August 2017

There are 37 blog entries for August 2017.

Labor Day weekend marks the end of summer as the kids go back to school and Starbucks brings back the PSL. Kick off the new season with a refocus on your real estate goals with open houses in Orange County. And don't forget to pick up that seasonal cup of joe on the way - we've got tons of inventory to show you. 

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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: Always trust a third party to handle your earnest money deposit. This is

Your Labor Day BBQ would be way cooler with a bigger backyard - just saying. Why not search for a pool or sweet outdoor kitchen this weekend at open houses in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties? Can't hurt...


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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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The long weekend calls for a good long look at the real estate market. Check out open houses this weekend in Los Angeles County and take your time browsing square footage, outdoor spaces and all of your possibilities. 


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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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If you’re in the market for a new home, you’re probably aware of the “earnest money” deposit that’s customary to put down when you make an offer. But if you’re like most, you’re unclear exactly how it works. The gist of it is that it’s very rare for a homeowner to accept an offer without a deposit—that’s earnest money, and if the sale goes through as planned, it will apply toward your down payment or closing costs. 

Because knowing the specifics on earnest money is really the only way to proceed in a manner that’s informed and prudent, we’ve put together a handy primer on it. Here, six things you need to know about earnest money.

As for how much money, it varies.

Some sellers will assign a flat rate for earnest money, usually anywhere between

Luxury Portfolio International completed a profile of wealthy homebuyers and how the global real estate market is affecting how affluent buyers approach a new home purchase. If you are planning to sell your million dollar home in Southern California, it's crucial to understand your potential buyer. This Luxury Portfolio white paper dives into the differences based on buyer's price range when comparing three markets, the $1 to $2 million buyer (Practical Explorers), the $2 to $5 million buyer (Meaning Seekers), and the $5 million and above (Power Players). 

Check out the full white paper below and read about each buyer profile to find out more about the audience who could be interested in buying your home. Each profile includes demographics, insight and

Little in life is more exciting than taking the steps needed to secure a home loan, and then hearing the words “You’re Approved.” What follows should be even more exciting—after all, home ownership, whether it’s your first purchase or not, signifies a brand-new chapter in your life. But the question is, as you search, should you shop above your approved loan amount for a home? 

One of the best ways to make the shopping process as simple and enjoyable as possible, while resting assured you’re making a sound financial decision, is to shop in the right price range. It sounds basic, but you’d be surprised how many prospective buyers misunderstand what is really and truly “affordable.” Here are some pointers on how to proceed with confidence once you have

Tim Branoff of First Team Real Estate recently closed the sale on a stunning home in Huntington Beach, which was listed for sale at over $3.8 Million.

Tucked behind the exclusive guarded gates of The Bluffs, the gorgeous residence located at 18875 Evening Breeze Circle promises an enviable lifestyle, complete with an oversized lot showcasing ocean views. Encompassing four en suite bedrooms, it also features a pool and spa, plus a garage large enough to accommodate five vehicles.

A longtime resident of Huntington Beach whose children went through the local school system, Tim brings to the table a rare level of experience with regard to the coastal area’s luxury real estate market. Having helped countless clients buy and sell property over the course

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  • As the summer of 2017 heads into its final week, mortgage rates continue what has begun to feel like a long vigilant watch for either accelerating economic growth or increasing economic pressure. 
  • As we wait, rates have drifted very slowly down from last November’s spike upward. 
  • The week ended with the annual meeting of economic heavyweights in Jacksons Hole, WY. During some years, the words from central bank leaders have rocked markets. This year, we didn’t even get a fizzle. 
  • No surprises were expected and none were delivered. Many of our trading partners are in the same boat. 
  • We certainly

Tad Baltzer of First Team Real Estate Christie’s International recently closed the sale on the stunning residence located at 34282 Shore Lantern in Dana Point’s coveted Lantern Bay Estates enclave.

Listed for sale at $3.9 Million, this gorgeous home offers sweeping panoramic views of the coastline along with close proximity to the Dana Point Harbor and the Dana Point Lantern District, each just a stone’s throw away. Spanning a total of six bedrooms, it features a chef’s kitchen equipped with professional grade appliances, a formal dining room, a spacious living room with dramatic, coffered vaulted ceilings, and a decadent master retreat, among many other luxurious creature comforts. 

A seasoned luxury real estate expert who’s helped clients achieve

Taylor Swift just dropped her new album and we've dropped tons of new homes for sale on the real estate market. Check out the latest inventory this weekend at open houses in Orange County to see all the homes for sale. 

 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.

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HOME BUYER TIP: Do you have Labor Day plans yet? Take a break from house hunting and have some fun at the Orange International Fair. Or check out more events in September across