real estate: Love the Heart Shaped Wave ~ Photo - 02/11/16 07:42 AM
Happy Valentine's Day!
Photo credit: Pinterest

real estate: Affordability ~ Buy rather than Rent - 01/19/16 06:43 AM
Articles and commentary are provided for general information only and should not be relied on as legal or financial advice
Courtesy to Jim Power at Sandstone Financial.

real estate: 6 simple rules to live by when texting clients - 04/08/15 12:57 AM
  I wanted to share this article with you all, that I read and found very informative in our digital age.
Texting image via Shutterstock.       Some transaction details are better communicated in other formats by Andrew Flachner on Oct 7     It’s 5 a.m. and your phone vibrates off the nightstand, waking you from your beauty sleep. It’s a text from a potential homebuyer. Do you jump up and respond?
Texting is now mainstream, and it’s not just your teenagers. Sending text messages has become more acceptable as a means of professional communication. In fact, more than 9.8 trillion messages were sent in 2012, … (8 comments)

real estate: The Vanishing Lunch Hour - 11/21/14 06:11 AM

Productivity Points
5 Ways to Spend Your Lunch Hour
SUCCESS Magazine recently asked several entrepreneurs from the Young Entrepreneur Council to share how they get more out of their lunch hour each day. Here are five of their answers.
1. Unplug completely. When you give yourself a break to clear your head, you'll feel more energized and may get fresh ideas. Changing gears with a book, a funny podcast or inspiring interview can also help refresh your perspective, especially on hectic days.
2. Step away from the computer. While you eat, give yourself some quiet time to write … (8 comments)

real estate: Positive Trends in Real Estate - 10/05/14 06:40 AM
Confluence of Positive Trends.  A good Read...  
Jobs, low mortgage rates, and improving inventory are bolstering home sales. September 2014 | By Lawrence Yun       After a slow start this year, partly due to the frigidly cold winter, home sales are picking up steam. Existing-home sales have risen for four straight months and in July were at the highest pace of the year, 5.15 million. Pending contracts point to more gains, too.
Jobs are always important for home sales, and in the last 12 months they’ve grown by 2.6 million. North Dakota, Texas, Utah, and parts of California are … (2 comments)

real estate: Wordless Wednesday ~ New Listing - 08/13/14 08:28 AM


                    New Listing: 5 Inspiration Point, Laguna Niguel, CA

real estate: Wordless Wednesday Photo ~ New Listing in Dana Point - 05/14/14 05:01 AM


real estate: Federal Reserve Press Release ~ Economy - 03/19/14 06:44 AM
I received this from a Lender at our company and wanted to share.  Interesting read...
Commenetary in Green by Quicken Loans Chief Economist

Release Date: March 19, 2014
For immediate release
Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in January indicates that growth in economic activity slowed during the winter months, in part reflecting adverse weather conditions. Labor market indicators were mixed but on balance showed further improvement. The unemployment rate, however, remains elevated. Household spending and business fixed investment continued to advance, while the recovery in the … (6 comments)

real estate: Can you bail me out of jail? ~ Photo - 02/05/14 07:11 AM
Would you buy Real Estate with this guy?

I hope you said, Yes.
I'll tell you why...

real estate: Tips on Holding a Safe Open House - 09/19/13 09:37 AM
NAR has designated September as Realtor Safety Month. There's no time like the present for some safety tips.

Most of us will hold an open house at one time or another, so it's a good idea to follow some safety guidelines so we don't become a victim of crime.
Open houses are a great way to meet new buyers and expose your listing to the public, but they can be a target for criminals.
Here are 10 Tips for Holding a Safe Open house:
1. If possible, have at lease one other person working with you at the open house.

real estate: Bring me a Buyer! Custom Home with views and more... - 08/16/13 09:07 AM
Beautiful European Style Custom Home in Guard Gated Ocean Ranch, in Laguna Niguel, California 61 POPPY HILLS ROAD ~  Offered at $3,195,000 Front Elevation Ocean Views   Formal Living Room Formal Dining Room Gourmet Kitchen Great Room and Bar Otis Elevator Yard with Pool & Spa Library and Office Private Gym … (0 comments)

real estate: Home Sales - Trends - 08/06/13 04:37 AM

Look what's trending in Orange County. Recent home-sales market update.

by Jeff Collins

     ·        25.1 %           Were absentee byers in the first half of 2013, highest in 14 years. They were  mostly investors

     ·        32%                Were cash buyers, highest in 26 years

     ·        12.4%            Were FHA borrowers

     ·        53%                Were female
     ·        38                   Average age

     ·        61%                Were college educated

     ·        63%                Earned more than $100,000   
     ·        33%                Earned more than $150,000

