up at the other one and it’s just way too crowded.  True, there isn’t as much variety as the other one but it’s enough for us most of the time.  I wish there was at least one Asian vegetable vendor.  Easy parking, follow the signs.”
– Kristen L. (Yelp)

“Great selection of food, drinks, and other items! There’s really no place to eat though so people eat in their cars. It’s a short walk to the Hot Air Balloon park so you have something else to do after you’re done looking through all the tents. There’s more than enough parking space here for everyone.”
– Aaron Sales (Google)

7. Farmakis Farms

Total Yelp Reviews: 39 Yelp 5-Stars: 27      
Total Google Reviews: 33 Google Rating: 4.5 / 5

(c) Yelp

Location: 29932 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Business Hours: Fridays, 9 AM – 1 PM

This is a family-owned and operated, Christmas tree farm. With homegrown Monterey Pines, Leyland Cypress, and other trees. Year-round, a variety of products such as handmade cards, soaps, jewelry, candles, and more are available. Here you can also find amazing works by artists and authors.

Actual Reviews:

“Small market, but great vendors.  It has my favorite fresh fish vendor, OC Wild Seafood, and my favorite 100% grass-fed meat vendor, Buy Ranch Direct.”
– Mitchell F. (Yelp)

“It’s a great place to shop for fruits and vegetables. They have a variety of other things. My scarlet macaw loves the place also.”
– Robert Walter (Google)

8. Costa Mesa Certified Farmers Market

Total Yelp Reviews: 35 Yelp 5-Stars: 16
Total Google Reviews: 21 Google Rating: 4.9 / 5

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 Location: 88 Fair Dr, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Business Hours: Thursdays, 9 AM – 1 PM

One of 8 certified Orange County Farm Bureau farmers markets. Genuine farmers sell their produce. Open rain or shine.

Actual Reviews:

“Great selection of organic and fresh produce. Lots of vegetables like onions, salad, kale, carrots, turnips, oranges, and berries. Not only is everything fresh, but pricing is much better than at grocery stores. Plenty of parking and easy to find the location! Currently located at Gate 8 due to COVID testing at the fairgrounds. Will definitely be coming back for their good quality products.”
– Steph N. (Yelp)

“Love the vegan place always friendly and helpful the food is amazing for digestive system.”
– Kimberly Trantham (Google)

9. SoCo Farmers Market

Total Yelp Reviews: 129 Yelp 5-Stars: 31      
Total Google Reviews: 16 Google Rating: 4.5 / 5

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Location: 3315 Hyland Ave, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Business Hours: Saturdays, 9 AM – 2 PM

Founded in 2009 as a family-friendly market with weekly children’s crafts. The Sprouts of Promise Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to healthy eating and supporting farmers, runs this market. Meat, flowers, fruits, vegetables, and other items are sold here. There are also gourmet food trucks selling sweets, bread, and hummus. SOCO Farmers Market is rated as one of the best in Orange County and has been featured nationally in the New York Times.

Actual Reviews:

“Stopped by yesterday and it seems so much more lively! The environment is great and all stands are so friendly. Veggies and fruit are as tasty as always . Favorite go to farmers market.”
– Monze G. (Yelp)

“It’s a small market, not too busy which makes me feel COVID safe.”
– Elizabeth San Miguel (Google)

10. Ladera Ranch Farmers Market

Total Yelp Reviews: 15 Yelp 5-Stars: 11        
Total Google Reviews: 37 Google Rating: 4.8  / 5

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Location: 28275 Avendale Blvd, Ladera Ranch, CA 92694
Business Hours: Sundays, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM


This is a certified farmers market with over 50 vendors. Local produce such as fruits, vegetables, meat, eggs, fish, and even arts and crafts are sold here. Food trucks ranging from pizza to ice cream, shaved ice, and more are also present.

Actual Reviews:

“A great Day Spa. The staff had a vast array of knowledge of what I needed not what I think I NEED.  Perfect as always.”
– Lori R. (Yelp)

“Nice little farmer’s market with a playground nearby.”
– Norman McDonald (Google)

11. Newport Beach Certified Farmers Market

Total Yelp Reviews: 27 Yelp 5-Stars: 5
Total Google Reviews: 19 Google Rating: 4.2 / 5

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Location: 104 Mcfadden Pl, Newport Beach, CA 92663
Business Hours: Sundays, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Newport Beach Farmers Market is a unique experience because it is held next to the beach. Fruits, vegetables, eggs, bread, nuts, and even handmade jewelry and art can be found along the Newport Beach Pier every Sunday.

Actual Reviews:

“Loved. Indeed is not big but is very nice. The honey vendor has amazing variety of honey. I bought a very interesting jam – kiwi and jalapeño ( probably you are doing the same face I did before I tasted- delicious) bought a delicious hummus . The vendor Sizzling Ginger is amazing ( was sold out) It’s worth to go.”
– Monica B. (Yelp)

“Small farmers market near the water. Nice to walk around but limited number of vendors. Pleasant atmosphere for a casual visit but only a few fresh produce vendors.”
– Bill Auxier (Google)

12. Huntington Beach Farmers Market

Total Yelp Reviews: 41 Yelp 5-Stars: 17        
Total Google Reviews: 8 Google Rating: 4 / 5

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 Location: 405 Pacific Coast Hwy, Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Business Hours: Tuesdays, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM


Family-owned and operated since 2011. This farmers market’s goal is to provide fresh, healthy, and natural food. Everything is fresh from the farm and mostly grown locally. Fresh food at a low cost.

