First Team Real Estate Blog

Fall has officially begun and the last thing we want is for you to fall behind on your real estate goals, so get out to open houses in Los Angeles County this weekend. With low mortgage rates and a First Team agent by your side, it's always a good time to buy. 

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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

Halloween time is creeping into Los Angeles County with tons of events this October 2017 from Hollywood Horror Nights and the Queen Mary's Haunted Harbor to horror film festival and themed movies in the park. If you're not a fan of the dark side, no need to worry. There are beer and food festivals for you too.

Hollywood Horror Nights

Now – Saturday, November 4th
7PM-2AM Every Event Night
halloweenhorrornights.com 

Events in the Los Angeles County October 2017

Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights is back with 8 terrifying mazes, a new Jabbawockeez show, the terror tram and scare zones to keep the hairs on the back of your neck raised all night long. The mazes are movie quality and scares are real. Mazes this year include American Horror Story, Saw, Titans of Terror and The Walking

The sights, sounds and swinging good times of the fall season are beginning to arrive! From pumpkin patches and haunted attractions to community autumn festivals, there are tons of events in Orange County this October 2017 for the whole family. Check the list of events below and start planning your social calendar.

Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival

Friday, September 29th – Sunday, October 1st
Grand Tastings Sat & Sun 2:30PM-6PM; Various VIP events throughout the weekend
newportwineandfood.com

Events in Orange County October 2017

Newport Beach Wine & Food is the most exclusive, intimate and world-class epicurean lifestyle event in Southern California. You’ll enjoy one-of-a-kind dinners by celebrity chefs and local masters, taste bites from 40 different top restaurants with their

 

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FIRST TEAM’S WEEKLY MORTGAGE WATCH (September 17th, 2017) THIS WEEK HIGHLIGHTS THE FOLLOWING UPDATES:

  • Both Retail Sales and Industrial Production headed lower last week, with mortgage rates holding steady in the face of mounting domestic uncertainty. 
  • The hurricanes, political turmoil, and the potential for a new Fed Chair in February are creating questions for both economic growth and the Fed’s plans for next year. 
  • While the 3rd quarter does appear to be softer than the previous one, August’s data did sport a little bit of inflation. This coupled with improvements in international economies could begin to create a floor for rates, even if the US economy sputters a bit.
  • This week, the Fed meets to

Did you know the mortgage rates this week dropped even lower to 3.78%? Time to get out there and browse open houses in Orange County. Your buying power is better than ever with these historically low interest rates. 

 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: Worried you won't have enough space in your new home? Check out The Minimalist Approach to Maximizing Space. One of the keys to making the most of a small living space is

Come by and say hello to your friendly neighborhood First Team Real Estate agent at an open house in Los Angeles County this weekend. It's time to house hunt!

LA 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.

Email us at clientservices@firstteam.com

Call us at 888-870-1142

HOME BUYER TIP: Did you know that mortgage rates are on the decline? Check

If at first you don't succeed, try try again with more open houses this weekend in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. It takes persistence and a keen eye to find that perfect property!

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

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SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY

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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: Did you know that mortgage rates are now at

When selling a home, it is important for sellers to understand that they are selling a product. Because of this, your home needs to be presented properly, just as you would if you were selling something like a car or a dresser. That’s why 38% of sellers’ agents stage every home before listing them for sale.

Here are a few different ways in which properly staging your home can make a huge difference in selling it.

Buyers Will Connect On An Emotional Level

77% of buyers’ agents agree staging made it easier for buyers to visualize the property as their future home.

Most often, when buyers are searching for a home, they are looking for the right space, but also a sort of emotional attachment. Home staging is vital to selling your home because you can

Should you lower the price of your home if your house isn’t selling? It’s a fact: no homeowner in the world wants to leave money on the table when selling a property. That’s what makes correctly pricing a home such a delicate art. It’s natural to want to err on the side of caution, pricing your home a little too high, rather than a little too low. If you’re not on a timeline to sell, then employing this strategy isn’t the worst—you won’t risk anything, but you also may begin to second-guess your rationale if the home fails to bring in any offers right away.

It goes without saying that you’ll get the best pricing advice from a trusted real estate professional who understands your property and your local market, but there are a few tried-and-true best

One of the keys to making the most of a small living space is organization. Even a tiny dorm room or apartment can have plenty of room for all your essentials if you make the most of the space you have. From getting a functional piece of furniture that serves several purposes to investing in hidden storage cubes, the opportunities are endless. Some cleverly placed dividers can even turn a one-room studio into a multi-room apartment without much effort. For more ideas as to how to maximize your space, check out the infographic below.

The Minimalist Approach to Maximizing Space

For the creative owner of a small living space, there are plenty of solutions available to optimize the room available to you. Browse Seville Classics’ multipurpose furniture and storage solutions that help you make