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Dry Scaping Ideas

Dry Scaping Ideas

Maybe you’re wondering, ‘What’s “dry-scaping? And Why do I need Dry Scaping Ideas?” This blog explains. And by the end of the article, we hope you’ll be glad you’ve read the blog and will come away with some valuable ideas…

Easy Curb Appeal Upgrades You Can Do On a Weekend

Easy Curb Appeal Upgrades You Can Do On a Weekend

Getting your home ready to sell can seem daunting, and you might be tempted to sell it “as is” instead. Adding a little curb appeal, however, will help your home sell faster and for more money. There are many simple…

Spring Air Conditioning Service

Spring Air Conditioning Service

In preparation for warmer summer days, spring is the perfect time for an air conditioning service. With regular service, your air conditioning will be both reliable and efficient. Neglected units are more costly to run and deliver poorer air-cooling quality.…

Open House Tips and Etiquette for Buyers

Open House Tips and Etiquette for Buyers

With spring well on its way, the weather impresses each day with the joys of living in Corona del Mar, Newport Beach, Laguna Beach and Dana Point. And with mortgage lenders easing on loan qualifications for all price points, maybe…

Do you Want to Buy an Older House?

Do you Want to Buy an Older House?

With many older neighborhoods experiencing revitalization, an older home might be a smart investment. So, whether you’re a first-time buyer or looking to flip a house for cash, an older home in an established neighborhood might be perfect for you.…

Real Estate Terminology: Loan Types, the Fifth in a Series

Real Estate Terminology: Loan Types, the Fifth in a Series

When it comes to real estate loans, you’ll find that there are many Loan Types. Figuring out which loan or loans are best for your new property purchase can be confusing, but we can help. Here are some types of…

Real Estate Terminology: Closing Costs, the Fourth in a Series

Real Estate Terminology: Closing Costs, the Fourth in a Series

Closing costs include all of the fees and costs associated with completing the sale or purchase of a home using a mortgage and an escrow company, that are in addition to the actual purchase price of the property. These costs…

Real Estate Terminology: Loan Ratios, the Third in a Series

Real Estate Terminology: Loan Ratios, the Third in a Series

In the vocabulary of real estate, various ratios help buyers and mortgage services determine the viability of a purchase. A ratio is a way of expressing the relationship between two values or amounts. Usually, ratios compare how much of one…

Real Estate Terminology: Appraisal vs. Assessment vs. Market Value, the Second in a Series

Real Estate Terminology: Appraisal vs. Assessment vs. Market Valu

In the vocabulary of real estate, there are three terms that indicate a home’s valuation: the Appraised Value, the Assessed Value and the Market Value. Rarely are these three values the same, so it’s easy to confuse them when considering…

Real Estate Terminology: Abatement, the First in a Series

Real Estate Terminology: Abatement, the First in a Series

Every industry has its own vocabulary, and real estate is no exception. If you are beginning to search your first home purchase, or it’s been a while since you last purchased a home, you may find yourself stumped by the…

First Things First … Choosing Your New Neighborhood

First Things First … Choosing Your New Neighborhood

With all of the tools available online and off for finding your new home, you can spend lots of time thinking about details of the type of house you want.  But… before investing time on the home details, it would…

Smart Selling to Today’s Homebuyers

Smart Selling to Today’s Homebuyers

If you’re reading about housing recovery and considering selling now that the housing market outlook is improving, take a few moments to consider how homebuyers have changed what they are looking for in their home search. During the past six…

Will a Bath Remodel Increase My Home’s Value?

Will a Bath Remodel Increase My Home’s Value?

Spring will soon be here and the annual uptick of home buying this season has you thinking of putting yours on the market. Your neighbor remodeled their bathroom last year and you’re wondering if you should upgrade yours before listing…

Dream Home Ideas for Home Search or Remodeling

Dream Home Ideas for Home Search or Remodeling

Thanks to stunning video tours, the HGTV Dream Homes have inspired buyers to look for the latest in home design. Each year’s Dream Home showcases innovation in concept, layout, building materials and design. The HGTV selection with inspire you with…

Design Trends for New Homes

Design Trends for New Homes

As the housing market rebounds, revitalized builders are eager to showcase the latest design trends for new homes.  Buyers expect that newly constructed homes will be safer and more energy efficient, but they’re also looking for floor plans which reflect…

Tips for Home Sellers

Tips for Home Sellers

The Wall Street Journal writes about declining refinancing, significant job cuts by major bank’s mortgage departments and a return to a seasonal home buying cycle. In short, many economy pundits describe strengthened home buying as we move toward the spring…

Pinterest for Home Buyers and Sellers

Pinterest for Home Buyers and Sellers

Pinterest for Home Buyers Some people are great at articulating exactly what they want in their next home. But some of us know what we want yet find it tough to explain to someone else. It usually comes out something…

Selling Your Home Over the Holidays

Selling Your Home Over the Holidays

Keeping your home on the market over the holidays can be a tough call. Many experts think that it is not worth it because sellers will seem desperate. Most offers coming in over the holidays are generally lower than asking…