Mortgage Watch – May 13

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Trailing edge millennials face growing obstacles to home ownership There is always a lot of talk about millennials, their lifestyles, and their penchant to become homeowners. Real estate gurus try to predict what they will do next, while the final wave of them is now making the news. Publications like Forbes Real Estate is making its predictions, with writer Brenda …

2019 Home Design Trends

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“Great design taps into the emotions that make a house a home,” observed Don Ruthoff, principal at Dahlin Group Architecture, introducing homes and designers meriting top honors in the National Association of Home Builders’ Best in American Living Awards (BALA) in February. This annual event, held in conjunction with Design and Construction Week, showcases current design trends and top homes …

Mortgage Watch – May 6

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Single-family rental communities becoming popular for boomers It may not be taking over yet, but it’s a trend. Boomers, tired of the maintenance of their large family homes, are downsizing and renting instead of staying put. Realtor.com’s Rachel Mosteller tells of a couple who spied a gated community of compact, cottage-style detached homes behind the parking lot of a fast-food …

Orange County Housing Report: Over the Peak

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Housing demand in Orange County has already peaked, meaning the market will slow from here. An Early Peak: With a slight rise in interest rates since dropping to 4% at the end of March, demand peaked in April this year. “The Happiest Place on Earth” is right in our back yard. Remember the unbelievable anticipation and unbridled excitement when you …

5 Kitchen Update Trends

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Whether you’re looking to invest in simple updates or a complete kitchen renovation, you can’t go wrong incorporating the latest design trends to enjoy now as well as boost your home’s value when it comes time to sell. If you’re not sure where to begin, check out our list below featuring on-trend elements we think will give you the most …

Orange County Housing Report: Seller Competition

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This is the time of the year when more sellers come on the market than any other time of the year. More Seller Competition: The active listing inventory is rising. Isn’t it beautiful? Southern California hills are spectacularly adorned in a blanket of bright orange California Poppies. The record rainfall resulted in a “super bloom” like nobody can remember. People …

Swap Rooms to Make Your Old Home Feel New in 2019!

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Was one of your New Year’s resolutions to give your house a makeover or declutter? Tired of the old paint colors, the piles of catalogs, over stuffed closets and toys that your kids haven’t touched since 2013? Is your tween not lovin’ the Winnie the Pooh theme room anymore? Well, then its time to room swap! Most of us move homes every 5-10 …

Orange County Housing Report: Housing Abloom

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Not only have the clocks changed, so has the housing market. The Spring Market: The best conditions to sell a home are right now. It is that time of the year again. The hills are a dazzling green. Trees are beginning to bud new leaves. Flowers are opening their petals for the first time. Hummingbirds are feeding on the sweet …