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5 Fall Landscaping Tips

With fall upon us, this is the time of year to prep your yard for the cooler temperatures. With the temperatures averaging in the low 60's Newport Beach rarely has to worry about freezing temps, but with lows hitting the 40 degree mark it's smart to be prepared. When the temperature lowers there's a lot going on below ground that we never Continue reading

Published on Wednesday, September 25, 2019

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How To Have The Greenest Lawn On The Block

Have you ever walked past your neighbors house and admired their perfect green lawn? You might think to yourself "How do they do it?" and "Why can't my lawn look like that?". No longer do you need to feel green with envy because  Balboa Realty , a leader in  Orange County property management will help you improve Continue reading

Published on Monday, September 23, 2019

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Current Newport Beach Real Estate Market Trends

If you're involved in the  Orange County real estate market or are interested in getting involved in the local real estate market it's important to stay up to date about everything going on.  Balboa Realty is here to break it down and provide you the most important and helpful real estate information. Let's chat about the current Continue reading

Published on Friday, August 9, 2019

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How To Keep Your Pillows Fresh & Clean

It's said that an average person spends at least 1/3 of their lifetime in their bed, so knowing this, it would only make sense that you'd want your pillows to stay fresh and clean. Even if we jump into bed squeaky clean after a shower every night, overtime, it is inevitable that dust mites, dirt, dead skin, and of course some drool accumulates Continue reading

Published on Friday, August 3, 2018

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3 Important Home Security Tips

Once you’ve moved into your new house, after a well deserved celebration, there will be many things for you to do. You wouldn’t want anything to bring you down from your real estate cloud nine, so your home’s security should be a primary focus. Safe guarding your home with the proper security measures will keep all of your important possessions and Continue reading

Published on Friday, July 20, 2018

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Important Tax Tips For All Home Owners

Taxes. Just hearing this word raises many people's blood pressure and causes an immense amount of anxiety. Every year the tax season comes and every year we dread doing them just as much as the previous year. The deadline looms over us and as hard as we try to ignore it, we can't. The goal is to find an  OC Property Management company that Continue reading

Published on Friday, February 23, 2018

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Clean The Hidden Germ Ridden Items In Your Home

We are in full swing of flu season and this year has been one of the very worst. Medical experts predict that it doesn’t plan on letting up any time soon. We can’t control all of our surroundings, but we can make sure the inside of our homes are as clean as can be. Many of us make cleaning the toilet a high priority when it comes to chores, but not Continue reading

Published on Friday, February 16, 2018

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Get Financial Advice Before Buying A Home

Buying your first house is a big deal plain and simple. It takes money, time and effort and even when you have it all, the process can still feel overwhelming. If buying a home is something you might consider for the future, set yourself up for success. Even if buying a home is years away and seems like something you won't have to worry about right... Continue reading

Published on Friday, January 19, 2018

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Home To Do's During The Winter

New year, new home improvements! After the busy holiday season, the weather gets a little colder and there is a peaceful lull. Calendars are clear of important events and you have more time on your hands. During the cozy winter season, many want to cuddle up on the couch, turn on the tv and hibernate. Although this sounds like a great idea, dedicate... Continue reading

Published on Friday, January 5, 2018

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How to Prepare Your Patio for Winter

Winter is here whether we like it or not, but there's no need to panic. In Orange County this doesn't mean the snow boots replace the flip flops, but it is quite common for the temperatures to dip down into the 50’s (and even 40’s sometimes). Keep your outdoor patio open all year round with our helpful tips. Balboa Realty, the leaders in  Continue reading

Published on Friday, December 22, 2017

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How To Keep Your Carpet Clean

During the busy holiday season your home probably has more traffic going through it than normal. More celebrations, means more people which also means more chances for for accidents to occur. Spilling juice, wine, soda or pretty much anything on your carpet feels close to a tragedy but you don't have to totally freak out about it because we Continue reading

Published on Wednesday, December 20, 2017

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What Are Raised Foundations & Concrete Footings?

