October 2015

There are 43 blog entries for October 2015.

Do some adult trick-or-treating and check out open houses this weekend in Orange County. Take a peek at the line-up of properties open for viewing this weekend and figure out where you'll be going door to door this Saturday and Sunday. 

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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: Your house hunt should include some area sweeps as well - get to know the local community where you'll be moving too! The best way to do that is to check out city

Before you go out trick-or-treating, do some recon at open houses in Los Angeles County this weekend. There's nothing sweeter than finding the home of your dreams! Start browsing nearby inventory right here on our blog. 


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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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By: Lisa Kaplan Gordon

Halloween cleanup can be the scariest thing about the holiday. Here’s a tip sheet on how to remove eggs, toilet paper, wax, and other messes that go bump in the night.

Halloween can be a messy holiday. With pranksters about, you may end up with egg yolks dripping down your siding and toilet paper hanging from your trees. Inside, you might drip candle wax on your carpet, and your little ones could leave makeup stains on your furniture. Hey -- it’s the price of having fun.

But when the fun is over, the cleanup begins. Here are some tips from the American Cleaning Institute and others on removing the Halloween mayhem that little tricksters leave behind.

Egg Splatters on Your House

Time is your enemy when your house

The ultimate adult trick-or-treat? Open house hunting on Halloween weekend. Check out the inventory at Riverside and San Bernardino open houses this weekend and you score the best treat ever - your new dream house. Start browsing now!


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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.

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Check out what's going on this November 2015 in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties across the Inland Empire. Some of our favorites this month include the Wine & Brew Fest at the French Valley Air Show, the Zombie Run in Temecula and the Original Rockabilly Extravaganza!

Palm Springs Pride

Friday, November 6th – Sunday, November 8th

Palm Springs Pride is one of the biggest LGBT fests in the US which means live music from bands like 10,000 Maniacs, plus parades, parties, and more all over the desert. The Festival and block party downtown are free and tickets are available for Out PSP kick off party on Friday night. Check out the website for all the craziness going on from the Broadway in Drag Pageant to the Youth Zone open during festival

By: John Riha

Are you haunted by strange noises and weird odors? With the proper maintenance, you’ve got more than a ghost of a chance to rest easy.

Creaking and Popping in the Night

The many materials that make up your house — wood framing, plywood, glass, metal ducts, nails, plumbing pipes — all expand and contract at different rates.

When a house cools at night, these materials may move slightly, rubbing against each other and making noises. Occasionally, they’ll contract with an audible pop.

These sounds tend to be more noticeable in fall, when warm days give way to rapidly cooling nights. The bad news? Not much you can do about it. The good news? Those sounds are harmless and normal.

Zombie Odor

It’s either time to throw out

There are tons of things to do in Los Angeles but here are things you can only do this November 2015. Take a peek at the parties, fundraisers, festivals and fun going on this month and start planning which events you want to clear your calendar for.

Red Bull Sound Select | 30 Days in LA

November 1st – November 30th
Across LA

30 Days in LA is a month of 60 can’t miss artists in venues throughout Los Angeles, exclusive to Red Bull Sound Select members. Bands like Chromeo and TV on The Radio will be playing inexpensive shows at venues waaaay too small for them all over town, all November. So check out the site to see what shows still have tickets and sign up for your free Red Bull Sound Select membership.

Event website: redbullsoundselect.com

By: Oliver Marks

Is your front entryway ready for Halloween visitors? Keep everything fun and accident-free with these seven safety tips.

Everyone loves a good scare on Halloween -- as long as it’s just a trick. 

To help you avoid any real-life scares -- such as falls, fires, and traffic accidents -- around your property this All Hallows Eve, play it safe while you’re setting up your Halloween lights and decorations. 

Here are seven simple precautions recommended by John Pettibone, curator of Hammond Castle, a Gloucester, Mass., mansion that draws thousands to its renowned 20-room haunted house every Halloween season.

1. Light the Scene

Providing plenty of illumination ensures that your visitors can see where they’re walking, helping to avoid

Once the Halloween hooplah has passed, there's still plenty of things to do in Orange County. We've got the what and where on the events in Orange County this November 2015. Get ready for more fall invents including turkey trots, the Season of the Force at Disneyland and holiday fun popping up all over town.

Viva La Vida Santa Ana

Sunday, November 1st

Viva La Vida is a free, family friendly Dia De Los Muertos Festival. Participants in past events have dedicated altars to parents, siblings, and friends as well as present causes such as soldiers who have died in war, women who have made an impact in history, and people who have died of illnesses such as AIDS, cancer, or diabetes. In addition to the beautiful altars is live

By: Dona DeZube

When zombies, Snookies, and Lady Gagas storm your front door this weekend, don’t fear! Your homeowners insurance will protect you from Halloween mishaps. 

Halloween is all fun and games until a trick-or-treater trips, knocks over your jack-o-lantern, and sets your front porch on fire. Fortunately, most homeowners insurance policies cover these common Halloween home mishaps:

  • Tricksters damage your home. Standard homeowners policies cover vandalism, such as dents in your siding caused by eggs thrown at your home, when repair costs exceed your deductible.
  • Candles or decorations cause a fire. A fire started by a Halloween candle or a string of holiday lights will be covered. If the fire makes your home unlivable, your