December 2016

There are 28 blog entries for December 2016.

January is jam packed with events in Los Angeles County. From the biggest New Years events in LA County to fun all month long, there are plenty of reasons to celebrate and make new memories in 2017. For more last minute New Year’s Eve ideas in LA, check out this nifty list from Thrillist.

New Years Events

Marina Del Rey Fireworks

Saturday, December 31st

Marina del Rey will ring in 2017 with a spectacular fireworks show over the harbor. Guests are invited to Burton Chace Park to watch a live, outdoor broadcast on a  jumbo screen of CNN's New Year's Eve Live from Times Square in New York City. At 8:59 pm, join in on the 60-second countdown & view the Times Square ball drop. Then at 9:00 pm, watch the night sky

Christmas is over but the holiday season is still here with tons of New Years events, snow days, winter festivals and more events across Orange County. If you are looking for New Years Eve plans or just want the holiday fun to continue, keep reading for all of the events in Orange County coming January 2017.

New Years Events


First Night in Fullerton

Saturday, December 31st

This year’s festival will be the 25th annual “First Night Fullerton”. The night is 100% family-oriented, alcohol-free, and it takes place in Downtown Fullerton on Harbor Blvd., Pomona Ave., and Wilshire Ave. The night includes stage performances by a variety of bands, roaming entertainment, games, food, zip lining and more. Stick around


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  • Mortgage rates finally calmed as we headed into the holiday weekend, and we are now poised to end 2016 with little chance of any significant decrease. 
  • The final estimate of 3rd quarter GDP was adjusted upward to 3.5%, both New and Existing Home sales bested estimates, and the core PCE Price Index increased slightly, as expected. While we have seen some cooling in the 4th quarter, experts believe that GDP is running at a 2.6% clip. 
  • All told, with an improving economy, the Fed once again predicting about three interest rate increases, and the markets’ general enthusiasm, we may have seen the last of the

A roof is one of the most critical parts of any home's structure and integrity. It is important to choose a roof material that will provide a home with long-lasting protection. There is really no “best” roofing material. Different materials are suited for different climates and conditions. The conditions of dry and hot climates make choosing roofing materials made of clay tile, slate, and white metal some of the best possible roofing material options.

Slate Tile

Slate roofs are some of the most prestigious, durable and expensive roofs on the market. Although slate costs significantly more upfront, it requires very little maintenance and will last decades longer than most other roofing materials. Like clay, slate is naturally heat resistant and

There are many steps that are involved in the homebuying process, a whirlwind of decisions, paperwork, and things to do. It can be easy to fall in love with a new house that exceeds your expectations and is a place you can envision settling into. But to ensure that you've made the best choice, there are a few things you need to double check before signing.

Make this list, check it twice, find out if your home purchase will be naughty or nice when all is said and done. Are all of your ducks in a row yet?

Double-Check the Numbers

According to, typos are commonplace on the mortgage note and should be evaluated ahead of time. You'll need to look over the numbers to determine if the interest rate or amount needs to be corrected to

When trying to sell a home in a competitive real estate market, or any market for that matter, it’s all about marketing and presentation. Gimmicks and bad sales can be spotted right away, from the crummy pictures to the sickly sweet scented candles hiding the smell of your pets. 

You need to get potential buyers interested right off the bat with a great first impression, instead of sitting on the market while you learn your lesson of the importance of marketing the hard way. These aren’t just tricks and tips, these are the tried and true marketing strategies.

Give Your Home Curbside Appeal

The exterior of your home is the first thing a potential buyer will notice as they drive past your home. Make sure the exterior looks fantastic by washing the


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  • To no one’s surprise, the Federal Reserve lifted its target rate, during a week that highlighted a long-term economic pattern of inconsistent growth. 
  • Once again, Retail Sales failed to move, Industrial Production fell, and inflationary indicators continue to show very moderate pressure. However, rates continue to press upward. 
  • Much of the movement has been attributed to the Fed’s predictions for next year, along with traders moving into a protective stance as they head out on holiday breaks. All-in-all, this has become an ongoing pattern. 
  • Each year, we believe that rates will climb in the coming

The best gift for your family this Christmas isn't at the mall. Shop for something everyone will enjoy at open houses this weekend in Orange County. Whether you need more kitchen space, more room to play in the backyard, or more reasons to love your neighborhood, there's something better suited for you and your family out there. You just have to start looking. 


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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: Starting this December

The New Year is creeping up and if your resolution is a new home to fit your needs, then the time is now to check out open houses in Los Angeles County near your. Check out our line-up of homes below or follow to link to view all open houses in LA County this Saturday and Sunday. 


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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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It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas everywhere you go, even the open houses in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. The holidays don't stop the housing market, check out all the new listings in your neighborhood this weekend! 


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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. Search online for an agent near you or contact us and we’ll match you with an agent in your area.

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