Liz Peters's Blog Posts

The Common Misconceptions Of Selling Your Home

Last year, 8 percent of home sellers statewide opted to sell their home on their own. For some of these homeowners, 38 percent to be exact, they were selling to friends, family, or someone they

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Absolute Auction In Laguna Beach Nov 30th

ABSOLUTE AUCTIONFriday, November 30th4 PMIncredible opportunity to own a historic home on the coast of Laguna Beach with the only private lighthouse on the coast of California and a saltwater pool

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Understanding Mello Roos

When you begin the hunt for a home, as a buyer you expect to pay property taxes. That's a given. What you might not expect is, with the passing of Prop 13 in the 70s, the cap on property taxes has

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Getting To Know FHA Loans

Dreaming of a starter home? Feeling like it might be too far out of reach? Think again. You might just need a good starter mortgage to help you get there. Mortgage programs offered through the

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Number Of Real Estate Teams Growing

Teams are increasingly becoming more popular in the real estate industry, according to a new survey by NAR (National Association of Realtors). In their survey, they found 26 percent of

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HOMES FOR DOGS Pet Adoption This Weekend

This weekend we're hosting our annual HOMES FOR DOGS national pet adoption! If you've been considering getting a pet, before choosing a breeder or venturing into a pet store, stop here first. You

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Beware Of Wire Fraud Phone Scams

Wire fraud continues to plague the real estate industry with a new scam – criminals are calling buyers directly to say that they have new wire instructions in order to steal closing.

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Leasing Your House The New American Dream

With the average California home price at its highest point this year, more people are opting to rent instead of own, leading to a mushrooming effect in the leasing market. In Southern California,

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Silver Tsunami Of Seniors Changing Approach To Housing And Healthcare

With an aging generation of Baby Boomers, we're seeing the dawn of the "silver tsunami" (a term coined by Cunningham Group principal, Lee Brennan). The U.S. Census Bureau projects that, in,

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Single Women Outbuy Single Men In Homeownership

Though there are still disparages in income for women, single women actually purchase homes twice as much as single men. In 2017, single women comprised 18 percent of all home purchases, while

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Homes For Dogs Is Back

It's back and it may be better than last year's! If you're one who occasionally watches a commercial or two, you may recognize "Homes for Dogs" from the award-winning ad that ran last year

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Proposed Solar Mandate Could Add Over 10k To Home Cost

Will California be the first state to require that new homes come equipped with solar panels? The California Energy Commission has proposed a mandate for all single family homes built after January,

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Pros And Cons To Paying Off Your Mortgage Early

Most conventional loans come with a 30-year term, some only 15 years. However, that doesn't necessarily mean you have to wait that long to pay it off. Some people get a 15-year loan because they're

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Need A List Of Vendors You Can Rely On

Managing over 50 properties throughout Orange County and preparing over 30 listings per year, coordinating everything from pre-listing repairs to repairs requested through escrow, homeowners are

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Budgeting To Buy A House

While this applies to any homebuyer, first time or third, first-timers will want to listen up. Since many Millennials are choosing to buy over rent, it's important to prepare for what will likely be

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California Is Hot And Getting Hotter

We all know that California is one of the hottest real estate markets in the country and, with the growing number of people wanting to buy homes here, the competition is stiff. Looking back on

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6 Ways Homebuyers Mess Up Getting A Mortgage

It might be your first time getting a mortgage or your third time, or maybe you're refinancing. Whatever the case may be, the process can be stressful and confusing. Most of us do this

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When Do Most People Achieve Homewonership

Our lives are filled with financial milestones, one of the largest being purchasing a home. Homeownership has always been and still remains a part of the American dream, but with prices far

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These Will Be The Hot Colors Of 2018

Color impacts the mood of your home, and if you're selling, you'll want to think about how your house may make potential buyers feel. Choosing the right combination of color for your space is key.

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10 Tips For Buying Or Selling A House

With the market booming at the start of 2018, buyers eager to close in on good rates and sellers are excited to capitalize on the market. It's an exciting time for housing. If you're one of

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Mortgage Applications Rise In Hopes Of Securing Low Rates

Last week, mortgage applications rose by 4.1 percent, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association, and there's not much reason behind it but fear. With interest rates beginning to rise, borrowers

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5 Awesome Home Decor Finds At Home Depot

We love Home Depot. Probably more than the average Joe. Why, you might ask. Trips to the hardware store don't have to be so mundane. Looking beyond the hardware, other decorative items may

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The Most In Demand Home Upgrades For 2018

Every year there are new trends and upgrades that catch the attention of every buyer, seller, and homeowner in between. Last year we saw the fad of white kitchens, quartz counters, and grey hardwood

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3 Methods To Organizing Your Home And Life

Have too much stuff? Most of us do. We have an attachment to our things. That's not unusual. However, holding on to too much stuff can begin to make our lives feel cluttered. Sometimes we have to

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8 Priciest OC Zip Codes

Living in the coveted OC costs a pretty penny. As more and more people flock to our beautiful coast for a slice of California life, prices continue to soar upwards. Of the top three ,

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Bitcoin Futures Trading Just Got Bigger

