April 2015

There are 26 blog entries for April 2015.

This month is jam packed with things to do in Orange County. Check out our list of 23 Orange County events going on this May 2015.  From beer festivals to craft fairs and fun, there’s so much to do right here in Orange County!

Sabroso Craft Beer and Taco Festival

Saturday, May 2nd

The second annual Sabroso Craft Beer and Taco Festival is coming to Silverado Canyon this Saturday with 90+ Beers and 30+ Tacos for the people to enjoy. Along with craft beer and delicious $3 tacos from OC’s best chefs, there will be live music, Lucha Libre Wrestling plus games, contests and cigar lounge and more fun. It’s going to be a crazy good time – you coming?

Event website: sabrosotacofest.com

OC Weekly Artopia

Saturday, May 2nd
6PM-9PM at the

Any kind of home renovation starts with an inspiration and one of the best rooms to start getting creative with is your bathroom. Even the smallest bathrooms can be turned into something marvelous if you set your mind to it and have a plan. Let's dive into some bathroom trends that may help you in creating the perfect design - let's get curvy.

Before you start thinking about the overall design, take into consideration the tile choices, the tapware, the vanities, the tubs, and so on. The styles that are timeless often include many edges. However, if you want to your bathroom to have fluidity, select elements that have curves.

How do you get a curvalicious bathroom you ask? Take your inspiration from these soft curves and modern designs...

It's the dream of many buyers to own a beachfront home or a vacation retreat on a lake. And buying beachfront or waterfront property is a smart move if you want a property that will retain its value even in a slow market. Here are 6 amazing aquatic abodes to help illustrate why waterfront homes never go out of style. 

1. Waterfront Home Designs 

5121 East Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach

Buyers are attracted to waterfront homes because developers design them to have scenic views from nearly every room. Homebuyers are looking for luxury properties on the water and developers include cathedral ceilings and fireplaces in living spaces, oceanfront swimming pools, Jacuzzis, Italian marble floors and gourmet kitchens with state-of-the-art

First Team’s Weekly Mortgage Watch (April 26, 2015) this week highlights the following updates:

  • With no significant economic news to drive mortgage rates either way, or any news events that caused financial market concern, rates shuffled through last week with minimal movement.
  • The housing market revealed some mixed news. Existing Home Sales climbed upward more than expected, to an 18-month high, while New Home Sales stepped backwards, losing 11.4%. 
  • Orders for Durable Goods also came in higher than expected, but the variance was once again due to transportation orders, which tend to be extremely volatile, and are discounted by most experts.
  • Significant economic data is due this week, along with a meeting of the Federal Reserve. Most

One of our absolute favorite features on the new Firstteam.com is the advanced property search including open houses. With dozens of search parameters including schools, specific property features and draw your own polygon, searching for homes - and open houses this weekend in the Inland Empire - is easier than ever. 

Take a peek at the line-up of open houses this weekend in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties and play around with all of the amazing new features Firstteam.com has to offer.

Riverside County Open Houses


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San Bernardino County Open Houses

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Have questions about open houses, the home buying process or real estate in

House hunting this weekend? Then check out Los Angeles County open houses near you this Saturday and Sunday near you. Start your search straight from this page with the map search or by property and decide on a travel route for this weekend! 


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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 match you with a top agent near you.

Email us at clientservices@firstteam.com

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The weekend is here homebuyers and that means it’s time to start searching for the best open houses in Orange County. The easiest way to do that is on the new Firstteam.com because we’ve got the tools to narrow down your search to exactly what you want to see.

With our brand new advanced search you can search by property features like waterfront and swimming pools, short sales and foreclosures, county, city or even draw your own polygon to search the exact area you’re interested in. You can also search open houses by price range so you don’t have to scroll through pages of properties you don’t want to see. Here's just a snippet of our open houses this weekend in Orange County. 

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Make the most

A kitchen remodel is a major undertaking, but a wonderful opportunity to create a perfect workspace, family gathering spot and entertaining area. If a remodel is underway, include plans to make sure that every aspect of the kitchen is updated and renovated.

Here are 7 essentials to be sure to consider when planning a kitchen remodel:

Update Plumbing and Electrical 

Source: bellacor.com

A major remodel is a great time to take care of any problems with the infrastructure of the kitchen, especially in an older home. You might add more outlets, replace damaged wiring and fix leaky pipes.

Take this opportunity to make sure everything is up to code. Including these issues in the remodel plan will bring peace of mind and the assurance that, if

According to the 2014 National Association of REALTORS® Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends 14% of all buyers last year purchased a multi-generational home. Among all buyers, 24% said the reason for their purchase was children over the age of 18 moving back into the house.

Historically, the nation’s oldest Americans have been the age group most likely to live in multi-generational households however the 2014 data shows that only 20% of buyers purchased a multi-generational home to care for aging parents.

Lately it’s young adults who have surpassed older adults in moving back home. In 2012, 22.7% of adults ages 85 and older lived in a multi-generational household, just shy of the 23.6% of adults ages 25 to 34 in the same situation according to