Actual Reviews:

“Love this market! The jewelry is beautiful! The produce was delicious, but unfortunately only lasted one day so I just need to buy less next time. Staff for the most part was super enthusiastic and friendly and the live music added to the experience for sure.
– Jenny M. (Google)

“This Main Street farmers market is available year-round with fresh produce from local farms and plants and handcrafted jewelry and textiles. Don’t miss out on the pupusa’s and empanadas and other food stands. Just a great all-around market every Tuesday.
– Sumner M (Yelp)

13. San Clemente Certified Farmers Market

Total Yelp Reviews: 21 Yelp 5-Stars: 7
Total Google Reviews: 40 Google Rating: 4.7 / 5

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 Location: 200 Block Of Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, CA 92672
 Business Hours: Sundays, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

A wide selection of fruit and vegetables, bread, and fresh flowers are available here.

Actual Reviews:

“One of the most amazing fresh strawberries, better than the ones I got from other farmers market. There are a few competitors for berries stands but I took the cheapest one and it happened to be good. 🙂 also some produce, flowers, eggs, and I think some foods.”
– Adrienne L. (Yelp)

“Have been coming to this market ever since I’ve moved out here. The perfect way to start your Sunday, grab a coffee from up the street, a dreamy french pastry from Chaupain, and don’t leave before stopping by David’s flower truck and grabbing a handful of flowers to brighten your week!”
– Liela Yacoobi (Google)

14. Dana Point Farmers Market

Total Yelp Reviews: 39 Yelp 5-Stars:
Total Google Reviews: 57 Google Rating: 4.7 / 5

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Location: Pacific Coast Hwy & La Plz, Dana Point, CA 92629
Business Hours: Saturdays, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Fresh produce, bread, fish, flowers, coffee, and other items can be found here. Every second Saturday of the month, arts and crafts vendors join the market.

Actual Reviews:

“Was visiting family in the area and came across this farmers market. Definitely recommend it if you have a chance to stop. Lost of food options and fresh produce. We bought fresh fruit and a fresh pie. My daughter loved all the crafts also.”
– Jefferson Amon (Google)

“LOVE the fresh produce, fresh fish & eggs!! A MUST! I wish it was open on more than just Saturdays!! 🙂”
– Dana Sterling (Google)

15. Aliso Viejo Certified Farmers Market

Total Yelp Reviews: 6 Yelp 5-Stars: 1
Total Google Reviews: 2 Google Rating: 5 / 5

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Location: 26701 Aliso Creek Rd, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
Business Hours: Saturdays, 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM

It’s a fun Saturday Morning Market located in Aliso Viejo Town Center’s movie theater lot.

Actual Review:

“I’m real happy to see Aliso Viejo finally open up a farmers market. They have a great selection of fresh produce that looks and tastes way better than what I can get at the local grocery store. I was also pleasantly surprised by some of the other merchants that I came across such as the tamale and breakfast burrito booth. I will definitely be back next Saturday stock up on more items.”
– Paul McGlynn (Google)

16. Mission Viejo Farmers Market

Total Yelp Reviews: 1 Yelp 5-Stars:
Total Google Reviews: – Google Rating: 


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 Location: 25282 Marguerite Pkwy, Mission Viejo, CA 92692
 Business Hours: Saturdays, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

This farmers market sells fresh, locally sourced produce, eggs, plants, and other items. Everyone can enjoy live music, crafts, and games for FREE.


Don’t forget to take a trip to your local farmers market this weekend!

More suggestions and interesting places to visit can be found in our other blog entries here on the Verso Homes website.
For more information, just give us a call at 949-541-8122.

Learning about the 1031 exchange process can confuse many investors, especially new ones. The more you know about the exchange process, the better equipped you will be to maximize your investment return and minimize taxes in a real estate deal.

Whether you’re a small business, entrepreneur, or investor, this comprehensive blog will take you through the 1031 exchange rules and every situation that may arise.

1031 Exchange Overview

Natalie Boyle, Verso Homes Founder

What is a 1031 exchange?

According to Investopedia, “A 1031 exchange is a swap of one real estate investment property for another that allows capital gains taxes to be deferred.

To elaborate, if you make a profit on the sale of a business or investment property, you must report it. Generally, the gain must be taxed at the time of sale. IRC Section 1031 allows you to defer paying tax on the gain if you reinvest the proceeds in the comparable property as part of a qualifying like-kind exchange. The deferred gain in a like-kind exchange under IRC Section 1031 is tax-deferred, it is not tax-free.

In order to make use of IRC Section 1031, real estate investors must first understand all of its components. Exchanges can only be made with like-kind properties, and IRS rules restrict their use to vacation properties.

Participants of a 1031 Exchange

Section 1031 deferrals may be usable to owners of investment and commercial property. Any taxpaying entity, including individuals, C corporations, S corporations, general and limited partnerships, limited liability companies, trusts, and others, may arrange an exchange of one business or investment property for another under Section 1031.

