Five Things You Don’t Have to Worry About with a Brand New Home

March 19th, 2018

As someone currently looking for a home, no doubt you’ve done just a little bit of internet research on what you should look into and the steps you should take. Time and time again, you’re going to come across dire warnings to do your “due diligence” and investigate a house thoroughly even after you fall in love with everything on the surface. However, beyond the basic inspection and appraisal required by most mortgage lenders, these warnings only apply to homes that have had previous owners and have seen a lot of “mileage.” When you’re considering a brand new home freshly completed by professional homebuilders, these warnings don’t apply. In fact, there are a lot of things you don’t have to worry about when buying a brand new home. Here are our favorite five: Read More >

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The Top 10 Smart Home Devices for Your New House (Part 2)

March 12th, 2018

Welcome back to the second half of our two-part article about a smart home. Smart homes are by far one of the best things to happen for residential technology since the Roomba, and you can use them to make your brand new home even more inviting. Last time we talked about the introduction of the smart home along with a few useful devices that homeowners love like color-changing smart lights, smart thermostats, video doorbells and the incredibly powerful combination of smart security assets. Today, we’re picking up where we left off at smart outlets and power strips. Read More >

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The Top 10 Smart Home Devices for Your New House (Part 1)

March 5th, 2018

Buying a new home is an exciting experience, full of promise and possibilities. Walking through the empty rooms, you can imagine the many possible courses your life could take in your new home and, of course, the hundreds of ways you could decorate, innovate and make the place your own. One of the most popular modern upgrades to any home, allowing for ultimate personalization, is the smart home trend. Through the combination of AI intuition, an online dashboard and voice controls, you can gain immediate power over almost every electronic device in your new home from the ceiling lights to the coffee machine. Whether you’re kitting out your brand new home with smart home features right now or still researching exactly which components will work best with the location and your lifestyle, if you want the full Smart Home experience, consider the following ten most popular and convenient Smart Home devices on the market. Read More >

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Orange County Residents Owning Homes Hits a Nine-Year High

February 26th, 2018

Good news for Orange and Los Angeles counties: Home ownership has reached a nine-year high. The not-so-good news: The area still ranks near the bottom among the 75 largest metropolitan areas in the United States when it comes to home ownership, according to U.S. Census data, as recently reported by the Orange County Register. Here are the details: Read More >

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How Filling Your Fridge Can Save Energy and Trips to the Grocery Store

February 19th, 2018

The refrigerator is by far one of the largest power consumers in your new home, often second only to the HVAC system with either the AC or furnace running at full blast. If you monitor the power from a smart outlet, you can watch the fridge cycle as it spins up to add more cold and spins down to sit at rest. You can watch the refrigerator use up energy, but reducing that cost is an entirely other matter and most people wouldn’t even know where to start. Take a moment to think about it, do you actually know or understand how the refrigerator keeps everything so cold on the inside? Read More >

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What to Do When Your New House Isn’t Ready By Moving Day

February 12th, 2018

Moving is a complicated process and every circumstance is different. One of the biggest challenges for anyone moving is time coordination, ensuring both that your current home is emptied before your final deadline and that the next place is available by the time the moving trucks arrive. However, it doesn’t always work out that smoothly. For renters, the lease on your first place may expire before the lease on your next place begins and for those who are buying and selling homes, timing the closing on both a sale and a purchase at the same time is practically acrobatics. There are even situations where you might have a complex job relocation process further complicating the move.

So what do you do if you have to move out of one place before your new house is ready to move into? Fortunately, your movers will usually have you covered. Read More >

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Eight Tips on Saving Up for Your First Home (Part 2)

February 5th, 2018

Welcome back to the second half of this two-part article about saving up for your first home. There are many different techniques people use, but the most important thing to remember is to actually save money and make your plans. Last time we talked about managing your own expectations, setting your price range, making your savings accounts and the right mindset for your house hunting. If you missed the first half, read it here. For everyone who’s already caught up, let’s pick back up where we left off at point five:

5) Don’t Choose a House Right Away

The homes available the day you start saving are most likely not going to still be available when you are finally ready to make a down payment and cover all the title transfer, conveyancer and closing costs. Read More >

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Eight Tips on Saving Up for Your First Home (Part 1)

January 29th, 2018

The first time you take a really clear look at the housing market and calculate how much you’ll need to pay upfront to buy even your first home, the cost can be daunting. Down payments, processing fees and the continually rising cost of homes can look like an impossibly steep hill to climb, one with goal posts that seem to constantly move higher as you try to approach them. It’s all too easy for first-time home buyers to see the dream slipping away before they even have a fraction of the needed money saved up, and yet somehow new people are becoming homeowners every day. While it may be difficult, putting together enough savings and finding a home is within your reach. You just need to approach the situation with the right mindset and be prepared to make a few compromises on your first property.

1) It Won’t Happen All at Once Read More >

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Caring For Your New Hardwood Floors

January 22nd, 2018

Many new home buyers shake their heads at the thought of professional cleaners deep cleaning hardwood floors. They don’t realize just how much dirt and gunk can get into the nooks, crannies and crevices of wood floors or understand what dirt and gunk can do to the finish of a wood floor. Nor do they think of cleaning them properly. So here’s the down and dirty on cleaning hardwood floors.

What Kind of Dirt and Gunk?

Look at it this way. When you step through the front door of your home, whatever you walked through all day is on the bottom of your shoes –chemicals, broken glass, small stones caught in the tread of the shoe, leaves, twigs, pine straw, animal stuff, sand, dirt and the list goes on and on. All that is going to walk across your hardwood floor. It will scratch, scour and scrape the finish, which is the first thing your shoe will encounter on your wood floor. Read More >

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Is 2018 The Year You Will Move Into A New House?

January 15th, 2018

Do you have dreams of moving this year? Do you want to move but have panic attacks at the thought of what the moving process will involve?

We know moving is not at the top of everyone’s list of their favorite things to do. Not only will you have to physically move all of your things into a new place, you will also have various other things to consider, including creating a budget, finding the perfect location, and you will have to make sure you keep your sanity. Do you think the challenges will truly be worth it if you are indeed ready to move to a new place?

If you are having a difficult time making a decision about moving, we suggest you start 2018 off by paying attention to various signs that it may be time for you to start searching for a new house. Once you make the decision that it is time to start a new search, you can get started by searching for homes in Southern California. Read More >

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