East Costa Mesa CA Homes Leased and for Lease

295 e. 19th, leased,2-8-2016

East Costa Mesa CA Homes for lease and rental values are showing quick renter and buyer competition.East Costa Mesa homes and real estate-c-

Property and leasing values are solid at East Costa Mesa, which is one of the most sought-after areas for residential living and investment at Orange County CA.

East Costa Mesa attracts investors because of solid demand for rental housing, that many people want to live at ECM, which is adjacent to Newport Beach.

People want to live at East Costa Mesa because of the attractive community feeling, flat and bicycle friendly streets, good neighbors, safe parks, quiet cul-de-sacs, and location a short distance from the Upper Newport Back Bay.

Homes for Lease

See East Costa Mesa homes now listed for lease and rent – click here for link to CRMLS information.

Also see East Costa Mesa homes that have leased during the past four months – click here for link to CRMLS information.

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Contact us to find out more information about East Costa Mesa homes for lease and values for 2016.

By Harrison K. Long – Realtor, professional real estate representative, and CA real estate broker – CALBRE #01410855.

Source of information is CRMLS multiple listing service and is for homes leased and for lease as presented by all brokers and agents.

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1011 N. Westwood, Washington Square home at Santa Ana, CA

1011 N. Westwood Avenue – Washington Square area home at Santa Ana, CA

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1011 N. Westwood Avenue

Classic and beautifully restored Washington square bungalow home located on lovely, tree-lined street in sought-after Washington Square!02 copy

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Renovated to retain its original charm, this home boasts modern conveniences with new expansive custom kitchen, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, lots of cabinet and counter space, built-in shelving and large pantry.

 

Great room with kitchen open to dining/family room – perfect for the family together and entertaining friends!

 

06 copyTwo bedrooms and two full bathrooms.  Large bedrooms, original hardwood floors, French doors and unique architectural elements like the arched entryway, rounded window sills and original retro doorbell ringer.

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Front porch and doorway – 1011 N. Westwood

 

 

Added new 2nd bath has tub/shower, vanity, custom tile flooring. Huge living room with fireplace, brick hearth and mantle.

Bright and cheerful with large windows welcoming sunshine and natural light. Home boasts all new electrical wiring, new central air conditioner, new tankless water heater, scraped ceilings and fresh interior/exterior paint.

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Dining room with French doors towards back yard and opens to kitchen

Extra large private yard, detached 2-car garage with new roll-up door & remote control.

Home centrally located close to Santa Ana College, Civic Center, artist village, downtown marketplace, restaurants, and entertainment.  Wonderful community with friendly neighbors!

$484,900  –   MLS no. OC15228917    

Presented by Harrison K. Long (CALBRE 01410855) and Christi Long, Realtors and professional real estate representatives, Evergreen Realty HomeSmart.  949-701-2515 (cell or text).

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7 Top Reasons to Buy a Home Now

“7 Top Reasons to Buy a Home Now” – Orange County CA people who are renting or leasing homes are very often considering to buy.

7 Top Reasons to buy now

Here are “7 top reasons to buy a home now”.

 

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First:  High Rents.  Rents are high and will go higher each year.  Unlike rent, your fixed rate mortgage payments won’t go up over time.  Your property taxes and insurance payments will increase.  However, in California we have Proposition 13, which limits the rates at which property taxes can be increased.  If you are careful to find a good home insurance policy, that might help you with good rates.

Second:  Low interest rates.  Mortgage interest rates are at historic lows now.  But the Federal Reserve is expected to increase these rates before the end of the year.  As rates go up from 4.125 percent (where they are today) to 4.3 percent and beyond, monthly payments on new mortgages will go up and purchasing power will decline.  Buying now, while you can lock in today’s low rates, can save you lots of money over the lifetime of the loan.

Third:  Equity ownership.  Rent payments are money spent and gone, but mortgage payments are investments.  With each house payment you build equity in your home.  As the interest portion of the payment declines, the principal part of the payment increases and your equity ownership goes up with that.

Fourth:  Favorable return on investment.  During temporary housing market ups and downs, real estate has experienced long-term, stable growth in value.  The average appreciation rate for median-priced homes in the Golden State has been around four percent each year for the past 15 years.  So you can invest and pay 4 percent annually and puts a roof over your head at the same time.

Fifth:  Flexibility.  The home you buy is yours.  You can decorate it to suit your tastes and remodel it for your When you decide to upsize or downsize, you can sell your home and use the proceeds as a down payment on a new replacement home.

