March 2015

There are 32 blog entries for March 2015.

Three out of every four movers reported that their move was all about location, location, location. In fact, 47% of participants surveyed agreed that the location where they live is more important than the home itself.

If the gorgeous SoCal climate and safe suburban neighborhoods are calling to you, give us a call. The First Team Relocation Department provides one-on-one counseling, area tours, home finding assistance and home marketing assistance to individuals preparing for a big move. You can relax, you’re team’s got your back.

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My older sister, her coffee loving boyfriend and their awesome Instagram posts inspired me to write this post about specialty coffee bars and shops in Orange County. Their favorite weekend pastime is shopping at the farmers market with a cup of gourmet coffee in hand – hipsters, no?

Either way, it was their coffee quests which convinced me it’s time for all of us take a page out of their brew book and graduate from Starbucks. There are tons of great artisan coffee roasters popping up all over Orange County so there’s no excuse for a sub-par cup of joe.

Here are 6 specialty coffee bars in Orange County to try so you can start your artisan coffee schooling.

Portola Coffee Lab

Named the 2015 Roaster of the Year, Portola Coffee Lab is a must visit

First Team’s Weekly Mortgage Watch (March 29th, 2015) this week highlights the following updates:

  • Mortgage rates experienced some volatility last week, as markets digested the Fed’s recent statement. Housing data revealed another month of price increases, with sales turning upward.
  • However, GDP remained unchanged at 2.2% in the latest revision for the final quarter of last year. Inflation remains subdued, but continues to be present.
  • While a strong dollar has zapped some growth out of manufacturing, the overall economy continues to simmer along at a somewhat sub-par pace.
  • This week will likely see markets focused on the release of the ISM Manufacturing Index and the monthly employment data. If the ISM can surge upward, despite the

Spring is in the air, which means the real estate market is heating up. See what new homes have hit the market and visit open houses this weekend in Orange County. With nearly 100 open houses this weekend, we think you’ll find something you love.

Search Orange County open houses by city or browse our complete list of open houses available this Saturday, March 28th and Sunday the 29th in Southern California.

The best way to make the most of your open house search is by bringing along a real estate agent. An agent knows all the hard-hitting questions you need to ask homeowners and they’re with you ready to pounce when you find the perfect pad to call home.

You can find a First Team agent to have your back this weekend – search online to find an

Spring fever is catching and the best way to keep focused on your hunt for a home is at open houses this weekend in Los Angeles County. If you are on the market for a new home, check out the line-up of properties we have for you this weekend across LA County.

View LA County open houses on our site or check out the full list of all Southern California open houses this Saturday and Sunday.

If you’re going shopping for a home this weekend, the smartest plan is to have an agent by your side. An agent can help you act fast when you find the perfect home and answer all of your burning home buying questions. If you have questions before you head out to see homes or would like to team up with an agent. Find a First Team agent online or reach out and we’ll

The school kids are taking off for spring break, so why not break out and spring to the local real estate market? SoCal real estate is heating up, check it out at an open house this weekend in the Inland Empire. Search by area below or search all Southern California open houses on our site.

Riverside County Open Houses

San Bernardino Open Houses

Desert Areas

If you have questions about home buying and the local real estate market, contact a First Team agent near you for assistance. Buyers agents are free (their commission is paid by the seller) and an invaluable resource to any homebuyer – especially first timers! Search for an area specialist near you or just contact us and we’ll match you with a top agent near you.

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First of all, who doesn't love free? Second, the free SoCal home ownership event going on this weekend is even more lovable because it's the kind of free that keeps on giving.

This Saturday March 28th at Chapman University will be the 3rd Annual Southern California Home Ownership Day. Hosted by the OC Home Fair community, this event is all about educating people on the finer points of real estate.

Picking up some free real estate education is a great way to help you save thousands whether you plan to buy, sell or invest in the future. And with over 25 different classes offered in 4 sessions on tons of topics, you're definitely going to pick up something useful at this event.

Whether you’re just looking to learn the basics or hunting for the

Instead of spending your time indoors, have an excuse to get outside with a backyard getaway that allows you to escape. With a bit of privacy and some room to entertain, it will easily be one of the best places on the property to spend your time with family and friends. When redoing the yard and adding new features, there are a few ways to transform the space and make it your own.

1. Outdoor Lighting


Add an assortment of decorative outdoor lighting to illuminate your backyard. Try stringing up colorful canning jar lights, hanging up paper bag lanterns or for an even more dramatic flair, construct mason jar solar lights. Not only are these ideas creative, but they are all extremely affordable. Head on over to 

According to the 2015 Profile of Home Staging from the National Association of REALTORS®, homebuyers put forward bigger offers when it comes to staged homes. CAR breaks down the financial benefits in their Infographic.

First Team Real Estate agents work with home stagers to get you more for your home sale. Talk to a local specialist if you're looking to list your home and more more tips and tricks on how to get more for your real estate. Search online or simply reach out and we'll match you with a top producer in your area.

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When you're preparing your home to sell it, you have to think in terms of your audience – the homebuyer. Even if it seems minor, most buyers don't want to purchase a house that's littered with a slew of “honey-do” projects. That’s why little problems with your house could get it stuck on the market for months if you don’t take the time to fix them now.

Getting stuck on the market means you might have to drop the price, buyers start thinking there's a big problem because it's not moving and suddenly your nice quick home sale is getting unnecessarily complicated.

What's wrong with your house that buyers aren't going to want to fix? Here’s a list of things that might seem little but can be a big turn off for potential homebuyers. So if you want to