Josie Andrade's Blog Posts

What Is Prop 13 and How It Can Help Californians Move Anywhere in California Within the State and Keep Your Low Tax Base

How Prop 19 Helps Californians Move Anywhere Within the State and Keep Their Low Tax Baseby First Team Real Estate | Nov 18, 2020 | Real Estate News, Selling |;

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Why Working from Home May Spark Your Next Move?

Why Working from Home May Spark Your Next MoveIf you’ve been working from home this year, chances are you’ve been at it a little longer than you initially expected. Businesses

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Tips to Sell Your House Safely Right Now

Tips to Sell Your House Safely Right Now [INFOGRAPHIC]Some HighlightsYour agent now has over 6 months of experience selling houses during the pandemic and can make the process easier and safer for

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Real Estate Is a Driving Force in the Economy!

Real Estate Is a Driving Force in the EconomyAs the economy recovers from this year’s health crisis, the housing market is playing a leading role in the turnaround. It’s safe to say that

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2021 Forecast Doesn’t Call for a Foreclosure Crisis

Why the 2021 Forecast Doesn’t Call for a Foreclosure CrisisAs the current forbearance mortgage relief options come to an end, many are wondering if we’ll face a foreclosure

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Will the Election Won’t Dampen the Housing Market?

4 Reasons Why the Election Won’t Dampen the Housing MarketTomorrow, Americans will decide our President for the next four years. That decision will have a major impact on many aspects of life

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Where Are Home Values Headed Over the Next Year?

Where Are Home Values Headed Over the Next 12 Months?As shelter-in-place orders were implemented earlier this year, many questioned what the shutdown would mean to the real estate market.

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ON FIRE! Housing Market on Track to Beat Last Year’s Success

Housing Market on Track to Beat Last Year’s SuccessBack in March, as the nation’s economy was shut down because of the coronavirus, many were predicting the real estate market would face

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Construction Opportunity: Home Builder Confidence Hits All-Time Record

Home Builder Confidence Hits All-Time RecordLast week, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) reported their Housing Market Index (HMI) hit an all-time high 

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Did You Know the Cost of a Home Is Far More Important than the Price

The Cost of a Home Is Far More Important than the PriceHousing inventory is at an all-time low. There are 39% fewer homes for sale today than at this time last year, and buyer demand

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Let our First Impressions Concierge Pay for Your Improvements

Home Improvement Trends During COVID-19by First Team Real Estate | Sep 15, 2020 | Buying | 0 commentsWith homeowners spending more time at home than ever before

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Is Now a Good Time to Move? You may have more equity than you think!

Is Now a Good Time to Move?How long have you lived in your current home? If it’s been a while, you may be thinking about moving. According to the latest Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers

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Biggest Surprise of 2020 in the Real Estate Market

Homebuyer Traffic Is on the RiseOne of the biggest surprises of 2020 is the resilience of the residential real estate market. Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist of the National Association

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GOOD NEWS ALERT: The Latest Unemployment Rate Fell to 8.4%

The Latest Unemployment Rate Fell to 8.4%Last Friday, the Bureau for Labor Statistics released their Employment Report for August 2020. The big surprise was that the unemployment

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Your Fall Guide Is Here! Things to Consider When Buying or Selling a Home

Things to Consider When Buying a HomeThe process of buying a home can be overwhelming at times, but you don’t need to go through it alone.You may be wondering if now is a good time to buy a

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Real Estate and the Presidential Election: Will It Matter Who is Elected?

How Will the Presidential Election Impact Real Estate?The year 2020 will be remembered as one of the most challenging times of our lives. A worldwide pandemic, a recession causing historic

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Top Three Ways to Win a Bidding War

Three Ways to Win in a Bidding WarWith so few houses for sale today and low mortgage rates driving buyer activity, bidding wars are becoming more common. Multiple-offer scenarios are

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Pros and Cons of Renting vs.Buying

The Cost of Renting Vs. Buying a Home [INFOGRAPHIC]Some HighlightsThe percentage of income needed to afford a median-priced home today is declining, while that for renting is on the rise

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Selling Like Hot Cakes! Builders & Realtors Agree: Real Estate Is Back

Builders & Realtors Agree: Real Estate Is BackWhen shelter-in-place orders brought the economy to a screeching halt earlier this year, many believed the residential housing market would follow

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The Top Reasons People Are Moving This Year. Which One Sounds More Like You?

The Top Reasons People Are Moving This YearToday, Americans are moving for a variety of different reasons. The current health crisis has truly re-shaped our lifestyles and our needs. Spending extra

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Good News: Forbearance Numbers Are Lower than Expected

Forbearance Numbers Are Lower than ExpectedOriginally, some housing industry analysts were concerned that the mortgage forbearance program (which allows families to delay payments to a later date)

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Sellers Are Returning to the Housing Market!

Sellers Are Returning to the Housing MarketIn today’s housing market, it can be a big challenge for buyers to find homes to purchase, as the number of houses for sale is far below

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Lookout! The Beginning of an Economic Recovery

The Beginning of an Economic RecoveryThe news these days seems to have a mix of highs and lows. We may hear that an economic recovery is starting, but we’ve also seen some of the worst

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Take Advantage of the Affordability That Comes With Such Low Mortgage Rates!

