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Orange County Association of Realtors Launches Young Professionals Network

Posted on August 25, 2010. Filed under: First Time Buyer help, Making Life Easier, Orange County Real Estate | Tags: |

Been a long time coming, but it’s finally here. The Orange County Association of Realtors (OCAR) has just started its own chapter of the Young Professionals Network (YPN).   And I’m both honored and thrilled to have been named the Vice Chair of the organization.

What’s so good about the YPN you ask?  I’d say the answer is best summed up with the organization’s core philosophy: “The orange county professionals network will focus on connecting and engaging young OCAR Realtors through networking opportunities, technology and social media, and professional development.  It will do so by capitalizing on its core principals of professionalism and ethics, partnership, policy, pursuing leadership, participation, and promoting home ownership for the next generation. The Orange County YPN will encourage the next generation of Realtors to seize the responsibility of shaping the direction of the association and the real estate industry as a whole.”    

As the organization’s Vice Chair, I’d like to offer my professional colleagues an opportunity to share the benefits and camaraderie of the YPN.  That’s why I’m inviting each and every one of you to join our close-knit group. Believe me, there’s no better way to learn and grow together as we navigate the challenging terrain of professional Real Estate. In other words, we’re all in this together, folks. The YPN is there to help us make the most of it.

I anticipate great things for the future, thanks to the dynamic and dedicated team of Realtors comprising our board. In addition to myself, all of these board members will be collaborating to shape the future of our YPN and to better serve our clients.

The YPN Board

REALTORS®

Amber Bonasoro
Angie Weeks
Christie Newmeyer
Gary Macrides
Jean Tietgen
Linda Ginex
Marco Marquina
Mark Gundlach
Matt Clements
Nick Wilson
Scott Maeda
Vito Ranieri
Zen Ziejewski
 
Management Team:
Anthony Bried
Carla Dane
Kevin Holland
Kevin Mulgrew

Bash Flash! — We’re holding our first mixer on Wednesday, Oct. 27st at 5 pm. If you long to be part of what promises to be an awesome evening of fun at Central Park West in Irvine, let me know with a comment, or just show up!!  And if you want additional information about the event, or just want to know more about the YPN, I’m ready to help. You can contact me at  949.338.7408  or angie@askangie.com.

See you on Oct. 21!

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Mission Viejo Home Great Deal For Orange County Homebuyers

Posted on August 20, 2010. Filed under: First Time Buyer help, OC Property Profiles, Orange County Real Estate | Tags: , |

Mission Viejo Property Gets ‘A’ for Amazing

Hey, folks. An amazing Mission Viejo home has just hit the market. Why all the excitement? Because this ready-to-occupy, turnkey property has it all. And then some.   

First of all, this adorable tri-level home is located in one of the most desirable cities in the world – sunny Mission Viejo. We’re talking an upscale community with family appeal, offering the best in schools, parks, recreation, and culture. And, of course, there’s wonderful Lake Mission Viejo. Located at 26285 Golada, this home is a stone’s throw from all the fishing, boating, swimming, outdoor concerts, and sun bathing the lake has to offer.  Unbelievably, this got-it-all property is offered at just $589,000.

This choice property also offers:

  • New windows, plantation shutters, granite kitchen counters – all in an ideal and spacious floor plan!
  • Quiet Street – Bask in the sweet fragrance of garden roses as you arrive home, and indulge your green thumb in the vegetable garden gracing the beautifully manicured back yard.
  • Close Proximity to Freeway – Just five minutes away. Long commutes will be ancient history.
  • And endless residential bliss!

If you would like to experience this amazing Mission Viejo home for yourself or simply learn more about everything the property has to offer, I’ll be happy to help. Feel free to call, text, email, or tweet me.  I can be reached at 949.338.7408, angie@askangie.com,  @AngieWeeks or @WeeksTeam. Looking forward to hearing from you soon!

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Disclosing Advice For Orange County Home Sellers

Posted on August 16, 2010. Filed under: First Time Buyer help, Home Seller Tips, Making Life Easier, Orange County Real Estate | Tags: |

Disclose Before You Close

When it comes to selling a home, it seems that you just can’t disclose too much. Yes, certain details matter a great deal. In fact, from a legal standpoint, sellers must make these details available to prospective home buyers. And it is the responsibility of every agent to dig deep and make certain these facts come to the surface in a timely matter. 

One of the facts that must be disclosed concerns a death that occurs on the property up for sale. The law states that a death must be revealed if it has taken place within three years prior to a home being offered for sale. This is an important piece of information to bring to the surface, is it potentially carries a lot of emotional weight for a would-be buyer. If you’re not sure about disclosing such an occurrence or any other fact you think might be relevant, it’s best to follow the simple, time-tested guideline of ‘when in doubt, disclose it out’.

