April 2014

There are 37 blog entries for April 2014.

If you were to ask who the best real estate brokers to work for are, you would get a different answer from each agent at each brokerage. This is because there are literally hundreds of different brokers and even more reasons each will give you for picking them and why they are the best.

Most brokers are franchises, meaning that each office is independently owned and operated, so their office practices and culture can vary from office to office. If you plan on being a successful real estate agent you need to pick the right broker to help you reach your goals and objectives.

Why is aligning myself with the best real estate broker important?

As a new agent you know just the basics to get started, but there is a lot of on the job training necessary

What is it like to live in Plaza in Long Beach?

Plaza is a family friendly community filled with tree-lined neighborhood streets, residents walking their dogs and kids playing. Houses for sale in Long Beach CA in Plaza are popular among families with kids because they are affordable and conveniently located in the city. The average listed price on homes for sale in Long Beach CA is $611,000 and the average listing price of homes for sale in Plaza is $537,000. In Plaza there are currently 15 new homes for sale.

Plaza is a community within Long Beach located north of the 405 freeway bordered by Stearns Street, Studebaker Road, Palo Verde Ave and Woodruff Avenue. The northern half of the Plaza area is in zip code 90808 and the southern half is in zip

Buying a house can be a long and complicated process and when it comes to buying new home construction in Orange County, there are some extra steps to consider. Purchasing a newly constructed home has its pros and cons but if you’ve decided it’s right for you then it’s time to learn about the process - from finding the perfect community to move in day.

If you’re interested in purchasing new OC construction then you'll want to stick to these 7 steps: 

1. Get a buyer’s agent

Buying new construction anywhere can be tricky so the best place to start is with a great agent. Builders have sales agents that will help you through the process but ultimately they are paid by the builder to keep their company’s interests in mind at all times. A buyer’s agent

What is it like living in Park Estates in Long Beach?

Real estate for sale in Long Beach CA in Park Estates has a lot for home buyers to love. The Park Estates neighborhood is located along PCH adjacent to Cal State Long Beach next to the Traffic Circle in zip code 90815.  This luxury neighborhood is primarily comprised of single family detached homes and some condos for sale. Park Estates boasts good schools, a convenient location and tons of shopping nearby. The average listing price for a home in Park Estates is over $1 Million and there are currently 8 homes for sale in this upscale neighborhood.

Park Estates offers residents easy access to the 405 Freeway and is located conveniently next to the college. Families are drawn to houses for sale in

Irvine, CA (PRWEB) April 28, 2014

Southern California home buyers and sellers continue to take advantage of a market that is balancing value and price appreciation, bringing the average price of an Orange County home to $580,000, a jump of over 15% and it's highest point in seven years according to a recent headline article in the Orange County Register.

"Southern California real estate is establishing the solid balance between buyer and seller demands needed to create long term growth," said Rick Brotherton, First Team Real Estate Vice President, Marketing. "We are seeing a great market where buyers are identifying real value and sellers are seeing healthy price appreciation."

A key part of that long term growth is an ever increasing supply of

After the housing market crash a few years back, adjustable rate mortgages were attributed to thousands of people being unable to afford their monthly payments, thereby leading to an unprecedented number of foreclosures. In the months following the housing bust, adjustable rate mortgages were increasingly shied away from, as consumers were leery of falling victim to sudden rate increases. While they may have died down in popularity, some financial experts claim they are nonetheless making a comeback.

Is this a good thing? The answer depends on who you ask. Lenders who are offering the newer adjustable rate mortgages claim that things are different this time around. They say that the initial rate is much lower than a conventional fixed-rate 30-year

What is it like to live on the Peninsula in Long Beach?

Houses in Long Beach for sale located at the southeastern corner of Belmont Shore are part of the Long Beach Peninsula. The narrow mile-long Peninsula luxury neighborhood is surrounded by water on both sides and the Alamitos Channel. The Peninsula is an upscale beach community which is buzzing in the summer time full of residents and visitors enjoying various water sports and lounging at the beach.

This neighborhood is dissected by Ocean Boulevard with one street heading in and one heading out. Houses for sale in Long Beach CA on the Peninsula are charming and well maintained. Residents take great pride in keeping the streets clean and their homes looking new. Home prices consequently are high

First Team’s Weekly Mortgage Watch (April 27th, 2014) this week highlights the following updates:
  • Mortgage rates were mostly range-bound again last week, as slightly improving economic news was balanced with geopolitical pressures regarding Russia. 
  • The big exception to the improving economic news is the housing market.  For a very wide variety of reasons, it appears to be struggling to gain any traction, even as the broader market appears to be showing some improvement.
  • This week is an extremely jam-packed week of important economic data points, and a meeting of the Federal Reserve.  While mortgage rates have been range-bound for some time, this week has the potential to drive rates either way. 
  • Consensus estimates on most economic reports

There are currently 14,076 active properties for sale in Inland Empire, CA real estate. 11,718 are single family homes with an average listing price of $511,500 and 1,808 are condos or town homes with an average listing price of $282,500. When it comes time to buy your house, you will also have to purchase homeowners insurance. Check out these 6 foolproof ways to save money on your homeowners insurance so you don’t break the bank as a new home owner. You can start your home search this weekend by visiting open houses or view any Inland Empire real estate by appointment with a First Team Real Estate agent. Call or email and we’ll connect you with a top agent in your area of interest to help you through the home buying process.

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There are a total of 5,844 homes for sale in Orange County, CA real estate, up 8.3% from last month and 83.1% since last March. Of those 3,727 are single-family homes with an average sold price of $857,000, and 1,860 are condos and town homes with an average sold price of $504,500. Not sure where to start your home search in Orange County? Check out our Top 10 Best Orange County Suburbs to Live in. We’ve found the best cities to live in based on median household income and unemployment rates. Once you know which city is the best fit for you it’s time to start viewing properties! You can view homes for sale in Orange County this weekend at an open house or by appointment with a First Team Real Estate agent. Call or email now and we’ll set you up with an…