Orange County Real Estate Blog

  • 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...

  • 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...