June 5th, 2014 at 10:45 am

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Summer is often one of the most anticipated times of the year, when you think warm weather what comes to mind? For many it might be the outdoors and all the activities that go along with being outside; BBQs, hiking, swimming, bike riding, vacations and more. However, although there’s much fun to be had on a beautiful summer afternoon, it’s also important to keep safety in mind. Some of our most beloved summer activities can also be the most dangerous. Take swimming for example, practice the following water safety tips, learn the proper skills, and equip your home with the best tools to keep your loved ones safe in the water this summer.

Water Safety Tips

  1. Swim in designated areas supervised by lifeguards
  2. Stay close to the pool and be alert
  3. Watch children that are in the water as well as those near the pool
  4. Never leave a child unattended in a pool or spa
  5. Use the buddy system – do not allow anyone to swim alone
  6. Teach children basic water safety tips
  7. Keep children away from pool drains and pipes to avoid entrapments
  8. Keep a telephone close by in case of an emergency
  9. If a child is missing, first look for him/her in the pool

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June 3rd, 2014 at 8:40 pm

We are pleased to announce the recent addition of two new team members to our team. Join us in welcoming Terri O’Grady and Zetta Grich to the Newport Beach office. “Terri and Zetta bring a diverse array of skills and experience pertaining to real estate,” said Regional Vice President Scott MacDonald. “Their genuine warmth and concern for the best interests of their clients makes them an excellent fit for the culture in our office.”

With a background in the title insurance and wholesale lending industries, Broker Associate Terri O’Grady offers useful insights about multiple aspects of her clients’ transactions. A graduate of California State Fullerton, where she earned a degree in Communications, she believes that her understanding of the mortgage loan and financial arena will result in a substantial benefit for her buyers and sellers. (more…)

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February 7th, 2014 at 6:39 pm

Living in Orange County can feel like a dream. From near perfect year-round weather, pristine beaches, award-winning restaurants and trend-setting fashion boutiques, it really does have it all. However you choose to spend the day, you’ll feel like you’re walking on sunshine. Here are our top 5 things to do in Orange County.

1. Disneyland: No surprise here. Since opening in 1955, Disneyland has welcomed more than 500 million guests. The latest? Cars Land inside the revamped Disney California Adventure. We love that Disneyland keeps everything fresh. Look for the classic submarine ride, now updated to be the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage at Disneyland. Oh and don’t forget to stay for the parade and nightly fireworks! (more…)

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February 7th, 2014 at 6:39 pm

Sometimes a kitchen can make or break a home sale. Not these. Here are some of our top kitchen picks that perfectly personify the Southern California lifestyle.

bel air1. Modern: Clean, simple and uncluttered. This Bel Air estate is extremely private and features clean, crisp lines, grand scale museum-like spaces, soaring ceilings, natural light and dramatic views from every room. (more…)

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February 7th, 2014 at 6:39 pm

Happy New Year! If 2014 is the year you are planning on buying a home, we we have 14 tips to make the home buying process a little easier.

Before You Look
1. Get Pre-approved: Getting pre-approved will not only help determine what you can afford, it will also help when you are ready to make an offer.
2. Get professional help: Use an experienced agent, who will have your best interests at heart and who can help in the negotiating process.
3. Don’t try to time the market: Trying to anticipate the housing market is nearly impossible. The best time for you is when you’ve found your dream house in a price you can afford.
4. Get to know the neighborhood: This is the fun part! Get to know the area. Where the shops are, drive through the streets, look at the schools, even if you don’t have kids.

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