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On Facebook awhile back I asked for suggestions about what people want to know regarding Real Estate.  The most emphatic reply was:  "THE TRUTH!"  Well, here it is:  "I DON'T KNOW!" •·         I don't know when the banks are going to release all the foreclosed homes they are holding. •·         I...
07/14/2009
The explosion of Social Media has changed the face of marketing, information decimation, and socialization.  The medium's incredible power begs the question:  Will the buying and selling of Real Estate change? Since the internet has made home buying and selling a transparent process, information ...
06/29/2009
When visitors discover my lovely neighborhood in the hills of Orange I almost always hear:  "Wow, I never knew!"   Flanked by prestigious Lemon Heights, Cowan Hills, Tustin Ranch, and Orange Park Acres, East Orange is a surprising gem and an excellent value. It was built from 1986 and 1992 and l...
06/23/2009
You CAN Buy Your First Home With VERY LITTLE Money Down. Hot Off the Presses:  US Housing and Urban Development Secretary, Shaun Donavan, Announces That Home Buyers with FHA Insured Home Purchases Can Apply $8,000 Tax Credit Toward Down Payment and/or Closing Costs! All those first time home buye...
06/02/2009
Shh, quiet:  do you hear the orchestra?  I am actually singing the praises of the LA Times.  Columnist Chip Jacobs article in the Business section was titled:  "Not that cheap."  He goes on to give the account of several buyers' experiences with trying to buy a home in LA.  Trying is the operativ...
05/05/2009
Everyone wants a DEAL, but not everyone gets a DEAL when they buy a REO.  THAT is the truth!  One of the obstacles I have ran across is that many people think they KNOW how to take advantage of the system.  In an effort to educate home buyers in the realities of the Foreclosure world I would like...
03/31/2009
Let me De-stress the process for those of you Dis-stressed by the current housing market.  Distressed Property:  A property that the homeowner cannot make payments on and is listed as a Short-Sale or it has become Bank Owned. Foreclosure Process:  This is the process that begins once a homeowner ...
03/29/2009
Tax Credits = More Cash =? Our governments, both Federal and State, are slinging cash like Flo slings hash at breakfast.  Sometimes it makes it the right table and sometimes in the rush it ends up at the table by the door.  We all want to know:  "What does this mean to ME?  Where's my cash, Baby!...
02/24/2009
Few rules, shady characters, and the survival of the fittest characterized the Wild Wild West in the 1800's.  You needed a Posse you could trust to help you make it back alive.  The same holds true in our current Real Estate market. I have the perfect real life example to illustrate my point.  A ...
02/05/2009
When mentioning where you live have you ever been greeted with an enthusiastic head shake accompanied by a blank face?   I have the good fortune to live in Santiago Hills. "Huh?"   Most people have no idea where we are.  Santiago Hills is in the hills of Orange on the border of North Tustin, Tust...
07/02/2008
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