October 2013

There are 50 blog entries for October 2013.

Interested in Laguna Beach Real Estate? First let’s learn a bit more about this beautiful coastal city. Well known for its artistic community, Laguna Beach holds annual events and festivals including Pageant of the Masters – living pictures art recreation, Festival of the Arts, Art-A-Fair and Sawdust Festival.

There are a total of 28 beaches, bays and coves along the Laguna Beach coast nestled between Newport Beach and Dana Point making the city a bonafide tropical resort. There is also an abundance of natural beauty to enjoy at the public beaches and city parks. Famous former residents of Laguna Beach, CA include actor Rock Hudson, author John Steinbeck and Timothy Leary, psychologist and LSD advocate of the 1960’s.

A great way to get the feel for

With the holiday season fast approaching it’s time for some fun! That’s why First Team is sponsoring the Extreme Holiday Makeover contest. We’re brightening spirits and a house near you this December 1st to make it a holiday season to remember. First prize winner will have their house professionally lighted and decorated, a $5,000 value, for free and of course $500 to help toward your electric bill. Second prize will receive a $500 American Express gift card and third price will receive a $250 American Express gift card. With so many chances to win, there’s no excuse not to enter!

Enter To Win A $5,000 Extreme Holiday Makeover

We've had an amazing year with market shares in the $1 million plus market growing 38% over our nearest competitor and nearly 8…

What's the most fun and easy way to learn more about real estate? Watch some TV about it! There are tons of television programs about real estate, DIY renovations, home improvement and more that can teach you the basics of home buying and selling. I’ve chosen some of the most popular real estate shows on TV and what lessons you can learn from simply chilling on your couch at home. So tune in and listen up! House Hunters (HGTV): House Hunters gives a behind the scenes look at home buying, each episode following a couple, family or individual through the process of finding and purchasing a new home. An agent shows buyers 3 different properties and then they decide which best fits their wants and needs. While the show doesn't exactly mirror reality – most…

There are a total of 4 schools in the Laguna Beach Unified School District: El Morro Elementary School, Thurston Middle School, Top of the World Elementary School and Laguna Beach High School.  El Morro, Thurston and Top of the World each have a GreatSchools.org score of 10/10 based on statewide testing and Laguna Beach High School holds a score of 9/10. With so many top-notch schools in Laguna Beach, you can’t go wrong in your neighborhood choice around town. These schools all reside in the Laguna Beach zip code 92651, so check out homes for sale in the area and see what real estate opportunities are open to you and your family. elementaryExciting things are happening in the district like the intensive after school literacy program at Top of the World Elementary…

You don’t have to stay at a posh resort like Montage Laguna Beach to enjoy the beauty and splendor that Laguna Beach, CA has to offer.  Laguna Beach Parks and Recreation provides 17 different city parks and beaches available for the public to enjoy - it’s what makes Laguna Beach real estate such a great investment for your family.

Homes for sale in Laguna Beach, CA come with idyllic beaches, exquisite natural habitats and gorgeous views – all without ever taking a vacation.

Heisler Park in Laguna Beach

Heisler Park is one of the most impressive parks in Laguna spanning 4 blocks and providing 3 separate areas, each with its own experience. There is the picnic beach with tons of BBQs and tables to enjoy a bite to eat with the kids just up from the

1. Interest rates are good.

When interest rates are low, it’s a good time to buy because that means you’ll be paying less in the long run. Interest rates are looking good right now but they’re going to be rising soon. Historically low right now but are projected to creep up to 5 or 6% within the next year. To keep up, check out our Weekly Mortgage Watch.

2. Still living with mom and dad

There’s nothing wrong with moving back into the family home after college or when times get tough. A recent study shows 85% of college graduates move back home once they’re finished with school. You’re not alone but make sure you’re being smart about finances and take advantage of the saving power you possess! You’re probably not paying rent, there’s food in the

First Team’s Weekly Mortgage Watch this week highlights the following updates:
  • It appears that the Federal Reserve may have made the correct call in not beginning to taper QE3 at its last meeting.
  • September’s employment report, released last week, revealed fewer-than-expected new jobs. Mortgage rates responded as expected, and moved downward on the news.
  • Mortgage rates may be looking for a reason to slide even further downward this week, with many experts predicting that the government’s shutdown may have trimmed as much as a half a percentage point off of our GDP.
  • Additionally, the Fed meets again this week, and will attempt to keep markets calm and assess what needs to be done to rev the economy up. If the Fed hints that it believes that the

This week we learned that flipping is gaining popularity once again and some of the best markets are just around the corner in Southern California. Also, don't forget to read up on the latest Qualified Mortgage rule which will be set in place next January. We've compiled it all here for you, the Top 10 articles for the fourth week in October, 2013. For Home Owners: 1.       Owe More Than Your Home Is Worth? If you do, then you should look into HARP, the Home Affordable Refinance Program, which now has no LTV ceiling limit. HARP was established by the federal government and allows borrowers who owe more on their home than its worth to refinance and switch to today’s historically low interest rates. (zillowblog.com) For Buyers: 2.       Real Estate Market

In Riverside County, CA there are a total of 7,171 active properties and 1,655 foreclosures/REOs with an average sales price of $311,039. If you’re interested in viewing properties you can stop by an open house this weekend or schedule an appointment with a First Team Agent. Having a well informed and resourceful agent is the fasted way to find what you’re looking for at the perfect price. Call or email us now to set up your appointment to view the best real estate in Riverside County.

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There are 17 scheduled First Team open houses in Riverside County this weekend October 26th and 27th. We’ve picked out top 3 must-see homes for you to visit this weekend which have price reductions…

There are a total of 12,786 active properties in Los Angeles County. Of those listings 9,547 are single family homes - average sold price $685,000, and 3,129 are condos and townhomes - average sold price of $477,500.  These properties can be seen at open houses throughout the weekend or when you schedule an appointment with a First Team Real Estate Agent. Call or email us now so you can start checking out the hottest homes for sale in Los Angeles.

Email us at clientservices [at]firstteam.com

Call us at 888-870-1142

There are 7 scheduled open houses this weekend October 26th and 27th. We chose 3 must-see properties for this weekend, all single family homes with a price reduction of $20,000 or more. Take a look and see what the best deals on the market…