March 2016

There are 36 blog entries for March 2016.

Check out what's going on in the Inland Empire this April 2016. This month we're most looking forward to the Airshows in Chino and Riverside as well as the Tamale Festival!

LPGA ANA Inspiration Championship

Now – Sunday, April 3rd
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The best women golfers in the world are coming to compete in Golf's First Major tournament at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage. The competition will be fierce for the $2 million purse, coveted Dinah Shore Trophy, the famous jump in to Poppy's Pond and the honor of wearing the coveted Champion's white robe. Children 17 and under get in free with a paid adult.

American Documentary Film Festival

Now – Monday, April 4th
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The American Documentary Film

Spring break is upon us which means now's the perfect time to check out all of the events in Los Angeles County this April 2016. From horror movies in the park, food festivals and art to bacon, crafts and tea, there's something for everyone to enjoy this month. It's time to fill up that social calendar of yours!

Great Horror Movie Night: The Shining

Friday, April 1st
Gates open 6PM; Film starts 7:15PM
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Events in Los Angeles County, April 2016 

Great Horror Movie Night is held under the stars in the Griffith Park Old Zoo brought to the masses by Ten Thirty One Productions. The first film in March was Poltergeist and this month they will be screening The Shining. Tickets are $15, gates open at 6PM, and the screening starts at 7:15PM. Get out for some screams

This April there are tons of events in Orange County to enjoy from beer festivals to fun runs and family festivals that nobody can resist. If you’re looking for something to do this spring break and beyond, look no further!

Knott’s Boysenberry Festival

Now – Sunday, April 3rd 
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Knott’s Boysenberry Festival is still going on this weekend with mouthwatering treats you don’t want to miss. The boysenberry – a cross between a blackberry, raspberry and loganberry – is what made Knott’s famous and the farm is reimagining it in dozens of delicious ways this month for the Boysenberry Festival. Boysenberry beer, aioli, wine, ketchup, butter, taffy, soda and so much more waits at Orange County’s rollercoaster haven.

Disney California Adventure

The Hall of Fame Gala, the most anticipated night of the year for First Team Real Estate agents, took place on Friday, March 18, at the Ritz-Carlton in Dana Point.

An annual affair now in its 30th year running, the event—which celebrates the drive, commitment and accomplishments of our company’s top real estate experts—was attended by more than 600 people, including agents, staff and prominent members of the community.

“This awards program makes for one of the most memorable nights of the year for everyone at First Team,” said Lori Namazi, First Team’s Broker of Record and Vice President of Administrative Services. “All attendees—from agents who have been in the business for 30 years, to those just beginning to make a name for themselves in Southern

First Team Real Estate Weekly Mortgage Watch

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FIRST TEAM’S WEEKLY MORTGAGE WATCH (MARCH 27TH, 2016) THIS WEEK HIGHLIGHTS THE FOLLOWING UPDATES:

  • Last week, mortgage rates drifted slightly downward with the threat of Fed rate increases once again pushed out into the future.
  • Economic news was moderately positive last week. GDP, for the final quarter of 2015, was adjusted upward to 1.4%, leaving GDP at about 2.0% for all of last year.
  • While this is not stellar, it still represents a reasonable growth trajectory, especially given all of the headwinds that the economy faces from challenges with our international trading partners. 
  • Existing Home Sales did pull back by more than seven percent last month, but much of this is being attributed to ongoing tight

Housing hunting is the official adult egg hunt this year. Before your peeps gather for the holiday fun this Sunday, visit open houses this weekend in Orange County. 

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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.

Email us at clientservices@firstteam.com

Call us at 888-870-1142

HOME BUYER TIP: When it comes time to take title on your home, did you know you have options? Take a look at the most common options and if you have questions, ask a real estate agent at an Orange County open house this weekend!

Somebunny needs to get to work on their summer real estate goals. Good thing you can hop to it this weekend at open houses in Los Angeles County. Stop by a First Team open house this Saturday before the holiday festivities begin!

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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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Before the egg hunts commence this Sunday, do some house hunting in the Inland Empire at Riverside and San Bernardino County open houses. The prize at the end of the real estate game is even better than jelly beans. 

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

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SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY

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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.

Email us at clientservices@firstteam.com

Call us at 888-870-1142

HOME BUYER TIP: You don't need a buyer's

Title might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you’re considering all the elements of purchasing a home. In fact, many people don’t even realize there are options when it comes to title. The best way to determine the best option is, of course, to consult with a trusted real estate professional—but in the meantime, why not familiarize yourself with your choices?

Here, the basics on the most common ways to hold title to your home.

Sole Ownership

This option is almost as straightforward as it sounds, and it’s not just for single people. (In other words, it’s still an option if you’re married.) There are no special tax advantages for this option.

Tenants in Common

This one is a common choice not only in situations that involve two

The foreclosure market provides homebuyers with numerous opportunities, but purchasing a foreclosure property can often be much more complicated than expected. That's why were here to help you do your homework and find the perfect home that fits your budget and needs. 

Before you jump in and start submitting bids for fixer-uppers, consider the following: 

1. Take off the Blinders

While searching for a foreclosure property, you have to keep in mind that foreclosures always come with baggage. Some repair work will certainly have to be done prior to your move in date and the person who will be responsible for it will probably be you. Foreclosures’ prices are rarely a subject to negotiations as these properties are often competitively priced, but