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LynnTacinelli TREU/ First Team Training February Employee of the Month For over a dozen years and countless projects our February Employee of the Month has done exemplary work; with the greatest of ease.   Quiet in the workplace with no desire to be the center of attention, Lynn has been instrumental in keeping projects on track and insuring their implementation.   No assignment is too big or small for her to tackle because she knows that each completed action item brings us closer to our goals.  She truly illuminates the fact that every one of us can make a difference. Her work with UVP was key in assuring the program’s progress.  Little known fact about Lynn– she is an incredible negotiator! While working with UVP she was responsible for securing…

First Team Estates was humbled and excited to have won 1st place during the “2010 Leading Real Estate Companies of the World Marketing Contest” in the “Luxury Portfolio” category for our "Live Beautifully" luxury listing presentation.  First Team Estates also claimed 2nd runner up honors up for our "Live Beautifully" print advertising campaign as seen in Riviera Magazine. Over 600 top real estate companies are members of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World and can compete for the coveted awards. A sub-set of the network participates in the Luxury Portfolio Fine Property Collection program and were eligible to compete for the luxury awards. First Team Estates also claimed 2nd runner up honors up for our "Live Beautifully" print advertising…

On January 12, 2010, a series of earthquakes with magnitudes ranging from 6.5 to 7.3 devastated Haiti. “First In Our Hearts”, the philanthropic arm of First Team Real Estate created to build-on and focus our company's long tradition of giving back to communities in need, recently donated $7,500 to the Haitian Relief Development effort through the American Red Cross. Join First Team and First In Our Hearts in supporting the disaster relief by donating to the American Red Cross or texting your donations through the Red Cross. Text "HAITI" to 90999 or visit www.redcross.org Your $10 donation made through mobile ‘text’ giving can provide a family with two water cans to store clean drinking water, basic first aid supplies or a blanket appropriate to the…

Designation signifies excellence in corporate website. First Team Real Estate has earned the Website Quality Certification (WQC), presented by Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® to member companies that have demonstrated excellence in website design, functionality and execution. Every aspect of the site, www.FirstTeam.com, was reviewed to ensure exacting standards were met in eight key areas, ranging from design and content and human interactivity to search engine optimization.  The WQC was introduced in 2009 to recognize and encourage superior websites among Leading Real Estate Companies of the World’s 600 member firms.  First Team Real Estate is one of only 64 initial applicants to earn the designation. “A real estate company’s website…

 The regionally groundbreaking First Team Real Estate YouTube channel, www.YouTube.com/FirstTeamProperties combined with www.FirstTeam.com passed a milestone of 120,000* video views across websites as of February 22, 2010. "First Team is pleased to offer this service for the benefit of our talented real estate agents and their consumer clients, which helps to rapidly build awareness of their property listing with First Team," commented Ondar Tarlow, Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations. First Team focuses on maximizing exposure of its clients’ properties for sale with a sophisticated platform of exposure and distribution. Syndication to hundreds of real estate websites, targeted print advertising, social media promotion, search engine…

According to results from 2009 Cost vs. Value Report, resale of residential homes can get a healthy boost from small-scale exterior upgrades. Projects such as certain types of door and siding replacements, wood deck additions, steel entry door replacement and upscale fiber-cement sliding replacements all recouped up to 83% of costs. Common misconception that only interior upgrades will hike up the sales price of the home is just that – a misconception.

According to a recent Inman post, January 22, 2010, the housing market can expect a significant recovery with recent increases in home sales and decreases in price. With an imminent recovery upon the housing market, now is the ideal time for homeowners to upgrade where they can – exterior and interior

Hard-working people with good credit but low incomes in Orange County, CA can still realize the American dream of home ownership, thanks to Habitat for Humanity of Orange County and local volunteers and businesses that support it. Interestingly, many of the non-profit organization’s most ardent supporters are part of the housing industry. “I was impressed by the network of Habitat for Humanity of Orange County volunteers who come from the construction trade, and how dedicated they are with hands-on volunteer work in actually building the homes,” said Greg Carrescia, the Fullerton locations office Manager, First Team Real Estate. 40 plus volunteers from First Team each donated one eight-hour day of labor in December to help build two homes in Fullerton…

Photobucket 111 Bayside Place Corona del Mar An Impeccable setting with a unique design. Bayside Place, a desirable gated enclave found in the heart of the California Riviera, includes a handful of residences that share a privacy, security and a scenic beauty found no where else. Never before has a residence of this quality and design been offered within the area. It is the only hypo allergenic residence found in this distinct region. Graceful arcing lines, distinguished selection of sustainable materials and a thoughtfulness of design make this home incomparable. A perfect compliment to its setting, this distinctly captivating home is an impeccable blend of European-Mediterranean design and modern eco-conscious construction. Maximum exposure. Thoughtfully…

Every holiday season the First Team® Family of Companies joins in supporting an Orange County, CA charity with donations from employees at their Costa Mesa, CA headquarters. This year, the Salvation Army’s Adopt-A-Family program gave First Team® and its employees the perfect opportunity to be involved on a more personal level. Social workers, working in tandem with the Salvation Army, nominated a multitude of “most-in-need” families, which they are in regular contact with. Eight departments, at First Team® headquarters, each took on one medium-sized family with two to three children. Each family supplied a list of things they need, which was passed along to the department who adopted them. “The Adopt-A-Family program is a great way for First…

Fannie Mae last week announced its First Look initiative, which provides owner occupants and public entities an advantage in purchasing Fannie-Mae owned foreclosed properties. With First Look, only offers from owner occupants and buyers using public funds are considered during the first 15 days a property is on the market. Offers from investors will be considered only after the first 15 days have passed. In addition to First Look, buyers using Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) funds from the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, HOME Investment Partnerships Program funds from HUD, local housing trust funds, or charitable foundation funds also may qualify for additional benefits,…