Orange County Real Estate Blog

  • Energy Conserving Landscaping Tips

    BY Ron Accornero

    As you plan your landscaping for your new home, remember the green you plant outside affects the green you have left inside your pocketbook. Trees and shrubs can reduce the amount of electricity your home requires. Try these tips to keep some green i...

  • Loan Options with Low Downpayments

    BY Ron Accornero

    U.S. economists expect 2015 to be a strong year for housing. What this means to you is that more homes are selling and the supply of available homes is decreasing. This also means that prices likely will increase. If you've been thinking of buying...

  • Is this Neighborhood Headed Up? Or Down?

    BY Ron Accornero

    When searching for a home on a budget, you'll often find great deals on the edge of up-and-coming neighborhoods. But how do you tell if a neighborhood is headed up? Or, if it's on its way down? Of course, the first consideration might be financial...

  • New Gadgets for Your Wish List

    BY Ron Accornero

    As you think about gift-giving this season, don't forget to give your new home a gift of its own. Advancements in technology mean that your home can be smarter, cleaner, cooler or the hottest thing on the market. Here are some ideas for you that are ...

  • Is It Time to Stop Renting?

    BY Ron Accornero

    It's not your imagination that rent keeps going up. In fact, across the United States, from the end of summer 2013 to the end of summer 2014 rents increased over six percent … and in some housing markets rents increased by as much as 10%. Perhaps n...

  • What to Know about Fall Leaves and Your Home

    BY Ron Accornero

    This time of year, leaves turn beautiful shades of red, vermillion, orange and yellow. We enjoy their beauty. We take photographs. We collect them. Our children play in them. For a homeowner, however, leaves pose the possibility of damage to thei...

  • Planning Appropriately for a Renovation

    BY Ron Accornero

    You walk into a home that potentially has the perfect layout, although the kitchen is dated, the floors need upgrading, the bathrooms are awkward … but the price is right and you've always wanted to customize a home … so you buy it with renovatio...

  • Should You Buy a Second Home?

    BY Ron Accornero

    Having a second home in a favorite vacations spot can be a great investment or an expensive luxury. A beach cottage or mountain retreat is enticing while both interest rates and home prices are low. How do you decide if it's right for you? Make it...

  • Professionals Answer: “How Do I Increase My Home’s Value?” (Part 3 of 3)

    BY Ron Accornero

    A common question for prospective home sellers is "How can I increase my home's value or get a higher selling price?" In our earlier articles on this subject, we discuss low budget and economical fixes and upgrades that can increase the perceived val...

  • “How Do I Increase My Home’s Value?” (Part 2 of 3)

    BY Ron Accornero

    A common question sellers ask is "What can I do to get the maximum selling price on my home?" Since each home and every market is different, we, as your real estate professionals, can give you specific advice on your home. In general, however, if you...