In Orange County, California, basements are pretty much non-existent. There are underground parking garages, and specifically where Balboa Realty manages properties based in Newport Beach, Orange County, California, homeowners are maximizing their small lot sizes by going underground. On the Balboa Peninsula and surrounding Newport Harbor, going underground... Continue reading

Published on Wednesday, December 6, 2017

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Water Damage - Your Home's Worst Enemy

WATER – Your home’s worst enemy. Another owner education article from Balboa Realty. For our purpose, in this article we are going to discuss the most common water damage experienced in California, and those that we have experienced through our Orange County Property Management .   Are you interested in Orange County property Continue reading

Published on Thursday, November 30, 2017

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How To Waterproof Your Home & Basement

If you have a basement, chances are from time to time it feels damp and musty. It's important to address this issue and not ignore it because moisture in basements overtime can create serious problems. What is the solution you ask? Waterproofing your basement walls is the answer. There are both interior and exterior waterproofing options so Continue reading

Published on Friday, November 17, 2017

Warm Your Home With a New Fireplace

As the holidays near and the cooler months are ahead of us, we have ways to make your home feel like a warm and intimate place of comfort. Transform your living room, family room, or bedroom into a super cozy space with the addition of a fireplace. Snuggle up on the couch with a warm blanket and warm your toes by the fire all night long. Balboa Realty Continue reading

Published on Wednesday, November 8, 2017

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Recycling Rules & Regulations in Newport Beach

This year make it your goal to go a little greener. Start by cleaning up your trash routine and figuring out what goes in the trash can and what goes in the recycling bin. Balboa Realty , the leaders in Orange County property management is here to guide you. We all want to do our individual parts to help save Mother Earth and with our Newport Beach Continue reading

Published on Thursday, November 2, 2017

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4 Things To Do As Soon As You Move Into Your New house

Moving into your new house is a huge milestone in yourself. Once you've had a mini celebration and given yourself a big pat on the back there are a few more things to attend to. A to-do list might be the last thing you want to turn your attention to, but with  Balboa Realty 's tips and tricks, it will set you up for success in the Continue reading

Published on Thursday, September 28, 2017

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Prepare & Prevent Your Home From Flooding

In the wake of the heartbreaking devastation caused by hurricanes Harvey and Irma, it makes us thankful for everything we have and also ask ourselves, "How can we prevent flooding from occurring in our home?" The environment is undoubledly changing and storms are becoming stronger and more frequent so it's only a matter Continue reading

Published on Friday, September 15, 2017

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How To Choose The Right Appliances For Your Home

The kitchen is one of the most popular rooms in a house so when it comes to choosing new appliances you'll want to take your time to find the right ones. With so many different types of appliance options you'll find yourself walking the fine line of function and fashion. Who says you have to choose when you can have both? You can incorporate Continue reading

Published on Thursday, September 14, 2017

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Consider These 4 Things Before Buying a House

There comes a time in life when you begin to feel financially stable and ready to put some real roots down. Moving on from the rental life and become a homeowner is a big and thrilling step in life. There are many different reasons as to why you might want to buy and it’s important to make sure you’re doing it for all the right ones. Keep in mind, buying... Continue reading

Published on Thursday, September 7, 2017

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Use Eco Friendly Materials Inside Your Home

In today's day in age going green is all the rage. You too can do your part and help save the planet by incorporating environmentally friendly elements in your house. Don't overwhelm yourself by trying to transform your whole entire house and just go green slowly and do a little at a time. Have the home of your dreams all while Continue reading

Published on Friday, September 1, 2017

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The Coolest New Wallpaper Trends

When you first think of wallpaper you may associate it with words like old, outdated, and Grandmother's house. Not anymore! Wallpaper is the new go to interior design trick to spice up your home. Although decorating your entire house with traditional wallpaper is out of style, accent wall, textured, and patterned wallpaper are very in. The Continue reading

Published on Thursday, August 31, 2017

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What Exactly is a Lien?

During the process of buying and selling a house, it’s often hard to keep all of the real estate jargon straight. Rest assured, Balboa Realty , the leaders in orange county property management and real estate is here to help you understand all of those tricky real estate buzz words. One of the words you’ll want to know is a lien. “What is a lien how Continue reading

Published on Thursday, August 24, 2017

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4 Money Saving Landscaping Tips

Get your gardening on this summer! You can turn your backyard into one that looks straight out of a Home and Garden magazine without having to pay the price. Why hire an expensive professional when you can do it yourself with our 4 easy and cheap landscaping ideas. Not only will your landscape look lush and beautiful, but when it comes time to Continue reading