Qualified “Like-kind” Properties

You must meet certain requirements for both the replacement property you buy and the relinquished property you sell.

In both cases, the property must be held for commercial or investment purposes. Personal property, such as a primary residence, a second home, or a vacation home, does not qualify for like-kind exchange treatment.

The exchange of real estate and personal property is allowed under Section 1031, but real estate cannot be like-kind to personal property. The rules governing what qualifies as like-kind in personal property exchanges are more stringent than those governing real property exchanges. Cars, for example, are not interchangeable with trucks.

The provisions of Section 1031 do not apply to:

1031 Exchange Timelines

If you exchange like-kind properties, you must meet two-time limits, or the entire gain will be taxed. Except in the case of presidentially declared disasters – and only if there is a disaster – these limits cannot be extended for any circumstance or hardship.


45-Day Rule: Identification Period
When you sell a property, you may be required to identify potential replacement properties within 45 days. The identification must be in writing, signed by you, and delivered to a participant in the transaction. Notice to your attorney, real estate agent, or an accountant acting as your agent, on the other hand, is insufficient.

The written identification must include a detailed description of the replacement properties. In real estate, this means a legal description, street address, or distinguishable name. Follow the IRS guidelines for identifying the maximum number and value of properties.


180-Day Rule: Exchange Period
The second restriction states that the exchange must be finished no later than 180 days following the sale of the exchanged property or the due date (with extensions) of the income tax return for the tax year in which the relinquished property was sold, whichever comes first. Property identified within the 45-day window mentioned above must be substantially identical to the replacement property received.

Restrictions on the Exchange Process

It is critical to understand that taking possession of cash or other proceeds before the exchange is complete may disqualify the entire transaction from like-kind exchange treatment and result in ALL gains being taxed immediately.

The exchange will still be considered to be of like kind even if cash or other proceeds other than like-kind property are received at its conclusion. Gain might be taxed, but only to the extent that the proceeds are not of like kind.

Using a qualified intermediary or another exchange facilitator to hold the proceeds until the exchange is complete is one way to avoid premature receipt of cash or other proceeds.

You can’t be your own facilitator. Furthermore, your agent (including your real estate agent or broker, investment banker or broker, accountant, attorney, employee, or anyone who has worked for you in those capacities in the previous two years) is not permitted to act as your facilitator.

Selecting a qualified intermediary should be done with caution, as there have been recent instances of intermediaries declaring bankruptcy or otherwise failing to meet their contractual obligations to the taxpayer. As a result of these circumstances, taxpayers have failed to meet the strict timelines set for a deferred or reverse exchange, disqualifying the transaction from Section 1031 gain deferral. While any losses incurred by the taxpayer would be taken into account under different code sections, the gain might be taxable in the current year.

Reverse Exchange

There is also a possibility of buying the replacement property before selling the old one and still qualifying for a 1031 exchange. This case also falls within the 45- and 180-day time frames.

To be eligible, you must transfer the new property to the titleholder of an exchange accommodation, choose a property to exchange within 45 days, and finalize the exchange within 180 days of purchasing the replacement property.

Reporting 1031 Exchanges to IRS

Exchanges must be reported to the IRS on Form 8824, Like-Kind Exchanges, and filed with your tax return for the relevant year.

Form 8824 asks for:

You may be held liable for taxes, penalties, and interest on your transactions if you do not strictly adhere to the rules for like-kind exchanges.

DOWNLOAD Form 8824 here.

Advantages of 1031 Exchanges

Both new and experienced investors benefit from the 1031 tax-deferred exchange. It makes sense given the strong economic growth and property appreciation that we have seen in many areas throughout the county over the last several years. A 1031 exchange can offer the advantages of leverage,  increased cash flow and income, management relief, consolidation/ diversification, and it can significantly increase the investor’s purchasing power.

LEVERAGE

To acquire a more valuable investment property, investors can use the 1031 tax-deferred exchange. They can increase their down payment and overall buying power by using the money they would have paid to the IRS in taxes to purchase a more expensive replacement property. As a result, they are leveraging their cash and accumulating wealth through real estate investment.

INCREASED CASH FLOW/ INCOME

A 1031 tax-deferred exchange can increase both cash flow and overall income. A vacant parcel of land, for example, can be exchanged for a commercial building that generates cash flow and depreciation benefits.

MANAGEMENT RELIEF

Investors who own multiple rental properties are frequently burdened by the burdens of intensive management and costly maintenance – which frequently leads to increased headaches! Exchanging out of high-maintenance rental properties and consolidating into an apartment building or NNN leased investment can increase profits while decreasing time and effort.

CONSOLIDATION/ DIVERSIFICATION

An exchange allows an investor to trade one property for several others, consolidate multiple properties into one, and acquire property anywhere in the United States. An investor, for example, can exchange two duplexes for a retail strip center or capitalize on a new growth area by exchanging one property in California for three properties in Arizona.

INCREASED PURCHASING POWER

The figures in the example demonstrate the financial strength of a 1031 exchange. Capital gains are taxed at a maximum capital gains tax rate of 20% federal, 12.3% state of California, and 25% recapture of depreciation. In this case, the total amount owed is:

20% of $375,000 = $75,000
12.3% of $375,000 = $46,125
25% of $35,000 = $$8,750
= $129,875 that is deferred through a 1031 tax-deferred exchange to increase purchasing power!

