June 2013

There are 24 blog entries for June 2013.

Whether you're a home buyer or a home seller, going to open houses has many benefits. For buyers, the benefits are obvious: seeing first hand if the home is a good fit. For sellers, the benefits are a little more subtle. When selling a home, it helps to know not only what the competition is selling but also how they are presenting homes to buyers and their agents. Take some time this weekend to scope out open houses in the areas you are buying or selling a home. This weekend, June 29 and 30, 2013, First Team has 75 open houses in 5 counties and the Desert Area:   Attendee's tip: Don't pack too many open…

Motto: Spanish Village by the Sea


Located at the southernmost end of the Orange County coastline, San Clemente is beach town characterized by its Spanish Colonial style architecture. The town is known for its majestic views of mountain, ocean, and hills. The area is calm and a little sleepy as its distance from major cities harbors people that enjoy the softer side of California. San Clemente homes for sale range from low to luxury, depending on the neighborhood.

With 10 neighborhoods in San Clemente, each with it’s own unique personality, residents new and old will find that the city is ready to meet their needs. Here’s a breakdown of the neighborhoods and what home buyers can expect to find hidden in the streets

  • Central San Clemente - Home

In an ideal world, you will have a plumber already researched and chosen before an emergency plumbing situation happens. In reality, plumbing problems usually catch us by surprise. When you need an emergency plumber, finding a good one is crucial. Knowing what to look for will help you make a quick decision, and even more so will help make sure the job gets done right the first time.

There are a few avenues through which you can find a plumber. Recommendations from trusted friends and neighbors or your real estate agent are ideal. You will know how the plumber works and can verify that he’s done good work in the past. If you don’t have anyone who can give you a good recommendation, find plumbers near you through the internet.

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When home buyers look to buy a short sale they are either looking for a great deal on a home or because the home of their dreams happens to be listed as a short sale. If you are looking to buy a short sale then you have probably heard that it can be a long and often fruitless process. Knowing why it takes so long for a short sale to reach closing will help you not only be more patient but also to speed up the process and increase your chances of making the short sale your home.


What is a short sale?

A short sale is named that because the owner of the mortgages, usually banks, are shorted the full amount of the loan through the sale. It is usually because the value of the home has dropped below the amount of the loan and the homeowners will not be

San Clemente is a favorite beach location for many Orange County residents. Located in South County just past Dana Point, this coastal town has a charming quality that residents and visitors fall in love with. If you are looking to buy or sell a home in this lovely Orange County city, make sure you are prepared. San Clemente has undergone a roller coaster in the real estate market, and it pays to be in the know. First Team's Market Trends tool provides home buyers and home sellers the opportunity to access statistics of the real estate market. The data is updated every 15 minutes so check back frequently. Below, we've put together this morning's results for San Clemente's real estate market trends to get you started. Inventory Report (What’s this?

First Team’s Weekly Mortgage Watch this week highlights the following updates:
  • The Federal Reserve met last week. In the post-meeting press conference, Fed Chair Bernanke further expanded on the Fed’s thinking around when monetary supports could be reduced and when QE3 could be over. Markets reacted violently, with stocks plummeting and bonds climbing. By the end of the week, mortgage rates had moved significantly higher. Existing home sales also jumped higher, and many analysts believe that homebuyers were rushing to beat the rising mortgage rates. While increasing mortgage rates are often an unwelcome sight, the underlying theme should not be lost. After a terrible recession and a painfully slow recovery, we may finally be moving back toward a more

Home buyers will be excited to know that this weekend, June 22 and 23, 2013, First Team agents are putting on 89 open houses in 4 counties and the Desert Areas. Open houses provide an opportunity for home buyers to walk through a variety of homes and speak directly to the listing agent about details regarding the property and its reception in the real estate market. Make a list of the homes that meet your criteria and make a plan to go to as many as you can this weekend.   Attendee's tip: Avoid seeing the home as something to improve, unless you’re buying a fixer upper. Buying a home based on what you can do with it often leads to…

Motto: Anaheim, a great place to live, play, and work.


While Anaheim Hills is not a separate city but rather a part of Anaheim, it has it’s own unique personality. It’s residents have long been trying to gain cityship and in the face of rejection have taken to treating their small town as an independent community. People and families looking for Anaheim Hills homes for sale, will find a quiet and friendly community to welcome them home. Anaheim Hills is located in the eastern corner of Anaheim and is home to some of Orange County’s wealthiest. However, real estate in Anaheim Hills accommodates all incomes across the town.

Regardless of where you’re looking for houses for sale in Anaheim Hills, you’ll find a great park nearby. Because Anaheim Hills

How do you know if you have termites?

In Southern California we have the perfect environment for termites. There are two types that are found in this area: drywood and subterranean termites. Drywood termites burrow into your walls and furniture, or anywhere above ground, while subterranean termites burrow into your foundation or basement if you have one.

Termite damage is one of the leading causes of damage to wood structures so catching it early is important to keeping the cost of extermination down. Checking for termites should be a part of your home inspection when you buy a house so you're not surprised by it later. Read through the 6 signs of termite infestation to decide if your home and/or furniture is housing termites. 

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For many divorcing married couples, their home is their largest joint asset. While it’s an option to keep the home, most couples decide to sell it and move on from the chapter of life it represents. Divorce is a very stressful time and adding the stress of selling a home can make the entire experience overwhelming. There will be many hurdles for the two of you to overcome together one last time. The small challenges change from person to person but being mentally prepared for the big ones can make a big difference in your stress levels. Before you jump into the process, familiarize yourself with these 7 major challenges that you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse will be facing.

1. Making the Decision To Sell

The family home can represent many things to a