How to Correctly Calculate Return On Investment (ROI) in Real Estate

The biggest mistake people make when investing in Real Estate is focusing too much on one or two of the three factors that affect your ROI (return on investment), rather than all three together. The factors I’m talking about are Cost, Revenue, and Expenses. If you want to be a successful investor it is important […]

5 Lies You’ve Heard About Real Estate Agents

One thing I’ve learned from talking to a lot of people about real estate, is that there are some common misconceptions out there about working with Realtors. These misconceptions usually revolve around what it is we actually do, how the process works, and the nature of the Agency Relationship. In most real estate transactions there […]

Small Down Payment vs. Large Down Payment

If you’ve talked to anyone about your plans to buy a home, than you’ve probably been told that you need to save up for a 20-percent down payment. That’s a scary thought considering the median home price in Orange County, California is well over $800K. Yikes! But thankfully, you you have options when it comes […]

Buying vs Renting a House in Orange County, CA

Is it wiser to buy a home rather than rent one? Home ownership has typically been considered the foundation of the American Dream. Lately, however, I have been seeing a lot of headlines claiming that renting is actually a smarter choice than buying. Obviously, there are pros and cons to Buying vs Renting, but I […]

How Do I Know I Am Getting Value for Money in Orange County?

If you have decided to buy a home here in Orange County there are a few things to take into consideration. First you will need to find out about the home buying process which we have discussed previously. You will also need to know the difference between the market value and the appraised value. The […]

What Should a Realtor Do For a Buyer

Now that’s a great question. What does a good buyer’s agent do that sets them apart from other agents? If you asked 50 different people what they thought of their real estate agents, you would probably get 50 different answers. Some people think they’ve found the world’s greatest agent, while others think the opposite. So […]

Common Mortgage Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

It’s understandable. Looking for a new house is exciting. Checking out all the new listings and finding the one that is everything you ever wanted is just downright fun! However, this often leads to people treating the mortgage as an after-thought. Don’t be that person! Shopping for a mortgage is an important step. If you […]

When is the Best Time of Year to Buy a House?

What does the best time of year to buy a house really mean to you? For most people, what they mean is “when will I get the best price?” The traditional wisdom has been that the best time to be a buyer is in the fall and winter months when the real estate market is […]

How the New tax Bill Will Hurt Homeowners in CA

Last week the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill to overhaul the tax code in our country. The plan is being branded as an attempt to simplify an overly complicated tax code that is rife with a million different deductions, complicated forms, and plenty of loopholes. So is the plan good or bad? Well […]

How a Lease with an Option to Purchase Works

It goes by many names: the rent to own, rent with a purchase option, purchase option lease, lease with an option to purchase, etc. But, no matter what you call it, the idea is that you are entering into a lease agreement that offers you an option to purchase a home eventually. I’ll explain a […]

Definitive Guide to Downsizing Your Home

Your lifestyle needs and tastes will change over time. My grandparents absolutely love their home. 2,000 square feet, 4 beds, 2 baths in the perfect weather of Huntington Beach. What more could you ask for? They lived in that house for 30 years, but eventually, although they loved the home dearly, they came to the […]

The Home Buying Process in 10 Steps

Buying a house, especially your first house, is an awesome experience… But it can also be nerve-racking! You can save yourself a lot of stress by doing some research and learning as much as you can about the home buying process before jumping in. Of course, every transaction is a little different with its own […]

Is is Better to Make a Small Down Payment?

Advantages of a Small Down Payment When deciding how much to put down for your new house, there are a few key things to focus on. There are several advantages to making a large down payment including lower mortgage payments, and avoiding additional interest… But, there are a lot of advantage to making a small […]

Pros and Cons to Making a Large Down Payment

Should You Make a Large Down Payment on a House? For some people this is a no-brainer… If you’re scraping together every last quarter you can find under the sofa cushions, then your bank account has already told you how much you can put down. But if you’re in the position to make a large […]

Appraised Value or Market Value, Which is Right?

The question of what a home is actually worth is the driving force of every real estate transaction. The negotiations about price and repairs, the managing of multiple offers for the best outcome, the buyer’s ability to obtain financing, and even insurance quotes all come back to determining the true value of a property. A […]