Monday, October 9, 2017


Happy Fall Everyone!

Increased market times are causing price reductions on the higher end to occur. Contact us for a personalized perspective on the market and how it pertains to your possible sale or purchase!

Source: OC Register, September 19, 2017:

Hefty discounts get Laguna Beach homes selling
Laguna Beach home sellers got the county’s second highest prices in August, but it took the second largest discounts to get the deals done.
Here are highlights of ReportsOnHousing house-hunting data for resales of existing detached and attached residences in the community. Analysis includes August trends based on closed sales: sale counts; average price vs. average list price; high and low price paid in the month; average cost per square foot and average size; plus, based on broker listing networks stats on Sept. 7, the “market time” metric comparing supply of listings to new escrows opened in past 30 days.
In Laguna Beach …
Sales: 35 sold vs. 32 a year ago.
Average sales price: $2,452,114, second highest out of 46 Orange County markets tracked and was down 11.4 percent in a year.
Compared to list: Sellers got 95.7 percent of what they typically asked for, second worst of the 46 markets.
Range: High sale of $8.5 million vs. a $285,000 low.
Sizing: On average, buyers paid $1,240 per square foot on a 1,978 square-foot residence. This pricing metric was off 0.7 percent in a year.
Market speed: 209 days, listing to escrow opened vs. 294 days a year ago and 231 days two years ago.

Currently Listed in Laguna Beach
For Lease
2841 Ridge Drive $9,000/month

Coming In November For Lease:
Mountain View Drive

For Sale

New Personalized Home Search Tool

Surterre Properties is excited to announce a partnership with RealScout, a new home search service that allows for personalized search customization, allowing you to look for more specific features and traits such as: “contemporary,” “fixer-upper”, “natural light,” “open floor plan,” and more!
Give it a try and let us know how you like it! You may also as always search our web site for property at

October 2017 Laguna Beach Statistics 

Active - 261
Pending - 54
Sold - 29 in September

3 - Sold less than $1,000,000
14 - $1,000,000 - $2,000,000
5 - $2,000,000 - $3,000,000
6 - $3,000,000 - $4,000,000
1 - $7,850,000 

Thursday, September 7, 2017


How's the Market? 

Presently in California: Source California Association of Realtors August 2017

The combination of high prices and high demand in California have combined to create an environment of record low affordability. With the economy sustaining wage growth and low unemployment rates, households who have finally saved enough to buy have rushed to buy homes while long term mortgage rates remain low.

Looking ahead, the CoreLogic HPI Forecast indicates that home prices will increase by 5 percent on a year-over-year basis from July 2017 to July 2018, and on a month-over-month basis home prices are expected to increase by 0.4 percent from August 2017 to September 2017. The CoreLogic HPI Forecast is a projection of home prices using the CoreLogic HPI and other economic variables. Values are derived from state-level forecasts by weighting indices according to the number of owner-occupied households for each state.

Presently in Orange County: Source Surterre Properties managerial report based on MLS market and company statistics.

The market does not have enough inventory to supply buyers.

The demand for homes under $750,000 has doubled since this time last year.

$750,000-$1,000,000 = Days on market is 56 compared to 84 in 2016.

$1,000,000-$1,500,000 = Days on market is 110 compared to 114 in 2016.

$1,500,000-$2,000,000 = Days on market is 104 compared to 130 in 2016.

$2,000,000 and over  = Days on market is 178 compared to 304 in 2016. 

Just Sold! 983 Noria Street Laguna Beach
An Open House Success Story -Ask us how!
Represented Buyers and Sellers 
Both parties so pleased with our services and we are so honored to have assisted in the process. 

September 2017 Laguna Beach Statistics

Active - 263
Pending - 52
Sold in August - 35

5 - Less than $1,000,000
18 - $1,000,000 - $2,000,000
4 - $2,000,000 - $3,000,000
2 - $3,000,000 - $4,000,000
3 - $4,000,000 - $6,000,000
3 - $6,000,000-$9,000,000

We are always happy to meet with you or any of your referrals to discuss personal real estate situations and needs. Let's talk about your goals and create a timing strategy for buying or selling.

