August 2016

There are 32 blog entries for August 2016.

Labor Day events, festivals around town and more events in the Inland Empire are coming this month, September 2016. Check out the list of things to do this month and start filling up your social calendar with local fun. For even more exciting things to do in Southern California this month, check out our list of events for Orange County and LA County.

Norco Fair

Thursday, September 1st – Monday, September 5th

Inland Empire Events September 2016

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All Labor Day Weekend long, enjoy the fun at the Norco Fair with live music and entertainment, beer gardens, kids Korral, rides, games, food and more. Family Fun Day is Monday, September 5th with tons of extra fun filled events like a pie eating contest, egg toss, shoe pile, water games and more.


Summer isn’t over yet, there's still tons of events in Los Angeles County this September 2016 to take advantage of yet another month of sun and fun. Don’t miss the LA County Fair, lobster festivals, a few more free concerts and tons more events with food, music and more fun.

The end of summer outdoor movies is coming but you still have the whole month of September to get your picnic on with delicious food trucks while you catch some classics. Let’s start the list of events with the can’t miss movies that are still popping up all over LA.

 Street Food Cinema

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These Saturday night movie events include a live music, movie and food trucks.
September 3rd: The Devil Wears Prada @ Glendale Central Park,

First Team Weekly Mortgage Watch August 28 2016

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  • Financial markets were open last week, although you might not have noticed it. Mortgage rates simply oscillated, ending the week in the same place that they started. Whether this was due to the summer doldrums or something else is always hard to say.
  • A number of members of the Fed made statements that the Fed would very likely have more rate increases this year. 
  • Economic data continued to be modest or slightly better. 
  • Housing is definitely improving. New Home Sales spiked 12.4% to 654K, which is the highest level since November 2007. Existing Home Sales crept down slightly, but it was likely due to

Say sayonara to summer and hello to the fall line-up of open houses this weekend in Orange County. There's still plenty to see on the real estate market as we head into autumn. 


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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: Get out and have some fun around town! The best way to get to know a neighborhood or new city is through community events. Check out our list of events in Orange County for September and find something fun in a new area

Did you know that 25% of parents plan to move to a new home during school breaks? That means you should start looking at open houses this weekend in Los Angeles County to close and move during Thanksgiving or Christmas break. Time to plan ahead!

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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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Last weekend in August?! Better make it count with open houses in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. A new house to fit your growing family should be at the top of your back to school list.


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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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Summer is coming to a close but the fun doesn't end in Orange County. Check out events in Orange County this September that will have you feeling the fall vibes and local community scene.

Orange International Street Fair

Friday, September 2nd – Sunday, September 4th
Fri. 5PM-10PM; Sat. & Sun. 10AM-10PM

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Come hungry to the Orange International Street Fair because it’s all about the delicious international cuisine and you’ve got to try it all. You’ve got all weekend after all! There’s more entertainment to go along with stuffing your face including several stages with live entertainment all weekend long, arts and crafts booths, community booths and more.

Parade of Sail

Friday, September 9th

School is back in session and it's time to take a look at what that means for homebuyers. Hint, a lot.

According to a recent study from, homes in higher-rated public school districts are, on average, 49% more expensive than the national median, and 77% more expensive than schools located in lower-ranked districts in their own area. That alone tells you how important schools are to real estate buyers.

Homes in higher-rated school districts also sell faster and are viewed, on average, 26% more online. Check out the infographic below from CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® for more on how schools are ruling the home search for parents. 

Finding the property that will become your future home is a business deal, but it is also a very personal occurrence. Though the whole process can quickly become overwhelming, there is no need to make it too complex. Whether you plan on building your own home through a new construction agency in Orange County or buying a high rise apartment in LA, these five essential steps will help to streamline the process.

Think About Your Needs

The home that you buy will hopefully be a major part of your life for years, so it is important to pick one that can meet your changing needs. Think about your career, family, and relationship goals to ensure that your property will work even if your lifestyle changes. Make sure that when you are buying a home you are

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  • The lazy days of summer continue to grip the market, even as parents and students frantically prepare for the first days of the new school year. 
  • Mortgage rates seem content to remain in a tight range, as we wait for something to shake things up.
  • Last week’s release of the latest minutes of the Federal Reserve’s meeting shed little insight as to the Fed’s thinking on the economy.
  • While some Fed members are expressing more and more desire to increase rates soon, we continue with slow economic growth coupled with low interest rates. 
  • In many ways, the impetus to raise rates is an academic argument. We