July 2017

There are 33 blog entries for July 2017.


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  • Similar to the last few years, Q2 GDP rebounded, but rates were unfazed. Coming off a revised 1.2%, GDP stepped up to 2.6%. 
  • While the increase is welcomed, it still leaves us at only 1.8% for the first half of the year. 
  • The Federal Reserve left its Fed Funds Rate unchanged, and analysts are now placing odds of a rate increase in September at about 50%. This, along with inflation slowing, may give the Fed an opportunity to begin to reduce its massive balance sheet, at its next meeting. 
  • Housing indicators continue to show more of the same: tight inventories and rising prices. The first of the month data

Before you hit the OC Fair and binge on fried food and good times, do yourself a favor and check out open houses in Orange County. The summer is racing by and if you want to secure that new home before the holiday season, now's the time to do your house hunting! 

 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: The OC Fair isn't the only thing going on this month in Orange County. Check out our full list of events this August 2017

It's the last weekend in July, better make it count! Make good on your real estate goals and visit an open house in Los Angeles County this weekend. Who knows what you might find when you really start searching...


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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.

Email us at clientservices@firstteam.com

Call us at 888-870-1142


What's your real estate unicorn? Search for it this weekend at open houses in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. Check out the line-up of homes and see what matches your wishlist of must-haves. 


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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.

Email us at clientservices@firstteam.com

Call us at 888-870-1142

HOME BUYER TIP: Riverside and San Bernardino

First Team Real Estate agent Brian Wollner recently closed the sale on a stunning luxury home tucked away in Huntington Beach’s Bluffs enclave, an exclusive gate-guarded community offering proximity to the city’s famed beaches. Listed for sale at $4,288,000, the gorgeous property at 6461 Twilight Drive is defined by a unique open floor plan and a host of opulent materials and finishes, including French oak and travertine.

Replete with custom cabinetry, appliances by Wolf, Thermador and Fisher Paykel, plus marble countertops, its gourmet kitchen is an epicurean’s dream. And, thanks to elegant living and dining rooms with fireplaces, and a massive backyard area—which includes a sparkling Pebble Tec pool, a stone patio with a sitting area, fireplace

Check out events in the Inland Empire this August 2017 across Riverside and San Bernardino counties. Upcoming fun includes Palm Springs ComicCon and the Big Bear Renaissance Faire. For more things to do this summer in Southern California, take a look at our events in Los Angeles County and Orange County

Redlands Bowl’s Summer Music Festival

Now – August
Tuesdays & Fridays @ 8PM

The Summer Music Festival is totally free and a cultural touchstone in the Inland area. Since its inception in 1924, the Bowl has been a special place in Redlands for families, friends, and music lovers of all ages and backgrounds to gather and enjoy superb performances.

Tuesday, August 1st: Redlands Symphony Orchestra: The Brandenburg Concertos

Sandi Clark and Debbie Miller—a mother/daughter duo who comprise one of South Orange County’s foremost real estate teams—are closing out the month of July with an impressive accomplishment, having represented the buyer of 25 Needle Grass in the luxurious gate-guarded community of Shady Canyon.

Listed for sale at just under $8 Million, this exquisite property is defined by stunning floor-to-ceiling glass doors that fuse its interior with its exterior, showcasing spellbinding views of the ocean and city lights. Replete with seven bedrooms, seven-and-one-half bathrooms, and a resort-style backyard with a sparkling pool and spa, this opulent home offers a living experience that’s truly one-of-a-kind. 

Since 1999, Sandi and Debi have been channeling

Summertime in LA rages on with tons of events in Los Angeles County this August 2017. Check out the latest movies in the park, free concerts, festivals, food events and more. Some highlights this month include BrunchCon, Rose & Bubbles Festival, and the LA Taco Festival.

Outdoor Movies

Grab your blanket, chairs and summer fun attitude; it’s time for some outdoor flicks. All summer long these places are playing your favorite movies under the stars.

 Street Food Cinema

These Saturday night movie events include live music, a movie and food trucks.

August 5th: Deadpool @ LA State Historic Park
August 5th: E.T. @ Park Center, Griffith Park
August 5th: 8 Mile @ Exposition Park, Downtown
August 12th: Almost Famous @ Eagle

Events in Orange County this August 2017 include the second half of the OC Fair, more free concerts, movies on the beach, lobster festivals, food events and more. Find out what's going all month long so you can capitalize on the local summer fun!

OC Fair

Now – Sunday, August 13th
Open Wednesday – Sunday


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This is your last chance to visit the fair before it’s gone. Enjoy the carnival rides, games, exhibits, livestock, courtyard wine seminars, live music and entertainment and so much more all month long. Check out the list of performers at the Pacific Amphitheater with everyone from Kenny Loggins and Colbie Caillat, to Dashboard Confessional and The All-American Rejects. There will also be several events at the

Travis White, one of coastal Orange County’s most trusted luxury real estate experts, recently represented the buyer of 125 Kings Place in Newport Heights. Listed for sale at $5.495 Million, this exceptional property offers stunning architecture and design in addition to a coveted location, replete with incredible views.

Spanning five bedrooms and seven bathrooms, this opulent home showcases a chic, designer-perfect esthetic with upscale materials and finishes. Complete with a massive gourmet kitchen, a large wine cellar, an elevator, a scenic backyard area featuring meticulous landscaping and an infinity pool, plus a spacious rooftop deck and private guest quarters, it’s ideal for entertaining at any scale.

A longtime Newport Beach resident