Tiny Homes & Cutting Edge Home Performance Monitoring 

Posted on September 23, 2016. Filed under: First Time Buyer help, Home Improvement Ideas, Home Seller Tips, Informed Investor Alliance, Making Life Easier, Orange County Home Improvement, Orange County Real Estate | Tags: , , , , , |

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Tiny Home owner / builder Corbett Lunsford

Good times at Orange County Association of Realtors today – we got to tour a tiny home & meet the builder! First cool point, the builder, Corbett, is a totally *normal* person, who has never built a home. He’s towed this tiny 7000 miles & it’s still in tact! Hopefully this inspires some of you readers who are interested to explore tiny builds further 😊 Check out the pics!

Tiny Terrors?

But wait. Isn’t it dangerous to try to build your own home? Well, builder homes aren’t as safe as you might think. Construction crews blow it all the time. A good build is about time & attention, you don’t have to be a rocket scientist. It’s ok if you don’t want to DIY, but read on for some tips about ensuring your existing home is safe for your family.

Your home is a system.

Everything is designed to work together. But does it? Is the symphony in tune? You get a heart monitor at the hospital, but what about a home monitor for your most important investment?

And hey – energy efficiency is all the rage – the government will give you a rebate for replacing your furnace or air conditioner with a higher performance model; plus you’ve heard about all the solar credits too. Who wouldn’t want lower bills & tax breaks?!

How do I know my home is safe & efficient?

You won’t know until you get an Energy Audit & do some home performance testing! Here’s your 4-3-2-1 on what you want to look for:

4 Elements – heat flow, airflow / pressure, moisture, air quality.

3 Recommendations – air sealing (control heat bleed), insulation, HVAC / mechanicals

2 Systems – enclosure, engine (anything that moves)

1 Goal – CONTROL

Thermal imaging can tell you so much about a home’s efficiency. If you’re building a home, buying a home, or selling a home, then consider doing a blower door test and an infared thermal photography scan. This will prove beyond a doubt your mission critical systems are functioning or failing. More tests to prove efficiency are:

  • Duct / air tightness testing
  • Zonal pressure testing
  • HVAC testing

Home Diagnostics with Corbett & Grace Lunsford will be on TV next year if you’d like more info on how to go CSI on a home! Want it sooner? Check out #TinyLab on social media.

Call the AskAngie Team at 949-338-7408 or tweet @angieweeks if you need a referral to do one of the tests mentioned – we want you safe & smiling in your home, whatever size it may be 🏡 😄 🌟

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2016 Real Estate Forecast for Orange County

Posted on October 23, 2015. Filed under: First Time Buyer help, Home Seller Tips, Informed Investor Alliance, Making Life Easier, Orange County Real Estate | Tags: , , , |

Orange County housing forecast

Will you be able to move in 2016?

Today I had the pleasure of meeting Leslie Appleton Young with California Association of Realtors, and hearing a ton of facts and figures about where real estate stands in the state of California. Wow have we come a long way since 2007! Congrats to all of you who held on to your property!!

As of 2015, the housing market has officially recovered, and we’re rolling along at a steady pace. Over 94% of homes were equity sales this year 🙂 Median price is $482,150. Jobs look good; OC is actually #3 on the list up 3.2%, and construction is #2 on the industry list. All great news for housing. But the big question is…

What About Interest Rates????????

Leslie doesn’t really believe rates are going to jump the way other forecasters do. Well that’s good news…if she’s right 🙂 She said there may be an increase next year, but it happens, she’s not expecting rates to go up until March 2016…so you’ve got a little time to get going! (But please note the best time to buy in OC is always Oct-Jan)

Market Stats & Demographics

We are below average with first time buyers in the market right now, less than 30%. On the other hand, over 30% of properties sold this year went to all cash investors.  75% of boomers are homeowners. 20% of millennials are homeowners. The good news is that 43% of all boomers worry about their children’s down payment… and are willing to help their millennial offspring with gift funds.  International buyers are actually down to 4% this year, they were at 8% in 2013. 45% of Millennials have NO IDEA if they could qualify for a loan or not. What?! Need to check on that kiddos! 🙂

If you’d like all of CAR’s facts, figures, and 2016 economic forecast click here.

Why aren’t people buying homes?

  • Affordability
  • Inventory
  • Foreclosure pipeline is dry
  • Trouble qualifying for a loan
  • They’re happy where they are (average time between homes right now is 10 years)

Regardless of what the facts & figures say, home prices are on the rise right now and many people are getting priced out of the market. Don’t let this happen to you – TAKE ADVANTAGE of interest rates and consider picking up an investment or upsizing to build a strong portfolio and long term wealth!  Tweet Angie today @angieweeks or text or call 949-338-7408.

