Save Water, Save Money, Upgrade Your Home, All For Free – The Weather-Based Irrigation Control Rebate Program From The Municipal Water District of Orange County

  • October 16th, 2012
  • devinlucas

There are many energy-efficient rebate programs still out there.  While Congress let lapse a key federal tax rebate for all kinds of great energy-efficient upgrades, there are still many programs remaining that homeowners, landlords and businesses should jump on. One of the best programs (because it’s completely free for single-family residences), is to upgrade to a Weather-Based Irrigation […]

HOA Investments – Can An HOA Buy A Mutual Fund Or Other Non-FDIC Security??? – Maybe… But It Shouldn’t

  • October 12th, 2012
  • devinlucas

Can a California Homeowner’s Association (“HOA”) invest in mutual funds or other potentially “risky” investments (as opposed to traditional FIDC savings accounts, CD, etc.)?   This appears to be a hot topic right now, given the low/zero interest rates traditional FDIC investments are returning, with HOA Boards, and members alike, eager to get more return on […]

Seriously, Change Your Air Filter Often When In Use

  • October 1st, 2012
  • devinlucas

As I recently reminded myself… When running your Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning unit (your HVAC), check your filter more often.  Routinely check every 2-3 months, and more so in the hot summer and cool winter months. -Devin Lucas Author Devin R. Lucas is a Real Estate Attorney, Broker and REALTOR®, specializing in Newport Beach, Costa Mesa […]

The Impact of California Budget Cuts on All Litigation Matters (Real Estate, Personal Injury, Business Disputes and Beyond)

  • September 27th, 2012
  • devinlucas

As many litigators have no doubt noticed throughout Orange County and beyond, courtrooms are simply disappearing.  Departments are being consolidated, judges are being asked to take on more work, court staffs are being shuffled around, and so forth.  While Los Angeles County has made some recent headlines (150 more workers laid off last month), this […]

National Association of REALTORS® Home Ownership Matters Public Advocacy Campaign

  • September 16th, 2012
  • devinlucas

Home Ownership Matters.  Not only is this a definitively true statement, it’s the theme of the National Association of REALTORS® new Public Advocacy Campaign.  If you have not already seen the TV commercials, radio spots or email ads, you soon will.  The National Association of REALTORS® is working hard to ensure this truism of American […]

Thinking of Buying a Home? – Pre-Approval – it’s the Necessary First Step

  • September 10th, 2012
  • devinlucas

Looking for your dream home in Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, Orange County or elsewhere? You simply cannot have a serious discussion about buying a home without a serious consultation with a lender. Unless you have hundreds of thousands of dollars in the bank, chances are you’re like most people and will need to borrow the […]

East Side Costa Mesa Real Estate

  • September 10th, 2012
  • devinlucas

Anyone looking for property in East Side Costa Mesa will have no problem finding the home of their dreams.  Unfortunately for buyers, home prices are on a significant incline.  As loans remain at record low rates, those with solid credit, income and lender approvals can lock-in unprecedented interest rates.  Even a “more expensive home” (compared with, say, a few […]