Source: First American Exchange Company

As agents dedicated to serving your future ownership dreams and protecting our clients,
we have 1031 exchange advisors who can answer your legal questions and discuss if a 1031 exchange
is the right move for you.

Give us a call at  949-541-8066.

Natalie Boyle, Realtor and Verso Homes Founder

Hi, I’m Natalie Boyle! You’ve probably been searching a long time for the right realtor to help you on your way. I’m here to tell you that the time has come. I’ve been a realtor for 21 years and counting, and I have never seen a more exciting time in this industry than right now!

Today I would like to share with you everything you need to know about owning and operating an Airbnb. I’ve been a Superhost for 3 years now, renting out one of my secondary residence for leisure purposes, and have had 100% positive reviews. This property is located in the PGA West Villa community at La Quinta, California.

Initially, we’ll cover the acquisition process, and then we’ll dive into how to manage your guests and property.

To begin with, let me show you my Airbnb property:

PGA West Villas by Verso Homes

Dining Area
Pool
Great Room

The PGA West Greg Norman community is an exclusive golf course community in a great location for people who want to relax by the pool, unwind, and enjoy golf.

PGA West is a huge community that surrounds the Greg Norman golf course. With its guard-gated entrance, it provides ample privacy to its residents and visitors. The villa has four bedrooms and boasts a large California room (400sqft) with polished hardwood floors and access to a fully equipped back patio. It also sports an enormous pool, spa, fire pit, and outdoor grill.

You can reach Coachella, Thermal, Old Town La Quinta, the Palm Desert Mall, Trader Joe’s, Costco, Ralphs, and El Paseo in less than 15 minutes. The Greg Norman Clubhouse is a magnificent venue that overlooks the renowned nature-inspired Greg Norman Course. Wallaby’s is an Aussie-lovers haven that offers a culinary twist on old favorites if you’re looking for mouth-watering dining in a casual, ranch-style atmosphere.

The following are estimated distances from the vacation home:

Empire Polo Fields & Desert International Horse Park: under 5-minutes

Old Town La Quinta & Lake Cahuilla: 5-7 minutes

BMW Performance Center West: 10 minutes

Indian Wells Tennis Garden: 15 minutes

Palm Desert, El Paseo, The Living Desert: 15-20 minutes

Downtown Palm Springs/Airport: 30 minutes

LA/OC/SD: Roughly 2 hours without traffic

To LEARN MORE about the property, just click this link: https://bit.ly/3yEJTOO

Choosing the Right Airbnb Property

We zoned in on the Palm Springs area because it’s only a couple of hours away, my parents live there, and we enjoy visiting there from fall to spring when the weather is at its best.

We centered on being close to golf courses because being close to activities and amenities is important for getting bookings. We then focused on being within ten minutes of the Coachella and Stagecoach festival grounds in order to secure those bookings as well.

I fell in love with this single-level home and thought it would be a fantastic second home to own for the next 20 – 30 years, and I could see us using this home until we retired.

Challenges of Owning an Airbnb Property

Today, more and more people are buying homes for the sole purpose of renting them out as STRs (short-term rentals). These properties can yield dividends in ways that long-term rentals might not, but managing them isn’t easy.

Short-term rental income is typically about 30% more annually than that of a long-term property owner, says Nick Del Pego, CEO of Deckard Technologies.

There is a considerable amount of planning and preparation involved in STR operations. This is according to Rob Copenhaver, a real estate agent with REMAX Unlimited and owner of Vacation Rentals of Tampa Bay, Florida, which specializes in vacation rentals.

STRs can be a profitable investment, but buyers must be aware of the risks they are taking with regard to return on investment, laws, taxes, and insurance. Superior customer service requires guiding clients through all the challenges and directing them to the knowledge they’ll need to maximize their investment.

Challenge #1: Financing for an STR.

It’s crucial to explain to the lender how you plan to use the property when looking for a mortgage pre-approval. It is not sufficient to merely state that it will be utilized as an investment. According to Copenhaver, many lenders will not provide financing for STRs.

Challenge #2: Converting a property into an STR.

Before you can profit from an STR, there are a few key variables to consider.:

Copenhaver acknowledges that local zoning and municipal rules specify which properties can and cannot be utilized as STRs, saying “Zoning can be a concern.”

It is very important for you to understand zoning regulations before purchasing a property.

“Requirements may change even within a city, such as downtown versus residential districts,” Del Pago notes. A good agent will be able to provide the client with this information.

Copenhaver notes that given customer interest in STRs, it’s critical for agents to conduct their own local research and that doing so is a smart business move.

He claims that in order to determine what was legal and what wasn’t, as well as where to find the information he needed to make an informed conclusion, he had to visit various municipalities and zoning sites.


If a property can meet the different clients’ needs, it will be more profitable. For STRs, proximity to attractions and the capacity to serve a range of guests are crucial considerations. Buyers should also think about the property’s aesthetics, amenities, and location.

Challenge #3: Renting out a property.