Wishing you all a wonderful end of summer season!
-Amanda & Pamela

Tuesday, August 8, 2017



The start of summer put a bit of a chill into Orange County homebuying, notably in the market’s upper crust.
Overall, 3,834 Orange County residences closed escrow and officially sold in the 22 business days ending June 27, up just 0.2 percent from a year ago, CoreLogic reported. Sales rose in only 41 of 83 Orange County ZIP codes compared to the year-ago period.
Orange County’s median selling price for all residences was $695,000 — up 5.3 percent compared to a year ago. Prices were up in 57 of 83 Orange County ZIPs compared to the previous year.
27 priciest ZIPs: This niche — median sales price of $770,000 and up — had 1,279 homes sold. That’s up just 0.2 percent compared to a year ago.
Seven-figure ZIPS: In 10 Orange County ZIP codes with median selling prices above $1 million, sales totaled 329 homes, down 1.2 percent compared to a year ago.

Source: OC Register 7/22/17

On July 25th, Amanda was presented an award for Providing Outstanding Value to Clients 
Presented by Surterre Properties founders, owners Paul Ansara-Wilhelm and Gary LeGrand 


22190 Paseo Del Sur - $2,975,000

31423 Coast Hwy #55 - $1,749,000

21712 Wesley Dr #7 - $1,149,000
*Also available for lease at $4,495/mo


Representing Seller and Buyer


9 Woodswallow, Aliso Viejo
1779 N Winlock, Orange
*Yes, we assist outside of Laguna, contact us to get your search started!


21703 Ocean Vista 101, Laguna Beach 


Active - 256
Pending - 16
Sold - 35

9 - Less than $1,000,000
14 - $1,000,000 - $2,000,000
9 - $2,000,000 - $3,000,000
1 - $3,000,000 - $4,000,000
2 - $4,000,000 - $5,000,000
1 - $5,000,000 - $10,000,000

Tuesday, June 13, 2017


Orange County Housing Off to a Hot Start in 2017

Source, Orange County Register, May 15, 2017
Orange County’s housing market got off to a broad-based advance to start 2017.
CoreLogic’s compilation of first-quarter sales data shows lots of across-the-board increases in sales trends and pricing patterns in almost every slice of the market.
  • Median selling price, all residences: $650,000 — up 4.8 percent. Prices rose in 66 of 83 Orange County ZIP codes.
  • Total sales: 8,060, up 3.5 percent from a year ago. Sales rose in 50 of 83 Orange County ZIPs.
  • Single-family home resales: 4,817 — up 3.8 percent. Median of $715,000 — up 6.7 percent.
  • Condo resales: 2,339 — up 6.8 percent. Median of $455,000 — up 3.4 percent.
  • Builder sales: 904 new homes — down 5.3 percent. Median of $849,500 — up 6.9 percent.
  • New home share: 11.2 percent of all sales vs. 12.3 percent a year ago.
  • 27 least expensive ZIPs: Median at $588,000 and below — 2,423 homes sold, up 5 percent. Sales rose in 70 percent of these ZIPs.
  • 27 priciest ZIPs: Median beginning at $742,000 — 2,630 homes sold, up 7.2 percent. Sales rose in 59 percent of these ZIPs.
  • Million-dollar ZIPs: 9 with 551 sales, up 13 percent; 10 million-dollar ZIPs a year ago.
  • Priciest ZIP: Newport Coast 92657 at $2.73 million.
  • Cheapest ZIP: Santa Ana 92701 at $277,250.

We apologize it has been a few months since our last newsletter! Spring was a busy market for the Hortons In Laguna. 


