November 2013

There are 47 blog entries for November 2013.

There are a total of 12,861 active properties in Los Angeles County, up 0.6% from last month. Of those listings 9,634 are single family homes - average active listing price $1,260,000, and 3,093 are condos and town homes with an average active listing price $624,000. These properties can be seen at open houses throughout the weekend or when you schedule an appointment with a First Team Real Estate Agent. When you work with a First Team Real Estate Agent you’re not only getting help in the home buying process, you’re getting a local expert on the Southern California market. With Call or email us now so you can start checking out the hottest homes for sale in Los Angeles.

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There are a total of 6,285 active property listings in Orange County, CA. Of those 3,983 are single-family homes with an average active listing price of $1,573,000, and 2,083 are condos and town homes with an average active listing price of $514,500. If you’re interested in searching out the best deals on homes for sale in Orange County, CA there’s no better way than using First Team Real Estate’s Hot Buys® system.  Hot Buys® identifies the best home values based on price per square footage for all houses listed on the MLS. Save yourself some dough this holiday season and search for the best values in your desired area. Call or email us now and we’ll set you up with a top agent in your area and an appointment to view the best Orange County real estate.

In Riverside County, CA there are a total of 5,530 active properties and 1,170 foreclosures/REOs with an average sales price of $316,868. If you’re interested in viewing these properties you can stop by at an open house this weekend or schedule an appointment with a First Team Agent. Our agents are equipped with the best tools and resources to help you find a home quickly and easily with programs like our Sneak Preview®. First Team’s Sneak Preview® shows homes listed by First Team Agents that haven’t hit the MLS yet. You’ll get the advantage of viewing brand new properties before anyone, increasing your chances of getting an offer in on the right home for you. Call or email us now to set up your appointment to view the best real estate in Riverside…

Are you interested in San Clemente Real Estate? One of Orange County’s six beach cities, San Clemente stands out from the rest because of its rich history and unique architectural designs. Designed to be "The Spanish Village by the Sea", San Clemente features homes with beautiful Spanish architectural elements such as tile mosaics and outdoor courtyards. The northern end of the city is dominated by classic suburban neighborhoods and as you move south you pass the city’s downtown area and arrive at San Clemente State Beach which borders on San Diego. Avenida Del Mar and the historic San Clemente Pier come together to create a downtown area full of unique and interesting shops, cafes and restaurants - a great escape from the cookie cutter restaurant and…

Here at First Team Real Estate we care about the community that we serve and that’s why we love to give back and offer our support. This holiday season the entire First Team family of agents and offices is involved in donating to food drives, toy collections and local charities throughout all of Southern California. All of our offices and agents started off the holiday season by taking part in our First Team Real Estate $20,000 Challenge for Orangewood Children’s Foundation.

The company donated $20,000 to the charity to continue its mission of providing shelter to abused, neglected and abandoned children in Orange County and is encouraging the local community to contribute as well to raise a total of $40,000 by December 1st.

Supporting Our Local

The city of San Clemente is primarily served by the Capistrano Unified School District. Capistrano Unified serves a total of 53,344 students encompassing 38 elementary schools, 10 middle schools, 6 high schools and 2 alternative education programs. Schools within the district along with San Clement include Aliso Viejo, Dana Point, Laguna Niguel, Mission Viejo, San Juan Capistrano, Coto de Caza, and Ladera Ranch. The district annually spends $7,682 per student. According to the top public schools in San Clemente, CA are:

Winter is a slow season for the real estate market so if you want to sell your home quickly this season – or any other no matter the market – it’s important to have a strategy. Here are the best tips and tricks to selling your house to get more buyers interested and hooked on your home. Numbers don’t lie and according to real estate statistics these are the most successful, proven strategies to use in order to get results – and quickly!


1. Post Lots Of Pictures Online – Image is everything and you want to make sure your home has a good one. And not just one, but several so that buyers can get a feel for your home when they see your listing online. 90% of buyers will utilize the internet to search for their next home and if they can’t see your home,

San Clemente, CA is the southernmost beach city in Orange County, bordering on San Diego County. One of 6 different beach communities in the county, San Clemente stands out for its rich history and beautiful versatile beach area. It was originally developed and designed to be the “Spanish city by the sea” and as such many San Clemente homes for sale feature Spanish-style architecture like terra cotta roofs, intricate painted tile work and outdoor courtyards. Residents love the city most of all for the state beach which is the most popular beach in the state of California. San Clemente State Beach is located on the southern end of the city and offers various outdoor activities for all types of nature lovers. You can surf, swim and body board down on the…, an online leader in real estate news and statistics has come out with the results of its Winter Home Buyer Report. They gathered data from Nov. 7-16 based on more than 1,300 homebuyers who are looking to buy during the winter months.  Fall and winter seasons are known to be slow market times in real estate, and so the results of this year’s report might surprise you. Winter home buyer demographics:
  • 28 percent said they were planning to buy because they are relocating
  • 19 percent were existing homeowners downsizing to a smaller or less expensive home
  • 15 percent were move-up buyers
  • 19 percent said they were first-time homebuyers
If you’re thinking of buying a home soon, you might be like others who are looking forward to the…

First Team’s Weekly Mortgage Watch this week highlights the following updates:
  • Mortgage rates continue to move in a very choppy pattern. Last week’s release of the latest Federal Reserve meeting minutes contained quite a bit of discussion on how to deal with communicating its intentions without rattling markets.
  • Two items are fairly clear from the minutes. As we all know, the Fed will eventually begin to taper its bond buying program. Also, the Fed is uncertain how to keep volatility contained as it modifies its programs.
  • The market seems to believe that when QE3 is over, the Fed will begin to raise interest rates. Whether or not this will be the case is unknown, but the Fed wants the market to understand that it can keep rates low after QE3 is