A 55+ Community in Laguna Beach, California

May - June 2018

Edition No. 14

Welcome!

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JoAnn's Corner
 

JoAnn

Greetings! As we welcome spring and the fun that comes with it, I’d like to remind everyone that we love sharing this fantastic place with friends and family. Please read more for related notes on guest parking and the residential speed limit.

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JoAnn's Corner

JoAnn

Greetings! As we welcome spring and the fun that comes with it, I’d like to remind everyone that we love sharing this fantastic place with friends and family. Here are a few reminders to make sure everyone’s visit is great:

  • Please keep the guest parking spaces free for our guests. If you have more vehicles than your home site can accommodate, please make other arrangements for your additional vehicles.
  • Remember that the speed limit is 15 miles per hour. Please let your guests know as well.

We appreciate your residency. Let’s continue working together to ensure Laguna Terrace is a place you’re proud to call home.

-JoAnn

Sales Update
 

House

Have you seen the newest homes available at Laguna Terrace? Are you curious about the homes we’ve recently constructed? Give Kristin in the Sales Office a call at (949) 397-6287 to schedule a sneak-peek tour. Our new homes are going fast and will sell out soon.

Food

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Spring and Summer Libations

As the seasons change, so do our tastes. We crave fresh ingredients, herbs, and fruitier flavors. If you are planning pool parties or gatherings, make sure your cocktails match the seasonal preference. Town and Country Magazine shares innovative drink recipes, while this piece by The Spruce shares advice on excellent, easy-to-prep pairings.

Homeowner Tips
 

Pets

Family first- and that includes pets. Want to know how to keep your furry friends safe from wild predators? Here are tips for safeguarding your pets from coyotes.

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Homeowner Tips

Pets

Family first- and that includes pets. Want to know how to keep your furry friends safe from wild predators? Here are tips for safeguarding your pets from coyotes.

  • Coyotes are more active at dawn and dusk, so be more attentive at these times.
  • Don’t leave pets unattended outside or near open doors and windows—especially cats and small dogs.
  • Before exiting the house with your pet, turn lights on in your yard to check for wildlife.
  • If you come across a coyote, wave your arms and make as much noise as you can to chase them away. On your keychain or dog leash, carry a loud whistle to use as a deterrent.

For even more tips, click here.

Community Yard Sale

Yard Sale

Our annual Community Yard Sale is Saturday, May 12 from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. If you’d like to participate, you can set up in your driveway or in the parking lot on the Pacific Coast Highway. Email JoAnn by Wednesday, May 9 telling her where you plan to set up. Maps for yard sale participants will be made to help shoppers navigate.

Explore Laguna
 

Biking

Most people think of Laguna Beach as a sun-swept, coastal town in SoCal with endless pristine beaches. What is less known is that Laguna Beach is surrounded by more than twenty-thousand acres of wilderness and state parks. All of these outdoor locales are connected by countless miles of hiking, biking, and running trails. Check out these eight areas of Laguna to explore.

Your Health

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Secrets to Living Longer

In the battle against the ticking clock, it’s interesting to see different perspectives on what keeps folks young. A great wonder is how on the Greek island of Ikaria, one in three make it to their 90’s and rarely have illnesses. Ikarian and author, Diane Kochilas, shares her secrets to a long life. It’s also useful to get advice directly from centenarians. From Betty White (95) to Norman Lloyd (102), these 12 celebrities share their tips for a long life.

Now Taking Brokered Listings

House

If you’re considering selling your home, please call us for a free market analysis. We will also promote your home using multiple outlets and include it in our weekly open house. We are located on-site for all interested sellers and buyers. Come to the office to make an appointment or call (949) 397-6287. Let us help you sell!

Resident Reward of $1,000

Refer a friend

Invite your friends to join the community! If they purchase a new home, you’ll receive up to $1,000 for the sales referral. Please contact Kristin Durley directly for questions at (949) 397-6287.

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Resident Reward of $1,000

Refer a friend

Invite your friends to join the community! If they purchase a new home, you’ll receive up to $1,000 for the sales referral. Please contact Kristin Durley directly for questions at (949) 397-6287.

*Please note: The offer is restricted to Hometown America-owned, new-inventory homes. Residents who refer a potential buyer will receive money at closing of escrow. Other terms may apply.

Capital Improvements

Upgrade

We are working with fantastic vendors on the newest additions to our pool and spa area. We are especially excited to bring our residents new resort-style pool furniture. Stay tuned on delivery dates!

Home & Garden

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To Clean or Not to Clean?

If a spotless home is your pride, then spring cleaning means you plan on attacking the really big items. Online magazine, House Beautiful, has great deep cleaning recommendations, from tackling your dishwasher to preparing your patio furniture for a great summer. Click here to see their tips and tricks.

It’s in the Genes!
 

Genes

DNA kits are growing in popularity, with many people wanting to learn more about their genetics or ancestry. Unusual stories arise, too, like two men in Hawaii who took DNA tests and found out they were more than best friends. Read on to learn their story and what DNA kits can do for you.

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It's in the Genes!

Genes

With the rise of DNA kits, many have made some surprising discoveries.

