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Wooden floors have beautiful finishes. They are durable and easy to clean and maintain. But if you’re environmentally savvy, there is always the concern that the type of flooring you choose will negatively impact the environment. But what if there was a way to have beautiful wooden floors in your home without causing undue harm to the environment? Here are some eco-friendly wooden flooring solutions for your home that you might not have considered.

1. Bamboo

Light as it is, bamboo is a hard material and can withstand more use than your traditional hardwood floors, even though it looks just like it. It is easy to maintain and is a natural resistant to mildew, water, and insects. Bamboo is renewable. It is harvested from natural vegetation and takes

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FIRST TEAM’S WEEKLY MORTGAGE WATCH (October 8th, 2017) THIS WEEK HIGHLIGHTS THE FOLLOWING UPDATES:

  • Mortgage rates appear to be trending upward as the majority of economic data from last week pointed to solid economic growth. 
  • Both of the ISM Indices stepped on the accelerator, powering past expectations. 
  • The unemployment rate dropped to 4.2%, with both the participation rate and hourly earning bumping upward. Against this backdrop, analysts pointed to hurricane-related distortions to explain the 33,000 jobs lost in September. 
  • While this is very likely to be the case, the bond market seems to be more hesitant than the stock market to celebrate and make significant moves.
  • If this week’s Retail Sales

Despite the sunny SoCal weather, it is in fact fall. Temperatures have dropped ever so slightly, but the real estate market is still hot. See for yourself this Saturday and Sunday at open houses in Orange County.  

 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: Before you hit the streets, study up on the market trends in your city. Check out the Orange County Real Estate Market Update for September 2017 for all the latest news on

Throw on your infinity scarf and let's go check out open houses this weekend in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. It's time to check out the fall inventory on the real estate market. 

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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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HOME BUYER TIP: The best way to predict the real estate

We promise, none of our open houses in Los Angeles County this weekend are haunted. Come out Saturday and Sunday to check out the ghoulishly good properties waiting on the real estate market.  

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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: Study up on the market

This September 2017 saw 10,314 active properties in Los Angeles County with a median sale price of $640,000. For more stats on each city in the county, check out the full LA County Real Estate Market Update report.

We don't have a magical crystal ball to predict the real estate market, but we do have the facts - which are just as accurate. Reach out when you're ready and we'll help you navigate the ever changing real estate market.

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The median sale price in Riverside County for September 2017 was $362,000 and $330,000 in San Bernardino County. How do we know? Well it's all in our Inland Empire real estate market report of course. For more statistics and trends for each individual city in the region, check out the full report below.

The only thing easier than our IE market report is hiring a professional to do the real estate research for you. Reach out and we'll match you with a top performing agent in your area to help you define and execute your real estate goals.

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FIRST TEAM’S WEEKLY MORTGAGE WATCH (October 2nd, 2017) THIS WEEK HIGHLIGHTS THE FOLLOWING UPDATES:

  • Analysts who predict that mortgage rates will move are beginning to sound like Chicken Little. Despite expectations of economic growth or the return of inflation or changes in Washington, rates remain firmly entrenched in a relatively tight range. 
  • While this week could have seen rates making a small step upward, many experts believe that a tightening and competitive mortgage landscape is restricting the ability of lenders to increase rates. 
  • With rates remaining at historically low levels for years, coupled with tight real estate inventories, this may be the case. 
  • Or it could simply be that the mortgage

If you're looking for the most accurate statistics on your local real estate market, then you've come to the right place. Our Orange County Market Report for September 2017 recaps exactly when happened on the market last month including every home sold, average sold prices, days on market, and more. Find your city and let the quick study begin!

Need help analyzing the market? Reach out and we'll connect you with an expert in your neighborhood to help you make sense of the stats and come up with a strategy for your home sale or purchase.

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It's already October?! Don't worry, there's plenty of time to find a home before the holidays kick in, but you better start now at open houses this weekend in Orange County.  Your dream house awaits. 

 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: Even if a property has already accepted an offer, you have the option of submitting a backup offer in case the first buyer falls through. Check out our post on 4 tips for submitting a