Southern California Real Estate Blog

  • 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...

  • What to Ask Santa For — A Downpayment!

    BY Brandon Begley

    You've been saving for a downpayment and you're almost there. Almost! You just need a little more money in that account and you can make an offer on your starter home. Now, your parents and grandparents want to give you a gift of money toward you...

  • Aldea at Porter Ranch

    BY Brandon Begley

    Welcome to Aldea at Porter Ranch As residents of Porter Ranch for 40 years and with over 1,500 homes sold in our community, it is widely known that The Begley Team is one of the top Real Estate Teams in Porter Ranch for over 30 years. We receive a...

  • Westcliffe at Porter Ranch

    BY Brandon Begley

    As residents of Porter Ranch for 40 years and with over 1,500 homes sold in our community, it is widely known that The Begley Team is one of the top Real Estate Teams in Porter Ranch for over 30 years. We receive a lot of inquires about the new d...

  • When Interest Rates Go Up

    BY Brandon Begley

    The Feds have been pretty indecisive about moving interest rates up, but the down-low is that they plan to make the move upwards in December. No matter where you are in the market, whether you're buying or selling, or just saving up a downpayment, i...