Published on Friday, August 18, 2017

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Why You Shouldn't Buy a Home Without a Real Estate Agent

If you decide to buy a new home without using the expertise of a real estate agent you could be entering dangerous real estate territory. You may be thinking "why do I need to hire a real estate agent", "Could I just try and do it myself?" or "Is it really worth the money?" so we're here to explain the risks of Continue reading

Published on Tuesday, August 15, 2017

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4 Apartment Changes That Could Cost You Your Security Deposit

When you move into your new apartment there will undoubtedly be things you'll want to change and improve. Before starting a big expensive home improvement project, be sure to be in contact with your landlord so that you're always on the same page. If you make an unapproved change you might end up losing a lot of your security deposit if it costs... Continue reading

Published on Friday, August 11, 2017

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Natural Ways To Kill Weeds in Your Yard

The one thing that can put a damper on your summertime gardening and landscaping is weeds. These unwanted little pests can become a serious issue that you’ll want to clear up in the beginning and then dedicate a little time to maintaining them all year round. When it comes to killing weeds, many people want to avoid toxic chemicals that can be dangerous... Continue reading

Published on Monday, August 7, 2017

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4 Quick & Smart Ways to Buy a House

When it comes to buying a new house the process can be long and tedious. On average, it takes about 2 months to buy a new house, but when the markets hot and there is a lot of interest in buying a property it could take up to 6 months. At Balboa Realty we understand that you might not have the time to wait 6 months to buy a house or you simply Continue reading

Published on Friday, August 4, 2017

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The 5 Biggest Bathroom Trends of the Year

With the ever changing trends of interior design it's often hard to keep up with what's in and what's out. When it comes to bathroom designs and decor, the minimalist and modern look will always be "in". There's no need to run to the store and completely redo your bathroom, but keep these ideas in mind and consider incorporating... Continue reading

Published on Friday, July 28, 2017

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How To Estimate Your Home's Value

Whether you are looking to sell your house or have no near future plans to sell it, every home owner should know how much their home is worth. Understanding and figuring out your home's market value is crucial in the buying and selling process. The process of selling your house becomes much less stressful when you settle on a fair and appropriate... Continue reading

Published on Tuesday, July 25, 2017

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4 Quick Summertime To Do's

With the summertime in full effect it might hard to find the time and motivation to do some household chores. Trust us at Balboa Realty , we get it. Going to the beach, swimming in your pool, going for a bike ride, and soaking up the summertime fun is way more appealing, but a little work goes a long way. Put aside time for 4 small projects and you ( Continue reading

Published on Friday, July 21, 2017

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5 Helpful Packing Tip & Tricks

Packing is one of the most dreaded tasks by most people even when it comes to packing for a fun vacation. When it comes time to pack up an entire house many people are totally overwhelmed for good reason. Your entire life has been inside this one space and there are so many memories in the house which can make the packing process very emotional on Continue reading

Published on Tuesday, July 18, 2017

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How to Get a Bargain When Buying a House

When you're in the grocery store food shopping you're always searching for those coupons and deals. When shopping for a new house keep your savvy sale instinct alive and your eyes open for all kinds of deals. You don’t always have to pay through the roof to get the home of your dreams. With some slick real estate tips your fantasies can become Continue reading

Published on Thursday, July 13, 2017

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What is a Home Mortgage?

In it's most simplistic form a mortgage is a loan set in place to finance the purchase of a new home. A mortgage consists of a legal contract which means you agree to and are liable for paying back the loan and also any other costs and interest. There are many ways to find a financial lender for the mortgage and a bank is one of the most Continue reading

Published on Friday, July 7, 2017

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How to Start a Bidding War When Selling Your House

With the housing marketing on fire right now we've got ways for you to turn up the heat when it comes to selling your own home. Set yourself up for the opportunity to start a bidding war and before you know it you will be accepting an offer way over your asking price. Jump into this fast paced environment of real estate sales with trusted tips and Continue reading

Published on Wednesday, July 5, 2017

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3 Reasons Why Summer is the Hottest Season to Buy a New House

If you have been thinking about buying a new house, seriously consider this summer as the time to pull the real estate trigger. Keep your eyes peeled for all of the For Sale signs that are popping up around town. You might not be aware, but summer is the best time of year to buy a new house and there are many advantages. It’s actually the most popular Continue reading

Published on Wednesday, June 28, 2017

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3 Tips To Help Understand The Home Inspection Process

Home inspections are necessary, but sometimes overwhelming part of the of the home buying process. A home inspection is essential for any home property purchase because it will ensure that your new home is safe to live in. By doing your due diligence, you are protecting yourself by getting all of the information that you need to make an educated... Continue reading

Published on Monday, June 19, 2017

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What Should My Credit Score Be To Buy A House?

