Resort Living All Year Round in HB

Posted on March 3, 2016. Filed under: First Time Buyer help, OC Property Profiles, Orange County Real Estate | Tags: , , , , , |

Affordable Huntington Beach, CA Condo

IMG_1063Looking for your first place or a beach close investment property?  Look no further – 5096 Tortuga #104 is prefect for a college student, first time buyer, bachelor / bachelorette, snowbird, or even investor since there’s great rental potential! Located just over a mile from the beach, the possibilities of sun & fun are endless.

 

Cabo del Mar Community condos

IMG_1048With a long list of amenities that include a clubhouse, pool, spa, sauna, tennis courts, racquetball courts, gated parking, and a large greenbelt area that over looks the wetlands, Cabo del Mar lets you indulge. Plus being situated near shopping, restaurants, and dog beach offers such a convenient lifestyle. If you like nature, you’re just moments to the Bolsa Chica wetlands and the sand of Huntington’s world famous beaches. It’s easy to see why people flock to Huntington Beach!

Cabo Del Mar has parking galore, with underground subterranean parking spots for residents and street level parking for guests, you’ll always be sure to have close parking to your condo. Unlike most studios, 104 has an extra level of privacy / separation thanks to the plantation style shutters, ceiling added soundproofing, and quiet location in the complex. On cool beach nights sit IMG_1045in front of the cozy gas fireplace to warm up and relax.

5096 Tortuga is a must see, a solid investment priced at just $284,999 this unit won’t last long! To schedule a private viewing call us, The AskAngie Team at 949-338-7408, fill out the form below, or email us at Angie@AskAngie.com.

 

 

 

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Southern California Home Ownership Day 2014 – OC Home Fair

Posted on March 11, 2014. Filed under: First Time Buyer help, Home Seller Tips, Orange County Real Estate | Tags: , , |

2nd Annual OC Home FairNeed help in Real Estate?

Want to buy a home, but don’t know where to start? Or are you trying to sell your home, and everything is going wrong? Have an interest in investing? Then you came to the right place. All your questions can be answered On March 29 2014 at the Southern California Home Ownership Day located at University Drive Orange, CA 92866 !! This event is a do not miss opportunity.

The Southern California Home Ownership Day

California Home Ownership Day is hosting. Some of the seminars include Buying after a Short Sale Foreclosure, Steps to Buy Your First Home, The Escrow Process, What to Expect With Your Home Inspection, and Ways to Reduce Your Electric Bill. Each class is taught by a well educated instructor.

Do you want to be an Automatic Millionaire Homeowner?

The Automatic Millionaire Homeowner seminar is a slow play way to become a millionaire in real estate. I am teaching this class, please click on this link (https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ochomefairclass01). You can also enter to win a free raffle to win the book The Automatic Millionaire Homeowner by David Bach.

The best part of this event is that it’s FREE!! But you need to hurry and register a seat for the classes you would like to attend. Don’t know how? To learn more about this event visit http://www.OCHomeFair.com or Contact me at (949) 338-7408 or Tweet me @AngieWeeks

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Making the Orange County Move Green Style

Posted on May 29, 2011. Filed under: First Time Buyer help, Making Life Easier, Orange County Real Estate | Tags: , |

Whether you’re moving into or out of an Orange County home, you probably have a ton of stuff to lug along on your journey. And that, of course, means you’ll be needing an assortment of boxes and other packing materials for the thousand and one household belongings you’ve accumulated over the years. Now what if you could get your hands on the required packing materials and be a friend to the environment all at the same time?  You can with Green Packaging. This outstanding service will provide you with everything from boxes made of recycled materials to biodegradable poly bags. Once you have the needed boxes, make sure you reuse the heck out of them. And when the hard-working boxes have served their purpose, give them to somebody else to use over and over and over again. Both the recipients and our planet will appreciate the gesture.

But packing is just a starting point. Here are a few other eco-friendly solutions for folks on the move —

  • Don’t trash unwanted items. De-clutter by connecting with CraigsList or freecycle.com. And be aware that the Habitat for Humanity Restore will gladly accept virtually any of your donated belongings. After all, one person’s trash is another man’s treasure.
  • Request a green termite clearance.
  • If re-doing landscaping, consider using native plants to reduce water use and runoff.

Does anyone else have some eco-friendly suggestions for people on the move? We’d love to hear about them. Just fire off your ideas below. Or tweet @weeksteam with #green.

And be sure to reach out to us if you have any questions. You can connect with our green team at 949.338.7408 or  angie@askangie.com,  @AngieWeeks or @WeeksTeam.

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Brownfields, Greyfields, and Greenfields…How They Impact Your Community

Posted on May 15, 2011. Filed under: First Time Buyer help, Orange County Real Estate | Tags: , |

Chances are you’ve heard the terms brownfields, greyfields, and greenfields. But do you know what the differences are? A basic familiarity with these terms can help you make a tremendous impact on your community. Here’s the quickie course:

  • Brownfield  – This is a former industrial site, particularly the kind filled to the brim with hazardous contaminants. Among the contaminant-oozing culprits are former dry cleaning facilities and gas stations.
  • Greyfield – This is the designation for a large structure such as a shopping mall or commercial facility that has been abandoned. What remains, of course, is a large, empty development used only by assorted rodents, insects, and other creatures that have no place better to go.
  • Greenfield – Undeveloped section of land. Rapidly becoming a rarity.

