The OC Housing Specialist® Ultimate Guide to Buying, Selling, & Renting in Southern California

Up, Up, & Away: Orange County Housing Prices Hit Record-Highs

In June 2016, Orange County median home prices – new and existing – elevated to a new historical high of $655,000, surpassing the bubble peak pricing of 2007. Heading into December 2016, we are now looking at record-high median pricing for new homes sitting just under the million dollar mark. Overall, the median price for all homes sold in October 2016 – new and existing – is up $54,000, or 9 percent, from just one year ago!

December 8, 2016 · Leave a comment

How Big Is The Average House Size Around The World?

Move over America, there’s a new champion in the fight for the biggest houses in the world. That’s right, the good old U.S.A. does not have the largest average house … Continue reading

August 26, 2016 · Leave a comment

Now Available: 3% Down Private Mortgages. Bubble Repeat?

When mortgages were at record low interest rates and very easy to obtain by just about anyone who wanted to buy a house in the early 2000s, the market was … Continue reading

June 9, 2016 · Leave a comment

How Much Does It Cost To Live in Orange County? How Much is Rent in OC?

Sun. Sand. Surf. Perfect weather 75% of the time. High salaries. High employment growth. It’s pretty clear why people want to live in “the OC.” But, how much is it going … Continue reading

April 28, 2016 · Leave a comment

Beware: Craigslist/HotPads Rental Listings Scam

Fair warning: This blog post contains elements of virtual time travel. Proceed with caution. To me, being a great agent means looking at the world from my client’s point of view. … Continue reading

April 11, 2016 · Leave a comment

Buying Fine Print: HOA Fees

It’s a hot topic here in southern California where monthly HOA fees easily top $500/month on many homes within the area. And it’s not just gated communities and condo associations, … Continue reading

March 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

RENT vs. OWN: Buying Saves A LOT on Taxes

Renting or buying has never been more important in making the choice because the great home price collapse of the last few years has brought the two almost to parity. … Continue reading

March 14, 2016 · Leave a comment

19 Documents You Need to Buy a House

Keep in mind…these are just some of the required documents. Fortunately, your real estate professional will keep you in the loop. Below are 19 must-have documents that both buyers and … Continue reading

March 3, 2016 · Leave a comment

Down Payment/Closing Fee Assistance

There are more options for financial assistance than I can address in one post, simply because each municipality, city, county, state, employer, association, etc. has their own set of offerings. … Continue reading

February 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

How much do I need for a down payment?

This is often one of the first questions my serious clients will ask. While there are many variables affecting the answer, the decision is ultimately up to the buyer and … Continue reading

February 22, 2016 · Leave a comment