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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

6 of the Worst Home Renovations to Increase Value

When the time comes to make upgrades to your home, the first thought for a lot of people is about increasing their home’s value. There are some very cost-efficient upgrades that can improve your home’s value above and beyond the cost of doing the work. However, some people don’t care all that much about increasing […]

5 Negotiating Tips for Home Sellers

There’s no denying that selling your home is a big deal. It’s probably one of the largest financial transactions you’ll be involved in (aside from when you purchased the home). Understandably, the price a home sells for is typically priority one for most sellers. However, getting the best price is not automatic. With all of […]

Why Selling a House is Like Dating

Do you remember your first date? What do you remember about it? Was it fun, awkward or nerve-wracking? Was it a disaster or was it a magical night you’ll remember forever (cue cheesy-nostalgic music)? Whatever your experience was, it had a significant impact on the way you felt about that person. That’s the whole point […]

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 […]

What to Expect from a Realtor Selling Your Home

What should a Realtor do for a Seller? Here’s the Problem… We have a problem in the Real Estate industry. The barrier to entry to become a Realtor is pretty low. Just take a few classes, pass a test, buy a box of business cards, and voila! You’re a real estate agent. Unfortunately, this low […]

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 […]