Mediation vs Arbitration

After months of preparing your finances and searching for the right home, you finally find the perfect house! You sign a California Association of Realtors (CAR) Residential Purchase Agreement (RPA), maybe there is some countering, and, next thing you know,...

New Rules for Flood Insurance Starting July 1

A new rule issued by five U.S. federal agencies this week should make it easier for property owners to get flood insurance by requiring mortgage lenders to accept some private policies, rather than only government ones. The rule, announced Feb 12, goes into effect...

Before Knocking Down Any Walls, Read This…

Open floor plans and large sliding doors are all the rage in home design. Maybe you just bought a home you’re planning to fix up or maybe you’ve owned your home for a while and, though you want to stay put, you are ready for an upgrade. Whatever the...

Costa Mesa Real Estate Market RECAP

BOON FOR BUYERS First American Chief Economist Mark Fleming predicts that the housing market will even out this year. Fleming explains that “Recent inventory increases and the slowdown in house price appreciation are not coincidences and may be the first signs...