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Orange County Neighborhood Guide

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Orange County's Real Estate Gems: Neighborhood Insights for Homebuyers and Investors

Orange County Market Update- November 2023

November 7, 2023

Navigating the November Real Estate Market in Orange County 2023

Navigating a 1031 Exchange

October 10, 2023

One of the methods real estate investors use is a 1031 Exchange. It's a fantastic tool that permits you to sell one investment property and roll the proceeds into a ne… Read more

Why October is an Ideal Month to Buy a Home in Orange County

October 2, 2023

There are multiple advantages of timing your purchase for the month of October. In fact, Forbes recently reported that "October is when buyers typically get the best p… Read more

July Market Report

Sandra Thiel  |  July 20, 2023

The median home price in the United States landed 4.3% below the all-time high reached in June 2022 after appreciating 9.7% in 2023. When accounting for current home p… Read more

Orange County Fair 2023: A Celebration of Togetherness

Sandra Thiel  |  July 13, 2023

The OC fair is a 23-day event that begins on Friday July 14th to Sunday August 13th at the the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa.

June Market Report

Sandra Thiel  |  June 30, 2023

The United States paid its bills in full and on time, avoiding default and a global economic catastrophe with two days to spare.

June Home Maintenance Tips

Sandra Thiel  |  June 6, 2023

Don't let June gloom keep you down, get your home ready for summer with these six home maintenance tips. ☀️🏠️⁠ ⁠ 1. Check and clean your air conditioning system! Make… Read more

Orange County Market Update - May 2023

Sandra Thiel  |  May 26, 2023

Home sales fell 2.4% month over month after a huge increase the month before. We may see more month-to-month variance than usual in the number of homes sold as buyers … Read more

Success Story - How Milieu Homes Generated An Offer Almost $200,000 Above-Asking Price

Sandra Thiel  |  May 25, 2023

Keep reading to learn more about the recent success of Milieu Home’s pre-sale renovation program with their listing in Mission Viejo.  Case History Sandra Thiel, Fou… Read more

Orange County Market Update

Sandra Thiel  |  April 26, 2023

Active listings in Orange County declined further in March, as sales increased and fewer listings came to market. Home prices rose meaningfully in the first quarter of… Read more

Mortgage fees are changing May 1st - Here's what you need to know

Sandra Thiel  |  April 25, 2023

Will homebuyers with good credit face higher mortgage fees than homebuyers with risky credit? The answer is - it’s complicated.  There’s a new mortgage fee policy goi… Read more

Orange County Market Update - March 2023

Sandra Thiel  |  March 24, 2023

Home sales fell for the 12th month in a row, while, according to the National Association of Realtors, the median sale price continued its seven-month decline from its… Read more

How Pre-sale Renovations Can Generate a Higher Sale Price
How Pre-sale Renovations Can Generate a Higher Sale Price

Sandra Thiel  |  February 23, 2023

Many home sellers face a tough choice before they list their property. Should they sell their home as-is or invest in pre-sale renovations?  With MiLiEU Home's new of… Read more

Orange County Market Update - February 2023

Sandra Thiel  |  February 21, 2023

Orange County’s housing market is once again near all-time-low inventory levels as far fewer new listings are coming to market. Home prices have stabilized, mostly due… Read more

The Four C's of Real Estate - What Every Seller Needs to Know

Sandra Thiel  |  January 25, 2023

Home sellers, listen up! 🗣️ Sellers need to understand how we live in our homes is NOT the way we sell our homes. Today I’m sharing the four C’s of selling real esta… Read more

Orange County Market Update - January 2023

Sandra Thiel  |  January 23, 2023

The 2023 housing market is poised to be more balanced between buyers and sellers than it has been over the past three years. Mortgage rates are softening demand, which… Read more

2023 Interior Design Trends to Watch

Sandra Thiel  |  December 16, 2022

With the new year on the horizon, keep an eye on these emerging interior design ideas to spruce up your living space!  Holistic Interiors  This design trend comes… Read more

Orange County Market Update - December 2022

Sandra Thiel  |  December 15, 2022

Competition for buyers has decreased as the mix of holidays and higher interest rates dampen demand. Fewer buyers, however, means more opportunities to find the right … Read more

Black Friday Deals for Home Owners

Sandra Thiel  |  November 17, 2022

With Thanksgiving, brings discounted shopping! Here are several Black Friday deals for homeowners to take advantage of. Upgrading large appliances can be expensive! Th… Read more

