Mortgage Fee Is Set To Increase Soon

According to a recent article in the New York Times, a “hidden” mortgage fee that is included in your interest rate is set to increase on April 1, 2012.  This fee is called the guarantee fee, or the “G-Fee,” which comprises one of three components of an interest rate. This will only […] Read more »

New Listing in La Palma: 5BR/2.5BA Detached SFR

  This is a short sale property located in a wonderful neighborhood on a cul-de-sac in La Palma, California.  It’s currently listed at $509,000.  This 2-story detached single family home has 5 bedrooms (one of which is located on the first floor), 2.5 bathrooms, with a separate living room, formal […] Read more »

How to Look Up Property Tax Data for Orange County

Many home buyers ask me what the property tax rate is for a particular property in Orange County, California.  They often ask me too if there is Mello-Roos associated with a property. Here’s a little secret: You can look this info up yourself online.  For free.  Here’s how to do […] Read more »

Costa Mesa Listings for $500,000 and Under

Costa Mesa is wonderfully unique city in Orange County that is nestled between Newport Beach, Irvine, Santa Ana, Huntington Beach, and Fountain Valley.  While Costa Mesa doesn’t have any beachfront property, its residents benefit from the more even, moderate beach temperatures year-round.  South Coast Plaza, a premier shopping mall, is also one […] Read more »

Real Estate Thoughts for the New Year

Welcome to 2012!  Hopefully you are getting closer to fully recovering from the busy-ness of the holidays and ready for a productive new year. Looking back at 2011, I probably spent most of my time dealing with short sale properties.  In the parts of Orange County and Los Angeles County that I […] Read more »

Columbus Grove Market Update – September 2011

Here is a comparative market analyis (CMA) for homes located at Columbus Grove in both Irvine and Tustin for September 2011 through today. This includes active, backup, pending, on hold, and sold homes since 9/1/2011, according to CRMLS. Click the link below to view the CMA Report.  Columbus Grove CMA […] Read more »

Tustin Legacy Update – August 2011

As a resident and homeowner at Columbus Grove, I received a newsletter in the mail called “Tustin Legacy News” very recently.  It was Issue #2 for Summer 2011, and although it hasn’t been published on the official website for Tustin Legacy, I included my personal copy here: TustinLegacy_Newsletter_Summer2011 The newsletter […] Read more »

Solid Short Sales Have Solid Listing Agents

Today has been another big day for short sales with me. You see, I currently have three different buyers that are involved in purchasing short sale properties here in Orange County.  One of the short sales looks like we’re on our way to nowhere.  Another looks like it will eventually […] Read more »

MLS Listing Data May Be Misleading

Whenever I’m looking through a bunch of listings on the MLS (multiple listing service) online, I usually come across a few that make me shake my head. I cringe when I see that the property description says that the house is located in ABC neighborhood when really it is located […] Read more »