Southern California Real Estate Blog

  • Holiday Houseguest Checklist

    BY Brandon Begley

    ‘Tis the season for out-of-town guests, whether they’re staying overnight or for an entire week. While you’re making preparations for all the upcoming festivities, don’t forget to prep the house for all these guests. Use this simple checkli...

  • Is a Townhouse Right For You?

    BY Brandon Begley

    If you’re in the market for a new home but aren’t sure you want a big yard to take care of, you’ve probably considered buying a townhouse. But do you really know what you’re getting? While it may seem natural to lump apartments, condos and to...

  • Credit Score No-Nos

    BY Brandon Begley

    An important part of buying a house is getting your financial life in order. One reason is that the higher your credit score, the better rate you’ll secure for your mortgage. Mortgage lenders look at your credit score to determine how smart and d...

  • Should You Buy an “Almost Perfect” Home?

    BY Brandon Begley

    Buying a home is one of the biggest purchases you will ever make in your life (if not the biggest). It’s understandable and normal to feel worry and doubt about whether you’re making the right decision. Chances are, you’ll look at several hom...

  • How to Love the Home You Live In

    BY Brandon Begley

    We get it – there are days where you just don’t love the home you live in. Worse, there may be days where you don’t eve like it. Maybe you think it’s too small, or it doesn’t look like the homes in fancy magazines. But we have a secret ...

  • Home Maintenance Checklist for Fall

    BY Brandon Begley

    Winter’s coming – and, no, we don’t mean it’s time for a new season of Game of Thrones. While the end-of-August hot temperatures may have you thinking summer is here to stay forever, autumn really is just around the corner. It’s time to d...

  • Happy Neighborhood, Happy Home

    BY Brandon Begley

    Having a good relationship with your neighbors can have a big impact on how happy you are in your home. If you get along and have an easy rapport, it can truly add to your good feelings. On the other hand, if your interactions with neighbors are te...

  • Help Your Kids Settle Into a New School

    BY Brandon Begley

    Moving into a new home can be a very exciting experience. But if you have kids and you’re moving more than a few neighborhoods away, chances are they’ll be going to a different school. This means learning new routines, getting to know new teacher...

  • Save Money on Your Move

    BY Brandon Begley

    Moving can be tough on a tight budget – but not impossible. If you’re wondering how you’re going to get through your next move without spending a fortune, here are some of our favorite ideas. Save money on packing Did you start packing yet?...

  • How to Fix Your Credit Score

    BY Brandon Begley

    If you’re gearing up to buy a house, one of the most important things you can do to prepare is to check your credit score. That number is going to help determine how much interest you’ll pay on your mortgage – or whether you’ll qualify at all...