To Drone or Not to Drone in Real Estate Photography? (Tip: Do Not Drone)

In Newport Beach, Costa Mesa and Orange County real estate, those aerial shots of high-end properties sure do look fantastic.  But most sellers, photographers and REALTORS® might not realize it’s a blatant violation of current Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rules to operate drones for commercial purposes (i.e. real estate photography) without a waiver from the […]

Push for Cyber Security in Real Estate Transactions

Newport Beach, Costa Mesa and Orange County real estate consumers and professionals take note of cyber security issues in real estate transactions.  We all take email for granted. It’s an amazing tool that has impacted and changed the way we all communicate. But until some recent high-profile events, people thought little, if at all, about the security of […]

Smart Home Technology

Attention Newport Beach, Costa Mesa and Orange County Home Sellers and Buyers, Smart Home Technology is in! Consumers of all generations value smart technology features in both their current homes and future homes. According to a recent ERA/HGTV survey, nearly half (46 percent) of consumers believe it is important that their current home or next […]

Dispute with a California REALTOR? Try the free Ombudsman service of the California Association of REALTORS

As a public and member service, the California Association of REALTORS® offers a free assistance line, the Ombudsman Hotline, to foster dispute resolution. Belive it or not, occasionally, REALTORS® and/or their clients, find themselves embroiled in a dispute with another, or their own, REALTOR®. The C.A.R. Ombudsman Hotline is here to help. C.A.R. Ombudsmen receive […]

Key Advertising Rules For REALTORS®, Teams and Brokers

Attention Newport Beach, Costa Mesa and Orange County consumers, as well as REALTORS®, Teams and Brokers, there are key real estate advertising rules often being violated. One need only open a newspaper’s real estate advertising supplement, or read a recent letter or flyer received at home from an agent “with buyers looking for a home […]

Thinking of For Sale By Owner (FSBO)???

Attention Newport Beach, Costa Mesa and Orange County homeowners thinking of For Sale By Owner (FSBO) – According to the National Association of REALTORS® 2012 Nationwide Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, the typical For Sale By Owner (FSBO) home sold for 20 percent (or $46,000) less than homes sold with the assistance of a […]

California Median Home Prices by County…

Newport Beach, Costa Mesa and Orange County real estate owners and buyers, here’s a neat graphic from the California Association of REALTORS® showing the median home prices by county throughout California.  They’re up, across the board.  While great news for owners and sellers, more frustration for buyers.  These statistics (like all statistics really) are somewhat […]

Chapman University Economic Forecast: 2014 O.C. Housing Still Rising, Slower

Costa Mesa, Newport Beach and Orange County Real Estate – the 36th annual Chapman University Economic Forecast held Monday, November 25 at Segerstrom Hall in Costa Mesa, predicts “significant moderation in price appreciation” for Orange County housing in 2014. Translation… home prices in Orange County in 2014 are likely to continue upward, but at a […]

What Buyers Do NOT Want In A Home

Costa Mesa and Newport Beach Real Estate Sellers take note – here’s a neat graphic from the California Association of REALTORS® highlighting want Buyers do not want.  Elevators, shower stalls (v. baths) in the master, wet bars and laminate counters are among the highlights that today’s Buyers just don’t want to see anymore.  It’s often […]

Survey Results: California Homebuyers’ Motivation in 2013

What’s motivating California homebuyers in 2013 to move to such pristine neighborhoods as Newport Beach, Costa Mesa and Orange County?  According to the California Association of REALTORS® 2013 Home Buying Survey, here are the top five reasons home buyer’s purchased in California this year: Price Reductions – 38% Favorable prices and/or financing – 12% Desire […]