All Blog Entries by First Team Real Estate

First Team has been #1 in Southern California 11 years in a row. It’s simple, we sell more homes and represent more buyers than any other brokerage in Southern California.

If you’re interested in buying or selling a home, call us at 888

There are currently 1,719 blog entries published by First Team Real Estate.

Real estate is experiencing its own March Madness with tons of new inventory and open houses in Orange County. What houses will make it into the next home buying bracket for you? Decide this weekend.

 Orange County

View all First Team Orange County Open Houses

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: Did you know you can enter into a rent-to-own contract agreement with a seller to ease into homeownership? Read more about whether or not rent-to-own is a good investment and consider

Don't judge a listing by its cover photo; see it in real life this weekend at open houses in Los Angeles County. Search Los Angeles real estate and find your favorites to visit this Saturday and Sunday. 

LA COUNTY

View all Los Angeles County Open Houses

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: If home buying

Getting cross-eyed from all the online house hunting? Visit open houses this weekend in Riverside and San Bernardino County to start seeing straight again. 

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

View all Riverside County Open Houses

SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY

View all San Bernardino County Open Houses

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: Could rent-to-own be the right buying strategy for you? Read more about how

In your average home purchase, a buyer presents an offer, it is accepted by the seller, escrow closes and to top it all off the property and its title changes hands. An alternative solution to buying a home the conventional way is setting up a rent-to-own or lease-to-own contract with your landlord or a current homeowner. If you are considering rent-to-own with the property you're currently renting, you'll need to take these steps. But first, let's discuss how rent-to-own works and under what circumstances it can be a good investment for buyers. 

How rent-to-own works

First of all, every scenario is different because you draw up your own contract with the current homeowner. When buyers sign this kind of contract, they agree to rent the home for a

Those looking to sell their homes may be concerned about home layout, number of bedrooms, renovated kitchens and even paint colors. However, research has shown that without the right appearance outdoors, many potential buyers will not even bother to look inside the home or will write off an otherwise amazing house.

For example, in the 2016 Remodeling Impact report from the National Association of REALTORS®, researchers found that nearly 100% of agents working with buyers believe curb appeal is important to potential buyers. A similar survey showed that sellers who invest in landscaping can make a 215% return on their investment in a neighborhood with other well-landscaped homes. Here are the top yard improvements and investments that can speed up the

Whether you are preparing to sell your home now or merely investing in required maintenance, there are constructive ways to make small, yet significant improvements to increase its worth and unleash its full financially rewarding potential. Any time you redesign or revamp, think about it though the lense of real estate. It is inevitable that you will sell your home one day, so every decision you make, and dollar you put toward improving your house, should keep that fact in mind. 

The road to your home’s final sale can be a long one; however, utilizing a few strategic, innovative designing concepts can increase your home’s value, resulting in a profitable sale.

Curb Appeal Starts at the Top - The Roof

A home’s roof and siding are significant

 

Click here to download the PDF.

FIRST TEAM’S WEEKLY MORTGAGE WATCH (March 19th, 2017) THIS WEEK HIGHLIGHTS THE FOLLOWING UPDATES:

  • With the market convinced that the Fed was going to raise rates last week, anxiety began to surface that perhaps the Fed would become even more aggressive and move toward four rate increases this year, rather than the anticipated three. 
  • After meeting market expectations of bumping rates upward, the Fed stood pat, revealing a strong bias toward only two more rate increases this year
  • The week ended with rates trending back downward. Economic news continued in the same vein that it has for years, good, but not great. 
  • Retail Sales grew slightly, manufacturing and mining sub-indexes within Industrial

Let us be your lucky charm on the real estate market and meet us out this weekend for open houses in Orange County. With over 100 First Team open houses to choose from, we think you'll find something you love. 

 Orange County

View all First Team Orange County Open Houses

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: Mortgage rates are officially on the rise. According to the Weekly Mortgage Watch, rates went up this last week to 4.21% and are expected to rise thanks to job growth and a

You don't need the luck of the Irish to find a new home, just a sense of determination and a great selection of open houses in Los Angeles County this weekend. 

LA COUNTY

View all Los Angeles County Open Houses

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: Don't forget to live within your means when it comes time

Don't overindulge on the green beer tonight at the pub, you still have to make it out this weekend for open houses in Riverside and San Bernardino County.  Good luck house hunting!

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

View all Riverside County Open Houses

SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY

View all San Bernardino County Open Houses

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: Buying a home usually requires a financial stretch,