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Building your dream home will give you an incredible amount of flexibility over everything from the floor plans to the materials that are used. While having a home built is extremely satisfying, it can also be quite a lengthy process. Many buyers find themselves struggling with dozens of minor hiccups that keep them out of their new homes for months. Here are three steps you can take to make sure that you get into your new home as quickly as possible.

1. Work Closely With The Pros Whenever You Can

Throughout the course of your home construction, you’re going to need to work with a number of different companies including home designers, general contractors, and land developers. No matter whom you’re working with, stay close to the projects. When

You have worked hard your entire life, saved up a bit of a nest egg, and now you are ready to enjoy it. That means retirement is coming, and along with that comes the important decision about where you would like to live out your golden years. There are so many options whether you’re relocating a few cities away or across the country.

What’s important is to start getting an idea of what your ideal retirement community should include. Here’s a quick list of popular retirement spots within Southern California and across the country to give you a start.  

Southern California

Southern California real estate is expensive, but you can find great communities hidden within for a much smaller price tag. According to Trendgraphix, the average sold price

Deciding to a buy a home is a big decision. So when you're finally ready to go, you want to hit the ground running. But purchasing a home often takes longer than most people realize, so moving forward with efficiency is key. The good news is, you can speed the process up if you have a plan in mind, and it's not difficult. 

Get Pre-Approved

Don't wait until the last minute to apply for a loan at the bank. If one of your goals is to avoid wasting time, then getting a pre-approval should be at the top of your list. This step involves going to the bank and filling out a loan application before you approach any sellers. Getting pre-approved shows sellers that you're serious and ready to move on a home as soon as you find the right one. Completing the

FHA loans take about the same amount of time to be processed as a conventional or VA loan, approximately 45 days. That includes the entire process, from the loan application to the final approval and closing. Here's a quick breakdown of the FHA loan approval timeline as outlined by the FHA handbook:

  • Underwriting: 10-20 days
  • Appraisal: less than a week
  • Closing (i.e. the rest): 3 weeks – 3 months

Keep in mind however that there are a dozen different variables that can affect the time your loan takes to close. What can often take an extended amount of time for FHA loans however is finding a property that meets FHA standards.

FHA Home Requirements

The FHA loan is designed to protect the buyer by setting certain standards that a home

It's T minus 2 days and you've got to be out of your old place and into the new by Monday. It's stressful, but it isn't impossible. Here are some tips that you can follow that will make your weekend whirlwind move easier, without causing unneeded stress. In order for these methods to work, you simply need a bit of organization and planning.


The most important thing that will help you get out of one home and into another in only a few days is a strategy. Get rid of the things that you don't need any longer, as well as items that will be provided in your new home. Be ruthless about old clothes, outdated decorations, and anything that you haven't used in your home for 2 years. This can dramatically decrease the number of boxes that you have to

When buying a new home, there are so many details to consider, questions to ask, and decisions to make. And if the home you have your eye on happens to have a pool, it leads to additional considerations. If you've always dreamed of summer barbecues that make a big splash and are shopping for a home with the pool, here are four questions to ask before buying.

1. Does the pool add value to the home?

The answer to this question will be very specific to your region, with pools adding the most value in places like Southern California (score!) and western areas with warm weather. Whether a pool adds value also depends on its age and condition. Also keep in mind that if you've always wanted a pool, purchasing a home that already has one will typically cost

If your New Year’s resolution involves a real estate move, then it’s time to start thinking through all the details sooner, rather than later. Buying and selling real estate can be stressful in many ways, but the actual moving part of the journey doesn’t have to be when you plan ahead. 

How do you get started organizing this upheaval in your life? If you aren’t sure where to start in your move navigation, keep these tips in mind to create a more seamless process.

Find Important Documents

Make sure to put all your important documents such as contracts, licenses, and identification cards into a plastic folder or tote to carry with you to a new location. Replacing these documents is time-consuming and if you need the items right away, then it can

There are many steps that are involved in the homebuying process, a whirlwind of decisions, paperwork, and things to do. It can be easy to fall in love with a new house that exceeds your expectations and is a place you can envision settling into. But to ensure that you've made the best choice, there are a few things you need to double check before signing.

Make this list, check it twice, find out if your home purchase will be naughty or nice when all is said and done. Are all of your ducks in a row yet?

Double-Check the Numbers

According to, typos are commonplace on the mortgage note and should be evaluated ahead of time. You'll need to look over the numbers to determine if the interest rate or amount needs to be corrected to

There are tons of hidden costs of homeownership that can make buying feel insurmountable to a first-time buyer. Luckily, California Association of REALTORS® is helping out first-timers by paying their HOA dues. Yeah, it's pretty cool. If you are considering a purchase in communities like Irvine, Rancho Santa Margarita or Ladera Ranch, chances are you could use help paying HOA dues, especially after you've already hit out your bank account with everything from a down payment to closing costs. 

C.A.R.’s Housing Affordability Fund’s Homeowners Association Grant Program will provide qualified first time California homebuyers up to six months of HOA dues, not to exceed $2,500. The program begins this December, 2016 and you can take advantage by syncing up

Maybe you've bought a house in your day, so you feel like a real estate expert. But even some experienced buyers don't know everything, though, which is why it's always good to do your homework before buying or selling another piece of property. It's time to get real and face the facts, here are five things you probably didn't know about real estate.

Your Credit Score Is Very Important

Though a mortgage lender cares about how much you make and how long you have been in your job when considering whether to lend to you, the deciding factor may actually be your credit score. People with a high credit score, usually about 720 or higher, get the best interest rates on mortgages, which can save you tens of thousands of dollars in finance costs over