June 2017

There are 32 blog entries for June 2017.

We call them man's best friend for a reason. Our pups and other pets are part of the family, so it's no surprise that they affect huge life decisions, including real estate decisions. According to the findings of the National Association of REALTORS Animal House: Remodeling Impact report, potential homebuyers and renters have an eye out for pet friendly amenities.

Gene Turley and Dean Lueck of First Team Real Estate Christie’s International—two of coastal Orange County’s foremost luxury real estate experts—recently closed the sale of a stunning contemporary beach home in Corona del Mar’s highly exclusive China Cove enclave. Listed for sale at just under $3.5 million, the residence at 2618 Cove Street offers an exceptional lifestyle in a coveted location.

Just yards away from China Cove’s pristine sandy beach, this spectacular property features a rooftop deck, accessed via a dramatic spiral staircase, that boasts 180-degree views stretching from the crashing waves to the harbor and Catalina Island. Sets of bi-folding doors give way to the home’s great room, rear patio, and view deck off the master suite, creating

If you don't have any plans for the fourth, then it's time to check out our roundup of Events in Orange County this July 2017, including 4th of July fireworks and events going on around Orange County cities this year. This month there's also tons of summer fun including the OC Fair, Laguna Beach art events like the Sawdust Festival and Pageant of the Masters, movies on the beach, free Shakespeare, and more!

4th of July Fireworks in Orange County

All fireworks and events take place Tuesday July 4th, 2017.

Huntington Beach

Huntington Beach Pier
325 Pacific Coast Highway
Fireworks @ 9PM

The festivities are all day in Huntington Beach beginning with a Breakfast hosted by the Kiwanis of HB, a Surf City 5K, the 112th Huntington

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  • You could almost hear crickets chirping in the tranquility of the mortgage market, last week. 
  • While the week did have some economic news, rates remained in an impressively tight range. 
  • The housing market continues to reveal two trends: not enough homes and increasing price pressures. Of course, growth in the housing market is good for the economy, but the rate of home price increases continues to strain affordability. 
  • Fortunately, low mortgage rates continue to aid homebuyers as they race against increasing prices. 
  • The Conference Board’s Leading Economic Indicators grew for the eighth straight month,

It's officially summertime! If you're in need of a new pool or ready to upgrade to a home closer to the coast, it's time to start searching this weekend at open houses in Orange County. Check out the latest inventory that our agents will be showing off this Saturday and Sunday. 

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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: Not sure if you can afford that Southern California home? Breaking into the expensive SoCal real estate

The heat wave has subsided but the real estate market is still hot this summer. Check it out this weekend at open houses in Los Angeles 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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HOME BUYER TIP: Lock in your mortgage rate now while they're still low. According to the

It's the first official weekend of summer and if you want that new home before the kids start up school again, then it's time to house hunt at open houses this weekend in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. Plenty of time to hit the pool or the beach afterwards. 


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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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According to the latest from the California Association of REALTORS®, California sales bounced back in May as home sales increased 2.6% from last year statewide. Specifically, SoCal saw a 6.5% sales increase from last year and a 6.4% increase in the median price of single-family homes. Check out the full infographic from CAR for a state snapshot of our real estate market.

For more trends on the Southern California market specifically, check out our Monthly Market Updates covering Orange County, LA County and the Inland Empire. We break down the most important statistics for each city including average sale prices, inventory, days on market, and more.

There are many ways in which you can increase the value of your home and invest in it. Upgrading, repairing and paying of liens all build equity and get you one step closer to full ownership. Try these four strategies of investing in your home to grow your home equity.

Make Necessary Repairs

Making necessary repairs is an important way of investing in your home. A new roof not only adds value and aesthetic appeal, but it also prevents major damage. Installing new siding, doors or repairing a fence also adds equity to your home by increasing its value. Inside, replacing the furnace and air conditioning, upgrading the electrical panel, fixing the plumbing and installing new flooring could also increase equity.

Understand How Home Equity Works

Summer is the perfect time to focus on adding value to your home and fun to your increasingly outdoor lifestyle in Southern California. These renovations are the perfect projects if you have a bit of extra time and you want to start spending it outdoors. These four projects are just the thing to make a big impact on the look (and value) of your home without breaking the bank. 

Repave the Driveway

Chances are that you've tripped a couple of times walking up your driveway if the pavement is uneven. Maybe you've even had concerns that a guest would fall when you have all of your summer barbecues. Paving the driveway is one way to deal with this safety concern, but it also adds greater aesthetic appeal to your home. This is especially true if you allow