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June Market Update: Buyers Remorse, Affordability Challenges And Price Reductions.

Most housing indicators suggest a market transition, sales are slowing, mortgage rates are rising and bidding wares are becoming less common. Prices are the notable exception.

According to the latest S&P’s CoreLogic Case-Shiller Index, prices grew 20.6% between March 2021 and March 2022. That was the highest year-over-year price change in more than 35 years. Experts agree that this level of price growth is unsustainable — but recognizing whether growth has peaked is proving difficult.

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What Is a Bridge Loan and How Does It Work?

Are you a homeowner looking to relocate or simply buy a new home? In that case, taking out a bridge loan can help you fill the gap between selling your house and financing your new purchase. Here’s what you need to know.

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Fun Events For Dad This Fathers Day

Father’s Day is Sunday, June 19th. Which means it’s time to celebrate dads. And not just dads. We also celebrate the step-dads, the grandpas, the uncles, the special men who are “like a dad.

But, how to celebrate?

Luckily, there are lots of things to do and places to go to celebrate Father’s Day in and around Los Angeles and Orange County.

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6 Hidden Costs Of Home Remodeling

If you’re thinking about remodeling your home, you’re not alone. But be careful, whatever project you have in mind, be advised: Its price tag isn’t limited to the materials you’ll need or the contractors you’ll hire. Home remodeling jobs tend to carry hidden costs. As you look ahead to cooking in that new state-of-the-art kitchen or turning that spare bedroom into an office, be sure to budget for these six often-overlooked

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April Market Update: How Rising Rates Affects Your Offers.

Are you looking to buy a house? It feels like everyone from the guy in the Starbucks queue behind you to the coworker whose name you can never remember is looking through Zillow daily and eagerly sharing their predictions and stories on the housing market “bubble”. I wanted to explain a little about “borrowing power”.

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The Revolution Of EV Charging At Home

Electric vehicles are becoming commonplace in Orange County households. While these innovative cars may allow their owners to pass the gas station, but they still need fuel which means that access to a charging station is important to keep these owners on the road.

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“Let’s Flip A House” Said The Wife To The Husband

TV shows make house flipping look like a sure-fire way to make a lump of easy cash. However, the reality is often quite different, and there are several things worth considering before getting started. It’s always best to go in with your eyes open, so with that in mind, here are seven things to think about.

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Orange County Restaurant Week Is Back!

OC Restaurant Week is back! This restaurant adventure is designed for food lovers to celebrate however you like. Go on Date Nights all week, Experience luxury menus, & Explore new restaurants with friends. / March 6 – 12, 2022.

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Beauty Of The Bath

Our bathrooms are the place where the tone is set for a busy day ahead and a welcoming space we return to at the end of out day. Now, so much more than basic necessities, bathrooms are quickly becoming at-home retreats that beckon us with relaxation and restoration. Bathrooms are in the spotlight and we’re loving it!

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Coming To The Surface – Choosing The Right Kitchen Countertop

Could it be that the perfect countertop surface has come to be? Of course we’re talking about quartz as it remains, once again, year after year, the number one choice for countertops. Today’s technology has allowed quartz to replicate any natural stone or any color or pattern you could possibly desire. Add to that; It’s hygienic stain resistant, extremely strong and durable. Did we mention that it’s low maintenance and doesn’t need re-sealing – it’s got it all!

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How to Survive Your Neighbor’s Construction Project

Any kind of construction project is loud and dirty. For homeowners starting their project, they have the anticipation of the finished product to look forward to. But what if the project isn’t your own but your neighbor’s? You have all the hassle with none of the excitement of the result. Having construction going on next door is never fun, but you can mitigate the negative aspects by following a few tips.

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What is a Title Search?

It may seem like there are a million steps to the closing process when buying or selling a home. A title search is just one of the many stages and title problems may account for almost 10% of closing delays. As a seller, doing a preliminary title search can help avoid costly delays at the end. So, what is a title search and what does it disclose?

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Hunting for a New Home In Orange County? Don’t Wait Until Saturday!

House hunting has become a contact sport over the past year. The idealized vision of a leisurely Saturday morning reviewing open houses and plotting the day’s tours over lattes and croissants is a thing of the past. While popping into the local open house might be fun for the casual looker, if you are serious about finding your next home, this climate demands strategy.