31291 CeanothusLaguna Beach5/4/2017Seller/Buyer
461 Linden StLaguna Beach5/18/2017Seller
1535 CaribbeanLaguna Beach5/25/2017Buyer
1880 CapistranoLaguna Beach5/26/2017Seller
31959 10thLaguna Beach5/31/2017Seller
275 Beverly ALaguna Beach6/14/2017Seller
-"We whole-heartedly recommend Amanda Horton to anyone seeking to purchase or sell a home in Orange County. She is a true superstar and a class act." Buyer, 1535 Caribbean, Mystic Hills

"Amanda & Pamela Horton are extraordinary agents. I highly recommend them, and would absolutely work with them again." Seller, 1880 Capistrano, Arch Beach Heights

"Amanda Horton is amazing and the most wonderful realtor I've ever had! She is patient, thorough, dedicated, and consistently exceeds high expectations." Seller, 31959 10th Avenue, South Laguna

June 2017 Laguna Beach Statistics

Active - 246
Pending - 52
Sold in May - 43

2 - Less than $1,000,000
26 - $1,000,000 - $2,000,000
9 - $2,000,000 - $3,000,000
0 - $3,000,000 - $4,000,000
1 - $4,000,000 - $6,000,000
3 - $6,000,000-$7,000,000
1 - $10,350,000
1 - $13,000,000

We are always happy to meet with you or any of your referrals to discuss personal real estate situations and needs.

Wishing you all a wonderful summer season!
-Amanda & Pamela

Saturday, March 4, 2017


Spring is Upon Us! We found this article of interest this month and hope you find it useful too. We are happy to advise on property prep and do so often!



1. Spruce up the grounds

This is one of the easiest—and cheapest—tricks in the book: Good landscaping can add up to 28% to overall home value.  
Hire a landscaper to give your front yard the once-over, or just clean up the details yourself (e.g., edge the lawn, plant flowers), and update the outdoor furniture on the front porch to give the space a fresh, “buy me now” appeal. 

2. Love the hardwood

Right now, carpeting isn’t just an aesthetic choice—it’s a choice that can actively turn away buyers who can’t see beyond it. Instead of noticing what a wonderful, light-filled living room you have, they can think only about just how much money it will cost to get rid of that nasty old carpet. Do it yourself and save them the trouble. What you have underneath might be far more presentable, with a bit of cleaning and refurbishing. If it isn’t, a new floor is a worthwhile investment.
Decided to keep your carpet? At the very least, make sure to clean it thoroughly before buyers come trekking through your home.

3. Fix windows and doors

So you’re selling an older home, complete with creaking windows and doors that don’t open and close easily after years of use. Maybe you’re hoping buyers will overlook the problems in favor of “charm.” Think again.
You’d be surprised how many people list their property thinking no one will notice that the windows and doors are not opening and closing because they look pretty. When the showings start, believe me, potential buyers are going to open and close windows and doors and learn that something is awry.

4. Paint (and wash!) walls

If any of your rooms are doused in a dark shade, such as eggplant or emerald, cover it up with a coat of light or neutral paint. Buyers find it easier to picture themselves living in a home with neutral walls—plus, they’ll make your home seem larger, cleaner, and far more appealing.
If you still can’t bring yourself to paint over the hues you’ve so carefully selected, consider this: After living in a home for a few years you may become a bit blind to how your walls are showing to newcomers.
Peeling paint, fingerprints, and dings seem to go unnoticed in a lived-in home. Fresh paint on the walls in a neutral color is always best, but if your budget does not permit that, washing the walls and doors goes a long way.

5. Clean the cabinets

If you’ve never sold a house before, you might be surprised by how bold buyers are. Digging through your drawers? Peeking inside your cabinets? How dare they! But buyers are expected to be little investigators—so be prepared before they start sleuthing.
Buyers should be able to see how much storage is available rather than the clutter you might have there. Also, check for any loose drawers, hardware, or shelving so buyers don’t wonder what else might be amiss.

6. Update the lighting

Before putting your home on the market, bring in a second set of eyes to look over your lighting. Is it dated? Does it serve the space poorly?
Finding relatively inexpensive light fixtures can make a big impact and be well worth the investment. Check out your favorite home improvement store for cheap, modern lighting that can make your home go from old news to new and stylish in no time. 


Just Listed 
275 Beverly #A
North Laguna

Just Listed
31959 10th Avenue
South Laguna 


March 2017 Laguna Beach Statistics 

Active - 183
Pending - 56
Sold - 25 in February

1 - Sold less than $1,000,000
13 - $1,000,000 - $2,000,000
5 - $2,000,000 - $3,000,000
2 - $3,000,000 - $4,000,000
4 - $4,000,000+