Sixth:  Wealth accumulation.  An article in the New York Times stated that home ownership is the best way for people who have not inherited wealth to build it and that building equity in a home can be a ready-made savings plan.  And when you sell your home in California, up to $250,000 (and up to $500k if married and filing jointly) in capital gains may be excluded from federal income tax liability.

Seventh:  Long-term stability.  Home ownership has a significant positive impact on net worth, educational attainment, civic participation, and quality of life.  Buying, owning, and staying put allows you and your family make things solid for your lives, establish lasting friendships, and help realize the American Dream of home ownership.

By Harrison K. Long.  Source of information is an article by Sherri Butterfield at the   Orange County CA Association of REALTORs®. 

“7 Top Reasons to Buy a Home Now”

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Smart Orange County CA Home Sellers Will Focus on Pricing at Fair Market Values

Orange County Property News

Smart and Successful Orange County CA home sellers need to focus on pricing to “fair market values” during the last four months of 2015.

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Home selling has been hot at Orange County for the first eight months this year.

But the market is now cooling, and seller strategy to “stretch the price” in anticipation of getting more than the last sale has ended.

Home selling markets were hot earlier this year at the OC – with expected market time (amount of time it would take to place a home into escrow relative to then current market conditions) dropped to below two months.  Time to sell detached homes below $500,000 dropped to less than a month.

That very low expected market time allowed sellers to adopt high pricing strategy.

Such seller “anticipation pricing” was when sellers looked at most recent sales and speculated how much more they could get.  Such stretching of price at closing allowed some sellers to take advantage during that hot market.

“Anticipation pricing by sellers resulted from “economic dynamics” of real estate – when supply drops and demand skyrockets, market forces prevail and prices go up.

Orange County is still a home selling market that favors sellers, but expected time to sell has cooled down to about three months.

Buyers are more cautious these days and don’t want to pay more than “Fair Market Value” for a home.

Smarts sellers won’t overprice their homes during the last 4 months of this year 2015 and will look to “fair market values”.  Overpriced homes won’t sell and will stay on the market for months if they sell at all.

The Orange County housing market has climbed back to a healthy place after the recession, and values are up with homeowners sitting on more equity.

“Successful Orange County Home Sellers Will Focus on Pricing according to Fair Market Values during last 4 months of 2015.”

By Harrison K. Long.  Source of some information is ReportsOnHousing.com.  We provide the best professional REALTOR® and broker representation with focus on customer service experience for property owners, buyers and investors.  Contact us to find out more about Orange County homes and real estate buying and selling.

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Orange County Home Selling Prices At Top Since 2007

IMAG0223 (Large)_optOrange County CA median selling prices were up to $629,500 for June 2015, which is the post-recession high.

Buyer confidence, rising employment, rising rents, tight supply of homes, low mortgage rates, improved economy and low unemployment, helped jack up sales and prices to highest point since 2007.

Orange county home selling prices

OC home prices, 7-17-2015
3,831 houses and condos were sold during June 2015 – the most for any month since June 2006.

Median selling price – the price at the midpoint of all sales – hit $629,500 during June 2015, which is just 2.4 percent below the record price of $645,000 during June 2007.

Buyers seemed to jump at the chance to lock in especially low rates during April and May, and those sales closed during June.

The OC economy has seriously improved with construction, wholesale, manufacturing, technology, education and government sectors having job growth and high wages.

However, it’s still very challenging for buyers.  Inventory of homes for sale averaged 11 percent below 2014 levels, nearly 800 homes, from April through early June 2015.

Sales of existing houses and condos were up 18.7 percent in Orange County during June 2015.  But it was continued declining of new home sales, with homebuilder transactions down 5.1 percent year over year.

Prices were up in 63 of 83 Orange County ZIP codes, the biggest gains occurring in Newport Coast. Sales were up in 58 ZIP codes.

By Harrison K. Long, CA real estate broker, professional real estate representative, Realtor at Orange County CA – CAL BRE 01410855.  Source of some information is CRMLS multiple listing service and OCRegister.com.  Contact us for more information or call us at 949-701-2515.  Thanks.

“Orange County Home Selling Prices At Top Since 2007”

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Home Buyer Opportunity with Price Reduction – 18 Parliament Place, Ladera Ranch CA

True Home Buyer Opportunity is clearly revealed with Price Reduction at 18 Parliament Place, Ladera Ranch CA

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18 Parliament Place

See virtual tour video here …

List Price Reduction to $799K shows real value for buyers.

By Harrison K. Long – Realtor and broker associate, Evergreen Realty HomeSmart – 949-701-2515 (cell).  CAL BRE 01410855. Attorney member of the CA State Bar Association #69137.

