Murrieta passes 24 new residential parcels

While residents and members of the Murrieta Planning Commission vacillated on road width and the fate of a nearby kennel, they still voted 5-0 on subdividing 60 acres for residential use. Nearby resident of this new development, Dan Levinger, said he was worried about new homes being placed on a certain section of Washington Avenue. […]

Temecula Realtor visits counterparts in Peru

To most people, networking means attending a Chamber of Commerce mixer. Not to Martha McKay. She made a trip to Peru in June to make new friends, get new contacts and share ideas with her Latin counterparts.“Peru is a fascinating real estate market,” she said. “New construction is driving its market. Rapid urbanization of the […]

Selling your house? Valuable curb appeal strategies

Today’s real estate market is fast paced and competitive. To attract and impress potential buyers, set your property apart from others. The significance of making a good first impression is well known – as it relates to selling your home, it’s crucial. People form positive or negative impressions in less than 30 seconds. Ensure your […]

Valley median home prices skyrocket

LOS ANGELES, July 26 – The median price of an existing home in California in June increased 25.3 percent and sales increased 10.8 percent compared to the same period a year ago, the California Association of Realtors (CAR) reported this week.“The real estate market in June experienced the confluence of what is traditionally the peak […]

40-year mortgages: the next step in creative financing

Could 40-year mortgages be the next wave in creative financing in southern California? With the median price of a home in Temecula and Murrieta reaching $400,000 lenders are constantly thinking up new ways to get people into their first home or to trade up with creative programs. The latest program mentioned by Esmael Adibi, director […]

HomeLife offers personalized home buying experience

In January, real estate broker Michelle Koutsoudis purchased a well-known, yet small-scale, real estate franchise in Temecula. She purchased the HomeLife Realty franchise from Vic and Carol Gamboni, who owned the business for about 20 years. But moving into her new office posed a challenge. Most of the furniture and carpeting was in shoddy condition […]

Teetering neighborhood gets back on track

New sod, painted fences, freshly painted homes and unsightly tree removals have recently been taking place throughout a neighborhood whose lack of curb appeal was beginning to cause community uproar. In March, a group of neighbors gathered at a home in the 15-year-old Summerwind and Chapparral communities on the east side of Murrieta to discuss […]

What’s new in realty services?

An interview with Melody LaMar of Exceptional Realty Services of TemeculaTemecula/Murrieta Valley News associate Andrew Reeder had a chance to ask up-and-coming realtor Melody LaMar some very direct questions in a recent interview. Andrew: Melody, why don’t you tell our readers who you are and what you do? Melody: I am the owner/broker of Exceptional […]

Hoping to enhance ‘curb appeal’ in their neighborhoods

Tired of lawns not mowed, lawns with mowed weeds, falling fences and peeling paint, a group of residents have banded together to see what they can do to clean up their neighborhood. Residents in the Chaparral and Summerwind neighborhoods have begun to organize a grass roots enhancement program that will help the curb appeal of […]

Shopping for a home? Local lender and Realtor offer advice

Shopping for a new home requires good decision making in a real estate market currently favorable to sellers. With interest rates the lowest in more than 30 years, new and used homes alike are being snatched up before prospective buyers even get a chance to tour listed properties, let alone make an offer. But there […]