Preliminary Plans for 5,000 Homes Around the OC Great Park Okayed

The plan submitted by the Aliso Viejo-based developer has parks, shopping areas, trails, a school, police substation and other aspects. IRVINE — Plans for nearly 5,000 new homes ringing the Orange County Great Park won preliminary approval from a divided City Council last week. Irvine officials voted 3 to 2 on Tuesday night to OK …

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Top issues that derail real estate closings

It can take weeks for an offer to be ratified. Buyers and sellers often counter back and forth for weeks before reaching mutual agreement on both price and terms. In this case, it’s a good idea to re-evaluate the closing date in the contract before inking the final agreement. Some buyers make offers that propose …

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Title Insurance and Living Trusts

Understanding Title Insurance Requirements for Insuring Living Trusts In today’s world of busy probate courts and a desire for privacy, the living trust has become a common manner of holding title to real property.  What will the title company require if a trustee holds the title to the property which is part of the trust?  …

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Top 10 home buying mistakes

Use RealEstate.com‘s list of common house-buying mistakes to avoid costly regrets. 1. Doing it alone. Buying a house is a complex transaction. Even if you don’t use an agent, you’ll need a complete, dependable team: lender, lawyer, inspector, insurer, as well as referrals and advice from friends and family. Enlist the help of these individuals …

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