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4 Tips on How to Save on Closing Costs

4 Tips on How to Save on Closing Costs

4 Tips on How to Save on Closing Costs Here’s 4 tips on how to save on your closing costs. You’ve saved up the money for a down payment and are finally ready to make your dream of owning a…

New Year’s Resolutions for Homeowners

New Year’s Resolutions for Homeowners

6 New Year’s Resolutions for Homeowners What’s your New Year’s resolution this year? Here are 6 New Years Resolutions to get you started. Instead of making the same pact year after year to lose weight or eat healthy, why not…

5 Tips for Multi-Generational Living in Irvine, California

5 Tips for Multi-Generational Living in Irvine, California

5 Tips for Multi-Generational Living in Irvine, California Multi-generational living in Irvine, California, and around the country, has been on the rise in America in the last few years. According to the Pew Research Center, analysis of the most recent…

10 Tips For Moving Out of Your Irvine Home With Pets

10 Tips For Moving Out of Your Irvine Home With Pets

Ten Tips for Moving Out of Your Irvine Home With Pets Moving out of your Irvine home with your dog, cat, or any kind of pet can be really stressful. If you’re getting ready to move, but aren’t sure how…

5 Tips On How To Sell Your Irvine Rental Fixer Upper

5 Tips On How To Sell Your Irvine Rental Fixer Upper

5 Tips On How to Sell Your Irvine Rental Fixer Upper Have you been thinking about selling your Irvine rental fixer upper. It’s probably a great time to fix up your Irvine rental property–especially if you have owned it a…

6 Best Tips To Get Your Home Ready for Back-to-School Season

6 Best Tips To Get Your Home Ready for Back-to-School Season

6 Best Tip To Get Your Home Ready for Back-to-School Season Back-to-School Season is almost here. Summer is winding down and kids will be heading back to school soon. If you’re looking around your home wondering how you’re going to…

National Breastfeeding Week: Mother’s Milk Not Infant Formula

National Breastfeeding Week: Mother’s Milk Not Infant Formu

National Breastfeeding Week Mother’s Milk not Infant Formula To be absolutely transparent, I readily admit that I favor breastfeeding for new moms. I will discourage you from using infant formula for the same reason I would discourage you from feeding…

How do Fed Rate Hikes Affect Mortgages?

How do Fed Rate Hikes Affect Mortgages?

How Do Fed Rate Hikes Affect Mortgages/Home Loans? Eeeeek! Rates are going up … or are they? How do Fed rates hikes affect mortgages/home loans? Last week, for the first time after years of historically low rates, the Federal Reserve…

Design & Decorator Trends to Do or Ditch

Design & Decorator Trends to Do or Ditch

Design and Decorator Trends to Do or to Ditch You’ve been collecting design ideas and decorator trends to remodel or redecorate your home for quite a while. Now, you’re finally ready to get down to work. You’ve saved up your…

Should You Cancel Your Open House In Rainy Weather?

Should You Cancel Your Open House In Rainy Weather?

Should You Cancel Your Open House In Rainy Weather? Hmm… You may ask yourself should I or shouldn’t I cancel the Open House that we have scheduled if rain is predicted?  Ah…”To cancel or not to cancel in rainy weather…

Selling? Carpet or Hardwood for Resale Value?

Selling? Carpet or Hardwood for Resale Value?

Hardwood Flooring: Hardwood flooring has become central to modern design and many homeowners raised in wall-to-wall carpeting are easily persuaded to exchange their carpet for hardwood flooring. Updating an older look with wood flooring might just be the key to getting…

Holiday Safety Tips

Holiday Safety Tips

  Holiday Decorating Safety Tips Decorating for the holiday season is in full swing. You’ve been planing all the ways you can decorate your home for the holidays to celebrate the season, while keeping you and your family safe in…

Buying & Selling a “Green” Home

Buying & Selling a “Green” Home

For those of you who are considering buying or selling a “green” home will be excited to hear about the latest projections. “Green” remodeling is a growing trend in the real estate industry. Builders are increasingly committed in to green…

2015 Mortgage Assistance Programs for Irvine & Orange County Home Buyers

2015 Mortgage Assistance Programs for Irvine & Orange County

Although the federal government has offered home buyers programs in the past, for Tax Year 2015, most of the available home buyer programs will be at the local and state levels. State and local agencies, along with lenders and non-profit…

Out with the Old, In with the New: 2015 Irvine Housing Predictions

Out with the Old, In with the New: 2015 Irvine Housing Prediction

Final Quarter (Oct.- Dec.) of 2014 Irvine Housing Market Trends & Market Trends for the 1st Quarter of 2015   The Irvine Housing Market has seen a seasonal slowdown in the number of Sellers and Buyers during the months of October through December 2014 The…

