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Outdoor Kitchens Vs Indoor Kitchens
You’ve just moved in to your new house and you love your outdoor kitchen, great. But, Have you stopped to consider all the things that it takes to keep an outdoor kitchen running...

Airing On KCAL 9 Next Saturday
Airing on 8/4 on KCAL 9 @4PM!!!If you haven't yet seen this Covenant Hills semi-custom home, this ad will give you a great sneak peak behind the gates!...

Momentum In Consumer Housing Confidence Slows
The Fannie Mae Home Purchase Sentiment Index® (HPSI) fell 1.6 points in June to 90.7 after reaching new survey highs in April and May. The decline is due to decreases in four of ...

The Truth About Zestimates
Do you know how much your home is worth? Homeowners and buyers often answer this question by turning to a system known as a Zestimate, produced by Zillow.com. Zillow’s intention ...

Should You Jump Into Real Estate
Buying a house is a big moment in your life, whether it’s a first time purchase or you’re snatching up yet another investment property. The home buying process is tedious and s...

Why Rising Mortgage Rates Are Not A Threat
Mortgage rates are currently on the rise, but, according to First American’s Potential Home Sales Model, the rise in rates will not noticeably reduce home sales. Even if the rate...

What You Should Know About Solar Leases
America’s love for renewable energy has led to the expansion of solar energy. It’s become so popular, that in May 2018, the California Energy Commission set a precedent for Cal...

Debt To Income Ratios Rising Among Buyers
About one in five conventional mortgage loans issued this winter went to borrowers who spent more than 45 percent of their monthly incomes on their mortgage payment and other debts...

More Tech Workers Cannot Afford To Live Where They Work
A group of millennial-age technology workers stand near signage for Google at the Googleplex, the Silicon Valley headquarters of search engine and technology company Google Inc in ...

How To Protect Yourself Against Online Identity Theft
Anyone can be at risk of identity theft - especially in the technology era we live in today. Identity thieves are highly skilled at accessing bank accounts, credit card information...

The Best Housing Markets For Home Flippers
At an 11-year high, home flipping is all the rage this year. More than 207,000 homes have been flipped at an average profit of $68,100 per house. As any good investor knows, t...

Understanding Title Insurance
Being in escrow can be overwhelming for many buyers. Pages and pages of documents flood their inbox and mailbox. A good majority of this they rely on their agent or escrow officer ...

Foreign Buyers In The US Market Are Changing
Many countries' residents have their eye on the US. After all, that is how our country was formed. We're a melting pot of all nationalities. While Chinese buyers have made up the m...

8 Essential Tools Needed For A Remodel
Remodeling a new house is a bit like taking up a new hobby. There are a lot of things you don’t know yet, but you learn as you go. For starters, you’ll need specialized equipme...

Will CA See Rent Control On The Ballot
This year, California voters may get to decide whether cities should be able to enforce stronger rent control. Proponents claim to have enough signatures to see the measure reach t...

Already No 1 And On Track For Our Biggest Year Yet
I’m very proud to announce that Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage led all competing residential real estate firms in Southern California in closed residential transaction uni...

The Impact Of Rising Interest Rates
With interest rates going up, many buyers don't realize the effects of waiting. All buyers are motivated by either one of two things - either they are motivated by time (they have ...

Is Southern California At Risk Of A Bubble
Everybody's thinking it and most people are asking it...is a bubble coming? I can't tell you how frequently I've recently been asked this question. Economists and now mortgage insu...

SUPERIOR REAL ESTATE ASSET MANAGEMENT SERVICES IN COSTA MESA CA
SUPERIOR REAL ESTATE & ASSET MANAGEMENT SERVICES IN COSTA MESA, CA Our goal is to build long-term relationships with our clients through our superior investment property ...

Kurt Property Mangement Technolgy
Our TechnologyOur Technology Advantage Our goal is to provide you with the best service and manage your properties efficiently and effectively. Our team has invested in a complete...

