August 2014

There are 34 blog entries for August 2014.

There are 6 First Team scheduled open houses this weekend in Los Angles County, August 30th and 31st.  Take advantage of the holiday weekend and get in a couple of home viewings this Saturday and Sunday – there’s plenty of time left to grill, sunbathe at the beach and party on Monday. Check out LA open houses line-up and see what catches your eye!

This weekend we’ve fallen in love with two single-family homes located in Long Beach. Located on either sides of the city, each home has a unique set of local amenities and neighborhood activities to offer.

  1. 4637 Sunfield Avenue, Long Beach, CA  90808

This 3 bed, 2.5 bath home in Long Beach is situated on a large lot just south of the Lakewood mall near excellent schools and

This Saturday and Sunday August 30th and 31st there are 14 First Team open houses this weekend in the Inland Empire – 13 located in Riverside County, and 2 in San Bernardino County.

If you only make it to a one open house this weekend, make it one of these two impressive properties. We’ve chosen our two must-see homes for the weekend located in the Inland Empire, both of which are perfect for your family.

  1. 40307 Charlesburg Drive, Temecula, CA  92591

Found in one of Temecula’s most desirable master planned communities built by Lennar, this Harveston 4 bed, 4 bath home has all the trappings of a picture perfect family house.

open houses this weekend in the Inland Empire

This 3,318 square foot Cape Cod influenced charmer includes a gourmet kitchen with granite countertops,

There are 98 First Team scheduled open houses this weekend in Orange County August 30th and 31st. Check out our full line-up of homes available for viewing this weekend and see what amazing Orange County real estate is on the market this season.

If you’re already headed down to the beach to celebrate why not drop in and check out some amazing coastal properties! We’ve chosen our 3 favorite must-see homes for Labor Day weekend, located up and down the Orange County coast. From modern designs to cozy country chic, these homes all have one thing in common – an amazing location! Here are our picks for the top 3 must-see homes this weekend. They’re all gorgeous, spacious and what we can only describe as picture perfect. Take a look!

  1. 108 Via Havre,

According to the NAR 2013 profile of home buyers and sellers, 88 percent of both buyers and sellers worked with a real estate agent. But were they using them for all their worth? Maybe not.

Real estate agents do more than just open lock boxes and help with the paperwork – they are your guide through the entire buying and selling process. Let them do the hard work for you and make sure you take advantage of your real estate agent for all the knowledge and services they have to offer. Here are just 4 things your agent can do – that will you save you time and money – that you should take advantage of.

1. Treat your agent like your therapist

The best way to get the most out of working with your real estate agent is to divulge everything about

Thinking about remodeling your home or building a new one? Start thinking about windows. Not only are windows a necessary part of your home, they’re crucial to creating a light and open atmosphere for your family to live in. Large windows are modern, clean and a great way to let the SoCal sunshine in!

Chances are if you’re replacing your windows you’re wondering how to choose the ideal ones for your particular project. Here are just some of the many styles and functions of various types of windows to choose from in order to make the most of your window investment.

Two Key Window Elements to Consider


While deciding which style of window to choose for your project, choose one that not only looks good from the outside of your home,

Happy National Dog Day! In fact, today is the 10th anniversary of National Dog Day, founded in 2004 to show appreciation for our furry friends. From seeing eye dogs to bomb sniffers to our family pooch, today is a celebration of their loyalty, patience and of course love.

As a salute to man’s best friend we’ve put together 8 fun and easy ways to make your home more dog friendly. From keeping clean to spoiling dogs with fancy digs of their own, this list is a great way to show your love around your house. Your dog makes the house a happier place, so why not return the favor?

1. Give them a leg up with DIY Dog Steps

If you’ve got a little pup this is the perfect project for you! You can show off your artistic talents as well and decorate your

One of the most impressive properties on the Southern California market this season is this 5 acre equestrian property tucked away in Mountain Center. Just north of Lake Hemet in Riverside County, this estate boasts stunning mountain views and the privacy of a secluded lodge.

Located at 59309 Devils Ladder Road, Mountain Center, CA 92561, this 5.12 acre equestrian estate is nestled on the hilltop among towering pine trees – a nature lover’s dream.  You can enjoy the endless panoramic views of the San Jacinto Mountain range and clean mountain air from this beautiful custom crafted 2 story home featuring 4 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms.

59309 Devils Ladder Road, Mountain Center, CA 92561

59309 Devils Ladder Road, Mountain Center, CA 92561

The remodeled gourmet kitchen contains stainless appliances, granite counters, and a built in desk area.

59309 Devils Ladder Road, Mountain Center, CA 92561

First Team’s Weekly Mortgage Watch (August 24th, 2014) this week highlights the following updates:

  • Stock markets fared well last week, as tensions in the Ukraine appeared to scale down slightly, along with more positive economic news here.
  • Fortunately, mortgage rates continued in a nearly unchanged fashion, which is likely continuing to contribute to the housing market’s recovery.
  • Both Housing Starts and Existing Home Sales notched increases for last month.  Inflationary pressures continue to simmer at an acceptable level, leaving significant room for the Federal Reserve’s policy maneuvering.
  • The minutes from the Fed’s most recent meeting were released, along with an important speech from Fed Chair Janet Yellen.  Neither contained any

This Saturday and Sunday August 23rd and 22nd there are 14 First Team open houses this weekend in the Inland Empire – 11 located in Riverside County, 2 in San Bernardino County and 1 in the Desert Areas. Check out two of our favorite picks for the weekend. First up is a unique equestrian estate in Norco for all the horse lovers out there.
  1. 3292 Dapplegray Lane, Norco, CA  92860
This weekend you can get up close and personal with this custom Spanish horse ranch estate in Norco. The estate includes 5 bedrooms and 4 baths located on half an acre of equestrian pet friendly land. open houses this weekend in the Inland Empire The property includes covered stalls, feed and tack barns and two turnouts. open houses this weekend in the Inland Empire The extra large paved patio plus grassy area has enough room for extra large family events and…

There are 8 First Team scheduled open houses this weekend in Los Angles County, August 23rd and 24th.  Check out the line-up of Los Angeles properties and start planning weekend. And of course make sure to stop by our two favorite open houses picks for the weekend located in Long Beach on Naples Island and LA. These homes are must sees this weekend!

  1. 97 Rivo Alto Canal, Long Beach, CA  90803

Located on the sunny side of Naples Island Canal in Long Beach, this beach city home is simply adorable.

open houses this weekend in los angeles county

Grass out front and a patio around back for entertaining can be used all year round to enjoy the views of the canal and all the wonderful Southern California weather.

open houses this weekend in Los Angeles County, CA

Don’t miss this opportunity to live in the beautiful and