Solar Panels in Irvine Public Schools Cuts Energy Costs

Solar Panels in Irvine Public Schools Cuts Energy Costs

As determined by an Irvine Unified School District  board vote in July, nine different campuses in Irvine Unified Public Schools will have solar-paneled parking canopies added to their parking lots. These canopies will match the individual campuses’ aesthetics, while also…

Mooncakes to Swoon Over for Irvine’s Mid-Autumn Festival

Mooncakes to Swoon Over for Irvine’s Mid-Autumn Festival

Mooncakes to Swoon Over for Irvine’s Mid-Autumn Festival

Current Irvine CA Housing Market Report

Current Irvine CA Housing Market Report

Irvine Housing Market Report June/July 2014 The Irvine Housing Market Report for the months of June and July 2014 Shows a Decline in Price Appreciation, and Price Reductions, as Inventory Increases Irvine Market statistics for the months of June and…

First Things First … Choosing Your New Irvine Neighborhood

First Things First … Choosing Your New Irvine Neighborhood

With all of the tools available online and off for finding your new Irvine home, you can spend lots of time thinking about the type of house you want, planning how many bedrooms, what type of flooring, what appliances come…

Basketball Themed Irvine Home Makeovers for March Madness

Basketball Themed Irvine Home Makeovers for March Madness

Basketball Themed Irvine Home Makeovers for March Madness With NCAA Final Four Basketball finals coming up, basketball themed bedrooms, game rooms, theater rooms and garages stoke dreams of future champions. Give a makeover to a space in your Irvine home…

February 2014 Irvine Market Report

February 2014 Irvine Market Report

  February 2014 Irvine Housing Market Report   As we get ready to “Spring forward” by turning the clocks ahead next week, we should take a look at whether the February 2014 Irvine housing market report has remained the same or…

Are Irvine Sellers Missing Out?

Are Irvine Sellers Missing Out?

Typically Sellers wait until the summer months to put their home on the market.  Are Irvine Sellers missing out? This may be the opportune time to take advantage of the low inventory currently here in Irvine, California and the surrounding…

5 Top Reasons to Purchase a Vacation Property or Second Home in Irvine CA

5 Top Reasons to Purchase a Vacation Property or Second Home in I

5 Top Reasons to Purchase a Vacation Property or Second Home in Irvine CA Does purchasing a second home or vacation property in Irvine, CA make sense for you? Perhaps you have a child who has been accepted into  U.…

Irvine Housing Report for December 2013

Irvine Housing Report for December 2013

Irvine Housing Report for December 2013 The holiday season this year shines brightly on the Irvine housing market. We can be thankful for the remarkable and persistent upward climb in housing values that we have witnessed over the course of 2013. …

Irvine Housing Report for November 2013

Irvine Housing Report for November 2013

As we enter the Thanksgiving/Christmas holiday season, we can be thankful for the remarkable housing recovery we have seen since the relentless and precipitous fall in property values back in 2007.  Foreclosures in Orange County have declined from 16.3% a…

Survey Ranks Irvine California as Nation’s “Most Thriving City”

Survey Ranks Irvine California as Nation’s “Most Thriving Cit

Irvine CA home owners who have followed this blog or checked in on recent Irvine home values are no doubt aware that this real estate market is one of the most upwardly mobile in the entire Orange County area. But…

Irvine Market Report for September 2013

Irvine Market Report for September 2013

An Endless Summer for the Irvine Housing Market As we reach the traditional end of summer housing sales point, we still see a heightened desire for Buyers to purchase at healthy prices that Sellers have set which is normally observed…

What Are Closing Costs?

What Are Closing Costs?

What Are Closing Costs and What Share Does the Buyer/Seller Pay? When buying a home, you know you should expect to have a certain amount of money saved for a down payment. But have you stopped to consider how much…

6 Tips to Make Your Winter Garden Beautiful

6 Tips to Make Your Winter Garden Beautiful

6 Tips To Make Your Winter Garden Beautiful Just because Old Man Winter is here doesn’t mean that you can’t make your garden be beautiful! In fact, winter gardens can provide their own special kind of magic and wonder. Your…

Holiday Safety: Tips for a Safe Halloween

Holiday Safety: Tips for a Safe Halloween

Holiday Safety: Tips for a Safe Halloween Here are tips for a safe Halloween: Trick-or-treating is exciting for kids (and even some adults). While emphasis is on fun, homeowners should be careful to make the evening safe. Here are our…

Credit Score: What Not to Do When Applying for a Mortgage

Credit Score: What Not to Do When Applying for a Mortgage

Credit Score: What Not to Do When Applying for a Mortgage Your credit score can affect your ability to obtain a mortgage for a home. There are specific credit score no-nos. It is vital that you know what to do…