Now is a Great Time for Orange County CA Home Buying

Orange County CA now has more than 8,000 homes listed for sale, which is up about 35 percent from one year ago.

Home-Buying-Tips-Template-252Home price appreciation has halted for now. Buyers have lots of choices these days and room for positive negotiation in many situations.

So why are some Orange County CA home buyers waiting? They seem to be nervous and on the sidelines for what they believe will be a real buyers market where they will get the best deals.

Buyers shouldn’t wait. Purchase money mortgage loan rates are still low and hover around 4.1% for a 30-year fixed rate for those who qualify.

Number of homes for sale listings is way up from last year and first part of this year, and buyers have much better choices now.

However, with an expected market time to sell all homes now on the market is just over 3 months, the current Orange County home selling market still favors the sellers and is not yet close to a buyer’s favored market.

Buyers are wishfully thinking and not using facts and real housing data while they wait to buy.

2014 is very different from last year 2013 when Orange County CA was a sizzling seller’s favored market – with homes flying off the market at almost any price.

Just because prices have gone way up does not mean that the market has shifted to a buyer’s market.

Orange County home selling markets are moving more towards a normal, balanced market where neither buyers nor sellers will be able to call the shots.

Today, it’s still a seller’s favored market with very little price appreciation. That means that homes will sell close to the most recent comparable closed sales and sellers will be able to control the terms.

Buyers need to look at the facts about the market and not wait!

 

Coldwell Banker residential brokerage

By Harrison K. Long. Source of some information is Steven Thomas and his ReportsOnHousing.com.

Professional REALTOR® agent representation and help for property owners, home sellers, private trust estate representatives, estate administrators, executors and heirs, probate and trust attorneys, estate planners, income tax professionals, public guardians, fiduciaries, investor group managers, bankers, and individuals, with listing and sale of properties at Orange County, CA.

Contact us at 949-854-7747 with your questions about Orange County CA home buying, prices and values at Irvine, Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, and other Orange County CA cities and areas.

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Irvine CA home selling and real estate market update for August 16, 2014

Irvine CA home selling and real estate market update for August 16, 2014 shows 757 Irvine homes now listed for sale on the MLS.Average asking price for Irvine homes now is $1,108,451.

193 Irvine sellers got buyers for homes under contract and went into escrow during the past 30 days.

231 Irvine homes sold with closed deals during the past 30 days. Average sold price was $783,327 – and average time on market for those was 66 days.

Average time it would theoretically take to sell all homes now listed for sale at current pace of home selling is 3.27 months.

This average time to sell Irvine homes has increased especially during the past 90 days.

Irvine home sales remain solid, and qualified buyers are still motivated. This Irvine market still favors sellers – but that’s more balanced recently with increased number of listings and sales moderating. So buyers having more power and better choices.

We here to help you evaluate the market in your area and price your home to sell.

Coldwell Banker residential brokerage

By Harrison K. Long. Source of some information is CRMLS multiple listing service and is for homes sold by all brokers and agents.

Professional REALTOR® agent representation and help for property owners, home sellers, private trust estate representatives, estate administrators, executors and heirs, probate and trust attorneys, estate planners, income tax professionals, public guardians, fiduciaries, investor group managers, bankers, and individuals, with listing and sale of properties at Orange County, CA.

Contact us at 949-854-7747 with your questions about home prices and values at Irvine, Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, and other Orange County CA cities and areas.

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Price Reduction presents opportunity for buyers at 3163 Watermarke Place, Irvine CA real estate.

Price Reduction presents opportunity for buyers at 3163 Watermarke Place, Irvine CA real estate.

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Best executive style residential living with security, privacy and amenities, at Irvine CA

 

 

 

 

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Beautiful, upgraded Watermarke home with premium lot location on the peaceful Meditation Garden!

 

 

 

11 copy_10569086235_lWell designed floor plan with open-concept kitchen, dining and living area.

 

 

 

 

17 copy_10569344113_lNatural light, volume ceilings and wood floors throughout.

 

 

 

 

Featuring convenience and privacy

22 copy_10569326303_lIdeal first evel location makes coming and going easy, with no steps to very close private parking space in gated garage.

 

 

 

15 copy_10569146834_lGorgeous kitchen with granite counters, white cabinets to ceiling, stainless steel appliances including 5-burner gas range, and built-in desk & cabinets.