You credit score is the single most important number for home buyers when applying or a mortgage loan. Even if you are young and are not planning on buying a house in the foreseeable future, having a good credit score is essential for renting and many other aspects of your life, and you'll need a good number when you are ready to buy. There' Continue reading

Published on Friday, June 16, 2017

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5 Tips When Moving With Children

Moving is huge task unto itself, but when you add children into the mix you may feel like the moving process is near impossible. Even when the stars align and everything goes according to plan, there's no question that moving is emotionally and physically draining. When it comes time to pack up your bags and relocate, keep these tips in mind and Continue reading

Published on Tuesday, June 13, 2017

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3 Smart Technologies for the Backyard

Many people have heard of smart house technologies, but did you know that there are also smart outdoor gadgets? The smarter your backyard gets the easier it becomes to maintain all year round. No need to hire and pay contractors to cut your grass or water your plants. Once you set up these gadgets they'll become a part of your landscaping team... Continue reading

Published on Friday, June 9, 2017

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Ask Sellers These 4 Questions Before Moving In

Moving day is one of the most anticipated and exciting days there is. Although you might want to race to the finish line, hand over the money and start unpacking your boxes, it's important to ask some key questions first. After all you don't know the ins and outs of this new home and you'll want to make sure that you know exactly what Continue reading

Published on Thursday, June 8, 2017

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3 Ways to Become a Smart Real Estate Investor

With real estate prices on the rise it's a hot topic right now and investing in this growing market is a smart idea. Real estate investing might immediately sound intimidating and make you feel overwhelmed and like you don't know where to begin. Rest assured you actually don't have to be a real estate guru to be a successful real estate... Continue reading

Published on Monday, May 22, 2017

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Get Started on Your Summer Home Maintenance

Summer is approaching so it's time to get your house in tip top shape. These outdoors tasks will get your house ready for the warm wonderful weather of Newport Beach. Complete these quick and easy chores to make your home sparkle all spring and summer long.  Balboa Realty , the leaders in Orange County property management will guide you every Continue reading

Published on Friday, May 19, 2017

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The Guide To Finding & Hiring The Best Moving Company

Moving Day. Just saying those two words often gives us an immediate headache and spike our blood pressure. (YIKES) Hiring a moving crew can help ease your stress, but finding the right company is key. You need a moving team that you can clearly communicate with and trust to move your entire life of valuable possessions. Follow the right steps so that Continue reading

Published on Wednesday, May 10, 2017

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4 Tips for Making a Tiny Space Feel Big

If you are living in a small apartment or home we have great news for you because we’re here to show you that bigger isn't always better. Taking advantage of every little bit of space is key to making your house as useful and comfortable as possible. You don’t need to compromise your big interior design dreams just because your home is on the smaller... Continue reading

Published on Wednesday, May 3, 2017

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Make Eco-friendly Home Improvements

Going green is what’s very in right now and mostly likely forever. Many people want to “go green” but don’t know where to begin. Although installing solar panels are a great way to make your house sustainable, there are many other easier ways to give back to the earth and put money in your pocket as well. Here are our easy ways to do your part and turn... Continue reading

Published on Tuesday, April 25, 2017

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How to Save Big on Home Renovations

Have you had a remodel on your to do list forever, but just haven't gotten around to it? Have you been wanting to improve some rooms in your house, but aren't sure how to? Making improvements to your home can be one of the best ways to increase the worth of your home and bring it to its full potential. Remodeling can, however, quickly turn... Continue reading

Published on Friday, April 21, 2017

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4 Things To Look For When Buying a Luxury Home

When searching for a new home it's important to look deeper than just how it appears on the website. Many houses appear stunning in photos and have many fancy features, and although both of these are great selling points, it must have more to be considered true luxury. There are 4 features of a new home that luxury buyers are seeking, and  Balboa Realty Continue reading

