Archive for September, 2010

Exciting Option for Luxury Living in Orange County

Posted on September 30, 2010. Filed under: First Time Buyer help, OC Property Profiles, Orange County Real Estate | Tags: , |

Got a penchant for luxury living in Orange County? If so, you need to know about Astoria at Central Park West, located in the heart of Irvine’s bustling business district. Incredibly priced, this upscale condominium community is conveniently close to a wide variety of prime shopping and entertainment destinations such as the Orange County Performing Arts Center, Irvine Spectrum, Fashion Island, South Coast Plaza, and countless others. 

What about amenities? Astoria has every kind imaginable, and then some. We’re talking secured wine vault and private tasting room, concierge service, a lobby fit for royalty, and a professionally designed and decorated community room. Plus, as an Astoria resident, you’ll get to indulge in the full array of Central Park West benefits.

By the way, Central Park West will be the location of our YPN Realtor Tour on Oct 27th at 5pm. If you’re interested, be sure to contact me to set up a tour of the clubhouse and the community or simply to learn more about Luxury Living in Orange County, Astoria-style. You can reach out to me at at 949.338.7408, angie@askangie.com,  @AngieWeeks or @WeeksTeam.  Looking forward to hearing from you soon!

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New Incentive Brightens Picture for Orange County Homebuyers

Posted on September 30, 2010. Filed under: First Time Buyer help, Making Life Easier, Orange County Real Estate | Tags: , |

More good news for Orange County homebuyers.  Fannie Mae has a new seller assistance incentive for Fannie Mae-owned properties listed on the company’s REO website, HomePath.

What’s it all mean for those of you in the market for a home? Just this. If you’re a qualified buyer, you could receive up to 3.5 percent of the home’s final sales price.  

This extra cash may be redirected into closing cost assistance, including any available home warranty. That’s a hefty chunk of change pouring right back into your pockets, folks. Of course, you’ve got to qualify for this wonderful offer. Here are the conditions in no particular order —

  • Initial offers must be accepted on or after September 23, 2010.
  • Property sales must close on or before December 31, 2010, with the closing to take place within 60 days of offer acceptance.
  • Buyers must be owner-occupants and confirm that the property will be their primary residence by completing a certification form (investors are excluded).

For more information about the incentive, visit HomePath.  And, of course, I’m always on board 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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Homebuyer Advice on Purchasing an Orange County Relocation Home

Posted on September 28, 2010. Filed under: First Time Buyer help, Making Life Easier, Orange County Real Estate | Tags: , |

I recently closed a sale on a fantastic Orange County relocation home, which in this case happened to be a flip. To my delight, the buyer was extremely pleased with both the house and the service provided by yours truly. Always plenty of decisions to be made when making a home purchase; even more so when jumping to an entirely new locale.

Great feeling knowing I could make it a smooth transition. Then I figured, hey, the buyer would want to do likewise for other people purchasing an Orange County relocation home. So I asked what they would advise folks in this situation. Here’s what they had to say on several key topics –

  • Online Searches – Great for info gathering, but don’t rely solely on photos. Many times they can present a picture that’s much prettier than the reality. A lot can be masked by touch-ups, the right angle, etc. It’s very important to visit the actual home before you fall in love.
  • Working With a Relocation Company — It’s your right as a home buyer to know what’s going on. So keep after them to make sure they’re following through with everything they’re supposed to be doing.
  • Buying a Flip — Confidence is the main factor here. Most flips feature recent improvements, so there’s a major reason to feel good about them. Overall, you want to make sure you’re completely confident you’re getting the right house at the right price.

Good advice. All of it. If you’d like to learn more about purchasing an Orange County relocation home, I’m ready 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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Fighting Foreclosure in Orange County

Posted on September 28, 2010. Filed under: Making Life Easier, Orange County CA Foreclosures, Orange County Real Estate, Orange County Short Sales | Tags: , |

The present foreclosure stats tell a grim story. Hard-working folks are losing their homes in alarming numbers. Fortunately, people facing foreclosure in Orange County are not as defenseless as they think. That’s why I’ve started this informative new blog series — Fighting Foreclosure. It’s all about helping people discover the options and resources they have when facing the prospect of losing their home.

The series kicks off with some valuable information from Shaun Smith, a specialist in foreclosure delay in Orange County.  According to Shaun, the first thing you should understand is that banks don’t actually carry out the foreclosure action. They appoint a trustee to do the dirty work, including getting your home sold at auction. Now here’s the really crazy part. Unlike other states, California has no judicial-monitoring system in place to oversee trustee actions. So guess what? In order to expedite the process and maximize both bank and personal benefits, trustees invariably commit violations. Sometimes a lot of them. And who loses? Of course — the beleaguered homeowner.

Shaun’s service,  Mortgage Crisis Remedies, combats these abuses and basically buys the homeowner time so they can remedy their non-performing loan. That could mean everything from continuing with a loan modification, short sale, or walking away with the cleanest possible credit record.


How does Shaun’s service accomplish all of this?  By conducting in-depth investigations to discover trustee violations, then offering the trustee the choice of either delaying the home sale or facing sanctions that would result in loss of license. And guess what?  That’s right. In a supreme act of self-preservation, the trustee invariably postpones the sale — usually by 1-4 months. This gives the homeowner leverage to bring the bank back to the negotiating table.  In a nutshell, Shaun ensures that all legal requirements are met before the house is sold. A judge sure isn’t going to do it.

If you’d like to learn more about foreclosure delay in Orange County, Shaun or any team member on our TEN Dimensions team will be happy to help. Reach out to him at 949.241.0218 or shaun@mortgagecrisisremedies.com. And breath a lot easier.

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Am I Ready to Buy a Home in Orange County?

Posted on September 14, 2010. Filed under: First Time Buyer help, Making Life Easier, Orange County Real Estate |

Alright, you’ve decided to make the big move. You want to own a place of your own. Congratulations! You’ve definitely taken a major step toward a more rewarding lifestyle and a more secure financial future. And right now you’ll discover a fantastic selection of excellent Orange County homes for sale.  Of course, buying an Orange County property is very much like buying a home anywhere else.  You have to be prepared.  Otherwise stock up on aspirin, because you could be in for some major headaches. Here’s a handy checklist of four steps you can take to be home purchase-ready.  

  1. Have at least 3.5% of the purchase price saved for your down payment.
  2. Make sure you qualify with a lender.
  3. Conduct online research of the market and of your preferred neighborhoods.
  4. Work with a seasoned professional to avoid ‘newbie’ mistakes when buying your first home.

If you’d like to learn more about buying the Orange County property that’s perfect for you, we’re ready to help. Our team specializes in assisting first time home buyers in Orange County. Not only will we help you find your dream home, we’ll save you hours of valuable time and headaches.

Don’t wait to be in a fantastic house at a fantastic price! Contact me today at 949.338.7408 or angie@askangie.com.

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