August 2015

There are 33 blog entries for August 2015.

Nearly 750 real estate websites were recently judged by tech and market experts to identify the best of the best in web design and strategy. We are so excited that the new was recognized in four different categories including:

Best Overall

Best Design

Best Mobile

Best Property Details


The 2015 REAL Trends Real Estate Website Rankings were analyzed between April and July 2015. Judging began with nearly 750 real estate websites which were narrowed down by five technology experts to the top 25. From there a panel of real estate chief officers from across the country voted on the best sites based on eight different categories. We couldn't be more pleased to see our hard work and innovation paid off! 

First Team’s Weekly Mortgage Watch (August 30th, 2015) this week highlights the following updates:

  • Last week began with another day of carnage in stock markets. As the “correction” spread to multiple indices, mortgage rates found some room to move downward, but not as much as one may have expected based on the headlines.
  • While experts debate the impact of China and other factors on stock markets, our domestic growth for last quarter was revised to a relatively warm 3.7%.
  • Bond and mortgage markets seem mostly convinced that we will stay on a slow, bumpy growth path for the foreseeable future.
  • As the week ended, comments from couple of Fed governors brought the upcoming Fed meeting back into focus. Many analysts are continuing to predict

Check out all the events in Los Angeles County this September 2015 including the LA County Fair going on all month. Join in the Labor Day fun, enjoy a local festival and learn more about your community by having some fun. See what's going on in Orange County this September as well for even more fun.

Los Angeles County Fair

Friday, Sept. 4th - Sunday, Sept. 27th 

One of the largest fairs in the United States boasts an array of entertainment options and exhibits, including carnival rides and games, arts and crafts, products for sale, farm animals, diet-busting foods (Deep-fried Twinkies! Bacon-wrapped turkey legs!), and a wine, beer and spirits marketplace. The End of Summer Concert Series draws top acts from today and yesterday.

It's the last weekend in August and the best way to prepare for the fall real estate market is by visiting open house this weekend in Orange County. The heat of the summer market is cooling but inventory is still up and ripe for the picking. 

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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: Sail through closing day with these 4 tips. The problem is that closing seldom goes smoothly - even if you think you're home free (pun intended). Check out our

As summer fades into fall it's time to revisit your home buying goals and Los Angeles County open houses this weekend. Have you seen the latest homes on the market for yourself? Come say hi to a First Team agent this weekend at an open house in LA county!


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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.

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This last weekend of August is bringing even more Riverside and San Bernardino open houses and inventory onto the Inland Empire market. Check out First Team open houses right here on our blog and follow the links below to see each and every open property across the Inland Empire this weekend. 


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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 we’ll match you with an agent in your area.

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September brings back to school, the end of summer and beginning of fall and most importantly, tons of events in Orange County. This September 2015 check out what's going on in Orange County including Oktoberfest at Old World (that's right - it starts in September!), craft beer festivals, Taste of Laguna and so much more. 

If you're looking for even more fun including the LA County Fair, check out our LA County events for September as well or what's going on the Inland Empire

Orange International Street Fair

Friday, Sept. 4th – Sunday, Sept. 6th
Fri: 5-10PM, Sat/Sun: 10AM-10PM

The annual Orange International Street Fair held in Old Towne Orange is back this September. The diversified event will feature 15 ethnic streets with 42 different

Happy National Dog Day! That's right today, August 26th, is National Dog Day and there’s no better way to celebrate with your best friend on four legs than to take them out for a date at one of these dog-friendly dining places in Orange County. They take care of you with their love and companionship, so you can take them out for a night out on the town for this special occasion. 

These 9 restaurants have dog friendly patios plus amazing food for the best date night you and your furry friend could ask for!

The Pint House

136 W Wilshire Ave
Fullerton, CA 92832

Image: Yelp

The Pint House in Fullerton has a big patio, which makes it the perfect place to bring your pup for a delicious day out. The friendly

Closing on that home of your dreams is one of the biggest moments of your life. The contract for your home has been signed, you have a mortgage to pay for your new home, and you're merely steps away from relocating yourself. But, rough waters lay ahead because closing is the most common time for home sales to fall through. The process is very in-depth so read more about it so you know what's ahead.

The problem is that closing seldom goes smoothly. Even when you think you're home free, there are still things that can delay or prevent you from closing. Let's explore how to close the right way to ensure nothing stands between you and your dream home but smooth sailing.

1. Prepare Your Paperwork

Before the day of closing, ensure that you have all the

First Team’s Weekly Mortgage Watch (August 23rd, 2015) this week highlights the following updates:

  • US stock markets took a significant pounding last week, with the Dow Index officially moving into a correction. As pundits and analysts debate the reasons and potential impact of the selloff, mortgage rates moved only slightly downward, once again.
  • While China and Europe’s woes are the most probable reason for the rout, US economic news continues on its seemly never-ending, slow-growth trajectory.
  • While the LEI contracted slightly, Existing Home Sales powered upward. The minutes from the last Fed meeting didn’t reveal too much, although some of the comments point to concerns about increasing interest rates at the September meeting.
  • The Fed