Home Seller Staging Tips Using Feng Shui

  • September 17th, 2013
  • devinlucas

Article Source: California Association of Realtors | Karen Rauch Carter, Feng Shui Palace www.KarenRauchCarter.com. Image Source: iStock The ancient Chinese art of feng shui (pronounced “fung shway”) is over 3,000 years old. This method of arranging inner and outer environments so they consistently support the possibility of all the good things in life encourages health, […]

Survey Results: California Homebuyers’ Motivation in 2013

  • August 13th, 2013
  • devinlucas

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 […]

Robust Real Estate Market = Americans Are On The Move

  • July 30th, 2013
  • devinlucas

Americans are feeling more financially secure with real estate and looking to relocate somewhere ideal, such as Costa Mesa or Newport Beach, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the California Association of REALTORS®.  1.4 million more households moved in 2012 than in 2011. Consumer confidence in real estate is key, with 54 percent of […]

Home Buyers – Hands Off Your Credit While Your Home Search or Loan Is Pending!

  • July 16th, 2013
  • devinlucas

Costa Mesa, Newport Beach and Orange County home buyers – in today’s tough lending and underwriting climate, it’s routine for lenders to check, double check, then check again your credit, employment and income.  In other words, the “pre approval” is hardly the final check.  Your lender is likely (in fact, required, if through Fannie Mae […]

What To Do In Your Yard?

  • July 10th, 2013
  • devinlucas

A neat graphic from the California Association of REALTORS® and PLANET, the Professional Landscape Network, giving ideas and survey results for what to do in your back yard.  Perfect ideas to bring to your Costa Mesa, Newport Beach or Orange County home.  Enjoy! -Devin Lucas Author Devin R. Lucas is a Real Estate Attorney, Broker […]

Loan Modification Scams Involving Attorneys on the Rise; Some Easy Steps to Be Vigilant

  • June 4th, 2013
  • devinlucas

Costa Mesa, Newport Beach and Orange County homeowners watch out!  I hate to shock any readers, but there are some unscrupulous attorneys out there.  As in any profession or large employment setting, a few bad apples can ruin otherwise high professional standards.  There have been an alarming number of loan modification and/or foreclosure prevention scams, and complaints […]

Interest Rates Creeping Back Up; Highest in One Year

  • May 30th, 2013
  • devinlucas

Those record-low interest rates, which are partly driving the real estate recovery, especially in locations such as Newport Beach and Costa Mesa, may be heading for the rearview mirror as the economy “recovers” and rates are back on the incline. According to Freddie Mac, the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.81 percent with an average 0.8 […]

California Legislature Proposes More Real Estate Transfer Taxes

  • May 29th, 2013
  • devinlucas

They’re at it again… the California State Legislature wants more of your money. This time, via a proposed additional $75.00 tax on any county real estate filing including refinancing, transferring into or out of a trust, liens, quit claim deeds, etc. It’s cleverly called “SB-391: California Homes and Jobs Act of 2013.” However, the same […]

Orange County Real Estate data is in for April: Sold prices up 27.4% from April 2012, the 14th consecutive month of year-over-year gains.

  • May 17th, 2013
  • devinlucas

Ugh, more mind-boggling figures from the number-crunchers at DataQuick. Orange County’s April home sales are up 27.4 percent from April 2012. Southern California’s average sales were up 23.4 percent from April 2012. And from just March 2013, the sales prices jumped 8 percent in Southern California. According to DataQuick, April was the 14th consecutive month […]