“Contact us about at 18 Parliament Place, Ladera Ranch, CA”

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Open House – 18 PARLIAMENT PLACE, LADERA RANCH CA – APRIL 19, 2015

Open House at 18 Parliament Place, Ladera Ranch CA – Sunday afternoon, April 19, 2015 – showing a best Tattershall home opportunity in one of the most sought-after neighbhorhoods.

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Spectacular home opportunity at fabulous location on one of the most sought-after cul-de-sac streets in Tattershall, Ladera Ranch.

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Wonderful open-concept floor plan with expansive great room kitchen/living area, fireplace and dramatic volume ceilings.
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4 bedrooms including downstairs master bedroom suite and guest bedroom/study, plus huge bonus room.

 

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Spacious kitchen designed with large center island, double ovens and white cabinetry – the perfect space for being together and entertaining friends.

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Great room has lots of windows and opens to back yard.

 
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Romantic master bedroom with volume ceilings and two walk-in closets.

Ensuite master bath includes dual vanities, shower and soaking tub.

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Second level of home presents 2 generous size bedrooms, both with walk-in closets, and bonus room for work and play.

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Private back yard with built-in grill, bar seating and gas fire pit.

 

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2nd bedroom or study on first level of home.

 

 

 

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3rd bedroom on second level of home

 

 

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Exterior entryway toward front door

 

 

 

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Loft area bonus room located on 2nd level near stairway

 

 

 

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Great room toward stairway to 2nd level

 

 

 
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Fire pit at back yard patio

 

 

 

 

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Home’s additional features include dual-pane windows, recessed lighting and extensive storage space.

Friendly neighborhood close to Flintridge community clubhouse, heated pool, spa, tennis court and playground.

 

 

Ladera lap swimming pool

Award winning Ladera Ranch schools. Community amenities include 18 community parks, private dog park, water park and skate park.

 

 

Flintridge sign-b-18 Parliament Place at Flintridge Village is presented for sale at $819,000 – MLS #15073225

 

 

 

 

 

 

Presented by Harrison and Christi Long – Realtors and professional real estate representatives – Evergreen Realty HomeSmart – Orange County CA – 949-854-7747 (direct) or 949-701-2515 (cell or text).  –  CAL BRE 01410855.

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18 Parliament Place, Ladera Ranch CA

30 copyjpg_17048777876_lSpectacular home opportunity at fabulous location on one of the most sought-after cul-de-sac streets in Tattershall, Ladera Ranch.

 

 

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Wonderful open-concept floor plan with expansive great room kitchen/living area, fireplace and dramatic volume ceilings.

 

 

 

12 copyjpg_17073240742_l4 bedrooms including downstairs master bedroom suite and guest bedroom/study, plus huge bonus room.

 

 

 

03 copyjpg_16867310387_lSpacious kitchen designed with large center island, double ovens and white cabinetry – the perfect space for being together and entertaining friends.

 

 

 

04 copyjpg_17073235372_lGreat room has lots of windows and opens to back yard.

 

 

 

14 copyjpg_16454573343_lRomantic master bedroom with volume ceilings and two walk-in closets.

Ensuite master bath includes dual vanities, shower and soaking tub.

 

 

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Second level of home presents 2 generous size bedrooms, both with walk-in closets, and bonus room for work and play.

 

 

 

24 copyjpg_17074735175_lPrivate back yard with built-in grill, bar seating and gas fire pit.

 

 

 

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10 copyjpg_17073238972_l2nd bedroom or study on first level of home.

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3rd bedroom on second level of home

 

 

 

29 copyjpg_17073996261_lExterior entryway toward front door

 

 

 

 

22 copyjpg_16887175090_lLoft area – bonus room – located on 2nd level near stairway

 

 

 

 

05 copyjpg_16867311277_lGreat room toward stairway to 2nd level

 

 

 

 

06 copyjpg_17048760246_lGreat room dining area

 

 

 

 

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31 copyjpg_17073253962_lHome’s additional features include dual-paned windows, recessed lighting and extensive storage space.

 

 

 

 

 

Friendly neighborhood close to Flintridge community clubhouse, heated pool, spa, tennis court and playground.

Ladera lap swimming poolAward winning Ladera Ranch schools. Community amenities include 18 community parks, private dog park, water park and skate park.

 

 

 

Flintridge sign-b-18 Parliament Place at Flintridge Village is the home you have waited for.

It’s presented for sale at $819,000 – MLS #15073225

 

 

 

 

 

By Harrison and Christi Long – professional real estate representatives at Orange County CA – 949-854-7747 (direct) or 949-701-2515 (cell or text).

