February 2011

There are 7 blog entries for February 2011.

Saturday February 19, 2011, Jenean Hill of our Irvine Office will be having one of her big Grand Opening Open Houses in Lake Forest. She is known for bringing hundreds to her Open Houses and selling each and every listing by the following Wednesday. Come at 12:00 sharp see how she does it - even on a rainy day. This nicely 'merchandised' home will be a perfect example of Allan Dalton's "Marketing California Real Estate at its Highest Level". This Country Club Condo at 24565 Copper Cliff Court is across the street from the lake (Corner of Toledo and Serrano) and was the former model.   You will see a HGTV/Extreme Makeover-style and LUNCH will be served!  This condo is a great investment - priced @ $249,900-$269,900. These were once in the mid…

  The conventional wisdom when selling a home has always been to wait until the ‘Spring Buying Season’. Over the years, that has seemed to make sense and is now accepted as a good strategy for those who want to sell their house and receive the best possible price. This real estate market has shattered many previously held beliefs. The wisdom of waiting for a spring market is another belief that is about to fall. Here are five reasons why?

1.) Interest Rates Are On the Rise

Interest rates have spiked up rather dramatically over the last ninety days and are now over 5%. Initially, an increase in rates has a positive effect on the market as it forces buyers off the fence. However, it also eats into a buyer’s purchasing power. As rates increase, the…

Today's market has created an environment where it is a great time to be a buyer. Interest rates are still at historical lows, the job market is improving, and affordability is near generational highs. Those with growing families and steady jobs may be asking themselves if now is the time to "move up". To answer this question, consider these points: 1. Finances: Is your job steady and secure? Moving up can mean taking on the responsibility of a bigger monthly mortgage payment, along with higher property taxes. And any buying process will involve fees and costs that add up quickly. If you have steady income and at least eight months of emergency fund saved up, then now could be a great time to move on up. 2. Equity: Some buyers use the equity they have…

A smart, innovative way to help the homeless quickly and effectively was so impressive to some First Team Real Estate executives that they are now singing the praises of the two charitable organizations, Skip1 and Invisible People. The two organizations hosted a joint event, whose concept they say spiritually motivates the givers as much as it materially benefits the homeless. On Sunday, Dec. 12, Rick Chichester, First Team Real Estate’s Chief Operating Officer, Jennifer Berman, manager of the Anaheim Hills office, and Bob Watson, manager of San Clemente office, joined about 150 other charity-minded volunteers at the “SkipDay” event in Ventura, sponsored by First Team, BrandTailors, and American Vision Windows. The purpose of the event was to pack 300…