Kurt Property Management Services
Kurt Property Management Services Asset Management Solutions Kurt Property Management fills a void in the property management industry in Orange County. By providing individuali...

The Truth About Lead Based Paint Liability
If you've recently purchased or leased a property, you may have had to sign something called the Lead-Based Paint Addendum. Don't worry, we won't judge if you don't remember signin...

Spring Homebuyers Want This Type Of House
With spring home-buying season ramping up and summer just a short distance away, it leads sellers to wonder, what are home shoppers looking for this season? We have the answers for...

Single Family Rent Prices Continue To Rise In 2018
We’ve talked about it before and we’re bringing it back again. Last year, we saw rent prices increase 2.6 percent, causing more renters to begin looking at homeownership. Now, ...

Why We Are Numero Uno
"What's it like to be blue?" people ask. This is what it's like. We do $148.7 Million DAILY...and that's just luxury sales over $1 Million. We have offices in 47 different countrie...

Get A Greener Lawn
Spring is here and, while we are blessed to live in the warmth of Southern California, this desert climate can get cold in the winters killing some of our foliage. With warmer weat...

Deed Vs Title
People often use the terms deed and title interchangeably. What you might not realize is that there is actually a very big distinction between the two. First, let's define exactly ...

KREG Receives International Presidents Elite Award
The Kurt Real Estate Group celebrated in style last weekend at the Laguna Cliffs Marriott in Dana Point, receiving the International President's Elite Award as one of the top 5 sma...

Featured In VIEW Magazine
As a recipient of the International President’s Elite Award, The Kurt Real Estate Group is being featured in this weekend’s edition of VIEW Magazine! We cou...

Dont Be Delinquent On Your Property Taxes
It's that time of year again. The most dreaded time of year. Tax season. Grunt and groan all you like, but unfortunately, we all have to do it. I doubt you've forgotten t...

Celebrating Success With A Champagne Toast
Celebrating our successes with a champagne toast in their new dream kitchen! It's moments like these that really make what we do special. After finding David & Rachel their ne...

Downsizing The Right Way
Thinking of downsizing? No, we're not talking about the new Matt Damon movie. With many boomers now empty nesters, they no longer have a need for so much home. People dow...

10 Students To Win A 2000 Dollar College Scholarship
Last year, our company launched the national NRT Relocation & Referral Services’ Share Your Moving Story scholarship program, through which 10 winning students from acr...

Homeowners Upbeat That Equity Rise Will Continue
To put it simply, homeowners are amped about their home equity. More than 80 percent of 1,000 homeowners polled believe their home's value will continue to rise for the next 3 year...

5 Signs You Are Ready To Sell
Feeling like your home has gotten a little small for your family? Or do you feel like your home has outgrown you? Either way, not all homeowners plan to live in their current resid...

7th Time On Worlds Most Ethical Companies List
We're pleased to share the exciting news that Realogy Holdings Corp, our parent company, has been named among the World’s Most Ethical Companies for the seventh year in a row. Co...

Who Are We Seeing Buying Homes
The primary reason buyers purchased a home in 2017 was for the sense of ownership. While some traded up or down, many purchased simply for the sake of owning their own home. In fac...

Are We Amidst Another Bubble
Let’s be clear: following a brief pause after the first-time homebuyer tax credits expired, California has experienced robust, consistent home price growth for nearly 6 years—6...

Stay On Top Of Home Maintenance Tasks
Your home requires ongoing maintenance to stay in tiptop shape. If you neglect routine tasks, you risk overlooking potential issues that could lead to expensive repairs down the ro...

Public Services Completes Installation Of First Bike Sharrows
Public Services recently completed the installation of 26 thermoplastic, green-backed bike sharrows on East 19th Street, between Fullerton Avenue and Irvine Avenue.These were the f...

What Will Amazons HQ2 Do To SoCal Housing Crisis
While Amazon's choice of location for its second headquarters will positively impact the economy of any city they choose, it also brings about the question - what's going...

