Orange County Real Estate Blog

  • Hidden Costs of Owning a Home

    BY Ron Accornero

    When you’re preparing to buy a home, you know to expect certain expenses like mortgage and insurance payments. But there are many other costs associated with buying and owning a home that can derail you financially if you aren’t prepared. Let...

  • Why Curb Appeal Matters

    BY Ron Accornero

    First impressions are important. That’s why your home must have great curb appeal when you’re selling. The outside of your home is the first thing that potential buyers will see. It can help them decide whether or not they’d like to view the in...

  • Short Sale FAQs

    BY Ron Accornero

    Short sales were fairly common during the Great Recession. Although there are fewer short sales on the market today, it is still one strategy for selling a home. If you’re buying or selling a home, then you may be wondering if this is an avenue y...

  • Appraisal Vs. Home Inspection – What’s the Difference?

    BY Ron Accornero

    Whether you’re buying or selling a home, an inspection and an appraisal will be part of the closing process. They are both important steps that help to evaluate your home before the transaction is finalized. If you’re new to the real estate pro...

  • Top 10 Red Flags When Buying a Home

    BY Ron Accornero

    Home sellers are required by law to make certain disclosures when selling their homes. But those disclosures may not give you the full story. Eager sellers may gloss over potential problems with the home that could become big issues for the next ow...

  • Tax Deductions for Homeowners

    BY Ron Accornero

    Unless you’re a tax expert, it can be tricky to determine exactly what deductions you should take as a homeowner. And recent changes to the tax laws can affect what deductions you may be eligible for. If you just purchased your first home in 2020...

  • What Can Be Negotiated?

    BY Ron Accornero

    If you’re buying a home, then at some point you will negotiate with the seller. Obviously, the asking price is one big item that you’ll likely haggle over. But what else can be negotiated when you’re working out the deal? Let’s take a close...

  • Getting Top Dollar for Your Home This Winter

    BY Ron Accornero

    Winter is typically the slowest season of the year in real estate – but not in 2020. With all the curveballs this year has thrown us, one of the biggest is the strength of the housing market. Buyers are out in droves looking for homes, and it’s a...

  • Preparing to Buy a Home in 2021

    BY Ron Accornero

    You’ve probably heard that the housing market is doing well despite the pandemic. Are you one of the many Americans thinking about buying a home in 2021? Now is a great time to buy a house. With record-low interest rates, you can score a great deal...

  • Should You Sell Your Home This Winter?

    BY Ron Accornero

    Spring and summer are usually the busiest seasons in the housing market. But when our lockdowns began happening in March, many Americans decided to hold off on selling their homes. As we learned how to negotiate this “new normal”, buyers came bac...