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   This would have been the 45th year the "Snoopy House" would have been decorated for Christmas. I grew up around the corner and always knew Christmas was near when the house on Santa Ana Ave. was building set for the Peanuts Christmas display. This year driving by on Thanksgiving weekend, there...
12/01/2011
      Every seller wants to realize as much money as possible when selling his or her home.  The natural inclination is to price your home high, thinking you can always come down in the future.          But a listing price that is too high can be a disaster, and frequently nets the seller LESS mo...
12/01/2011
        One of the biggest mistakes people make when selling homes is they rely solely on “local neighborhood market analysis information” to determine the right price to list their home.         Your local real estate agent shows up with a “canned” analysis they took right off a computer screen....
11/28/2011
When I hold an open house, I always ask the question. What do you think the real estate market is going to do over the next couple of years? I would say that about 90% of the of the visitors say that the market is still going down. The market is local and really can vary from city to city, tract ...
09/26/2011
Are you a first time homebuyer and are wondering if there is help out there with down payment assistance? The short answer is YES. Now all of the programs require that you qualify in one way or another. Most of them have maximum income caps, some are grants, some are silent second leins, other re...
06/25/2011
  The following is a break down of the bank-owned (REO) market for Irvine Real Estate. This is data for May 2011. As you can see, there were no REO sales that closed in May 2011. The three that are in escrow should be closing in June or early July. Not much activity going on for banked-owned prop...
06/07/2011
  This is the 24 hour market watch for Irvine Real Estate. As you can see from the chart below that there were 16 new listings, 31 price changes, 7 properties came back on the market, 26 are in escrow with 17 still accepting back-up offers and 9 that are not and are pending to close, also there w...
06/06/2011
 Huntington Beach Real Estate seems to be a little sluggish at best. Only 85 Single Family Residences (SFR) closing in the month of April. There are stil 409 active on the market. These numbers represent all SFR coded properties including standard sales, short sales and foreclosed properties. Loo...
05/17/2011
 Currently there are 105 short sale showing on the market in Costa Mesa per SoCalMLS, the multiple listing service for Southern California. If you have any questions regarding short sales or are interested of pre-foreclosure coaching. I can help. I help distressed homeowners understand their OPTI...
06/08/2010
BSA Pack 108 based out of Woodland and Kaiser Elementary Schools is inviting all boys and their families to attend the Pack Graduation. The graduation will be held at Tewinkle Park at the big shelter starting at 5:30. This is a celebration for the boys in Cub Scouts as they move up to the next le...
06/07/2010
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