Copenhaver warns that even if the property is turnkey, it may still require significant investment to get it ready for rental.

There’s a lot of equipment you’ll need to get the property ready for rent, from cameras to Wi-Fi and noise monitors to carbon monoxide detectors.

Onboarding a property for a short-term rental (STR) is a major expense, and clients will likely want to know that upfront. Buyers will also need to consider what supplies they’ll need to have on hand, such as linens, kitchen supplies, and bathroom necessities.

Most municipal governments view renting out short-term properties as a business, according to Del Pego. The requirements for business license and workplace regulations must be followed by owners, according to her. She adds that they will also be responsible for paying the transient occupancy fees that hotels are also expected to pay.

Challenge #4: Operating a safe STR.

To operate an STR, Copenhaver thinks it’s essential to be aware of local laws, especially those pertaining to security. In order to educate their clients or at the very least know where to direct them, agents and brokers need to educate themselves. Regardless of local laws, each STR must take specific precautions.

Guests must be protected by safety measures. These include adding smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, as well as altering the lock codes on the doors. Don’t supply floaties in swimming pools, he advises. If visitors desire those, ask them to bring them. Make sure there is a readily available life-saving tool, says Copenhaver.

Challenge #5: Paying government licenses and taxes.

Owners of STRs shouldn’t believe they can outsmart the local authorities, according to Del Pego. As technology advances, it will be critical for buyers to ensure that they are following local regulations before investing their money.

Every city has different licensing procedures for businesses, and having an STR is regarded as operating a business. Del Pego said buyers must understand when and if they can even apply for a license. According to her, “many communities impose restrictions on how many STRs can exist in any particular location.”

In the city of La Quinta, we pay 11% of the rent we collect to the city for “TOT” Transient occupancy taxes and “TBID” Tourism Business Improvement District.

In the city of Huntington Beach, the taxes are 14% of the rent collected and paid to the city.

One big factor to take into consideration is that while the rents generated on a short-term rental are often 30% more than a standard rental, one must deduct the TOT and TBID taxes which have to be paid to the city.

Other Factors To Consider

Del Pego, says that brokers and agents must explain the advantages of STRs. According to del Pego, “STRs are needed to pay for necessary services like schools, firefighters, public safety, infrastructure, parks, and frequently, tourism marketing.” Regulators are aware that, when used properly, STRs may be advantageous to all parties, she says.

Del Pego, also said: “When an STR complies with rules and is maintained properly, it benefits everyone.” Being a good neighbor is important, she says, even if the buyer doesn’t live in the home being used for the STR. Agents may aim to encourage their clients to invest by explaining these improvements to the entire community.

Tips for Taking Care of the Property and the Guests

Tip #1: Establish house rules

Consider creating a welcome binder with house rules and information about local amenities as you prepare to rent out your home on Airbnb. Inform guests about your smoking policy, maximum guest capacity, quiet hours, and pet policies. Make a list of the instructions for the TV, air conditioning and heating systems, security, WiFi passwords, parking, and trash days. Include information about nearby gas stations, grocery stores, as well as popular neighborhood restaurants and attractions. Also, leave your contact information in case your visitors need to contact you!

Tip #2: Keep the locks up-to-date

Replace your front door lock with a keyless entry system! Digital locks allow you to create a unique code for each visitor. It also means a quicker check-in and check-out process, remote access for the host, no-contact rental options, and no need to worry about lost keys. Not to mention, these locks provide you and your guests with additional security features such as tamper and failed attempt alerts.

Tip #3: Set up WiFi and streaming services

WiFi is one of the most requested amenities with Airbnb rentals. Offering free internet access to your guests not only gives you a competitive advantage, but it also allows you to expand your pool of renters to include business travelers who may require internet access for work. Along with WiFi, it’s a good idea to provide a TV with cable access or a smart TV so guests can watch their favorite shows!

Tip #4: Prepare clean linens ahead of time

Make sure there are enough clean linens for your Airbnb guests! Prepare bedroom essentials such as a complete set of sheets, including a fitted sheet, top sheet, and pillowcase, as well as a comforter or duvet. Bathroom linens such as bath towels, hand towels, and washcloths should be provided. Keep extra linens in a closet for easy access if your guests require more!

Tip #5: Stock your kitchen with basic essentials

Because of the convenience of having a kitchen, many people prefer to stay in an Airbnb rather than a hotel. Before your guests arrive, stock your kitchen with any cooking supplies they may require. Include essentials such as pots and pans, utensils, cutting boards, oven mitts, and dish towels, as well as common condiments and spices. Don’t forget to include enough plates, bowls, silverware, and cups for the number of guests your home can accommodate!

Tip #6: Brighten up your outdoor space

Creating a welcoming outdoor living space can help your Airbnb rental attract more guests! For backyard lighting, experiment with string lights, torches, or lanterns. Include a grill and all of the grilling necessities for outdoor cooking. Install a hot tub for all-year relaxation. Add a pool if your Airbnb is in an area where a pool investment makes sense.

Final Thoughts on Airbnb Properties

When we go on vacation, we also Airbnb our primary residence.

Now that we have our desert home, we intend to buy a mountain home and a beach house. All of which we can travel between in our retirement, with the help of Airbnb.