Public Services Keeps Alley Refurbishing Rolling Along
BEFOREPublic Services is halfway complete with the $1.2 million citywide alley rehabilitation project. The city contracted with Black Rock Construction, who began the project in Se...

Costa Mesa Police Staff Increases For Specialty Assignments
The first deployment shift change for 2018 for the Costa Mesa Police Department has taken place, resulting in some exciting and new additions to several key specialty assignments.&...

2018 Tax Reform Law
The new tax reform bill, which was signed into law by President Trump in late December, will be effective for the 2018 tax year. The National Association of REALTORS® has put toge...

Costa Mesa Partners With Newport Beach Luxury Animal Hospital
Two words. Cat Condos. Need we say more? To house it's stray animals, Costa Mesa has teamed up with luxury Newport Center Animal Hospital and Pet Hotel Suites. On a temporary ...

Light And Bright Multi Level Townhouse For Sale In Costa Mesa
Townhouse for sale in Costa Mesa off Fairview and Fair.This bright and stunning multi-level townhouse is in the perfect location and offers some unique features. With a front ...

You Can Prevent Wildfires From Getting Your Home
Unfortunately, many Californians from North to South are feeling the effects of the disastrous wildfires blazing down our great state. The combination of the Santa Ana winds and ou...

In Honor Of MLK
Today we honor Martin Luther King Jr, the most impactful civil rights activist in our country's history. His ideas regarding race relations inspired and motivated many people ...

9 Places Asbestos May Be Lurking In Your Home
If you don't already know what asbestos is, it's a naturally occurring mineral substance that can be pulled off in a fluffy substance. The fibers are resistant to heat, electricity...

New Camera Sunglasses Post Pictures On Social Media
As if we didn't have enough immediate access to social media from our phones and watches, these sunglasses bring the immediacy of capturing and posting imagery to us in a new way. ...

Housing Market Still Has Legs
After six years of rising home prices, what does this year have in store? Will prices continue to rise or will the market stall? Will rent hikes keep coming? According to Jeff...

4 Tips For Going Solar In 2018
Solar energy has become quite common, particularly in this great sunshine state. More and more homeowners are turning to solar looking to save on one of their costliest utilities b...

7 Home Design Resolutions For The New Year
Looking to spruce things up in your home this year? As we welcome in 2018, we also welcome new changes and styles. Here are some inspiring design resolutions for your home thi...

Financial Resolutions For 2018
With a new year comes new resolutions. Some are lofty goals we set hoping we'll dedicate ourselves to reaching them, but we don't harbor feelings of remorse if we don't accomp...

Builder Confidence Is High For An Expanding Market In 2018
Builder confidence in the market for newly built single family homes is high, up five points to 74 points total in December according to the Housing Market Index (HMI) of the ...

Know Your Neighbors
Shockingly enough, many of us don't know our own neighbors! 33 percent of us don't even know their names. Unfortunately, with the dawn of social media, technology, and ever changin...

Announcing FREE App Open Houses Near Me
Did you know there's a free app you can use to look up open houses near you? Available in the App Store and Google play, it contains the most accurate and up-to-date info pulling d...

What The Tax Bill Means For Homeowners
Friday Republicans unveiled the final version of their tax bill. Having reconciled their versions of tax legislation here's what's in the final legislation lawmakers will be voting...

If We Can Find Santa A Beach House
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KREG Celebrates 2017 Successes At Coldwell Banker Holiday Brunch
The Kurt Real Estate Group celebrated their 2017 successes at the annual Coldwell Banker Holiday Brunch. Reaching $35 million in sales this year, the team, led by Kurt Galitski (fa...

And The Fed Increases Interest Rates
Today the Federal Reserve raised the interest rate benchmark for the third time this year, increasing short-term interest rates by a quarter percentage point from 1.25 to 1.5. &nbs...

How To Lock In Killer First And Business Class Fares
If you haven't already booked your flight for the holidays, you may be holding out for some spectacularly low fare in a last-minute deal...or you're a procrastinator. Either way, f...

