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Cameron Merage, First Team Ceo And Founder, Named One Of 2017’s Most Powerful People In Residential Real Estate 

Cameron Merage, our CEO and Founder, has received one of the real estate industry’s most coveted honors, having been named to the Swanepoel Power 200 (SP200) list for 2017.

Widely regarded as the definitive annual ranking of the top leaders in residential real estate, the SP200 is the result of an in-depth vetting process designed to recognize the individuals who are making an impact—not only on the industry as a whole, but within their respective communities and among valued clientele as well.

“It’s a significant honor to have been named one of Swanepoel’s 200 most powerful people in residential real estate, and I’m delighted to have

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Today, America makes a big political move, but we're more interested in your real estate move for 2017. If you need an upgrade, check out open houses this weekend in Orange County. Check out the line-up of properties near you. 

 

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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 you are considering an FHA loan for your mortgage, start getting familiar with the facts. We suggest starting with our post about how long FHA loans take to get

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Take a break from politics and take a look around your neighborhood at open houses in Los Angeles County this weekend. We think you're going to like what you find!

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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 a pool person? Something to consider

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While everyone has their eye on the White House, we've kept on eye on open houses this weekend in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. Check out the line-up of houses that could be your new residence for 2017. 

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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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Call us at 888-870-1142

HOME BUYER TIP: If you've got a tight

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FHA loans take about the same amount of time to be processed as a conventional or VA loan, approximately 45 days. That includes the entire process, from the loan application to the final approval and closing. Here's a quick breakdown of the FHA loan approval timeline as outlined by the FHA handbook:

  • Underwriting: 10-20 days
  • Appraisal: less than a week
  • Closing (i.e. the rest): 3 weeks – 3 months

Keep in mind however that there are a dozen different variables that can affect the time your loan takes to close. What can often take an extended amount of time for FHA loans however is finding a property that meets FHA standards.

FHA Home Requirements

The FHA loan is designed to protect the buyer by setting certain standards that a home

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It's T minus 2 days and you've got to be out of your old place and into the new by Monday. It's stressful, but it isn't impossible. Here are some tips that you can follow that will make your weekend whirlwind move easier, without causing unneeded stress. In order for these methods to work, you simply need a bit of organization and planning.

Strategy

The most important thing that will help you get out of one home and into another in only a few days is a strategy. Get rid of the things that you don't need any longer, as well as items that will be provided in your new home. Be ruthless about old clothes, outdated decorations, and anything that you haven't used in your home for 2 years. This can dramatically decrease the number of boxes that you have to

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When buying a new home, there are so many details to consider, questions to ask, and decisions to make. And if the home you have your eye on happens to have a pool, it leads to additional considerations. If you've always dreamed of summer barbecues that make a big splash and are shopping for a home with the pool, here are four questions to ask before buying.

1. Does the pool add value to the home?

The answer to this question will be very specific to your region, with pools adding the most value in places like Southern California (score!) and western areas with warm weather. Whether a pool adds value also depends on its age and condition. Also keep in mind that if you've always wanted a pool, purchasing a home that already has one will typically cost

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 Weekly Mortgage Watch - January 15, 2017

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FIRST TEAM’S WEEKLY MORTGAGE WATCH (January 15th, 2017) THIS WEEK HIGHLIGHTS THE FOLLOWING UPDATES:

  • Mortgage rates drifted downward through Thursday, last week, then bounced back upward as the week ended.
  • Friday’s Retail Sales data was slightly lower than economists’ predictions, but many traders were betting that the numbers would be under forecast. Functionally, this means Retail Sales was better than the market was betting, which pushed rates upward. 
  • We are starting to see more indications that it is time to watch inflation closer than we have in quite some time.
  • Many indicators are starting to register trends that could begin to become more influential. If the economy continues to improve,
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Make 2017 a year of action and get out to open houses this weekend in Orange County. Stop talking about buying a new home, and start doing it! It all starts with a stroll through what's on the market near you.  

 

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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: Let's keep it real: Buying real estate is a big step. That's why it's important to accept these 5 hard truths before jumping on the market. Once you know what to expect, you can properly

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Fact: Walking around open houses in Los Angeles County this weekend counts as working toward your fitness goals for 2017. Plus it's good for your real estate portfolio, so there's really no excuse not to check out what's on the market this Saturday and Sunday. 

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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.

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