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4 Signs a Property is Worth Investing in

A real estate investment is only as good as the property you invest in. Make the wrong purchasing decision, and you’ll have a much tougher time making a decent profit than you would if you had bought into a better property.

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Help your children purchase their first home

This morning, on the radio, I heard a commercial that started out as a tribute to fathers for Father’s Day. The storyline is that Fathers do a great deal for their children, and that these days, one of the best things they can do is help their children buy their first home. That brought back many memories to me. We helped both of our sons buy their first homes.

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Low Down Payment Options to Consider

Owning a home no longer has to remain a dream for any Americans, thanks to the changes that have taken place in the mortgage lending realm over the recent past. Coming up with a decent-sized down payment has long been a thorn in the side of would-be homebuyers. But these days, there are plenty of low down payment options available that can help turn the dream of homeownership into reality.

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4 Ways to Keep the Value of Your Investment Condo Up

Buying and renting out real estate is a tried-and-true way to develop wealth over time. Not only can you build equity in the property simply through appreciation over time, the rent collected can cover the carrying costs.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Best US Cities For New Grads to Find Work

It’s that time of year – a plethora of college kids are graduating, and are trading in their caps and gowns for jobs and rent. While the thought of having to find a job might sound intimidating, new grads can rest easy knowing that they’re entering an improved job market. In fact, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, 11% more grads from the class of 2016 will be hired compared to last year.

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5 Signs of a Shady Landlord

Depending on where you live, you might find it tough to land a great rental unit that fits within your budget and meets all your needs. But even when you find a place that’s located in an awesome location and seems like an affordable deal, it can be a total nightmare if you wind up stuck with a terrible landlord. Sure, many landlords are awesome, but some are not. In fact, some are downright shady, and even break the law when it comes to screening renters and dealing with them on a regular basis.

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Orange County Housing Supply up 10%

In the last 30 days, the number of properties listed for sale increased 10%.  What that means is that our currently strong Seller’s Market may be moving toward more of a Buyer’s Market.  So, what does that mean to you?  Well, if you are planning to sell, I would suggest that you get on the […]

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INFOGRAPHIC: Top Fastest Moving Markets in the US

One of the tell-tale factors of a fast-moving market is the amount of time that listings spend on the market. The number of property sales also speaks volumes about the activity in the market. According to the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), over 6 million homes were sold in 2016, the first time this has happened in a decade.

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Will Your Student Loan Affect Your Chances of Getting a Mortgage?

Still got massive student loan debt on the books? Join the 43 million other borrowers who do too. And among all the millennials who are still chipping away at their student loan debt, over one-third of them plan on buying a home within the next five years. But with all that debt still to be paid off, is getting a mortgage and purchasing a property a futile endeavor?

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Housing ‘07

(With a “nod” to Jonathan Lanser, columnist with the Orange County Register) You may remember that the “Pre-Bubble” peak of the Orange County Market occurred in June 2007. Shortly afterwards, values started dropping dramatically through about 2012.  Since, we have been recovering at a steady rate. Well, in April, 2016, the median price equaled the June […]

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