I can’t stress the importance of over-disclosing facts such as these enough. I mean, think about how you would feel if you were on the other side of the fence and some important detail like this was left out of the picture. Remember, it’s an agent’s job to sell a property honestly – in all its aspect. So you as a home seller should disclose EVERYTHING to the person representing your property. Complete information will help your agent price your home appropriately for all matters involved.

If you’d like to learn more about California home sale disclosure requirements, I’d be happy to answer any questions you might have. Feel free to contact me at 949.338.7408 or angie@askangie.com. And be sure to follow me @AngieWeeks or @WeeksTeam. Looking forward to hearing from you soon!

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How Short Sales and Foreclosures Can Affect You

Posted on August 12, 2010. Filed under: First Time Buyer help, Lenders & Loan info, Making Life Easier, Orange County CA Foreclosures, Orange County Real Estate, Orange County Short Sales | Tags: , , |

It’s the law of the universe. Every action triggers a reaction. And this law certainly comes into play in the world of foreclosures and short sales. If you’re an Orange County homeowner who’s gonna go through with one or the other, it’s best to know what’s in store for you when the dust settles.

Derek Beisner, a certified mortgage specialist with New American Funding, cites the following as among the most important potential affects of a short sale or foreclosure action. Derek points out that guidelines in this area are always subject to change. But as of this posting, these are some possibilities consumers definitely should be aware of.

  • With a short sale, the lending institution has the legal right to 1099 the seller for the difference between what the house sold for and what was owed on the property. Bear in mind that this has been changed to a non-taxable 1099 for the years 2010 to 2012.
  • In a foreclosure situation, a buyer must wait 3 years from the foreclosure date to get an FHA loan. Securing ownership of a property also will require a minimum credit score of 620 and a letter of explanation documenting the reason for foreclosure.

As with any other important undertaking, it’s best to get the input of an expert before plunging into a short-sale. Derek advises speaking to a CPA or Real Estate attorney well in advance of taking action.

After all the foreclosure or short sale dust settles, your credit definitely will need some major repair work. The good news is that credit repair is very do-able. Derek recommends three fundamental steps:

  • Establish new credit.
  • Know your credit score.
  • Consult a credit repair specialist to get things back on track.

If you would like to learn more about Orange County short sales and foreclosures, Derek will be delighted to help. You can reach him 949-637-9939 or derek@derekbeisner.com.

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Orange County Foreclosure Help – TEN Dimensions Team

Posted on August 11, 2010. Filed under: First Time Buyer help, Making Life Easier, Orange County CA Foreclosures, Orange County Real Estate, Orange County Short Sales | Tags: , , , |

Pull Yourself Out of Foreclosure Chaos

The prospect of foreclosure typically whips up a whirlpool of financial and emotional woes for homeowners facing this very stressful scenario. More often than not, folks caught in the swirl of foreclosure chaos feel overwhelmed, out of control, and hopelessly trapped.  

Fortunately, we at Weeks Team understand the excruciating trials and tribulations that those confronting the foreclosure beast experience. That’s why we’ve put together a powerful team of Orange County short sale specialists who can help you pull yourself out of foreclosure chaos. As you’ll see, each member of this carefully-selected team is an expert in his or her particular field. As such, they have the knowledge and skill to guide you to your best course of action, whether that means bankruptcy, loan consolidation, or short selling your home.

Orange County’s Premier Foreclosure Help Team:


Cindy Logan – Short Sale Investor
949-433-7187
www.reinvestorsolutions.com/clogan/
Cindy@Investthebestway.com

Shaun Smith – Foreclosure Delay Specialist
Phone: 949-241-0218
Fax: 866-798-4192
www.mortgagecrisisremedies.com
shaun@mortgagecrisisremedies.com

John Harris – Debt Settlement
Phone: 949-202-7305
Fax: 949-270-7557
www.usdebteliminators.com
john@usdebteliminators.com

Mike Langle – Title, Liens, and Related Issues
Phone: 949-300-5373
www.Title365.com
Mike@Langgle.com

Steve Fink – Real Estate Attorney
Phone: 949- 637-0871
www.falawyers.com
sfink@falawyers.com

The Weeks Team is Ready to Help

If you or somebody you know is struggling with a mortgage or with house payments, call the Weeks Team at 888-281-7665 x2. We’ll be happy to direct you to the right TEN Dimensions team member who can provide a speedy solution to and welcome relief from your foreclosure woes. Or if you would like to receive our package of resources, feel free to email us your address or that of a friend or family member who can benefit from our services. We look forward to helping in any way we can.

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