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 By Kim Murphy    Community

Real Estate Round-Up: Proposition 13 is under attack

What exactly is the “California Schools and Local Communities Funding Act of 2018?” It sounds like it has something to do with financially supporting our communities and... — Updated 4/6/2019 Full story

 By Kim Murphy    Community

Real Estate Round-Up: Flips are not all created equal

This is an open letter to the buyers who are looking to purchase a home in the current market. What I am seeing currently is buyers who want a home that is completely “dialed... — Updated 3/29/2019


Eliant names Pardee Homes' customer service representative a winner at 23rd annual Homebuyers' Choice Awards

CORONA – Pardee Homes Inland Empire division's Bob Coates received a coveted Customer Service Representative of the Year award at the 23rd annual Homebuyers' Choice Awards, March... — Updated 3/29/2019


The Effinger Group expands real estate operations into the Temecula Valley

TEMECULA – The Effinger Group, headed by longtime industry veteran Kirk Effinger has expanded their real estate-oriented operations into the greater Temecula Valley. As part of Windermere Homes & Estates, The Effinger Group... — Updated 3/29/2019


Steve Smith Team affiliates with the Temecula office of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

TEMECULA – Steve Smith, Jose Cortez and Gina Cruz of the Steve Smith Team have associated with the Temecula office of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage as affiliate agents.... — Updated 3/21/2019

 By Kim Murphy    Community

Real Estate Round-Up: Jobs and housing should go together

A jobs-housing balanced community is one in which residents can both live and work without having to leave the area. Implicit in the concept is a mix of housing types to... — Updated 3/21/2019


Regional real estate awards honor local professionals

ONTARIO – EXIT Alliance Realty with offices in Temecula and Murrieta were recognized when EXIT Realty Corp. International honored local real estate professionals recently at its Regional Retreat and Award Ceremony at the... — Updated 3/21/2019

 By Tony Ault    Community

Delayed Phase 2 McSweeny Farms development improvements win new CFD agreement

The Hemet City Council approved a revised construction funding and acquisition agreement for needed infrastructure improvements to help restart Phase 2 of the huge 1,640-home McSweeny Farms Community development in south Hemet.... — Updated 3/22/2019


Medrano-Lawless affiliates with the Temecula office of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

TEMECULA – Joselina Medrano-Lawless has associated with the Temecula office of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage as an affiliate agent. “I love helping my clients with their needs and problems,” Medrano-Lawless said.... — Updated 3/13/2019

 By Kim Murphy    Community

Real Estate Round-Up: Compromise is the key ingredient to good negotiating

I’ve spent the last five weeks writing about some of the big issues facing real estate throughout California. I wrote about availability and its impact on affordability, on rent... — Updated 3/14/2019


Create a sale-worthy showplace

TEMECULA – The sentiment "don't judge a book by its cover" can be applied to many situations. When it comes to selling their homes, homeowners should remember this adage as they... — Updated 3/13/2019


Home prices inch upward while sales drop dramatically in Riverside County

Home prices rose 2.7 percent in Riverside County in January, compared to the same month a year ago, while home sales dropped by 16.8 percent, a real estate information service announced. According to CoreLogic, the median price of... — Updated 3/8/2019


Realtor Mike Kish is willing to work hard for homeowners

TEMECULA – Mike Kish is an experienced Realtor specializing in Temecula Valley home sales. A longtime resident of Temecula Valley, Kish moved to the area in 1984, where he... — Updated 3/8/2019


Whitney Walker Barry affiliates with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Murrieta

MURRIETA – Whitney Walker Barry associated with the Murrieta office of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage as an affiliate agent. She will be joining the top-producing Walker Advantage Team, a team of affiliate agents with... — Updated 3/8/2019


Employ these simple, inexpensive staging strategies

TEMECULA – Staging has long been part of selling a home and for good reason. When selling a home, it makes sense for sellers to make their homes as appealing as possible, even if... — Updated 3/8/2019


How agents and sellers can work together

TEMECULA – Selling a home can be stressful. Despite this, 5.51 million existing U.S. homes were sold in 2017, according to data from the National Association of Realtors. In many... — Updated 3/1/2019

 By Kim Murphy    Community

Real Estate Round-Up: Rent stabilization is just a fancy word for rent control

There are many discussions and proposals being considered by the state legislators to alleviate California’s housing crisis. Last week I wrote about “affordable owner-occupied w... — Updated 3/1/2019


New real estate agents start work with Coldwell Banker affiliation

TEMECULA – Leslie Clarke and Bryce Gharring of The Gharring Group, Sophie Laidlaw and Jenny Garcia have associated with the Temecula office of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage as affiliate agents. “Leslie and I are a... — Updated 3/1/2019


Riverside County Housing Authority gets HUD grant

The Riverside County Housing Authority was one of hundreds of public housing authorities nationwide to receive grant funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, which doled out $74 million. The Riverside... — Updated 2/21/2019

 By Kim Murphy    Community

Real Estate Round-Up: There's a new sheriff in town

I was in Indian Wells recently for the California Association of Realtors winter state directors meeting. It was like drinking from a fire hose, getting up to speed on the vision... — Updated 2/21/2019


How to save up for that first home

TEMECULA – Home ownership is a dream for people across the globe. Many people save for years before buying their first homes, squirreling away every dollar they can with the... — Updated 2/21/2019


Smart tech upgrades improve home functions

When smart home technologies first emerged, their purpose was largely for convenience and operating the devices was often clunky. Today, smart devices integrate into connected home... — Updated 2/21/2019


Diana Arechiga affiliates with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Temecula

TEMECULA – Diana Arechiga has associated with the Temecula office of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage as an affiliate agent. She comes to the office with 10 years of real estate experience. “I am a driven worker and am... — Updated 2/15/2019


Outdoor improvements that boost home value

TEMECULA – Whether home improvement projects are designed to improve the interior or exterior of a house, focusing on renovations that make the most financial sense can benefit... — Updated 2/15/2019

 By Joe Naiman    Community

Supervisors approve Koll Custom Homes GPA, rezone, tract map

The discretionary actions needed for Koll Custom Homes to subdivide 51.54 Rancho California acres into eight single-family residential lots were approved by the Riverside County Board of Supervisors. The supervisors' 5-0 vote,... — Updated 2/8/2019


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