A 55+ Community in Laguna Beach, California

November - December 2017

Edition No. 11

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JoAnn's Corner
 

JoAnn

Greetings! We have several updates for you in this edition, including online rent payment options, construction updates, and positive thinking. Read more get all the details.

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JoAnn's Corner

JoAnn

Greetings! As we continue to embrace positivity each day, we enjoyed another newsletter by Jon Gordon called “Fear Not.” Positive thinking is good for your health, so give it a read!

RentPayment.Com has been permanently shut down and is no longer a payment option for residents. For now, we have two options for paying rent – (1) a check delivered to the Community Office or (2) registering for recurring electronic fund transfer payments (EFT) that are pulled directly from a bank account (Hometown’s EZ Pay program).

As always, I’m thankful for your patience and cooperation during any repairs or construction that we schedule. We have completed the repairs to the pool and it is back and running perfectly. We are also excited to have three more beautiful homes coming into the community. Watch for the latest and greatest news!

Announcements on any ongoing projects that are scheduled will be electronically delivered... Stay tuned!

-JoAnn

Sales at Laguna Terrace

House

The year is coming to an end, and sales have been great! We only have three new homes that aren’t under contract and still available for purchase. We are thrilled to have sold so many homes over the course of the last few months and have been able to welcome happy new residents.

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Sales at Laguna Terrace

House

The year is coming to an end, and sales have been great! We only have three new homes that aren’t under contract and still available for purchase. We are thrilled to have sold so many homes over the course of the last few months and have been able to welcome happy new residents.

Being that we are almost sold out, we will start production on the last three empty lots very soon. We will keep you all posted on build-out and arrival if the lot is located near your home. We are excited to build the last three homes and have no more empty lots at Laguna Terrace. It's been a successful two years of building and now we are nearing the end.

We have a wide variety of new homes available—everything from 1-bedroom bungalows with an ocean view, 2-bedroom ocean view homes, and beautiful homes in the canyon with rooftop decks or private outdoor decks. Don’t miss out on your chance to refer a friend and get your $1,000 referral reward!

Food

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Thanksgiving Made Simple

Thanksgiving means good food and even better company. Cut your cooking time in half with these savory meals that take less than an hour to prepare. You’ll spend less time in the kitchen and more time with loved ones.

You're Invited!
 

Invite

All residents are invited to come preview our new homes every Saturday from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. We love when you invite your friends and family to come see the available listings. If you bring an interested buyer to an open house or send a referral to the sales office, you’ll receive a referral reward when they buy a new home.

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You're Invited!

Invite

All residents are invited to come preview our new homes every Saturday from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. We love when you invite your friends and family to come see the available listings. If you bring an interested buyer to an open house or send a referral to the sales office, you’ll receive a referral reward when they buy a new home.

All of our new homes are designed and staged by a local interior designer, Casa Cristina, and have the option of being sold fully furnished. Select homes are open for the recurring Saturday Open House. Look out for signage of where the featured homes are or call Kristin at 949-499-3021.

Come enjoy the beautiful beach weather on the deck of our new homes with a glass of champagne!

Tip of the Month
 

Pay it forward

By paying it forward, you can make quite an important difference in this world. Not only will you brighten another person’s mood, but you will also set a chain reaction in motion.

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Tip of the Month

Pay it forward

By paying it forward, you can make quite an important difference in this world. Not only will you brighten another person’s mood, but you will also set a chain reaction in motion. If you pay it forward to three people, who again pay it forward to three others themselves, the entire planet could be transformed. Making a change doesn’t take much. You don’t have to be rich, powerful, or influential. Every ordinary person can help to make this world a better place, and it starts by paying it forward.

Click here to find 45 beautifully selfless ways to pay it forward.

Changes to HTA Easy Pay

EZ Pay

There have been some changes to our rent payment system. Click to read for more information on your new payment options.

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Changes to HTA Easy Pay

EZ Pay

RentPayment.com has been permanently shut down and is no longer a payment option for residents.

For now, we have 2 options for paying rent:

1- You can write a check, delivered to the Community Office

or

2- You can register for recurring electronic fund transfer payments (EFT) that are pulled directly from a bank account. Enroll in Hometown America’s E-Z Pay Program by visiting the enrollment website.

