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Top Places To Live in Orange County

Anyone that lives in Orange County will quickly tell you it’s a wonderful place to live.  To buy a home here means you’re getting diversity, culture, amenities, beautiful beaches and an amazing climate.  Our Orange County real estate team specializes in South Orange County properties. Whatever your heart desires can be found in and around the […]

53,000 ‘under water’ homes regain equity, CoreLogic says

More than 53,000 Orange County homes that had more debt than they were worth have regained equity this year so far, according to Irvine-based real estate data firm CoreLogic. As of the third quarter of 2013, 29,514 Orange County homes were "under water," meaning that their owners owed more on the mortgage than the homes […]

Add economical living space with an outdoor room

(BPT) – Adding living space to your home can be an expensive prospect. However, creating an outdoor room is a budget-friendly option that gives you more square footage, as well as additional opportunities to enjoy the season. As an extension of the home, outdoor rooms with decks or pergolas can be personalized to truly bring […]

Five golden choices for investors

In the dark about how to invest in gold? Despite gold’s increasing value and popularity, many folks don’t know where to get started. If that includes you, you’re not alone. A recent survey shows that nearly half of US investors don’t believe they’re knowledgeable enough about the precious metal to make a decision about adding […]

Cost-cutting techniques to fit your lifestyle

(BPT) – These days, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the multitude of sources offering money-saving tips. It seems like everyone has a hot new tip or an old tried-and-true method you just have to try. Unfortunately, trying to keep up with them all can actually be counter-productive to your savings goal because you aren’t […]

5 Reasons to Sell Before Spring

Many sellers feel that the spring is the best time to place their home on the market as buyer demand increases at that time of year. However, the fall and winter have their own advantages. Here are five reasons to sell now. Only Serious Buyers Are Out At this time of year, only those purchasers […]

How to flip a house using project managers

With framing subcontractors coming in as scheduled, I all of a sudden realized that the floor that they would be framing over had some very serious issues. Pounding on my cell phone to find someone… Anyone to help me on literally zero notice, I realized the only person I had that could do it… Was […]

Small business, big opportunities: Tips for women focused on managing their small businesses

It’s no secret small businesses are essential to the economy. The latest U.S. Census Bureau’s Survey of Business Owners reported women owned 7.8 million businesses and accounted for 28.7 percent of all businesses nationwide. These small business firms generated $1.2 trillion in receipts. Given the challenges facing small businesses, now more than ever women are […]

On the move? Use these packing tips and tricks

(BPT) – Let’s face it – moving is hard. Along with the stress of leaving a familiar place and adapting to new surroundings, moving means packing, loading, transporting, unloading and unpacking everything you own – as well as everything you forgot you owned. While relocation may never be completely carefree, there are ways to ease […]

Foreclosures Decrease in September

According to residential real estate analytics provider CoreLogic ( NYSE: CLGX  ) , the number of completed foreclosures declined 39% in September 2013 compared to the same month last year, the company announced today. In September 2013 there were 51,000 reported foreclosures in the U.S., down from last year’s 84,000, CoreLogic said. September’s drop in […]

7 reasons rentals are rocking the housing market

  Home sales have finally begun to slow after a red-hot summer that saw prices soaring so quickly that some began to worry about the return of a housing bubble. But despite the recent housing gains, the country's home ownership rate has continued to fall. Just 65 percent of households in the first half of […]

How to brand your business and position it for success

For small businesses, having a well-established brand with a loyal customer base is critical to both immediate and long-term success. While investing money in brand developing tools may be costly, building a suite of business cards, postcards, signs, banners, brochures and other products that give your business a professional look can be easily and inexpensively […]