Biking in #Irvine

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Many clients wanting to move to Irvine, ask: ” Why are property values so much higher in Irvine vs. Other Cities?” The Simple answer is: “Planned Community”. Irvine was planned with all aspects of family living in mind. A well designed home community will have access to Work, Roads, Shopping, Entertainment and Outdoors with Biking being one of the most enjoyable sports, Irvine has created a vast distribution of bike paths for the residents of Irvine which can travel from Irvine all the way to Huntington Beach.

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Beautiful weather in Irvine and all of Southern California. High 60’s to Mid 70’s, perfect for a day out at the great number of parks in Irvine and or Bike trails Map which are offered throughout the well designed communities in Irvine, Tustin Newport Beach Area.

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The City of Irvine provides a network of on-street and off-street bikeways to encourage the use of bicycles as a safe and convenient means of transportation for both commuting and recreational purposes. This is evident by 301 lane miles of on-street and 54 miles of off-street bikeways provided in the City today.

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🏡 5 Things to Consider When Buying Your #Home – #Irvine

Always Remember: Neighberhood, School and Price

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Few Secrets to Buying Your First Piece of Real Estate

Choosing where to live and work can be difficult specially if your are just getting started out of school and are starting a family. There are some basic simple rules to follow when you are deciding where to live and raise your children. These are simple and to the point so take a minute think how each will relate to your lifestyle and requirements.

 

1. Community – Basic conveniences, access to park and Entertainment, Family and School District

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2. Mortgage – Pick what you can afford
3. Inspect – Get a home inspector before buying a home
4. Decor – Look past the decor of the House you are looking at and imagine the house empty

5. Outside Influence – Keep the Decision making process limited to key few people

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Short Video showing you some basic Criteria to look for before Buying your Home

 

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🏡Plan Your Mortgage – #Irvine

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Planning your Mortgage is almost more important than looking for your Home. There are few key points you need to make sure are taken care of prior to searching for your home.

Here are a 10 Items to You Will Need For Your Mortgage:

 

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  1. Drivers License
  2. Secondary IDs (Social Security Number/Card, Passport)
  3. Most recent pay stubs
  4. Copy of Tax Return (Signed)
  5. W2 forms from Employers for last 2 years, Document Employment History (Each Lender will vary)
  6. Most Recent Bank and Asset Statement
  7. Fully executed purchase contract for the property you are buying (needed later)
  8. If refinancing, a copy of your deed
  9. Name, address and phone # of your landlord – if you are currently a renter.
  10. Name, address, phone, fax #s and e-mail address for your Agent/attorney – to coordinate the closing (depending on which state you live in)

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🏡 #Home Maintenance Guide – #Irvine #RealEstate

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As a landlord or property manager, examine your units regularly for these minor fixes and take care of them before they become a huge expense. Few basic rules to follow for your home maintenance needs. Specially if you are getting ready to sell.

 

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1. Check for leaks.

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2. Re-caulk showers and tile grout.

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3. Update electrical wires.

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4. Re-paint your property.

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5. Replace the air filters.

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6. Regularly test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

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7. Check for pests.

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8. Landscape

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Make Sure Your Realtor Knows Your Local Market #Irvine #RealEstate 🏠

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Your Realtor

A Good Realtor will know their Local Market and will price your Home properly based on valid comps of the neighborhood, your upgrades, additions along with what is trending locally.

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Take the time and research your local market and interview agents in your area, Ask friends and family if they can recommend an agent which is Local to you.

Remember many inexperienced Real Estate agents will want to compete and will try to get your business by only charging low commission rates and listing your home with highly inflated prices. This is just like being Audited by IRS for your Corporate Business Entity and you choose the lowest priced Tax Attorney just out of school (NOT A GOOD IDEA)! You will have the same results if you choose the Low Commission Realtor new to the community and new to Real Estate wanting to price your property high and charge you minimal rates to get your listing.

The experienced Local Realtor knows your market, knows your Home, School, Neighborhood, Other comparable communities, Police, City, Jobs and more.  Your Realtor will Market your home, follow up with Purchase agreements, Escrow, HOA Rules, follow up emails, Agent communications, Escrow, Title and home visits Plus a whole lot more that you will never know about.

If you have the time to spend away from your daily duties and work then you better be prepared to sacrifice your time and absence from work to make sure all Escrow dates are met and all contract terms are in order.

There is a value you have to place on a Realtor with all of his/her knowledge and experience to achieve the Quality Results you desire.

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Bad MLS #Home Pictures – #Irvine

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I was looking at some properties to show a client when I found some of the worst photos I have ever seen on the MLS. I got to thinking about the impact of really bad photographs on the sale of a home.

I Advise my clients on Home Preparation prior to listing. At times I would not list the home until I have taken upon myself to prepare the home for viewing. I make sure all the pictures are quality and beautiful pictures of the home and not clutter.

These days homes are advertised on the internet where thousands of people see the pictures. Photographs are used as a screening tool by real estate agents and buyers.

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I often wonder if home sellers look at the photographs when they are put in the MLS and if they do look at the photographs why they don’t ask to have them redone if they are as poor as this one.

If you have hired a Realtor to sell your home, make sure you review:

  1. The Complete Text description of the MLS Listing
  2. Review the Options which have been check marked
  3. Look at all the pictures which you Realtor is about to post on MLS
  4. All viewing instructions for the property including but not limited to the phone numbers listed

These are some basic components of home preparation and if you Realtor is not willing to follow these simple guidelines then you need to look for one that does.