     ·        50%                Owned their previous home

     ·        38%                Were renters

real estate: Being Likeable Can Help Get More Clients - 06/27/13 07:52 AM

Likeability is a subjective term.  Who’s likeable and how important is it?
According to Best selling author and psychologist, Richard Wiseman, in his book "59 Seconds: Think a Little, Change a Lot", 30 years of research says it doesn't always come down to qualifications, experience, education or a host of other criteria. Often times. it comes down to likeability.
Likeability has also been linked to the success of presidential candidates in a presidential race (as predicted in Gallup poll). Likeable people are reported to be far less likely to get a divorce, or be sued by malpractice. Likeable people are easier … (19 comments)

real estate: Actor Larry Hagman's Santa Monica Home Sold - 03/13/13 03:35 AM
Happy to announce that I Sold the late actor Larry Hagman’s home in 30 days!

Please click on link below... 

real estate: Spring Bling Planting Guide For Your Garden ☼ - 02/28/13 02:04 AM

March is a prelude to spring when Mother Nature begins to shed some of her winter coat and prepares for spring's renewal.  It’s time to begin preparing your garden for spring's big bloom.
Time to plant summer bulbs and specific flowers. Time to Fertilize citrus and fruit trees, roses and perennials. Prune evergreens this month, but avoid pruning them later on in spring and summer. Deadhead winter annuals. Weeding.  
  Info courtesy of:  Rocky Taylor Landscaping is affiliated with Oakbrook Landscape, Inc., a landscape design and construction firm, specializing in design, hardscape, pools and spas, landscape … (4 comments)

real estate: Social Media Made Simple with Donuts - 01/28/13 06:44 AM

Twitter:                I’m eating a donut
Facebook:           I like donuts
Foursquare:       This is where I eat donuts
Instagram:          Here is a photo of my donut
YouTube:             Here I am eating a donut
LinkedIn:             My skills include donut eating
Pinterest:            Here is my donut recipe
Spotify:                Now listing to “donuts”
Pandora:              Now listening to “Glazed Donuts”
G+:                        I’m a Google employee who eats donuts             
SOCIAL MEDIA is changing everything… Get informed and stay connected.

real estate: Friday Foto ~ Cool Historical pics - 01/18/13 07:20 AM
Incredible Photos From History
Last four couples standing in a Chicago dance marathon. ca. 1930.  
Three Princeton students pose after the Freshman, Sophomore snowball fight. 1893. Princeton , NJ .

The Real Estate Boom in the 1880's.

Martin Luther King - I Have A Dream Speech. Washington, 1963.


real estate: How a Homeowner Can Sabotage Their Own Appraisal... - 12/05/12 03:05 AM

For decades there has always been a difference of opinion with  homeowners and an appraiser when they need that critical number to match the refinance package that is underway with their lender.
The appraiser value opinion is only 1 opinion...but guess what, it's the opinion that counts with your lender.
Here are some ways you can sabotage yourself:
1) Leaving the home untidy. Having an un-kept exterior or interior can cause an appraiser to decrease the value somewhat. Reminder owners - curb appeal is also important for an appraisal. Overgrown bushes or an un-kept home exterior could prompt an appraiser … (3 comments)

real estate: NEW LISTING! San Clemente Gym is Now For Sale - 12/03/12 06:55 AM

San Clemente Gym - a Business Opportunity.  Own your own business and stay in shape! 
123 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, CA
The San Clemente Gym is a landmark in the city for over 30 years.
The Gym is approximately 3,000 sqft with Mens and Ladies shower rooms &
locker area. The gym is being sold fully equipped as an all purpose
fitness center. The equipment spans a wide range of fitness training
and there is a boxing work- out room as well as specialty classes.
Private Training is also available from knowledgeable and … (1 comments)

real estate: New Listing ~ Ocean View Home For Sale! - 11/08/12 07:04 AM
12 Brownsbury Road, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
Gorgeous and Popular floor plan with 1st and 2nd Floor Ocean Views. Main floor Office or Den, 3 upstairs Bedrooms and a Bonus Room that very easily converts to 4th bedroom if needed. Master Suite is generous with remodeled bathroom and walk-in cedar closets. Kitchen remodel w/Full Granite Finish, Center island, Sub-Zero & Dacor. Family Room has impressive B-I Ent Ctr w/Theater Speakers. Yard is smartly designed with beautiful Pebble-Tec Spa and peaceful Fountain serves as focal point from Formal Living & Dining Rooms. … (6 comments)

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Laguna Niguel, CA

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Address: 33522 Niguel Road #100, Monarch Beach, CA, 92629

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