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7 Ways to Increase the Value of Your Home When Selling

Any good Real Estate agent will tell you prior to selling your home that small upgrades can make a big difference. Give these suggestions consideration when selling they may help you get more than you expected. Read More…

Costa Mesa Real Estate Market 2014 Recap

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The 2014 numbers are in for Costa Mesa’s single-family residence home sales, and there seems to be a positive outlook for the 2015-year ahead. The numbers seems to suggest that demand for living in Costa Mesa is on the rise, which is great for real estate companies moving forward. These numbers were gathered by First Team Real Estate.

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Costa Mesa Approves the Development of Symphony Apartments

Sarah Sitar Costa Mesa Real Estate DevelopmentCosta Mesa’s City Council recently approved real estate development plans to build apartment complexes in the South Coast Metro district. The plans were pitched by the well-known Sakioka family, who are responsible for multiple valuable real estate development projects in Orange County. The plan proposed was to build a mid-rise apartment complex with 393 units two blocks away from the popular South Coast Plaza. The address of these apartments will be 595 and 585 Anton Blvd. The apartment complex will be called the Symphony Apartments, and this 5-acre plan would replace two vacant restaurants and a parking lot.
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First Team Real Estate Wins Best Real Estate Company in Orange County

Sarah Sitar First Team Real EstateRecently on Orange County Register, Sarah Sitar’s company, First Team Real Estate won the best real estate company in Orange County for the fourth year in a row. The winning office was their East Orange County Regional Office on East 17th Street in Tustin, California. First Team Real Estate has closet to 110 full-time licensed real estate sales people that serve the Irvine, Orange Park Acres, Orange, Cowan Heights, North Tustin, Tustin, Villa Park, and Costa Mesa.

First Team Real Estate was founded in 1976 by Cameron Merage. They have the 11th best sales volume in the county. First team is able to outdo their competition with their innovative marketing tools such as “Hot Buys” and “Market Trends.” Their customers know First Team as a luxury real estate brand, with their ever-so-famous slogan “Live Beautifully.” At First Team, the customer is their number one priority. They launched a popular “My Video” campaign, that consisted of past and current clients talking about their experiences with First Team agents and how they were able to find them the home of their dreams or sell their home with ease.

The East Orange County Regional Office was opened by Mike Hampton in 1991. In the end, First Team is all about customer service. They give their agents all the tools and resources that they need to the be real estate agents of choice in their given community.

First Team Real Estate is very selective about who they hire. They chose agents who they believe are motivated and can provide clients with the service and respect that they deserve. The team has been able to persist through the volatility of the real estate market as they have a high retention rate from their agents. First Team also has a philanthropic foundation called “First In Our Hearts.” This is an in-house organization where employees are able to donate time or money to charitable causes or organizations in Souther California.

Asian Buyer Influx for Orange County Real Estate

Sarah Sitar Orange County DemographicsIn recent Orange County real estate news, Chinese homebuyers have been flooding the market in recent years because of good schooling and greater opportunities. A recent article in the “Orange County Register” writes that wealthy Chinese citizens are moving to the United States fearing a burst of their housing bubble or a government clampdown on wealth. There is a booming wealthy Chinese sector, adding 900,000 new millions in 2013. GPD in China grew 9.6%while their national savings rate grew to 16.8%. The wealthy Chinese citizen do not fell that the Chinese government protects their private property rights as well as the United States government. China does not have anything like the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in the United States to protect bank deposits. Thus, real estate agents are claiming that protection of wealth is the main motivation for the booming Chinese real estate surge.

A new record of $92.2 billion was spent last year from oversea US real estate purchases, and a quarter of that was from Chinese buyers. Chinese real estate spending rose %72 percent this year to $22 billion, and 35% of that went to purchasing homes in California.

The top three real estate destinations for Chinese buyers were Irvine, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Most international buyers prefer to live with an enclave of people from their same culture, but local real estate agents are saying that many international buyers are now diversifying and purchasing property in less diverse areas of California. Chinese buyers have an appetite for low crime-rates, good schools, and luxury. This paired along with the desire to live in a similar culture have had Chinese buyers purchasing new homes in developmental areas in Southern California.

Asian buyers make up the top demographic for multiple new housing developments in Orange County. FivePoint Communities’ Pavilion Park in Orange County finds that 75% of their tenants are Asian.

You can read the full length article on the Orange County Register website here.

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