9th Annual Holiday Soiree And Charity Drive
For the past 9 years, Katrina Foley holds a holiday soiree and charity drive in Costa Mesa, and it's back again this year! Encourage friends to donate new coats for kids and art su...

Your Mortgage Questions Answered
Whether it's your first or your fifth time getting a mortgage, the process can be a little overwhelming and somewhat confusing. Unless you're in the business of lending, it's ...

Baby Boomers Flocking To Rentals
Like many millennials, baby boomers are now flocking to rental properties and quickly becoming the fastest growing group of renters. Between 2009 and 2015 the number of renter...

2017 Restaurant Picks By OC Weekly
Being OC natives and foodies ourselves, we like to share some of the best bites that OC Weekly has named as their top picks for 2017. Now you have a list of places to "ch...

Tis The Season To List Your Home
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KREG Ranked No 1 Small Team In CB Newport Beach
It takes hard work to get here and we couldn't be more proud. In addition to recently receiving the 5-star professional award for our customer service, The Kurt Real Estate Group w...

How To Remove Lead Based Paint
If your home was built prior to 1978, then there's a chance it may contain lead-based paint. This is something you'd know going into the purchase of the home because the state...

Kurt Galitski Awarded Five Star Customer Service Award For 6th Year
We've done it again! Kurt Galitski, aided by his team of seven, The Kurt Real Estate Group, has been awarded yet again the Five Star Real Estate Professional Award for exceptional ...

Grand Re Opening Of Coldwell Banker Balboa Island Office
Among the many Newport Beach residents and real estate professionals there, were Kurt Galitski and Liz Peters pictured above. The new space was designed around a more modern, ...

Rent Prices Continue To Rise In Orange County
The cost of renting in Southern California has doubled in less than 20 years - a jump twice as fast as the usual cost of living. It's no secret that living behind the "Orange curta...

Newport Mesa Unified School District Considering Change To Collegiate Calendar
The Newport Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) is considering a change to a collegiate calendar to align with local colleges. This would start the school year up to three week be...

When Do You Need A Quitclaim Deed
When buying a home you sign and receive a deed or proof of ownership of the property transferring title to you. There are two types of deeds: warranty deed and quitclaim deed. A wa...

FBI Warns Of Online Scammers Targeting Homebuyers
It's that exciting time of year. Home buying and selling is in the air. Unfortunately, scammers are taking advantage of this preying on buyers by interfering with the agent or escr...

The Kurt Real Estate Group Ad Featured In LA Times Daily Pilot
Check Out Our Upcoming Ad In The Daily Pilot Tomorrow!!!...

15 Ways To Save On Your Remodel
Home buying and selling season is quickly approaching and, whether you're looking to sell or just looking to upgrade, it's no secret that many homeowners are currently undergoing r...

Loan Pre Approval Vs Pre Qualification
When preparing to buy a home, there is one crucial step every consumer takes before they begin to shop...checking their finances. Since buying a home is one of the largest pur...

Understanding The Escrow Process
Whether you're buying or selling a home, the escrow process is inevitable. For most, the excitement of sealing the deal is overshadowed by the fright of those 45 days (the average ...

OC Homes Selling At Fastest Pace In 4 Years
With limited options to buy and prices continuing to rise, home buying in Orange County is no walk in the park. Despite these barriers to entry, homes are still being snatched up a...

10 Tips On Preparing Your Home For The Rain
It's no secret that California has been in need of some serious downpour. After several years of severe drought, the wait is finally over and the much anticipated El Niño is here!...

How To Buy And Sell A House At The Same Time
For anyone that isn't a first time homeowner, buying a new house generally involves the equally challenging, time-consuming, and somewhat stressful process of selling your current ...

6 Bad Habits To Ditch Now If Looking To Buy A House
With the new year in motion hopefully you've stuck with those resolutions long enough to get past January. If you're looking to buy a house in 2017, as many are, it might behoove y...

How Much Rent Can You Afford
Rent can be just as much as a mortgage payment, if not more. As we've noted in Buying vs Renting, you should weigh all of your options before deciding whether to rent or buy. With ...

