September 2015

There are 33 blog entries for September 2015.

As a homeowner, it’s easy to get in the mindset that improving only the aesthetics of your home. While installing a unique tile entryway or ripping out all of that old wallpaper will up the value of your home in some cases, the reality is these aesthetics only go so far. If you really want to perform home improvements that will increase the value of your home, and help you get a better return when you decide to sell, you need to think in terms of what is important or valuable to buyers. Beyond that, you need to focus on what buyers are looking for in your local community

While it can be tough to determine all of these specifics, there are a few home renovation projects that bring in more dough than any others. So, if you are planning on selling your

All month long there are tons of things to do and events going on across Los Angeles County. From Oktoberfest celebrations to haunted houses and attractions, this October is jam packed full of fun! Check out our complete list of LA events and if you need even more things to do, take a peek at what's going on in Orange County this October.

Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns

October 1st – November 1st

Coming to the Descano Gardens this month is the most unique and iconic family friendly event all fall. Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns will feature more than 5,000 hand-carved illuminated pumpkins created by professional artists and sculptures arranged in creative ways along a 1/3 mile scenic walking trail. You'll also see artists hand-paint and hand-carve the

Successfully purchasing, rehabbing and flipping a piece of real estate requires good timing, handyman skills and a keen eye for a good deal. It also requires money to close. This article is dedicated to helping those ambitious folks eager to start or expand their house-flipping enterprises by offering them some valuable information concerning sources of purchase money financing.

1. Partnering on Projects

Have you ever seen those ubiquitous cardboard signs posted on nearly every street corner advertising the availability of money to buy pre-foreclosure homes? If you do, take down the contact phone numbers on them. These people have money and are your potential future partners.

Anyone who is willing to invest in a foreclosure situation will

The month of October brings tons of fall fun to Orange County with haunted houses, Oktoberfest, autumn festivals and more. Check out the list of events in Orange County this October 2015 and start planning where to get your fright on this month. For more amazing events like Rise of the Jack O'Lanters (seriously, you gotta check it out), take a look at events this October in LA County

Knott’s Scary Farm

Now – Oct 31st

Knott’s Scary Farm is the biggest Halloween event in LA and OC. This year there will be 11 mazes, 1,000 monsters, 2 shows, 3 scare zones and tons more attractions to enjoy.  One of the newest mazes in Paranormal Inc, featuring ghost hunters from a TV network investigating a mental hospitals full of deranged doctors. There’s also

First Team’s Weekly Mortgage Watch (September 27th, 2015) this week highlights the following updates:

  • As markets came to grips with the Fed’s stance last week, mortgage rates found some room to move downward. 
  • While we did get some nominal economic data, such as Existing Home Sales and Orders for Durable Goods sliding downward, the Fed’s assessment of the state of the global economy dominated trader concerns. In so many ways, statements from the Fed can become self-fulfilling prophecies. 
  • Fortunately, GDP was adjusted upward, reinforcing the fact that last quarter was a fairly strong quarter. Fed Chair Yellen also spoke last week, stating a rate increase is appropriate this year. 
  • This week features two of the most important

Real estate is all about presenting your listing in the best possible light (literally), which means having great listing photos. 92% of home buyers go online while searching for a home so the photos you put up need to be top notch to get you top dollar for your home.

How much you spend on those listing photos is entirely up to you but no matter what you spend, stick to these 5 prep tips to ensure your photos look great online and off.

1. Declutter. Seriously.

Remove refrigerator magnets, put away remotes, make sure there are no trash cans in the shot, get rid of unnecessary furniture such as end tables and desks and really whittle down what's in your shot. Making a room as empty as possible makes it look way bigger.

Your listing photos

Let yourself fall head-over-heels this fall for great new Orange County real estate. Start searching for the one at an open house this weekend in Orange County so you and your family are settled in a new home for the holidays. 

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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: A down payment on a new home doesn't have to be 20%. In fact, 64.2% of recent Millennial homebuyers put down less than 20% on their last home. When you're putting together

Fall into good home buying habits this fall and check out open houses this weekend in Los Angeles County near you. Checking out the local real estate in person is a great way to get a better feel for square footage, local neighborhoods and all the most important details of a house. 


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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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The seasons are changing and so is the inventory on the real estate market which means it's time to go house hunting this weekend at open houses in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. Take a peek at what's on the market from our blog and follow the link below to see all open houses this weekend in the Inland Empire. 


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If you have any questions about open houses, the real estate process or your local market just ask a real estate 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.


Purchasing a home for the first time is one of the largest purchases you'll ever make, requiring preparation and careful planning to ensure your dream home becomes your own. By taking these financial factors into consideration, you can make the purchasing process go as smoothly as possible.

Increase Your Credit Score

Getting your credit score in shape before shopping around will ultimately be the biggest contributing factor in determining the approval of a loan by the bank, and how high your interest rate will be. Continue to make payments on time and pay more than the minimum payment on any loans you do still have.

In the same regard, prevent overdrafts from occurring, which are often red flags to lenders. Those with credit scores below 640