Orange County Real Estate Blog

  • Quiet Your Noisy Home

    BY Ron Accornero

    Dogs barking, car alarms shrieking, helicopters buzzing overhead, sirens blaring – sometimes the world just outside your home is a noisy place. Couple that with all the various noises that come from within your house, and you’ve got a potential...

  • Refresh Your Garden for Spring

    BY Ron Accornero

    Do you hear that? It’s the first breathy sigh of your spring garden, waking up from its winter’s nap. Longer days, warmer temperatures and dreams of lazy afternoons spent lounging among the flowers is enough to get any homeowner motivated to get...

  • Is It Time to Downsize Your Home?

    BY Ron Accornero

    If you’re raising a family, it’s normal to want to purchase a home that can fit your family’s needs down the line – whether it be additional bedrooms for children you want to have or even room to care for aging parents. But what if your ki...

  • 6 Ways to Improve Your Home’s Security Without Breaking the Bank

    BY Ron Accornero

    You’ve spent countless hours and energy getting your home just perfect. You’ve labored over the right paint, the best furniture and even invested in some art. But have you put in enough thought about how you are protecting your home? While you ...

  • Use Your Tax Refund On Your Home

    BY Ron Accornero

    Have you filed your taxes yet? We know -- tax season isn’t anybody’s favorite time of the year (except, of course, for tax accountants). But if you’re expecting a refund, now is a great time to reinvest that money in your home. Whether you...

  • New? Pre-Owned? How to Choose…

    BY Ron Accornero

    If you, Are lured by the shiny new home in the brochure and it calls to you, or Pass by the fluttering flags of that new sub-division, and your car automatically turns in, and A walk through model homes every weekend is your idea of relax...

  • Create a Clean Canvas for Your Buyer

    BY Ron Accornero

    For many of us, bright, beautiful colors bring joy to our lives. When we make our homes our own, we tend toward the colors that make us happy. When we think about selling our home, however, we need to understand just how subjective color is. While co...

  • How do Fed Rate Hikes Affect Mortgages?

    BY Ron Accornero

    Eeeeek! Rates are going up … or are they? Last week, for the first time after years of historically low rates, the Federal Reserve decided to raise short-term interest rates. For homebuyers, any rate hike often is seen a negative, but here are s...

  • Dreaming of that New Kitchen or Bath? What Renovations Really Pay Off?

    BY Ron Accornero

    Owners of older homes dream of updating or modernizing kitchens and baths. In fact, before they place their homes on the market, some folks go to all the effort to update the kitchen they've been meaning to redo for years … only to have someone els...

  • When Interest Rates Go Up

    BY Ron Accornero

    The Feds have been pretty indecisive about moving interest rates up, but the down-low is that they plan to make the move upwards in December. No matter where you are in the market, whether you're buying or selling, or just saving up a downpayment, i...