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california safest cities

According to Safewise, 9 Orange County cities are among the top 50 safest cities in California. All of the cities on the list have more than 11,000 residents, proving that their safety records are especially impressive.

In order to identify the 10 safest cities in California, Safewise reviewed FBI crime report statistics and population data. Orange County’s Rancho Santa Margarita, Aliso Viejo, and Laguna Woods are ranked consecutively at 2, 3, and 4!

Other Orange County cities, Mission Viejo, Laguna Niguel, and Lake Forest are ranked slightly lower on the list at 10, 11, and 12. San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, and Irvine also made the cut, ranked at numbers 27, 32, and 37 on the list.

This is quite a feat considering Orange County occupies 18

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There are downsides to renting

If you have ever rented a home or an apartment you already know about all of the downsides to renting.  If you are trying to decide whether to purchase a home of your own or to rent, you may want to take a look at a few of these downsides to renting before making up your mind. 

  1. One of the downsides to renting a home  or apartment is that you may never actually feel at home.  Most of the time when you move into a home or apartment to rent it you will find lots of hooks and things in the walls and perhaps even a few decorations that have been carelessly left behind by previous tenants.   My guess is when you move into a home, you want to feel at home and renting just doesn’t provide that feeling as well as buying. 
  2. Another downside to
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california home sales

California home sales downshifted in August as low housing affordability and a tight supply of homes for sale cut into demand, especially in high cost areas of the San Francisco Bay area region. Home sales remained above the 400,000 pace for the fifth straight month, but sales have declined year over year for the sixth consecutive month.

420,000 California homes sold in August 2016 compared to 416,000 in July 2016 and and 430,000 in August 2015.

The median selling price in August 2016 rose to $526,000 compared to $518,000 in July 2016 and from $498,000 in August 2015.

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real estate myths


If you are in the process of buying or selling a home, you may have already come across some of these common real estate myths.  Real estate myths are abundant and are quite prevalent in the real estate world.  Below you will find a few real estate myths to be wary of whether you are buying or selling a home. 

  1. Some folks believe that if you don’t use a real estate agent you are likely to get a better deal.  This is totally false because no matter which one of you have the agent…one of them is going to get the commission be it the buyer’s agent or the sellers agent.  The only way to get around dealing with paying a commission to a realtor is if you sell or a buy a home that is for sale by owner.  If you do decide to purchase or sell by owner, be
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 Sell your home quickly

Is it important to you to sell your home quickly?  Are you in a bind and need to get your house to sell as fast as possible?  Take a look at a few of the tips listed below to help sell your home quickly.   

  1. Make your asking price one that is not overpriced.  Price your home at a competitive price without it being overpriced. 
  2. Offer some sort of incentives to buyers if they are willing to buy your home quickly.  Maybe you could help them pay for HOA dues or even offer to make some needed renovations out of your own pocket. 
  3. Another tip to sell your home quickly is by making your home as fancy as possible.  Stage your house to the max so that it looks like a picture out of a magazine. 
  4. Set a deadline as to when you need your house gone. 
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At-a-Glance Stats August 2016

The California Association of Realtors closely monitors and analyzes trends in the residential real estate industry. The table above contains the latest reported existing home sales series, median home prices, unsold inventory index, median time on market, first-time buyer housing affordability index, and the latest mortgage rates.

420,360 existing homes sold in California in August 2016 with a median price of $526,580. The median time on the market was 28.9 days with a 3.4 months supply of unsold inventory. Homes sold for an average of $246 per square foot and the sales to list ratio was 98.9%. The affordability index was steady at 31%.

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open house


If you are currently looking to purchase a new home, you likely want to know where to find a few open houses in your area.  You have come to the right place!  Below you will find a few helpful tips to finding open houses in your area so that you don’t have to do a lot of searching for them on your own. 

  1. A good way to find a few open houses in your area is by doing an online search.  A great website in which to look is realtor.com.  All you will need to do is to type “open houses” in the search bar and you will be well on your way to finding open houses in your area.  
  2. Another good way to find a few open houses in your area is to use the realtor.com app on your cell phone.   This way you will have the ability to find open houses in your area at
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san clemente beach trails


Looking for some local things to do this weekend with your recreation time? San Clemente is rich with local activities! Just follow this link to the San Clemente Beach Trails, plus many other options.

"The San Clemente Beach Trails is a 2.3 mile long that connects North Beach to Calafia Beach with stops along the way at the Pier and T-Street. The day we were there, it was being enjoyed by walkers, joggers, families with their children, casual cyclists and folks walking their dogs. Lots of beautiful views and foliage to enjoy."

If walking and biking are not your thing, this same website highlights many other options of things to do and stay local.

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california home sales


California home sales stumbled in July as low inventories and eroding affordability dragged down the housing market.

416,000 California homes sold in July 2016 compared to 434,000 in June 2016 and and 438,000 in July 2015.

The median selling price in July 2016 slipped slightly to $510,000 compared to $519,000 in June 2016 but increased from $491,000 in June 2015.

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Getting ready to sell your home.

The housing market is looking up lately but that doesn’t mean you need to neglect things around your house that need to be done when you are trying to sell it.   Folks typically have an idea set in their mind what they are looking for when they go house hunting and if you have not done your part to make your house look its best it may not sell as quickly as you would like it to.   There are a few things in particular that home buyers do NOT want to see when they come to tour your home. 

  • There cannot be enough said about curb appeal when it comes to trying to sell your home.  If your  landscaping looks like something from a haunted house you can figure most potential buyers are going to keep on driving and not even stop to come look inside of
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