Homes Are More Affordable Right Now Than They Have Been in YearsToday, home prices are appreciating. When we hear prices are going up, it’s normal to think a home will cost more as the trend

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What does this mean for Foreclosures? Why Foreclosures Won’t Crush the Housing Market Next Year

Why Foreclosures Won’t Crush the Housing Market Next YearWith the strength of the current housing market growing every day and more Americans returning to work, a faster

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Lowest Rates In History: Current Buyer & Seller Perks in the Housing Market

Lowest Rates In History:Current Buyer & Seller Perks in the Housing MarketToday’s housing market is making a truly impressive turnaround, and it’s also setting up some

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Picking the Best Offer in a Bidding War

How Do You Pick the Best Offer in a Bidding War?Last month we talked about bidding wars and strategies for homebuyers on how to stand out in the crowd. With low inventory in Southern

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Why Homeowners Have Great Selling Power Today

Why Homeowners Have Great Selling Power TodayWe’re sitting in an optimal moment in time for homeowners who are ready to sell their houses and make a move this year. Today’s homeowners,

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Do you want serious Buyers for your Home? You are in Luck!

Today’s Buyers Are Serious about Purchasing a HomeToday’s homebuyers are not just talking about their plans, they’re actively engaged in the buying process – and they&rsquo

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I Will Be Here to Guide and Support You on Your Journey Home

Guidance and Support Are Key When Buying Your First HomeIn June, the number of first-time homebuyers accounted for 35% of the existing homes sold, a trend that’s been building steadily

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Strong Housing Market is on the Horizon!

Three of the Latest Reports Show Housing Market Is StrongThe residential real estate market is remaining resilient as the country still struggles to beat the COVID-19 pandemic. Three separate

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Honored and Blessed to Be on 2019 Hall of Fame Top Team Award Winners

I am honored and humbled to be recognized for this prestigious award by First Team Real Estate. Thank you to all of my valued clients who've allowed me the privilege of serving you in 2019 - I'

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Are You Ready for a Bidding War?

Buyers: Are You Ready for a Bidding War?With businesses reopening throughout the country and some experts indicating early signs of a much-anticipated economic recovery, more homebuyers are

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Your Friendly Neighborhood Realtor, Ready for Duty Downey and Norwalk!

Not All Agents Are Created EqualIn today’s fast-paced world where answers are just a Google search away, there are some who may question the benefits of hiring a real estate professional when

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Purchasing a Home in Today's Market is Affordable as Heck! Will you take advantage?

Taking Advantage of Homebuying Affordability in Today’s MarketEveryone is ready to buy a home at different times in their lives, and despite the health crisis, today is no exception.

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Great News...for the Most Part! Here is the Latest on Unemployment

Latest Unemployment Report: Great News…for the Most PartThe Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released their latest Employment Situation Summary last Thursday, and it again beat

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It's July 2020! What's the tea on the Housing Market? Is Now the time to buy? Read on to find out!

Is Now the Time To Buy? Homebuyer’s Mortgage Watch – July 5, 2020by First Team Real Estate | Jul 6, 2020 | Buying | 0 commentsTo find out if now is the

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The Shocking News in the Unemployment Report- June 8, 2020

The Shocking News in the Unemployment ReportLast Friday, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released their May Employment Situation Summary. Leading up to the release, most

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Buyers are you ready? Homebuyer’s Mortgage Watch – May 24, 2020

To find out if now is the time to buy, check out this week’s mortgage highlights:Economic data continued to highlight what we already know – the virus and subsequent shutdown have

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Knowledge Packed Home Owners 30 Minute Strategic Session

Home Owners Strategic 30 Minute Session. Hey everyone, I hope everyone is staying strong, healthy and uplifted! ? There's a lot of uncertainty and misinformation out there and the belief

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OC market Update during this Week 5 of Covid -19

 As a result of everyday life grinding to a halt, demand dropped by 55% in the past month, from 2,398 pending sales to 1,080. These demand levels were last seen in 2007. Since the “stay

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Review of Local Market update during Week 5 of Covid19 for ALL of LA County

Like the rest of “daily life,” the housing market has not been spared from the sweeping effects of sheltering in place. Supply and Demand: A low supply is confronted with low demand.

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Homebuyer’s Mortgage Watch – April 19, 2020 by First Team Real Estate |

Is Now the Time To Buy? Homebuyer’s Mortgage Watch – April 19, 2020by First Team Real Estate | Apr 20, 2020 | Buying | 0 commentsTo find out if now is

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Homebuyer’s Mortgage Watch – April 12, 2020

by Grace Keister | Apr 13, 2020 | Buying | 0 commentsTo find out if now is the time to buy, check out this week’s mortgage highlights:While the road ahead is

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Free, Fun Things To Do At Home During Quarantine

Free, Fun Things To Do At Home During Quarantineby Grace Keister | Apr 10, 2020 | Homeowners | 0 commentsWhile California is quarantined at home, there are plenty

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Resources Available for Homeowners and Real Estate Agents During COVID-19

by Grace Keister | Apr 6, 2020 | Buying | 0 commentsEvery which way you turn, everyone in every industry has COVID-19 on the brain – and rightfully so.,

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Is Now the Time To Buy? Homebuyer’s Mortgage Watch – April 5, 2020

Is Now the Time To Buy? Homebuyer’s Mortgage Watch – April 5, 2020by Grace Keister | Apr 6, 2020 | Buying | 0 commentsTo find out if now is the time to

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Stay Informed- 5 Simple Graphs Proving This Is NOT Like the Last Time

5 Simple Graphs Proving This Is NOT Like the Last TimeWith all of the volatility in the stock market and uncertainty about the Coronavirus (COVID-19), some are concerned we may be headed for another

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More Housing Is Needed

 To To find out if now is the time to buy, check out thesemortgage highlights:During a week of great economic news, mortgage rates continued to slip on fears of the future impact of the viral

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Sweetening the Deal | How to Craft a Seller Love Letter

There are several things a buyer can do in a competitive market to stand out from the crowd and sweeten the deal when putting in an offer on a home. What has been gaining popularity is a

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