Southern California Real Estate Blog

  • 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...

  • What Matters Most? Why Location Trumps Everything!

    BY Brandon Begley

    Take a lesson from that old real estate adage "location, location, location." Many seasoned homeowners will tell you that the size of your home and the amount of space you have—including extra living rooms, game rooms, or even acreage — becomes...

  • Home Loans Especially for College Grads

    BY Brandon Begley

    With outstanding student loan debt topping $1.2 trillion, and more than 40 million borrowers carrying student loan debt, the age of first-time homebuyers is edging upwards. Among millennials, homeownership is down from 43 percent a decade ago to just...

  • Keeping Your House Show Ready

    BY Brandon Begley

    Having your house on the market while you're living in it can be a stressful time. You still have to live. The dog still puts muddy prints on your freshly mopped floor. The kids still race down the hallway bumping into your freshly painted walls. C...

  • Should “Hidden” Costs of Buying a Foreclosure Keep me from Buying One?

    BY Brandon Begley

    While the housing market in most places certainly has improved and the number of foreclosed homes on the market has decrease, they will always be foreclosed homes available for purchase. Because of popular television show on house "flipping" and inve...

  • Final Four for Home Buyers

    BY Brandon Begley

    When it comes to basketball, we only have 64 teams to narrow down into our Final Four to fill our brackets. When it comes to buying our first home, we have thousands of options and dozens of choices to consider, but when it all comes down to it, th...

  • Your True Colors

    BY Brandon Begley

    Much of the fun of owning a home is decorating it to your taste and personality. Even on a low budget, subtle or dramatic changes to color can make your home truly yours. Check out these color schemes for this spring: Updated kitchen: Since th...