County of Castles: Orange County Real Estate Blog

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Someone just shared this article with me, and I thought I would pass it on.  It's about a strategy to "buy time" during the foreclosure process by requesting that the lender produce a copy of the loan paperwork.    Article here
My goodness, it's been warm lately!  Well, that's July for you.  As Disneyland celebrated its 54th birthday last week, we were enjoying temps in the 90's. But that's not all that seems to be heating up.  While the market's certainly nowhere near as "hot" as it was in the peak of the bubble, word ...
Wow, what a roller coaster ride the last week has been!  The Dow has been all over the place (okay, mostly down) the last few days, banks have folded, and many stockholders have been watching their depleting retirements drain away. Okay, enough bad news, what's the good news? These are the market...
$142,500What would you suppose that money would get you in Orange County today?........If you guessed nothing, you're in good company, but you're wrong.  Trust me, I'm as floored as you.Would you guess a 2-bedroom condo a mile from Disneyland?  I was conducting a search for a first-time buyer cli...
Lets talk about trees for a moment, shall we?  After all, I can think of no better way to celebrate Arbor Day than by praising the tree and its impact on real estate values.Here's an article I just found talking about the efforts on the part of city leaders to increase the number of trees in thei...
If you bought your home in the last couple years, there's a better-than-fair chance that your home is now worth less than what you paid for it.  So why are you still paying taxes based on what you bought it for?Section 51 of the California Revenue and Taxation Code states that the assessed value ...
I just found a pretty decent article on steps to take as much as a year before becoming a homeowner. I think it's a fair primer on home-buying readiness.Of course, the overwhelming message of the article is that you need to be thinking loan first, house second. I keep trying to emphasize to my cl...
I received a lovely compliment from a fellow agent the other day.  He presumed I was in my early 20s.  I thanked him but informed him I am actually in my early 30s.  To most women, this is a huge compliment, but I found it just a little disturbing.  How is anyone to take me seriously if I look li...
Perfect house hunting weather.  The sun is shining, it's a mild 70 degrees out, and all the hills within eyesight are lovely shades of spring green.Good house hunting weather is also good open house weather!  It's time to get out there and find the perfect home before everyone else does.Gotta lov...
This is what I've been blogging about.  Here's a snippet from my company's latest Market Time Report,"At the beginning of the year, demand, a snapshot of the last 30 days of escrow activity, was at 944 escrows.  Today, demand has increased by an additional 1,139 escrows to 2,083."That is... UP BY...

Cindy Kalionzes

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