 

 

 

18 copy_10569066995_lSpacious master bedroom has views of tranquil garden, trees & fountain, plus walk-in closet, ceiling fan and new carpet.

 

 

 

19 copy_10569135284_lAdjacent bathroom with granite counters. Inside laundry. Private patio next to Garden. Owners loved and cared for this home.

 

 

 

-Experience the Watermarke resort-style life with amenities including Clubhouse, Concierge service …

 

 

 

 

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3163 Watermarke Place, 7-10-2014

watermarke homes, 2013-I-Watermarke is centrally located near the Irvine business center, Irvine Spectrum, Newport Beach, Orange County airport, UC Irvine, San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary walking/running trails, South Coast Plaza & easy freeway access.

 

3163 Watermarke Place – Now offered at $378,500 – MLS no. OC14118459

Presented by Harrison and Christi Long, Realtors and professional real estate representatives, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Irvine and Orange County CA – CAL BRE 01410855 – 949-701-2515 (cell).

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Open House Saturday Afternoon, July 26 – 3163 Watermarke Place, Irvine CA

Open house Saturday afternoon, July 26, 2014, and you are welcome to attend.

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Beautiful Mediation Garden and peaceful views at 3163 Watermarke Place, Irvine CA

Clear value and best location at Watermarke Irvine

 

 

 

 

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Beautiful, upgraded Watermarke home with premium lot location on the peaceful Meditation Garden!

 

 

 

11 copy_10569086235_lWell designed floor plan with open-concept kitchen, dining and living area.

 

 

 

 

17 copy_10569344113_lNatural light, volume ceilings and wood floors throughout.

 

 

 

 

Featuring convenience and privacy

22 copy_10569326303_lIdeal first evel location makes coming and going easy, with no steps to very close private parking space in gated garage.

 

 

 

15 copy_10569146834_lGorgeous kitchen with granite counters, white cabinets to ceiling, stainless steel appliances including 5-burner gas range, and built-in desk & cabinets.

 

 

 

18 copy_10569066995_lSpacious master bedroom has views of tranquil garden, trees & fountain, plus walk-in closet, ceiling fan and new carpet.

 

 

 

19 copy_10569135284_lAdjacent bathroom with granite counters. Inside laundry. Private patio next to Garden. Owners loved and cared for this home.

 

 

 

-Experience the Watermarke resort-style life with amenities including Clubhouse, Concierge service …

 

 

 

 

watermarke homes, 2013-Q-… sparkling pools and spas, fitness center, tennis and basketball courts …

 

 

 

watermarke homes, 2013-W-… movie theater, game room, and business center.

 

 

 

 

3163 Watermarke Place, 7-10-2014

watermarke homes, 2013-I-Watermarke is centrally located near the Irvine business center, Irvine Spectrum, Newport Beach, Orange County airport, UC Irvine, San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary walking/running trails, South Coast Plaza & easy freeway access.

 

3163 Watermarke Place – Offered at $384,000 – MLS no. OC14118459

Presented by Harrison and Christi Long, Realtors and professional real estate representatives, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Irvine and Orange County CA – CAL BRE 01410855 – 949-701-2515 (cell).

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Irvine CA Home Selling 2014 Midyear Update

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIrvine CA home selling 2014 midyear update shows shift toward balance and not favoring sellers as much as the market did last year.

Irvine home selling prices are determined with focus on recent comparable sales and fair market value.Irvine CA Midyear real estate update-b-

783 Irvine homes are listed for sale as of today (July 19, 2014) – an astounding number jump up of 108 percent since start of this year when 375 homes were listed.

Home selling at Irvine CA remains strong with prices up – while buyers now have more choices. Homes for sale are staying on the market about the same on average these days as compared with the first of the year (when average market time was 3.8 months).

5 Shade Tree, sold, 6-30-2014

Midyear Irvine average home sold prices at the following communities during June 2014 can serve as a guide for fair market value:

