Don’t Forget to Check Out This Weekend’s Open Houses !!!

Don’t Forget to Check Out This Weekend’s Open Houses !!

Our Open House Directory offers full access to all Surterre Properties’ upcoming open houses in Orange County, and is updated with new inventory on a weekly basis. Whether you’re touring Newport BeachLaguna BeachCorona del MarNewport Coast, Laguna NiguelDana PointIrvineSan Clemente or other neighboring coastal communities, this directory should be your first stop in helping you find your final destination.

This Week’s Best Buys in Orange County Real Estate

This Week’s Best Buys in Orange County Real Estate



Renters, beware! Landlords will have the upper hand in the pricing game for the next 2 years. Rents are to rise 5.1% over the next 2 years



The national rent growth in 2012 will be 5.5%. Orange County is projected to have a 4% rise to an average of $1,576

Housing Crisis to End in 2012 as Banks Loosen Credit Standards

Housing Crisis to End in 2012 as Banks Loosen Credit Standards

Capital Economics expects the housing crisis to end this year, according to a report released Tuesday. One of the reasons: loosening credit.

The analytics firm notes the average credit score required to attain a mortgage loan is 700. While this is higher than scores required prior to the crisis, it is constant with requirements one year ago.

Additionally, a Fed Senior Loan Officer Survey found credit requirements in the fourth quarter were consistent with the past three quarters.

However, other market indicators point not just to a stabilization of mortgage lending standards, but also a loosening of credit availability.

Banks are now lending amounts up to 3.5 times borrower earnings. This is up from a low during the crisis of 3.2 times borrower earnings.

Banks are also loosening loan-to-value ratios (LTV), which Capital Economics denotes “the clearest sign yet of an improvement in mortgage credit conditions.”

In contrast to a low of 74 percent reached in mid-2010, banks are now lending at 82 percent LTV.

While credit conditions may have loosened slightly, some potential homebuyers are still struggling with credit requirements. In fact, Capital Economics points out that in November 8 percent of contract cancellations were the result of a potential buyer not qualifying for a loan.

Additionally, Capital Economics says “any improvement in credit conditions won’t be significant enough to generation actual house price gains,” and potential ramifications from the euro-zone pose a threat to future credit availability.

Tenants vs. Former Owners rights after a foreclosure

Directions with Chase and B of A is a little more tenant friendly and outlined below. Typically and former owner does not have the rights as a tenant who pays fair market value and is arms-length.

  • Per PTFA (attached) the tenant is given  a 90 day notice, if they are being evicted.
  • There are a few other things that are clarified under the PTFA, which is the legal description of a lease period, normally the courts will not honor a lease term of over 12 months.
  • I have found that Chase will accept a lease of any amount over the 12 months, as they are very accommodating and go above and beyond in all aspects of taking the conservative approach on things.
  • In this ‘Act’ the bank is allowed to request the FMRV (Fair Market Rental Value) for a property, which is not always the same amount the tenants were paying in the lease with the former owner.
  • There is nothing built into this ‘Act’ that accounts for tenant rights with purchasing the property.  When this property is sold, if the buyer wants to move in the home they may not have to abide by these same rules as long as they are not renting out the property to someone else.  They can evict the tenants much faster than we would be able to, as the eviction after a foreclosure is much for strict.
  • The only thing that will not happen, is the lender/owner will not keep this property out of the marketing phase.  As soon as the occupant is approved as a rental it will be put into marketing.
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23 Merano, Laguna Niguel CA

23 Merano, Laguna Niguel CA

Short Sale


GORGEOUS MARINA HILLS VIEW HOME!!! TURNKEY!!! HUGE PREMIUM LOT!!! Located On A Quiet, Single Loaded Cul-De-Sac, In A Highly Desirable Community & Boasts A Huge Flat-Level, Corner Lot, One Of The Largest In Marina Hills. Upgraded Throughout Including Tuscan Tile Floors, Plantation Shutters, Recessed Lighting, A Completely Upgraded Kitchen With Large Tiled Counters & Backsplash, A Breakfast Bar With Seating For 4, A Breakfast Nook, A Pantry, & Matching Stainless Appliances. The Inviting Living Area Boasts Vaulted Ceilings, A Cozy Fireplace And Access To The Patio Area. The Sumptuous Master Suite Has Vaulted Ceilings, French Doors Opening To The Back Patio/Yard, & A Custom Master Bath With A Gorgeous Vanity & A Huge Jetted Soaking Tub. The Amazing Backyard Is Perfect For Entertaining & Has A Jacuzzi/Spa, A HUGE Lanai & Built In BBQ Area With A Bar, Wine Cooler, Fridge, And Warming Drawers. Relax At The Fire Pit With Beach Like Atmosphere Including Sand Area And Chiseled Stone Seating.

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There is actually a foreclosure “shortage” in Orange County. The Orange County market that appears sluggish has distressed properties selling fast.

Distressed properties are selling 1.7 times faster than non-distressed. 95 of the listed O.C homes distressed homes are over $1 million. The distressed inventory represents 37% of the active inventory.

Seal Beach had the lowest level of distressed listings at 3.9% followed by Corona Del mar at 5.1%.

Renting v. Buying


In 2011 apartment rents nationwide rose 4.1%. Only 6.5% of units were vacant in 2011 vs. 6.9% in 2010.

O.C. apartment rents increased 5.8% in the fourth quarter, the fourth-biggest gain among 26 California metro areas

With Rent on the Rise it is now so much cheaper to buy a home in Southern California v. Renting.

We have been working with lots of First Time Home Buyers Recently. Don’t Forget that you can always be gifted the money for a down payment. If you want me to run numbers for you on renting v. buying please feel free to ask. And lets not forget that with being a homeowner you also get to use it as a tax write off !!!