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October Market Update

Is the market turning over a new leaf?

From the shifting colors of the leaves to the crisp morning air, October is traditionally a period of change. It also can be one of the very best times to buy a home, as it falls right in between back-to-school season and the holidays. This season usually ushers in a slowdown to overall market activity, when sellers may be more apt to negotiate and buyers may find more inventory than previous months.

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Seller’s Guide To Buyers Contingencies

Every news article talks about the fact that it’s a “seller’s market.” This means that if you are selling your home, you’ve probably gotten a few offers from which to choose. While sales price is important, so are the contingencies attached to the offer. Understanding what these contingencies mean can help you choose the best offer from the pack.

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Halloween Events In Orange County 2021

Life is returning to some degree of normalcy as Halloween events are back in Orange County! If you love ghostly tales, frightful flicks, thrill / chill rides and seasonal scares you can find plenty of fearsomely well-produced attractions, ghost walks and ensorcelled exhibits across Orange County this time of year. Here is a list of what Southern California is offering in 2021 – do double check times, prices, parking and safety guidelines before you go.

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Looking To Escape Southern California? These Unique Hotels Will Make You Feel Like You Are A World Away From Home

One thing is for certain, there’s no shortage of cool hotels in the state of California. Whether you are heading to the beach, to the mountains or to the desert – the north or the south – there is undoubtably a bunch of unique hotels to stay in. Today, I’m rounding up some of the most special hotels in California! Some of them I’ve had the pleasure of visiting and others are at the very top of my list!

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September Market Update

It’s no secret that the housing market has been appreciating at an unhealthy rate and housing is becoming unattainable for more and more first-time homebuyers and renters. The median housing price of existing single-family homes is up to $1,090,000, an increase of 19.7% year over year. All across Southern California, home prices have hit record highs this year.

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Best Day Spas In Orange County

We all need to destress and calm our mind, whilst I enjoy taking to the courts as my therapeutic escape I don’t neglect the power of a trip to the day spa as a treat to catch up with life when needed. Check out this list of local day spas to relax, rebuild and regroup.

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What Mortgage Is Right for Me?

When buying a home, the vast majority of people need to take out a mortgage. But of the many different options, how do you know which is the right one for you? In this guide, we’ll take a quick look at the different types of mortgage loans available.

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Preparing to sell your home

Thinking about selling your home can be little daunting. While its normal to have a few nerves, here are a few things I recommend considering before listing your home.

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August Market Update

The housing market was so hot at the beginning of the year that the moment a property hit the California Regional Multiple Listing Service (CRMLS) the

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5 Perfect Picnic Spots In Orange County

There are a lot of fun ways to eat, but few things triumph the simplicity of laying out a blanket and settling into nature with your favorite friends and a basket of food. A good picnic only requires three quality ingredients: good people, tasty food, and a solid location. If you’ve got this down, you can get as creative as you like.

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July Market Update

The housing boom has everything to do with supply and demand, and those fundamental features are not going to change anytime soon.

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House Hunt

Take a peek at the top 5 most expensive properties on the market in Orange County today!

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June Market Update

Just like the national housing market trends, the tight inventory and low mortgage rates are fueling the rise in California home prices. While this kind of price appreciation impacts housing affordability, higher home prices will hopefully encourage more sellers to list their homes for sale, which would in turn reduce the rate of appreciation.

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House Hunt – Blink And You Miss It

Before the start of 2021, existing homes were typically on the market for 21 days—meaning houses were plucked off the market two weeks faster than the typical 38 days from a year ago. And we’re now seeing homes sell even faster than that, typically selling within 18 days on the market. That’s another new record!

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Illuminating Your Life

The right lighting choices can make a difference in a room’s functionality and ambiance. Here are tips to ensure your room is as inviting as it is beautiful

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May Market Update

There have been years where sunny Southern California sees very little rain. Sometimes those years accumulate, and the drought becomes severe.

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House Hunt

Check out 3 popular homes for sale in Orange, Orange County under 1 million dollars.
5/01/2021

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April Market Update

While the pandemic did disrupt home sales in the spring of 2020 (which is usually considered the hottest season for real estate), the market quickly made an impressive rebound. Real estate experts have reported that the surge in home sales toward the end of 2020 actually made up for the spring market losses.

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