Check out my Airbnb Superhost page: https://www.airbnb.com/users/show/305379891


As a real estate agent, I understand what kinds of challenges you’re going to have to overcome in this industry. Finding trustworthy resources, reaching clients… and there are all those pesky things like fees to consider! You really can’t beat the speed at which we get listings now.

I founded Verso Homes, a boutique real estate agency that specializes in South Orange County, CA. My team and I have extensive knowledge of the property market across Southern California. We take pride in providing tailored solutions for each client and delivering exemplary customer service, which includes 24/7 availability with every contact point throughout the process.

Are you considering owning an Airbnb property? Let me help you!
Call me at 949.929.5727.

Verso Homes Team: Dawn Leibovitz, Tom Lloy, Natalie Boyle, Crystal Schantzen, and Kayla Breneman (Left to Right)

The sun is blazing once again on Orange County. From the first weekend of May to September 16th, sunny California experiences some of the most beautiful weather you can imagine. I’m excited about the warm weather, family gatherings, and fun activities!

I love going to concerts and events! I find that if you attend the event with a large group of family and friends, they tend to be more fun than if you attend alone. I consider these events a great way to discover new music and make some new friends.

We have the best line-up of live music events happening in Laguna Niguel, Aliso Viejo, and Dana Point.

Check out our list of artists scheduled to perform at local venues this summer:

Whether you’re looking for something to do in Orange County today or tomorrow, we have you covered. From movie nights and music festivals to summer bazaars and much more, check out the best events happening in OC this summer:

Laguna Beach

One of the best places to reside in California is Laguna Beach. It has a coastal vibe, good weather, stretches of sandy beaches, and hiking trails. More than 80 miles of multi-use paths, stunning beaches, museums, and art galleries are all available in the city. The Winter Fantasy and Crafts Festival, the Laguna Art-A-Fair, Pageant of the Masters, and the Sawdust Art Festival are just a few of the numerous festivals and events held in Laguna Beach.

Sawdust Art Festival

Pageant of the Masters

The Pageant of the Masters at The Festival of Arts is a one of kind production featuring the life-sized re-creations of world-famous artwork.  Over 500 volunteers from Laguna Beach and surrounding cities come together to make this performance possible, volunteers pose on stage to look exactly like famous paintings, sculptures and other works of art.  It is simply breathtaking.

Laguna Niguel

The city of Laguna Niguel has planned numerous summertime events for both its citizens and tourists. Every Friday, great movies are available to watch. Friday Flix is a free movie and popcorn event held at the Sea Country Senior & Community Center or Crown Valley Park in the late afternoon or early evening. The beloved Summer Concert Series is also back. Everyone is welcome to bring blankets and low-back chairs. The Sea Country Senior & Community Center and Amphitheater typically hosts concerts in the evening or the day. 

National Day Celebrations

Of course, a summertime without food would be incomplete! The first 100 attendees at National Day celebrations in Laguna Niguel will receive complimentary meals. White and blue bomb popsicles will be served to commemorate National Bomb Pop Day in the spirit of the forthcoming Independence Day. America’s favorite food, hot dog sandwiches, is the focus of National Hotdog Day. While a snow cone must be consumed to mark National Relaxation Day as a symbol of having the opportunity to unwind.

Living with Local Wildlife

A Living with Local Wildlife Workshop has been created by the city because it wishes to protect wildlife. Learning the habits and behaviors of the local animals is the major objective. And because Californians like animals, the Sea Country Senior & Community Center has a Low-Cost Pet Vaccine Clinic. No appointments are required, rabies shots cost about $14, and additional services are also offered.

The Senior Lecture Series, which covers subjects like gardening and even scams, is the last but certainly not the least.

Check out the flyers below for more events in Laguna Niguel:

Source: https://www.cityoflagunaniguel.org/

Aliso Viejo

One of the top 5 safest places to live in California is Aliso Viejo. It’s home to 21 parks as well as an 18-hole Jack Nicklaus-designed championship golf course. The city has award-winning schools, and a wonderful location, as well as dining, shopping, and entertainment options. Furthermore, there are several employment options and vast recreational programs.

Certified Farmers’ Market

We love supporting farmers and the fresh produce they harvest. This summer, Aliso Viejo Certified Farmers Market will be held every Saturday in the parking lot of the Aliso Viejo Town Center’s Regal Edwards Theatre.

Furry Friends Pet Fair: Pet Vaccination & Vendor Fair

We will also be having an event dedicated to our beloved pets. It’s the Furry Friends Pet Fair happening at Aliso Viejo Ranch. It’s a pet vaccination and vendor fair. Additional services like heartworm, flea, and tick prevention, microchipping, physical exams, nail trimming, dog licensing, pet adoption, and more.

Movie Night

Like other cities, Aliso Viejo also has movie nights for the summer. It will be shown in Aliso Viejo Middle School. You are encouraged to bring blankets or low lawn chairs, and food will be available for purchase.

Source: avcity.org

Dana Point

The first surf town in Southern California was Dana Point. It has earned the title of the Dolphin and whale watching capital of the world. Every day, 2,500 yachts and tour boats depart from Dana Point Harbor for different locations. The city also has deep sea fishing, luxury spas, surfing, golfing with ocean views, stand-up paddleboarding (SUP), kayaking, pirate ship adventures, beach, and aerial yoga classes, and sunset wine cruises.

