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Pro tip: Map out your trick-or-treating route while you visit open houses in Orange County this weekend. Two birds, one responsible stone.

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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: Be polite a courteous when visiting open houses. Remember, you are still a guest in someone else's home. Hold your criticisms until after you leave. If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all in front a buyer or their listing agent. 

Fall may be a slower time on the real estate market, but you never know when the perfect property will pop up. Check out the line-up of open houses this weekend in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties to see if your dream home is for sale. 

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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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Dodger fans have been showing off their LA pride as the city's favorite baseball team advances to the World Series. What better way to show your love of Los Angeles than to finally put down some permanent roots? With open houses across the county this weekend, we think you'll find something to fit your wishlist.   

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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

The housing market has started recovering, but many people are still gun shy about it. Instead of buying new, they prefer to get the most out of their homes now and at resale. There are numerous ways to expand your living space and push up the value of your home. The best one for you will depend on your budget, location, and sense of style.

Build an Addition

The most direct way to expand your living space is an addition. The cost of an addition depends on its size and the complexity of construction. HomeAdvisor.com puts the national average at around $40,000. While any addition will increase your home’s value, the nature of the addition and your location will determine the percentage you can expect to recoup at resale.

Renovate

Many people

 

FIRST TEAM’S WEEKLY MORTGAGE WATCH (OCTOBER 8TH, 2017) THIS WEEK HIGHLIGHTS THE FOLLOWING UPDATES:

•Mortgage rates managed to increase again last week, on a robust 1.6% increase in Retail Sales and some
upward inflationary pressure.
• While the increase in Retail Sales was welcome, the core reading rose by only 0.5%. While the core reading
has only hit this mark once in the last 8 months, it comes on the heels of a decrease in August’s reading.
• Upstream inflationary pressures did flare upward some, but we’ve yet to see any of these increases passed along
to consumers.
• All-in-all, we continue to power forward in a somewhat baffling and unchartered territory. Solid growth
hasn’t generated significant inflation, and we’re about to start history’s first

Last month you probably heard that hackers stole the personal data of up to 143 million Americans in the Equifax breach. You might have frozen your credit cards as a safeguard, but did you know that hackers could use your personal information to steal your home?

If someone has your social security number, driver’s license number and birthdate, then they can also have access to your signature if you’ve ever signed a grant deed (property deed) that was publicly recorded. Worst case scenario, an imposter with all of your personal information could go into a county recorder’s office with a properly filled out and notarized deed, and the recorder’s office is obligated to record the document. And just like that, you've lost the title to your home. 

Will the whole family still fit into your little living room for Christmas this year? If you need a home upgrade for the holidays, start searching now at open houses in Orange County.  

 Orange County

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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: With a tough seller's market like the one we're experiencing in Southern California, it might be worth your time to consider submitting a backup offer. Check out our 4 Tips for Submitting a Backup

Wishing you lived in a better neighborhood for your kids to trick-or-treat in? Search for a better home and community this weekend at open houses in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.  

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

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SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY

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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.

Email us at clientservices@firstteam.com

Call us at 888-870-1142

HOME BUYER TIP: Average mortgage rates are currently at

If football season has reminded you that you need a bigger space for your famous Sunday game nights, then it's time to visit open houses in Los Angeles County this weekend. Can't hurt to take a look at some properties with bigger kitchens or a sweet backyard barbecue set up. 

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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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Deciding whether to remodel a home or not can be a difficult decision to make. Everyone wants to enjoy the home they live in and try to maximize their return when the time comes to sell and move on. In order to see whether it is worthwhile to do a remodel, it is vital to understand how or if renovations will affect the housing market, and to what degree.

Renovations

In order to see how renovations affect the housing market, it is necessary to compare figures and evaluate trends that are seen in the housing market. In essence, did the value of any single or combination of home renovations affect the resale value of that home, and if so, to what degree was the resale value impacted.

Types of Renovations to Consider

Based on charts and reports,