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Benefits of Your Home Energy Audit

green house electricityBenefits of Your Home Energy Audit

Before you improve your home for possible energy savings, get a legitimate home energy audit by a qualified professional who will tell you how your home is performing based on current building codes and science.

You won’t need an auditor to tell you to turn off the lights, lower the thermostat, and put on a sweater in the winter to save on your energy bill.

Energy auditors will measure the level of a homes’ performance and provide that to you as owners.  This will help you make good decisions about how to spend money to improve your home performance, save energy and lower utility costs.

Auditors can also help you learn to make your home more comfortable and improve indoor air quality.

Two types of certified professionals conduct reliable energy audits:

  1. Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Rater – certified by the CA Energy Commission – provide audits for negotiated fee but will not likely be persons doing any retrofit or improvement because most are not licensed contracts.

HERS auditors will provide information about home performance from an energy efficiency standpoint, detail energy consumption, offer improvement advice, provide energy score that tell you how your home compares with a new home built to comply with current CA energy efficiency standards.

  1. Building Performance Institute (BPI) Contractors are perhaps the most respected in the U.S.  These people are auditors and licensed contractors and outline cost-effective scope of work that will help you achieve your home performance or energy efficiency goals.  They will also do the contract work if you choose.

BPI contractors will provide your energy audit report and also point out other areas of possible concern, such as moisture-related issues, indoor air quality, and comfort.

BPI contractors are participating in the CA Energy Upgrade program and can give you information about rebate and financing programs.  They will present you with a scope of work proposal (a contractor bid) for cost of your proposed repairs.

You won’t need an auditor to tell you that common improvements such as insulation, sealing to make your home less leaky, and energy efficient windows will usually reduce your energy bills and increase comfort.

However, the certified auditor can go further and advise you about how to achieve your best goals for energy and money savings.

Auditors should be qualified to advise you about project funding and rebates available through government or utility and financing programs, such as Energy Efficient Mortgages (EEMs) or new CA Energy Upgrade program.

If you get your energy audit at the start of planning, that will help you make best decisions about possible use of solar panels, programs and saving of money.

A home’s comfort, air quality, energy efficiency, and performance work as a system, and sometimes one component is affected by another.

Check out web sites for information, such as Build it Green, CalCerts, California Air Resources Board, CA Energy commission, and others.

You can achieve best results and goals by working with either an HERS energy auditor, or a BPI contractor, to work within your budget for home improvements.

The Orange County Association of REALTORs® did a great job of putting together its March 2015 magazine – “THE GREEN ISSUE” – on theme of “HOW TO SAVE ENERGY, WATER & MONEY”.

By Harrison K. Long – Source of information is OC REALTOR® magazine article “Before You Improve, Have a Home Energy Audit”, March 2015.  Graphic is by iStockphoto.com – “Benefits of Your Home Energy Audit”

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Earn Money by Saving Water Through Incentives and Rebates

06_green_waterHow to Earn Money by Saving Water: Incentives and Rebates

Orange County CA residents and homeowners are concerned about water conservation and saving money on their utility bills.

The Municipal Water District of Orange County CA (MWDOC) serves a 600 square-mile area that includes many Orange County cities, including Aliso Viejo, Costa Mesa, Dana Point, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, San Clemente, and others.  MWDOC also includes the unincorporated areas of El Toro, Emerald Bay, Irvine Ranch, Laguna Beach county, Mesa Consolidated, and others.

The MWDOC offers incentives and rebates to commercial and residential customers in these cities and areas that are posted at its web site for those areas that implement water-saving technology.  Such offerings depend upon what funding is available and is subject to change.

MWDOC incentives and rebates for residential property:

Outdoor

Indoor

Water savings programs

  • Water smart home program – free home survey
  • Sprinkler adjustment notifications – free

The Irvine Ranch Water District also has incentives for devices and water savings programs.

The Mesa Water District also has incentives and rebates for water savings programs.

So homeowners and residents at Orange County CA should contact MWDOC and/or Irvine Ranch Water District and Mesa Water District to find out about incentives and rebates for water conservation at your home.  

The Orange County Association of REALTORs® did a great job of putting together its March 2015 magazine – “THE GREEN ISSUE” – with theme of “HOW TO SAVE ENERGY, WATER & MONEY”.

By Harrison K. Long – Source of information is OC REALTOR® magazine article “How to Earn Money by Saving Water: Incentives and Rebates”, March 2015 – and the Municipal Water District of Orange County.  Graphic is by iStockphoto.com.

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