4 Reasons To Sell Your Home In 2017
If you've been questioning selling your home, it might just be time to commit. We've been talking about it a lot...and so has everyone else. You may have read our previous blo...

7 Low Cost Items To Instantly Up Your Home Value
Selling season is around the corner and if you're preparing to sell your house, you'll want to stage it appropriately. While some improvements can be costly and not necessarily wor...

3 Tips To Help Millenials Become Homeowners
Despite the interest rate hike, 2017 looks to be the year to buy for many young renters hoping to become homeowners. The concept of buying your first home is exciting, but the...

Pros And Cons Of Buying A Foreclosure
Buying a foreclosure can be the right move when you've planned your financing carefully and have the right real estate team in place. While such a real estate investment can be a g...

What Is A Backup Offer And How Does It Work
Some buyers spend months searching for the home of their dreams and, when they finally find it, they are crushed to learn an offer has already been accepted. You know that the sell...

When To Refinance Your Home Loan
While many refinance their home loans for various reasons such as lower interest rates, shorter terms, a fixed vs adjustable rate, there are good and not-so-good times to refinance...

Is It Cheaper To Build Or Buy A House
When it comes to buying a house, everyone has different preferences. Some like new, some like old. Some like Craftsman, some like Mediterranean. Whatever your taste, when it c...

7 Mistakes To Avoid When Moving
Whether you're relocating, downsizing, or in need of something bigger, moving is a process with a lot of steps involved. Though you may feel overwhelmed at times, stay the course a...

Borrowing Against Your Homes Equity
You frequently hear commercials about borrowing against your home's equity for a line of credit to use on kitchen remodels and other home improvements. While you know it's imp...

10 Questions To Ask When Buying A Home
When you've finally found it - the home of your dreams - you're so eager to get it you could overlook some important factors. Buying a home is a huge investment and, though yo...

4 Tips To Spark A Bidding War When Selling Your Home
When selling your home, there are no guarantees as to what price you will get for it. Yes, you run the comps, you crunch the numbers, and, if you have a good agent to guide you, yo...

New FHA Home Loan Limits May Help You Buy A House
It's the new year and with that comes new change. One change in particular is higher loan limits insured by the FHA. For those with "buying a home" on their 2017 list, this is huge...

5 Habits To Start Now If Buying A Home In 2017
The new year is upon us and, if you've read our last few blogs, we know that 2017 is going to be the year for many potential homebuyers. If you're one of them, you should begi...

Housing An Increasingly Older Population
In less than 20 years, one in three households in the US will be headed by someone 65 years of age or older. While this number may sound shocking, it is only expected to grow (RISM...

Just How Long Does It Take To Sell A House
Home sales transactions don't just happen overnight. Putting your home on the market takes time and selling it can be a lengthy process. There is a lot of prep work that goes into ...

4 Tips To Saving Energy And Money This Winter
Tis the season for Christmas lights, cozy fires, and, in Southern California, the only time of year that we may need to use our heaters. After all the holiday spending, our energy ...

4 Major Housing Predictions For 2017
Another new year is around the corner...the first year of Trump's presidency. If you're a homeowner or homebuyer, you're probably wondering what 2017 will bring. As we've previousl...

Renters May Be Primed To Buy In 2017
Recent raises in interest rates, acceleration in home prices, rigid lending standards, and student loan debt, have all kept renters at bay when it comes to homeownership. However, ...

What The Feds Announcement Means For Home Buyers
If you read our last blog, then you know that the Fed just raised interest rates by .25%. So what implications does this have for home buyers? Aside from the fact that th...

The Feds Effects On Real Estate
Following the Fed's Open Market Committee meeting this December, "the Committee is maintaining its existing policy of reinvesting principal payments from its holdings of agency deb...

4 Big Tips On Shopping For A Mortgage
At this time of year shopping is on all our minds. It's hard enough shopping for a decent gift for your in-laws, let alone shopping for something like a mortgage. Finding a gr...

