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Everyone loves a 3-day weekend! What better way to spend your extra time than browsing open houses this weekend in Orange County? It's time to get proactive with your extra long weekend.  

 

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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: Need help on where to cut costs in order to save up for your home and new homeowner lifestyle? Check out these tips for cutting costs at home; it's easier than you think. 

President's Day Weekend gives you extra time to check out open houses in Riverside and San Bernardino County this Saturday and Sunday. Will you spend your extra time productively?

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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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HOME BUYER TIP: Mortgage rates are still low, currently hanging around

The presidents are having a 3-day weekend party and everyone's invited. We'll be celebrating with open houses in Los Angeles County. Care to join?

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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 to see homes 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: Are you pre-approved for a mortgage loan? If the answer is

Many of us live from paycheck to paycheck. It can be a hard cycle to break. But whether you're saving up for a downpayment on a home, a much needed vacation, or simply beginning to build a savings, all it takes is a few smart decisions to keep more money in the bank. 

When looking for ways to save money, the first place to start is at home. It may seem daunting, but it's actually quite easy if you know where to start. You will be surprised what you are spending and where. If you don't already have one, now's the time to make a budget.

Calculate Basic Expenses

 

First, make a list of your basic monthly expenses. This includes items such as utilities, rent, groceries and car payments. This gives you the total you are responsible for every

With Over 9,000 Annual Sales to Local Residents, We Achieved a 98% Customer Satisfaction Rating*

As Orange County’s leading real estate brokerage, we are so excited to reveal our client satisfaction rating of 98%—based on data collected from over 2,000 homebuyers and sellers by an independent 3rd party. Given that we are the largest independent brokerage in Southern California and close more than 9,000 local transactions each year, this near-perfect rating is all the more important to us.

“We take great pride in sharing this statistic with our sales associates, employees and thousands of customers. Compared to the industry average, our 98% customer satisfaction rating is nothing short of outstanding,” remarked Cameron Merage, our founder and CEO.

Do your pets rule your house? If they do, then you're not alone. When it comes to making decisions about buying, selling or renovating their homes, a large majority of Americans take their pets' needs into account, according to a new report from the National Association of Realtors®. The 2017 Animal House: Remodeling Impact report found that 81% of respondents said that animal-related considerations play a role when deciding on their next living situation.

81% of people say pets decide their next living situation

Whether it's buyers searching for a pet-friendly new home, or sellers trying to fit in real estate goals around their pet's schedules, our furry friends have a big impact on our lives. Most importantly, a pet can have a big impact on your

Replacing your old home loan can have a major impact on your finances for many years to come. While it’s generally a great idea to refinance a loan when the mortgage rates are low, many different variables must be taken into consideration to help decide if now is the right time to refinance. Before you sign any paperwork, here is a closer look at a few tips that will help you find the best rates with the right company.

The Break-Even Point

This phrase is used to describe the amount of time that it will take before the cost of the new loan is recaptured through the lower monthly payments. There is no set amount of time that every homeowner will agree on, but many specialists believe that refinancing should pay for itself within two to four years.

 

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FIRST TEAM’S WEEKLY MORTGAGE WATCH (February 12th, 2017) THIS WEEK HIGHLIGHTS THE FOLLOWING UPDATES:

  • Mortgage rates continued to drift slowly downward last week, as they waited for clear economic signs or more details and action on future policies. As the week wound down, rates were spurred higher by talk of a future “phenomenal” tax cut plan, which drove stock markets higher. Investors shifted money out of bonds and treasuries which began to tug mortgage rates upward.
  • Even with the upward pressure that stopped rates from continuing to drop, we may see rates moving downward this week. The Producer and Consumer Price Indexes are due, and neither is expected to rise much. More importantly, both Retail Sales

Nothing says romance like shopping together at open houses this weekend in Orange County. Grab your valentine and start searching for your love nest this Saturday and Sunday.   

 

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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: If your next move is for retirement, then check out our list of The Best Places to Retire in SoCal and Beyond. These communities have great senior living facilities, city amenities, and laid-back lifestyles ideal for

Instead of taking your valentine out to wine and dine, why not buy them the whole darn new kitchen and house to match? Shop for the best romantic gesture this weekend at open houses in Los Angeles County.

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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 to see homes 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

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