Orange County Real Estate Blog

  • 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...

  • Lighten Up Dark Spaces Naturally

    BY Ron Accornero

    You saved up your money and survived the rigors of mortgage underwriting, packed up your apartment, loaded the truck and moved into your new home. After several urgent days of unpacking, rearranging furniture and filling cupboards, you settle into ...

  • Sell Your Home in Any Season

    BY Ron Accornero

    As we slip into autumn, many homeowners take their homes off the market, believing that their home will not sell in the fall or winter. While it is true that selling heats up in spring and early summer, people buy homes every day of the year. Hist...

  • Slash Your Energy Bill

    BY Ron Accornero

    We don't think about our heating bill much in the summer, but this is the time to make some upgrades to your home that will see you through the winter, such as adding insulation, changing out windows for double or triple panes with low U-factors an...

  • Landscape for Your Climate

    BY Ron Accornero

    Visions of lush green lawns, English gardens bursting with color and a sparkling fountain filling the air with the tinkling of thousands of water drops may float through your head when dreaming of your ideal home. But, you're responsible, so you've p...