Southern California Real Estate Blog

  • 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...

  • Honoring our Veterans

    BY Brandon Begley

    "The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive veterans of early wars were treated and appreciated by our nation." — George Washington Ap...

  • Keeping It In Balance: Knowing Your Credit-to-Debt Ratio

    BY Brandon Begley

    Many potential new homebuyers find themselves unable to secure a loan, confined to a smaller home or at least to a smaller loan because they don't understand the ins and outs of their credit score. First of all, your FICO (Fair Isaac Corporation) cr...

  • It’s Elemental:Homeowner’s Maintenance Guide To Prepare For El Niño

    BY Brandon Begley

    Buying a home is an exciting experience. You save up your downpayment, wade through thousands of listings, find and hire a buyer's agent, search for the perfect home, make and offer, get accepted and take the plunge. Now, you've moved in, repainted...

  • Lighten Up Dark Spaces Naturally

    BY Brandon Begley

    You saved up your money and survived the rigors of mortgage underwriting, packed up your apartment, loaded the truck and moved into your new home. After several urgent days of unpacking, rearranging furniture and filling cupboards, you settle into yo...