Bitcoin has become the talk of the town with solid appreciation and more financial institutions beginning to trade it. Though the government has warned against investing in Bitcoin, the involvement

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More Millennials Choosing To Buy Over Rent

With affordability challenges in Orange County, there's a question that continues to arise: are Millennials going to continue renting? For the first time, the answer to this question is beginning to

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New Twists On Modern Home Design

Think of modern home styles today and your mind usually goes to some contemporary-chic ranch style home or bungalow. Probably the last thing you'd think of is a metal structure like a shipping

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What To Expect In 2018

Ditch the stress of data surveying and number crunching. We're here to save you time and hopefully relieve you of some of your worries by giving it to you straight. Here's our

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Consumer Confidence Continues To Increase

The Consumer Confidence Index, which was up the month of October, further improved in November. The index currently stands at 129.5, up from 126.2 in October and the Present Situation Index

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Getting Your Home Picture Perfect For Listing

It's no secret that the internet is the first place most home buyers begin their search. Thus, your home's online appearance is just as important as how it looks when someone physically comes

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Median OC House Prices Up From Last Year

As of October 2017, the median house price in Orange Country rose significantly compared to the same time last year. Though Orange County has the smallest hike in SoCal at 4.8 percent compared

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11 Surprising Turkey Facts

In light of the holiday that's upon us, here's 11 fun facts about turkeys you might not know.1. Turkeys most likely got their name from Turkey. There are 2 theories as to how they got their names,

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10 Ways To Save Money Around The House

Living in Southern California costs us in more ways than one. With hikes in the price of water and electricity, more people are switching to drought tolerant landscaping and solar power. Even

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Facebook Marketplace Now Posting Housing For Rent

Last week, Facebook announced that it will be posting available housing for rent on its Marketplace platform. As Facebook has begun to take on Craigslist by offering items for sale in its

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Coldwell Banker Food Drive Now Through December 1

1 in 6 children in Orange County are at risk of hunger. That's 129,000 kids in our community! Throughout California, this number is 1.9 million. Hunger isn't just a third world issue. It occurs

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Rising Prices Leaving You In A Better Position To Rent Or Own

Whether you are renting or recently bought a home, it is likely your housing costs have increased over the last year. While it is true, homeowners are being hit harder than before, according to

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Why You Should List During The Holidays

Though the listing your home and planning to move during the holidays may sound stressful and overwhelming, here are a few good reasons why you'd want to reconsider.1. Serious buyers. Need I say.

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Get Lit With These Designer Lighting Tips

According to Donna Mondi Interior Design, here are 6 tips on how to step up your lighting game to take your home's design aesthetics from average to exceptional! Tip 1: Layer your.&

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Coldwell Banker No 1 In Newport Beach And Costa Mesa

Yet again, Coldwell Banker is the number one brokerage in Newport Beach and Costa Mesa with a total of $24,578,000 sold in Costa Mesa alone! A whole $438,000 over its closest competitor. There's

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Proposed Tax Reform Could Cut Mortgage Interest Deductions

The House Republicans plan for tax reform was unveiled today revealing that, among plans to cut the corporate tax rate by 20 percent and slash the number of tax brackets to four, they have

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Tips For Preventing Fires In Your Home

Amidst all these tragic wildfires, it is important to remember that fires can also be caused from within your home. 105 degree days with Santa Ana winds aren't the only cause of a fatal fire in

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Top 5 Exterior Remodeling Projects

Choosing to remodel your home before selling is a decision that should be carefully weighed. Sprucing up the exterior of your home can be well worth the investment on the right projects. Check out

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CA Home Prices On Track To Hit Record High In 2018

Home prices have been going strong for the past 5 years and forecasts say this will continue, beating the record highs during the housing bubble. Though this may sound worrisome, prices are

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4 Tips Every Seller Should Know

Selling isn't always a walk in the park. More often than not it requires more than you as the homeowner anticipated. Don't be overwhelmed. Here are 4 tips every seller should know whether you've

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6 Tips For Energy Awareness Month

October isn't just the month of pumpkin-flavored goodies and Halloween treats - it's Energy Awareness Month. Let's face it, we should all be reducing our energy consumption. Each

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Mortgage Fraud On The Rise

Mortgage fraud is up 17 percent in the last 12 month period and it's not slowing, especially with the recent personal data hack of Equifax. The hack, compromising 145.5 million consumers'

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5 Most Popular Outdoor Features

Being in California with year round temps that hardly ever drop below 50 degrees, we enjoy the outdoors. Whether you're buying a new home or just looking to spruce up your backyard, here are a few

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Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Ranked No 1 Online Brokerage In The US

Once again, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage was ranked #1 online brokerage in the US. This is a true value add being a part of a company with such a dominant online presence.

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Home Staging Can Pay For Itself And Increase Equity

Getting ready to sell a home can require a lot of work and, while there are many items on the "To Do" list, one of the most important is staging. Whether sellers want to admit it to themselves

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The Kurt Real Estate Group Joins Coldwell Banker Newport Beach

We could not be more excited to announce that we have joined Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in the Newport Beach office! An exciting future is in store! Check out the blog on CB's website.

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