Sandra's Scrumptious Stuffing

Sandra Thiel  |  November 16, 2022

With Thanksgiving fast approaching, I thought I would share my family's favorite cranberry corn bread stuffing recipe for you to try with your families!  This recipe … Read more

Orange County Market Update - November 2022

Sandra Thiel  |  November 16, 2022

We have enough data to show that the housing market in Orange County is cooling substantially after one of the hottest real estate markets in history. Of course, you d… Read more

Orange County Market Update – October 2022

October 26, 2022

Fewer homes are coming to market, and demand for homes has cooled as interest rates jump to a 15-year high, indicating a short-term equilibrium after two years of rapi… Read more

How a Buyer’s Agent Can Help Your Home Search

Sandra Thiel  |  October 26, 2022

The house hunting process can be daunting, but having a knowledgeable realtor in your corner can make the experience ten times better.

Is the market balancing? Tentatively, maybe!

September 14, 2022

The median single-family home and condo prices declined month-over-monh. Since the all-time highs reached in April for single-family homes and May for condos, prices h… Read more

Months of Supply Inventory inches toward a more balanced market

September 14, 2022

Months of Supply Inventory (MSI) quantifies the supply/demand relationship by measuring how many months it would take for all current homes listed on the market to sel… Read more

Sales slowdown

September 14, 2022

Orange County’s housing inventory continued to rise in July, following historical seasonal trends. Inventory tends to peak in July, which appears to be the case this y… Read more

Prices Continue to Rise as Mortgage Rates Hit 13-year Highs

July 25, 2022

It’s become hard to accurately describe the state of the housing market in the face of rising rates, historically low supply, and high but softening demand. Real estat… Read more

Home Prices Continue To Rise

July 25, 2022

In May, the median single-family home price declined from the April at peak, while the median condo price rose to a new all-time high. After four months of record high… Read more

Lead Poisoning

June 2, 2022

Lead poisoning is a serious problem that can lead to adverse health problems. In children, high levels of lead can cause damage to the brain and nervous system, behavi… Read more

Plan of Action

June 2, 2022

Analyze why you are selling – If you understand your motives, you will be able to better negotiate and to get what it is that you want, whether it be a quick sale, hig… Read more

Where Does the Money Come From for Mortgage Loans?

May 4, 2022

In the olden days, when someone wanted a home loan they walked downtown to the neighborhood bank or savings & loan. If the bank had extra funds lying around and consid… Read more

Is Buying a Home Still a Smart Plan

May 4, 2022

With the burst of the housing bubble, credit crisis, and millions of foreclosures across the country, you may wonder if buying a home is such a good idea after all. Ho… Read more

The Biweekly Mortgage – Who Needs It?

April 4, 2022

Have you received an advertisement offering to save you thousands of dollars on your thirty-year mortgage and cut years off your payments? With email spam becoming mor… Read more

Insist on a Home Inspection

April 4, 2022

A professional home inspection protects both you and the buyer. It allows both you and the buyer the opportunity to learn about the property’s defects. A home inspecti… Read more

Avoiding Financial Stress

April 4, 2022

By asking the right questions, and knowing exactly what your needs are, you can find the right loan for you. There are certain approaches that you can take while mortg… Read more

The No-Cost Thirty Year Fixed Rate Mortgage

January 20, 2022

There really is no such thing as a no-cost mortgage loan. There are always costs, such as appraisal fees, escrow fees, title insurance fees, document fees, processing … Read more

Which ARM is the Best Alternative?

December 30, 2021

How would you like a mortgage loan where you did not have to make the whole payment if you did not want to? Or would you like a loan with an interest rate about 1% bel… Read more

Understanding Title Insurance

December 8, 2021

What is title insurance? Newspapers refer to it in the weekly real estate sections and you hear about it in conversations with real estate brokers. If you’ve purchased… Read more

Condominium and PUD Ownership

December 1, 2021

Builders, in an effort to combat the dual problem of an increasing population and a declining availability of prime land, are increasingly turning to common interest d… Read more

Creative Financing

November 24, 2021

Creative financing: You’ve heard of it, and, as a seller, the idea sounds pretty attractive. But, do you know everything you need to know about carrying back a second;… Read more

Use a Buyer’s Agent

November 24, 2021

It’s important that you choose an experienced agent who is there for you. Your agent should be actively finding you potential homes, keeping you informed of the entire… Read more