5 Debunked Myths About Real Estate Agents

For people who are in the important business of homes, real estate agents are not afforded much trust. Like any other profession, some real estate agents operate with less than desirable honesty and integrity. But painting all of them with the same brush is not a good idea. Most real estate agents are simply hard-working people who want to make an honest living. There are tons of generalized myths that are a big reason why people don’t readily trust real estate agents. Almost none of the myths about them are true. We are going to take a look at five…

How Does a Recession Affect the Housing Market?

It’s been over a decade since the last major recession, but the sirens are blaring again. A recession comes with industrial shutdowns, low production, brutal downsizings, a nose-diving stock market, and a housing market crash. The country saw a serious housing recession in 2008-2009, when the housing bubble finally burst and pushed the country into an economic downfall. At its worst, the average housing prices didn’t go down as much as people expected. From the peak value in 2007 and the bottom-most in 2009, the average sales price of houses sold in the US went down 20.3%. So does that…

An Ultimate Guide to Real Estate Negotiations

How to Negotiate with Real Estate Agents As a home seller, you might have already thought about real estate negotiations when you get an offer or two on your home. But did you consider another type of negotiation — negotiating with real estate agents before you list your home for sale? Yes, it’s possible to negotiate with the real estate agent to pay a lower fee. If you’re searching for full-service results but expect a discounted commission, it’s a good idea to try negotiating with a traditional full-service agent that doesn’t advertise discounted fees. Before you negotiate with your real…

The 3 Best Reasons to Buy a Home in 2021

Most of us have heard about how crazy the real estate market is right now. We’ve seen the memes and videos dramatizing the extreme measures some want-to-be home owners have to go to in order to close a deal. It’s intimidating and not surprising that many people are choosing to hold off on their dreams of home ownership until the market slows down. But for some, now may end up being the perfect time to buy. If you are able to be patient and can handle a few disappointments, you might end up coming out on top in an unlikely…

Real Estate Tech Expert Jeremy Lehman Appointed First Team/Christie’s International Newport Beach Manager

First Team/Christie’s International Real Estate Has Announced That Jeremy Lehman Will Join the Company As Its Newport Beach Office Manager Previously recognized as one of Inman’s 100 Most Influential People in Real Estate, we are proud to announce Jeremy Lehman just joined our leadership team as the Branch Office Manager of our First Team/Christie’s International […] …

Ways to Boost Your Credit Score to Buy a House

Everyone wants the house of their dreams, but they are always hard to attain. Having bad credit can do more than make the buying process difficult, it can put the processes to a screeching halt. A higher credit score will be your greatest ally in getting you a reasonable mortgage. So if you are shopping around for a mortgage, it’s better to try and raise your credit score as fast as possible. Here are some steps that can help you achieve a higher credit score fast. What is Credit? Credit in this case refers to a lender borrowing money and…

What to Know About Buying a Foreclosed Home

Foreclosure is when a house owner fails to pay their mortgage on time, which leads to banks or other lenders evicting them from the property. The lenders or banks then try to sell the house to recover some of the mortgage costs or at least break even. This can be a golden opportunity to get a deal on a property, but there are advantages and disadvantages to purchasing a foreclosed house. Rising Number of Foreclosed Homes Due to Covid-19, there were many protections placed upon new homeowners. This means that lenders, banks, or landlords were not able to evict their…

The Guide to Home Staging

With hundreds of beautiful homes listed on the market in and around your neighborhood, it may not be easy to close a sale quickly. However, there’s one way that can help your home stand out from the crowd and get a faster sale.  Home staging refers to strategically arranging décor and furnishings to make the home look its best. Staging Increases Value According to a research study by Coldwell Banker Real Estate Corp, staged houses have the potential to sell for 6% above the asking price, and some houses can sell even higher than that.  Plus, another survey conducted by…