Is $1 Million-Plus The New Normal For Orange County Homes?

October 31st, 2016

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It’s no big surprise that Orange County is expensive when it comes to housing. But just how expensive may be news to you. According to real estate website Trulia, our county ranks fifth in the United States among metro areas where home prices exceed $1 million.

As of May 2016, seven-figure homes comprise about 16.1 percent of Orange County homes, which represents an increase of 8.9 percent from 2012 when only 7.1 percent of homes were above $1 million. The top four metro areas by percentage of million-dollar homes are:

1. San Francisco: 57.4%
2. San Jose: 46%
3. Oakland: 19.7%
4. Los Angeles: 16.3%

What A Million Gets You
In Orange County, the million-dollar price tag buys you a wide variety of homes, depending on location. Read More >

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Enjoy the Wineries Around Your New Orange County Home

October 24th, 2016

When you think of the great wine-making regions of California, Napa is probably the first area that comes to mind, followed by the vineyards in Sonoma County and the Central Valley. But if you want to sample some local vintages, you don’t have to travel all the way north. Not when we have a long history of wine making here in Orange County, according to Orange Coast Magazine.

History
In 1857, some German transplants known as the Los Angeles Vineyard Company, purchased land in Anaheim for the purpose of growing grapes. The enterprise proved so successful that Anaheim became the greatest wine-producing district in California, according to the Orange County Historical Society. Unfortunately, in 1885, Pierce’s Disease struck and wiped out all the vines. Orange County turned its attention to producing oranges and walnuts. But the dream of those early vintners lives on in nine local wineries. Here are just three. Read More >

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Tips For A Happy And Safe Halloween

October 17th, 2016

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It’s almost that time when ghosts and goblins come to your home expecting treats in exchange for not playing tricks. Even though we’re California new home builders who are proud of our developments, we’re parents first. So we want to take a break from our professional duties and offer the following tips so that you, your loved ones, and your visitors have a fun and safe Halloween.

Decorate
This may be a no-brainer but if you want the little ones to stop by your home, you need to welcome them with Halloween décor. Check with the HOA to see what decorating is allowed on your exterior so you spend your dollars only on stuff you can use. Then stick with fun, simple pieces that are sturdy enough for kids to accidentally hit without breaking and that are weatherproof, in case they encounter an increasingly rare raindrop.

Clean Up
Be sure to remove any everyday décor, sculptures, ceramics, or delicate pieces from your stoop that children might damage. Go through your front path and front yard just before the big night to make sure there are no branches or rocks that can pose a tripping hazard. Read More >

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A Vacation Reward for Buying A Los Angeles County Home for Sale

October 10th, 2016

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Touring models, picking a floor plan, and choosing decorating options: these were the fun parts of buying your new Los Angeles County home. Filling out the paperwork, packing up your old home, moving everyone in, and unpacking: not so much. It’s time to reward yourself for getting the job done by going on a vacation. Bring the family along if you want or cart the kids off to grandma, so you and your special someone can spend some time alone.

You don’t want the trip to break the bank. After all, you just spent a good chunk of change on a home. You also want a quick break, maybe over a long weekend, since you do want to get back to enjoying your new purchase. It’s lucky that you live in one of the world’s top vacation spots. Here are three suggestions that are quick and easy on the budget. Read More >

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Sell Everything Before Moving into Homes for Sale in Los Angeles

October 3rd, 2016

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You can’t wait to move into one of our homes for sale in Los Angeles County. You’re eager to downsize into a smaller and more modern home, or you want to start fresh in a new location with your family. You’ve already sold your current house but want to get rid of us many of your furniture pieces, clothes, household goods, and children’s toys, among others of your life’s baggage.

You could hold countless garage sales, sell through eBay auctions, and donate the remainder to charity. But you don’t have the time and energy to go through these efforts. A more convenient option that could potentially net you more income is to hold an estate sale. Read More >

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