Your Health

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Stretch the Pain Away

Back pain is the second most common reason for doctor office visits. If you suffer from this, you know it can be difficult to enjoy everyday activities. Check out these gentle stretches to ease the discomfort so you can continue living pain free.

Holiday Party
 

Snowflake

Join us for the Laguna Terrace Holiday Party on December 8, 2017, at 6 p.m. in the Clubhouse. We’ll be having a fun white elephant gift exchange and treats to enjoy! More details to come.

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 Espinosa directly for questions at (949) 499-3021.

Are You Earthquake Ready?

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The Great California Shake Out was held at 10:19 a.m. on October 19, 2017. It is the state’s largest earthquake drill. Check out this article for all the importance things you need to know to prepare for an earthquake and keep safe. Drop! Cover! Hold on!

Home & Garden

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Front Porch Flair

Make your front porch pop with fall containers filled with beautiful blooms and foliage. Southern Living provides the best ideas and tips for how to bring a beautiful fall planter to life. Whichever you choose, your home will be decorated perfectly for the season.

Sawdust Art Festival Winter Fantasy

Clay throwing

Our local festival grounds will be transformed into a winter wonderland where 175 artists create, display, and sell original creations over the course of 5 weekends.

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Sawdust Art Festival Winter Fantasy

Clay throwing

Our local festival grounds will be transformed into a winter wonderland where 175 artists create, display, and sell original creations over the course of 5 weekends.

The festival will be open the following dates:

  • November: 18,19,24,25,26 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • December: 2,3,9,10,16,17 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

The Winter Fantasy offers the most unique holiday shopping in all of Southern California. Creations include jewelry, clothing, fused and blown glass, ceramics, woodwork, forged metals, painting, photography, sculpture, clothing, and textiles.

Click here for more information.

Community Upgrades
 

Upgrade

We will continue to make improvements to the community’s retaining wall along F Street. We also plan to enhance D Street in 2018. Feel free to send management an email on suggestions or ideas that you may have. Announcements on any ongoing projects will be sent electronically. Stay tuned!

Good Night, Sleep Tight

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It goes without saying that a good night’s sleep is a valued part of life. With every day hustle and bustle, many factors often interfere with getting enough rest. Read more for tips on the lifestyle choices you can make to get better sleep.

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Good Night, Sleep Tight

Sleeping clock

It goes without saying that a good night’s sleep is a valued part of life. With every day hustle and bustle, many factors often interfere with getting enough rest. Read the tips below on the lifestyle choices you can make to get better sleep.

  1. Make a sleep schedule - Go to bed at the same time every night and wake up at the same time each morning, even on weekends. The consistency in your sleep cycle will ensure that your body is properly rested and that you receive the best sleep each night.
  2. Limit naps - Long naps during the day can severely interfere with a good night’s rest. In order to maximize your sleep, limit naps to 30 minutes and take them earlier in the day instead of later.
  3. Include physical activity - Exercise during the day can have a huge impact on the sleep you get at night. Make exercise a regular part of your daily routine and you’ll see great improvements in your sleep.
  4. Create a comfortable sleep environment - For better sleep, make sure your mattress and pillows are comfortable and supportive. Also, remove any noise or distractions that could hinder a good night’s rest.

For other useful tips on sleeping better, check out these links:

Sleep tips: 6 steps to better sleep

Healthy sleep tips

Entertainment & Leisure

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Adventures in Words

There’s no greater pleasure than delving into a good book and not putting it down until you’ve read every page. The adventure you take while reading can truly make the world fade away. Click here to see the most popular books of 2017 so far, and add some to your reading list.

Enjoy a Stress-Free Holiday

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The holidays are a great time to spend with friends and family. Don’t let the potential stress of the season get in the way of everything you should enjoy. If you’re looking to do less instead of more this Christmas, read more for some tips.