Published on Tuesday, April 18, 2017

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5 Money Saving Move-In Tips

Are you working hard on saving money? Too often do we hear the phrase "I wish I could save more money". This common goal can feel like a burden at times, but remember that you are not alone in the money saving fight. It does take time so patience is key, but you're in luck because we have some serious money saving tips when you move Continue reading

Published on Friday, April 14, 2017

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Sell Your House With Pop Up Staging

When it comes to selling your house there are many important factors to consider; one of them being staging your home. This home technique is really the art of arranging the furniture in your home to make it look inviting and fresh out of a magazine spread. Your goal is to make it look enticing enough so that future buyers to want to make you an offer Continue reading

Published on Wednesday, April 12, 2017

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Market Value vs. Assessed Value - So What's The Difference?

Many people are under the impression that once home prices are set they are fixed at that price forever. This common misconception can be misleading and intimidating for buyers. In reality, the home price is more of a general target price, can change and is negotiable. The two phrases “Market Value” and “Assessed Value” are very common terms in the Continue reading

Published on Friday, April 7, 2017

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Tips For Cleaning Your Gardening Tools

Springtime means it’s time to start spending more time outside in the beautiful warm outdoors. This also means it’s time to start planning what you want to do with your gardens and flowers. Newport Beach tends to be pretty mild all winter long, but Spring is the perfect time to do some outdoor chores you’ve been putting off. Gardening is one of many Continue reading

Published on Tuesday, April 4, 2017

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How Much is a Down Payment on a House?

During the process of searching for and purchasing a new home the talk about the "down payment" is inevitable. The dreaded phrase "down payment" may sound scary and expensive, but our  Balboa Realty team is here to break it down for you. Many feel like the down payment is a make or break part of the entire process and that the Continue reading

Published on Friday, March 31, 2017

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5 Inexpensive Bathroom Makeover Tips

Now is the perfect time to get started on a Spring home improvement project. The right tile work, bathtub or lighting can transform a dull, dated bathroom into a clean, stylish retreat. With a few easy upgrades you will have your bathroom transformed in no time. Your bathroom might just turn into your favorite room in your house! Balboa Realty Continue reading

Published on Wednesday, March 29, 2017

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Spring Cleaning in Orange County

Spring has sprung and it's time to get your house into tip top shape. Open the windows, let the light shine in and take a good look at your home. It's easy to avoid and put off the spring cleaning as sometimes it feels like a daunting task, but take it a little at a time and when it's done you'll see a major difference. Wipe away the winter cobwebs Continue reading

Published on Friday, March 24, 2017

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Play House Before You Actually Buy One

Buying a house is a super exciting process, but it is also big responsibility. Before you commit, test it out by "playing house" and see if you can financially afford it. You might realize that you'll have to change your lifestyle and spending habits in order to really make it work. Balboa Realty are the leaders in  Orange County Property Management Continue reading

Published on Tuesday, March 21, 2017

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How To Rent Out Your House and Make Some Serious Money

There are many reasons to consider renting out your house to earn some extra income. The Orange County rental market is hot and has proved to bring owners significant rewards. The rental market has been on an upward trend for the past 10 years which is a great sign. People from all of the United States and the world love coming to beautiful Newport Continue reading

Published on Thursday, March 16, 2017

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Vacation Rental Advocacy - Let Our Voices Be Heard

The vacation rental business is extremely beneficial to the local and nationwide economy. The travel and tourism is a huge contributor to the state’s economy and without it many will suffer. California is in a huge amount of debt and the tourism industry brings people outside of the state with money into the state. Vacation rentals are a big reason Continue reading

Published on Wednesday, March 15, 2017

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How Long Does it Take to Sell Your Home?

