December 2013

There are 40 blog entries for December 2013.

Homes for sale in Corona, CA are popular among families because the city has so many wonderful parks and recreational facilities available to residents. Also knows as the gateway to the Inland Empire, Corona is located at the intersection of the CA-91 and I- 15 freeways, making it a popular place for those who work in Orange County to settle. With more affordable housing, a laid back feel and tons of parks and shopping centers placed throughout, Corona is a great family-friendly place to live. The city of Corona offers 28 separate neighborhood parks, 7 city wide community parks and several special use facilities and spaces. In total the city has nearly 400 acres dedicated to parks, recreational space and community amenities. According to Yelp, the most…

First Team’s Weekly Mortgage Watch (December 29, 2013) this week highlights the following updates:
  • The Christmas week saw mortgage rates moving mostly sideways, with limited economic data or significant news to push rates either way.
  • Stock markets and treasuries did move higher last week, but it appeared to have limited impact on mortgage rates, at least for the time being.
  • We wrap up 2013 with mortgage rates that are almost a percentage point higher than at the beginning of the year. It is worth remembering that while rates have been moving slowly upward, we remain in historically low territory.
  • The mortgage industry has gone through many significant changes in the last few years, and more changes are coming. If our economy is finally at

There are a total of 5,539 active property listings in Orange County, CA. Of those 3,526 are single-family homes with an average active listing price of $1,745,000, and 1,808 are condos and town homes with an average active listing price of $512,000. Interested in buying some of this great Orange County real estate in the New Year? Find out more by reading our 2014 Southern California market predictions. You can view homes for sale this weekend at an open house or by appointment with a First Team Real Estate agent. Call or email us now and we’ll set you up with a top agent to help you through the home buying process.

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In Riverside County, CA there are a total of 5,393 active properties and 1,179 foreclosures/REOs . 4,763 are single family homes with an average listing price of $434,000 and 330 are condos or town homes with an average listing price of $240,500. If you’re thinking of making a move to either Riverside County or Orange County, check out this helpful piece Riverside or Orange County? Where to Settle in Southern California. No matter which part of Southern California you choose, First Team is the #1 Real Estate Company to help you find the right home for the right price. Our agents are expertly trained and most importantly local experts. Call or email us and we’ll set you up with the top agents in the area to help you through the home buying process.

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Good news for Orange County residents, the healthiest markets in the U.S. are located right here in our golden state! California Association of Realtors (CAR) identified the top 10 turnaround cities in California, and Orange County made the list at #2 and Los Angeles – Long Beach is recognized as #6. The towns on CAR’s top 10 list are seeing home values appreciate in the form of median list prices increasing and homes are selling at a healthy pace based on decreased days on market. So what does this all mean? It means that 2014 is a great time to buy and sell homes in Orange County, L.A. County and all across Southern California. With home values returning to where they should be, home owners are in a good position to sell their current property for a…

2014 real estate predictions reveal the home seller’s market in Southern California will continue next year so it’s a great time to sell if you’re ready for a move. One of the biggest decisions for sellers when it comes to putting their house on the market is deciding on a price. The wrong price can have your home sitting on the market for months on end even in a hot seller’s market, so it’s important to take your time when deciding on a price tag.

Although you will get a higher price for your home in a seller’s market, it’s crucial to be realistic and grounded when pricing it. Here are 4 tips for pricing your home in a seller’s market or any market for that matter. 

1. Use an online calculator. 

First Team’s house value estimator not only

So you want to buy a house, what’s the first thing you need to do? Save for a down payment. While this can seem a daunting task, with a little bit of penny pinching a few unique money saving tricks, it can happen faster than you think. If you’re looking for new and fresh ways of coming up with a larger down payment for your new home, here are some tips to help you out. 

1. Embrace the hipster lifestyle.

Just wait, let us explain. Hipsters these days are too cool for most mainstream things like TV, fast food and technology making them the perfect people to emulate when pinching pennies. Taking a page out of their book could not only up your cool factor among your circle of friends, it can also save you some serious dough to put toward a down payment

First Team’s Weekly Mortgage Watch this week highlights the following updates:
  • The beginning of the end of the Fed’s third round of Quantitative Easing, aka QE3, has now begun.  The Fed will begin to taper its bond purchases next month, with QE3 likely to be terminated by the end of next year.
  • As expected, mortgage rates increased, but as the market was mostly expecting the move, the increase was not huge.  Other economic news also helped to pressure rates higher.
  • The third revision to the third quarter’s GDP was adjusted to 4.1%, a fairly robust number.  Additionally, Industrial Production moved higher than expected, and Housing Starts blasted almost 23% higher.
  • For this Christmas week, we have limited economic data and fewer working days for

In Riverside County, CA there are a total of 5,393 active properties and 1,179 foreclosures/REOs. 4,763 are single family homes with an average listing price of $434,000 and 330 are condos or town home with an average listing price of $240,500. If you’re thinking of making a move to either Riverside County or Orange County, check out this helpful piece Riverside or Orange County? Where to Settle in Southern California. No matter which part of Southern California you choose, First Team is the #1 Real Estate Company to help you find the right home for the right price. Our agents are expertly trained and most importantly local experts. Call or email us and we’ll set you up with the top agents in the area to help you through the home buying process.

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There are a total of 11,874 active properties in Los Angeles County. Of those listings 8,813 are single family homes - average active listing price $1,271,000, and 2,934 are condos and townhomes with an average active listing price $624,000. Interested in Los Angeles County real estate but don’t know where to start? Take a look at Long Beach, CA.  Located between the Southern California hubs of LA and Orange County, Long Beach real estate offers a prime location – not to mention there are tons of fun things to do within the city itself! View homes for sale in Long Beach, CA this weekend at an open house or by appointment with a First Team Real Estate Agent. Call or email us now and we’ll set you up with a top agent in the area to assist you in your home…