Hiring a Contractor? – A Few Tips to Consider

  • October 11th, 2015
  • devinlucas

Remodeling your Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, Orange County or other California property? – Hiring a contractor is a significant decision, with quality and pricing varying dramatically, especially on any larger scale project.  Check out this info graphic from the California Contractors State License Board and the California Association of REALTORS® for some good tips. -Devin […]

Option Agreements in California Real Property Transactions

  • September 10th, 2015
  • devinlucas

Most commonly, an “Option Agreement” is a rent-to-own situation, more frequent in a landlord-tenant context. Typically (though 100 percent negotiable), an Option Agreement works like this: The Property Owner (called the “Optionor”) agrees to sell a home and/or parcel of land (the “Real Property”) to the Buyer (called the “Optionee”) at a later date, for […]

Fair Housing Foundation Tip of the Month: Rent Increases

  • August 28th, 2015
  • devinlucas

Fair Housing Foundation Tip of the Month: Rent Increases In areas without rent control, there is no limit to the amount a landlord can increase the rent, provided it’s done so with proper notice and not being done in retaliation or based on a discriminatory motive.  In Los Angeles County some cities do have rent […]

Key Issues in California Landlord-Tenant Law

  • August 27th, 2015
  • devinlucas

Newport Beach, Costa Mesa and Orange County are abundant rental markets, but landlords must use caution as California laws are extremely harsh on landlords and overly tenant friendly.  I’s must be dotted, and T’s must be crossed.  Sacramento is constantly trying to figure out ways to squeeze property owners, and landlord-tenant laws are among the […]

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

  • August 25th, 2015
  • devinlucas

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

  • August 2nd, 2015
  • devinlucas

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 […]

Top 10 Home Projects to Recoup Costs at Resale

  • April 21st, 2015
  • devinlucas

Even owners of the finest Newport Beach, Costa Mesa and Orange County properties will always have a list of desired improvements to their homes. The top 10 home projects to recoup costs at resale according to Remodeling Magazine and the National Association of REALTORS® Cost vs Value Report include: Entry door replacement; Manufactured stone veneer; […]

Home-Remodeling Projects May Require Special Insurance Policies

  • March 15th, 2015
  • devinlucas

By Olya Yepremian, Momentous Insurance Brokerage Most homeowners may not realize the impact a renovation project has on their homeowner’s policy and that failure to take appropriate action could result in an uncovered claim. In simple terms, if your home is insured for $10 million and you add $2 million in improvements, you now need insurance […]

California Baby Boomers Plan to Stay In Their Homes

  • March 1st, 2015
  • devinlucas

Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, Orange County and all California baby boomers plan to stay in their homes longer than ever before, according to a 2014 survey from the California Association of REALTORS®.  More than half, 59 percent, have no plans to sell their home after retirement.  78 percent of those surveyed simply like their home […]

Smart Home Technology

  • February 24th, 2015
  • devinlucas

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 […]