10 Tips For Buying A Home Quickly
Not all of us have the ability to take our time perusing the market before buying a home. While some of us may have planned out a nine month target date, others need to b...

Beware Of Package Delivery Email Scams
It's that time of year - the shipping industry's busiest season. With Christmas rapidly approaching, many of us are receiving packages daily. The convenience of online shopping and...

Leasing Property And 6 Tips For Choosing The Right Tenant
Screening tenants is one of the most important parts of leasing property. The person you select will be its caretaker so it is critical that you do a thorough screening o...

The Psychology Of Buying Or Selling A House
Buying or selling a house is an emotional process and emotions can often be blinding. Don't make the same mistakes many people make when they decide to buy and/or&nb...

6 Tips On Renting Out Property
Many seek to get into the rental market to create a passive form of income for themselves. As you'll well know by reading Why You Should Invest in Real Estate, such investment...

6 Tips On Flipping A House
As a follow-up to our last blog, 7 Tips to Making the Right Real Estate Investment, we wanted to bring you some tips on flipping a house. Many investors will go the ...

7 Tips To Making The Right Real Estate Investment
Many people turn to real estate when looking to invest. If you read our blog Why You Should Invest in Real Estate, then you know it's a good place to put your money. When choo...

7 Advantages To Using A Realtor
Buying and/or selling a home can be a lengthy and difficult process. If you're selling your primary residence, this generally means that you are buying a new home so you are taking...

How To Get Your Home Holiday Ready
We all look forward to holiday traditions and the season's festivities. However, for most of us, this also means hosting a lot of family and friends, which can turn this wonderful ...

Liz Peters Joins The Kurt Real Estate Group As Team Manager
The Kurt Real Estate Group is excited to welcome Liz Peters to the team as Team Manager. An Orange County native with a background in marketing and journalism, Liz brings a unique ...

Must Know Tips For First Time Homebuyers
Buying your first home is an incredibly exciting and overwhelming experience. While home ownership provides you with a long-term investment and generally means that you are at...

5 Tips For Moving During The Holidays
With the holiday season well underway, it can be difficult to pack up and relocate. If you're a serious buyer/seller or under a time constraint, then you may have just bought/...

Why You Should Invest In Real Estate
We all, at one point or another, think about that day - retirement day. We invest in a 401K or an IRA and save, save, save. But wouldn't it be nice to have something making mo...

Top 10 Places To Live In Orange County
It's no secret that Orange County is one of the most desirable places to live in California and in the nation. The population of the famous OC is rapidly increasing leadi...

10 Mistakes To Avoid When Selling A House
While there are a plethora of online tools to assist you in the buying and selling processes, over-analyzing can leave you undecided and stuck in your tracks. Before you begin the ...

7 Remodeling Tips To Increase Your Homes Value
When selling your home, it goes without saying that you want to get the most you can out of the property. Sometimes, however, this requires a little sprucing up. Before decidi...

10 Tips For Buying A Home
If you're not in the business of buying and selling homes, then it is likely you have little experience doing so. Buying a home is one of the largest purchases you'll make in ...

Buying Vs Renting
Do I buy or rent? This is the question that many potential buyers face in the anticipation of a move. While owning a home is an investment that will likely appreciate in value, the...

Stage Your Home Like A Pro
Imagine you're shopping for a new home. Excited that you've been pre-approved for the loan amount, you begin the search for your dream home. You see a beautiful. coastal 2-story ho...

Why November Is The Best Time To Sell
Turkey Day is around the corner and, for most, that means a plethora of food, family, and football. The holidays tend to consume our time and business slows as many abandon their o...

How Will Trumps Victory Affect Real Estate
Now that election day has come to a close and the initial shock of the outcome is beginning to sink in, questions regarding its effects begin to surface. While many are buzzin...

What To Expect Of Home Prices In 2017
In light of recent events with the Fed raising interest rates, it's only appropriate that we bring up the question on everyone's mind - what do we expect the market to look like in...


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