■Airport Area Irvine – 17 homes sold – average sold price of $581,815

■El Camino Real Irvine – 8 homes sold – average sold price of $615,825
■Northpark Irvine – 8 homes sold – average sold price of $942,050
■Northwood Irvine – 45 homes sold – average sold price of $754,731
■Oak Creek Irvine – 5 homes sold – average sold price of $641,500
■Portola Springs Irvine – 7 homes sold – average sold price of $755,826
■Quail Hill Irvine – 8 homes sold – average sold price of $780,846
■Shady Canyon Irvine – 2 homes sold – average sold price of $5,065,000
■Stonegate Irvine – 13 homes sold – average sold price of $704,219
■Turtle Ridge Irvine – 11 homes sold – average sold price of $1,490,727
■Turtle Rock Irvine – 10 homes sold – average sold price of $1,370,830
■University Park Irvine – 4 homes sold – average sold price of $917,250
■Westpark Irvine – 17 homes sold – average sold price of $631,135
■Woodbridge Irvine – 25 homes sold – average sold price of $637,252
■Woodbury Irvine – 17 homes sold – average sold price of $787,109
■Irvine CA all village areas – 237 homes sold during June 2014 – with average sold price of $808,452

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIrvine CA real estate market now has a wider spread between average list price ($1,111,250) and average sold price ($808,452 during June 2014).

Irvine home selling is more balanced these days with sellers facing competition from other sellers.

Successful sellers will adjust to this market and consider carefully what buyers are looking for in the home, the neighborhood and fair market value.

By Harrison K. Long. Source of information is CRMLS multiple listing service and ReportsOnHousing, and OCRegister.com and is for homes sold by all agents and brokers.

Professional REALTOR® agent representation and help for property owners, home sellers, private trust estate representatives, estate administrators, executors and heirs, probate and trust attorneys, estate planners, income tax professionals, public guardians, fiduciaries, investor group managers, bankers, and individuals, with listing and sale of properties at Orange County, CA. Connect with us with your questions about home prices and values at Irvine, Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, and other Orange County CA cities and areas.

Find out here what your Irvine CA home is worth

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Open house Saturday, July 12, 2014 – at 3163 Watermarke Place, Irvine CA

Open house Saturday, July 12, 2014 – at 3163 Watermarke Place, Irvine CA

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Best location at Watermarke – Carlton Arms model on the market.

 

 

 

 

 

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Beautiful, upgraded Watermarke home with premium lot location on the peaceful Meditation Garden!

 

 

open house welcome

11 copy_10569086235_lWell designed floor plan with open-concept kitchen, dining and living area.

 

 

 

 

17 copy_10569344113_lNatural light, volume ceilings and wood floors throughout.

 

 

 

 

Featuring convenience and privacy

22 copy_10569326303_lIdeal first evel location makes coming and going easy, with no steps to very close private parking space in gated garage.

 

 

 

15 copy_10569146834_lGorgeous kitchen with granite counters, white cabinets to ceiling, stainless steel appliances including 5-burner gas range, and built-in desk & cabinets.

 

 

 

18 copy_10569066995_lSpacious master bedroom has views of tranquil garden, trees & fountain, plus walk-in closet, ceiling fan and new carpet.

 

 

 

19 copy_10569135284_lAdjacent bathroom with granite counters. Inside laundry. Private patio next to Garden. Owners loved and cared for this home.

 

 

 

-Experience the Watermarke resort-style life with amenities including Clubhouse, Concierge service …

 

 

 

 

watermarke homes, 2013-Q-… sparkling pools and spas, fitness center, tennis and basketball courts …

 

 

 

watermarke homes, 2013-W-… movie theater, game room, and business center.

 

 

 

 

3163 Watermarke Place, 7-10-2014

watermarke homes, 2013-I-Watermarke is centrally located near the Irvine business center, Irvine Spectrum, Newport Beach, Orange County airport, UC Irvine, San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary walking/running trails, South Coast Plaza & easy freeway access.

 

3163 Watermarke Place – Offered at $384,000 – MLS no. OC14118459

Presented by Harrison and Christi Long, Realtors and professional real estate representatives, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Irvine and Orange County CA – CAL BRE 01410855 – 949-701-2515 (cell).

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Happy 4th of July – from 3163 Watermarke Place, Irvine, CA

Happy 4th of July!

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watermarke homes, 2013-K-… from 3163 Watermarke Place, Irvine, CA.

 

 

 

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Beautiful, upgraded Watermarke home with premium lot location on the peaceful Meditation Garden!

 

 

 

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Best location and view Carlton Arms model on the market.

 

 

 

 

 

 

11 copy_10569086235_lWell designed floor plan with open-concept kitchen, dining and living area.

 

 

 

 

17 copy_10569344113_lNatural light, volume ceilings and wood floors throughout.

 

 

 

 

22 copy_10569326303_lIdeal first evel location makes coming and going easy, with no steps to very close private parking space in gated garage.

