Southern California Real Estate Blog

  • 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...

  • Qualifying for a Mortgage When You’re Self-Employed

    BY Brandon Begley

    During the past several years, as folks struggled to survive the economic downturn and job loss, many smart people turned to entrepreneurship. In fact, working for yourself, either part-time or as your full-time gig is the reality for millions of Ame...

  • New or Pre-Owned Home?

    BY Brandon Begley

    Some homebuyers want nothing but a brand-new home with pristine appliances, sparkling bathtubs and stickers still on the windows. Others look for established homes in neighborhoods with mature landscaping, developed infrastructure and character. Bo...

  • Disappointing Appraisal?

    BY Brandon Begley

    You've found the perfect home at the perfect price and made an offer that the sellers accepted. But, the appraisal came back lower than your offer. BUMMER! What do you do now? Any home financed through a bank or mortgage lender requires an appra...

  • Does Size Really Matter?

    BY Brandon Begley

    Now that you're embarking on home ownership, you might wonder how large a space you actually need. After all, apartments tend to be a bit smaller than the average home and the siren song of extra space lures many a buyer into purchasing the biggest...