Moreover, there are 28 parks and an amazing selection of restaurants in the city.

Dana Point has organized a variety of events this summer for everyone to enjoy.

The first event on the list is Movies in the Park, which will take place every Friday in Lantern Bay Park and is completely FREE. Just bring a blanket or low-back lawn chair. Refreshments are available to purchase during the event.

Every Saturday, La Plaza Park hosts a Farmers Market and Craft Vendors event. Fresh produce will be brought by California farmers, and a variety of handmade crafts, jewelry, apparel, purses, candles, and one-of-a-kind items will be on display from craft merchants.

The VA Disability Claims Clinic, which is held at the Dana Point Community Center on the first and third Wednesdays of each month, will be open to the public for service-related medical issues.

Dana Point Summer Bazaar

Over 30 artists, crafters, and businesses will participate in the Dana Point Summer Bazaar at the Dana Point Community Center. In collaboration with Age Well Orange County, there will also be an open house filled with activities and special events for seniors. There will be a free raffle offering some fun prizes. Speaking of free, there will be samples of great food from Zest in a Bowl, the official food supplier of the senior lunch program, as well as FREE drinks like Kona Ice.

Symphony on the Go

There are two events for all you music enthusiasts out there.  The Pacific Symphony is offering a free mobile community concert experience. This Symphony on the Go will take place at Pines Park and Dana Crest Park.  Bring a lawn chair or a blanket to sit on while enjoying the music. Of course, the Concerts in the Park series is something you wouldn’t want to miss. Every Sunday in The Sea Terrace Park, two bands will perform for a FREE family-friendly concert.

Trolley Hop

The day before July 4th, there will be a Trolley Hop. If you buy a trolley hop wristband, you’ll have access to special drinks from participating restaurants. An anchor bottle opener will be given to the first 500 attendees to register for the event.

The Doheny State Beach will host the BEST Fourth of July fireworks show in Southern California. Prior to the fireworks show, the Condor Squadron of WWII-era North American AT-6 aircraft will fly over Dana Point.

Dana Point Classic Car Show

There will be 250 classic cars on display at the Dana Point Classic Car Show on Del Prado Avenue. There will be awards, entertainment, vendors, food trucks, beer gardens, and more at the event, which is FREE to the public.

Please see the flyers below for more events in Dana Point:

Sources: https://www.danapoint.org/, https://www.ohanafest.com/

Do you want to know about all of these concerts, festivals, and events? Call us at 949-929-5727 to find out more.

The Verso Homes Story: Turning Over a New Leaf

Verso Homes Team: Natalie Boyle, Crystal Schantzen, Tom Lloy, Dawn Leibovitz (Left to Right)

A name is more than just a name. It represents a story, and every experience we have shared in life is beautiful. It captures a moment in how we came to be. Life is made up of small steps, big dreams, and opportunities to share.

We are Verso Homes and we are proud to share our story. 

Realtor® & Founder

Natalie Boyle, a native of Orange County, started her career in real estate in 2001. It was during COVID-19, one of the worst global pandemics in history, that Boyle worked relentlessly to ensure that her firm was able to take care of its clients and fulfill their real estate needs. In the midst of these chaotic and challenging times, Verso Homes was born.

Brand Logo

Verso is a Latin word meaning ‘folio’ or “on the turned (leaf)”. It is found on the left-hand page of an open book signifying the turning of a new page. Thus, the leaf logo signifies a new beginning.

What inspired the color palette for our logo is the beautiful hues of a California sunset. We wanted it to reflect our unique coastal location in South Orange County.

Life changes, and when it does, you have the opportunity to write a new chapter in your life story. Verso Homes understands this and strives to help you create a colorful and memorable one with customized solutions that fit your personality, lifestyle, and budget. We are a team of compassionate, knowledgeable, and trustworthy real estate experts who focus on the needs of our clients. We also support other local business owners in the community so that we can make Orange County a better place for everyone.

Our communities are more than just places to live, but places where memories are made. We believe that each new page in a family’s life deserves to be celebrated and we at Verso Homes help each family write their new chapter in every new home.

We are a boutique real estate company that is changing the way people buy and sell homes in South Orange County. We have an innovative approach to home sales, leveraging technology and community resources to make our clients’ dreams come true.  Verso Homes offers a more client-centric approach that is designed to make the process as smooth and stress-free as possible.

We don’t just sell homes – we want to help you build the life you imagine in the home of your dreams. We work with our clients to create an experience that begins with building wonderful memories because our goal is to help you reach yours.

“A home is more than just a house,” it is made of different chapters in your journey through life day-by-day, chapter-by-chapter.

If you’re thinking about making a move we would love to help you write your next chapter together!  Give us a call, at 949-929-5727.

There are more homebuyers than homes to buy right now. That means a lot of home sellers find themselves in the fortunate position of having multiple offers to sift through, with many offering more than listing price. Welcome to a hot seller’s market! While having a bunch of buyers throwing money and promises at you is a wonderful problem to have, you still need to know how to choose a single offer. (Hint: It’s not always the highest one.)

