When I started in this business over two decades ago, I clearly remember a September Sunday afternoon, when I was speaking with a veteran agent who had been doing this a long time before me. It was a beautiful afternoon in South Orange County but my open house in a great home in Dana Point that I was holding was a snooze-fest.   That veteran agent let me in on an old secret: "Football has started.  You won't see anybody out for months now."  Naturally, I thought he was off his rocker.  No way does football have anything to do with it.
And yet, here we are, on the verge of the Super Bowl, and I can't wait for this thing to be over!  Yes, I'm a huge football fan and I love the season as much as anyone, but the end of the football season marks the beginning…

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Many times our clients are looking for that perfect adittion to the home itself: a separate Casita.

This new listing offers that and much more. Not only is the lowest priced home in Talega that has a casita, but the Stella Mare floorplan caters to those looking for an open great room/family room, a full bedroom downstairs, top of the line appliances througout, gorgeous floors, and easy maintenance backyard with forever views. What's not to like?

Here's the description as per our agent, Kerry Goodfield:

"Enjoy scenic hills and panoramic mountain views in this exquisite Telega home. This home has 4BD in main residence and a semi-detached 1 bedroom 1 bath Casita that has AC/heating. The property is located in the gorgeous Stella Mare tract. This home…

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The start of  a  new year is always a great time to do those resolutions, and this year 2014, the popular resolution to yourself might be to become a homeowner in our beautiful Orange County. Tired of renting or just looking for a tax break? Owning a home can be your answer.

With that in mind, here are some tips to get this goal going. While interest rates are rising, they are still at historic low levels and although home prices continue to rise, they are still far below the market value they hit just a few years ago. Owning your home can be and is many people's life goals or accomplishments, but to get started, there's some planning involved. Here's a little advice from our agents:

1.Get pre-approval: many times people think they can afford an 'x'…

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