February 2017

There are 31 blog entries for February 2017.

Spring brings tons of things to do and events to the Inland Empire. From art and film to food and wine festivals, there's something for everyone to enjoy across Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. If you need even more ideas for how to fill your social calendar, check out events in Los Angeles County and Orange County.

La Quinta Arts Festival

Thursday, March 2nd – Sunday, March 5th

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The annual La Quinta Arts Festival will return to the La Quinta Civic Center Campus. The award-winning event brings in art patrons and tourists alike for live entertainment, food, wine and beer to accompany the amazing art. Tickets are $17 for a single day entry or $22 for the multi day pass.

2017 Native Film Fest

Thursday, March 2nd –

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  • Mortgage rates shifted into neutral at the beginning of the year after spiking upward as 2016 ended. At least for the time being, they seem to be happy to remain flat. 
  • Last week saw some strong data coming from the housing market, with Existing Home Sales moving to the highest level since 2007. 
  • New Home Sales also moved upward, with an increased number of ready-to-sell homes. Because of the lack of existing home inventory, prices continue to be pushed upward in most of the country. 
  • Rates seemed to mostly ignore comments from the latest Fed meeting minutes that lead some analysts to increase their

March is coming and bringing a host of events in Los Angeles County including beer and food festivals, St. Patrick's Day themed fun, and more local events. Check out the full list to find what community events interest you! For even more things to do in Southern California, check our list of Events in Orange County for March 2017.

Tater Tot & Beer Festival

Saturday, March 4th

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Come and sample dozens of domestic, imported and crafted beers and sample delicious tater tot creations for your guilty dining pleasure. Combined with all of the beer you can legally drink, delicious tater tots, a side of live music and fun times, this event will be a day you will never forget. You just may have dreams about

Whether you're searching for an open floor plan or an entertainer's backyard, we've got it all lined up at open houses this weekend in Orange County. Grab your wishlist and let's shop!


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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: Making a move to a new city? Get a taste for the local community during OC Restaurant Week March 5th-11th. For a full list of events going on across the county, check out our blog post on Events in Orange County |

Your home buying strategy called, it wants a field trip this weekend to open houses in Los Angeles County. Pack some snacks and let's check out the latest and greatest LA County real estate. 


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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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HOME BUYER TIP: Buying real

While the celebrities walk the red carpet this weekend, you could be walking on some new carpet in an open floor plan at open houses in Riverside and San Bernardino County. What's on your wish list for a new home? 


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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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HOME BUYER TIP: Mortgage rates this

Outdoor space at home is a valuable commodity. Even a very small area, such as a patio or porch, can be beautiful and useful when created with care. An outdoor space should reflect the needs of the family: a play space for children, a hangout for teens and tweens, or a dog run for the family pet. As needs change, the space can change also, provided it is designed with thought and planning for both the present and the future.

Create a Conversation Area

Even on a very limited budget it is possible to create an inviting conversation area. Comfortable seating and small tables to hold drinks and snacks are the necessities. Cushions to use on wood or metal outdoor furniture can be purchased or made at home. Fabric stores carry material specifically for

February has flown by and right now we're looking forward to spring and all of the events in Orange County this March 2017. Some of the most exciting events we're looking forward to are OC Restaurant Week, Babychella (yes, it's just like it sounds), and the Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival. 

Porto’s Bakery & Café Grand Opening

Wednesday, March 1st

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Did you know that Porto’s Bakery & Café was voted Yelp’s #1 Restaurant in the Country for 2016? Yeah, it’s kind of a big deal. The delicious Cuban bakery has three stores in LA County and the Buena Park store will be the first in Orange County. Serving up delectable pastries, savory sandwiches, specialty beverages and their famous potato balls,

Building your dream home will give you an incredible amount of flexibility over everything from the floor plans to the materials that are used. While having a home built is extremely satisfying, it can also be quite a lengthy process. Many buyers find themselves struggling with dozens of minor hiccups that keep them out of their new homes for months. Here are three steps you can take to make sure that you get into your new home as quickly as possible.

1. Work Closely With The Pros Whenever You Can

Throughout the course of your home construction, you’re going to need to work with a number of different companies including home designers, general contractors, and land developers. No matter whom you’re working with, stay close to the projects. When

 Weekly Mortgage Watch - February 19, 2017

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  • Mortgage rates meandered last week, even with many signs that perhaps should be pushing them upward. 
  • Fed Chair Yellen testified before Congress and stated that “waiting too long to remove accommodation would be unwise,” which has been interpreted as reaffirming the likelihood of three rate increases in 2017. 
  • Retail Sales bumped up 0.4%, a sizeable increase from the 0.1% predicted. 
  • Inflationary pressures also flared some, with core readings in both the Consumer and Producer Prices Indexes rising more than anticipated. 
  • Perhaps, the market is simply correcting itself, by staying flat, after the