Walter MacFarlane and Alan Robinson have been friends for over 60 years, meeting in the 6th grade and playing football together in high school. Both men were adopted as children and never knew their biological parents. After completing a DNA kit, they found out some shocking news– they’re brothers! (Story available here.)

DNA kits have certainly helped people like Walter and Alan learn new things about themselves. They can tell you what parts of the world your ancestors are from, identify distant (or famous) relatives, and connect you with other living family members. For those interested in gene science, testing can also provide details about your health and genetics.

DNA kits have been on the market for several years, but their popularity has recently increased. If you’re curious to learn more about yourself, here are some of the most popular kits you can try:

23 and Me

The 23 and Me DNA kits can give you your ethnic makeup and information on where your ancestors lived over 500 years ago. Their tests can show if you are a carrier of a specific gene, your genetic health risks, and what role your genes play in your wellness. The test can even tell you how your genetics influence your facial features.

Ancestry DNA

This kit from Ancestry.com tracks your origins from more than 350 ethnic regions. It can even track your ancestors’ journey from the old world and estimate when they arrived in the Americas. Ancestry uses its vast network of historical records and current users to then connect you to your ancestors and living relatives.

MyHeritage DNA

The MyHeritage kit uncovers your ethnic origins from 42 ethnicities. It also matches you with living relatives and shows you how much DNA you share. From there you can connect with them and discover your shared heritage.

To find out more about Walter and Alan’s story, click here. It’s quite the tale!

Be a Facebook Pro
 

Facebook

You may be familiar with Facebook, but do you know all of its secret tips and tricks? Make the most out of your social media experience, from hidden settings to fun features. Read more to find out what else Facebook offers.

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Be a Facebook Pro

Facebook

You may be familiar with Facebook, but do you know all of its secret tips and tricks? Make the most out of your social media experience, from hidden settings to fun features. Read below to find out what else Facebook offers.

  1. Stop seeing peoples’ posts without unfriending them. If someone is clogging up your news feed, you can “unfollow” them and their posts will be hidden. To unfollow someone, visit their profile and hover over the following button. The drop-down menu will show the option to unfollow. (And don’t worry- this won’t unfriend them and they won’t know you unfollowed their posts.)
  2. Buy and sell items on Facebook through Marketplace. You can sell items to others in your area or you can post an item for sale in a group with Facebook Marketplace. Buy and sell everything from furniture to clothing.
  3. Play Messenger’s hidden game. On the mobile messaging app, send the basketball emoji to one of your friends. Then click on it. This will reveal a game you and your friend can play. See who can shoot the most hoops and keep track of your scores in the messages.
  4. Worried about hackers? Get alerts! It’s not the most appealing thing to find someone has hacked into your account, liking smutty sites and messaging your friends with spam. Help prevent damage by setting up notifications to tell you whenever your Facebook account is accessed from a new device or browser. By going Settings >> Security, you can choose to receive an email, notification, or both upon one of these new login attempts.
  5. Who manages your page when your rein is over? Facebook understands unfortunately events can happen, so they have made procedures to make sure people are secure their account doesn’t fall into the wrong hands when the inevitable comes along. You can bequeath your account to someone trustworthy by nominating a 'Legacy Contact.' (You’ll find this in the Security part of your Facebook account.)

To find out more Facebook tricks, check out these articles:

HTA Spotlight
 

HTA Spotlight

One in every five new homes sold in Florida is a factory-built home. Today’s manufactured and modular homes are built with the highest standards of quality, livability, and affordability. While there are a few myths and misconceptions that still arise, we are happy to debunk them. Explore this list of frequently asked questions from the Manufactured Housing Institute so you can learn the real facts and judge for yourself if these stylish and affordable homes are the perfect fit.

Entertainment & Leisure

Arts

Great Performances Close at Hand

If you can’t make it to Broadway to catch the hot new show, PBS Great Performances are just a click away. Rediscover your love for theatre with the Broadway series or watch performances from the Kennedy Center. Some of the online shows are free, and additional ones are available through the PBS Passports subscription series. Explore to learn more.

Come Socialize
 

Social

Join us on social media, through Facebook or Twitter, to stay updated, see pictures from the latest community event, and connect with neighbors. Our community page is also a great place to learn about sales specials and enter fun contests. Follow us today!

SafeHaven Insurance

SafeHaven

Hometown America is proud to promote SafeHaven National Insurance Agency, specializing in coverage for manufactured homeowners and renters. Many companies are difficult to work with or do not write policies that provide adequate protection for prefabricated homes. Make sure you are dealing with an insurance company that offers competitively priced policies and the protections important to you. Visit SafeHaven online or call 1-800-536-8999 for a quote.

E-Z Pay
 

EZ Pay

Take the hassle out of making rent payments with Hometown America’s E-Z Pay. With E-Z Pay, your lot rent will be automatically deducted from your bank account on the third of each month. New sign-ups earn a $10 credit.

Travel

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Classic American Road Trips

What was once old is new again! Hitting the road for vacations are becoming more popular, albeit apparently for more frequent but shorter trips. A great alternative to the increasing stressful airline experience, you should make the most of your road trip experience. Embrace the allure of the road and check out these excellent road trip tips.