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 […]

The Home Selling Process Explained Step by Step

So what exactly is the process in Orange County for selling a home? Well, it’s pretty much the same as it is anywhere else in California. In fact, the overall process is pretty similar throughout the entire country, however the details do change from one region to the next. For example, in Orange County we […]

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 […]

The Seller’s Guide to Navigating the Home Inspection

Getting past the home inspection typically signals the end of negotiating the sale of your home. There’s not a whole lot happening on the seller’s side between here and the closing table. Passing the home inspection means the hard part of selling is over and you get to move on to your new home. The […]

How to Start a Bidding War for Your House in OC

  Igniting a bidding war for your home is hands down, one of the most effective ways to make sure it sells for top dollar. Every part of your marketing plan should be focused on exposing your house to a lot of buyers, so that you can attract as many offers as possible in Orange […]

The Middle Class Gets Priced Out of OC

When I read articles about how the middle class is being priced out of Orange County, California it reminds me of an Economic Development course I took in college. It was fascinating to learn about the familiar patterns that undeveloped countries would follow as they advanced into developed countries. Typically, this transformation took place as […]

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 and Why to do a Short Sale

A short sale in Orange County, California may bring its share of headaches, but make no mistake,  it is a whole lot better than going through a foreclosure. I’ll cover everything you need to know about short sales. With a looming foreclosure, some people believe their best option is to stay in the home until […]

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 […]

5 Steps for Preparing Your House for Sale

With prices as high as they are in Orange County, buyers want move-in ready homes. For example, two homes with almost identical floor plans recently sold in my neighborhood with a whopping $100,000+ difference between them. One of these homes, although in relatively decent condition, still had the original kitchen in it. I wouldn’t describe […]

How to Deal With a Lowball Offer

You finally received an offer from ready a willing buyer on your home. You feel relieved and excited until you realize this offer is LOW. It’s a frustrating feeling, especially when you haven’t had a whole lot of offers yet. What can you do? Before you outright refuse a offensively low offer, consider that with […]

The Real Advantage to Staging Your Home

What Does Staging Your Home Mean First, let me just describe what I mean by “staging” your home. Have you ever visited open houses on the weekend? Have you noticed how some of them look like they come straight out of a home decor magazine, while others look like, well, real homes? The difference is […]

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 […]