January 2011

There are 7 blog entries for January 2011.

We can all use a little downsizing - It’s the beginning of a year, the start of something new and what better time than now to simplify your life and spending habits and resist the temptation to buy more unnecessary possessions. Sure, we all love a little retail therapy – which supports our economy – but downsizing accordingly and spending wisely proves to be beneficial beyond environmental and psychological reasons. Not to mention, the less you spend on those unnecessary objects – the closer you are to buying your dream home & investing in your future!  RISMEDIA - David, Christy and Noah Swindlehurst are practicing new math at their Eden Prairie, Minn., town home—minimal addition, maximum subtraction. While the tradition for most young American…

Courtesty of Luxury Portfolio International 820 Peralta Hills, Anaheim Hills Listed by Michael Kelly, First Team Real Estate About the Home: A beautiful view estate in the exclusive gated community of Villa Palatino. This 8,661 estate sits on approx. 1 acre lot with 7BR,11BA,gym,office,game rm,THX Dolby home theater,6 car garage & 1,352 sq. ft. guest house. Other features incl. a 1,500 sq. ft. master suite w/2 fp & 2 full baths and balcony with a city lights view. Dual staircase, gourmet kitchen, and each rm with its own sound system. Approaching the estate you pass a front loggia w/fp and enter through leaded glass,wrought iron & wood front doors. A resort-like backyard includes an infinity pool w/Italian glass tiles, spa w/spillways & Pebble Tech…

The current downward cycle in the housing market, complicated by tightened lending standards, distressed properties, and shadow inventories in all price ranges, has created many new challenges with un-met solutions for home buyers and sellers. This has positioned First Team Real Estate and its Estates division, First Team Estates®, to grow its operations by providing new and real-time solutions supported by technology to meet the evolving consumer needs. During 2010, the company expanded by 8 branches beyond Orange County, CA into several new markets, and merged four smaller branches into two high-visibility locations. In early January, First Team Real Estate proudly announced the grand opening of its brand new state of the art office in Mission Viejo.…

Now is the Best Time to Grow Market Share, says Company Owner/CEO [caption id="attachment_498" align="alignleft" width="199" caption="Cameron Merage, Owner/CEO"]First Team Real Estate[/caption] The current downward cycle in the housing market, complicated by tightened lending standards, distressed properties, and shadow inventories in all price ranges, has created many new challenges with un-met solutions for home buyers and sellers. This has positioned First Team Real Estate and its Estates division, First Team Estates®, to grow its operations by providing new and real-time solutions supported by technology to meet the evolving consumer needs. During 2010, the company expanded by 8 branches beyond Orange County, CA into several new markets, and merged four smaller branches…

RISMEDIA, January 6, 2011—There are many ways to make the New Year greener and healthier. Just making a few small changes can have a great impact on the planet and personal health. There are many easy changes to implement into daily life to make the world a greener place. Smiling Green Mom Lynn Stone compiled the following list of tips for homeowners looking to go green in 2011. Composting: Building a compost pile as a homeowner is an easy way to add many beneficial ingredients to the soil while reducing garbage volume at the same time. It can also benefit the community by reducing the nearly 25% of compostable landfill waste, according the Environmental Protection Agency. Recycle paper and electronics: Recycling is beneficial in many ways and can be a…

$100,000 Donated to Medical Research  on behalf of company First Team Real Estate Cameron Merage, Owner/CEO   Five medical research programs at local & national hospitals receive a total of $100,000 in donations from First Team Real Estate’s “First in Our Hearts” charitable foundation and the company’s owner and CEO, Cameron Merage. According to Merage, as First Team is expanding into new markets, he is determined that it will increase its support of the communities it serves proportionate to its own continuing growth and success. “We resolved to direct the $100,000 charitable donation toward numerous medical causes, such as stem cell and cancer research, because we’ve concluded it is the way the money can do the most good and have the longest reach,” he said.…

At First Team we begin 2011 confident that things will trend positive for the Southern California market.  This post from our friends at Keeping Current Matters hits on a point that our sales associates our constantly counseling their clients on – When is the right time to buy?…

If you are thinking about purchasing a home right now, you are surely getting a lot of advice. And most of that advice is probably negative. Why buy now with prices still falling? Don’t you realize real estate is no longer a good investment? Don’t you know that people who bought five years ago lost their shirt? We understand the concern your friends and family have. However, let’s look at whether or not now is actually the perfect time to buy a home.

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