Orange County Real Estate Blog

  • 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...

  • End of the Year Money-Wise Moves to Get Ahead

    BY Ron Accornero

    It's the end of the year. You're already thinking ahead to the spring. You have tons of plans for home improvements. So why bring this up now? December is the perfect time to make some money moves to improve your bottom line and get your home read...

  • When to DIY and When to Hire a Contractor

    BY Ron Accornero

    Whether you're preparing your home to sell, or you've just moved into your home and want to tackle some of the changes you have in mind to make it your own … knowing which items to do your self and which need a professional licensed contractor ca...

  • Why Downsizing is the New Upsizing

    BY Ron Accornero

    Most people think of downsizing as something you do in retirement. The kids are grown, the nest is empty and you have all this space just gathering dust or taking up your free time with maintenance and upkeep. So, you sell the large family home to ...

  • Keeping It In Balance: Knowing Your Credit-to-Debt Ratio

    BY Ron Accornero

    Many potential new homebuyers find themselves unable to secure a loan, confined to a smaller home ? or at least to a smaller loan ? because they don't understand the ins and outs of their credit score. First of all, your FICO (Fair Isaac Corporation...