The strongest offer for one seller might be the highest offer price, for another it could be the slowest closing window. If the seller wants to avoid making repairs, maybe it’s the offer without an inspection contingency.  

Here’s how to choose from multiple offers on your house and pave the way for a smooth sale.

Let your agent be your expert guide

Bidding wars aren’t as easy to navigate as you might think. While this may be your first time dealing with multiple offers, an experienced real estate agent is an old hand at this.  Tap into their wisdom for strategies on getting the strongest offer for your house and closing the deal on time.

Make sure the buyer can actually pay what they’re offering

The buyer offering the most money for your house always moves to the front of the pack, of course. But your agent can help you determine if the buyer has the bank to make good on the offer — and if it’s really the strongest offer in terms of securing the cash to close.

Your agent can help you manage these important factors:

Review all the contingencies

When buyers craft an offer, they usually include some conditions that must be met before they officially buy your home. If these conditions are not met, the buyer has a chance to back out of the deal. These contingencies may include getting approved for a mortgage, having the home pass an inspection or making sure the home appraises for a certain amount.

Review these contingencies with your agent and make sure you are okay with all buyer asks. As a seller, look for contracts with fewer contingencies to increase the odds of closing.

Consider the lender

You and your agent should also consider the lender that pre-approved the buyer. If the mortgage company or bank is known in the area and has a reputation for approving buyers that acquire financing, they’re a better bet than a buyer working with a lender with little or poor reputation.

It’s a good idea to research lenders if you and your agent are not familiar with them.

Negotiate, negotiate, negotiate

If you have gotten many offers, you’re in a great position to negotiate. Sure, you can take the offer with the highest price and call the house sold. But your agent may be able to leverage a better offer for you. 

Here’s how you do that: Once your agent presents you with all the offers you’ve gotten from buyers, you can go back to the strongest bidder and make a counteroffer. Your agent can advise you on terms that make the most sense for you to request, with the promise that if the buyer accepts, the house is theirs. The terms of the sale you might consider include:

The Verso Homes Team loves working with Sellers to select the BEST offer in this hot seller’s market. Are you ready to move on to your next chapter?  Send us a message, and let’s get started.

Here are a few more tips I’ve put together for home sellers:

Does the For Sale Sign in Your Neighbor’s Yard Make You Feel Like You Live in a FISHBOWL?

Why should I sell my house when I retire?

Preparing to Sell Your Home

Home Staging By Verso Homes

Top Investment Property Upgrades to Increase Rent and Equity

Email: [email protected]

Call / Text: 949.929.5727

Article Source Zillow

When a home in your neighborhood is for sale, it will attract drive-by traffic from potential buyers scouting the home and the neighborhood, before they even think about stepping inside the house.  That can make you feel like your neighborhood is a glass fishbowl. 

Rest assured, we understand how you feel.  What you do want to focus on are these opportunities that are presented when homes in your neighborhood are on the market for sale. 

Neighbors of Your Choice

We’ve all been told that you can’t choose your neighbors but that is just not true! This is the perfect time to have a family member or friend move to your neighborhood.  Call them and tell them about the home for sale down the street. They may need time to get their financing in order, should they decide to put in an offer (and need a loan from a lender). A home in Orange Country is on the market for an average of 48 days1.  Typically offers are accepted in the first for 5-7 days of the home hitting the market. Timing is key and loan pre-approval is necessary for anyone considering a home purchase.  So, reach out to the people you truly want as your neighbors! 

Referrals to Contractors and Tradespeople

There’s usually work that needs to be done before a house goes on the market.  Finding good, reliable, and affordable contractors and tradespeople can be time-consuming and difficult.  When they are already working in your neighborhood, you can potentially save yourself time and energy to get your home project underway! Contractors love to be able to schedule multiple projects in the same area.  It saves them commute times and gives them more exposure in the areas they serve. So, piggyback off all the leg work your neighbor did in finding the right people to do the job!

Qualified Buyers

The median price of a single-family home in Orange County is $900,0002! The turn-around time from start to closing is quick and that leads me to the best part of home sales in your neighborhood. It is currently a “seller’s market,” meaning there are more buyers than there are homes for sale.  This forces buyers into extremely competitive situations.  We average 10 or more offers for each listing, typically over the asking price.   Wouldn’t it be great if you could tap into this market of qualified buyers who already know they want to live in your neighborhood? If you want to learn more about qualified buyers in search of a home in your neighborhood, call or email us, and we are happy to share that information with you!

So, while it may feel like you are living in a fishbowl, the drive-bys won’t last long. Homes are selling quickly in this hot market.  The opportunities you’ll reap should outweigh any discomfort!    

We love working with Buyers to find their dream homes.  We would be honored to assist you or anyone you know of in the Orange County area with any and all home selling, buying, or investing needs.

Here is a list of more tips for home sellers:

How to pick the best offer on your home

Why should I sell my house when I retire?

Preparing to Sell Your Home

Home Staging By Verso Homes

Top Investment Property Upgrades to Increase Rent and Equity

Call: 949-929-5727

Email: [email protected]

  1. https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-search/Orange-County_CA/overview
  2. California National Association Realtors Aug. 2021 Stats
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