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How to Prepare for Emergencies in Your New Home (Part 1)

How to Prepare for Emergencies in Your New Home (Part 1)

When you move into your new Orange County home, you may not think to revise and update your emergency plan, but natural disasters strike without warning. Avoid being caught without a plan in place at your new Orange County address.…

Do you Want to Buy an Older House?

Do you Want to Buy an Older House?

With many older Orange County neighborhoods experiencing revitalization, an older home might be a smart investment. So, whether you’re a first-time buyer or looking to flip a house for cash, an older home in an established North Orange County neighborhood…

Basketball Themed Home Makeovers for March Madness

Basketball Themed 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 Orange County house and score big time with March Madness…

Buy, Sell, or Update Your Home?

Buy, Sell, or Update Your Home?

Are you thinking about selling your Orange County home? According to the July 2013 National Housing Survey conducted by Fannie Mae, 74% of those surveyed feel that now is a good time to buy a house while 40% believe that…

Local entrepreneur turns home grown sport into an art form

Local entrepreneur turns home grown sport into an art form

After buying a new home putting your own style into the decor can be very important. Here is a local Orange County company that is taking a home grown sport and turning it into an art form. Like there page…

Escape From Your Orange County Home with a Vacation Property

Escape From Your Orange County Home with a Vacation Property

Feeling the need to get away from your suburban Orange County home for a while? Perhaps the winters are too harsh or you have a child in college a few states away. Maybe you just want to get a head…

Turning Your Home into Your Retirement Plan

Turning Your Home into Your Retirement Plan

It is a very good idea to include your home and buying a second home in your retirement plan. Now is a great time in Orange County to buy, so even if you are not quite to retirement age, why not…

Expressing Gratitude For Your Home

Expressing Gratitude For Your Home

Thanksgiving is a time to consider all the amazing gifts and treasures we are awarded in our lives. It’s a time to be grateful for your home and its great Orange County location. A time to show your gratitude for your…

Local Secret

Local Secret

Went to see our good friend Mike Townsend at his tastefully curated surf shop “Threads and Fins”. I highly recommend you stop by for a visit, or check them out at their website. http://threadsandfins.com/ REAL ESTATE NOTE: Word on the street…

Thinking About Purchasing a Condo as Your Home?

Thinking About Purchasing a Condo as Your Home?

If you’ve been trying to decide how to finally own your home, buying a condo can be a good first step into home ownership, especially with prices so high here in Orange County. There’s good news about condos right now,…

Underwater Mortgage Debt and Your Home

Underwater Mortgage Debt and Your Home

Beginning March 1st, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will begin the process of allowing some home owners to cancel their underwater mortgage debt using a deed in lieu foreclosure alternative. If you are wondering how and if this applies to…

Tax Credit Extensions Could Affect Your Home

Tax Credit Extensions Could Affect Your Home

If you thought you no longer qualified for tax savings on improvements done in 2011 or 2012, you’ve had a reprieve. The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 extended residential energy tax credits for existing energy efficient homes retroactively, meaning…

Short Sale Relief Continues for Your Home

Short Sale Relief Continues for Your Home

If you have been considering a short sale for your home, you’ll be excited to know that the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act of 2007 was extended through the end of 2013. The Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act extends mortgage…

Surviving Disaster in Your Home with a Generator

Surviving Disaster in Your Home with a Generator

A quick look over the last few years has more than a few homeowners concerned about natural disasters and power outages. With cold weather quickly approaching (and some predicting an impending end to the world), it is important to take…

2013 and Your Home – What Lies Ahead

2013 and Your Home – What Lies Ahead

Have you been wondering what changes and developments in the 2013 housing market will mean for your home? If so, you’re not alone. A series of  predictions  published on December 10, 2012 by Frank Nothaft, Vice President and Chief Economist…

Survey Says Have Confidence in Your Home

Survey Says Have Confidence in Your Home

Headlines about the fiscal cliff may lead you to think that housing transactions are tapering off, yet according to the Fannie Mae National Housing Survey for November, that simply is not the case. In fact, Americans are displaying more confidence…

Choosing a Garage Door For Your Home

Choosing a Garage Door For Your Home

When viewing the exterior of your home, where does your eye focus first? If you have no cars in the driveway, more than likely you’ll notice the garage, a wide expanse that may or may not be beautiful. If your…

Flip Your Home Through 2014

Flip Your Home Through 2014

If you are considering investing in real estate in the new year or in selling your home that was recently purchased, you’ll be excited to know that the Federal Housing Administration has agreed to a temporary extension on the waiver…