May 2015

There are 42 blog entries for May 2015.

There's so much to do this June, 2015 in Los Angeles - start browsing the list of events to see what you should add to your social calendar. If you want even more choices, check out our list of June events in Orange County.

Obscura Society LA: Earthworks Harvest Tour

Thursday, June 4th

Narrowing the gap between farm and fork, Earthworks Farm & Community Garden attempts to battle Southern California's disappearing farmland by transforming a vacant parcel of land - curiously situated between a Ramada Inn and a Burger King - into a site for local and sustainable agriculture amidst the tell-tale signs of modern urbanity.

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Street Food Cinema

Now – October
Doors 5:30PM, Band 6:30PM, Movie 8:30PM


School may be out for summer but the real estate market is just getting down to business. Check out open houses this weekend in Orange County and see what grade A real estate has hit the market. 

Here’s just a snippet of some of the awesome homes open for viewing this weekend: 

View all First Team Orange County Open Houses

Make the most of your home search this weekend by teaming up with a real estate agent. Search for an agent on our site or reach out and we’ll match you up with an agent today to be house hunting with you tomorrow.

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HOME BUYER TIP: Get out and have some fun between trips to open houses and check out events in Orange County this June 2015. Sometimes

As we close our the month of May, let's take stock of your search for a new home and revive the hunt with open houses this weekend in Los Angeles County. Summer is just weeks away so now is the time to find that new home you've been craving!

Take a peek at a snippet of First Team open houses this weekend in Los Angeles County and let yourself fall in love. 

View all Los Angeles County Open Houses

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

Did you realize that next week is June?! Don't worry, it snuck up on us too. Get jumpstarted on your summer home search this weekend at an open house this weekend in the Inland Empire!

Here's just a snippet of all the open houses going on this weekend in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties or you can search all Southern California open houses this weekend on our site. 


View all First Team Riverside County Open Houses


View all San Bernardino County Open Houses

If you have any questions about open houses, the real estate process or your local market just ask an agent. It’s literally their job to help you find a house and some happiness at home. Find an agent online near you or contact us and

The housing market this spring is getting a competitive edge thanks to hot buyer demand and low inventory across Southern California where average sales prices are above average estimated market values of homes sold in April in our metro area. According to Mark Hughes, chief operating officer here at First Team, “Current market activity belies a seller’s market, a lot of activity, less inventory then those looking. We seemed to have reached close to equilibrium nationwide but the combination of a hot destination and cool metro areas [in Southern California] still skew toward sellers for now.” 

Sheri Manarrich, a First Team Real Estate agent working in Aliso Viejo, puts it frankly, “There’s no inventory, and there are a million buyers looking for

Believe it or not June is just around the corner which means tons of summer events are popping up all across Orange County. Events in Orange County this June 2015 include movie nights, charity events, chili cook-offs and more outdoor fun. Here's where to start making your summer memories in the OC this coming month: 

The OC Night Market

Friday, June 5th – Sunday June 7th 
4PM-12AM (Friday, Sunday), 4-10PM (Sunday)

Back for round two, the OC Night Market be at the OC Fair Grounds again in June. The original and largest Asian-themed night market in the country, the night market will feature over 200 food, merchandise, crafts, arts, games, music and entertainment attractions in one fun filled weekend.

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Not Your

As the #1 real estate company and brand in Orange County, CA our Relocation and Corporate Services Division is rapidly growing.  Here at First Team - which grew from just one agent to a sales force of more than 1,800 sales professionals supported by 160 employees - we pride ourselves on innovation, teamwork and collaboration.  We are currently seeking a Mobility Manager/Homesale Specialist to join our team. 

Our dynamic relocation professionals specialize in highly personal relocation services and serve as the single point of contact for corporate clients and their transferring employees.  The successful candidate will be a relocation professional who has 3+ years experience marketing transferring employees’ properties. 

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If you're thinking of renovating your home, you might be wondering what upgrades and renovations are really worth it. Some just don't add anything to the resale value of your home. Real estate experts across the country are in agreement on some points though.

Here are five renovations that they agree will rocket your home value.



The kitchen is the nerve center of the home. Contemporary appliances and stone or granite countertops are relatively easy changes. The same goes for a new faucet and knobs for the sink and new hardware for cabinets. They make the kitchen brighter and more pleasant.



New toilets and vanities aren't particularly expensive or


First Team’s Weekly Mortgage Watch (May 24th, 2015) this week highlights the following updates:

  • Mortgage rates held fairly steady last week.  The meeting minutes from the last meeting of the Federal Reserve revealed that the Fed is comfortable with a meeting-by-meeting analysis of data to guide its policy decisions.
  • Realistically, this means that the Fed will continue to look at the same data, and will change policy when it sees the economy finally beginning to create more price pressure than the Fed wants. 
  • With data pointing to a poor economic start for this year, that first change in interest rates could easily be at the end of the year, and is unlikely to come this summer.
  • This week we get the second estimate of last quarter’s

Take advantage of the long holiday weekend and have some fun at Memorial Day events in Orange County, 2015. We've got some family friendly fun, adult indulgence and patriotic pursuits to keep you entertained all weekend long!

Sunset Serenades

Friday, May 22nd - Monday, May 25th

Held at Heisler Park in the Amphitheatre off Cliff Drive, LA based Jazz drummer Jason Harnell will bring his trio to entertain. The show is free, the sunset is beautiful and it’s fun for the whole family.
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Military Days at Knott’s Berry Farm

Saturday, May 23rd – Monday, May 25th

Knott’s Berry Farm is offering free admission for all active, veteran and retired U.S. Military personnel as a special treat for Memorial Day.