Is there a brownfield or greyfield upsetting the natural balance of your own Orange County community? Consider joining forces with your neighbors to convert one of these eyesores into a thing of beauty, such as a spectacular new commercial building. A great example is the NAR headquarters in Washington, DC. This impressive structure was built on a former brownfield and has achieved lofty LEED silver status.

Are there any brownfields or greenfields in your Orange County community screaming for your attention? We’d love to hear about it. Just fire off your comments below.

And if you’d like to learn more about contributing to an eco-friendly community, you can connect with our green team at 949.338.7408 or  angie@askangie.com,  @AngieWeeks or @WeeksTeam.

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Chills, Thrills, and Dental Bills: Halloween Happenings in OC

Posted on October 15, 2010. Filed under: First Time Buyer help, Orange County things to do | Tags: |

Hear the eerie moans? The doors creaking? The cauldrons bubbling?  You’re not alone. It’s Halloween time, folks. The season of spooks, witches, and bags overflowing with future dental bills for your kids.  But, hey, it’s not all about the mini Mounds bars. There’s plenty of other spooktacular fun waiting for one and all in the haunted corridors of OC. Here’s a few of Orange County’s Halloween Happenings guaranteed to stir up more than a few chills and thrills.

Anaheim Fall Festival and Halloween Parade – Highlights include a kids’ costume contest, trick- or-treating, and pancake breakfast. Yummm.

Knotts Scary Farm – Enter if you dare.

Halloween Goes Hollywood – A musical tribute to the season at the Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa

Doheny State Beach Halloween Haunt – Dana Point scares up a bit of beachside fun.

Great Park Pumpkin Harvest – Pumpkin decorating, horse drawn wagons, train rides, and tons of fun-filled Fall activities at Great Park in Irvine.

Blocktober – A giant neighborhood block party at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest.

All this and much, much more await you in the best Halloween hangout this side of Transylvania.  And, of course, if I can provide any further info that will make your Halloween in Orange County a little bit hauntier, I’ll be delighted to help. You can connect with me at 949.338.7408,  angie@askangie.com,  @AngieWeeks or @WeeksTeam.

Happy Halloween!

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Great Ways to Celebrate the 4th of July in Orange County

Posted on June 30, 2010. Filed under: First Time Buyer help, Orange County things to do | Tags: |

Light Up Your 4th of July Orange County Style

Gray, gray, go away. Let’s be hopeful, folks. June is almost through, and with it the gloomy gray skies that have become a yearly tradition. That means the 4th of July is upon us. No doubt, you’ll want to celebrate Independence Day with gusto and style. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to do that right here in Orange County. Here are some major events to check out:

Plus there’s the beaches, picnics, sports, and of course, major loafing. If you’d like to learn more about great things to do in Orange County for the 4th, by all means get in touch with me. You can reach 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!

Happy Fourth of July!

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Summer Activities in Mission Viejo

Posted on June 15, 2010. Filed under: First Time Buyer help, Orange County things to do | Tags: |

Mission Viejo is the Place for Summer Fun

It’s that time of year folks. Sunshine, barbecues, swimming, and kids released from the captivity of academia for three months.  With the arrival of summer, our attention naturally turns to our favorite summertime activities.

Mission Viejo is a world champion in this department. The city offers residents and visitors alike a million and one things to do during the season of sunshine. Here are some of the biggies:

If you’d like to learn more about the ton of summer fun awaiting you in Mission Viejo, I’m ready to help. You can reach 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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Mission Viejo Real Estate Delivers the Dream

Posted on January 28, 2010. Filed under: First Time Buyer help, Orange County Real Estate | Tags: , , |

The Undeniable Allure of Mission Viejo Real Estate

One look at the Mission Viejo Real Estate market, and you’ll understand why things are hopping and happening in that picturesque locale.  This Orange County city seems to have it all.  Whether you’re an OC newbie, or a seasoned long-timer, Mission Viejo is a dream-come-true.

First and foremost, Mission Viejo is an absolutely wonderful place to live. Lush green rolling hills, first-rate schools, sprawling lots, approximately two parks per square mile, championship golf courses, and a reputation for being among the safest cities in the U.S. give this prime destination a clear-cut distinction.

Oh, and the lake — that big, shimmery landmark of recreational bliss. Lake Mission Viejo has something for everybody.  Boating, swimming, fishing, suntanning on a powdery beach, special activities, and much more —  it’s the ultimate way to splash up major fun if you’re a resident. Hey, the rain won’t last forever.

Plus in Mission Viejo, there’s no such thing as Mello Roos to nibble away at your hard-earned greenbacks. They’re stayin’ in your pocket, folks.

