Orange County Real Estate Blog

  • Preparing to Sell Your House in the Fall: Boomers and Millennials Don’t Follow the Spring Trend

    BY Ron Accornero

    If you put your home on the market in the Spring, and it hasn't sold, you're probably thinking about taking it off the market until next year. Conventional wisdom says that Spring and early Summer are the only times to sell a home. But, even though f...

  • Disappointing Appraisal?

    BY Ron Accornero

    You've found the perfect home at the perfect price and made an offer that the sellers accepted. But, the appraisal came back lower than your offer. BUMMER! What do you do now? Any home financed through a bank or mortgage lender requires an appra...

  • Don’t Think of Your Home as an Investment…What?

    BY Ron Accornero

    Isn't that sacrilegious or something? Despite evidence to the contrary, new homebuyers continue to believe that buying a home is the same type of investment as stocks, bonds, CDs and their 401K. If the housing boom taught us anything, it is that t...

  • What Matters Most? Why Location Trumps Everything!

    BY Ron Accornero

    Take a lesson from that old real estate adage "location, location, location." Many seasoned homeowners will tell you that the size of your home and the amount of space you have—including extra living rooms, game rooms, or even acreage — becomes...

  • Final Four for Home Buyers

    BY Ron Accornero

    When it comes to basketball, we only have 64 teams to narrow down into our Final Four to fill our brackets. When it comes to buying our first home, we have thousands of options and dozens of choices to consider, but when it all comes down to it, th...

  • Keeping Your House Show Ready

    BY Ron Accornero

    Having your house on the market while you're living in it can be a stressful time. You still have to live. The dog still puts muddy prints on your freshly mopped floor. The kids still race down the hallway bumping into your freshly painted walls. C...

  • The Value of Professional Staging

    BY Ron Accornero

    Views very widely on the value of hiring a professional stager to prepare your home for sale. Many real estate agents swear by it and have years of sales to back up their claim. They cite their own impressions, sales history and anecdotal evidence ...

  • How to Avoid Being House Poor

    BY Ron Accornero

    Buying a home is exciting. If you're young, it gives you the sense of finally stepping into the adult world. If you're at some other life change (marriage, starting a family, empty-nester) the idea of a larger (or smaller) space of your own gets thos...

  • Little Decorator Details That Can Hinder Your Home Sale

    BY Ron Accornero

    We get it … you want your home to be uniquely you … you want it to express your personality … you want colors that make you happy! But wait!  Now you want to sell this home and move on to a new canvass on which to express yourself. Which of yo...

  • Create a Timeless Kitchen with the 4 Cs of Kitchen Design

    BY Ron Accornero

    Nothing says "dated" like a kitchen trend from a decade ago. Consider giving your kitchen a makeover using timeless elements that are always in style. That way, no matter when you sell, your home is always ready. Color The simplest and most marketa...