Many people often assume that selling a home is an easy breezy thing to do. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the truth. Even when the market is in favor of the seller there are still many things to consider from start to finish. It is common for hiccups to occur during the selling process, but rest assured our Balboa Realty team of real estate experts Continue reading

Published on Wednesday, March 1, 2017

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How To Keep Closing Costs Under Control When Buying A Home

When you've finally found your dream house and start going through the buying process, you'll see that closing costs can quickly rack up quite the bill. There are so many fees such as title insurance and origination fees that can cause headaches and stress. Don't despair - Balboa Realty knows all of the tricks of the trade and is here to Continue reading

Published on Friday, February 24, 2017

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4 Tips to Get Your Home Ready to be Rented

Have you ever thought about renting out your house or one of your houses to make some extra cash? Income properties are a smart way to make consistent money and it can be really lucrative. Housing rentals are a necessity so the demand is always there and all you have to do is bring the supply. Newport Beach specifically is known as a rental Continue reading

Published on Friday, February 17, 2017

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Don't Wait - It's Time To Buy a Home in 2017

2017 is the year of the rooster, but it's also the year of buying a new house. Jump on the Real Estate train now before it's too late. The real estate market is competitive now and is only getting more and more competitive. Don't wait because you won't want to miss out. Interest rates have begun to climb and are predicted to Continue reading

Published on Friday, February 10, 2017

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4 Indoor Home Maintenance To Do's

Now is the perfect time to check in with your home and really take a look at what's going on. Give yourself a reasonable timeline to complete these tasks, like a month, and hold yourself to it. Whether it's your primary home or an income property, taking care of the home or homes your own is extremely important and these small projects don&# Continue reading

Published on Monday, February 6, 2017

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How to Be Smart About Investing in Real Estate

Investing in real estate is a really hot topic right now and for good reason. The real estate market is booming and everyone wants a piece of the gold. If you’ve got the capital and you do it right, one of the smartest and safest ways to invest your money is in real estate. One common misconception is that investing in real estate is easy. Many think Continue reading

Published on Friday, February 3, 2017

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6 Benefits of Using a Property Management Company

Our Balboa Realty team couples our "Newport Beach born and raised" roots with our "go big or go home" attitude. From early surf mornings, to weekend beach bike rides we are all Orange County obsessed. Knowing the ins and outs of the rental market, the individual appeal of each neighborhood, and our years of property management experience... Continue reading

Published on Tuesday, January 24, 2017

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5 Reasons Why It's Time to Buy a New House

A new year calls for a new house! Many people's new year's resolutions are to buy a new house or to move into their first one and  now is the time to buy. Our team of Newport Beach real estate experts at Balboa Realty are here for you every step of the way. We've outlined 5 reasons why it's time to buy a new house& Continue reading

Published on Tuesday, January 17, 2017

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3 New Year's Resolutions for Homeowners

The New Year is just around the corner...only a couple days away and you know what that means - New Years Resolutions! Now is the best time to reflect upon the past year with all of it's ups and downs and take the positives with you into 2017. Take some time to focus on your rental property and make any necessary and important improvements. The& Continue reading

Published on Friday, December 30, 2016

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Save Money With Automated Home Technology

Controlling your lighting, temperature, security system and energy has never been easier. If you are looking for the easiest and most cost effective way to monitor your home look no further. Home automation systems allow you to manage your house all from your smart phone from anywhere in the world. Installing automated systems into your own home is Continue reading

Published on Thursday, December 22, 2016

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Rent Your Home Out During the Holidays & Earn Extra Cash

Do you have a second home and are you interested in making some extra money? Owning a furnished or unfurnished rental has many benefits and can be a great source of income. If you own a second (or third!) home don't let it just sit there. Rent it out (especially during peak times like the holidays) and you will be financially rewarded. Having an Continue reading

Published on Friday, December 16, 2016

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Homeowner Tip: Keep Improving Your Landscape

A beautiful landscape is not only something nice to look at, but it will benefit you financially as well. Putting in some extra effort into your yard and landscape will pay off (and put more money in your pockets!). Our Balboa Realty team are the experts in  Orange County Property Management and we want to share our secrets with you.  Think Continue reading

Published on Friday, December 9, 2016

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Money Saving Tip: Appeal Your Property Taxes

Homeowners in California are required to pay a property tax every year. Bills like these are never fun, but by learning how property taxes are determined, you can figure out whether the assessed value of your house is too high. When property values are increasing and when property values are decreasing you can use the following strategies to save Continue reading

Published on Friday, December 2, 2016

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8 Ways to Lower Your Home Insurance Premium

Are you a vacation rental owner interested in saving some serious bucks? We have a tip just for you! Home insurance is necessary, but undoubtedly expensive especially when your premium unexpectedly goes up each year. The more educated you are about this topic the better decisions you can make. Balboa Realty is here to be your leaders in  Orange County Property Management Continue reading

Published on Friday, October 14, 2016