March 2017

There are 37 blog entries for March 2017.

The real estate market is in super bloom this spring. Check it out at open houses this weekend in Orange County. Inventory is growing and we have over 100 open houses across Orange County to choose from. 

 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: Lighten up! Have some fun with the home buying process and get to know your new neighborhood with some local community events. Check out our full list of Events in Orange County |

The year is flying by and the question is - are you working on your real estate goals? Get the ball rolling this weekend with open houses in Los Angeles County. All it takes is one perfect house... 

LA COUNTY

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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 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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April showers are nowhere in sight! It's perfect weather for house hunting at open houses in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. Spring inventory is growing as the days grow warmer which means it's time to start up your home search.

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. 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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Events in the Inland Empire this April 2017 include everyone's favorite desert music festivals and more across Riverside and San Bernardino counties. From Easter egg hunts to tasting events and art exhibits, there's so much to see. Time to start filling up your social calendar!

Desert X

Now – Sunday, April 30th
Installations open daily, dawn to sunset
desertx.org

Events in the Inland Empire April 2017 

The Coachella Valley and its desert landscape is the canvas for a curated exhibition of site-specific work by established and emerging artists, whose projects amplify and articulate global and local issues ranging from climate change, to immigration, and golf. Found in various indoor and outdoor locations, the art exhibits are free to the visitors as a way to experience the valley

There are so many things to do in Los Angeles County this April 2017. Taste your way through the Valley, check out beer festivals, join in International Pillow Fight Day - no matter where your interests take you, there's something to enjoy. What are your spring break plans this year?

International Pillow Fight Day 2017

Saturday, April 1st
2PM
pillowfightday.com

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There will be a huge pillow fight in Pershing Square to celebrate International Pillow Fight Day because, why not? The official fight begins at 2:30PM and the event is totally free for adults and children. To make it a truly entertaining celebration there will be food trucks and a DJ performing. Don’t forget to bring a garbage bag and/or rake to help clean the park once

Practically everyone dreams of owning their home someday, but many people have a tough time determining when they should buy. Buying a new home can be more expensive initially, but it will also allow you to build up an incredible amount of equity over the years. Here is a look at some of the factors you will need to keep in mind while you are going through this process.

The Initial Costs

Even though most rental units require a deposit, they are nowhere near as high as the down payment on a home. Depending on your credit score and a number of other factors, the down payment could be as high as 20 percent of the home's value. Many lenders will lower their requirements if you work within a specific industry, and that is why you should speak with a

Shane Lekas and Pearl Liang—known among Orange County’s savviest clientele as The Lekas Group—recently set a new bar for Irvine’s bustling Central Park West district. With the $1,265,000 sale of a luxury residence in The Lennox building at 402 Rockefeller, they surpassed the community’s previous record by $65,000.

Lekas Group

Passionate about delivering an unrivaled caliber of service and adept when it comes to successful negotiations, Shane and Pearl have proven time and time again the value they offer for clients with a wide variety of goals.

Lekas Group

“We’re proud to have broken a record, but are most thrilled that we’re playing an active role in bringing value to homeowners,” Shane Lekas remarked. “This new high sale means there’s now an even greater

Need some spring break plans? This April there are tons of events in Orange County to enjoy from food and wine festivals to new exhibits and events around the county. Good times are in bloom in Orange County. 

Bubblefest XXI

Saturday, April 1st – Sunday, April 16th
10AM-5PM
discoverycube.org

Events in Orange County April 2017

Visit Discovery Cube OC for the return of Bubblefest XXI! Watch the Mega Bubblefest Laser Show and witness art in motion as bubble scientist Deni Yang performs tricks and stunts with smoking bubbles, spinning bubbles, bouncing bubbles, and a laser light show. Inside the bubble zone, kids can create their own bubble art with wands, participate in science demonstrations, roll around in water spheres and so much more!

Dinosaurs Unleashed

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FIRST TEAM’S WEEKLY MORTGAGE WATCH (MARCH 26TH, 2017) THIS WEEK HIGHLIGHTS THE FOLLOWING UPDATES:

  • As expected, mortgage rates moved downward last week, after the Fed soothed markets by behaving as expected.
  • Housing news continues to show a strengthening market. While Existing Home Sales did contract, the lack of inventory remains the key constraint holding back sales.
  • Builders continue to ramp up production numbers, and New Home Sales reflected this optimism, climbing to almost 600K.
  • The drama surrounding the healthcare bill dominated markets for the last portion of the week. The bill’s postponement created some uncertainty about both the efficiency and speed at which the new

Real estate is experiencing its own March Madness with tons of new inventory and open houses in Orange County. What houses will make it into the next home buying bracket for you? Decide this weekend.

 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: Did you know you can enter into a rent-to-own contract agreement with a seller to ease into homeownership? Read more about whether or not rent-to-own is a good investment and consider