 

 

 

15 copy_10569146834_lGorgeous kitchen with granite counters, white cabinets to ceiling, stainless steel appliances including 5-burner gas range, and built-in desk & cabinets.

 

 

 

18 copy_10569066995_lSpacious master bedroom has views of tranquil garden, trees & fountain, plus walk-in closet, ceiling fan and new carpet.

 

 

 

19 copy_10569135284_lAdjacent bathroom with granite counters. Inside laundry. Private patio next to Garden. Owners loved and cared for this home.

 

 

 

-Experience the Watermarke resort-style life with amenities including Clubhouse, Concierge service …

 

 

 

 

watermarke homes, 2013-Q-… sparkling pools and spas, fitness center, tennis and basketball courts …

 

 

 

watermarke homes, 2013-W-… movie theater, game room, and business center.

 

 

 

 

watermarke homes, 2013-I-Watermarke is centrally located near the Irvine business center, Irvine Spectrum, Newport Beach, Orange County airport, UC Irvine, San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary walking/running trails, South Coast Plaza & easy freeway access.

 

3163 Watermarke Place – Offered at $384,000 – MLS no. OC14118459

Presented by Harrison and Christi Long, Realtors and professional real estate representatives, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Irvine and Orange County CA – CAL BRE 01410855 – 949-701-2515 (cell).

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Privacy and Security Emphasized at 3163 Watermarke Place – Irvine CA homes

Privacy and Security Emphasized at 3163 Watermarke Place – Irvine CA homes

Premium lot location on the peaceful Meditation Garden! 3163 WatBeautiful, upgraded Watermarke home with premium lot location on the peaceful Meditation Garden!

 

 

 

3163 Watermarke Place

Relax in spacious living room opening to patio and GardenEnjoy this excellent, well-thought-out floor plan with open-concept kitchen, dining and living area.

 

 

 

 

Living room opens to dining area - high ceilings & wood floorsAbundant natural light, volume ceilings and hardwood floors throughout.

 

 

 

 

Ideal ground level location for easy coming and goingIdeal ground level location makes coming and going easy, with no steps to very close private parking space in gated garage.

 

 

 

Gorgeous kitchen with granite counters & stainless appliances inThis Carlton Arms upgraded home features a gorgeous kitchen with granite counters, white cabinets to ceiling, stainless steel appliances including 5-burner gas range, built-in desk & cabinets and crown molding.

 

Kitchen with granite counters, raised panel cabinetry to ceiling

 

Well-designed open floor plan at 3163 Watermarke, Irvine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dining room opens to beautiful kitchen - perfect for entertaininWell-designed open floor plan at 3163 Watermarke, Irvine

Inside laundry room with built-in shelving is adjacent to kitcheMaster bedroom view of tranquil Garden, trees & fountain

Spacious master bedroom has views of the tranquil Garden, trees & fountain, plus walk-in closet, ceiling fan and new carpet.

 

 

Kitchen has built-in desk and extra cabinetsAdjacent bathroom with granite counters.

Inside laundry room.

Private patio next to Garden. Fun patio adjacent to trees, Garden and fresh air!

 

 

 

 

Resort-style swimming pool, fitness center and Clubhouse at WateExperience the Watermarke resort-style life with amenities that include Clubhouse, Concierge service, sparkling pools and spas, fitness center, tennis and basketball courts, movie theater, game room, and business center. Schedule a party at the Clubhouse with the Concierge

 

 

 

 

 

Lovely Garden

Love-love. Tennis anyone!

 

 

 

 

Watermarke is centrally located near the Irvine business center, Irvine Spectrum, Newport Beach, Orange County airport, UC Irvine, South Coast Plaza and easy freeway access.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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3163 Watermarke Place

Home offered at $384,000 – CRMLS #OC14118459

Property presented and listed by Harrison K. Long and Christi Long – Realtors and professional real estate representatives – CAL BRE 01410855 – Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Irvine and Orange County CA – 949-701-2515 (phone) – HKLong@cox.net

Coldwell Banker residential brokerage

By Harrison K. Long. We provide Professional REALTOR® agent representation and help for property owners, home sellers, private trust estate representatives, estate administrators, executors and heirs, probate and trust attorneys, estate planners, income tax professionals, public guardians, fiduciaries, investor group managers, bankers, and individuals, with listing and sale of properties at Orange County, CA. Contact us with your questions about home prices and values at Irvine, Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, and other Orange County CA cities and areas.

