Southern California Real Estate Blog

  • Saving for Your Down Payment

    BY Brandon Begley

    If buying a home is in your future, one of the realities you’ll need to face is the need to save for a down payment. Depending on the type of mortgage you qualify for, you’ll need anywhere from three to upwards of 20 percent of the purchase price...

  • Smart Home Trends

    BY Brandon Begley

    There’s nothing worse than the feeling that you forgot to lock the front door – after you’ve already left home and gotten to your destination. Soon, that feeling will be a thing of the past as more and more homes integrate smart technology. I...

  • How to Make an Offer a Seller Can’t Refuse

    BY Brandon Begley

    It’s finally happened – you found the perfect house. It has exactly what you are looking for, it’s in the right neighborhood, and it’s actually in your price range. All you have to do now is make an offer and start packing, right? Maybe no...

  • 4 Tips for Finding the Perfect Home

    BY Brandon Begley

    Close your eyes and imagine: a perfectly manicured lawn spreading out in front of a stately Colonial in the suburbs. A pool in the back with a backyard large enough for the kids to play baseball and to host barbecues for the neighborhood on warm su...

  • When You Should – and Shouldn’t – DIY

    BY Brandon Begley

    Are you starting to feel a little bored with your house? Are you daydreaming about making some changes? At some point, most homeowners want to spruce up their home a little bit – and may even try to handle some of those upgrades on their own. But...

  • Is an FHA Loan Right for You?

    BY Brandon Begley

    One of the most daunting challenges of buying a home is choosing and getting approved for a mortgage loan. There are many types of mortgages out there and if you’re unfamiliar with the differences between them and how they relate to your personal...

  • Are You Ready to Buy a Home?

    BY Brandon Begley

    Okay, it's one of the biggest decisions of your life, so when do you know if you're ready? Homeownership readiness can come at any age … there are young twenty-somethings that took the plunge, and there are empty-nesters that buy after the kids ...

  • How Much Will My Payment Be?

    BY Brandon Begley

    Happy New Year from The Begley Team! Our first blog of the year. You've found it! The home you've been searching for is for sale and you want to buy it. Can you afford it? How can you tell? First of all, the Internet is full of ways to calculate...

  • Taxes and Your New Home

    BY Brandon Begley

    If you bought a new home in 2015, here are some things to think about as you get ready for tax season: Mortgage Interest One of the biggest perks of owning your own home is the benefit of deducting your mortgage interest. You can deduct home mortga...

  • How do Fed Rate Hikes Affect Mortgages?

    BY Brandon Begley

    Eeeeek! Rates are going up … or are they? Last week, for the first time after years of historically low rates, the Federal Reserve decided to raise short-term interest rates. For homebuyers, any rate hike often is seen a negative, but here are s...