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FIRST TEAM’S WEEKLY MORTGAGE WATCH (April 23rd, 2017) THIS WEEK HIGHLIGHTS THE FOLLOWING UPDATES:

  • Global news helped drag mortgage rates slightly lower last week. While no one specific event caused the downdraft, the never-ending mess in Syria, the growing focus on North Korea, the return of Brexit into the news, and the drama around the French election, all seemed to dominate the news cycles. 
  • The falling rates, however, are not indicative of any unusual slowing of the US economy. Rather, we continue on the same course as we have been on for many years.
  • Rates have drifted down to where they were after the election. Perhaps, the hopes that we would see a quick, radical change in Washington are

April showers have brought tons of open houses to Orange County this weekend. If your home wish list includes a pool for summer or space for RV parking, then you've come to the right place!

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Make the most of your home search this weekend by teaming up with a real estate agent. Search for an agent on our site or reach out and we’ll match you up with an agent today to be house hunting with you tomorrow.

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HOME BUYER TIP: Mortgage rates this week hit 4.08%, that's an all time low for 2017! Don't miss any mortgage news when you keep up with the Weekly Mortgage Watch every Monday. 

Get a head start on your summer move and check out open houses this weekend in Los Angeles County. Whether you're searching for an amazing pool house or ocean views, there's something for everyone on the market!

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If you’re going shopping for a home this weekend, the smartest plan is to have an agent by your side. An agent can help you act fast when you find the perfect home, and answer all of your burning home buying questions. If you have questions before you head out or would like to team up with an agent, find a First Team agent online or reach out and we’ll match you with a top agent near you.

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This Saturday is Earth Day, why not celebrate by finding your own little slice of heaven to cultivate? Search new inventory this weekend at open houses in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. 

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If you have any questions about open houses, the real estate process, or your local market, just ask a real estate agent. It’s literally their job to help you find a house and some happiness at home. Search online for an agent near you or contact us and we’ll match you with an agent in your area.

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Keeping the home and family safe is likely one of your top priorities. That job is easier said than done when it's time to take an extended vacation. Here are a few simple tricks to secure things while you're away enjoying some much needed rest and relaxation with your family. 

Keep It Busy

Even if you're on vacation and not at home during the week, make it seem like there's always someone home. Install a timer for the lights so that they come on at different hours, make sure the newspaper is always delivered and that a neighbor picks it up during the day, and don't let others know that you're leaving by posting the details on social media. That doesn't mean you can't share your pics of the Grand Canyon or the Caymen Islands, it just means you

The paint job of a home’s interior walls is one of its most important features when selling. But how can you tell when it’s time for a new coat?

Did you know that 94% of real estate agents recommend a fresh coat of paint on a property you’re trying to sell? Or that a fresh paint job can increase the price of that property by as much as two thousand dollars? Crazy, right?

That’s why even if your investment property doesn’t have peeling walls or terrible wallpaper, you should seriously consider a new interior paint job.

Maybe the walls in one room are faded from sun exposure. Maybe one of the home’s former occupants was a smoker, or had a thing for scented candles. Maybe the person you purchased the property from had terrible taste in colors.

Realtor.com asked buyers in their Active Spring Home Shoppers Report to rank their top three most important spaces when shopping for homes on the real estate market.  Can you guess which room predominantly topped their list?

Turns out, 80% of the respondents regard the kitchen in their top 3 lists, followed by master bedroom (49%), and living room (42%). For those surveyed 55+, the garage, instead of the living room, was in their top 3 list. 

80% = Kitchen in top 3 list

49% = Master Bedroom in top 3 list

42% = Living Room in top 3 list 

This insight is for you, sellers! Now that you know the most important spaces to buyers, you can focus on making these rooms in your home stand out for all the right reasons.

Focusing your Home Sale

 

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FIRST TEAM’S WEEKLY MORTGAGE WATCH (April 16th, 2017) THIS WEEK HIGHLIGHTS THE FOLLOWING UPDATES:

  • Average mortgage rates wobbled downward last week, touching their lowest point of 2017. Both economic data and international drama contributed to the slide. 
  • Retail Sales slipped a bit more than expected, dropping 0.3%
  • Inflationary pressure reined back for the most part, with the core CPI decreasing for the first time in seven years
  • Internationally, the drama playing out in the Middle East, along with Iran and Russia’s involvement, coupled with the heightened tensions in North Korea, seems to have made markets a bit more uncertain than they were just a few weeks ago.
  • This week could see rates

There's plenty of time for egg hunting and house hunting this weekend. Check out open houses in Orange County before your Easter festivities begin and get a jump on your big summer move.

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Make the most of your home search this weekend by teaming up with a real estate agent. Search for an agent on our site or reach out and we’ll match you up with an agent today to be house hunting with you tomorrow.

Email us at clientservices@firstteam.com

Call us at 888-870-1142

HOME BUYER TIP: It's important to know the latest mortgage rates so you get a good understanding of your buying power. Before you head out to open houses, crunch the numbers and zero in on your optimal (and

The Easter bunny left a trail of open houses this weekend in Los Angeles County. Search for your dream home this Saturday before the holiday festivities begin.  

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If you’re going shopping for a home this weekend, the smartest plan is to have an agent by your side. An agent can help you act fast when you find the perfect home, and answer all of your burning home buying questions. If you have questions before you head out or would like to team up with an agent, find a First Team agent online or reach out and we’ll match you with a top agent near you.

Email us at clientservices@firstteam.com

Call us at 888-870-1142

HOME BUYER TIP: Did you know that mortgage rates have actually been on a