 

 

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🏡Make Your Entrance Inviting #Home – #Irvine

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Make Your Home More Inviting

A cheery front-door color and a touch of landscaping can do wonders for your home’s curb appeal — and make a lasting impression on guests. Dress the door with new hardware, and add a welcome mat and potted plants near the entrance. Consider installing outdoor lighting to enhance your home’s architecture and illuminate the walkway.

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Give Your Yard a Boost

With flagstone, you can easily make an outdoor patio in a weekend — no mortar required. Add potted plants and outdoor seating, such as a bistro set or an eclectic mix of colorful chairs, to create a quaint backyard escape.

 

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🏡 Investment Property – #Irvine

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Looking for an investment property requires Good credit, sufficient down payment and a good eye for a quality property which will have results in terms of return on investment (ROI).

 

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Before you invest heavily in a piece of property, investigate the economics of the neighborhood such as unemployment rates, and whether or not that area is growing. If you’re house is close to a university and good school districts, or other large employment centers, they will usually sell quick and at increased values.

Use a digital camera as your research tool. Taking pictures of homes and communities you plan to invest in is the best way to document and gather your data.

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Choosing your investment property will require work and dedication. You might have to put a lot of time on your investment at the beginning. It will take time to find an opportunity that is profitable, and after purchasing a property, it may need repairs or remodeling. Don’t give up just because the process that gobbles up large portions of your time. The rewards will be much greater at a later time.

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🏡 Happy Halloween – #Irvine

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Halloween is a holiday celebrated on the night of October 31.  The word Halloween is a shortening of All Hallows’ Evening also known as Hallowe’en or All Hallows’ Eve.

 

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Traditional activities include trick-or-treating, bonfires, costume parties, visiting “haunted houses” and carving jack-o-lanterns. Irish and Scottish immigrants carried versions of the tradition to North America in the nineteenth century. Other western countries embraced the holiday in the late twentieth century including Ireland, the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and the United Kingdom as well as of Australia and New Zealand.

 

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Halloween has its origins in the ancient Celtic festival known as Samhain (pronounced “sah-win”).


The festival of Samhain is a celebration of the end of the harvest season in Gaelic culture. Samhain was a time used by the ancient pagans to take stock of supplies and prepare for winter. The ancient Gaels believed that on October 31, the boundaries between the worlds of the living and the dead overlapped and the deceased would come back to life and cause havoc such as sickness or damaged crops.

The festival would frequently involve bonfires. It is believed that the fires attracted insects to the area which attracted bats to the area. These are additional attributes of the history of Halloween.

Masks and costumes were worn in an attempt to mimic the evil spirits or appease them.

Trick-or-treating, is an activity for children on or around Halloween in which they proceed from house to house in costumes, asking for treats such as confectionery with the question, “Trick or treat?” The “trick” part of “trick or treat” is a threat to play a trick on the homeowner or his property if no treat is given. Trick-or-treating is one of the main traditions of Halloween. It has become socially expected that if one lives in a neighborhood with children one should purchase treats in preparation for trick-or-treaters.

The history of Halloween has evolved.  The activity is popular in the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, and due to increased American cultural influence in recent years, imported through exposure to US television and other media, trick-or-treating has started to occur among children in many parts of Europe, and in the Saudi Aramco camps of Dhahran, Akaria compounds and Ras Tanura in Saudi Arabia. The most significant growth and resistance is in the United Kingdom, where the police have threatened to prosecute parents who allow their children to carry out the “trick” element. In continental Europe, where the commerce-driven importation of Halloween is seen with more skepticism, numerous destructive or illegal “tricks” and police warnings have further raised suspicion about this game and Halloween in general.

 

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The history of Halloween has evolved.  The activity is popular in the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, and due to increased American cultural influence in recent years, imported through exposure to US television and other media, trick-or-treating has started to occur among children in many parts of Europe, and in the Saudi Aramco camps of Dhahran, Akaria compounds and Ras Tanura in Saudi Arabia. The most significant growth and resistance is in the United Kingdom, where the police have threatened to prosecute parents who allow their children to carry out the “trick” element. In continental Europe, where the commerce-driven importation of Halloween is seen with more skepticism, numerous destructive or illegal “tricks” and police warnings have further raised suspicion about this game and Halloween in general.
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Considering to Buy vs. Rent – #Irvine #Home

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Keep Renting or Not?

Many people question themselves regarding whether they can afford to buy a home or should they continue to rent. With competition so high in local communities regarding school, education, home & car, should they follow family and friends and become a Home Owner or Not?

While there are many sides to both decisions and the final reasoning is what you know about your personal and financial situation, there are a few simple signs Why you should keep on renting?

 

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1. Uncertain about your Job – If you know your job will force you to relocate, Job instability and possible termination of short term contract then you can pretty much know Renting is the best option. Consider being an Investor if you have enough funds.

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2. Amount of Savings – From time to time you hear from Home builder or media about the low down payment options for home purchase, Mortgage Rate or low Introductory interest rates. If you do not have enough funds to put down substantial amount of down payment and your monthly payment along with taxes and HOA’s will be a drain on your financials then you are still ok to rent.

3. Home Ownership Responsibilities – Take the time to research home ownership along with all that comes with it. This is not like impulse buying at the mall for that Shoe or handbag. When you purchase a home you will have responsibility for all things related to the home. If you have broken pipes or a  damaged roof, its all your responsibility. Do you have available funds and the nerves to deal with fixing and maintaining your landscape, Sinks, Faucets, Garage door the list goes on. If you will stay up worrying about the clogged toilet, then you might want to rethink the concept of home ownership at this time and keep on renting.

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These are just a few guidelines to follow before making the big move into Home Ownership. The purpose of this post is not to deter you from buying a Home, even thought I would love to have you as a Client, but to make you aware of yourself and what your capabilities are before making the big jump.

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