This is definitely the time to get in on the buying opportunities offered by Mission Viejo Real Estate. And I’d like to help. Contact me at 949.338.7408 or angie@askangie.com. Or follow me @AngieWeeks or @WeeksTeam.  I’ll see you on the lake!

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FHA Lifts 90-Day Waiting Period

Posted on January 26, 2010. Filed under: First Time Buyer help, Lenders & Loan info, Orange County Real Estate | Tags: , , , |

Great News For Real Estate Investors and New Home Buyers Alike:

Anti-property-flipping measure waived for one year!

By Inman News, Monday, January 18, 2010.

Inman News

Starting Feb. 1, housing regulators will suspend for one year a 90-day waiting period on property resales that it says has put FHA borrowers at a disadvantage in bidding on foreclosed properties.

The waiting period on FHA financing of resales was implemented in 2003 to protect the Federal Housing Administration’s mortgage insurance program from the impacts of home flipping.

The policy did not apply to properties repossessed by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, or state- and federally chartered financial institutions. In 2008, FHA lifted the 90-day waiting period on resales of all bank-owned (REO) properties (see story).

Now, although many other conditions still apply, the waiting period is being lifted on all resales — including properties purchased and rehabbed by private investors.

Research shows that acquiring, rehabilitating and reselling properties to prospective homeowners often takes less than 90 days, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) said in announcing the change.

Some sellers of foreclosed properties have been reluctant to enter into contracts from potential FHA buyers because of the cost of holding a property for 90 days, and the risks that a vacant property would be vandalized, HUD said.

Lifting the waiting period “will allow homes to resell as quickly as possible, helping to stabilize real estate prices and to revitalize neighborhoods and communities,” HUD said.

Lenders must have supporting documentation or a second appraisal if the sales price of a property increases by more than 20 percent from the seller’s acquisition cost, HUD said in publishing the waiver requirements. The waiver does not apply to the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) for purchase program.

No doubt about it.  Suspending the 90-day waiting period will be a major stimulus to the Real Estate market.  With quick turnarounds now possible for all properties purchased by FHA borrowers, re-sellers have a strong incentive to put more of their homes on the market. Because of this increase in available choices, FHA borrowers have an equally strong incentive to get in on the buying action.

If you’re ready to take advantage of the buying or selling opportunities that have emerged thanks to this new measure, I’d like to help. Contact me at 949.338.7408 or angie@askangie.com. Or follow me @AngieWeeks or @WeeksTeam.

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Getting Married? Some fun Orange County bride stories & tips…

Posted on October 2, 2007. Filed under: First Time Buyer help, Making Life Easier, Orange County Real Estate, Orange County things to do | Tags: , , , , |

As you may or may not know, Mike and I LOVE to work with brides and newlyweds to place them into a home.  We talk to so many cool OC brides who are on our Vow2Save program, we thought we would share some fun with you. 

Today I talked to quite a few brides and I have to say you ladies are so creative!  I loved checking out your wedding websites and hearing your ideas. 

I do wonder, though, why half of you are going to Vegas to get married???  Isn’t that where the bachelor and bachelorette parties should be??  What’s wrong with a nice Laguna Beach wedding or any other beach in the OC??  Maybe I just think like that because we grew up in Michigan…maybe if I grew up here I would want to get married in a new and exciting place too…hmm…

Anyway, on to the fun. 

First of all, I have to give a shout out to Jim and Maurine, read his cute proposal story and check out HOW COOL their website is:

http://www.jimandmaurine.com/

Now-a-days for the out of town weddings, you absolutely HAVE to have a website.  Your guests will DRIVE YOU CRAZY WITH QUESTIONS IF YOU DON’T 😦  And I love it that Maurine thought to put some Vegas things to do and know on there…way to not be bridezilla and only think of yourself, girl!! 

Another fun idea…one bride we know recently got engaged in San Francisco.  She’s getting married in OC, but wanted to have a little taste of San Fran incorporated within the wedding.  How to handle?  Easy!  Have a photographer go and take pics of areas that the two of you love, or just pretty landmarks, and then name your tables after them and use the photos as part of the centerpiece.  How cute!

One other bride we knew wanted to get pictures of downtown Laguna Beach in her wedding dress for her beach-themed wedding…but she was getting married in her family church in Dana Point.  She solved the problem by putting a 2 hour block in between the wedding and the reception, and the wedding party went down to Laguna for some wedding photos to remember.  THEN, she used those pics on the thank you cards.  Way cute.

Do you hate the thought of writing your thank you’s?  I saw another bride make a TOTALLY personal thank you and save a ton of time by printing out a collage of photos, and writing a quick thank you ON THE PHOTOS with a sparkly sharpe.  Niiiiiice, not a lot of space to write awkwardness, but totally personal and heartfelt, what a great idea 🙂   

There are always tons of great wedding reception ideas online at www.TheKnot.com too.  I’ll keep blogging about more in the future.  PLEASE comment with your ideas and fun things you’ve experienced so this will be a resourceful post for all busy brides.

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