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The Agency joined forces with Giveback Homes in Orange County, California to help construct an all-new residence for a family of three. 

Agents and local SoCal staff picked up hammers and nails and manned drills and wheelbarrows to help construct an all-new home for a single mother and two young girls. Having struggled with high rent prices for several years, the family will move into a new single-level, three-bedroom, two-bath home, which will provide the safety and stability of homeownership.

The Agency is a proud supporter of Giveback Homes, an organization comprised of real estate professionals who help fund and build homes for families and individuals around the globe, from Los Angeles, Phoenix, Chicago and Houston to villages in Nicaragua.

EAT HERE - For a farm-to-table experience, stop by Farmhouse at Roger's Gardens, which supports all kinds of local farmers, fishermen and wine and spirits makers). Order the Farmhouse Vegetable Bowl and the  “Teqkillya Highball” made with grapefruit tonic and tequila blanco. For a steak served in a cool, old-school-style, swing by Five Crowns, a replica of one of England’s oldest country inns and a true Corona del Mar landmark. Start with the Five Crowns cut of steak and finish with a hot fudge sundae. Soak in the views at Summer House on PCH, which serves up American-style comfort food with hand-crafted cocktails. Opt for a comfy booth or people watch from an open-window perch. For a posh meal, head to CdM, which boasts a picture-perfect, ever-changing

REAL Trends Inc. has released a special report ranking the 50 top real estate professionals and teams based on average sales price and volume, and The Agency is proud to have five agents and two teams ranked among the best in the nation.

Santiago Arana ranked #15 with an average sales price of $9,450,689 and a closing sales volume of $340,224,828. Paul Lester was ranked #29 with an average sales price of $7,126,317 and a closing sales volume of $149,652,660. Aileen Comora came in at #35 with an average sales price of $6,632,072 and a closing sales volume of $152,537,660. Blair Chang made the list at #37 with an average sales price of $6,413,784 and a closing sales volume of $96,206,760 and Sandro Dazzan ranked #48, boasting an average sales price

Our picks of places to go and things to do to make the most of your month in and around Orange County.

CELEBRATE LIFE HERE - Gather to honor those who have passed on at the Dia de los Muertos Fiesta at The Muckenthaler Cultural Center in Fullerton. Enjoy live music, fresh food, family art activities, arts and crafts and bring along a few marigolds to place on the ofrendas (altars). 

GET CREATIVE INSPO HERE - Toy collectibles, designer apparel, pop and urban art—it’s all on deck at DesignerCon, a convention created to bring together artists, manufacturers, distributors, and retailers in the vinyl toy and collectible figures market. Taking place at the Anaheim Convention Center’s November 22-24, this large-scale event will boast 700 vendors. And more than 300

In Orange County—where the weather is consistently warm and sunny— catching glimpses of the seasons can be a rare delight. Here, we highlight five places in and around Orange County that capture a touch of fall. 

Descanso Gardens - Explore this 150-acre botanical garden in La Cañada Flintridge, just north of Pasadena and about an hour north of Orange County. Come November, roses and camellias will be in bloom alongside colorful fall foliage.

Fullerton Arboretum - Just outside Santa Ana is this 26-acre botanical garden, which boasts a collection of plants from around the world. Catch a free garden tour every second and fourth Saturday of the month starting at 10am. In the fall, you’ll want to see the deciduous oak and maple trees. 

Sherman Library and

On a recent late-summer evening, guests and agents gathered in Dana Point to toast the unveiling of The Wavecrest Collection at Beach Road and its two new beachfront homes.  

The two side-by-side estates, Montauk (35341 Beach Road) and Zuma (35345 Beach Road), were built by the family-run Mur-Sol builders, developed by architect Jack Garland and designed by Barclay Butera. Montauk’s traditional Cape Cod-inspired aesthetic—spread over 3,705 square feet—is a fascinating contrast to the 3,761-square-foot Zuma estate’s more contemporary California design. Both homes boast fine decorative details, 96-bottle wine rooms and oceanfront decks that look out onto the picturesque Capistrano Beach. Each showcase the best features of coastal living, from their

Our picks of places to go and things to do to make the most of your month in and around Orange County.

HAVE BEER, WILL DRAW - Arrive to this unique beer fest ready to sip—and sketch. The theme encourages attendees to wear white tees and bring pens to decorate them. Designed to ignite new friendships, this event will take place at the Westin Southcoast Plaza on October 12 and will offer more than 40 craft beers and live music. 

PICK A PUMPKIN HERE - The 44th Annual Fall Faire & Pumpkin Patch kicks off in Newport Beach October 13 at 10am—swing by to peruse a broad array of pumpkins, take pics in the photo booth, have your face painted and purchase autumn-themed crafts. 

SIP ROSÉ ALL DAY HERE - Soak in the sun and views of the sea at the California Wine

So, you’ve got a new place—time to celebrate! Welcome friends and family into your fresh digs with a housewarming party. Here, we spotlight five tips for throwing a fun, stress-free fête that will help you and your guests feel at home in your new abode.

POTLUCK THEME - Get to know your new neighbors by opting for a potluck party. Ask guests to bring over their favorite dishes (always nice conversation starters) and be sure to provide plenty of cocktails, mocktails and additional snacks. 

EASY SNACKS TO SERVE - If you’d rather provide the eats yourself, consider savory and sweet options that can be made in bulk and stay fresh for a while—appealing to guests at all stages of the party. Make a tray of ham and swiss cheese sliders (and be liberal with the

Feeling at home also means feeling at peace, and these four residences have been thoughtfully designed—some using the ancient energy-focused Chinese art of placement, Feng Shui—to maximize good vibes and positive energy. 

720 Griffith Way, Laguna Beach

Built in the 1940s, this pair of beach cottages boasts an eclectic mix of retro-chic style and breezy, new-age serenity. Crystal chimes are hung prominently in the living room, and an amphitheater yard is the perfect setting for relaxing outdoor movies or transporting musical jam sessions. Represented by Michael Caruso and Phillip Caruso, these quaint, beachy abodes will capture the heart of today’s bohemian-spirited nature-lovers. 

Oakview, Montecito

Represented by Eric Haskell,

Summer is winding down, but there’s still time to savor the season. From street festivals to craft fairs here are four of our favorite end-of-summer activities in Orange County. 

KNOTT'S BERRY FARM - Now is the perfect time to spend a day at Knott’s—with school back in session, the crowds will be smaller and the lines for rides shorter. Plus, the much-beloved Knott’s Scary Farm kicks off September 19, promising haunted mazes, dramatic shows and more than 1,000 creepy creatures around the park—it’s the perfect way to get in the Halloween spirit.  

FIESTAS PATRIAS FESTIVAL AND PARADE - September 14 and 15 from noon to 10pm, head to 602 N Flower Street in Santa Ana for the Fiestas Patrias Festival and Parade, which offers delicious food, carnival