January 2014

There are 52 blog entries for January 2014.

Christie’s International Real Estate, the world’s leading luxury real estate network and a subsidiary of Christie’s auction house, has chosen First Team Estates to be its exclusive affiliate in all of Orange County and part of Los Angeles County, including Belmont Shores and Naples. Founder and Chairman of First Team Estate Cameron Merage says, "First Team was carefully selected by Christie's ahead of all others in this market because of our proven record of success in high-end property sales and exemplary client service." And it’s true. Our Estates team specializing in luxury home sales saw market shares in 2013 pick up 38% over our nearest competitor and nearly 8 times faster than any of the other top four brokers. That equates to more than $1 billion…

There are a total of 10,341 active properties in Los Angeles County. Of those listings 7,691 are single family homes - average active listing price $1,266,000, and 2,532 are condos and townhomes with an average active listing price $635,000. Not sure where to start your real estate search? We looked at average listing prices and violent crime rates and came up with the Top 10 Most Affordable And Safe Cities in Los Angeles County. You can visit 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 get you started with your home search by matching you with a top agent in your area of interest.

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There are a total of 4,830 active property listings in Orange County, CA. Of those 3,033 are single-family homes with an average active listing price of $1,627,000, and 1,587 are condos and town homes with an average active listing price of $509,000. Not sure how to start the home buying process? Check out our blog, How To Buy Your Dream House In 7 Steps. Each week we’ll be giving you one more piece of the puzzle so you can find your dream home. You can your search this weekend by visiting open houses or by appointment with a First Team Real Estate Agent. Call or email us now and we’ll pair you with an agent to help you through the home buying process.

Email us at clientservices [at] firstteam.com

Call us at 888-870-1142

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In the Inland Empire there are 12,786 active properties for sale. 10,544 are single family homes with an average listing price of $532,000 and 1,725 are condos or townhome with an average listing price of $292,000. Super Bowl XLVIII is this Sunday so make sure you plan your open house visits and other house hunting for Saturday. Kick the weekend off with some fun by checking these Super Sized Homes We’d Like To Party in for the Super Bowl. You can also view Inland Empire real estate 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 of your interest.

Email us at clientservices [at] firstteam.com

Call us at 888-870-1142

This weekend February 1st and 2nd there are 9 First Team open

Los Angeles is an amazing place to live. The entire county is literally jam packed with amazing places to go, things to see, fine arts, culture, nightlife, and more. However, that all comes at a high real estate price. The average listing price of a home in L.A. County is $1,114,000 and the average sale price is $652,000. That’s why we’ve put together this list to help you find an affordable place to settle in this amazing county.

There are approximately 90 cities within Los Angeles County, so we started to form our list by first finding the top 30 cities with the lowest average listing price. From there we decided to use one other factor to find the cities you should be living in – crime rates. The average violent crime rate in the state of California

Super Bowl XLVIII is coming up this Sunday and what better way to prepare than ogle some amazing Super Bowl party worthy super sized homes. When the Seattle Seahawks battle against the Denver Broncos, we’re all wishing we could be watching it with our friends in one of these amazing homes.

We found these amazing party pads by looking at square footage - each one of these homes is more than 10,000 square feet which is nearly 5 times the size of the average American home (2010 Census Bureau reports average U.S. home as 2,392 square feet).  So take a peek and check out the best party palaces in Southern California!  

44 Blue Heron 44 Blue Heron, Irvine, CA 92603

Nestled into Irvine’s Shady Canyon community this 11,441 square foot home sits on nearly an acre of

About Portola Springs

The community of Portola Springs is located off of Portola Springs and surrounded by open space and the Lomas Ridge which is part of the Irvine Ranch Land Reserve of more than 50,000 acres. Built in 2005 Portola Springs is a newer community and still growing and changing. Irvine homes for sale within Portola Springs are priced from the low $500,000’s to the low $1,000,000’s, all detached single family homes. There are 5 different enclaves within the community including both closely knit traditional neighborhood housing as well as open and roomy properties. Located within the zip code 92618, Portola Springs homes have a rustic architectural style with and Santa, Barabara, Monterey and Italian influences.

Schools serving Portola

About Orangetree

Orangetree is one of the smallest community neighborhoods in Irvine located just north of Oak Creek. This community offers some of the most affordable housing in Irvine with one bedroom condo homes starting at $280,000. Comprised of a mix of condominium and smaller homes, Orangetree is adjacent to Irvine Valley College and a popular place for students to rent. Orangetree is in the 92618 zip code along with the communities of Oak Creek, Stonegate, Portola Springs and the Great Park Neighborhoods. The Orangetree area includes Voyagers Bible Church, Pacific Church of Irvine and is located across Irvine Center Drive from the Oak Creek Golf Course.

Schools serving Orangetree

Irvine Unified School District:
  • Orangetree Elementary School

“Let’s pass on this one", is the last thing you want potential buyers to say when they pull up in front of your house. And you know what, that really happens! I have had several buyers cancel appointments to view a home at the last minute before they even take one step in the door. Why you ask? Because if a home lacks curb appeal, it turns off buyers before they even get out of the car.

What is curb appeal? Curb appeal just means how attractive your home is from the sidewalk. The world of real estate can be tough and if your house doesn’t look it’s best on the outside, some buyers won’t take the time to look inside.

So if you are in the market to sell your home, here are 8 ways to boost your home's curb appeal and ensure you never miss a potential

Get Your Finances In Order

This is part 1 of a series of 7 articles that guide potential buyers through the home buying process. These articles provide insight and suggestions to help homebuyers find the home of their dreams. Step Two: Find An Agent Step Three: Get Pre-Approved For A Home Loan Step Four: House Hunting Step Five: Make An Offer They Can't Refuse Step Six: Secure Your Home Loan Step Seven: The Closing Process The Orange County Register predicts 2014 will be the year of the buyer. Why you ask? Because as the economy improves, the number of foreclosures is dropping and the market is shifting away from investors and toward home buyers, both new and recurring. You can read more predictions about the 2014 housing market but the question is,…