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Enjoy a Stress-Free Holiday

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The holidays are a great time to spend with friends and family, and should be enjoyed instead of dreaded. With presents, food, decorations, and more piling up it can be overwhelming. Don’t let the potential stress of the season get in the way of everything you should enjoy. If you’re looking to do less instead of more this Christmas, start with these tips:

  1. Have a gift-wrapping strategy - Don’t wait until the last minute to wrap gifts. Take care of gift wrapping as soon as you purchase, and use a sticky note as a reminder of the contents.
  2. Make a budget and a gift list - Before you step into a store make sure you have a set holiday budget and gift list for each person you’re shopping for. This will eliminate financial stress and ensure everyone you love receives a gift.
  3. Use simple décor - Small and simple decorations are just as festive as large and flashy ones. A few decorations around the house is plenty to suffice for holiday cheer, and are extremely easy to put up and take down.
  4. Enjoy store bought treats - Instead of slaving away in the kitchen, opt for store bought baked goods. They are still delicious and will be much easier to prepare.
  5. Pick paper plates - Fine china may be pretty, but it can be a huge headache to wash and put away. Using disposable plates and plastic utensils are a great substitution, and can be tossed when the meal is over.

Want more tips and tricks for a stress-free season?

Christmas Calm: Ten Tips for a Stress-Free Holiday Season

Tips for a Stress-Free Holiday Season

Special Feature: Online Safety

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As technology changes and improves, so do the tactics and strategies of scammers and thieves. While this can be frightening, there are ways to prevent and stop it. Here are a few tips from retired police officer, Donna Brown, on how to keep yourself safe online.

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Special Feature: Online Safety

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Technology plays a huge part in our everyday life. We use it to make a phone call, share a picture with our friends on Facebook, or send a quick email. Regardless, the use of technology is constantly changing and improving for the better. However, as technology changes and improves, so do the tactics and strategies of scammers and thieves. While this can be frightening, there are ways to prevent and stop it. Here are a few tips on how to keep yourself safe online.

Credit Theft:

Check your credit at least once a year. While this may not prevent theft, it can catch it earlier on. By regularly checking your credit, which is free, you can catch someone trying to use your name for unauthorized mortgages, car loans, and credit cards.

Scams:

Lottery scams and the Internal Revenue Services (IRS) scams are two of the most prominent and cyclical scams. Scam victims will receive a call or email, stating they have won the lottery and must pay a small fee to collect it. Legitimate lotteries do not request payments.

The Internal Revenue Services (IRS) scam victims will receive a call or email stating there is a warrant for their arrest due to owing back taxes and are requesting a payment through gift cards. The IRS never requests payment gift cards.

Social Media:

Don’t post photos when going out of town. Crooks prowl social media looking for vacant homes. If you do post, have a friend check on your home daily and collect your mail and newspaper. Having light timers, inside and outside, can help as well.

Computers:

Secure your computer from viruses. There are many reputable anti-malware and anti-virus software companies available that offer great products and protection at very reasonable prices.

Check Writing:

Always think twice when writing a check to a person or business you’re not familiar with. Checks provide your name and address, which is very useful information for those with nefarious intentions. Use your debit or credit card instead of writing a check if you can. If using a debit or credit card, try to use them at establishments with updated security chip readers.

These are just a few ways for you to stay one step ahead and protect yourself. Learn the balance between enjoying technology and being precautious.

About Donna Brown

Donna Brown

Donna Brown is a former Tallahassee Police Department (TPD) homicide sergeant with more than 26 years of experience and author of Behind and Beyond the Badge. Brown began her career at TPD during a time when there were only five women in a department of 150 plus officers. Throughout her career, she worked as a patrol officer, a field training officer, a member of several different investigative units and as a homicide detective-sergeant, allowing her to work with a large variety of the first-responder community. After retiring, Brown wanted to write a book capturing and exploring career-defining moments of a first- responder. She felt her book was vital considering the many officer-involved shootings bringing negative spotlight on what she felt was not representative of public servants.

Want to hear from Donna Brown? Check out Behind and Beyond the Badge on Facebook for a list of upcoming tour stops!

Behind and Beyond the Badge book

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 hear about sales specials and enter fun contests. Follow us today!

Travel

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Holiday Journeys

Don’t let the hustle and bustle of the season stress you out. Make your travel plans effortless using these holiday travel tips. Being mindful and strategic while you travel will ease the stress and make the season more fun!

SafeHaven Insurance

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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 SaveHaven 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.