Luxury Real Estate Blog

Why a Seller Love Letter Can Help Buyers in a Competitive Market

Feb 13, 2019 — First Team Real Estate

If you are a buyer in a competitive real estate market, you’ve got to do everything in your power to stand out and win the home of your dreams. With low inventory –particularly among affordable first time properties – the competition in the Southern California real estate market can be fierce. There are several things you can do to sweeten the deal when putting in an offer on a house, and one way is with a personalized seller “love letter”.

5 Biggest and Most Damaging Misconceptions Homebuyers Have

Dec 28, 2018 — First Team Real Estate

There are a lot of assumptions about the housing market, but some of those beliefs could be causing you to miss out on great real estate opportunities. If homeownership or a new property is a goal – be it in 3 months, 6 months, or 2 years – then educate yourself now on some of the biggest, and most damaging, misconceptions of homebuyers.

6 Insanely Smart Ways to Spend Your Christmas Bonus

Dec 14, 2018 — First Team Real Estate

The holiday season is about giving, and if your company has done exceptionally well for the year, it’s also about earning a Christmas bonus. While a new flat screen TV may be tempting, there are other ways to put your money to good use. Consider these 6 insanely smart ways to spend your Christmas bonus that will set you up for success, and maybe secure you something even bigger and better than a new toy.

Millennials Are Ready To Adult and Prioritize Homeownership

Dec 06, 2018 — First Team Real Estate

Bank of America’s latest homebuyer insight report reveals millennials consider homeownership a high priority. And it's perfect timing. With rising inventory across Southern California, now is a great time for first time buyers and others to take advantage and find exactly what they need on the real estate market. If you're considering a purchase, start by taking our Homebuyer Survey to find out what you currently qualify for, including tons of options for renters with programs that require as little as 3% down. 

Top 10 Best Days of the Year to Buy a Home

Nov 29, 2018 — First Team Real Estate

If you're looking for a discount on your home purchase, then the best time to buy is during the holidays. ATTOM Data Solutions put togehter an analysis of more than 18 million single family home and condo sales over the past five years and the results show that the biggest discounts for buyers come in October, November, December and February.

7 Costly Home Seller Mistakes

Nov 19, 2018 — First Team Real Estate

Southern California has been experiencing a seller's market, but the tides are beginning to change. Inventory is starting to build up and home prices are still increasing, but at a slower rate. If now is the right time for you to sell, then it's time to prepare and really start paying attention to the local market trends. Mistakes that used to be overlooked could now cost you major money when it comes to your home sale. Here are 7 common mistakes you'll want to avoid if you're ready to jump into today's market. 

Considering Selling Your House? 3 Smart Reasons To Do It Now

Nov 05, 2018 — First Team Real Estate

The conventional wisdom when selling a home has always been to wait until the ‘Spring Buying Season’. Over the years, that has seemed to make sense and is now accepted as a good strategy for those who want to sell their house and receive the best possible price. But not in this market.  Southern California has been experiencing a seller's market for the past few years with low inventory and quickly climbing prices, but the tides are beginning to change. The way the market is headed now, if you wait to sell until next spring, you could be facing a potential buyer's market. Here's why the savvy sellers will list their home now instead of waiting. 

5 Types Of Flooring and How They Affect Your Home's Resale Value

Oct 22, 2018 — First Team Real Estate

Whether you are moving in, moving out, or just need a change, re-flooring can have a transformative effect on your home - and provide a boost to your home's value. If you are selling your Southern California home or have just bought a home, your real estate agent is a great resource for home remodeling advice. Before contacting any hardware stores or contractors about costs, make sure you know what you want.
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