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Turtle Rock Irvine CA Home Selling Prices and Market Update

Turtle Rock Irvine CA Home Selling Prices and Market Update

Turtle Rock at Irvine CA home selling prices are now at an all-time high.

Turtle Rock continues to be one of the most sought-after community locations for residential living and home buying in Orange County.

Turtle Rock home buyers were hot and busy last year during 2013, and home prices jumped with so few homes available for buyers.

Although home selling pace at Turtle Rock has moderated slightly this year, home selling prices are up more than 20 percent as compared with same time last year.

Turtle Rock has sold 39 homes so far this year through May 29, 2014 – with average sold price of $1,270,046.

Turtle Rock sold 44 homes last year during the same time – with average sold price of $1,054,830.

Home selling prices at Turtle Rock are still jumping even more – with 11 homes sold during the past 30 days (from April 28 to May 29, 2014) – and average home sold price of $1,441,527.

Some of the recent sales at Turtle Rock were homes with views and significant remodels, so prices were especially high.

Even though Turtle Rock Irvine home selling average prices are at an all-time high, this price average, we expect this to moderate somewhat for the remainder of 2014.

Turtle Rock Irvine now has 33 homes listed for sale (including detached single family homes and condominiums) – with average list price of $1,296,557.

Our Turtle Rock Irvine home selling prices and market update shows that we are still a sellers’ market with high home selling prices. However, buyers have more options and listings to consider than last year.

Coldwell Banker residential brokerage

By Harrison K. Long. This is information from CRMLS multiple listing service and is for homes for sale and sold by all agents and brokers.

We provide Professional REALTOR® agent representation and help for property owners, home sellers, private trust estate representatives, estate administrators, executors and heirs, probate and trust attorneys, estate planners, income tax professionals, public guardians, fiduciaries, investor group managers, bankers, and individuals, with listing and sale of properties at Orange County, CA. Contact us with your questions about home prices and values at Irvine, Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, and other Orange County CA cities and areas.

Turtle Rock Irvine CA Home Selling Prices and Market Update – May 29, 2014

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Orange County Home Buying Demand Continues with Sales Moderating

Orange County Home Buying Demand Continues with Sales Moderating

Demand for housing at Orange County CA continues to be positively impacted by rising employment, growing families and some people qualifying for loans after a prior foreclosure or short sale.

Orange County home selling was hot with buyers last year 2013 – which was inspired by low mortgage rates and not enough homes for sale. Result was high selling prices and short market time.

Orange County home selling has cooled since then and is stabilizing.

3,111 homes were sold last month April 2014 at Orange County – down 6.5 percent as compared with last year April 2013. However, median home selling prices were up 7.7 percent from last year (according to DataQuick).

“Since last summer, the market has been transitioning to a slower pace of sales, somewhat higher inventory and less upward pressure on prices,” said California Association of Realtors Chief Economist Leslie ‍Ap‍‍pleton‍-‍Young. “Generally speaking, there’s less urgency as affordability has become more of an issue.”

Irvine continues to lead the way at Orange County CA and had 261 homes sold last month April 2014 – even though that number of sales was down 34 percent from the sizzling hot market April last year.

Orange County home buyers now see lots of homes for sale and want to pay fair market value – which is determined by recent closed sales. Buyers are willing to wait for the right home at the right price. Homes at OC continue to sell quickly when priced right.

Orange County home selling markets are stabilizing with good mortgage rates for buyers.

If you want to be a home seller at Orange County, you should consider the stabilizing market and that sellers will have more competition than last year.

Pricing your Orange County home correctly based upon recent sales in your neighborhood is a most important consideration. An experienced real estate agent will help you evaluate the market in your area to price your home to sell.

Coldwell Banker residential brokerage

By Harrison K. Long. This is information from the Orange County Register and CRMLS multiple listing service and is for homes sold by all agents and brokers. We provide Professional REALTOR® agent representation and help for property owners, home sellers, private trust estate representatives, estate administrators, executors and heirs, probate and trust attorneys, estate planners, income tax professionals, public guardians, fiduciaries, investor group managers, bankers, and individuals, with listing and sale of properties at Orange County, CA. Connect with us with your questions about home prices and values at Irvine, Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, and other Orange County CA cities and areas.

Orange County Home Buying Demand Continues with Sales Moderating

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