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Real Estate Temecula CA – Just Listed!

Posted on November 5, 2014. Filed under: First Time Buyer help | Tags: , , , |

real estate temecula caNew to the market this week is a great single family home with 4 beds, 3 baths, and 2130 square feet!  This property boasts a low maintenance, large lot of 7841 square feet and it’s situated on a lovely, quiet street.

Close to the freeway, Old Town Temecula, Temecula Valley wineries, and good schools, this property really has it all. And the price is nice too – just $374,900.

43391 Calle Nacido is in the Temecula Valley school district, and all schools from elementary to high school are rated 7 or above.  The property is currently shown by appointment only, so give Angie a call at 877-230-3211 if you would like to set up a showing.

Real Estate Temecula – A Great Place to Call Home

Temecula is an ever growing community with a rich history and exciting new adventures.  Excellent weather, schools, shopping and entertainment brings thousands of SoCal residents every year.  New homes are being built all around, however, those tend to run 500K plus for similiar square footage, and the lots are much smaller.  43391 Calle Nacido was built in 1994, so it’s an excellent buy for the money at just 20 years old.  If you’re interested in an investment, rents range in the $1800 range and we would be happy to run a scenario for you – just email info@successinweeks.com or tweet @AngieWeeks!

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Balboa Peninsula, Newport Beach – Best Deals on Property Duplexes

Posted on October 3, 2014. Filed under: Balboa's Best Property Deals, First Time Buyer help, Informed Investor Alliance, OC Property Profiles, Orange County Real Estate | Tags: , , , , , |

Balboa Peninsula views

Standing at the end of the Balboa Pier, a Newport Beach coastline pic.

Gorgeous Newport Beach, CA – an ideal retirement and vacation spot for so many.  Balboa Peninsula is seeing lots of changes this year – a new marina going in, lots of new restaurants and shops, multiple properties adding 2nd and 3rd stories – the area is truly in a ‘build up’ phase similiar to what we saw with Huntington Beach 10-15 years ago.For many, the “Newport” lifestyle is far out of reach.  Currently there is only ONE lonely condo on Balboa Peninsula under 1 million dollars, and it’s HOA is almost $800/mo – OUCH!  Is there anything affordable?  Are there any opportunities?  There sure are.  Lots of times with the higher end areas, buyers will opt for a multi-unit property as a stepping stone to get up to their McMansion.  They live in one unit, and rent out the other(s) so that the mortgage becomes affordable.  Many property owners keep the multi-unit forever, because rental rates on the peninsula can be insane.  Newport Beach vacation rents range from $150-1000 per NIGHT, so you can see the potential a second unit could have on your mortgage payment!  If you don’t like the vacation rental crowd, you can still rent on a 6 month or 1 year lease for a minimum of $2000/mo, even if the unit is the size of a closet without a garage or parking.  Ya, Newport Beach CA is that expensive and exclusive.

Here are the 3 best property duplex deals on Balboa Peninsula right now:

1.  Balboa Peninsula Duplex - Balboa's Best property deals211 34th St, Newport Beach CA 92663

$1,378,000

2 BR/1 BATH Lower unit
2 BR/1 BATH upper unit
1,900 sq ft
2,666 lot size

Situated in the bustling area of the peninsula, this duplex is walking distance to shops, beach, harbor, nightlife, and a ton of restaurants.  It is only one block to the sand.

 

Balboa Peninsula, CA property deals2.  417 Harding ST , Newport Beach 92661

$1,295,000

2 BR/1 BATH Front unit
2 BR/1 BATH Rear unit
2,119 sq ft
2,178 lot size

Harding is a quiet, interior peninsula street (rare!) walking distance to the Balboa Ferry, Fun Zone, harbor, beach, shops, bars, Sunday Classic Car show, Catalina Flyer and Balboa Pier.  Such an ideal location.  A tear down recently sold a couple doors down for about the same price.. so this property also offers big opportunity.

 

3.  Newport Beach duplexes1627 W Balboa BL , Newport Beach 92663

$1,495,000

2 BR/2 BATH unit
3 BR/3 BATH unit
2118 sq ft
2563 lot size

The only available peninsula duplex that offers units with more than 1 bath, this cottage style property is on the ocean side of Balboa Blvd with bigger units than the first two options.  It’s the closest listing to the new marina under development, and it’s still close to the Newport Pier, harbor, shops, restaurants and nightlife.

Balboa’s Best Deals

If you’re interested in more properties in Newport Beach, or Balboa Island’s best deals, just give us a call toll free at 877-230-3211, or tweet @AngieWeeks or @AskAngieTeam with your questions so we can get details.  You can also register your own property search through our website at:  http://properties.askangie.com

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